So far virtual reality systems have been split into two main groups: cheap, plastic holders for smartphone-based applications, and more expensive rigs that rely on PCs or gaming consoles to work. The Oculus Go VR Headset is neither. This all-in-one device has a high-resolution fast-switch LCD screen, next-generation lenses, and integrated spacial audio. Breathable fabric and elastic bands keep it snug yet comfortable on your face. It also works with both Oculus Go and Gear VR apps, so there will be a built-in library of apps ready to go when it launches in early 2018.
Set along the coast of Portugal, the Elliptic House takes its form from its geometric namesake. Overlapping ovals create the contemporary exterior, giving the home a sculpted quality. The seaward wall takes advantage of its curved silhouette with a glazed facade, affording ocean views for nearly every room in the house. The circular motif continues throughout the structure in windows, a reflecting pool, jacuzzi, and a cutout in the cantilevered roof which allows both sun and shade for the poolside terrace.
Photos: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG / Mário Martins Atelier
Taking a cue from car dealerships, Bamford last year introduced a "Service Watch" that was lent out to clients while their timepiece was in for maintenance. People loved it and wanted to purchase one for themselves. The Bamford Mayfair Watch is the result. It's highly customizable, with a 40mm case in matte black or matte gray, a bezel made from Hi-Tech matte ceramic or anodized aluminum, and a dial available in a host of colors. Similarly, numerous options abound for the strap, but no matter your selections, the indices and hands are finished in LumiNova for legibility and is powered by a Quartz Miyota 2035 movement.
Last year's Oasis packed in some features we didn't know we wanted, like a 6-inch, 300-ppi screen, and a battery-boosting charging cover. The new Amazon Kindle Oasis has one we've wanted for years: waterproofing. IPX8 rated, it's now able to handle beach- and poolside reading without worrying about splashes or accidental dips, and its larger 7-inch 300-ppi screen has an adaptive front light to make sure it's readable in any conditions. You won't mind carrying it all over, either, thanks to its lightweight anodized aluminum back, glass front cover, and available cellular networking. Available in 8GB and 32GB capacities.
A 911 Spyder isn't the most practical vehicle, but the stuff-hauling Macan lacks the same exhilaration. For those that don't want to purchase both, there's Porsche Passport. This new subscription service gives you on-demand, app-based access to a fleet of Stuttgart's vehicles. Need to make a splash? Book a 911. Hauling your boat to the marina for the weekend? Grab a Cayenne. Taking a relaxing, open-air drive into the country? The Boxster is ideal. Everything from insurance to roadside assistance is included — you just need to pick up the gas. The base "Launch" plan includes access to various Cayman, Boxster, Macan, and Cayenne models, while the more exclusive "Accelerate" plan adds more powerful models as well as 911 and Panamera options to the list. Launching exclusively for approved members in the Atlanta metro area.
Occupying two floors of the 120-year-old Union Square Building, the Media Headquarters brings the past into the present. The structure's original steel framework and brick walls were left exposed to highlight its historic character. Modern fixtures and finishes mesh with the existing elements through a contrasting white and black palette. Both levels are comprised of a mix of individual workspaces and collaborative lounges. The heartbeat of the office is a central stair. Not only is it a passage between levels, but the walkway also features a projection screen rotating and sliding doors, and theatre curtains to convert the space into a viewing pavilion for films and lectures.
Photos: Kevin Scott / Olson Kundig
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A good pillow can be the difference between a night of restful sleep and a literal pain in the neck. The team at Casper knows this and designed a pillow that provides comfort and support regardless of your sleeping position. They've invented a unique pillow-in-pillow with a firm inner core and a soft outer shell. Thanks to the even fill distribution of silky fibers, the pillow won't lose its shape. It's also finished with breathable percale cotton to keep airflow moving and your pillow cool. It's even machine washable. Take advantage of the 100-night trial, and if you don't love it, Casper will give you a free refund.
