Made Container Collection

As evidenced by some of our previous posts, we’re huge fans of the use of ISBU shipping containers in modern home construction.  Made has taken it one step further with their Container Collection of furniture.  With three basic designs consisting of the small cabinet, the tall cabinet and the side table; these fun mini containers add an industrial edge to your space.  These unique furnishings come in three vibrant colors and are constructed of durable sheet iron.  No two containers are exactly alike, as each is hand constructed.  Buy (£139+) Continue reading Made Container Collection

Fitbit Force

simple.b-dis-jpg.h8417ccdb9576e398e8d318c3ac2e4653Fitbit has updated their fitness tracking wristband with the new Fitbit Force.  The Force allows you to keep real time fitness stats right on your wrist. Force tracks steps taken, distance traveled, stairs climbed, calories burned, and active minutes during the day.  At night, the Fitbit can track quality of sleep, hours slept, and has a silent wake up alarm.  Soon the Force will also show call notifications.  The wristband uses Bluetooth 4.0 to automatically update and sync to your computer or smartphone. Its water-resistant design allows you to do all your normal activities without worry of damaging the device. All of your fitness trends are tracked on your personal dashboard within the fitbit app or on your computer. Buy (129.95)

Leap Motion

With just a wave of your hand, you can do magical things with the Leap Motion.  This innovative device seeks to let you use your hands and fingers to control your computer using gestures. You can reach, wave, point, grab, and even pick up objects on your screen. The controller tracks all 10 fingers with up to 1/100th of a millimeter. This allows for the most precise gesture controls.  The Leap Motion is a compliment to your current computer setup, and adds a whole new level of functionality to your computing experience. The future is now.  (Buy $79.99)

MeterPlug

MeterPlug is an easy way to find out where all your money is spent on electricity. The device plugs directly into your wall outlet and transmits usage information via bluetooth to your smartphone.  MeterPlug can power on or off any device that is plugged into it. The included app will display how much money the electronics plugged into it are using. It can even calculate the cost of electricity at peak and off peak times in some areas. MeterPlug can be automatically programmed to shut off devices on standby, gaming consoles can cost over $200 per year on standby alone! It can also be programmed to turn off a device when you walk away and turn it back on when you return, as well as allowing you to manually turn electronics on and off when within range.  The only thing missing is a Wi-Fi link, so that devices can be turned off outside of the range of Bluetooth/remotely when away, which we hope gets added to later versions. Buy ($49.99)

 

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Nest Protect

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The Nest Protect is the newest product in Nest’s line of smart home devices.  The Protect is a smoke and carbon monoxide detector that takes the annoying factor out of the smoke detector equation.  Before an emergency, the Protect gives you a heads up warning using a human voice, not an obnoxious beep.  If you’ve simply burned your bacon, you can just wave your hand under the Protect to hush it. The voice of the Protect tells you what the emergency is and where it has been detected. If you happen to own a Nest thermostat, the CO detector on the Protect will automatically turn off your gas furnace if it detects carbon monoxide. (Pre-order $129) Continue reading Nest Protect

Nigel Knox Nifty Socks

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If you are a slave to a job that doesn’t offer casual Friday’s, or you love making a statement with bold socks, Nigel Knox Nifty Socks are the socks for you.  Stemming from the most recent Friday fashion trend on Wall Street, crazy socks are making a resurgence among even the  most modest of crowds.  They show a bit of a sense of humor in an otherwise business as usual environment.  Nigel Knox describes themselves as ‘an upscale purveyor of Nifty Socks, dedicated to perfecting the art of casual sophistication.’  And they’ve hit the nail on the head.  Their socks are crafted in Italy with the finest of materials, and finished with hands on techniques. Materials such as Pima Cotton, Merino Wool, Cashmere and Alpaca fibers are used to make these some of the best socks on the market. Buy ($19.50-$45)

 

The Auris Skye

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The Auris Skye is a device that let’s you update any speaker dock to work with any of your devices over WiFi using AirPlay and DLNA.  Since this system uses WiFi and not Bluetooth, you can roam freely throughout your home without worrying about going out of range.  This is great for the early adopters that bought in to the speaker dock eco-system with their 30 pin connector Apple devices years ago. The Skye is a great addition to your home media system. (Buy $69)

