If you're looking for a little companionship, and aren't too picky about it being an organic life form, check out the Synergy Swan by R.Bot ($450). The Synergy Swan is a telepresence or automated interaction robot that uses an Android based device as its face and camera. Telepresence simply means, the ability to interact with your environment as if you were actually present. Here is a [video_lightbox_youtube video_id=S5LKXO9aCTc width=640 height=480 anchor=clip] from the TV show "The Big Bang Theory" showing telepresence in action. Automated interaction simply means the Synergy Swan will complete an action based on your reaction. For example, playing a video or start talking. At $450 you can't beat the price. R.Bot also has a smaller stationary version for $250.
Under the right conditions I love camping. And the Lotus Belle Luxury Canvas Tents ($1800+) will make any camping trip or weekend excursion a thing of beauty. Lotus is offering 8 versions of their 13ft and 16ft tents for sale. Each of their tents feature a 350 gsm tent canvas treated to make them mould, mildew, rot and fire resistant. The floor is made from 340gsm PVC, which is the same durable and waterproof fabric they use to make kayaks. The whole kit is easy to transport; will fit in the trunk of your car, and can be set up by a single person in about 45 minutes. If you want to try one of their luxury tents before you buy, Lotus Belle offers a rental program. So if you're looking to camp in style with the fam or that special someone this year, you can't go wrong with Lotus Belle tents.
We've previously covered The Bonneville "Soul Train" By Ton-Up and now they've gone and done another beautiful restoration job. The BMW R75/5 by Ton-up Garage ($TBA) is a complete rebuild from top to bottom for a client who fell in love with his step-dad's BMW R75/5. The bike went through a complete tear down, rebuilt forks were lowered 2 inches, new fenders and a new seat were added to the newly cropped subframe, and the wheels were swapped out for 18" rims with stainless spokes. Check out Ton-Ups site to see their other creations.
Hudson Made operates and supports businesses in the Hudson Valley in New York. Their Hudson Made: Worker's Soap ($16) is an artisanal product that provides folks who work with their hands a heavy-duty clean. The soap contains a natural pumice which makes it perfect for scrubbing those tough spots. The scent is made up of hints of tobacco, cedar, and patchouli. The Worker's soap will leave your hand soft and ready for the next big project.
Eventhough these books are free on the internet you can't deny the convenience factor. You can get 3000 books In One Tiny USB ($29). You'll have access to classics like Moby Dick, Gullivers Travels, Oliver Twist, Hamlet and many more. Just plug it into your PC and play. If you have a Mac you'll need to download the Calibre E-book Reader ($FREE) first.
While I'm thinking about it we need to come up with a list for bicycle storage in areas where space is limited. In the mean time take a look at the Tribe Bicycle Co. Red Hook Shelf ($120). Each shelf is handmade in good ole Brooklyn, NY, fits any bike with a top tube diameter less than 1-11/16 inch, and comes in a multitude of colors which include; natural & natural, ebony & white, natural & black, natural & provincial, and natural & white. You can also order custom colors or create laser decals. You order will come with all the mounting hardware, and a mounting template.