You want the best sound quality out of your phone. You use good headphones, and maybe you even carry around a collection of lossless audio, ripped straight from vinyl. But nothing can stop the degradation of sound by the radio waves your phone emits. Except maybe this. Handmade in a 70-year-old factory by skilled Japanese craftsmen, the Simplism Hibiki Acoustic iPhone Case uses a combination of high-tech materials and North American white ash to limit the effect those waves have on your audio, giving you the best performance possible while also protecting your phone and looking damn good while doing it.
Designed for tabletop use and powered by energy-dense wood pellets, the Uuni 2 Pizza Oven is an affordable alternative to traditional outdoor wood-fired ovens. The oven can reach temps of up to 840°F, takes just 10 minutes to heat up, and can cook a pizza in under two minutes. Like any other wood-fired oven, it can be used to cook a host of other foods that can handle short cooking times, and since it's made from brushed stainless steel, it won't rust, but simply weather and age over time.
The latest update in the military-inspired design from Bell & Ross, the Regulator Officer Watch, adds some luxury to an already esteemed line. Enhanced with a bicolor black and silver dial, and a satin-polished stainless steel case that measures 47mm in diameter. Under the hood lies an automatic movement that powers the regulator function and two subdials featuring an hour and seconds counter. Complete with black alligator strap, it's a timepiece fit for a high ranking official.
Back in the pre-iPhone days, a little gadget called the Pacemaker Pocket DJ made a big impression — it was the world's first portable DJ system. Now you can get the same functionality right on your wrist. Pacemaker lets you mix, loop, blend, and drop all you want, using tracks from your own music library or any of the millions of tracks on Spotify, on your iPad, your iPhone, or, for DJs that want to roam the floor during sets, your Apple Watch. Best of all, it's completely free to try, with only the well-built effects costing you any coin.
Sometimes custom builds veer so far from the original bike that they become basically unrecognizable. That's not the case with the Ton-Up BMW R80 Indira Motorcycle. It's respectful of the original design, while adding enough new features to forge its own identity. There's a new fuel tank, a lowered front suspension, a shortened sub-frame, a new seat, smaller handlebars, headlight, taillight, and indicators, a new exhaust, and handsome black and brown livery. Yet the BMW engine at its heart is still there, visible as ever, an indication to fellow gearheads of the bike's rich heritage.
Any designer can tell you that constraints aren't necessarily a bad thing — in fact, they often allow one to be more creative. As is the case with the Maracana House. Limited by the plot of land on which it sits, and by a desire to use affordable construction materials, this block and concrete structure is both distinctly modern yet surprisingly warm. Its multi-level design retains an open feeling, thanks to huge sliding glass doors and curtains at the rear, an entrance that overlooks the living area and provides a transition between it and the private bedrooms upstairs, and a stunning view of São Paulo's Lapa neighborhood from the rooftop.
In most cameras, a new sensor means more megapixels, and maybe some extra low-light prowess. If you're lucky. The new sensor in the Sony RX100 IV Camera offers far more than that. The latest update to the powerful point-and-shoot centers around a stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor, with both advanced signal processing and an attached DRAM chip. These latter two features enable new capabilities like slow-motion video capture at up to 960 fps, an Anti-Distortion Shutter with a maximum speed of 1/32,000 of a second, 4K recording, and burst shooting of up to 16 fps at 20.1 megapixels, all in the same pocketable body and with the same sharp Zeiss lens.
The Rosen is a solid choice if you're looking for a no-nonsense sneaker on a budget. But if you'd like something a bit more substantial, the new Greats Pronto Sneaker should do nicely. This high-end runner is made by hand in Italy, and has a ballistic mesh and Italian suede upper, a 100% rubber outsole, a hand-cut leather stabilizer, reflective material from 3M on the toe, and full leather lining. Available in navy (Cadet), olive (Cargo), and dark gray (Graphite).
The 23rd of its kind built, this 1964 Ferrari 250 LM is one of the better examples still around — and thus one of the most desirable autos to bear the Prancing Horse. Chassis no. 6105, it was originally shown at 1964 Earl's Court Motor Show before being entered into a number of races in England and throughout Europe, including two runs at the Le Mans Classic. Unlike many other 250 LMs to see action on the track, it has been certified by Ferrari Classiche as containing all of its original mechanical components, including the 3.3L 320 hp engine, fully independent double wishbone suspension, and rack and pinion steering, making it all the more rare.
