Archive for September, 2020
When it launches, the hotly-anticipated Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Fold will be the first and only foldable PC on the market. Its 13.3-inch display folds in half like a book, leaving just enough space to slide the included mini keyboard inside for easy transport. The system runs Windows 10 & optional 5G connectivity will also be on the menu. No release date from Lenovo yet but pre-order is open.
The latest game-changer from Titleist are the CNCPT CP-04 irons. Evolved from earlier models, these futuristic mid-size clubs integrate tungsten weighing 100g into the design, balancing power & control with less loft and optimized for swing stability. Available from 4-W, so you can get the complete set.
Simple, streamlined function is so satisfying. Which is why the Stackable GaN Charger from HYPER rules. These tiny yet powerful 65W & 100W Gallium Nitride fast-chargers feature a pass thru design to the AC outlet so you can stack them up to become a 1600W charger, all from a single wall outlet. The 65W model features 3 charging ports: 2 x USB-C and 1 x USB-A. The 100W model offers 4 ports: 3 x USB-C and 1 x USB-A. Foldable pins keep it close to the wall. A funded Kickstarter.
Translating the look and feel of its early-80s origins, the Q Timex Reissue LCA is a modern remake of a quartz classic. Its water-resistant case measures just 32.5mm square, and with its hybrid liquid crystal display, it gives you the time in analog & digital, as well as date, dual timers, and multi-alarm function, all controlled by intuitive side buttons. Choose from stainless or gold-tone stainless finish.
To keep itself rolling, the motorcycle industry really needs new young riders falling in love with 2-wheel transport. To that end, Indian has created the eFTR Jr, an all-electric 36-volt mini-bike with a twist grip throttle & disk brakes. 2 power modes offer top speeds of 10-15 MPH & battery life is about 65-minutes on high power. Indian made sure to make it look like a classic V-twin—with tank, exhaust & design details that are more style than function—but this is a badass little bike to get the next generation hyped.
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Credited with “the rise of contemporary Asian-American cuisine” by the New York Times and named the “most important restaurant in America” by Bon Appétit magazine, Momofuku is a global cult eatery with locations in LA, NY, & Las Vegas. And now, Momofuku is offering its legendary flavors in 100% vegan sauces & seasonings you can use at home. Choose from sauces like their zesty Chili Crunch oil & complex dry spice combinations like Spicy, Savory & Tingly.
Roku’s compact Streambar home theater speaker is a 14” wireless speaker compatible with all Roku devices, apps, & services, offering 4K HDR streaming via HDMI ARC or optical audio connection. There is also a Bluetooth receiver and support for Spotify Connect for music as well as Alexa & Google voice assistant plus HomeKit & AirPlay2 support.
Built to handle the kind of abuse the workingman calls “normal, everyday life,” Samsung’s latest tablet, the Galaxy Tab Active3 is encased in battle-ready armor that meets the military-spec MIL-STD-810H rating. It also boasts IP68 waterproofing & dust protection. The 8-inch 1,920 x 1,200 pixel LCD display is designed to work with gloves on. Swappable batteries & optional AC power enable you to work in all environments. NFC support & wi-fi 6 Standard ensure seamless connectivity.
Powered by Segway, the all-new Ninebot Gokart PRO has been revamped from the ground up to be faster and drift like a champ. The adult-size electric kart boasts a top speed of 23MPH, a range of 15.5 miles, and a Drift Assist System to send it sideways through the corners. TPE rear tires & a manual handbrake add a little extra juice to the sliding and peel-outs. Available in black or white.
There are many books on the amazingly influential & tragically short life of Bob Marley. This new one is a visual history, created to honor Marley’s 75th birthday, it’s an expansive oversize tome that collects over 150 original photographs of the Trenchtown rocker—a visionary who would become the forefather of reggae and one of the greatest musical and sociopolitical icons of twentieth-century pop culture. Release date: October 13.
Ring is taking home security airborne with their Always Home Cam, a drone-cam that you can fly to any room in the house to see exactly what’s going on. The autonomous, indoor-only micro-drone only records in flight, is equipped with a 1080p security cam & returns to the dock automatically when your recon is done. Obstacle avoidance technology & shrouded propellors ensure safety. Available 2021.
Your hands are full and you get a call. Drop everything & take it or miss the call? With Mobvoi’s Gesture earbuds, you can just nod your head & the call connects. These premium wireless earbuds offer intuitive, AI-assisted TicMotion gesture control: shake your head for no, nod, for yes. They also offer dual-mic ANC, Siri/Google Voice Assistant support, and 50-hour battery life. A funded Indiegogo.
Completely re-designed for flawless fit and performance, the Bose Sleepbuds II are noise-cancelling earbuds for sleep. They don’t play your music but instead offer 14 different soundscapes that block ambient noise like traffic & the neighbor dog to help you fall asleep & stay asleep. There are 15 additional nature soundtracks, that Bose says “cover & replace noise.” They are designed to sit comfortably & securely in your ears all night long.
Volkswagen’s forthcoming all-electric ID.4 is a mid-size SUV with pricing & utility aimed at the masses. Powered by either a 201 single-motor or 300 horsepower dual-motor system, the ID.4 boasts an EPA adjusted range of 250 miles and a price tag below Tesla Model Y. Pre-order is open now.
Garmin’s new Venu Sq smartwatches boast pinpoint GPS with support for GLONASS and GALILEO & a streamlined 40.5mm square case design. In addition to endless sport tracking functions, it also has a pulse oximeter to detect blood oxygen, like the new Apple Watch Series 6. There are 2 Venu models, the Music Edition offers additional built-in storage to save music from Spotify, Amazon Music, or Deezer, with space for up to 500 songs.
Due for official release on November 1—the LEGO Batman 1989 Batwing is a 2,362-piece set based on the Tim Burton directed movie. At nearly two-feet wide, it features a detailed interior, articulating adjustable flaps, and a special brick that allows you to mount it to the wall for display. Mini-figs include Batman, Joker, & Lawrence the Boombox Goon.
With Qi-enabled wireless charging and an additional built-in Apple Watch Charger, Mophie’s new Powerstation All-In-One offers a portable, pocketable 8,000 mAh power supply for your phone & Qi accessories. The 18W USB-C PD port delivers high speed charging, powering your iPhone to 50% in just 30 minutes.
There is perhaps no rockstar brighter than Beatles mastermind and frontman, John Lennon. In this new book by famed author James Patterson, readers see an intimate portrait of Lennon’s incredible life and career, from his earliest days and first songs up to his last seconds. It tells the story of the most profound rock-and-roll genius of all time—and of the consummate Nowhere Man who took his life. Release date: December 7.
Designed for seamless Zoom control, Logitech’s portable MX Anywhere 3 mouse is optimized for video conferencing, with integrated side-buttons that allow users to toggle both microphone & video camera with 1 convenient click. Its software also allows you to program the buttons for app-specific control using apps like Google Chrome, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Word and Final Cut Pro.
Designed to work with any & every phone, the Spigen U100 Universal kickstand is a versatile, minimalist cell phone stand. For hands-free viewing, reading, gaming, & creating content, this simple & streamlined adhesive stand keeps your phone upright when you need it & flips up out of the way when you don’t. Choose black, silver, or rose gold.