Small projectors are nothing new. But most involve compromises, either in the maximum resolution or brightness. The UO Smart Beam Laser Projector offers both 720p resolution and 60 lumes of brightness in a cube that measures just 2.2 inches in each direction. As the name suggests, it uses an advanced laser diode and LCOS tech to project your images up to 150" in size, accepts wireless and HDMI input, and has a battery life of up to two hours, or just long enough to catch a movie in the backyard.
It's not technically invisible. But by wrapping the exterior in a mirrored finish, Casa Invisibile by DMAA is awfully close. This prefab structure is made from wood, and measures 14.5 meters long by 3.5 meters wide, making it ideal for transport and delivery by semi. The interior is clad in pale timber and outfitted with white furnishings, and is broken up into defined spaces by the sink/bathroom on one end and a divider-like black chimney between the living and sleeping areas. And the views from outside might be obstructed by reflections, the views from inside are just fine thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows.
Photos: Delugan Meissl Associated Architects
Image stabilization is a key feature for low-light shooters. Some cameras do it inside the lens, some even move their sensors around. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Camera uses both simultaneously to provide wider correction angles than you can get with either alone. It also packs the highest-res sensor (20.3-megapixel) ever packed into a Micro Four Thirds camera and an updated image processor that lends support for 4K video recording and 8 fps boost shooting.
Simple and straightforward, the Landmann Napa Charcoal Grill lacks some of the bells and whistles you'll find on the grills at your local big-box store. And it's all the better for it. Crafted from heavy-duty powder-coated steel, it features cast-iron grates that help hold heat for a better sear, an adjustable firebox and hood-mounted thermostat that make it easy to control the heat, folding side shelves for easier storage, and a plain look that lets the focus stay where it should: on your food.
It takes skill to make a monochromatic sneaker stand out. And stand out the Native Apollo Moc does. Exclusive to Kith, this low-cut shoe sports a one-piece microfiber upper with a perforated forefoot for ventilation, plenty of tread, an EVA midsole for comfort, and a casual, slip-on vibe that's perfect for the Summer months.
You're not buying it for its camera, although at 8 megapixels, it's more than serviceable. You're not buying it for the quad-core processor, or 4.7-inch, 720p screen. You're buying the Marshall London Smartphone for music. It doesn't disappoint, either, with dual front-facing speakers and headphone ports, a knurled scroll wheel for volume control, a dedicated, one-touch music access button, a Wolfson WM8281 chip and Bluetooth aptX for superior audio quality, and included Marshall Mode in-ear headphones.
Faced with a severe downslope from the street and a building code that requires parking for two cars, Anonymous Projects flipped traditional home design on its head — literally — by putting the parking on the roof. Thus named the Car Park House, this unique home has a carport on the roof, accessible by bridge only, set next to a deck that overlooks the San Gabriel Mountains. Underneath, there are multiple bedrooms, plenty of skylights to let in natural light, and a main living space with floor-to-ceiling windows to take in the view.
Photos: Anonymous Projects
Combatant Gentlemen Chino Shorts ($30).
Combatant Gentlemen Indigo Cotton Shirt ($40).
Jack Purcell Signature Sneaker ($140).
Daniel Wellington Classic Bristol Watch ($199).
Oliver Peoples Sunglasses ($365).
Billykirk Large Carryall Bag ($525).
Robert Geller Public Supply Notebook ($20).
Cause and Effect Brass Bar Cuff ($40).
Tanner Goods SLR Camera Strap ($125).
Argus C3 Camera ($1,875).
Presented by Combatant Gentlemen.
Produced in very small quantities, the P538 is one of the most rare Italian sports cars of its era. This particular 1965 Bizzarrini P538 is chassis no. 001, and is powered by a 327-cu.in. Chevrolet Corvette V8 engine paired with a five-speed ZF manual transmission. Recently restored, the car was authenticated by Giotto Bizzarrini himself, who, before building the P538, was the leader of the team responsible for the Ferrari 250 GTO. Now in a condition suitable for entry into classic sports car competitions, it hasn't been offered publicly in decades, and represents an opportunity to own a unique piece of motoring history.
