Italian textile company Loro Piana has provided the fabric for a beautifully crafted bomber jacket that is not your run of the mill varsity jacket. The made in the USA Loro Piana Bomber Jacket ($638) is crafted from some of the finest materials available. The wool is so luxurious it almost feels like cashmere. The sleeves are made from 100% sheep leather and the standard snaps you find on varsity jackets have been replaced with buttons. Preorders are being taken now and are expected to ship the end of September.
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.
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"]
The New Sony SRS-X9 Speaker ($699) does everything you come to expect from all bluetooth speakers, but it comes with a little something extra. Just like almost every other bluetooth speaker can use your smartphone, tablet, or PC to stream music to the SRS-X9 via bluetooth, wi-fi, or USB-5. That music is delivered to seven speakers (3 tweeters, 2 midrange speakers, and 2 woofers) to provide some of the highest quality music. But the little extra the SRS-X9 brings is its ability to support lossless FLAC AUDIO formats up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution and high resolution WAV files, so you get maximum audio detail in every high quality track.
One of the most economical and practical ways to get to work cycling is popular for those who work in the city.What Is A Commuter Bike?Commuter bikes have particular qualities suited to city cycling. Some of these qualities include a lightweight frame, folding ability, an upright riding position, precision braking, and optionally fenders for riding in the rain or a rear rack or rack trunk.Whatever your budget there is a commuter bike that will suit your needs; check out the list below to find some great value for money and also higher quality commuter bikes.
Design is about taking the conventions we're all accustomed to and transforming them into something new and unique. The Ressence Type 3 ($30,000) does this in spades. Filled with a special liquid, the dial tricks the brain into seeing in two-dimensions rather than three. What you end up with is a watch face that looks as though it's displayed directly on the crystal similar to a projection screen. The traditional watch hands and crown were removed to make the watch as minimalistic as possible. Procedures like winding and changing the settings are accomplished by turning the case back. The Ressence Type 3 will be available for purchase sometime in late summer.