How does one stand out in a sea of similar S4s and identical iPhones? You go for the gold. Goldgenie’s solid gold iPhone 5s ($3,289) is made from pure 24-karat gold and that will definitely get Siri jealous, so watch out for that. You can also choose from platinum or rose gold, and each phone is unlocked and comes in an elegant box Cherry Oak finish box. It’s not the absolute greatest use of solid gold we’ve ever seen, but it’s damn close.
Home By on Dec 11, 2013
It’s a good thing these coasters weren’t used as props on the set of Road House with Patrick Swayze, ‘cuz that’d have meant more emphasis on the dialogue. Of course the No Bar Fights beer coasters ($25) rely on your patrons knowing how to read and being easily influenced by coaster slogans, but we fully support this message from the folks at Tanner Goods. Now if they ever make a set of No Dirty Dancing coasters, well, then we might have to rumble.
Media By on Dec 11, 2013
James Dean may have died almost 60 years ago, but he’s still one of those rare guys who, even if you’ve never seen him or have an idea of what he looked like, you know he was cool. Find out what all the fuss is/was about with this new 7-disc Blu-ray box set ($72) of his most memorable films, Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden, and Giant. This deluxe package includes three feature-length documentaries, as well as a host of goodies including an illustrated hardcover book.
Tech By on Dec 10, 2013
Whether it’s the Pebble, Samsung’s Galaxy Gear, Qualcomm Toq, or any other number of new smartwatches, it seems each one always has (at least) one chink in its armor. But here comes this little Omate TrueSmart Smartwatch 2.0 ($249), and it appears to have just about every box checked. First off, the thing is actually a phone. Yes, you can make and receive calls on it. There’s a 720p camera on the side for photos and video, it’s got Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, there’s a slot for a SIM card slot, and wait… hold on… yes… we canfrim this… it has PONG! Or at least a Pong screensaver. Either way, when you have cutting edge 21st tech on your wrist and Pong, you’re doing something really right.
Home By on Dec 10, 2013
Up until now, one-handing your beer bottle to pry it open seemed like a fool’s task. Now, it’s a different world. The GrOpener (short for GrabOpener) comes from the brilliant mind of inventor Mark Manger out of Denver, CO. Mark saw the stick & screw openers while bartending in Africa in the ’90s, and a similar leverage principle is in effect here, only it’s now all in one sweet beautiful motion. Just grab the bottle with a little bit of force and physics does the rest. Besides being great for people who have a hand full of chicken wings, it’s also a godsend for amputees, stroke victims and others who may only have full use of one hand.
Tech By on Dec 10, 2013
Vinyl sales have mounted a comeback that rivals any hail mary in sports. Unlock their superior sound quality with the McIntosh MT5 Turntable ($6500). Powered by a Swiss-made motor, two magnets suspend the silicon acrylic platter. This wizardry prevents the extraneous noise lower end turntables produce. Marvel at the trademark bright green McIntosh glow against the black glass beneath. Definitely not a turntable left out for when the drunk frat bros wanna play dj.
Gear By on Dec 9, 2013
High-end headphones maker Grado recently collaborated with whiskey producer, Bushmills, for these limited edition Bushmills Whiskey x Grado Headphones ($395). Actor Elijah Wood and his buddy Zach Cowie (who deejay as Wooden Wisdom..yea, never heard of the group either) worked with Bushmills in the past, and sought out a partner to do a collab on headphones. In comes Grado. Before you think ‘vanity project’, everyone put some real thought into getting this partnership just right. Each handcrafted pair features Irish oak and leather, a choice made for leather’s natural ability for durability and the unique character it gets over time. Watch a behind-the-scenes with Elijah Wood below and get a pair exclusively at Turntable Lab.
Home By on Dec 9, 2013
The concept of having a cold beer in your hand for 24 hours probably shakes your cerebellum to the core, but that’s what the Hydro Flask ($50) promises. The world’s first vacuum-insulated beer growler uses double wall vacuum insulation to keep cold liquids cold for a day and even spiked hot cocoa stays hot for 12 hours. Regular hot cocoa also stays hot for 12 hours– no alcohol bias here. 64 ounces of liquid refreshment fit inside, and the insulation also means the growler will never sweat or perspire; excellent for job interviews.