Victorinox Swiss Army INOX Watch

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If you work in a construction trade and like to wear a nice watch, then the INOX is a watch you’ll want to take a look at.  It’s also a great fit for those of you walk into door frames with their watches or occasionally drop them from a 2nd floor balcony.  That’s because the INXO is one of the most trustworthy and resistant watches Victorinox has ever built.  It is crafted from a solid stainless steel block, and protected by a removable bumper of nylon and silicone.  Victorinox has put the INXO through a barrage of 130 different tests to ensure that it’ll pass the test of time. For instance, the INOX can withstand a 10 meter drop onto a concrete surface.  And as you might expect the company even drove a 64-ton Swiss Army tank over the INOX to test its durability.  The INOX is powered by a Ronda 715 quartz movement and water resistant up to 200m.  $TBA.  www.victorinox.com

Palcohol

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Step aside Kool-Aid, there’s a new “add water and stir” crystal in town and it doesn’t change color when you add water. It becomes alcohol. Powdered alcohol, or Palcohol, is exactly what it sounds like. Each pouch contains the equivalent of one mix drink worth of alcohol (10-12% by volume). It was purposefully made large in volume to deter people from snorting it; but if you want to try for yourself, we’d love to hear about it. When Palcohol is released it will be available as rum, vodka, Cosmopolitan, Mojito, Margarita and Lemon Drop. This will undoubtedly make sneaking drinks into movies much easier; just don’t give any to the Kool-Aid man. If you hadn’t already guessed, he is well over the limit. Palcohol is expected to be available this fall. For more info, visit palcohol.com

Mega Bar from Gym Supreme

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Unless you are the type of person that can really commit or an extreme narcissist, gym memberships are pretty much a scam. You get locked into a yearly membership that you don’t take advantage of; as you watch your hard earned dollars go down the drain. Mega Bar is another entry in the home gym and while we don’t know yet how it will stack up against the larger Total Gym or Bowflex, we like its size and versatility. Weighing in at just twelve pounds, the Mega Bar appears to be a simple door frame, pull-up bar with multiple grip positions; but it can also be adjusted to be a barbell, push-up stand, and many other useful workout tools. It fits most standard doorways, is compatible with all types of weight plates and can be used with rubber hoses or straps. There is no price point yet, but you can follow a link to Gym Supreme’s website to check out their promo video and sign up for an alert when the Kickstarter campaign/early-bird prices begin. gymsupreme.com

Otamatone Deluxe Electronic Musical Instrument

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Tired of playing the same old boring instruments, like guitars and saxophones? You aren’t? Okay well carry on then. For those of you still wondering what the little creature pictured above is, well; that friend is Otamatone. The funniest musical instrument we’ve ever seen. This wonder in musical engineering comes from the land of Japan, also known for their exports of video games, tentacle porn and nuclear waste. Otamatone is played by sliding one hand up and down the shaft, for pitch and squeezing its cheeks to play the notes. This of course, hilariously makes it look like Otamatone is singing. The instrument may look like a joke, but it has a range of three octaves, features all the necessary jacks, and it doesn’t sound too bad either. Check out NelsonTYC’s cover of “Let it go” from Frozen and then promptly order yours for $100 at ThinkGeek.com

Eone Bradley Watch

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Not only did Eone design their timepiece to be simplistic and elegant, they also designed it to be functional. The watch has two ball bearings; one that orbits the outer rim (delineating hours) and the other circles the face (minutes). Yes it’s cool looking, but the functionality of this set up is made with the visually impaired in mind. One can tell the time by feeling out where the balls are; which could also come in handy when checking the time discreetly. Currently, “The Bradley” comes in stainless steel mesh, blue, green and yellow. $195. eone-time.com

Blackmagic 4K Studio Camera

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4K is barely even on most people’s radars and the guys over at Blackmagic have already created an affordable, studio quality 4K camera. While the camera doesn’t include a lens, it is compatible with all third party MFT lenses, mics and tripods. Blackmagic’s camera has the largest viewfinder at ten inches, allowing you to see everything you film in the extremely detailed 4K resolution in real time. To be fair, a decent lens, sound and lighting equipment will set you back another couple grand; but you can produce high quality content, with a greater resolution than current television, for under five grand. A sweet camera won’t make you Martin Scorsese, though you might be able to give Brett Ratner a run for his money. Ships this June at $2,995. blackmagicdesign.com

The Soft Goat Stubble Softener

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This is more for the ladies, but anything that encourages her to get close is good for us guys too. For those who like the slight stubble style or are just too lazy to shave every single day, Soft Goat will keep your face from feeling like a cactus. When we shave, the razor cuts the hairs into points which cause the scratchiness when the hairs grow back out. Soft Goat hypoallergenic pad is sort of like a very fine sand paper (think Mr. Clean Magic Eraser). When rubbing gently in a circular motion, the pad gently rounds the ends of your scruff. Each pad lasts about two months and three pads come in a pack. We know your next question and yes this will work on your genitals. They call it “Soften Her” and just as facial hair gets scratchy and uncomfortable, when guys and girls alike shave their nether regions for their partners, that smooth feeling lasts only about a day. Then it’s like mashing two porcupines together. $12. thesoftgoat.com

