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.
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.
Peter Vanderwarker / Alan Christ Architects
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.
There's nothing more sacred than a perfectly cooked ribeye. The Otto O.F.B. Steak Griller is promising just that without leaving the house. Using radiant instead of convection heat, a pair of infrared gas units capable of 1,700º temps give your meat the steakhouse crust you long for while keeping the inside a juicy medium rare. A solid cast iron grid distributes the heat evenly and can hold the biggest Porthouse your butcher can dish out. And the grill isn't limited to just steaks — you can throw on burgers, chicken, fish, or whatever's hanging out in your meat tray.
Combining shallow water maneuverability with modular design, the Mokai Es-Kape Motorized Kayak lets you reach waters inaccessible to typical watercraft. It has a smart design that nests inside the cockpit for easy transport, and a lightweight Subaru motor to power the proprietary jet drive. The high-impact polyethylene hull can be assembled in just minutes, the seat provides a comfortable ride, and the simple joystick controls let you manage steering and power with ease, whether you're fishing, exploring, or just taking a leisurely ride around the lake.
You don't need a crazy body or audacious exhaust to make a great custom bike. This Vintage Steele 1978 Yamaha SR500 Motorcycle is proof. Built by the Vermont-based cycle shop, it keeps things simple yet stylish, with a knobby rear tire, a retro-styled white gas tank, gold tinted wheels, and a blue-tinted frame that adds a necessary splash of color. And unlike most custom rides, this one won't cost a fortune to put in your garage.
Inspired by furniture designs from the 1950's and 60's, the folks at Department Chicago recently unveiled this beautiful throwback Hi-Fi Console. It's made from select Maple and Walnut hardwood solids for the best sound possible and comes with an adjustable shelf, removable record holders, connects wirelessly via Bluetooth or a audio-in connection. You even have the option to personalize your console by picking the best finish and color combo for your space. A classic hi-fi look with modern amenities make this the perfect excuse to finally dive headfirst into the world of vinyl.
Scents play a huge role in our daily lives. They can relax us, wake us up, or remind us of a special occasion. The Cyrano Scent Machine is a scent speaker that "plays" scents in the same way you'd queue up a playlist of music. It's all controlled through a smartphone app, and makes for a nice companion on your commute to work, at your desk, or even bedside. You can even combine different scents playlist-style to move through a mood melody the next time you come down with a case of the Mondays.
We're getting closer and closer to real hoverboards — and unlike the one BTTF, this one most certainly can run over water. The Flyboard Air is still a prototype, but it just carried its company's founder well over a mile up the coast of France, setting a Guinness World Record in the process. It's propelled by a jet unit that can run for up to 10 minutes, hit speeds of over 90 mph, and fly up to 10,000 feet in the air (not that it's recommended). The result of four years development, it's sadly going to need at least one more before it comes to market.
Protect your belongings while making your baggage claim experience a little easier with FPM Bank Aluminum Suitcases. They range in size from a small vanity case all the way up to a full-on trunk, and are made in Italy from 100% aluminum based on a Mark Sadler design. Premium features include leather handles and interior straps, maxi butteryfly clasps, integrated TSA locks, and silent, stable wheels, plus the added bonus of being able to pick out your bag amidst a sea of dark-colored cloth rectangles.
Set atop a granite slab overlooking a reservoir 150 feet below, the Gota Dam House uses a variety of materials to blend its modern form into the landscape. The home is defined by three main elements, including granite blocks — clad with rock from the same hillside on which the home sits — that hold bedrooms, bathrooms, and supporting spaces, oversized wooden platforms and a cantilevered roof that frame the views and provide shelter from the East African sun, and two glass-enclosed spaces that form the winter living areas. The garage cover is made from rebars woven together, a nod to the local practice of basket weaving, while the lower level pool helps merge the base of the home with the water beyond.
