Dynamics, Inc. ePlate Credit Card

Finally, you can enjoy more RPG elements in your daily life. The ePlate, battery powered credit card, allows cardholders to dynamically earn a multitude of rewards by swapping them in real time on your smartphone or computer. The card itself has two reward buttons, so you can get two rewards on the go at the same time. You simply push the button for which reward you want to earn points for, before swiping, and the reward is instantaneous. The card’s battery keeps it on at all times and lasts a solid three years. There are about 35 different rewards, so far; ranging from salsa of the month to vacations to free music and different charity donations. I’m going to level up for a chocobo…wait, that can’t be right. Annual fee of $99.  www.dynamicsinc.com

Sonos – Best Multi-room Audio System

 

Do you sing in the shower and behind the steering wheel?  Then you surely also play air-guitar and drums.  Don’t worry, we encourage it!  All that means is that you’ve got a passion for music.  The Sonos family of multi-room audio products will allow you to enjoy music in your home like never before, without cleaning out your bank account.  The initial setup takes just minutes since the system works wirelessly (or wired if you prefer increased reliability).  The Sono system is incredibly flexible – it can stream music to any existing stereo or home theater in your home, or to its own all-in-one Sonos players (which have a built-in amp and speakers).  Not only will this system allow you to listen to the music libraries stores on your home network, NAS or your smartphone/tablet, it can also stream music from Internet radio stations and tons of online music services.  Plus you can control the playback via a very cool, free smartphone/tablet app.  Just choose the Sonos products that best suit your needs and voila you’ve got yourself an awesome multi-room music system!  Prices start from $299 per component.  www.sonos.com

GoPro Hero3 Camera: Black Edition


 

Suddenly, jumping out of a plane seems like a really good idea. The Hero3: Black Edition from GoPro is an amazing helmet mounted camera capable of capturing 30 pictures in a second and shooting video while simultaneously taking photos, with its 12 mega-pixel lens. It can film full 1080p video at 60 fps and it can even capture the new 4K quality video at up to 15 fps. The camera is waterproof and very durable; perfect for capturing all of the sick tricks you and your friends do on the slopes, behind a boat or trying to ride an ostrich. The possibilities are endless. For the high quality footage and versatility, this is a definite buy. $399.  www.gopro.com

2014 Cadillac ELR – The Best Electric Coupe Yet?

Kudos to Cadillac for being the first of the big car manufacturers to produce an electric coupe that’s as sexy as it is environmentally friendly.  The Cadillac ELR is powered by a GM’s EREV (Extended Range Electric Vehicle) technology, combining a pure electric drive and a range-extending 1.4L gas-powered electric generator, capable of 207 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.  Using only the energy stored in its lithium-ion battery pack, the ELR will deliver a range of about 35 miles (56 km) which should be plenty for your daily commute to work and back.  The battery can be charged by plugging the ELR into a 120V outlet or a dedicated 240V charging station. If this is the future of electric powered vehicles then we love it!  Click on the pic above to see the full gallery. www.cadillac.com

Wiser’s Spiced Vanilla Whiskey

 

If you’re like us, you love to drink (responsibly). But how do you drink? Do you make cocktails, mixed drinks, or do you just throw the alcohol at the back of your throat and hope for the best? Well, however you choose to inebriate yourself, Wiser’s Spiced Vanilla Whiskey is a great choice for a night out. With notes of vanilla, caramelized toffee and raisins; Wiser’s Spiced goes down smooth without overpowering the whiskey taste with sweetness. For you number crunchers out there, don’t fret over loss of alcoholic content; the spiced actually has a higher alcohol percentage than the original. We recommend trying it straight or adding a little cherry whiskey and coke for a tasty little cocktail we like to call: “The Guydster”. $27.95 for a 750ml bottle. www.wisers.ca

Introducing Destino

Some guys get married, have kids and buy a minivan.  But others, despite settling down, manage to remain cool.  How?  They buy an exclusive 4 door performance sedan like this Destino – just announced at the North American International Auto Show.  The Destino is designed by Henrik Fisker who designed other spectacular cars like the Aston Martin DB9, Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Fisker Karma and BMW Z8.  This luxury sedan is powered by the 638 bhp Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 engine and comes with a choice of a manual or standard transmission.  This all-American car aims to compete with cars like the Porsche Panamera and Aston-Martin Lagonda Rapide.  You should be able to buy one in the second half of 2013. Click the picture above to see the full gallery.  www.VL-Automotive.com

