Archive for April, 2020
The Air Omni is a versatile all-in-one charging station that reduces cables and clutter, enabling you to charge all your device in one place. With wireless, Apple approved MFi charging as well as ports for USB-A, USB-C, & Lightning devices, you can charge up your iPhone, Android devices, Apple Watch, AirPods and Samsung Ear Buds, iPad, and even your Mac – all at the same time. The exterior of the Air Omni is wrapped in aerospace-grade Aramid material that is smooth, light, and extremely durable. A funded Kickstarter.
The Looft Lighter ignites your charcoal grill cleanly, using no hazardous chemicals, lighter fluid, lighters, or matches. Instead, this hefty 18” plug-in wand directs a superheated, 1100°f blast of air into the charcoal for a cleanly lit fire in about 60 seconds. In addition to charcoal it will light briquettes, wood logs, pellets, and your campfire. The business end of the wand cools quickly after use & features an integrated bottle opener in the stand. For indoor and outdoor use.
Take a break from screen-time and build the ultimate marble run with MagnetCubes modular building blocks. Comprised of open plastic cubes that attach magnetically and dynamic tracks that carry a stainless steel marble through a rollercoaster-like ride, MagnetCubes encourage creativity and they’re great for getting kids curious and interested in STEM concepts by challenging spatial reasoning and understanding of physics principles. 2 kits are available and all the pieces are interchangeable allowing you build, add-on, and rebuild endlessly. A funded Kickstarter.
Google seems to have worked all the bugs out of their flagship ’buds with the release of the Pixel Buds 2020 wireless. The improved 2nd-Gen model boasts wireless charging, hands-free Google Assistant & effortless pairing with Android phones. With a sleek, low-profile design, they sit virtually flush against your ear and feature a “Stabilizer Arc” that keeps them snug & in place. On a full charge they deliver about 5 hours of continuous play & the AirPod-like charging case enables up to 24-hours of playback.
Fair Trade certified and sewn with the same materials used in their ubiquitous Macro Puff jackets, Patagonia’s Macro Puff Blanket offers lightweight warmth using PlumaFill insulation which replicates the structure of down in a sustainable synthetic material and it even keeps you cozy when wet. Nearly Queen-size, it packs down into a portable-size included stuff-sack and weighs just 27 ounces.
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Normally, the craftspeople and artisans at L.A.-based jewelry and accessories studio Good Art are making things of beauty. But to keep the workshop wheels turning during the pandemic, they’ve shifted to making masks. Simple but high-quality fabric masks. They are cut & sewn by staff who are working from home & materials are ever-changing based on availability. Like you, Good Art looks forward to getting back to their normal programming soon.
Designed by aerospace engineers obsessed with simplicity, efficiency and lightweight reliability, the Resolute X-1 Ultralight Titanium is a locking EDC box cutter style knife that features a featherweight skeletonized frame made of Grade 5 Titanium. Its friction-free slider mechanism is made of 954 Aluminum-Bronze. Closed, the X-1 measures 2.67” and fitted with a standard utility blade, it weighs less than half an ounce. An integrated sprung pocket clip keeps it right where you need it. A funded Kickstarter.
Similar in size and design to its pocketable predecessor, Mavic’s new Air 2 DJI drone is smarter than all that have come before it. New object avoidance technology called the Advanced Pilot Assistance System 3.0 ensures that the Air 2 will be much better at automatically avoiding obstacles in its path. It also has Air Sense technology, which works with the FAA’s surveillance relay signals to keep the drone from causing mid-air collisions with other aircraft. On top of the safety features, automated flight path tech and a larger optical sensor mean your 4K footage & 48MP photos will look better than ever.
Designed in Japan, where the Balmuda brand is a leader in fine countertop appliances, their elegant toaster oven, simply called The Toaster, is now available for the first time in the states. Precision temperature control and 4 heating modes as well as the use of steam rather than heating coils to cook, elevates the making of toast to an effortless culinary art-form.
Combining powerful features of a cordless vacuum cleaner and mop, the ROIDMI X30 Pro delivers serious performance to keep your floors not just clean but truly sanitized. It features a 120,000 rpm digital motor that creates an impressive 165 AW of suction power. The Magnetic Mop Box module pops on and off in an instant while a variety of attachments for other surfaces makes it versatile enough for cleaning your whole home. An antimicrobial Novaron coating keeps it contamination free.
