There's a distinct feeling when putting on a record that other mediums — CDs, tapes, and especially digital — simply can't match. But all those formats have something going for them that vinyl does not: the ability to build your own mix of tracks. Until now, that is. Vinylify lets you create your own track list by either choosing from their online catalog or uploading your own tracks, then presses it out to make a personalized record. Cover art is part of the whole vinyl experience, so of course you can customize that as well, and the whole thing will be cut and pressed in Amsterdam then shipped straight to your door.
Part treehouse, part tent, the Cocoon Tree is an interesting alternative to traditional temporary structures. It weighs under 150 lbs thanks to its construction, which pairs an aluminum frame with a durable tarpaulin canvas shell. It can be adapted to a variety of locations, thanks to its multiple suspension points — up to six for suspension, and six for added lateral stability — and thanks to a three-meter diameter and included mattress, it can sleep two adults comfortably. Also available in wicker-like Beach and Table variants.
A sneaker, simplified. With an all-mesh upper, a very low curb weight, and a basic design that lets you wear them with or without socks, the Nike Roshe One are everyday shoes that are as comfortable as a pair of slippers. Available in a rainbow of colorways.
It's still a bicycle. You can pedal it. But the point is you don't have to. The Bolt M-1 Electric Bike features an electric motor and rechargeable battery combo that gives you a range of up to 50 miles and a top speed of 20 mph in economy mode, or a top speed of 40 mph in off-road Sport mode, all with no pedalling needed. Each bike is passcode protected to deter thieves, and connects to a companion app to let you view speedo measurements and data, and wirelessly unlock the bike.
No artificial lighting can compete with the actual sun. That's why the Lucy Sunlight Bender doesn't create light. Instead, it uses an adaptive mirror and a series of intelligent sensors to track the sun throughout the day, keeping it focused on the same spot — just like a lamp. And since it's always in the sun, it can run solely off solar power, setting you free from the constraints of your home's existing wiring.
If you can find a private island currently, it's probably remotely located and threatened by rising sea levels. Floating Private Islands take care of both of those issues, and provide loads of options as well. Designed by Dutch architect Koen Olthuis, each one is eco-friendly, and creates new underwater habitats for nearby sea life. And not only will you be able to choose what type of home or facility you want on your island, but you'll be able to choose where your island is located. So even if you're not in the market for your own private, floating island yet, it's nice to know they are out there, customizable, and ready when you are.
You might think LEGOs are for just for kids, but the best selling sets in their extensive catalog are the Architecture sets that plenty of older fans gravitate towards. The LEGO Architect is a book that showcases architectural styles from Art Deco to High-Tech, and gives step-by-step instructions on how to build twelve different models. Photo galleries of famous structures throughout the book should help provide inspiration for brick builders young and old.
Even if you enjoy mowing the lawn, chances are you have a hard time keeping up with all the maintenance it requires. The Worx Landroid Robot Lawn Mower will not only cut the grass for you, but it keeps cutting it, 7 days a week. With the ability to navitage narrow passages, and even cut slopes up to 20 degrees, you'll wonder why you didn't employ this Landroid sooner. Customize a cutting schedule using a keypad and the quiet operation of the mower is ready to keep your lawn looking great all the time, and with zero emissions.
Built into the side of a former rock quarry, the Shimao Wonderland Hotel takes full advantage of its unique location. Situated a short drive from Shanghai and scheduled for completion in the near future, the hotel will feature 380 rooms spread across 19 stories, two of which rise above the surrounding landscape, and several of which dip below the surface of the lake formed at the quarry bottom. The soaring central glass atrium is meant to mimic a waterfall, there's both a water sport complex planned for the lowest floor and an extreme sports complex cantilevered over the quarry, and the entire project will be environmentally-friendly, with a green roof, solar panels, and geothermal energy.
Some homes are perched atop rocky outcroppings. The Pierre by Olson Kundig sits inside one. Named for the French word for stone, this one of a kind home lets the natural stone come into the living space, including the powder room, which like the fireplaces is carved out of the rock, and the master bedroom, where the sink is actually a series of polished pools formed out of the stone. The majority of the home is situated on one level, with open kitchen, living, and dining areas, a pivoting steel and glass door that gives access to the terrace, and two large bookcases that conceal both the laundry area and additional kitchen storage.
