Internet-connected gadgets can definitely make life more convenient. But by connecting to cloud-based servers, they can also make it less secure. The Zoe Secure Smart Home Hub is designed to give you all the voice-activated smarts you expect, while keeping your commands private. It plays nice with existing connected devices like Philips Hue bulbs, Nest thermostats, and Dropcams, as well as Z-Wave and Bluetooth devices, and also has support for Voice Drops, small hexagonal boxes you can place around the home to extend Zoe's reach. You can teach it new abilities with a few taps in an app, and best of all, only the data you choose gets sent to the cloud, ensuring privacy where you expect it most.
Thanks to a wooden foundation covered in mirrors, the Mima Light Floating House appears to levitate above the ground on which it sits. Its modular design keeps environmental impact to a minimum, and allows for installation in a variety of spots where traditional building methods would be difficult. The interior is outfitted with wooden panels on the floor, walls, and ceiling, high-end fixtures, and a minimal bath and kitchen, while the exterior is clad in a combination of aluminum and laminated glass. Available in 9m and 12m varieties, but sadly for those of us in the States, only in the EU.
We can already breathe underwater. But it requires that we strap a heavy tank on our backs and go through training. The Triton Underwater Artificial Gills are light, arrive assembled, and require no training. If they actually work... well that's a whole other conversation. According to the maker, the Triton setup extracts oxygen from the water and a micro compressor takes the oxygen and stores it — supposedly allowing you to breathe underwater for up to 45 minutes. Perfect for your commute when the rising sea levels finally make cabs and Uber extinct.
Created to celebrate Air Max Day, the Nikelab Air Max 1 Royal is the first entry into the company's Royal series, which takes classic silhouettes and reimagines them in luxury materials. The Royal's upper is made from synthetic suede, with embellished stitching and debossed details, and is joined with a leather heel wrap and sockliner. A buffed Phylon midsole holds the shoe's signature visible Max Air unit, and a traditional rubber outsole provides outstanding traction. Available in black or linen.
It takes some serious intestinal fortitude to open up a Brandy distillery in the middle of bourbon country. Copper & Kings did just that, setting up shop and then having the gall to distill excellent brandy as well. Copper & Kings Craftwerk Brandy is their latest experiment, taking their American Brandy and then aging it for 12 months in craft beer barrels. The line includes brandy aged in Oskar Blues G'Knight & Deviant Dale's Double IPA barrels, Against the Grain Peated Scottish Ale barrels, Sierra Nevada Smoked Imperial Porter barrels, and barrels that once held Three Floyds Dark Lord Imperial Stout. You might not think you need a bottle of brandy, until now.