The Faraday Porteur Electric Bike ($3500) doesn't even look like it has a battery. Unlike most electric bikes that look like skinny electric scooters this guy looks like your standard everyday bike. But it has a couple little secrets, a 350 watt motor paired with a 195Wh battery which provide pedal assistance for up to 15-20 miles. With a flip of a switch you can turn the assist off to use as a standard bike. The Porteur also features a US-made steel frame, standard 26 inch, 35mm tires, and weighs 39 pounds. They're taking orders now with delivery expected late summer.
Just when you think technology couldn't get any smarter, along comes the Pretty Smart Lamp ($80+). A genius design that will notify you of any alarms, calls or messages you receive on your smartphone! Connecting via Bluetooth instantly its incredibly easy to use and usefully doubles as an actual lamp with a variety of settings for every mood. These unique lamps come in a select range of colors to suit your décor.
Over the past 6 decades, which is 60 years (see what we did there to save you doing the math?) the landscape of America has been keenly observed by MAD Magazine, making fun of everyone and everything along the way. Unwavering in its commitment to producing stupidity of the highest level, the legendary writers and artists at MAD have long been known as referred to as "The Usual Gang of Idiots,". They have quite brilliantly satirized celebrities, politics, sports, cultural trends, the media and much much more. Totally MAD ($29) is the definitive collection of their greatest moments, and indelible proof that there is indeed a very fine line between genius and insanity.
TSOVET is the Newport Beach based company that creates stylish and minimal watches at affordable price. Their latest relese the TSOVET JPT-NT42 ($225) is beautiful watch that comes in a stainless steel case. The case is 42mm and you can get it in either silver or gunmetal. It also has a standard Japanese Miyota Quartz movement. Great style from a reputable company for a couple hundred dollars is a great deal any way you look at it.
This product probably has limited mass appeal, but it was just too cool to pass up. The Qumarion ($750) is a poseable action figure that allows comic book artists and animators to create on-screen CG character poses in real-time. The Qumarion is equipped with 32 sensors spread over 16 joints to capture movements and feed them back to your system. This will allow animators to create key frames far more easily than is possible today. Qumarion is only being offered in Japan at the moment, but here's hoping they open it up to other countries in the future.
Ahh babies. Whether you are thinking about getting pregnant, have a little bundle of joy inside you right now or have already got one, there are so many things about babies that we still don't know. Parenting is the hardest job is the world, and the only one that comes without any kind of job description. Whether you are confused, frightened or just curious, Let's Panic About Babies ($13) is a great book to answer all those questions that spring to mind after you have been asked by a professional if you have any questions. A must have book for any future or current parents.