Despite the best efforts of forward-thinking carriers like Virgin and Emirates, air travel remains a hellish experience for most. Poppi is a concept airline created by Teague, an air travel design firm that's worked with Boeing since the mid 1940s, that would make a number of changes to benefit both the flyer and the airline alike. Gone are the space-hogging, time-wasting overhead bins, replaced by thin compartments for things like laptop bags and jackets that can speed up boarding times by over 70 percent while your checked baggage is stamped with an RFID tag to help you keep track of it. Middle seats would become sponsored affairs, with special gifts and perks awaiting those who book them, and the elbow-killing beverage carts are replaced by vending machines placed strategically throughout the cabin. For movie buffs, there's "cinema class" with a huge screen and blacked-out lights for a more enjoyable experience, and you could buy or sell your tickets, or even just swap seats, all from a user-friendly app. It's just an idea, for now, but with any luck you'll see some of these ideas in use by real-life airlines sooner rather than later.
The team behind Civilware has one goal in mind when they're making something new — it should provide a "lifetime of service". They first proved that statement a year ago with the Striker Utility Knife, then followed it up with the pocket-ready Striker Folding Knife. So when we heard a hatchet was next on Civilware's list, we knew we had to jump onboard. Built to those same standards by a respected maker in El Salvador, the Civilware Hatchet, with our edition clad in an all-black Uncrate colorway, has a drop-forged 1060 high carbon steel head that holds a sharp edge on one end and doubles as a hammer on the other. The well-balanced American Hickory handle is the perfect length for everything from splitting campfire wood to hammering in tent stakes or even protecting your beautiful beard and/or loved ones from predators in the wild. A leather cover keeps the hatchet nice and warm when you're not putting it to use. Also available with a natural wood handle or a quick-to-spot red handle.
Inspired by the iconic Paul Newman Daytona, the Project X DS8 Rolex Daytona Watch is as close as you can come without tracking down an original. It has the same three-color black dial found on those early '70s models, all the way down to the modified sub-dials and Rolex Cosmograph Oyster text. It also ships with two different bezels — the original steel bezel, and a custom black bakelite bezel — giving you two looks with one watch, matching both the ref. 6263 & 6265 models. Limited to just 28 examples.
If you grew up on the Game Boy, or just respect and understand the trail it blazed for all the handheld gaming devices that came after it, you'll love the idea behind the Game Boy 1Up. The concept takes the original elements of the Game Boy from 1989, and updates them in subtle ways like the addition of earbuds and the evolution to landscape mode. If executed, the 1Up would be compatible with the functions and requirements of current games, constructed from plastic reinforced with natural fiber.