Archive for February, 2021
79 year old rock-n-roll icon Paul McCartney’s forthcoming 2 volume memoir The Lyrics combine the lyrics from 154 of his most famous songs with a treasure trove of material from McCartney’s personal archive, including song drafts, letters, and never-before-seen personal photographs. McCartney considers his songs the story of his life and art, and for him, they’re the true diary of his more than 60-year musical career. Available November.
An iconic and beloved running shoe in its 1970s heyday, Adidas Originals has now re-issued the slim, all-leather Cadet. It features a suede toe bumper and low-profile natural rubber outsole. You may not want to run a marathon in this shoe but dudes definitely did. Available now.
With 518 horsepower under the hood, the forthcoming Land Rover Defender V8 will become the most powerful production Landie ever produced. Available in both the 90 & 110 models for 2022, the supercharged 5.1-liter V8 delivers heavy horsepower & 461 ft. lbs. of torque. 0-60 in 4.9 and a top speed of 149 MPH. Not bad for a boxy British 4X4. Several trim packages & unique exterior packs will be offered as well as hundreds of dedicated accessories.
So, Amazon is now crowdfunding products. Who knows why but the first Day One Editions product is the Smart Sticky Note Printer, a compact printer that works with Alexa & lets you dictate notes to be printed out. As a thermal printer, it doesn’t require an ink or toner cartridge but it does require connection to a compatible Echo device. Available now for pre-order.
Phaidon’s forthcoming book Patented is an unprecedented history as well as an essential field guide to more than a century of products and industrial design told through 1000 U.S. Patents. From the Vespa Piaggio scooter to the iPhone 1, it also includes designs from creators like Eero Saarinen, Charles Eames, & Isamu Noguchi.
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With the launch of the FX3, Sony has created a pro-grade 4K cinema camera that is not just powerful but smaller and definitely more affordable than others in its class. They call it a “compact cinematography” camera but it’s essentially an A7S outfitted for filmmaking. It captures 4K video at 120 fps and 1080p video up to 240fps. A 10.5MP sensor and 15 stops of dynamic make it a very capable low-light rig while in-body image stabilization keeps shots steady.
Drawing inspiration from cafe-style streetfighters, the Bull-E Electric scooter is an efficient and compact commuter with a sculpted fiberglass body. Powered by a 2000W in-wheel motor, it delivers a range of up to 30-miles and speeds up to 28MPH. A swappable 60V battery pack will makes it easy to go even farther. The Bull-E features a tool & glovebox in the cockpit as well as 2 drink holders—perfect for carrying your morning coffee.
The Veho Discovery DX-1 is a 2MP digital USB microscope designed for your scientific studies and observations at home, school, or doing field observations, including capturing data from biological specimens, electronic devices, and precious materials and stones. Its digital magnification ranges from a low of 10x to a high of 200x & the 2MP CMOS sensor produces still image JPEGs and AVI video at resolutions of up to 1920×1080.
Razer’s Kiyo Pro is a 2.1-megapixel webcam that will make your remote meetings look a lot better, even in low light. Offering clear, crisp 1080p HD capture at 60 fps, it uses Razer’s Synapse software that enables you to adjust the field of view between 103º, 90º and 80º to show more or less of your background. The lens features Corning Gorilla Glass with an included privacy cover.
Your iPhone 12 offers the convenience of MagSafe charging & Anker’s PowerCore Magnetic 5K Wireless Power Bank makes it even easier—and keeps it out of a case. This compact induction charging bank connects to all 12 series iPhones with magnets to bring your device back to life. Charging at speeds up to 7.5 watts it delivers up to 95% recharge for your device and when you’re topped back up, just pop it off.
Designed by master club maker Bob Vokey, the new Titleist SM8 Slate Blue wedge looks fresh, with its PVD-like blue enamelized finish. The face of these wedges feature 100% spin milled grooves to deliver max spin while progressive CG improves distance and trajectory. The clubs are available now in a range of loft angles.
Few imagined we’d ever see an electric station wagon bearing the Porsche emblem. But the forthcoming 2022 Taycan Cross Turismo makes it real. With a slightly taller ride height and protective exterior cladding, it’s got a slightly off-roadish attitude as well. For families and hauling toys, the extra cargo capacity makes it practical. It offers a range of 277-miles on a charge with performance stats similar to its existing sedan counterpart.
It seems every brand wants to be the “YETI” of their category. Meanwhile, YETI is expanding its offerings to make other stuff as cool as its coolers. Today, it’s bags. YETI just unveiled its premium Crossroads Collection—bags and luggage constructed of durable, lightweight Tuffskin nylon. The collection includes 3 rugged & versatile backpacks, two duffels and two larger soft-sided luggage options. The brand will be following this up with a collection of hard-sided luggage later this spring.
As the first to feature contoured carbon construction, VAIO’s Z Laptop is super light: weighing just 2.32 pounds—sorry Macbook Air. And to compliment its sporty exterior, the Z is powered by an 11th-gen Intel Core H processor. Iris Xe graphics, 32GB of RAM & 2TB of SSI storage are standard equipment. Its 4k HD display rotates 180º. Available for pre-order now.
Hyperkin’s RetroN Sq is a fresh cube-shaped HD Gaming Console that allows you to play classic Game Boy on your TV via HDMI. Game Boy Color & Game Boy Advance games, too. The compact console ships with the brand’s wired USB “Scout” controller & features an integrated SD memory card slot for firmware updates. Available March 25.
For the upgrade to their astoundingly powerful 6K camera, Blackmagic Design’s new 6K Pocket Cinema Camera Pro got a rotating & super-bright 1500-Nit HDR display and some sweet pro functions like a built-in motorized infrared neutral-density filter that simplifies shooting & controlling bright-light settings. It records in ProRes, Apple RAW or Blackmagic RAW formats at up to 6K resolution. There is also an optional OLED electronic viewfinder.
This thing might pass for a standard, everyday briefcase or laptop case and in some situations, that’s gonna be a good thing. But really, it’s the Small Portable Cooler Bag from StowCo: a stealth, compact cooler that keeps contents cool with closed-cell foam insulation. No ice needed, just start with cold drinks—and they’ll stay icy for hours. Holds 3 wine bottles, 10 beer cans, or 6 beer bottles.
Polaris is a wireless, smart electric tripod head that enables photographers and filmmakers to frame-up perfect shots for nature, landscape, and astrophotography. Through the Polaris app, users can control all camera settings for dramatic, perfectly bracketed time lapse, panoramic, and sunrise/sunset shots. Built-In GPS allows for automatic star tracking. A funded Kickstarter.
Reebok is celebrating the 30th anniversary of their iconic Pump Omni Zone II, a hoop shoe made immortal by Dee Brown in a 1991 NBA Slam Dunk contest. Before stuffing his first of many amazing dunks that day, Dee knelt down & pumped up his shoes. This 2021 limited re-issue pays faithful respect to the original design. Available March 4th.
To celebrate their 70th birthday in the business of baseball cards, Topps has created Project 70—a collection of commemorative cards created by global artists. Building on Topps Project 2020 card series, the first to merge sports and artists, this collection features one-of-a-kind cards from 70 different artists, including Ermsy, Action Bronson and Snoop Dogg (Snoop?!).