Pebble Time ($179-$250) has become the most funded Kickstarter ever, currently topping $15.6 million. The newest version of the Pebble builds on its predecessor by adding a color e-paper screen that's easy to read in any light conditions, a thinner case, and a mic. You can't take calls with it but you can use the mic to dictate quick reply's to texts and emails.One of the newest and coolest features is Pebble Time's new organization feature. Three buttons allow you access past, present and future items. Present items include the time and date, past accesses your notifications and future your upcoming alerts. That's what I call beautifully simplistic, well thought-out design.Pebble has also just announced their Pebble Time Steel and their Smartstrap open hardware platform. This stainless steel version of the watch features a machined metal case and is available in multiple colors including silver, gold, and black.The Smartstrap also announced allows developers to build add-ons for both the regular and the Steel version. This feature allows for the addition of sensors, electronics, and even additional batteries which are built into swappable straps. Additional upgrades can include such things as health monitors, GPS, and additional battery life. Time will tell how successful this new platform will be.Now the next features are probably why I will consider a Pebble over an Apple Smartwatch.Apple's offering is expected to start at $349 and will rise steadily from there. You can get a Pebble Time from Kickstarter for $179 and the Steel version for $250. A considerable savings.The Apple Smartwatch has no real water-resistance. You will be required to remove your Smartwatch before you have a dip in the pool or take a shower. Leave it on by accident, and you'll end up with a $400 brick. The Pebble Time was built with water resistance and can easily handle these conditions.Battery life is the next big concern with the Apple Smartwatch. Apple has reportedly been trying to eek out at least a day form its battery, but based on typical usage they're getting less than 19 hours. That's mixed usage time. A combination of standby mode and actual usage. Actual usage is less than 3 hours. That means every night your watch goes on the charger. Maybe even twice a day, depending on your usage. Take a weekend trip and forget your charger, your S.O.L. On the other hand, the Pebble Time gets up to 10 days on a single charge. Big difference.And lastly the Pebble is always on. This isn't that big of a deal, but I like the idea of a watch not looking like a dead beast on my wrist.So if you're looking for a smartwatch with a great price, excellent battery life, water-resistance, is always on, and that works with either Android or Apple products, then you have to take a look at the new Pebble Time.
Huzza is selling a beautifully crafted Damascus Steel Pocket Knife ($500). Damascus steel is created by layering steel which creates a pattern on the blade similar to flowing water. This technique also results in a blade that can be honed to a sharp, resistant edge. This particular knife is made from 120 layers of Swedish rose stainless Damascus steel. The knife is 4 1/8" closed and 6 7/8" when opened.
If you haven't already heard, Tesla has sold out of its PowerWall home battery system. Well now there looks like there'll be other options on the horizon, including the new Mercedes-Benz Home Battery System ($TBA). The new batteries are expected to go on sale in September and will feature a 2.5kWh battery. The battery can be run in modules of up to eight batteries resulting in a maximum output of 20kWh. Daimler has started taking sign-ups from those who are interested in the new system, but only time will tell if theirs is as popular as Tesla's offerings.
The environmental dream of an all-electric future could be one step closer with the new Tesla Nikola One Electric Semi-Truck ($350K). It features a 2000 HP engine and six by six all-wheel drive. For extra power, it features a gas powered turbine and can haul nearly 2000 poundS more than its competitors. Who ever said a truck can’t be environmentally friendly apparently never knew about this truck did they? The Nikola can also go a whopping 1200 miles without needing a fill-up and offers a whole host of other exciting features. For example it as two full sized beds, a full sized fridge, and even a 40-inch television.
When you use great pieces, you can get away with keeping it simple. The outfit features a Honeycomb Sweater from Alex Mill and linen shorts from Apolis. If you don't want to shell out the dough to get the Common Projects Achilles Retro Lows, you can easily replace those with some Stan Smiths, or Mono Converse All Stars.1. Sweater: Alex Mill Honeycomb Sweater Linen/Cotton ($93) 2. Shorts: Apolis Linen Shorts Khaki ($148) 3. Shoes: Common Projects Achilles Retro Low ($359) 4. Watch: Daniel Wellington Watch ($229) 5. Sunglasses: Taylor Stitch The Legend Tortoise Sunglasses ($175)
If you're spending the majority of your day sitting on a computer, then you need to take a look at the Altwork Station For High-Intensity Computer Users ($3900+). The Altwork is the culmination of over five years of engineering and a million dollars of investment. It allows you to work in four different productivity positions - sitting, standing, collaboration, or focus. And just with the push of a button you can completely change your position as well as the position of your computer. The whole system moves as you move. Altwork is launching a pre-order campaign to finance the additional tooling and development needed to go to market. [gallery royalslider="1" type="slideshow" ids="20877,20876,20875,20874,20873"]