The Land Rover Defender and Chevrolet Corvette are two of the most iconic vehicles ever produced. So it only makes sense to combine them. The East Coast Defender Beast SUV pairs the Rover's off-road prowess and masculine lines with the Corvette's power, resulting in a highly capable ride. It's powered by an LS3 Stingray engine linked to Ashcroft drive shafts and axles, capable of moving the entire package from 0-60 in under seven seconds. There are upgraded brakes for added stopping power, and the interior has an 8-piece JBL speaker system, hand-stitched racing seats for secure but comfortable travelling, and a Momo steering wheel for precise maneuvers.
Whether you have allegiance to a particular brand or just a love of automotive design in general, these Auto Icon Prints make a great addition to the garage or man cave. Available for such storied nameplates as Audi, Mercedes, Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Porsche, these posters celebrate decades of world-leading design by showing just enough of each car — the headlights, grille, and vents — to identify the model without ruining the minimal vibe. They measure 18" x 24" and are printed on archival-quality paper.
Tesla is doing a great job pushing us towards an all-electric future. But while most of us drive cars, there's still an awful lot of diesel-guzzling rigs on the road. The Nikola One Electric Semi-Truck hopes to change that. It has a 2,000 hp, 6x6 all-wheel drive electric powertrain that gets topped off by a natural gas-powered turbine. The result is an earth-friendly vehicle that can haul nearly 2,000 pounds more than its competition, accelerate twice as fast, and go up to 1,200 miles without needing a fill up. Its carbon fiber cab offers a number of advanced features, like two full-size beds, a full-size fridge and freezer, a 40-inch TV, LTE connectivity, and a 15-inch touchscreen to control the action, and since it doesn't have a traditional engine, it provides 30% more cabin space and a forward driving position with panoramic views.
Inspired by a love of water and fire and a constant desire for a hot bath, The Soak Wood-Fired Hot Tub takes its minimal design and red cedar seats from Japanese Ofuro soaking tubs. The Bauhaus style form is covered in a marine grade aluminum and held together with tig welding. A side accessed stove and stainless steel pipe allow for authentic wood-fire heating, while a propane heating option is also available for a less demanding soak.
Show your love for great tech icons by proudly displaying them on your walls. Framed Tech pays homage to outdated gadgets and vintage consoles by disassembling and arranging them into a modern work of art. Each piece is thoughtfully hung on a 3mm PVC mat and placed in a custom frame. From Ataris to iPhones, the collection has something to accommodate every fanboy.
Raspberry Pi's combination of small size, versatility, and affordability has led to a number of interesting projects. The Raspberry Pi Tube Amp is just the latest. This add-on is compatible with all 40-pin versions of the Pi, and adds a 24-bit DAC, single 12AU7 tube gain stage, and a solid state Class A output that can drive headphones ranging 32 to 200 Ohms with ease. A gain select switch sets the output to the optimum level for your listening device, so the only thing you really need to worry about is what sort of case you want to build.
We've all done it — left the conversation we were in to switch apps and do a Google search. Gboard lets you do the same thing right from your keyboard. Addresses, flight info, maps, images, and more all appear right below where you're typing, ready to share with a single tap. It also handles typical replacement keyboard duties like glide typing and emojis with ease, and, yes, it has a dedicated GIF section, too. Surprisingly iPhone-only.
All the benefits of LED lighting, none of the style-cramping design. Appropriately named for an Edison-style light, the Alva LED Pendant Light uses a downward-firing LED to light the detailed "filaments" that are laser-etched in the optic crystal bulb, giving it a classic look. The 14.5 watt light delivers up to 290 lumens of illumination, can be adjusted from 3,000K to 2,200K depending on your needs and preferences, and is completely dimmable. Available in two finishes, it arrives with six feet of cuttable cloth cord.
Modular, sustainable, and easily movable, a Wikkel House is among the most versatile structures you can buy. Named after the Dutch word for wrapping, each 1.2 meter-deep segment is created by wrapping 24 layers of high-quality cardboard around a central mold. The resulting structure is strong, lightweight, and well-insulated, and can easily be joined with as many other segments as your design calls for. You can add extra windows, the pre-made Home module with bathroom and mini kitchen, and as much space as you need, but no matter what configuration you choose, your house will be built in Amsterdam, finished with a waterproof coating and wood panelling, and transported to the location of your choice, where it takes only a day to set up.
Whether you're prepping for the EOTWAWKI or just wanting to make sure you're over prepared for your next camping trip, the Morakniv Bushcraft Survival Knife. It has a 4.3-inch high carbon steel blade with a black coating to prevent corrosion, paired with an ergonomic rubber grip. Just as important is the included sheath, which houses an integrated diamond sharpener and has a rubber spine that holds the included firestarter. With the ability to cut firewood, light it, and even kill something for you to cook over it, it's a versatile woodman's tool that is well deserving of a spot in your bug out bag.
