If the idea of sentient robots one day invading our homes sends luddite chills down your spine, do not read further — because that day is one step closer. Keecker is an Android-powered robot that follows you around your home, projecting content from your smartphone, or directly from the device itself onto your walls. You can use it to play games with your phone as the controller, watch video projected onto the walls, listen to 360-degree immersive sound controlled by an app on your smartphone, Skype with friends while walking around your house, or use it as a nanny-cam by telling it where to go in your place. In addition to entertainment, you can also use it as a home security robot — and though it won't shoot lasers at intruders — it can monitor air quality and let you check in on your home remotely. Since it is completely wireless, has a built-in battery that lasts up to a week, and can run any Android app out there, the possibilities are pretty much endless.
Before you say anything — no, the Epson Moverio BT-200 Glasses aren't meant to be the kind of wearable tech that you'd put on in public — at least, we hope not. These are augmented reality smart glasses, meant for wearing to watch and interact with video, and play games. Equipped with dual screens for two-dimensional and three-dimensional viewing, they project video at a pixel resolution comparable to most HD TVs. An attached Android-powered device controls the experience with a textured touchpad. Equipped with motion sensors, GPS, and a gyroscope, the glasses take inputs from rear-world movement and apply it to whatever you view.
VW has played around with the idea of a buggy-style rides before — see the Volkswagen Buggy Up Concept, for example — but never has one come so close to production-ready as the Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept. Based on the Beetle R-Line with same 210hp, 2.0L TSI engine but longer, wider, taller, and with additional ground clearance, this offroader features a ski rack built into the roof and rear spoilers, 19-inch wheels, Bi-Xenon headlights, LED fog lights, a 7.7-inch touchscreen, two-tone seats, and a six-speed DSG transmission. Sadly, still no word on whether this one might eventually make an appearance at a dealer new you.
Traditional snowshoes are large. Like, really large — large enough to make you leave them at home or at your camp unless you're 100% sure you'll need them. With Small Foot Inflatable Snowshoes, you can keep them with you any time there's snow in the forecast or on the ground. Since they're inflatable, they collapse down into easy-to-carry bags when not in use, and weigh just under a kilo. In addition, they're designed to allow your boot to make solid contact with the surface beneath you, providing excellent traction with all the benefits of a floating support.
Is '70s style making a comeback? Well, it certainly is with this Omega Speedmaster Mark II Watch. A reintroduction of a watch that first appeared in 1969, this handsome, masculine timepiece features a water resistant brushed steel case and matching bracelet and your choice of either red/orange and gray or monochrome black and white dials. As for specs, it's powered by a Omega Calibre 3330 automatic movement, with a certified COSC Chronometer, raised tachymetre marks, and a date indicator located at 6 o'clock. Just be sure to pay attention, as there's no "Mark II" marking on the face to let you know which is which.
Made to seize on the nostalgia many feel for the cars of yesterday — while blending in some impressive modern tech — the 2014 Porsche 911 Targa is a retro-styled two-seater that loses half its top at the touch of a button. Just like the original 1965 911 Targa, it features a wrap-around rear window and roof bar with a removable top section. Unlike the original, the roof is now fully-automatic. Available in two models, the 4 and 4S, you can get yours with up to a 3.8-liter flat six producing 400 horsepower. Both come exclusively with all-wheel-drive, and will be available in the US this summer (just in time to cruise topless).
It's that time of year, the time when beer drinkers who crave large amounts of hops in their beverages rejoice, because Bell's Hopslam Ale is hitting store shelves. Released every January, Hopslam is a double IPA with a demand that continues to grow. Hopslam starts with six different hop varietals, each selected in large part due to the aromatic qualities they possess. After a big dry-hop addition at the end, Bell's adds a helping of honey to balance out the bite and give this 10% ABV hop bomb the balance that makes it special.
Bacon is fantastic no matter how you cook it, but believe it or not, there's more ways to make it than simply following the Bacon Method. Penned by chef/author/recipe developer Theresa Gilliam and photographer E. Jane Armstrong, Bacon 24/7: Recipes for Curing, Smoking, and Eating is filled with recipes to give you some variety to your bacon consumption, from breakfast to late-night snacks and even desserts. And should you want to take your love to the next level, info on curing and smoking your own.
Your bike doesn't need to be armed with grappling hooks, armor-piercing cannons, and machine guns to pull off the Dark Motorcycle Helmet — though it definitely wouldn't hurt if you were cruising on something resembling the Batpod. No, this helmet is made for the not-quite-average guy with a penchant for the unique (even if he doesn't spend his nights fighting crime). Molded from a proprietary elastomer material, this DOT-approved full face helmet features interchangeable clear and tinted visors, and flexible points at the top for a silhouette that's sure to get a few looks. Removable liners and adjustable vents help keep things cool, while multiple vents reduce fog and keep you comfortable.
Normally cars transition from the real world into video games — in fact, the number of models included in a game has been a selling point for years. My how the tables have turned. Created by Calty Design Research for Playstation's Gran Turismo series, the Toyota FT-1 Concept is now a real-world ride. Inspired by the automaker's long heritage of sports cars, including the 2000GT, Celica, Supra, and Scion FR-S, the FT-1 boasts a front-engine, rear-wheel layout, a gorgeously curvy body with various inlets, ducting, vents, and a retractable rear wing, and a intimate, functional cockpit.
We all know the dilemma: you're heading out on a trip, and want some good photos to remember it by. But you also don't want to lug around several pounds of camera equipment. Well, the Panasonic Lumix ZS40 Travel Zoom Camera was designed to solve this problem. It packs an 18.1-megapixel sensor, GPS, Full-HD video recording, Wi-Fi, NFC, manual shooting modes, and a 3-inch screen into a pocket-friendly design. But the real draw here is the 24-720mm equivalent, 30x optical zoom lens from Leica that ensures you'll be able to get the right shot in nearly any situation. Or you could just carry a whole satchel of lenses and an SLR. Up to you.
Get ready for some serious changes coming from the makers of the quintessential American luxury car. The 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe — Cadillac's smallest coupe yet and the first to carry their redesigned badge — has landed. Though it shares the same platform and wheelbase as the ATS sedan, it has decidedly different body styling, with less aggressive lines and a wider stance. You can get it with one of two available engines: either a two-liter turbocharged four-cylinder (272 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque), or the 3.6-liter V6 (321 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque). They also come standard with Brembo brakes, a six-speed automatic, and are available in all-wheel-drive, and with a sport suspension package. This definitely isn't your grandpa's Cadillac.