Back in the pre-iPhone days, a little gadget called the Pacemaker Pocket DJ made a big impression — it was the world's first portable DJ system. Now you can get the same functionality right on your wrist. Pacemaker lets you mix, loop, blend, and drop all you want, using tracks from your own music library or any of the millions of tracks on Spotify, on your iPad, your iPhone, or, for DJs that want to roam the floor during sets, your Apple Watch. Best of all, it's completely free to try, with only the well-built effects costing you any coin.
If you're into vinyl, odds are you're proud of your collection. The Floating Record Vertical Turntable gives you the chance to show it off like never before by making the record itself the center of attention. An all-in-one solution, it features built-in, full-range stereo speakers, so it's easy to get up and running. It uses an Audio-Technica AT95E cartridge mounted on a fully-adjustable carbon fiber tone arm, a DC manual belt-drive system to spin both 33s and 45s, and a high-mass acrylic plinth and platter. It has a headphone jack for private listening, and RCA outs with a built-in preamp in case you want to integrate it into your existing system. Assembled by hand in Chicago.
Set along the shore of Lake Travis, Tower House by Andersson-Wise Architects stands out from its limestone neighbors while managing to blend in to the forest. Built with the goal of adding additional living space to one of the aforementioned cabins, this separate structure is comprised of three floors, with a bedroom on each of the bottom floors, and a terrace on the top floor. Its wooden exterior contrasts nicely with the surrounding rock, and begs visitors to climb for a better view of the water beyond.
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Sometimes custom builds veer so far from the original bike that they become basically unrecognizable. That's not the case with the Ton-Up BMW R80 Indira Motorcycle. It's respectful of the original design, while adding enough new features to forge its own identity. There's a new fuel tank, a lowered front suspension, a shortened sub-frame, a new seat, smaller handlebars, headlight, taillight, and indicators, a new exhaust, and handsome black and brown livery. Yet the BMW engine at its heart is still there, visible as ever, an indication to fellow gearheads of the bike's rich heritage.