Who said all drones have to be quadcopters? The Parrot Disco Drone has a propeller, but looks far more like a traditional airplane than a futuristic camera-wielding robot. The lightweight design houses a Full HD camera in the front nose, as well as ground sensors, Wi-Fi, GPS, and three-axis stabilization for incredibly easy control. It can fly for up to 45 minutes, automatically fly a predetermined route and return home, and is also compatible with VR headsets for a first-person view of every flight. And it doesn't take much knowledge to get it off the ground, either — if you can throw a paper airplane, you can get it in the air.
It's not a full-blown smartwatch, but it's not a thin-client tracker, either. Instead, the Fitbit Blaze Fitness Watch occupies the middle ground. Like many wearables, it offers a touchscreen LCD display, stainless steel case, and an assortment of accessory bands, but it doesn't have an app store, and doesn't try to do everything at once. Instead, it tracks your daily steps, sleep, calories burned, and heart rate, can auto-track activities like basketball, tennis, running, or soccer, and has FitStar integrated for on-screen workouts. Of course, it offers simple notifications, and grabs GPS data from your phone if you have it with you, but unlike most smartwatches, it'll run for five days on a charge.
Powered by portable speaker maker Boombatix, the Globe Speakerboard Skateboard gives you the freedom from headphones without sacrificing your tunes. The first Bluetooth speaker board on the market, each board can play music at full volume for more than two hours, and much longer with the volume at a reasonable level. You even get a 50mm driver and passive radiator so you can feel the bass under your feet. Available in two sizes and compatible with any USB charger.
Most concepts leave us wanting to take them out for a spin around the block. The Faraday Future FFZERO1 Concept has us wanting to take it out for a spin around the track. Built primarily for racing, but including technology that could be extended to other, more practical vehicles, it's built on a modular system called Variable Platform Architecture that can be adapted for different sized wheelbases. It's powered by four motors — one at each wheel — producing over 1,000 hp, with a 0-60 time under 3 seconds and top speed of over 200mph. Your smartphone is integrated into the steering column, serving as the main interface both in and out of the cockpit, and the seat was designed to keep you at a 45-degree angle, promoting circulation while the special helmet and Halo safety system deliver head and neck support, oxygen, and water.
Set on Lake Koggala near Sri Lanka's southern tip, Tri Lanka is a new eco-friendly resort that offers a unique layout and minimalist accommodations. It has ten total suites and rooms, three with private pools, laid out on the property in a spiral pattern mirroring the Golden Ratio. Each has a green roof, uses solar hot water, and were made from recycled wood and other local materials, and offers access to the cantilevered pool, main dining area, viewing deck, library, entertainment room, treetop yoga studio, and the resort's Beach Club & Restaurant on nearby Kabalana Beach.
You're familiar with the Angel's Share of whiskey that evaporates into the wood during aging. The same applies to beer that spends time in barrels like Lost Abbey Angel's Share Beer. Angel's Share is a Strong Ale brewed with a truckload of caramel malt that helps emphasize the vanilla and oak flavors that make barrel aging so popular. After a year in oak, Angel's Share is bottled at 12.5% ABV and is a sweet, smooth beer with incredible balance.
Modern virtual reality systems envelop your senses of sight and sounds with ever more realistic environments. The Teslasuit promises to do the same for your sense of touch. Using an electro-tactile haptic feedback system embedded inside clothing, it can let you touch and feel objects inside virtual worlds. It connects to your rig via Bluetooth 4.0 LE, and depending on which model you choose — Pioneer or Prodigy — you'll get either 16 or 52 feedback channels that can draw you into the experience like never before. It's upgradable, thanks to a modular design, and even includes climate control, so you can feel the heat or chill of the world you're exploring.
Megapixels are far from the most important aspect of a camera, but they sure can come in handy. Thanks to a full-frame medium format CMOS sensor that's 2.5 times the size of the ones you'll find in typical DSLRs, the Phase One XF 100MP Camera offers an incredible 100 megapixels of resolution without sacrificing image quality. It does so by packing in 16-bit color depth, 15 stops of dynamic range, an ISO range of 50 - 12,800, and the ability to shoot long exposures of up to 60 minutes. All those pixels also mean high sensitivity to movement, so the system builds in vibration tracking and detection as well as an electronic first curtain shutter to help keep the shakes at bay.
