I love living in a period where such small groups can bring products to market that can intrigue and capture the imagination. The guys over at Bitcraze.se are about to start taking pre-orders for their new quadcopter. These little guys are really cool. The Crazyflie is a small quad where the PCB acts as the frame for the control board and the motors. This is an open source project. In order to get this thing flying you will need the Crazyflie quadcopter, and USBRadio dongle, a pc application for controlling the quad and a joystick controller. Xbox or Playstation controllers should work. The Crazyflie weights about 19g and is 90mm from motor to motor. You'll get about 7 minutes of fly time per charge. Keep an eye on their site for updates. Check out this [video_lightbox_youtube video_id=gi450jjosXo width=640 height=480 anchor=video]
100 Years of Menswear ($15) is gorgeously rich and comprehensive collection of images which cover the revolution which has take place in menswear over the past century, with the accompanying text coming courtesy of Cally Blackman, the renowned fashion historian. The unique 100 Years of Menswear is an indispensable guide for fashion students, historians of dress and all lovers of men's clothing.
Nothing is more annoying than forgetting to get more toothpaste from the store and having to squeeze the last pearl from a thoroughly empty tube. The Alessi Toothpaste Buckle ($20) looks to make that task a lot appealing. The buckle was designed by Gabriele Chiave, and Lorenza Bozzoli, it's chrome plated and can be used not only for toothpaste but for food and cosmetic items.
If you have a 6th generation iPod nano laying around you need to check out the Lunatik premium conversion kit ($45-$50). It takes your iPod nano and turns it into a futuristic wristwatch. The kit is made from aircraft grade aluminum and seamlessly integrates with your iPod nano. We now that Apple no longer makes the square nano, but you can still get plenty of 6th generation iPod Nano's on eBay.
Mike Shouts had another great find the other day. The RGBM Rubber Band Gun ($85+) is one of the coolest gadgets I've seen come out in a long time. The RGBM is a fully automatic rubber band gun that is made out of CNC'd oak plywood, can fire up to 672 rubber bands in one session at a rate of 14 shots per second. And don't worry if you were thinking that loading all those rubber bands would be a pain in the butt, the RGBM comes with a fast charging device that allows you to quickly load 14 rubber bands at one time. I don't know any guy who wouldn't want to get one of these as a gift. Check out the video of the gun in action after the break.(more…)
If you're a rookie and have no idea how to setup a bar at home, then The 12 Bottle Bar ($11) is a must read. The 12 Bottle Bar is three books in one. It's a toolkit, describing the twelve bottles needed to get your home bar started. These include seven spirits, one liqueur, two Vermouths, and two Bitters. It's a system that gives each of the bottles each own section and tells you everything you need to know about each one. A lastly, it's a recipe book giving you over 200 recipes for classic and unique drinks. You'll be able to make everything from sours, slings, toddies, and highballs, to the perfect Martini. It even has a beer section.