Anki Drive ($200) is a new kind of racing game — part new-aged slot car, part iOS video game, part exercise in artificial intelligence — it brings the sort of racing interaction usually relegated to the virtual world, into (quasi-)reality. Each set includes two slot cars (designed by the Hollywood automotive artist who brought us the 1996 Batmobile), a vinyl racing mat embedded with special ink the cars can sense, and an iOS app that lets you control and customize your vehicles. The cars are powered by artificial intelligence, with the option for users to steer or fire upgradable weapons. Each car develops a unique character over time, depending on what skills and attributes you choose to upgrade, giving them advantages out on the track. It's the perfect combination of racing, robotics, and interactivity you look for in a game on the screen, but you can play it right on the floor of your apartment.
Avoid becoming another cautionary tale on the next Shark Week with Shark Deterrent Wetsuits ($450). While sharks have pretty sophisticated senses for hunting down prey, they depend a lot on their sight to actually locate and target their next meal. These wet suits use specialized patterns to break up and diffuse light, making your shape harder to discern, and ultimately making it harder for a shark to see you. The Diverter has a striped pattern that is best suited for diving and snorkeling in murky waters, while the Elude Mid is made for diving in the shallows, and the Elude Dark works well in the deep.
We all know there's nothing like the feeling of wind in your hair when you're tearing down the road at top speed, but for safety-conscious cyclists, helmets too often get in the way. The Bern Allston Helmet ($80) has 16 vents throughout the helmet and a removable liner system that lets your head actually breathe. In addition to superior ventilation, this helmet weighs a scant 13 ounces, making it considerably lighter than most bike helmets, while still maintaining structural rigidity. It's available in several colors, including black, gray, white, and green, and comes with a bill to keep sun and rain out of your eyes.
No matter what sort of excursion you have in store — whether you're going away for a quick weekend jaunt, a week-long business trip, or a month-long international vacation — there's a Billykirk Carryall Bag ($185 and up) to suit your needs. The small carryall will hold everything you need when you just need to get away for a couple days, while the medium carryall is perfect when you need to pack in a little more, or go with the large carryall when you just can't decide what to leave home. Each one is made from high-quality fabrics (including waxed canvas and herringbone cotton) with leather accents and straps, plenty of pockets, and enough color options to fit any man's style.