Minimize your pocket bulge by trading your current pocket blade for the Baladeo Papagayo Skinny Knife. Crafted from 420 stainless steel, it has a 3 1/8" titanium-coated blade, with an open handle design for reduced weight and a Zebrano wood front handle for a touch of flair. Finished with a bright orange paracord lanyard.
One of just three bikes built for the film, this Jurassic World Triumph Scrambler Motorcycle is a functional piece of movie memorabilia. Powered by a twin-cylinder 865cc engine, it features a custom single seat, rack, Arrow Racing exhaust, footpegs, handlebars, and Matte Green paint job. As expected, it will come complete with certificate of authenticity, and proceeds from the auction will go to benefit The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride, a global series of motorcycle events that raises money for prostate cancer research. And don't worry about the other two identical bikes: since one is in Chris Pratt's garage and the other at Triumph's UK headquarters, you're not going to see either on the road any time soon.
What's the biggest hassle when it comes to air travel? Driving to, arriving at, and dealing with the airport. The TriFan 600 VTOL Plane aims to eliminate those steps by using three ducted fans to takeoff and land from areas no bigger than a heliport. Once in the air, the five-passenger aircraft closes a door over one of the fans and engages its dual turboshaft engines, reaching cruising speed in as little as 90 seconds and covering as many as 1,200 miles without refueling. It can also hit altitudes of over 30,000 feet, letting it fly over troublesome weather, and by landing vertically, it ensures you can go right to your destination — no rental car required.
You don't need to head to an outdoor store to find a trail-ready lighter. Odds are, you already have one in your drawer at home. The Exotac FireSleeve takes any standard-size Bic lighter and turns it into an outdoor-ready piece of kit thanks to a polymer outer shell and cap. The cap keeps it watertight and prevents the gas button from being pressed accidentally, the gas lock lets you keep the lighter going without burning your fingers, and the attachment points keep it close by. And when it starts running low, you can pick up a replacement at the nearest the gas station.
A sappy remembrance, this is not. Instead, The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray: A Critical Appreciation of the World's Finest Actor celebrates the man's unique life and career with a multitude of stories, quotes, and images, all shared in a fun (and often funny) way. In addition, it covers every performance he's ever given, from SNL to St. Vincent and all the parts in between, offering up behind-the-scenes tidbits that will make you want to watch them all over again.
You can carry a backpack, and carry a tent. Or you can wear the Moedal & Totem Backpack Tent on your next excursion. Totem, the one-man, three season tent, was designed to work with the Moedal backpack, attaching to its rear side via zipper, and setting up in just 30 seconds. Once it's up, you can detach the backpack to keep your gear with you as explore the wilderness nearby, or use the handy access door on the back to get to your gear without needing to leave the tent. Each set is hand-cut, sewn, and assembled by a 100% blind workforce in Raleigh, NC, giving employment to those who otherwise might not find it.
10 minutes by boat from Key Largo. 10 minutes by helicopter from South Beach. Totally private. Pumpkin Key is a 26-acre island in Card Sound Bay with numerous possibilities. Already partially developed with water and electric run to twelve different lots on the island, it could be used to create a private club of sorts, build an upscale community, or just used as a private playground. Currently, the grounds include a three-bedroom home, two caretaker's cottages, tennis courts that double as a helipad, cart paths circling the island, a 20-slip marina built to accomodate mega-yachts, and an office and apartment for the dockmaster. Develop it for friends, develop it for profit, or just move in and relax.
Staying hydrated is one of the best things you can do for your body. But it's not always easy to keep track of your water intake. The Thermos Connected Hydration Bottle with Smart Lid is out to change that. The bottle links to a companion app that has you enter your age, weight, and activity info to create a customized hydration goal, then lets you know how you're doing throughout the day. The bottle can also sense how much water is left and check its temperature, giving you a heads up if you're about to chug some nasty hot water.