Made for your iPhone 4 or 5, the Volta Sound Block ($190), is a passive speaker amplifier with some rustic flare. The block is made from Northwest alder and is available in four different types of stain. The horn is an actual bison horn, cut and polished to bring out its beauty. The Volta Sound Block is completely handcrafted in Oregon using natural resources and painstaking attention to detail. The piece would be just at home in the outdoors, your log cabin or sitting on your desk in the office. Check out this [video_lightbox_vimeo5 video_id=60531359 width=640 height=480 anchor=video] to see the block in action.
Sebastian Copeland is a world renowned photographer, polar explorer, author and environmental activist. His book Arctica ($90) looks to pay tribute to the world we know as the north pole. He also wants to draw awareness to its perilous plight. Although the pictures presented within its pages are beautiful, Arctica's true aim is pragmatic and hopes to inspire us to live and create a more sustainable future for this beautiful blue rock we live on.
If you need a pen that does it all, the Monteverde 9-in-1 Multi-Tool Stylus Pen ($22) will handle any job you can throw at it. The pen features a heavy 6-sided barrel that houses the smooth writing soft-roll pen at one end and the touch screen stylus on the other. Under the stylus you will find a philips and standard screwdriver. On the barrel you have a level, ruler, and three different scales.
With its military inspired looks the Triumph Tiger 800xc Dromedarii by Icon 1000 ($TBA) is sure to be a big hit. The modified Triumph Tiger 800xc was professionally assembled in the UK and given a complete overall from the basic Triumph Tiger model. It features a powerful, and smooth 199cc inline 3 DOHC engine, 6-speed transmission, quality Conti TKC80 tires, a raised sub-frame and stiffened suspension. So you can safely tackle any terrain and enjoy a smooth and comfortable ride.
In this volume, Things Come Apart ($21) brings us unique and inspiring photographs which capture the electronic and mechanical objects from both past and present in a broken down and meticulously arranged format. This is Todd McLellan's unique photographic vision of our material world and covers 50 design classics. These are first arranged by size and then by their intricacy, and they are quite beautifully displayed. We see them piece by piece, as well as exploding in midair and then dissected in frame by frame, real time video stills. We see through this book the inner workings of many of the most iconic designs in the world.
Urwerk takes what you know about watches and turns that knowledge on its head. The radical design of the Urwerk UR-110 Eastwood Watch ($TBA) continues their unique tradition by telling time through the use of vertical indicies for minutes and an orbiting satellite complication that rotates the hours around the watch face. The correct time always show in the right side of the watch. Additional features include day/night and oil change indicators, a black coated Grade 5 titanium case with Macassar ebony, topped off with a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating. The Urwerk is a larger watch measuring 47mm x 51mm x 16mm and is only water-resistant to about 100 feet. If I was going to pay six figures for a watch, I doubt I'd even risk it in the shower.