Forget years of practice at the shooting range, with the TrackingPoint Rifle ($22,000) you’re an expert marksman on day one. Think of it as a smart rifle; the scope features a cutting edge color display that lets the shooter lock a laser onto their target, the trigger is pulled, and then… nothing happens… until the gun decides to shoot. Yep, only when the rifle knows it has the shot lined up will it fire the shot. That means taking into consideration wind, distance to the target and more. The TrackingPoint features a built-in laser range finder, ballistics computer, and Wi-Fi transmitter to stream live video and audio to a nearby iPad.
Gear By on May 22, 2013
Tech By on May 22, 2013
Finally we can retire all those silly code names (Durango, 720, Infinity) and focus on Microsoft’s next living room titan, the Xbox One. The styling of the system itself is surprisingly straightforward, but it’s what’s inside this black box that promises excitement. The specs: Blu-ray drive, 500GB hard drive, 8GB of system memory, USB 3.0 ports, an 8-core CPU and HDMI in/out ports. Each system will also come with a new version of the Kinect camera featuring improved voice recognition and a revised controller (better D-pad, but no touch screen). HD Skype calls will be ready to go, as well as a new partnership with the NFL for fantasy football lovers. The system will be sold “later this year” at a price point to be determined. 15 Xbox exclusive games are expected within the first year, and everything Call of Duty will arrive on the Xbox One first. Nothing was said about whether the new console will require an “always on” internet connection, but some sources have us concerned about backwards compatibility and used games.
Culture By on May 21, 2013
Move over pork rinds, there’s a new Manliest Snack in Town. Kobe Red ($7 and up) is jerky made from organic Japanese Kobe beef, considered perhaps the finest in the world. But the real rub here is that these Kobe cows are all beer fed. That’s right, while you’re drinking Mr. Pibb, these cows are chugging Heineken (we use that term and brand loosely here; could also be PBR). The result is chilled out cattle, and chilled out cattle are usually pretty cool with being turned into succulent strips of jerky. Try the Brown Sugar-Lemongrass.
Tech By on May 21, 2013
If you’re the kinda guy who’s already planted a 4K TV in his living room, then 1) we’re jealous of your extreme wealth, and 2) we’ve found your surround speakers for you, sir. Bang & Olufsen’s Beolab 14 costs a cool $3,995, and that’s for a 4.1 setup mind you. The styling is of course impeccable, with a 280-watt cylindrical subwoofer anchoring the bass and four individually powered 2.5-inch satellite speakers (140 watts) bringing you the highs of your favorite films. The aluminum casing on the speakers promises to keep the sound as pristine as the visuals. Sony’s ready with some 4K(ish) content. Are you?
Media By on May 20, 2013
Bruce Lee’s iconic status as master of the martial arts has done nothing but solidify in the 40 years since his tragic death at age 32. Yes, despite the dethroning attempts by the likes of Steven Seagal and um, Katey Sagal (?), Lee remains king. The Bruce Lee Legacy Collection ($84) boxes up four of his films that surely beat Under Siege 2, including The Big Boss, Fist Of Fury, Way Of The Dragon and Game Of Death for the first time on Blu-ray. Also included are three DVDs containing two documentaries, Bruce Lee: The Legend and I Am Bruce Lee, plus plenty of bonus content.
Home By on May 20, 2013
Italian-Brazilian architect Bo Bardi designed this stylish seat for her own home, but it never went production until now. 500 pieces are being made, so if you’d like to look as cool as you possibly can in your beer-stained boxers, act fast. Just remember “cool as you possibly can” still doesn’t exactly mean cool.
Media By on May 20, 2013
It’s time to bring the DIY mentality out of the garage and into the kitchen—specifically to a place where it’s long been needed: hot sauce. The Hot Sauce Cookbook ($13) gives you more than 60 recipes to make your own pepper sauces and salsas. Concoct your own take on Frank’s RedHot, Texas Pete, Crystal, or Sriracha, then roll the dice with recipes for Meso-american salsas, Indonesian sambal, and Ethiopian berbere. Most people won’t know what those last few are, but that just means they won’t know if you F’ed up the recipe either.