Never judge a speaker by its size, especially in the case of the Heresy from Klipsch — one of the best compact floor standing speaker lines ever created, and still made in the USA. The Klipsch Heresy III, the latest iteration, is another leap forward for the most affordable model in Klipsch's Heritage line. It features a more powerful woofer, a titanium diaphragm tweeter, and a new midrange compression driver with its own titanium diaphragm. Available in walnut, cherry, or black lacquer, the Heresy III focuses on high sensitivity and maximum output and takes the sound places that other compact speakers can only dream of.
Ask any photographer, and they'll tell you that there's something liberating about working with a prime lens, something refreshing about having to move around to find the right shot. The Leica Q Camera celebrates this by fixing its 28mm, optically-stabilized f/1.7 lens to its aluminum and magnesium alloy frame. The bright, tack-sharp lens is paired with a 24 megapixel sensor offering excellent image quality right up to ISO 50,000, lightning-quick AF, a 3.68 megapixel electronic viewfinder, and a new Maestro II processor for burst shooting up to 10 fps.
A joint effort from two great California brands, the Salt x Aether Scout Sunglasses were designed with motorcycle riders in mind. The traditional teardrop design features beta-titanium frames with perforated temple shields that provide wind and sun protection, and are sturdy and easy to take on and off while wearing a helmet. Everything is kept snug and secure thanks to titanium nose pads, and the lenses are have a polarized filter to block out the glare bouncing off of other vehicles on a sunny summer day. Available in four different colorways and ready for your next venture into the great wide open.
It occupies a building that predates the Bears, Blackhawks, and Cubs, yet the brand-new Chicago Athletic Association Hotel honors them all, taking its name from the elite mens club that occupied the Michigan Ave. space from 1893 until 2007. After a complete renovation and transformation, we can say it's now one of the top places to stay in the city (we stayed during their opening weekend), with 241 rooms that blend the building's Ventian Gothic design with modern amenities. The entire place is filled with original flourishes and intricate woodwork, and also offers a gem of a game room with a bocce court and various other pasttimes. You'll need to eat while you're there, so there's a Shake Shack on the ground floor, but don't miss Cindy's, the rooftop bar and restaurant offering insane views of Millennium Park and Lake Michigan, as well as an original Warhol painting of its namesake on the wall. Speaking of the Cubs, the hotel's "C" logo is the same as the mens club — it was the Wrigley family who borrowed it in 1921 for its newly purchased baseball team.
Most cameras would be happy to debut with one "world's first" feature. The Sony A7R II Camera has two. At its heart is a massive 42.4 megapixel sensor, the world's first to offer backside illumination at a full-frame size. And thanks to the sensor — which also offers ISO up to 102,400 and an insane 399 phase detection AF points — it can capture 4K video using the full width of the sensor, a first for a 35mm-format interchangeable-lens camera. Other features include an upgraded viewfinder, 5-axis image stabilization for even sharper photos, and a rugged magnesium alloy body.
We don't have autonomous droids to treat us with holograms meant for some strange old hermit, but the Holus Tabletop Holographic Display is probably more practical, anyway. This desk- or table-bound box displays digital information from your PC, tablet, or phone as a holographic projection, with 360-degree viewing angles and four different perspectives. It can be used for everything from 3D gaming to holographic video conferencing, has built-in motion tracking and speakers, works with other devices like the Leap motion sensor and Emotiv eeg headset, and comes in two flavors — a Home edition good for most users, and a Pro edition for developers.
From serious handymen to guys just trying to handle household chores, nearly every man has a toolbox. The Coolbox is designed to replace them all. For the DIY guy, there's Bluetooth speakers, a built-in whiteboard, an iPad stand, an integrated battery with two USB ports for charging, and, of course, a bottle opener. For the everyone else, it has 1,750 cubic inches of internal storage, a 10-foot extension cord with three 110v outlets, a magnetic tray for keeping screws and bolts in place, and a LED floodlight.
The world's most intelligent oven is here, and it's ready to change the way you put together your next meal. The June Intelligent Oven makes cooking easier, and way more precise, thanks to its two internal temperature probes and a high-def video camera with a fisheye lens. It's small enough to fit on your countertop, but large enough to bake a 12" pizza or roast a whole chicken. June can detect the type of food, and its weight, and cooks things faster, using less energy. And the simple, clean design — complete with a sleek 5 inch touchscreen and 21-inch window — looks great in any kitchen. Of course, it's connected to Wi-Fi and controlled using your IPhone or IPad and just happens to be built by the same team that helped bring the iPhone, Apple Watch, GoPro, and FitBit to market.