A throwback Jordan drop is always welcome and Nike’s latest Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “Game Royal” does not disappoint. The contrasting and deftly balanced black-white-royal blue colorway is a clean variation on a certified classic. It features retro branding details and retains all the features that have made it one of the most iconic Nike designs of all time. Available May 9
Built for active outdoor adventure, Winnebago’s new Hike camper is a family-friendly RV optimized for toy hauling and trips to the great outdoors. A full exoskeleton rack system allows you to lash on & strap down kayaks, bikes, inflatables, boards, and more while inside a clean Euro-style aesthetic offers modern comfort and convenience: LED TV, an integrated audio system, and plenty of USB ports for charging. Five Hike models are offered, from 20′ in length up to 25′ with various options and add-ons. Photo by Peter Holcombe Photography.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the iconic game, this new memoir/origin story from the game’s creator Jordan Mechner, takes readers on an in-depth and inspiring journey through the process of creating one of the most innovative and best-selling video games of all time. It is an unvarnished look at his one-of-a-kind creative undertaking, captured through candid journals he kept from 1985 to 1993, offering new insights into the game that established him as a pioneer of cinematic storytelling in the industry.
The WYN Bullet is the world’s most powerful spring-loaded emergency window breaker. In the event of an auto accident, water submersion, saving a neglected pet on a hot summer day, or when the math on window replacement comes in under the cost of a new key fob, this tool rules. Developed for first responders, its patent pending direct-impact technology delivers a powerful strike directly to a tungsten carbide tip, allowing the vehicle occupant or rescuer to easily break car windows for emergency escape. A funded Kickstarter.
The iTemp heating mug & bowl keep your drinks & food hot at the exact temperature you want them. Using bluetooth, they connect to a dedicated smartphone app that gives you precise control of temperature as well as tracking your hydration and drink history. Both vessels use the same iTemp heating coaster, which alerts you when the perfect temp has been reached. A funded Kickstarter.
Cheat Sheets take the simplicity of sheet pan, oven-roasted cooking and make it not just easier but better. They’re oven-safe, non-stick silicone dividers that drop onto your sheet pans and divide your ingredients, to streamline your cooking & make one-pan meals and meal prep a breeze. You can fit up to 6 small portions or 3 large portions on a single sheet pan, allowing you to separate ingredients, flavors & cooking times. They’re also designed for effortless clean up. A funded Kickstarter.
Only truly exceptional products win a Red Dot Design award, and for 2020, MagEasy made the cut. It’s a modular magnetic organizing kit that keeps work & life more orderly. In these challenging WFH days, it makes great sense: portable, customizable and super versatile, it keeps your stuff tidy & always within reach. It is comprised of a magnetic board or folio plus an assortment of handy magnetic modules to hold everything: cable organizers, card holders, paper clip-its, RFID blocking pocket, and more. A funded Kickstarter.
Due out this June, renowned Tolkien expert John Garth’s The Worlds of J. R. R. Tolkien features a trove of breathtaking illustrations, including Tolkien’s own drawings, contributions from other artists, rare archival images, and spectacular color photos of contemporary locations across Britain and beyond, taking readers to the places that inspired J. R. R. Tolkien to create his fictional locations in The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and other classics.
The iconic Nike Air Pegasus is running strong into middle age. Nike has again updated their long-running runner in a fresh iteration, the Air Pegasus 37. The insole got upgraded to React foam for the first-time ever and padding comes from a double-thickness Zoom puck in the forefoot, making it lighter and more reactive than the outgoing model. Available April 30.
With a first-of-its-kind U-shape design, Midea’s new in-window Air Conditioner gives you the freedom to open & close the window while the unit is installed. This design separates the compressor & fan, so you can open that window when you want while keeping the noise of the compressor on the outside. With wi-fi, support for Amazon Alexa & Google Assistant plus dedicated apps for both iOS and Android, it’ll be a cinch to keep cool this summer. It is also Energy Star Certified for efficiency.