Sony might be spinning off everything but its movie, camera, and PlayStation businesses, but that doesn't mean it's run out of ideas. The Sony Huis Remote Control was dreamed up by six Sony engineers in their 20s, and is the first product to launch on the company's new crowdfunding site. Named for "Home User Interfaces", it uses an e-ink screen and learning capabilities to let you create custom button layouts and control pretty much anything in your home that accepts commands over IR, Bluetooth, or Wi-Fi. Unfortunately for those of us here in the states, they'll only ship to Japanese addresses.
Mobile chips keep getting more powerful. Which begs the question: What makes a PC, a PC? Is it the chips inside, the OS it runs, or what you can do with it? If it's the latter, then the Remix Mini Android PC is as much a "personal computer" as any vanilla Windows box. Powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core 64-bit chipset, it runs a version of Android Lollipop called Remix OS that's been customized to provide a more desktop-like experience. That includes a Windows-like taskbar, multiple overlapping Windows for multitasking, and mouse and keyboard support. It has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, an Ethernet port, dual USB ports, and an HDMI port, supports 4K output, has either 1 or 2GB of RAM and 8 or 16GB of internal storage, and yet uses only 10 watts of energy. Oh, and it starts at only $20.
Grado's been making headphones in Brooklyn since the early '50s, and the family has run one business or another out of the same building since 1918. These Grado GH1 Brooklyn Tree Headphones honor that tradition by sourcing some of their materials from the same neighborhood. Built using a maple from Sunset Park that was otherwise destined to become furniture, the GH1 features a wooden body that imparts a dynamic sound with strong bass and crisp highs. The headphones otherwise feature Grado's classic styling, and arrive with a signed letter from third-generation headphone maker Jonathan.
PF Flyer Todd Snyder Rambler II ($150).
Saturdays NYC Bowery Vertical Sweatshirt ($58).
Raleigh Denim Martin Jeans ($285).
Tanner Goods Heritage Belt ($110).
Tanner Goods Travel Wallet ($125).
The Horse Matte Black Watch ($126).
Barton Perreira Sunglasses ($480).
Aesop Resurrection Hand Balm ($27).
The Future of Architecture-1953 ($5).
Presented by PF Flyer.
We don't like to admit it, but most of us don't take care of our teeth like we should. Many of us forget to brush twice a day, most of us don't brush for the full two minutes and we all let our toothbrushes get frayed and ineffective. The Quip Electric Toothbrush and oral care service is out to change this. Featuring a sleek aluminum design with travel cover that makes brushing more convenient, powered by a smart electric vibration motor that guides brushing for a full two minutes and, to ensure you actually replace your brush on time, you'll get a new head and toothpaste refill through the mail every three months from just $5 a pop.
Presented by Quip.
No, it's not made with the popular brand of Scotch whisky. Instead, Johnnie Walker Moustache Wax is made to complement it. As anyone with serious facial hair can attest, sometimes the flavors of other foods and drinks can get left behind in your growth, altering the flavor of whatever you're enjoying later. This wax uses this to its advantage, allowing you to groom your upper lip rug while adding the essence of pepper, citrus, or ginger to your next drink.
Legend has it that modern skateboarding was invented by surfers in California who wanted to continue shredding even when there were no waves to be had. The Iris Surf Board honors this tradition with its construction. Made by covering a recycled foam core with a veneer of recycled skateboard decks, each board has a unique look all its own, and is made custom to your preferences. Available in several shapes and styles, each with a coating of bio-based resin for protection.
Just when you think you've had it all, Smoked Chilli Mayo from Gran Luchito hits your radar. Made using an underrated smoked chilli called the Pasilla Oaxaca, this fiery addition is blended with free range egg mayo and is perfect to use on burgers, sandwiches, or for a unique batch of deviled eggs. Dunk or dollop it on anything that needs extra smoke, spice, and authentic Mexican flavor.
If the old school Thermos you used to tote to school saw a modern upgrade, it might look something like the Black + Blum Thermo-Pot. Holding up to 17 ounces, this vacuum food flask features a biodegradable cork, polypropylene and silicon top, stainless steel body, and an ergonomic stainless steel spoon that magnetizes onto the side when it's not in use. It promises to keep the contents hot for up to 6 hours and the vacuum even comes with a 10 year guarantee.