Bruce Rowlands, Angela Geddes / Sforza Seilern Architects
Introduced in the UK at the end of 1967, the Ford Escort Mark 1 isn't what you expect when you think of the modern Escort series. This 1974 Ford Escort MK1 provides a glimpse into the past, when Mark 1 Escorts were one of the most successful rally cars around. It's undergone a complete restoration, adding a lightweight Group 4 body, fiberglass hood and trunk, and a 2 liter FIA racing engine capable of just over 200 horsepower. Since it's restoration, it's only seen two hours of usage, and is a fine piece to add to any rally car enthusiast's collection.
Widely know as an iconic Danish furniture designer, Jens Risom also heightened the reputation of modular construction with his prefab family beach house. The Jens Risom Block Island Retreat is a 1967 timber A-frame-esque structure located off the coast of Rhode Island and has remained largely hidden for several decades. A glazed north-facing wall frames in views of the ocean, while flooding the open interior with natural light. The 700-square-foot cottage stands nearly untouched, acting almost as a showroom with its vintage Knoll pieces and never-bever-seen prototypes. In honor of his 100th birthday, take a tour of the mid-century masterpiece he leaves behind for a new generation to enjoy.
In many ways, playing a record is the antithesis of streaming. The Trntbl Turntable promises to bring the two experiences together in interesting ways. It can automatically identify what you're spinning, letting you share via social media, or show your Spotify friends what's playing, with a "Tune In" feature that lets them listen along in real-time. It can also stream audio wirelessly to Sonos, AirPlay, and Bluetooth speakers. As for the turntable itself, it comes in matte black or soft creme, with a minimal design that uses high-quality components, including gold-finished buttons, tonearm, and counterweight and a frosted acrylic platter.
Mixing classic Bronco styling with a woody concept borrowed from SUVs like the Jeep Wagoneer, this Woody Ford Bronco is a unique one-off that will be the toast of any show. It's based on a 1974 model, outfitted with marine-grade wood on both the exterior and interior. It's powered by a fuel injected Ford 302 V8 crate engine, and has added modern necessities like A/C, power disc brakes, power steering, an automatic transmission, and a 3.5-inch lift kit. Okay, the last one isn't exactly a necessity, but it does help with its off-road cred while giving plenty of space to show off the white wheels and 31-inch tires.
If throwing knives is one of your hobbies or something you've thought about taking up, you can do a lot worse than this Cold Steel True Flight Thrower Knife. Many of the throwers on the market currently are made using cheap steel or stainless steel that breaks. This model from Cold Steel however, is 12 inches long and made using 1055 carbon steel, finished in a black, baked-on protective coat. The handle also comes equipped with a pre-wrapped para-cord for a better grip. A strong, accurate throwing knife worthy of a place in your collection.
Drying your jeans isn't good for them. Folding them causes wrinkles and creases. The Jean Hanger takes care of both problems, supporting your precious denim while letting them hang dry and giving them the same importance as your shirts and jackets. The center loop on the back of your jeans goes in the slot in the middle of the hanger, while the ridges on the ends secure the outer loops. The hanger itself is made from a single piece of beech wood, and the hook is screwed in for added security. Time to find some more space in your closet.
You can get great close-ups using a prime lens, but true macro photography is a totally different beast, with its own lighting and stability requirements. The Canon Self-lit Macro Lens aims to make it a bit less intimidating for amateur shooters. In a world's first, it has a ring-style light built right into the lens, helping to illuminate challenging subjects and increase shutter speeds. It can focus to infinity during normal operation, has a 1.2x macro mode for stunning magnification, and uses a Hybrid IS system to help keep the image sharp. With a focal length of 28mm and the ability to shoot at f/3.5 wide open, it's a versatile piece of kit for EOS M owners.
When most people think of an end-of-the-world vehicle, they think of Mad Max-style weapons on wheels. The Immortus Solar Car was designed for a similar scenario, but in a totally different way. Drawing on world solar challenge racer design, it uses a combination of built-in solar panels, an aerodynamic, lightweight body, and rugged design to enable you to move around long after the gas dries up and the grid withers away. It has a range of over 340 miles, a top speed of over 90 mph, and an unlimited range at speeds of roughly 35 mph, and can carry two people with hand luggage, both on-road and off.