Jerky is good. Bacon is good. Sriracha is good. All three together? Portable snacking bliss. Sriracha Bacon Jerky combines this man-food pyramid in each delicious bite. It's made by hand in small batches using all-natural bacon that gets marinated in sriracha glaze, then cooked in a jerky oven to come out with just the right texture and chewiness. Available in 2 oz. pouches that you can order individually or set to have delivered every 15, 30, 45, or 60 days — not that we'd recommend waiting that long.
The story of the craft beer boom, which is still being written, isn't ground that hasn't been tread upon already. But a view of that boom through the eyes of those that care about great design is new territory, and Oh Beautiful Beer: The Evolution of Craft Beer and Design is one of the first to tell it. Fascinating for beer and design geeks alike, this book showcases the brands that not only make great beer, but also take the extra time to stand out on the increasingly crowded beer shelves. Inspired by the blog of the same name, this homage to beautiful beer labels also includes vintage beer ads, notes on packaging, and behind-the-scenes stories from top brewers and designers.
Gear. Style. Cars. Tech. Vices. Get your daily dose of it all with the Uncrate app. We've just released version 2.0, which sports a completely new design, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus optimization, and all kinds of under-the-hood improvements. New stuff is added every day for your perusal, and you also get quick access to your stashed items and magazine subscription. You're really missing out if our app isn't on your home screen.
Energy efficiency meets clean design at Villa Kogelhof by Paul de Ruiter Architects. Located on a protected habitat, the house is split into two spaces, one underground, and one suspended above it. The subterranean level houses the entrance, garage, storage, and a workspace overlooking the pond. Upstairs, you'll find the living quarters, including the bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom, and patio, set on an open floor plan with a glass facade. As far as efficiency goes, there's an air circulation system, a central heating system, solar panels on the roof, a biomass stove for heating water, and a windmill. And don't worry about the wide-open surroundings: over 70,000 trees have been planted that will provide plenty of privacy in the years to come.
There are plenty of bearded dudes walking around these days, but not very many are taking proper care of their crop. And who knows beards better than the Amish? Honest Amish Beard Balm is made with all natural products, including a blend of hair strengthening botanicals infused in a base of virgin argan, avocado, grapeseed, virgin pumpkin seed, and apricot kernel oils. It keeps your beard looking and feeling top notch, and the balm will even keep new growth from itching as you grow your beard to Amish levels of amazing.
An homage to the iconic Eames Molded Fiberglass Chair, the D'Hauteville Concrete Chair is a worthy update to this classic mid-century design. It's designed by Julie Legros and Henri Lavallard Boge, with steel legs and a concrete seat/back that combine to evoke modern building techniques while blending harmoniously into a wide variety of decors.
We knew it was coming — Apple didn't buy Beats to make headphones, after all. Now Apple Music is here, and it's aiming to be the only music app you need. Folded into the app are a new streaming service with access to over 30 million songs and artist-curated playlists, a new 24/7 radio station hosted by some of the world's best DJs, and a new feature called Connect that lets you follow artists both mainstream and underground, with the ability to like and comment on everything from songs and videos to lyrics and backstage photos. Of course, it also gives you access to all your existing music and playlists, too, and gives intelligent suggestions for new tunes based on your already rich listening history. Arriving for iOS and Android.
It's a great tool for first responders and explorers. It's useful around the house, too. The Outland Multi-Mission Axe can handle a number of jobs, thanks to full tang S7 steel construction, G10 handle grips, and its multitude of uses. It can serve as an axe, a hammer, a seat belt cutter, a pry bar, a cutting tool, or a hex nut driver, all of which make it ideal for rescue missions, extractions, or just spouse-imposed trips to the backyard. Available in 15" and 17" varieties, and made in the USA.
Not satisfied with simply placing a box on the edge of the world overlooking the sea, the Cliff House goes one better by hanging you over it. The five-story modular concept features a car port on the roof, three bedrooms, a spacious living area, a central elevator for accessing the various levels, an open area on the bottom floor with space for a grill and a hot tub, and a sparse design that takes care not to get in the way of the breathtaking views.
Highly portable yet surprisingly spacious, the Roccbox Outdoor Oven is ideal for the on-the-go chef. Its body is made from multiple layers of stainless steel, with an insulated jacket and silicone outer sleeve. It can run off of gas or wood, heats up to 500º C in just 15 minutes, and has folding legs to make its 44 pounds that much easier to move. And while it can cook anything from meats to desserts, its real skill lies in pizza-making, thanks to an insulated internal stone floor and the ability to cook a 12-inch pie in just 90 seconds.