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Perched on a limestone cliff on Gower Peninsula, the Silver House brings medieval craftsmanship to the modern day. The home's foundation takes inspiration from the historic architecture in the region by employing the ancient technique of dry-stone walling and houses a recording studio. The upper level is clad in timber and topped with a mono-pitched roof. A warm interior palette comprised of exposed timber beams, wood floors, and ceilings contrast the dark facade, while full-height glazing floods the space with natural light. A cantilevered deck expands the upper level over a reflecting pool, affording views of Oxwich Point and beyond.
Photos: Hyde + Hyde Architecture
Triumph has a hit on their hands with the Bonneville Bobber. The fastest-selling new model in the company's 115-year history, the Bobber has been wildly successful — which means it's time to improve on an already robust platform. The Bobber Black edition does what any self-respecting gearhead would do to their bike if given Triumph's factory parts bin. Dual front disc brakes, bigger forks, fatter tires, and a blacked-out everything finish headline the changes. Pricing is yet to be announced, but the Bobber Black will hit dealers in early 2018.
Fewer than 20 original da Vinci's are known to exist. This is your chance to hang one in your own home. Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi — translated to "Savior of the World" — was rediscovered in the mid-2000s, the first such work to be uncovered in over a century. The painting itself dates back to around 1500, and depicts Christ in a direct half-length pose, with a crystal orb in his left hand and his right raised in blessing. It was carefully researched, authenticated, cleaned, and restored in the years leading up to its 2011 debut at The National Gallery in London, and will be offered as a special lot by Christie's in New York.
You likely enjoy the convenience of coffee pods but are tired of the months-old coffee that most pods contain. That's where Cups Coffee Pods come in. They source specialty-grade coffee that is hand-picked at peak ripeness. Then they roast the coffee in small batches and package it in recyclable K-Cup pods before delivering it to your door within days of roasting. And with each delivery of 30 pods, they'll throw in a sleeve of fully recyclable to-go cups and lids for free.
Ami Shearling Collar Jacket ($965).
Nigel Cabourn Roll Neck Sweater ($369).
NN07 Drawstring Trouser ($195).
Best Made Co. Wool Beanie ($60).
Red Wing Heritage Moc Toe Boot ($270).
Shinola Runwell Sport Chrono ($1,100).
Ray Ban Round Sunglasses ($203).
Scandinavia Dreaming ($60).
Striking a delicate balance between portability, capability, and storability, the Taxa Mantis Camper Trailer makes the most of every bit of space it offers. It measures 18 feet long and has a pop-up central roof section that provides standing room in the kitchen and bathroom areas, yet folds down to just 6' 9", letting it fit into standard-size garages. It can sleep up to four adults — two on the combination full-size bed/couch and two on the bunk beds — and integrated electric and plumbing systems that offer all the essentials for a successful stay.
Drawing inspiration from the TS050 Hybrid race car and taking some exterior cues from the beloved 86, Toyota's GR HV Sports Concept combines performance with eco-friendly driving. Its hybrid powertrain delivers more than enough juice to get the wind ripping through its Targa top, while an H-pattern shifter lets you enjoy six-speed manual-style driving when you want it and the convenience of an automatic when you don't. No production plans have yet been announced, but given its similarities to real-world examples, a commercial release isn't as far-fetched as it might seem.
Situated on a bluff in Point Dume, Johnny Carson's Malibu Estate is a home fit for a TV icon. The legendary Tonight Show host lived on the property for 20 years and it remains mostly unchanged today. The 7,000-square-foot main house was built by architect Ed Niles in 1978 and is comprised of four bedrooms, five baths, a chef's kitchen, dining room, elevator, Asian-inspired lounge, and a living room with 30-foot glazed walls overlooking the Pacific. A master suite occupies the entire second floor and features his and her walk-in closets, onyx bathrooms, and separate offices. Consisting of four acres, the property includes a two-acre garden, tennis court with a workout pavilion, guest house, an outdoor saltwater pool with oceanfront terrace, and access to Little Dume Beach.
