Chinese technology manufacturer, Xiaomi Mi Ecosystem, has announced the launch of its new Xiaomi Mi Laser Projector ($1469). It is said to be the 'world's first cinema-level laser projection available for home use. The Xiaomi Mi has been in development for over 2 years and has been fitted with ALPD 3.0 laser light source technology by Appotronics - a company that specializes in movie projection. The 5000-lumen system promises up to 34 years of use and a screen of 150 inches. To put that in perspective an Epson 6500UB with an LCD bulb will last about 3000 hours and put out about 1600-lumens. The Mi also comes with a high-quality speaker system to deliver a 'true cinema experience'. The other cool thing is that based on the image it looks like a short throw projector, which makes placement a snap. Now the bad news. It is possible the Xiaomi Mi will only ever be released in China. Hopefully, the rest of us will be able to get our hands on this bad boy some day.
What would you do for the person that you love? How far would you go to make them happy? Dog Day Afternoon ($8) is a movie that portrays the extent of one man's love for the love of his life. Directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Al Pacino, John Cazale, and Penelope Allen, this is the true portrayal of a man who robbed a bank to pay for the operation of his lover and the ensuing hostage crisis. Nothing is ever as simple as it seems and when a simple plan begins to spiral out of control you start to get an uneasy feeling that things may take a turn for the worse. A Dog Day Afternoon is expertly acted by Pacino and may well be one of his best roles.
This car looks like it should be out on a track or running rallys with its brother from another mother the Subaru WRX Sti. When you look at it you fully expect the doors to be welded and a safety net hanging from the drivers side. But this is not a rally car or some rebuild from the '70s.It's the Nissan IDx Nismo Conecpt ($TBA). It's making its world premier at this years Tokyo Motor show and making quite an impression. The Nismo is powered by Nissan's 1.6L Turbo engine and features a manual shift a synchronized rev control and measures just 6 feet long. Here's one hoping that this car or at least some features make it to production.(more…)
Brewing your own home versions of the most commercially popular beers really has never been so simple or so much fun. Clone Brews ($) is packed with 200 recipes, and home brewing enthusiasts will discover how to create their own clones of such famous brews as Magic Hat #9, Moose Drool, MIthaca Brown Ale and Samuel Adams Boston Ale. With all these possibilities to choose from, a home brewer will be able to replicate the perfect beer for every occasion. This second edition has been expanded, updated and revised to include no less than 50 new recipes that reflect the current rise in popularity in India and American pale ales, as well as the increasing interest in imperial beers, brown ales, English bitters, stouts, porters, Belgian and wheat beers.
The 5.11 Operator Axe ($160) might have axe in the name but this glorious tool is much more, hidden amongst that striking and strong 435 stainless steel black oxide finished frame is a tool box fit to burst. Because this is actually 24 tools in one including a ruler, a wrench, a crowbar, a hammer and much more. And it all weights under two pounds so it can be easily used by a variety of people. It also comes with a two-piece protective sheath, a rubberized strap and can be used both right and left handed people.
I like buying props that I've seen in movies. One of my favorites is the Inception Totem ($5) that Leo uses in the film Inception. In the movie the Leo uses the totem to tell if he is in the real world or still dreaming. I picked mine up about a year ago and I was surprised how long this thing actually spun. My longest spin time was close to 3 minutes. Pick one up and let me know how you do.