Archive for November, 2019
In LEGO Technic’s first partnership with BBC’s Top Gear, the two have created a 463-piece remote control rally car set. Utilizing a small but powerful motor and a bluetooth-controlled smart hub, it allows easy phone-based control for driving forward, backwards and steering, using the LEGO Technic Control+ app. Available 12/26.
Despite its heavy-duty, single-piece construction, Grovemade’s Task Knife is designed for your desk—so it’s really for opening Amazon packages and snail mail. Certainly looks like it could do much more. Choose from solid brass, stainless or black, each includes a wooden stand to keep the 4.75” knife handy & protected.
Every outdoor brand makes a black puffy jacket but nobody makes one like Vollebak. Their Indestructible Puffer is made from 100% Dyneema, a material that is featherweight & 15X stronger than steel. Designed to deliver warmth down to -40º it is insulated with synthetic 600-plus fill made from recycled plastic bottles. Featuring an adjustable insulated hood with a storm flap and smart pocketing inside & out, it’s equipped for the coldest, wettest winter conditions.
The forthcoming 2020 Aston Martin DBX will debut as the British supercar brand’s first-ever SUV. Powered by a 542-hp AMG 4-liter V-8, this luxury ’ute hits a 4.3-second zero-to-60-mph time and a top speed of 181 mph. It offers 5 dynamic drive modes as well as adaptive air suspension & an active anti-roll system. Looks pretty cool, too.
For creative pros, the Adobe CC suite is where everything happens. And the Loupedeck CT is an advanced creative tool that empowers users to streamline, connect, and customize their Adobe applications & how they interact, for seamless workflow. With physical buttons, dials, tactile controls and haptic feedback, it lets you quickly access presets, control menus, switch between applications and tools—basically everything you do, only faster, easier and infinitely programmable, for use with video, photography, illustration, and music.
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How about a winter with no frozen fingers? Candle heated gloves are designed for extreme cold and feature a carbon fiber heater that warms them to a toasty 120º. Powered by rechargeable lithium batteries, they deliver 6-hours of cold-killing heat in 3 heating modes, water & snow resistance, touch-screen sensitivity, and they’re vegan. A funded Indiegogo.
Georgetown University professor and celebrated author Michael Eric Dyson takes the life and lyrics of Jay-Z as the subject of this new book. Merging popular culture and hip-hop’s influence, it wrestles with the biggest themes of JAY-Z’s career, including hustling, and recognizes the way that he’s always weaved politics into his music, making important statements about race, criminal justice, black wealth and social injustice. Foreword by Pharrell Williams.
Weber’s pellet-powered SmokeFire grill & smoker utilizes smart technology from appliance upstart June for flawless wi-fi enabled outdoor cooking. This heavy-duty grill is offered in 2 sizes, with a 24″ or 36″ grilling surface. The Weber/June app offers precision cooking control from your phone as well as step-by-step instructions that will take all the guesswork out of grilling & smoking.
Purpose-built for travel, Native Union’s Smart Charger PD 18W is a lightweight & versatile 2-Port wall charger with 4 international adapters. A refined pocket-sized design, it features 1 USB-A & 1 USB-C port, plus a PD-enabled USB-C port for a universal multi-device power solution that delivers the fastest charge ever for iPhone 8. Like, 0 to 50% power in 27 minutes. That’s 2.6X faster than standard speed.
Created by Makeblock, a global leader in STEAM education solutions, the Airblock Transformable Drone is a multi-form robot that can easily be transformed from drone, hovercraft, vehicle, circus clown, dancing ball, revolving sushi, whirlwind wheelbarrow and more. The design also encourages kids to use their creativity to create more forms. No coding knowhow is needed; the Airblock is controlled using the free downloadable Makeblock App that is iOS & Android compatible.
Designed to eliminate another single-use plastic from your life, GoSun Flatware is a portable utensil kit that fits in your wallet or pocket for plastic-free eating anywhere, anytime. Infinitely reusable, they’re made of dishwasher-safe stainless steel & PE, are BPA-free, clean easily, and store in a slim card case. Another funded Kickstarter.
Designed specifically for iPhone 11, 11 Pro, & 11 Pro Max, the ShiftCam multi-lens phone case makes it easier than ever to capture epic images on your phone. The sleek, streamlined case allows you to switch lenses in a fraction of a second, for Pro & Pro Max users, choose from: 10X Macro, 180º fisheye, 4X telephoto, & 4X Macro or for the standard iPhone 11, the 3-in-1 ShiftCam offers 10X Macro & 180º fisheye in addition to the phone’s built-in lens. A funded Kickstarter.
Twelve South has a sweet little solution for your airline audio woes. The AirFly Pro is a wireless headphone dongle that will pair your buds or cans with the airline entertainment system through an audio jack. The device supports 2 pairs of headphones at once with a battery life of 16 hours. AirFly Pro is available in Apple stores & directly from Twelve South.
Designed to fold-up & save 90% more space than a traditional treadmill, the WalkingPad R1 Pro is a home treadmill with multi-mode functionality for walkers and runners that will keep you on your program without overtaking valuable space in your home or office. When connected to the KS Fit APP it gives users a variety of training & tracking options. A funded Kickstarter.
HyperJuice is the world’s first 100W GaN USB-C charger; a credit card-size 100W charger that quick charges 4 devices at once, like: laptop, tablet, smartphone & USB mobile device. Roughly the size of a deck of cards, it plugs in to the wall with international adapters to fit any outlet. A funded Kickstarter.
McLaren is rolling out a new limited-edition range of exotic supercars under a fresh moniker: The Ultimate Collection. The first in the series is a nearly $2 million open-top roadster called the Elva. With no roof, windshield, or side glass, this is a track car that’s technically road legal. Powered by a 803-horsepower twin-turbo V8, it hits 62 MPH sub 3 and blasts out to 124 MPH in 6.7 seconds. Only 399 will be made.
The 5-Day Mule from surf apparel brand Roark, is a 55-liter travel/daypack that will support your daily adventures & longer trips with sweet features like a laptop sleeve, padded back support, water bottle & sunglass pockets & a side carry handle.
The iconic Motorola RAZR flip-phone is back. Ubiquitous in the early years of the century, the brand is rebooting the old design as a new 6.2-inch smartphone with that classic foldable display. As the only foldable phone on the market, the new RAZR is a standout; it runs on Android’s 9 Pie operating system and when folded shut, is about half the size of an iPhone 11 Pro Max.
Ferrari’s all-new Roma Coupe is a 611 horsepower 2-door powered by a 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 & driven by an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. The interior is luxe and a robust range of advanced driver-focused tech ensure it feels as good as it looks. And with its clean flowing lines and balanced design the Roma is a more low-key Ferrari, if such a thing is possible at 198 MPH.
The conversion kits from Unlimited x Loaded allow you turn almost any old skateboard into an electric one. Featuring top name components from Paris Trucks, Orangatang wheels, and Loaded, the modular, upgradeable kits include a sleek, truck-mounted motor, handheld remote control, LED lighting, & more. They offer 3 different kits that deliver speeds up to 26MPH & ranges up to 13 miles.