Let's face it: as cool as the Oculus Rift is, its limited utility makes it a tough sell for the price. But what if there was a way to make a VR headset for just a few dollars? Well, that's exactly the idea behind the Google Cardboard VR Headset. Using nothing but cardboard, a couple of lenses, a couple magnets, velcro, a rubber band, an app, and some very simple instructions, you can transform your Android handset into a full-on VR viewer, provided you don't mind having a piece of cardboard hanging off your head as you "ooh" and "aah" your way through the available demos.
Forget toting a cable in your pocket, or worse yet, a bag — with the NomadClip, you'll always have a charging cable with you. How, you ask? Well, the clip is actually a carabiner, with ends that fold out to reveal a male USB 2.0 plug and a either a Lightning or Micro USB plug. It's also built from high-end materials like engineering-grade polycarbonate from Bayer, high-grade steel, and scratch-resistant metal on the contacts. But while it will safely hang from a belt loop or keychain, we wouldn't recommend using it for climbing — after all, where are you going to find a charging station in the wilderness?
What would you give to never make your bed again? A small fortune? Well, with Smart Bedding, you won't have to make your bed again — and you won't pay that much, either. Made from 100% cotton and packing a thread count of 300, this intelligently designed system uses a series of connectors to keep the same-sized top sheet and duvet cover in line with each other, preventing the horrors of bunched up sheets and eliminating the need to tuck an oversized top sheet under the bed. Just flatten out the duvet cover, and you're done. Sounds good to us.
You never know when you're going to find the perfect spot to have a picnic or just sit down and enjoy the view — which is why they make the Matador Pocket Blanket. This roomy, 55" x 44" blanket offers enough room for four people to sit down (or two people to lay), and features a puncture-resistant, water-repellent back side to keep you dry, weighted corners for windy days, an attached storage pouch for safe keeping, and an "easy-back pattern" that makes putting it away almost as easy as spreading it out.
Ice cold draft beer at home? It's not that uncommon anymore, with stores that fill growlers and home kegerators on the rise. But what if you could have any draft beer on tap in your home without the hassle of a giant keg or the declining freshness of your growler? Synek Draft System aims to make this a reality with their sharp looking and innovative system, which has you filling a bag instead of a growler. It's then chilled and pressurized, giving you the ability to pour a serving and even switch to another beer without losing quality.
If you've never heard of Thug Kitchen, odds are you've been
sleeping cooking underneath a culinary and pop-cultural rock. If you have, you're well-familiar with the food blog's slang- and swear-infused approach to mostly vegan and vegetarian health-food recipes. Now, Thug Kitchen: Eat Like You Give a F*ck is making the leap from digital to paper, giving you the ammunition you need to stop eating like crap and start feeling good. Packed with exclusive recipes and photos never seen on the site, cooking guides, and helpful shopping tips so you can ball on a budget.
Have something small — cash, microfilm, an SD card loaded with private videos — that you want kept safe and out-of-sight? Hide it in plain view with the Spy Bolt. Based on Soviet KGB hollow bolts, this handy gadget features a secret storage compartment that's nearly half and inch in diameter and almost three inches long, offering plenty of room for covert communications. And should the bolt find its way outside, you rest assured that the contents are safe, thanks to an O-ring seal around the top.
It's okay. Re-read the headline. We'll wait. Yes, it's true: the American brand most associated with disturbingly loud two-wheeled vehicles is making one that's essentially... silent. The Harley-Davidson Livewire Electric Motorcycle is unfortunately not for sale (yet), but it will be available to ride at over 30 dealers across the country. As it mostly exists to gather feedback on an eventual, actually-for-sale electric bike, the specs are a little thin, but the thrill of riding down the road on a Harley incognito is enough of a draw on its own.
Drawing on a tablet or smartphone is nearly as easy as drawing on paper — but most styluses lack the intelligence to really streamline the process. The Adobe Ink & Slide seek to change all that. Designed with the iPad in mind, the set includes an incredibly accurate digital drawing tool that uses Bluetooth LE to stay connected to your devices and features a button that can bring up on-screen menus for selecting different tools and colors, as well as a digital ruler that makes it simple to draw complex shapes. And thanks to Creative Cloud integration, your assets and color schemes will be ready and waiting for you.
While most of the world waits for Apple to announce whatever its new wrist-bound iGadget is called, there are plenty of other people looking to get into the smart watch game. The Withings Activite Smart Watch is a perfect example. Instead of slapping a screen onto a band and calling it a day, the Activite looks like a normal timepiece, with slim watch hands, a stainless steel case, and a sapphire cover. But where it differs from your average watch is in its ability to track your steps, swimming, and running, showing an analog visualization of your progress right on the face while connecting to your phone for more in-depth tracking, sleep monitoring, and automatic watch setting, no matter where you roam.