 

August Smart Lock

It’s like something out of science fiction.  You walk up to your door, it recognizes who you are and unlocks it for you. We love smart locking systems, see our review of Lockitron. This new system, called August, will automatically unlock your door, and you can assign and revoke access to whoever you want.  The elegant and minimalist design draws your eye to the device, even though you don’t have to ever look at it.  As soon as you close your door, August knows to lock it behind you. August uses standard batteries, and lets you know when they need to be replaced. Buy ($199). Video after the jump. Continue reading August Smart Lock

Cubify CubeX 3D Printer

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3D printing is finally becoming a somewhat affordable way to create awesome things out of plastic.  The CubeX from Cubify is one of the more advanced 3D printers on the market today.  It has the capability to print in multiple colors at once, up to 18 colors of ABS or PLA plastics. The CubeX can print thousands of designs, available free with the device, or anything you can dream up and design with the 3D modeling software.  Print designs as big as 10.8” x 10.45” x 9.5″.  That’s larger than a basketball! Buy ($2,499)

Foldylock

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Foldylock is an incredibly sturdy bike lock that folds to fit into a compact case that you can mount on your bike or toss in a backpack. Constructed of six hardened steel links sheathed in plastic to protect your bikes frame from scratches.  The Foldylock unfolds to a total length of 90cm (just under 3′) and weighs in at 1.5kg (3.3lbs).  The lock is rust free, and the manufacturer claims it has been subjected to rigorous salt bath testing with incredible results. Foldylock features anti-drilling rivets and cylinder secured in a hardened steel housing, its a tough lock to crack. Buy ($80 Kickstarter) Continue reading Foldylock

GoPro Hero3+

We’ve always been fans of GoPro’s line of action cameras, in fact we’ve written a few other posts on their cameras and accessories that utilize them, here, here, and here. This week they introduced the latest iteration of their camera line, the Hero3+ Black Edition.  The is smaller, lighter, and faster than the already amazing Hero3 Black. You still get the same awesome features; 12MP photos, burst mode, up to 4K resolution.  The 3+ also gives you 30% longer battery life, 4X faster WiFi connectivity, 20% smaller and lighter than previous models, a sharper lens, and vastly improved low light performance.  All this in a camera that’s about the size of a box of matches. SuperView™ ‘captures the world’s most immersive wide angle perspective’. This is THE action sports camera. Buy ($399.99) Check out some footage after the jump. Continue reading GoPro Hero3+

Burton X Red Wing Leather Ion Snowboard Boot

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With snowboard season just around the corner, it’s time to throw away your worn out 5 year old boots and pick up a set that will last you just as long.  The Burton Ion Red Wing Collaboration boot combines the superior tech of Burton’s best boot with the timeless look of Red Wing Shoe leather.  With Speed Zone lacing you’ll be on the hill in no time. EVA cushioning and snow-proof lining will keep you warm, dry, and comfortable all day long. Shrinkage footprint technology allows for the boot’s footprint to be effectively one size smaller, to keep toe drag to a minimum while making the boot lighter and more responsive. Buy ($479.95)

Juicies+ Premium Charging Cables

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It seems that we’ve been posting a lot of cables lately.  Charging your device is almost as essential as breathing, and a simple cable is the best solution to charging your device.  Juices+ Cables, like the Eastern Collective Cables use a woven cable for a durable, tangle free design.  The cables come in Gold, Silver, and Black. Where they differ in their design, the Juices+ use anodized aluminum connectors instead of plastic.  For some phone users (iPhone 5, 5S, HTC One, Nokia models) this is very attractive, as it matches the material their phone is constructed with. These cables are licensed by Apple for use, so you will never have any compatibility issues. This project has already surpassed its Kickstarter goal by over 400%, but you can still get in the game and grab yourself one of these cables for just $18. Get one today!

