The "Internet of Things" gets closer and closer to reality every day, but unfortunately, the more things you have, the more apps you're likely juggling to keep them all running as you like. Wink is looking to do away with all that by combining the controls for your various gadgets in a single, streamlined app. What all can it control? Things like connected smoke alarms, lights, locks, garage doors, blinds, and even your HVAC system — and from brands like Schlage, Kidde, and Philips, at that, with support for more products — and automation — coming soon.
When it comes to cars 30 years and older, it's tough to find them in great shape. Which is part of what makes this 1976 Mercedes-Benz 406 Unimog so appealing. Formerly used as an aircraft tug by the German Army, it spent its active duty garaged inside hangars, preserving its rugged body. The original 84hp six-cylinder diesel engine has approximately 3,300 hours on it, and is joined by a converter clutch, a power take-off shaft at the front, a "Schmidt" plate for attaching tools like a snowplow or loader, seat belts in the front and rear, new wheels and tires, refurbished seats, the unfortunately detached original speedometer, and a guarantee to draw the attention of off-roaders everywhere.
It may seem obvious to you, but no two sets of ears are exactly alike — with curves, crevices, flaps, and lobes all different, they're nearly as unique as your fingerprints. So, why do earbud manufacturers insist on a one-size-fits-all approach to building buds? Normal Earphones understand the nuances of each ear, and that's why they built an app that lets you photograph your ears, allowing them to carefully craft each pair to suit your special ears. Made from 3D-printed ABS plastic, these buds are made to fit only you, giving them a sound and shape that sets them apart from, well, everything.
Getting back to nature doesn't have to mean giving up your modern life. Take the retreats in Hide & Seek: The Architecture of Cabins & Hideouts for example. This 250+ page tome expands on the shelters shown in Rock the Shack, highlighting tons of structures that give their owners a chance to enjoy the natural settings around them, whether it be in the forest, high in the mountains, or on the water's edge, while maintaining a distinct sense of style.