The German custom bike shop, Kingston Customs has done it again with their redo of a classic Honda CX500 ($TBA). They started off by keeping the V-twin engine and getting rid of all the plastic. The engine was then treated with a thermo-sensitive coating and the exhaust wrapped with thermal tape. Custom made pieces include the bench seat, battery box, fenders, and foot brake lever. Handlebars from Fehling give that extra aggressive stance we're used to in cafe racers. [gallery royalslider="1" type="slideshow" ids="10954,10953,10952,10951,10950,10949,10948,10947"]
There is nothing worse than being in a meeting and having your iPhone start acting up. The thing about that little switch on the side is that it is not a mute button. It is simply a switch to silence the phones ringer. The offshoot is that other apps, Siri, or your entertainment files can still cause a commotion. In comes the Mutator ($13). It's a simple device that plugs into the headphone jack on your iDevice. When it's engaged it silences your device completely. And with a simple 90-degree twist you can disengage silent mode. The Mutator is simple, sleek and provides piece of mind.
This is as easy as it gets. The Chromecast ($35) is Google's new video streaming dongle. All you have to do is plug it into your TV's HDMI input and you can stream video, music, etc. to your screen. Write now the Chromecast can stream from Netflix, YouTube, Google Play and Google Chrome. It isn't perfect though. The one thing I look for with any video streaming device is the ability to stream your own videos, like the G-Box Midnight MX2. Once someone figures how to make the Chromecast work with apps like XBMC it'll move up higher on my list.
The New World Champion Paper Airplane Book ($12) is a great collection of easy to fold designs for paper airplanes also has many innovative theories about flight itself, and includes the authors own Guinness World Record breaking plane. There are 16 tear out model planes to create to hone your skills, you never know, you could be the next to break a world record! This book was seen by millions on Conan, and the first person to break the current world record using John's plane will win $1,000! Our office floor currently looks like an airplane breakers yard, but boy are we having fun.
Owen & Fred are known for providing high-quality, well designed products and this remote control indoor airplane ($160) is no different. Their indoor flyer weighs in at just 3 grams, but is made to withstand any punishment you can throw at it. The frame is made from carbon fiber and can be flown in a room as small as 12 feet by 16 feet. The plane comes completely assembled and all you need to add is 4-AA batteries for the transmitter/charger and you are good to go. This [video_lightbox_youtube video_id=3dRxDMU0py4 width=640 height=480 anchor=video] has setup instructions and shows the plane in action.
Bang & Olufsen's Wireless Beolab 18 Speakers ($6590) are the company's latest update to their most successful loudspeaker, the BeoLab 8000. You can see that the Beolab 18 and 8000 share the same bones, but the 18's have clearly marked out their own identity with some notable features. This includes a front panel made from 21 wooden lamellas that come in black, white and solid oak. The speaker has two 4-inch midrange drivers mated with a 160 watt amplifier. These speakers support Olufsens new wireless platform, WiSA. WiSA is capable of streaming 5.2-5.8 GhZ with 24bit audio, up to 96KHz. Because these speakers utilize smaller 4" drivers you may want to pair them with the new BeoLab 19 ($3395).