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Easy-Macro

The Easy-Macro, not to be confused with Kraft’s delicious Easy-Mac, is a great way to take very detailed close up photos on your smartphone. Simply wrap the band around your phone or table, line up the 4x magnification lens to your camera and you’ll be taking crisp macro photos in no time.  The innovative design of basically a rubber band with a lens attached to it allows the Easy-Macro to fit almost any device while remaining small and easy to throw into a pocket or even a wallet when not in use. Check out some sample shots after the jump.  Buy ($15)   Continue reading Easy-Macro

iOauto Pro

The iOauto Pro by ProClip USA is a simple yet innovative way to mount your phone or other device safely in your car. The iOmounts system starts with the iOadapt, a super thin magnetic ring that adheres to the back of your device. The iOmounts core attaches to your dash with a car specific clip that doesn’t require any modification to your vehicle. The half-sphere design lets you optimize your viewing angle. You can orient your phone in landscape, portrait and anything in between. Removing is easy, all you need is a firm tug.  Buy ($80)

Kindle Fire HDX

Amazon has just introduced its newest generation of tablets with the Kindle Fire HDX.  The completely re-engineered tablet comes in both 7″ and 8.9″ variants, and now has a stunning 2560×1600 (8.9″) HD display with perfect color accuracy, reduced glare and vastly improved brightness.  Utilizing a quad core Snapdragon 800 Processor clocking in at 2.2GHz, the HDX is 3x as fast as its predecessor. The 11 hour battery life (17 if just reading) is quite robust. Optional 4G keeps you connected wherever you go. With the HDX, Amazon is introducing the ‘Mayday’ button; a 24 hour 365 days a year support center built right into the tablet. The HDX runs on a new OS, Fire 3.0 ‘Mojito’ which has hundreds of great new features. Buy ($229-$579)

Eastern Collective Cables

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Eastern Collective has re-imagined the USB charging cable.  Utilizing a fabric casing, these cables are not only much brighter than your standard black or white cable, they are also much more durable.  The unique casing protects the cable from tangles and breaks, as the braided fabric is stronger than other cables’ casings. They come in a variety of sizes, from as small as ten inches through to six feet in length. The cables are available in a variety of colorways and fit 30pin Apple, Lightning, micro and mini USB, and Aux 3.5mm. Buy ($9.95-$26.95) Continue reading Eastern Collective Cables

SOOT Electropack

We live in a society of being constantly connected and attached to our electronic devices.  One downside of this, especially with our mobile phones is that the battery life can’t keep up with our needs.  The SOOT Electropack is a bag system that meets your everyday needs with three different configurations: a small DSLR friendly messenger bag ($139 on Kickstarter with battery, $159 at launch); a larger, commuter focused backpack with a laptop sleeve ($159/$179); and when the two aforementioned bags are zipped together, a larger volume carry on perfect for carrying all your gear ($239/$299). It doesn’t end there.  Each component of the Electropack is available with a 10,000mAh battery with dual USB charging ports. The marine vinyl construction is durable and weather resistant. The pack allows you to keep your devices charged and remain off the grid for up to two weeks! You can make this bag a reality by supporting their Kickstarter Campaign today! Continue reading SOOT Electropack

Lego R2-D2

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Legos never go out of style. Ever. Especially when coupled with a franchise like Star Wars. Even more so when they have anything to do with robots/droids.  They are probably one of the only toys on the market that a grown man can have fun with and not worry about being chastised for it.  The limited production Lego R2-D2 is one of the best executed Star Wars/Lego tie-ins we’ve seen to date. It is part of the Ultimate Collector Series, and is a very hard to find piece. Features include a retractable third leg, a universal computer interface arm and circular saw, a realistic rotating head and a fact plaque with included R2-D2 minifigure.  R2 Stands over a foot tall and is an excellent addition to your collection. Buy ($179) Continue reading Lego R2-D2

The Dark Knight Trilogy Ultimate Collector’s Edition

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This Tuesday, September 24th Warner Brothers is releasing the Blu-Ray combo pack everyone has been waiting for: The Dark Knight Trilogy Ultimate Collector’s Edition.  This incredible collection includes not only the three best Batman films ever produced, but a slew of other awesome extras and features. The extras include Mattel Hot Wheels models of the Bat, Batmobile, and Batpod.   Continue reading The Dark Knight Trilogy Ultimate Collector’s Edition