You never know when the whole world is going to hell, but you can make sure you're prepared with Defending Your Castle: Build Catapults, Crossbows, Moats, Bulletproof Shields, and More Defensive Devices to Fend Off the Invading Hordes. This tongue-in-cheek look at home defense offers up step-by-step instructions — complete with diagrams and photographs — on how to build a variety of implements, any of which are sure to keep you safe, and more than likely piss off the president of your HOA.
It's common knowledge that a standard-issue session of the ol' bump and grind is good for 100-150 calories burnt — but with just a few (fun) changes, you can more than double that number. Sexual Fitness: The Ultimate Guide to Pump While You Hump, Tone While You Bone and Shred in the Bed can show you how. Put together by a film/TV producer, a Fortune 500 consultant, and an artist couple, this short, entertaining read is packed with muscle-building workouts that will help you stay fit and add a little spice to the bedroom/kitchen/backseat/wherever it is you like to get busy.
Get a fire going no matter the conditions outside with a single flick of the Blastmatch Fire Starter. Designed for all weather use, this handy tool enables simple, one-handed operation by building the tungsten carbide striker right into the thumb button, and also features a spring-loaded flint bar that rotates to prevent uneven wear, a built-in cap, a weight of only 2.7 oz., and the ability to work with natural or wet fire tinder.
Forget ice — all you need to keep your beers cold this summer is a hole in the ground and the Earth Cooler. As the name suggests, this eco-friendly cooler is roughly 3.7 feet tall, with a top that raises up giving you access to your suds and a crank that makes for easy loading and access. It holds up to 24 standard-size beer cans, uses no electricity, and thanks to a sturdy insulated cover can be used year 'round — so whether it's the middle of summer or Super Bowl time, your beers will be ready.
"Effortless cool" has a new definition thanks to Birchbox Man, the service that ships a monthly assortment of grooming and style upgrades, directly to your door, without you lifting a finger. Each box includes 3-4 grooming samples, plus a stylish accessory, and it's all tailored to suit your personal profile. That means artisanal beard oil for the urban lumberjack, or a natty wool tie for the sartorially inclined. If you like what you get, you can purchase full-size versions in the Birchbox Shop, with perks like free shipping to sweeten the pot. Plus, with each month featuring a timely theme--like October's fan-themed partnership with FXX's The League--the surprises are always fresh.
Forget filling your deck or patio with various outdoor cooking tools, and instead just order up a Hephaestus Patio Pro. Made in the USA from 304 stainless steel, this multi-function wonder features a top chamber that you can use for barbequing and smoking, a middle chamber that functions as a wood-fired pizza oven — with cooking times in the minutes thanks to support for temperatures over 700 degrees — and a bottom chamber that holds the height-adjustable firebox, and which converts into a fire pit. Other than chairs, a table, and maybe a cooler, it's the only thing your backyard needs.
From food trucks to high-end restaurants, gourmet hot dogs are a becoming a big deal. Haute Dogs will show you how to make them at home. This 168-page cookbook holds over 100 delicious recipes for dogs inspired by everything from BBQ to Japanese cuisine, as well as instructions on how to craft your own dogs, buns, and condiments. An ideal addition to your summer grilling arsenal.
When you need some extra storage to share those all-important files — whether it's your latest Photoshop masterpiece, video from an event, or photos from your wedding — it helps to have a USB drive on-hand. And with Gigs 2 Go, you never need to be caught in need. They offer packs of four drives (available in either one GB, eight GB, or 16 GB) encased in 100% recycled post-consumer paper. Just tear off the storage you need whenever you need it, pass it on to a friend, or store it for later. At the size of a credit card, they fit conveniently in your pocket or wallet, because it's better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.
Cook meals and charge your gadgets at the same time with the BioLite BaseCamp Stove. This ingenious portable cooker is powered by wood, converting heat from your fire into useable electricity via a thermoelectric generator. The generator powers a fan that blows air back into the burn chamber, improving combustion, while the surplus power is routed to a USB port for charging up your gear. All the while, the grill up top stays ready to cook, or, at the flick of a switch, ready to boil up water, soups, or stews.
If you've ever been to a prom, wedding, or some other formal event, odds are you know the hell that is renting a tuxedo. Or hell that was, rather, thanks to The Black Tux. This new online tuxedo rental service makes it quick and easy to rent a fantastic suit by letting you enter your measurements and select an outfit online — either pick a curated style or select the shirt, tie, jacket, shoes, and cufflinks yourself. One week before your event, your tux will arrive, and when you're done, simply drop it back in the mail. The best part? Thanks to the lack of a middleman, you're getting far greater quality for a lower price. Win, win, win.