In our search for a more customized sound and fit, we've dialed-in a pair of headphones from Copenhagen-based AIAIAI tuned by Uncrate editors. These TMA-2 modular headphones provide a warm, balanced sound that's perfect for extended listening. With a focus on clear low-end dynamics, the headphones unleash deep bass with a wide sound stage and high isolation — meaning, your Run The Jewels and Com Truise tracks will sound their best ever. The speaker units are engineered with a 40mm titanium-coated driver to reduce distortion, and built with a fully sealed housing, providing full and rich sound. Up top is a reinforced headband with super comfortable PU leather padding, while memory foam PU leather-covered earpads and a coiled cable that extends up to 10 feet round out the pair. Pretty much every surface is coated with thin rubber to give a matte look with a soft-touch feeling.
For the same price, you could buy approximately 1,080 Bic pens (if you opt for economical 144-packs). But you'll lose every last one of those plastic ballpointers, and won't feel like your written words are worth a dime. We're opting instead for the Inventery Mechanical Pen. Available in a black oxide or brushed chrome finish, this writing instrument is machined from a single brass rod to form a unibody construction. At the heart of the pen is a Schmidt P8126 capless rollerball in black ink, paired with an all-brass Schmidt click mechanism that's near-silent. Each pen has an anti-roll groove, and is marked with an individual serial number.
Weight: 57 Grams / Length: 5 Inches / Diameter: 11mm
Any smartwatch owner, or anyone who's ever read a smartwatch review, knows battery life is one of their most significant issues. The Lunar Solar Smartwatch overcomes this with a small, transparent panel that collects energy from both the sun and artificial light. As a result, you won't need to charge it every night — or at all. Notifications, fitness info, and more are displayed discretely on the dial via a series of LEDs, and for more detailed information, all your stats get synced to a companion app on your phone.
Like the company's prior products, the GoSun Go Solar Stove uses the power of the sun to cook your food. Unlike its predecessors, this one's small enough to fit in a backpack. It uses compound-parabolic reflectors to heat a double-walled tube that can cook up to 14 oz. of food at temps up to 500º. Its adjustable stand lets it boil water when upright, and its EVA foam exterior keeps it safe from bumps and bangs.
Luke may not be the savior Rey was hoping for, Kylo hesitates before apparently blasting his mother's Rebel ship, and Poe and Finn are taking the fight to the First Order. It's a packed first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and you can also pre-order tickets for what's sure to be another blockbuster opening night. The eighth installment in the Star Wars franchise debuts December 15, 2017.
Housed in the former Fire Department Headquarters, the Detroit Foundation Hotel pays homage to the city's past while showcasing its bright future. Large arched doorways, vaulted ceilings, original marble flooring, and exposed brick exhibit the DNA of the historic building, working as a backdrop to the artwork and installations of neighboring artists. The 100 guest rooms are a testament to the modern Motor City as everything from the iron-welded door handles and bottle openers to the wallpaper and in-room private bar are crafted by local artisans, while antique woodwork and vintage rugs maintain the historic aesthetic. The full Detroit experience it capped off by a ground-floor restaurant, helmed by Michigan-native Chef Thomas Lents.
Not content to just make an electric motorcycle, Honda has made an e-bike with their Riding Assist self-balancing technology. Aimed at beginning riders, the Riding Assist-e features self-balancing at low speeds, increasing confidence and easing the load on the rider. While it is a concept, the Riding Assist-e looks very close to a production model, meaning we might be seeing features in showrooms in the near future.
There are ways to combine streaming music with an analog system, and most of them aren't worth your time. But this Wrensilva Sonos Edition Console is a rare exception. The console is made using North American Walnut and white lacquer, has hand-welded steel legs with leveling feet and features an LED-lit upper wood deck and fully decoupled belt driven turntable. There's also a compartment below the turntable for additional devices or storage of up to 120 records. And when you run out of records or are just too lazy to flip one, connect to any online music service and stream through the Sonos Play:5 speakers or to existing Sonos speakers throughout your home.