The convenience of always-on voice controls meets the power of the world's biggest search engine in Google Home. Like Amazon's Alexa, the Google Assistant baked into Home lets you ask questions, set times, and control Internet of Things devices using natural language. It also supports Google Cast, meaning you can play songs on any Cast-enabled speaker (including the Home itself), link them together for whole-home audio, and even pick out and start watching TV shows using nothing but your voice. Swappable bases let you match the device to your decor, and since developers are getting a look at it months before its official debut, you can count on it having a few surprise features when it launches later this year.
Developed in collaboration with BMW Motorrad designer Julian Weber, the Diamond Atelier BMW Mark II Series Motorcycle puts a charismatic spin on the 2-Valve Monolever. The bike comes with either an 800 or 1,000cc engine, and is available in three stages, each with different equipment and levels of modification. No matter which one you choose, you get an aggressive, low-slung cafe racer-style body in your choice of color, and the satisfaction of knowing you own one of just 10 such examples in the world.
With a simple design that only gets better over time, the Stahl Firepit makes a great addition to your carefully manicured yard or patio. It's crafted from hand-selected quarter-inch A36 hot rolled steel that's purposely left raw, allowing it to naturally lighten as you use it and develop a unique autumn-hued patina. It measures 32" by 30" and stands about a foot tall, and has an ingenious slotted five-piece build that lets you easily take it apart and reassemble as needed.
Get all the legendary cooking prowess in a more manageable size with the Big Green Egg MiniMax Grill. This diminutive grill stands less than 20" tall, yet still manages to pack 133 square inches of cooking area inside, and uses the same patented air flow system to give you precise control over temps, whether you're grilling, smoking, or baking. It's also made from the same high-quality ceramics as its bigger siblings, so it's built to last, but still weighs nearly 100 lbs — making it less "portable" and more "movable" than its size would suggest.
When it comes to creature comforts we miss most in the great outdoors, microwaves are second only to cell service on the list. The Adventurer Portable Microwave lets you heat food wherever you are, no outlets (or fire) necessary. This 200-watt oven uses LDMOS transistors to heat food safely and evenly, warming up to 500 ml of food or drinks at a time. The rechargeable battery can run for up to 30 minutes per charge, the batteries can easily be swapped out on extended trips, and the whole thing weighs under three pounds, so it won't weigh down your bag.
Located as far north as you can get via commercial flight, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault is designed as a failsafe should the rest of the world's crop collections disappear due to any number of potential catastrophes. It's ideal for a number of reasons, like the Permafrost and thick rock that keep the seeds frozen without the need for powered systems, a semi-remote location that's above sea level and unlikely to be the target of a direct military strike, and a stunning illuminated artwork that runs the length of the roof to above the entrance that will help make finding it — and the 4.5 million varieties of crops it holds — that much easier (assuming the power's still on).
There might not be any more Defenders rolling off the assembly line, but that doesn't mean people are going to stop putting their own spin on the venerable off-roader. The Icon Land Rover Defender is one such example, keeping the original's rugged looks intact while adding a host of performance, handling, and creature comfort improvements. It's powered by a 6.2 GM Erod V8 producing over 430 hp — over triple that of the original — paired to a GM automatic transmission for easy shifting and Dynatrac axles for a better ride both on- and off-road. There's also new custom bumpers, 100% LED lighting, and a custom built roll cage that fits under the new Mercedes canvas soft top, making it both safer and quieter. Inside, there's a modern sound system, Chilewich upholstery on the seats for an upscale look, and a cold-rolled and stainless steel dash that took over 200 hours to make, serving as a reminder of just how much thought was put into this rebuild.
The premise behind Amazon's Dash Buttons is simple: press a button, reorder some essential life product. So what happens when you let people make that button do whatever they want? You get the Amazon Programmable Dash Button. Like all its siblings, it's an oval-shaped, Wi-Fi connected button. But unlike the rest, this one is connected to Amazon Web Services, letting you code the button to perform tasks like switch your lights on and off, order pizza, open the garage door, call a cab, and any other Internet of Things-style tasks you can think of.
The result of a design-loving owner and a preservation-focused Boston neighborhood, this South End Townhouse merges a rowhouse facade dating back to 1899 with a strikingly moden addition. Instead of just adding on to the existing structure, the loft-style design permeates both sides of the house, with an open living/kitchen/dining area, and a staircase that runs between the home's two wings. The new addition is covered in wood sunshading that provides some privacy while allowing for views of the neighboring park, and also recalls the unfinished wood, steel, and glass of the interior.
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