Archive for March, 2021
The latest & greatest from phone-maker OnePlus, is the 9. With RAM & storage capacity on par with the latest high-end Samsung & iPhone models, the 9 stands apart with its Hasselblad-branded cameras. Equipped with an ultra-wide 50-megapixel Sony sensor, and a 16MP selfie camera, it puts pro-grade optics in your pocket. Available now.
Bluetti’s backup power banks will keep your home humming right along when the power goes out. Their EP500 and EP500 Pro power banks deliver 5100Wh of LiFePO4 battery storage, feature 2000-3000W inverters, and split phase bonding—which means this quiet, fume-free battery bank will power it all. From the AC & refrigerator to jump starting your dead car & it’s got all the ports your life depends on. A funded Kickstarter.
Lego & NASA teamed up for the creation of a new 2354-piece Space Shuttle Discovery set. The set features the iconic Discovery as well as the Hubble Telescope launched on the 1990 NASA STS-31 mission. The roof of the Shuttle opens up to reveal the telescope which unfolds for deployment on an articulating crane arm. With intricate details throughout, it is an epic advanced set for fans of NASA & Lego alike.
Featuring colorful art borrowed from vintage bookcovers, Bookworm’s Well Read leather wallet collection keeps your love of literature in the back pocket. Choose from several wallet designs featuring either American Lit classics or your favorite Sci-Fi, like Dune & Brave New World.
The very pocketable USB-C DAC from premium audio brand Astell&Kern debuts. It’s a cable bridge that plugs in between your USB-C Android device & headphones to bring you robust, distortion-free sound. The converter is a Cirrus Logic CS43198 MasterHiFi that supports native DSD256 playback plus 32-bit audio files. This lightweight & compact DAC is encased in a zinc-alloy housing for stylish durability.
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As the first Sony speakers to feature the brand’s 360 Reality Audio format, the new 360 Reality Audio bluetooth speakers deliver immersive 360 soundscapes. There are 2 models: the RA3000 and RA5000, both are compatible with Alexa & Google Assistant, Alexa Cast in Amazon Music HD, and feature built-in Chromecast for effortless streaming.
Igloo’s ECOCOOL collection are the world’s first hard-sided coolers made entirely from recycled plastic. They are made in the USA with a recycled resin compound derived from post-consumer plastics like yogurt cups and milk jugs. The collection spans the entire line from the lunch-size Little Playmate to the 90-Quart roller. An astounding 58 tons of resin was used in the initial product run, the equivalent of 10 football fields worth of landfill plastic. Available April 22.
HyperWhistle is the world’s loudest human-powered whistle, capable of eardrum-shattering volume up to 142 decibels & audible at a distance of 2 miles. For reference, a Boeing 747 hits about 140dB on takeoff. Its compact size makes it ideal for self-defense, survival, & emergencies as well as use by referees, coaches, instructors, & other public address needs. Includes re-usable hearing protectors and an easy-clip neck lanyard.
The new Pro2 is 8BitDo’s most powerful bluetooth game controller yet. They added a pair of Pro back buttons to keep your thumbs in play at all times. Another sweet feature allows you to toggle through 3 preset player profiles. Mode Switch allows users to easily swap from one mode, like Switch, to Android mode without a restart. It runs the brand’s Ultimate Software through the Pro2 app which allows you to customize, map & re-map the buttons & functions as needed.
If the tactile feel & blue-light-free pleasure of reading actual paper books is your thing, the Bowio booklight will brighten up your evenings. Designed by a team of avid readers who are also engineers, it features a unique design that floods the pages with warm LED light while keeping glare to a minimum. Made from your choice of top-grain leather or synthetic vegan PU, its strap design uses magnets to clip easily & securely onto hard & paperbound books.
The Yakima EXO is a new modular hitch system that will allow you to stack an insane amount of gear on your vehicle’s trailer hitch. The system includes the Exo SwingBase which connects to any two-inch hitch receiver, the EXO Gear Locker, a hard-sided locking case, & the Gear Warrior, a basket-style cage for strapping in, well, whatever. There are 20 different possible configurations with all the accessories & more on the way.
The X.10 from Melbourne-based EDC specialist Tactica is a perfectly balanced pro-grade bottle popper. Finished in smooth, shot-blasted stainless steel, it weighs a hefty 3-ounces, providing a solid hand-feel for the effortless cracking of all sorts of sodas. Choose from raw stainless, PVD-coated black & PVD-coated orange.
As it marks its centennial, Germany’s iconic Braun brand has created a unique collab with global design influencer Virgil Abloh. From deep in the Braun archive, Virgil unearthed and updated the 1965 Wandanlage hi-fi audio wall unit; a stunning & fully functional Dieter Rams-designed sound system with a fresh chrome finish.
Created in collaboration with Jim Morrison’s estate, the forthcoming The Collected Works … is an almost 600-page anthology of the writings of the late poet and iconic Doors’ front man. It is a landmark publication—the definitive opus of Morrison’s creative output—and the book he intended to publish. In addition to the writings, it features rare photographs and numerous handwritten excerpts from his 28 privately held notebooks. Available June 8.
Designed for high-risk urban areas, the Litelok Core is a flexible, wearable, and lightweight bike lock. Super secure too, even rated strong enough for a motorcycle. Its strength its Boaflexicore, a layered, multi-material construction built to endure sustained attack. Let’s hope you don’t really need that! The Core is available in 2 different lengths, and 4 hi-vis colors.
For all 20 of the various Leatherman multi-tools that feature a bit driver—cranking down screws is about to get easier. The Ratchet Driver snaps on to your bit driver, adding the leverage power of a 3-way locking ratchet system to your tool. With its magnetic mount, it fits all standard ¼” bits.
As the world’s only 2-in-1 solution for cleaning up dog poop, the PooPail eliminates the part of pet ownership that really stinks. The 4-gallon pail carries comfortably with an extended handle & flips open allowing you to scoop in the waste with a handy scooper, then lift it to close, sealing the poop in the odor-less bin. Biodegradable poo bags keep the pail clean.
BMW just unveiled its first all-electric sedan, the i4. Boasting 530 horsepower and a range of up to 300 miles, it will also be offered in an M performance model. BMW hasn’t released full specs on the i4 yet but this sleek full-size sedan will be among the brand’s cleanest and most advanced vehicles yet. Available in 2022.
Clip Garmin’s Approach G12 to your pocket or golf bag & this thin GPS range finder displays distances to the green at a glance on more than 42,000 courses worldwide. On top of robust course data, the G12 pairs with the brand’s Approach CT10 club trackers, for amazingly accurate shot tracking as well as with Garmin’s Golf App. Big Numbers Mode makes is easier to read & IPX7 rating insures all-weather performance. Battery life is 30 hours.
The Acoustasonic Jazzmaster is Fender’s newest electric-acoustic hybrid, blurring the line—deliberately so—between guitar and digital device. The results are interesting. It’s got a thin-line mahogany body and a Humbucker pickup. There’s also an integrated digital processor that lets you toggle through an array of ten different “sounds” controlled by a Strat-style blade selector. And with its unique body design, players say it sounds pretty sweet unplugged.