The HP Chromebook 11 ($279) will be released later this month and if you'r looking for an inexpensive web book then this just might be the ticket. The Chromebook comes in 11" or 14" HD display versions. Its engine is the Samsung Exynos 5250 processor and has 2GB of RAM, and a 16GB SSD storage option. Connectivity options include WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and 4G. With your purchase you also get 100GB of Google Drive storage for two years. The HP Chromebook 11 is great machine for the price if you're interested doing simple productivity or web browsing related activities. If you're into gaming or using resource intensive apps, then I would look elsewhere.
The long wait is almost over. Back in 2013, the original Kickstarter campaign raised $2.5 million and ever since we've been waiting for the consumer version. Well, now the Oculus Rift Is Available For Preorder ($599). It was initially expected to start shipping in March, but due to the high demand, it looks like June is a better bet at the moment. Initially, the headset will ship to 20 countries, and there will also be a small set of retailers who will have demo units starting in April.Before preordering you'll want to make sure you PC is "Oculus Ready". You'll need at least an NVIDIA GTX 970 or equivalent video card, an Intel i5-4590 or better processor, 8gm of RAM, an HDMI 1.3 video output, 3x USB 3.0 ports plus 1x USB 2.0 PORT, and OS Windows 7 SP1 64 bit or newer. If you don't have the right gear, they're offering PC's for sale from other companies and in February, they'll be offering a Rift/PC bundle starting at $1499.Not everything is so rosie. The touch controller that enables users to interact with objects in VR won't be shipping with the headset. They don't expect it to be ready until the second half of this year. Instead, the rift will ship with a Xbox controller and two games.
If you don't already know about ER Motorcycles check out our previous write-up on their BMW R80. It goes into some nice detail about their vision and the guys involved with company. But their new ER Motorcycles BMW R69S " Voltron" ($TBA) takes their vision one step further. This build by Blaž and crew is one of their most ambitious yet. Instead of a standard vintage cafe racer, they wanted to do something for the 21st century. Voltron is based on a 1974 R69S frame, which uses additional parts from an BMW R80 RT such as the engine, front end and wheels. I absolutely love the overall presentation of the bike. Right now ER doesn't have a website so check out their facebook page for additional details.
The global phenomenon that is T-Shirt company Threadless.com boasts worldwide sales of billions of tees since is first started up back in 2000. It has pioneered the business model for online selling through it community driven designs. The premise is simple; people submit designs, the 1m+ users to the site vote on them and the most popular are printed and sold. Over the past decade or so Threadless has amassed an enormous archive of very hip, very cool and very often entertaining designs that are unique to their brand. Threadless: Ten Years Of T-Shirts ($17) showcases 400 of the crﾏme de la crﾏme tees that have been created by their community, which acts as a virtual barometer of the evolution of design and art since 2000. A must have.
The TIWAL Inflatable Sailboat ($6000+) is one of the first high performance inflatable boats available. The boats design is specifically made to make it fun and easy to navigate while providing a thrilling solo ride or a leisurely outing for two. The 3.2 is about 10 feet long, has a 75 square foot sail and only weighs 111 pounds. What makes it so great is that you can fold it down to two bags a throw it in your hatchback or SUV. When you reach your destination it only takes about 20 minutes to assemble.
If you've been digging on Pharrell William's leather adidas jackets he's been sporting, then you're in luck, because they are now available for sale. The adidas Consortium x Pharrell Williams ($1063) comes in three colors: blue, black and red. Each jacket is made from supple nappa leather and features a two way zipper, contrasting leather adidas stripes along the sleeve and ribbing on the collar, cuffs and hem.