The spiritual predecessor of the 4runner, the Toyota Trekker was the result of a partnership between the Japanese automaker and Winnebago. Combining the rock-solid reliability of Toyota's pickup with the space of an SUV, it was made in surprisingly small numbers given the popularity of its successor. This particular example has spent most of its life in Colorado and seen its beloved-but-aged 22R engine replaced with a new Toyota powerplant. It still has its 5-speed transmission, has an updated exhaust that meets modern emissions standards, and a bright yellow paint job that only helps to accentuate its vintage design.
A consumer camera, it is not. Aimed directly at professionals who want to future-proof their work as much as possible, the Red Weapon 8K VV Camera is a powerful piece of equipment. Its new Monstro sensor can capture 2.4:1 ratio 8K footage at up to 75 fps or Full Format 8K at 60 fps, while also delivering 35.4-megapixel stills. It's also compatible with Red's full line of DSMC2 modules and accessories, making it easy to upgrade if you're already using the company's gear.
Even if you've camped out under the stars hundreds of times, chances are you haven't taken your tent out onto the water overnight. The Shoal Tent gives you that option with an 8′ x 8′ footprint raft that uses three different air chambers to inflate. The floor of the tent is a 6" thick drop stitched high-pressure surface that doubles as an air mattress, and the tent fabric is heavy duty, waterproof, and sealed with high-quality #8 zippers. And the tent topper is sturdy enough to stand up to high winds during some unexpected weather as you are lulled to sleep camping on the water.
If you wanted the hottest 911 you could buy in 1973, you ordered a 911S from your local Porsche dealer. The 911RS was available, but in far more limited numbers — and was intended for racing applications only. This one was purchased new, and after being damaged in shipping was repaired and fitted with the larger 911RS steel rear fenders. At some point in its history, the engine was punched out to 2.7 liters from the original 2.4. Very rare, very desirable, and fully factory-optioned, this is easily one of the best examples of the 911S on the market.
Overlooking Lake Trousers, the Sculptor House is a surrealist art piece in the middle of an evergreen forest. The design of the home was a collaboration between sculptor Jacek Jarnuszkiewicz and the architects using the exquisite cadaver method where the contributors pass around the plans, picking up where the other left off. This lead to a pair of intersecting structures clad in contrasting timber planks — one in red cedar and the other in blackened pine. Topped by an angled roof, their differing heights allow for a sheltered top-level deck for observing the surrounding landscape. The lower level also showcases the wooded setting with full-height glazing, connecting the interior to the forest floor.
Photos: Francis Pelletier / YH2
Like the KeyOne before it, the Blackberry Motion Smartphone is surprising solely for the fact that we'd nearly forgotten Blackberry was still around. This new model eschews the brand's signature keyboard for an expansive 5.5-inch 1080p display that takes up much of the front. Inside, there's 32GB of storage, a 12-megapixel camera, 4GB of RAM, a Snapdragon processor, and a massive 4,000 mAh battery. It's powered by a customized build of Android, and like the other modern Blackberry handsets, it comes preloaded with security-focused apps that make it ideal for those concerned about their privacy.
As part of their effort to lessen environmental impact, Othr works with designers around the globe to create great products. The Othr Birdhaus is no exception. Designed by Copenhagen-based Claesson Koivisto Rune, the sleek house provides a home for birds that can eat up to 3,500 bugs a day, reducing the need for pesticides and chemicals. It has an inner and outer shell for easy maintenance, is easy to install, and since it's 3D printed from gloss white or matte black porcelain, there's no manufacturing waste to worry about.
Nestled on a 65-acre plot in Vermont's Green Mountains, the Tunbridge House & Studio pays homage to the area's rural architecture. The home is split between two pine-clad structures with asymmetrical metal roofs, resembling a barn and lean-to. Below the gabled roof is the main house, while the small shed-like volume houses a painting studio. Along with the entryway, an exterior deck provides an additional link between the two volumes, as well as an outdoor sitting area. Instead of the typical floor-to-ceiling glazing, the interior showcases the landscape with small windows that are carefully hung on the walls and ceiling, acting like live portraits of the surrounding scenery.
Photos: Michael Vahrenwald / New Affiliates