Mission Workshop Arkiv Field Backpacks

 

 

If James Bond ever sported a backpack, this would be the one.  The Advanced Projects Edition Arkiv Field Packs are completely customizable bags that allow for attachment of a wide variety of weatherproof accessories.  Simply start with one of three choices of base bags (the R2, R6 or VX/R8) and accessorize it to your heart’s content.  The Arkiv modular system gives your bag the freedom to expand and adapt as needed.  Arkiv accessories range from cell phone pouches and tool pockets to larger organizers and laptop sleeves.  The packs can be used in either “roll-top” mode, or in a traditional “flap-down” configuration.  Now what are you waiting for?  Get out there and explore!  $209 and up + accessories.  www.missionworkshop.com

SpnKiX Electric Powered Roller Skates

 

Walking is so overrated. You’ll glide across the pavement with these electric-powered “rocket skates”. Okay, admittedly SpnKiX (spin-kicks) seem like a lazy alternative to walking, but they’re also a lot of fun. These things can reach a top speed of 16 kph and you can travel a solid 10 kilometers on a single charge. They come with a wireless remote to control speed and you brake as you would on roller blades. The creators also boast that using SpnKiX once a week instead of driving to the grocery store or work can save you more than $300 a year on gas. That’s good for mother nature too. SpnKiX do have a weight limit of approximately 200 lbs…no piggy back rides. $699 www.spnkix.com

Retro Corded Handset

 

Want to look like a crazy person as you walk down the street? Well you can certainly mess with people talking on this old school handset. The Retro Corded Handset by Greenline Distribution comes in a wide assortment of colors and plugs into any smartphone. If you’re like me, your cell phone gets outrageously hot and you don’t like the way it burns your face. On the go, this is far from practical; it will certainly cause a strange bulge in your pocket, but that may not necessarily be a bad thing. $12.99 www.amazon.com

Soundmatters foxL DUET Compact Satellite and Subwoofer

Who said that compact audio components have to sound lousy?  If you frequently listen to music on a laptop, smartphone or in hotel rooms while traveling, Soundmatters has just what you need.  The foxL DUET combines the company’s foxL aptX portable, pocket-friendly speaker/speakerphone and the palm-sized foxLO powered subwoofer.   This duo is said to stretch the laws of physics and provide audio that’s much closer to what you’d expect from a full range desktop audio system, with bass that reaches down to 38 Hz.  If your travel bag doesn’t have enough space for both, just grab the foxL portable speaker.  But if you want the full experience, ditch the razor and the shaving cream from the suitcase and pack the subwoofer along for the trip.  $349. www.soundmatters.com

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

 

Chevy is so proud of its long anticipated C7 Corvette that it has given it The Stingray designation.  This high tech American muscle car combines stealth fighter lines with cues from the classic Stingray Corvette.  The 2014 Stingray will offer a 0 to 60 time of under 4 seconds thanks to its massive 6.2L V8 LT1 engine which puts out 450 horses and 450 lb-ft of torque.  Despite all this raw power it somehow manages a fuel mileage of 26 mpg.  Customers will get a choice of two transmissions: a seven-speed manual with Active Rev Match or a six-speed paddle-shift automatic.  Other highlights include a removable roof panel and a carbon fiber hood.  View a full picture gallery by clicking on the picture above.  www.chevrolet.com

Princip Interactive LED Futuro Cube

Goodbye Rubix cube, hello Futuro cube!  This futuristic cube is packed with an amazing amount of tech and offers a unique gaming experience.  Its insides contain multi axis accelerometers, haptic vibration feedback, wireless connectivity, 4-channel audio and 56 multi-color LEDs.  The Futuro cube works by sensing rotation and tapping on each of its sides.  It will entertain you for many months to come thanks to 12 built-in mind boggling games.  If you buy two cubes, they will interact together.  $99  www.thinkgeek.com

Drink Guide: Best Rums Under $50

 

At Guydster, when we work, we work hard.  And when we party we party just as hard.  So when the weekend rolls around, what better way to reward yourself than spending time with friends and drinking some excellent, long-legged rum.  We recommend skipping white rums and going straight for the good stuff – the dark or spiced rums.  In addition to the classic rum and coke, we suggest trying rum with ginger ale – you might be surprised at what you’ve been missing.  Ginger ale allows more of the rum tones to reach your palate.  And don’t be a wuss and measure the amount of rum you pour in the glass, we recommend the free-pour technique.  Some of these rums are so good, you don’t even need mix.  Here are five tasty rums under $50 that we suggest for your liquor cabinet.