Panoz 25th Anniversary Edition Esperante Spyder

Panoz 25th Anniversary Edition Esperante Spyder

 

Panoz has a legacy of creating race-proven open wheel cars from the late 1990s to the early 2000s, but it has been rather quiet for the last several years.  Until now.  This year the American sports car brand is turning 25, and to celebrate Panoz has just revealed the 25th Anniversary Esperante Spyder.  This exclusive two-seater boasts striking red paint, carbon fiber accents and a gorgeous tan leather interior.  It may look like previous Esperantes on the exterior, but there are some notable upgrades under the shell.  The chassis is constructed out of a mix of aluminum, carbon fiber and steel.  It has an upgraded front and rear suspension, improved anti-lock brakes and a programmable gauge cluster. Customers can now also choose between an aluminum or full carbon fiber body.  There are two options of powertrains – a 430 horsepower, 5.0 liter V8, or a supercharged, 5.4-liter V8, with 575 horsepower (which can be tuned to 800 horsepower).  $181,320+.  www.panoz.com

Nixon The Sentry Chrono Watch

Nixon The Sentry Chrono Watch

 

The Sentry Chrono is a timepiece designed to fit with your work attire just as easily as it does with your casual lifestyle.  This redesigned original sports a new six-hand chronograph movement, a 24-hour subdial for precision time-telling, and a date placement.  The Sentry Chrono has a medium-sized 42mm stainless solid steel case, along with a dial that features faceted applied indices, a printed seconds track, and custom molded hands.  At its core is a Miyota Japanese quartz 6 hand chronograph movement.  Available in five different finishes/colors.  $300-$350.  www.nixon.com

Naked and Famous Scratch-N-Sniff Jeans

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Before you get your hopes too high, the only flavour currently available is mint. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing; we don’t imagine bacon scented pants would have the same effect on women as they would on bit—er, dogs. The scratch-n-sniff aspect of the jeans only lasts for about five washes, but you’ll be able to go longer without washing them because they’ll smell as fresh as your breath. Plus, the Naked and Famous denim is made of 100% Japanese cotton; leaving you with a high quality pair of jeans once the gimmick wears off. A word of advice: if you see a girl you like, while wearing these jeans; ignore your instincts and do not scratch your crotch vigorously in on the off chance she actually gets close enough to smell it. If you can see her, she can most certainly see you…touching yourself. $158. tateandyoko.com

Goat Simulator

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We can honestly say this is the most realistic goat simulator that has ever been created. That said the games simulated physics are far from grounded in reality; which is the fun of it. In Goat Simulator, you are dropped in a world filled with hilarious glitches. You can jump, head butt, go ragdoll and slow motion. Not to mention fly around in a jetpack, head butt guys into space or climb a ladder while your goat’s neck flips around with every wrung. Coffee Stain Studios, the creators of the game, intentionally left in all of the strange glitches that developers usually try to weed out. Instead they have been integrated into the core of the gameplay to create a simple but enjoyable game; easily worth the price. $10. goat-simulator.com

Grillbot: Automatic Grill Cleaner

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It’s amazing the things we can accomplish and create due to a profound laziness. Grillbot is the Roomba of grills. The robot will automatically clean your grill with three rotating wire brushes. There is a smart CPU controlling the Grillbot allowing it to traverse around and focus on the spots that need the most scrubbing. It won’t be able to traverse vertically to different racks but, with a built-in timer and alarm, you can pretty much just set it and forget about it. The choice between cleaning the grill and having a beer while a robot cleans said grill, is a pretty obvious one. $129.95. grillbots.com

Shwood Louisville Slugger Sunglasses

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The spring is here and along with it comes a lot more sunshine which we all love, but you’ll need a way to protect your eyes.  Here’s a way to do it with style.  These limited edition sunglasses were developed to celebrate the legendary Louisville Slugger’s 130 years in baseball.  Each pair is handcrafted from repurposed Louisville Slugger Ash wood, swung on baseball fields around the world, in the company’s Portland, OR wood shop.  The collection included two different models called the Canby and the Haystack.  What an awesome tribute to America’s favorite pastime!  $250-$500.  www.shwoodshop.com

Foldscope: The Paper Microscope

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If you were never able to make one of those paper fortune tellers, this origami microscope might be a little tough to wrap your head around. The Foldscope is made from a single piece of paper, though not really; that can be folded into a working 2,000X magnifier. There are some lenses and other tech attached at the back, but the Foldscope still only costs about fifty cents in materials and manufacturing. This microscope can project the image onto a wall with built in LEDs and there are some models configured specifically to spot certain diseases (like having a filter that helps spot Malaria). The engineering behind the design is pretty crazy considering a paper mechanism is used to make microscopic adjustments. The low cost of the Foldscope will certainly help both education and disease detection in underdeveloped countries, unless the creators give it a huge mark-up. $TBA.  foldscope.com

