One of my biggest pet peeves with bluetooth speakers is the limited battery life. They always seem to run dry halfway through the festivities. Enter the Anker Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker ($45). It features a built-in rechargeable 2100mAh Li-ion battery that gives you an amazing 15-20 hours of battery life. So if you've managed to fully charge it, there's probably no party that it won't outlast. Additional features include great sound via a 4w/2in driver with bass port. auto-connection to the last device, a connection range of up to 33 feet, and a built-in microphone with a 2-feet pickup range to you can use it as a speaker phone. Here's to never running out of juice.
Ever needed to let rip on your travels but don't know the local lingo? Those days are now at an end thanks to this essential phrasebook which is like no other. How to Swear Around the World ($9) is a collection of the most explicit and colorful ways to tell people off or where to go in every corner of the globe. There are literally dozens of languages covered here and the phrases range from everyday swear words to family curses to full on X rated accusations of having sexual relations with animals! The pronunciations are also included so you can swear like a native, and there are even handy illustrations that show you how to visually back up your foreign exclamations of anger. Awesome!
Jessica Banks and Mihae Mukaida are the founders of RockPaperRobot. Jessica is a roboticist, and Mihae has a design background. Together they create beautiful analog and digital pieces. The Magnetic Wooden Float Table by RockPaperRobot ($10,000) is a great work of art and an example of great engineering at the same time. The table is a matrix of magnetized wooden cubes. Each cube is held in place by a system of steel cables while the magnets push against each other causing the cubes to float.(more…)
Tired of those shaky videos? Check out the new SteadyWheel Camera Stabilizer ($50+). Like the name says, the SteadyWheel is designed to reduce shake when shooting video. It is made from durable ABS Industrial Plastic and 316 Stainless steel. The makers parked a car on it to show just how durable it is. Designed to be portable the SteadyWheel is small enough to fit in your backpack so you can take it anywhere. Check out the video of the SteadyWheel in action.
Some time in the fourth quarter LG will be releasing a direct shot at the MOTO 360. Their LG G Watch R ($400) is the updated circular version of their current G Watch. The G Watch R is aiming to move away from the bland feel of todays smartwatches and into a higher level of sophistication. The watch will feature a steel case with leather strap, and a 1.3-inch 33mm plastic OLED display with a 320x320 resolution. The processor will be a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor matched with a 410mAh battery, 4GB of storage, and 512MB of RAM. Most of the features will be the same as the original G Watch, except for the addition of a heart-rate monitor.
NudeAudio's Studio 5 ($180) bluetooth speaker was designed to fit in perfectly with a contemporary interior. It also provides high quality sound for such a small package. Two high-fidelity neodymium-drivers along with a 3 inch subwoofer work together to produce sound that covers 70Hz - 18kHz. The Studio 5 also has a wide variety of connections for your devices, including a lightning connector, aux-in, bluetooth, and dual-pairing over bluetooth.