The Maker's Mark Cigar ($11) provides a great experience for those looking for a smooth relaxing smoke. The cigar is made from all natural ingredients, with long-leaf tobacco coming form the Dominican Republic and aromatically enhanced with Maker's Mark own bourbon. And forget about needing a humidor, the cigar comes in a glass tube and sealed with wax for an air-tight container. The Maker's Mark Cigar is great for the golf course or any outing.
The Bike Intermodal ($TBA) is the world's most compact folding electric bicycle. The term intermodal basically means that you can take the bike on a train, a bus, or subway to get where you need to go. Intermodal weighs about half as much of its competitors and can be folded down to a block the size of your standard backpack (20 x 16 x 6 inches). This extremely small size is accomplished via three collapsible sup-assemblies that are held together with high-tensile cable. When Intermodal becomes available some time in 2015 or 2016 you will be able to get two models; one with an electric motor and one without. The price is expect to start around $1000 and go up from there.
Wearable technology is up there with VR in terms of being the next big thing; wearable technology is something many big companies are attempting, but the famous clothing designer and manufacturer Levi’s might have beaten them to the finish line with their newest creation. The new Levi Commuter Trucker Jacket ($TBA) uses Google technology and features jacquard tech that is woven into the denim and connects to a removable tag. This allows you to swipe and tap to do things like control your music player or even take calls. Levi’s is planning to release it next spring, and we can’t wait to see how it works.
From the number one bartender in the U.K., who is also one of the leading authorities on the latest trend of "modernist mixology" comes The Cocktail Lab ($20), an awesome collection of 60 new and revolutionary cocktails. They all come from well known classics but by utilizing the very latest techniques and technologies from the molecular gastronomy movement they are taken to a whole new level. A great cocktail is way more than just a drink. It is the perfect combination of color, scent, taste and sound. Tony Conigliaro combines his many eclectic influences to give us a cocktail book like we have never seen, or tasted, before.
This has to be one of the coolest uses for a 3D printer that I've seen. Theo Jansen is a Dutch artist who is known for creating gigantic creatures out of PVC that can walk on their own. He's taken the same structures, shrunk them down, and 3D printed them to create the 3D Printed Strandbeests ($56-$113). There are four of these creatures available in various sizes which your can purchase from Shapeways. There are also two propeller kits available, and when attached they allow your Strandbeest to move with a little air from your mouth, fan, or blower. Check out the video below the features both the full-sized and miniature Strandbeests.
If a frontier does exist beyond local, seasonal and organic, farmers markets and meat from sustainable sources then it must include fishing, hunting and foraging. A lifelong forager and angler who later became a hunter, Hank Shaw chronicles his passion for both hunting and gathering through his popular blog Hunter Angler Gardener Cook. This has evolved into a veritable bible for foodies and outdoors people alike. Dedicated to finding a place on the tables of America for the myriad of underutilized and overlooked wild foods just waiting to be collected, Hunt, Gather, Cook ($20) is an insight into his world.