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Fisher Space Pen AG7

 

It might be a while before you save up enough money to fly to space aboard the Virgin Galactic SpaceshipOne (tix are $200,000 a piece) but here’s something that will give you some instant space traveler gratification.  The AG7 Space Pen from Fisher is the original space pen that was first used on the Apollo 7 mission in 1968 and is still used on all US and Russian manned space flights today.  It is constructed out of solid brass with an extremely hard chrome plating.  The AG7 uses a special replaceable pressurized cartridge which allows it to be used even upside down.  $50.  www.spacepen.com

Samsung F9500 OLED TV

 

Welcome to the future of television!  Samsung ‘s F9500 OLED TV offers a 55-inch picture but is amazingly slim (about the thickness of a magazine) and produces a nearly limitless range of colors.  This TV uses self-emitting red, green and blue sub-pixels, eliminating the need for backlighting so that images are produced with absolute blacks and pure whites. Aside from its killer picture quality, the Multi-View feature allows two people to watch completely different Full-HD content simultaneously on the same screen by utilizing Samsung’s special 3D glasses – which come with personal speakers built in, providing stereo sound for the corresponding program.  $10,000 US (approx.).  Available later this year.  News via CANADA HiFi.

Morning Head


Please don’t ask your mom for this product…No, this is not some kind of magic fellatio machine. Morning Head is a cap that gives you that fresh out of the shower look, without the shower. Now I’m not saying you don’t need to shower. Quite the opposite but, if you shower at night or you’re running late in the morning, this will work wonders in a pinch. Just pour water in the cap, put it on and rub your head. In five seconds you’re ready. Each cap lasts thirty uses and you can get two for $10. www.morninghead.com

Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset

The Rift by emerging developer Oculus is a Kickstarter project that has gained a lot of steam; surpassing its goal of $250,000 by, oh, 2 million. Speaking of steam, Valve and a handful of other big games developers are already behind the project. But what makes this VR system stand out? To start, the massive field of view. The Rift boasts a 110 degree viewing angle as opposed to the standard which is only around 30 to 40 degrees. It also features stereoscopic 3D rendering and extremely low latency head-tracking.  The Rift isn’t available in stores yet, but you can get the developer kit with a copy of Doom 3 for $300. $275 if you want to build it yourself. www.oculusvr.com

Parajumpers Santa Fe Bomber Jacket

Get the climbing packs and rock shoes, Alfred; today we conquer Everest. The Santa Fe Bomber Jacket by P.J.S. is perfect for any of you modern day adventurers out there. The 100% sheep-skin exterior and Asiatic Raccoon fur trim, will keep warm while being the most stylish fella on the mountain. Warning: We do however advise you to avoid PETA rallies while wearing this jacket. $2,230. www.parajumpers.it

2013 Dodge Charger AWD Sport


When Tim Allen asked for more power this Christmas, the 2013 Dodge Charger AWD Sport is exactly what he had in mind. Its robust, powerful front end contains 370 horsepower and a V-6 engine that’s best in class for fuel efficiency. The Charger also sports Beats audio technology, giving you high-definition sound quality akin to a professional recording studio. Finally, the new “sports mode” feature allows higher revs and quicker gear shifts, providing an all around faster acceleration. UGHOHO! $29,995. www.dodge.com

i’m Watch Smartwatch

It’s just a matter of time before we start saying “cell phones are soo yesterday”.  The i’m Watch, based on the Andriod operating system, connects to your smartphone through Bluetooth and delivers calls, text messages, emails, notifications, music, weather forecasts, pictures and any other app you desire right to your wrist.  Its capacitive touch screen allows swiping gestures just like your smartphone, while the accelerometer and magnetometer offer numerous other ways to interact with the i’m Watch.  $389.  www.imwatch.it/us-en

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