Star Wars: The Blueprints ($390) does exactly what it says on the tin. For the first time ever the original blueprints that were created for the filming of Star Wars are brought together in one sublime collection. Taken from the Lucasfilm Archives and complimented by an insightful and exhaustive commentary from J.W. Rinzler the best selling author, this is the ultimate collection for Star Wars fans. Mapped out in intricate, vivid and precise detail, this is the genesis for the most beloved movie series ever to hit the big screen. Finally, the people who made it all happen behind the scenes are given a voice, and its a mighty powerful one at that.
Fantasy Life ($18) is now a NYT bestseller! Fantasy baseball, fantasy football, fantasy basketball, the world of fantasy sport is enormous and growing all the time; fantasy sumo wrestling anyone? It is estimated that over 35m Americans and Canadians are spending numerous hours every week with their fantasy sports teams. Matthew Barry is Senior Fantasy Sports Analyst for ESPN, putting him right on the front line on what has grown from a niche subculture into a national, nay global, pastime of epic proportions. Within the pages of Fantasy Life, Berry looks at, and celebrates, the many aspects of the world of fantasy sports. There is brilliant trash talk, the awesome trophies, insane locations for draft days, punishments that will have you shaking your head in disbelief and the ingenious attempts at cheating employed in the various sports. Plus, of course, the uplifting stories of why they are so popular.
The Vanhawks Valour Carbon Fiber Bicycle ($910) is the first connected carbon fiber bike. It all starts with the app that acts as the central hub. It allows you to enter your destination while the led lights on the bike give you turn by turn signals. Blindspot detection keeps you safe from nearby cars via vibrating handlebars that alert you when you're about to turn into traffic. The bike also tracks your speed, distance, calories, and time. Even when you're phone isn't with you, Valour tracks your information and syncs with your devices when you get home. And all of that is just the tech. The carbon fiber unibody frame weights in at just under 16 pounds. So there are no worries if you have an apartment on the fifth floor.
The BROPENER is simplicity at its finest. The BROPENER ($16) is a piece of aircraft grade aluminum that you can adhere to almost any dry, sturdy surface. Just put your bottle cap on top of the aluminum and a with a quick tap of the first, Walla your beverage is ready for consumption. And don't worry about having caps all over the place, there is a magnet embedded in the back of the BROPENER. Check out their [video_lightbox_youtube video_id=S4LfrJ2P49w width=640 height=480 anchor=video] to see it in action.
The BMW group is developing a series of Vision Vehicles they expect to hit production within three decades. Their latest effort in this project is the BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100 ($TBD). The Vision Next 100 removes the requirement for any protective clothing including helmets. The rider is able to enjoy the elements and the acceleration of the motorcycle unhindered.The bike is made of a Flexframe that allows the bike to be steered without various joints needed in current bikes.The safety systems automatically balance the motorcycle even when stationary and corrects driver errors to avoid collisions. While Intelligent systems provide feedback that provides ideal lines and banking anglesAlthough this bike is only a concept BMW has every intention of releasing a version of it within 30 years.
Check out the best movie you probably haven't heard of. Safety not guaranteed ($19.99) is a movie about three employee's of a magazine who try to find the story behind a classified ad. Supposedly the movie derived from an actual classified ad placed by a gentleman who was looking for a partner to join him in time travel. The movie stars Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, and Jake M. Johnson. If you're looking to kill an afternoon with a feel good independent film you can't go wrong with Safety Not Guaranteed.