If you're looking for a true piece of art, for your cell phone, look no further than the Symphony Shells by Simply Amplified ($45-$185). The Symphony Shells are a line of custom 3d printed amplifiers. These amplifiers are fully recyclable. The shells come in a solo line which use a single color and an ensemble line which have multiple colors. With these shells you are freed from cables and wires and are provided 19 decibels of amplification. Check out this [video_lightbox_youtube video_id=HGEW-g_Ckk8 width=640 height=480 anchor=video] to see the shells in action.
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.
Drinking shots can be a great way to spice up an evening but get rid of those plain boring glasses! Impress your friends with these ten fun, quirky and cool shot glasses that you'll want everyone to see in your hand.
The new Jordan Flight Flex Trainer ($100) is one sharp shoe. Made for a variety of training activities, it features a no-sew mesh upper for a breathable lightweight fit. Of course you get Nike's Flywire technology for lockdown support and stability. Available in multiple colorways, the shoe shown features a Cool Grey upper with a patterned heel and Team Orange accents.
Finally a replacement for my Apple TV! The Ouya Video Game Console ($99.00) is a former Kickstarter project. Ouya is a new open source video gaming console, that comes with the main console and a single game pad. The game pad comes with analog sticks, triggers, buttons, a D-pad and a touch pad. The touch pad will make transitioning from mobile to console gaming more palatable. You can buy extra game pads for $30.00. The reason I'm all excited is that I'm tired of having to jailbreak my Apple TV and now I can get a gaming console and install XBMC so that I can get access to my video and music library. Check out this [video_lightbox_youtube video_id=C_DQgYDY25I width=640 height=480 anchor=video] to see some games that could be coming to the console.
The Dude And The Zen Master ($20), a New York Times bestseller comes courtesy of Oscar winning actor Jeff Bridges and Bernie Glassman, the renowned Zen leader and the author of Bearing Witness. Glassman compares the iconic role of Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowski to Lamed-Vavnic, one of the pivotal men in Jewish mysticism. These dudes are "simple and unassuming and so good that, on account of them, God lets the world go on." His good buddy Jeff, however, sees it from a different perspective. He says that the great thing about the Dude is that he would rather "hug it out than slug it out." An extraordinary book.