Houses are often designed to stand out. The Oak Pass House by Walker Workshop was designed to blend in. By burying the bedrooms into the hillside and below a vegetated roof of edible herbs and grass, this sleek structure hides its 8,000 square foot enormity. Up top you'll find the public spaces, with large glass windows and limestone floors, as well as over 130 Coast Live Oaks surrounding the home and a 75-foot lap pool with infinity edges on three of its four sides. Built using structural concrete, the bedroom level has long uninterrupted stretches of space, walnut floors, and a courtyard that allows light and fresh air into the hallway.
Photos: Joe Fletcher
Gitman Blue Zephyr Oxford Open Collar ($168).
Topman Stone Stretch Skinny Chino ($50).
Filson Open Tote in Black ($140).
Carhartt WIP Drift Swim Trunk in Resolution Blue ($78).
Birkenstock Arizona in Black EVA ($35).
Garrett Leight Dewey 46 Sunglasses ($315).
Westerlind Wool Felt Hat ($98).
Weiss Standard Issue Field Watch Set ($1,100).
Draught Dry Goods Eyewear Case No. 02 ($90).
A.P.C. Army Necklace ($120).
Comme De Garcons Polka Dot Wallet ($165).
M&U Co. D Keyring ($30).
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Based on classic keyboards from years past, Yamaha Reface Keyboards promise to bring professional-level sound on the road. Each of these mini-keyboards offers 37 keys, with actions taken from the flagship Motif XF synth, built-in speakers, turning knobs and sliding faders to control the sound, and the ability to operate off battery power alone. The CS is based on the Control Synthesizer from the '70s, while the CP is based on the Combo Piano played by everyone from Billy Joel to Keane. The YC is based on the combo organs of the late '60s, and the DX — perhaps the most notable of the collection — draws inspiration from the DX7, the keyboard that helped to shape the sound of the mid '80s.
Based on the well-regarded Gallardo, the 2006 Lamborghini Concept S was meant to serve as the basis for a limited production run. But that never happened. Due to the high cost and time required to build one, this example — chassis 001 — was the only operable, street-legal version ever built. The design is highlighted by the "saute-vent" windscreens that sit incredibly low and merge with the bodywork to physically separate the driver's cabin from the passenger, making this one of the most unique designs from a company with a history of them. It's being sold by its only owner, and has under 115 miles on the odometer.
Viewed from the outside, it still looks like a house of worship. Step inside this London Church Conversion, however, and you'll find that while it retains some of its original detail, it is very much a home. Expertly converted, it uses the full-height sanctuary for the main living/eating/cooking area, complete with heated parquet floors and marble details. There's a single bedroom on this floor and three more on the floors above, all with en suites, while a separate stairway takes you to the mezzanine and reading area that overlooks the living room. Other notable features include a private patio with waterfall, original stained glass windows, and a gym.
It's not as easy to enjoy a rich coffee stout during the warm summer months. Calm Before The Storm from Ballast Point Brewing is a great solution for beer and coffee lovers alike, and is a perfect fit this summer. It's a golden cream ale infused with cold brewed Caffé Calabria coffee and a hint of vanilla. A fantastic warm weather alternative to the equally delicious Victory At Sea Porter that is a standout in the Ballast Point line.
As a record ages, you expect some cracks and pops, but an inconsistent sound just won't do. The RAW-1 Record Adapter Weight from Scout can help even things out, improving the sound by creating a flatter contact between the record and the turntable platter. It doubles as a 45rpm adapter and provides a more consistent listening experience whether you're a hardcore audiophile or just getting started as a vinyl collector.
Sure, the Toyota Land Cruiser is more well-known. But a Volcan Vintage Nissan Patrol is a fine alternative for old-school 4x4 fun. The company specializes in finding these classic rides in and around their offices in Medellín, Colombia, and bringing them to Tampa, Florida for full restorations. With experienced mechanics, full body, paint, interior, and roll bar shops, and an impressive array of replacement parts, they can find you a Patrol of your own, then customize it to fit your needs.
A huge number of adjustments in Photoshop, Lightroom, and the like rely on the use of a virtual slider. What if you could bring that control off the screen and onto your desk? With Palette Creative Controls, you can. This modular system of anodized aluminum dials, buttons, and sliders connects to your computer via USB, and gives you fine-tuned, physical controls for the aforementioned photo apps, Premiere, InDesign, After Effects, and any other app that supports MIDI controls or keyboard shortcuts. You can customize the layout, function and color of each control to suit your own preferences, and thanks to the modular design, expanding your system is a simple as plugging a new module in.