With an ornate design inspired by a custom yacht from 1939, the Skyacht One is one of the most luxurious private jets on the planet. It's based on the Embraer Flagship Lineage 1000E, giving it a range of 4,600 nautical miles and over 4,000 cubic feet of cabin space. There's an entry way with planked and pegged bulkhead walls, a private conference room, a main cabin with a large sofa, cocktail bar, and TV, and a master suite featuring a bed, bathroom, and shower. The interior is dominated by rich leathers, mahogany paneling, and controls made from fine metals, and offers intelligent lighting that changes color to match the view from the roof-mounted, nautically-inspired SkyPorts that run the length of the cabin.
Streaming video is nothing new. Being able to live stream video that doesn't look like it was shot by someone holding a phone, however, is new. The Movi Live Streaming Camera lets you do exactly that by using a compact, capable standalone camera and a powerful companion app. The camera itself uses a 150º glass lens, built-in stereo microphones, and a 4K sensor to capture pro-quality HD video, while the app lets you take a single frame and create multiple shots, make cuts between shots, pan across the screen, use filters to adjust the look, or just activate the automated editing and relax. The standard kit comes with a tripod mount, charger, and microSD card for saving your shoots, while a Pro bundle includes a battery booster with Ethernet and support for USB LTE modems, and a sleek stand made by Konig and Meyer.
Unconstrained by the limits of materials or budgets, Mir Unbuilt Architecture brings to life fantastical buildings that are as real as the CGI in the latest Hollywood blockbuster, yet feel firmly grounded in reality. Their renderings represent everything from dwellings and skyscrapers to Swiss chalets, with each displaying a touch of whimsy while representing structures none of us would be surprised to enter in the near future.
Mixing pieces of Clubmaster and Round styles, Ray-Ban Clubround Sunglasses forge a new identity that's no less appealing. The tortoise and black frames are made from acetate with metal on the rims, bridge, pad arms, accents, and hinges, while the protective glass lenses come in your choice of classic green or brown shades, each offering 100% protection from UV rays and outstanding optical clarity.
True gearheads know there's a distinct smell that comes with the exhaust from a two-stroke motorcycle engine. The Two Stroke Smoke Candle from Flying Tiger Motorcycles aims to recreate that same smell at home, without the need to ride your bike through the front door. It's made from real two-stroke oil and soy wax, has a wooden wick, and comes packaged in a metal can with vintage-style label that will fit right into any motor-themed space.
Aptly named for a cross-shaped home, the Four Corner Villa offers different yet purposely defined views seen through full-length windows or doors at every end. It's set on a island in southern Finland, and has neither electricity or running water, with only wood-burning stoves for heating. The exterior is treated all black, which helps contrast not only with the snow outside but also the light-treated wood paneling inside, which can be seen in the living area, kitchen, bedroom, and sauna. A testament to minimalism, not only in architecture, but as a way of life.
Considered to be the grandest of Ferrari's touring automobiles, this 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Aerodinamico was built as the first Series II car with a longer wheelbase. The 400 Superamerica was unveiled at the Turin Motor Show in 1959 featuring a Colombo short-block V-12 engine. It also boasted a body never seen before on a Superamerica. The body was designed with a pointed open mouth nose and a swooped fastback tail for better aerodynamics. Completely restored in the 1980's, Chassis 3931 SA was a cutting edge vehicle when constructed and remains so to this day. Available at auction in its original color combination of Grigio Argento over Nero.
Pairing an outstanding design with quality craftsmanship and robust components, the Caruso Wireless Gramophone is far more than just another speaker. The design is dominated by the ceramic horn, which sticks out from the left side of the wooden cabinet. It serves as more than ornamentation, as it amplifies the sound coming from the two-way speaker, 50W Class D amplifier, and Bluetooth 4.0 receiver, while the other side of the cabinet opens up and acts as traditional storage. Hand made in Venice, Italy, it's available in a variety of finish combinations, including pure gold-covered horns and natural oak or walnut veneers.
Setting up a home bar can be daunting, given the huge array of liquors to choose from. The 12 Bottle Bar will have you up and mixing with a minimum amount of fuss. Penned by the authors of 12bottlebar.com, it includes over 200 drink recipes, including martinis, sours, and manhattans, all built using a base of eight liquors, two vermouths, and two bitters. Also included is a guide to buying the right bottles, and detailed info on everything from garnishes and syrups to ice.