Cuisipro Magnetic Spot Scrubber

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Most of you probably don’t have a wine decanter to clean, but there are plenty of frustratingly shaped glasses; impossible to truly clean with a dish washer or sponge. Win some points with the Mrs, while playing with magnets, using Cuisipro’s Magnetic Spot Scrubber. The Scrubber is pretty straight forward, a powerful magnet holds the second piece against the inside of the glass and you clean both sides simultaneously. Hard rubber nubs allow you to really scrub your glassware, but the magnet isn’t going cause anything to crack or break (unless you combine it with a slingshot or something). $12. amazon.com

FWD Powershot Hockey Training Device

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The hockey season is coming to an end and what better way to spend your off-season than improving your shot (especially if you are on the Buffalo Sabres). The FWD Powershot fits on the top of your stick and measures the speed and power of every shot you take. It then sends all this info, via Bluetooth, to the FWD Sportscard app; allowing you to track your stats in real time. Powershot charges through USB and each charge lasts four hours on the rink and twelve hours in twenty degree weather. $150. quattrium.com

MartinLogan Crescendo Speaker System

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MartinLogan, the manufacturer famous worldwide for its Electrostatic speakers, is now allowing music fans to unleash the music stored on their smart phones, tablets and computers on a brand new premium wireless speaker system, the company’s first wireless Bluetooth and AirPlay system.  Aside from its exquisite design and top-notch construction, the Crescendo plays music with accuracy, resolution and detail – like all MartinLogan speakers, and unlike other wireless speakers out there.  Hidden inside the gorgeous cabinet are dual Folded Motion tweeters and a 5″x7″ mid-bass woofer.  At its core lies a powerful class-D closed-loop 100-watt (140-watt peak) amplifier, while the audio processing is handled by an advanced 24-bit 48kHz DSP (digital signal processing) based preamplifier.  Although the Crescendo delivers a deep, accurate bass response, those who desire more bass can hook up an external subwoofer via a dedicated subwoofer jack.  Rock on!  $899.  www.martinlogan.com

Big City Transforming Mini Condo of the Future, Now

Big City Transforming Mini Condo of the Future Now (Custom)

 

Living downtown in a big city like New York is a dream for those who love the urban jungle of world-class restaurants, entertainment, shopping and everything else that such an amazing city has to offer.  It’s a dream until you realize the cost of a condo and just how little space you get.  But there are clever solutions to the problem like this transforming condo.  This 420 square foot condo offers a modular design with a sliding wall, a hidden table, folding beds and other cool tricks.  Thanks to its ingenious design, this tiny space is said to sleep four comfortably and host a sit-down dinner for up to ten people.  Just don’t expect to ride your bike around the living room.  $995,000.  www.corcoran.com

Rescape: Augmented Reality Gaming for iPhone

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Here’s a Kickstarter campaign from Sweden that may revolutionize the way we play first-person shooters. Designed to work with the iPhone 5, Rescape turns the real world into a battle map by overlaying the game textures in a perfect 1:1 match of the room you’re playing in. Your friends will also appear as game sprites when viewing them through the screen. Getting some exercise while gaming and avoiding paint ball welts makes Rescape a good purchase…for a group of friends that all love Apple. Android support has been promised for the future. The peripheral comes with one game, but 13th Lab say the mapping program can be patched to any existing mobile FPS. $39. Kickstarter.com

Sony Project Morpheus VS Oculus Rift Dev Kit 2

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If you haven’t guessed it by now, we really like virtual reality. Sony unveiled their prototype for a virtually reality headset at GDC this week. You may be thinking, “Didn’t they already make one?” No, the Sony Head-Mounted Display, which we covered a few months back, was more like having a giant screen in front of you; where Project Morpheus is a true competitor for the Oculus Rift. Industry impressions suggest the Rift DK2 has the edge when it comes to image quality and motion blur. That said, Sony’s VR headset is only a prototype and will likely see a great level of improvement as it gets closer to launch. Sony is a powerhouse and they are fully able to throw a lot more resources at the project. Morpheus also has Sony’s new 3D audio tech going for it; capable of producing omni-directional sound based on how you tilt and turn your head. A big downfall, and why we still think Rift is the way to go, Sony’s headset might only be compatible with the PS4 (at least at first), where Oculus is receiving a lot of support from Steam. Still too soon to tell and it will probably be a few years before all the motion sickness kinks are worked out on both sides of the ring. If Tropic Thunder has taught me anything, it’s that it will all come down to the support of the porn industry (that and never go full…well, you’ve seen the movie). No price point yet on the Morpheus, but it will likely have to compete with the Rift’s cost of $350. playstation.com / oculusvr.com

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