Built during the final year of production, this 1958 Porsche 356 A Speedster is a classic example of this spartan drop-top that offers more speed than most. The most recent of the car's three owners upgraded it with a four-cylinder engine from a 912, producing 104 hp — a 25 percent improvement over the original engine — and outfitted with sheet metal, starter, generator fan shroud, oil filler and filter from the 356 A, giving it a stock appearance. The exterior is finished in Meisen Blue with a Navy top, correct OEM USA full bumpers, and chrome side-view mirror, while the interior has a matching Meisen Blue dash with correct gauges, a restored Nardi wooden steering wheel, and tan square-weave carpeting. Arrives with its original jack and OEM tool roll.
The rise of the smartphone has given rise to something else: incredibly cheap, powerful components. The Pine Mini Computer takes some of these and uses them to create a highly-capable, highly-affordable bare-bones rig. It's powered by a quad-core, 64-bit ARM processor running Android, Ubuntu, or any other compatible OS you load up from the Micro SD slot. There's also two I/O expansion slots, dual-core graphics capable of outputting 4K H.265 video, up to 2GB of integrated RAM, two USB 2.0 ports, optional Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and vast array of potential uses.
California is the headquarters of the best hoppy beer on the planet. That also happens to be the state that Stone Brewing and Sierra Nevada call home. And now, the two breweries have finally collaborated for Stone + Sierra Nevada NXS IPA. Making NXS involved brewing two batches of IPA. The first batch was split in half, with 50% being aged in gin-infused bourbon barrels and the other half aged in rye whiskey barrels. Batch number two was a fresh IPA, which was blended together with the first batch to make a hopped up IPA unlike any you've tried before. Leave it to two of the pioneers in craft beer to join forces and create yet another IPA we can't get enough of.
The latest wave of hoverboards to hit the market are cool, but each one requires a conductive surface to work. The Arcaboard works everywhere. Lifted above the ground with 36 high power electric fans, its thrust is strong enough to handle up to 240 pounds. Ride with the built in stabilization system using your smartphone, or do your best Marty McFly impression and control it with your body. It's one step closer to the full realization of a technology we've all been dreaming about for decades.
Water-faring cars are nothing new. Water-faring bikes, however, are. The Biski Amphibious Motorcycle functions as a capable-but-plump two-wheeler on the pavement, and as a speedy jetski on the water. It's powered by a two-cylinder gas engine producing 55hp, good for max speeds of 80 mph on land and 37 on water. Speaking of which, it uses a custom dual-jet system for on-water propulsion, has both road and marine navigation lighting, and converts between its two modes in less than 10 seconds.
Defined by three concrete boxes stacked atop one another, the Golf House provides a striking contrast with the Buenos Aires course on which it sits. The middle floor is an open space that contains the kitchen, dining, and living areas, with an open space below the latter serving as a covered carport. The bottom floor sits perpendicular to the middle, and houses guest bedrooms and baths, while the master suite sits along the same axis at the top of the structure to maximize the views. Floor-to-ceiling windows on the upper levels let in plenty of light, and provide access to the multiple decks that provide ample outdoor living space.
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Just because you're on the road doesn't mean you can't have a great cup of coffee every morning. The Blue Bottle x Timbuk2 Sabbatical Travel Kit packs everything you need to brew terrific coffee in a single, stylish bag. Included in the kit are a Hario drip scale, a TSUKI-USAGI kettle, a Porlex Mini hand grinder, a Blue Bottle travel dripper, a 2 oz. sample of Blue Bottle beans, two Falcon enamelware tumblers paired with two snap-on felt covers, and a pack of #1 filters. It all arrives in a custom Timbuk2 bag, which has an exterior of gray waxed canvas and black leather with a soft liner providing padding and protection for all its contents.
You'd think that a 14-square-foot bunk house that's been expanded multiple times over decades would be a bit of an architectural disaster. But the Longbranch Cabin is no ordinary bunk house, and Jim Olson is no ordinary architect. Built in 1959, the original structure was remodeled in 1981, 1997, 2003, and 2014, each time expanding while reusing the already existing structure. The result is a series of boxes unified under a single roof, with shared modest details — like plywood sheathing and fir flooring both inside and out — that belie its talented owner and picturesque location on Puget Sound.
If you're sipping it neat or mixing into some egg nog, the holidays should always include some Woodford Reserve. And now you've got a reason to grab a fresh bottle of this Woodford Reserve Holiday Bourbon. Featuring artwork from Louisville artist Thomas William Foerster, it paints a snowy setting outside the Woodford Distillery in Versailles, Kentucky. The same great juice but in a limited edition bottle that sets the scene for several chilly evening pours this winter.