these watches first appeared as a concept but unlike so many concepts that failed to see reality, these watches, known as ZIIRO Gravity and Mercury, is now a reality and they are on sale now. designed by Robert Dabi, the ZIIIRO watches provides a simple and unique way of reading time, though it would take a bit of learning first. Continue reading from concept to reality: ZIIIRO watches go on sale now→
Konstantin Beta sit-on toy by Nika Zupanc | £1,657.00 | www.20ltd.com (image credit: Nika Zupanc/20LTD)
it’s not fair that adults are getting all the expensive things that money can buy. kids can’t earn their own dough but if you have deep pockets, perhaps you can get some really expensive toys for your kids. take the Konstantin Beta sit-on toy by Nika Zupanc for example. it cost a cool £1,657 (approximately US$2,575) and features a lacquered epoxy shell body and aluminum or brass parts. classy. at this price, we are expecting more brass than aluminum, though.
even though we can’t sit on on this beautiful sit-on toy, we love to have one – just for display sake. only seven editions of this gorgeous sit-on toy will ever be made (meaning…?), thus it is as exclusive as it can get. this sit-on toy was designed exclusively for 20ltd.com and presents the “playful nostalgic for a time when children had physical friends for toys rather digital enemies.” we couldn’t agree more. it’s probably more meaningful than toys that spits out LED lights and screams “ha ha ha… i’ll destroy you!”
another effort by Bang & Olufsen in an attempt to make your life easier, so to speak. introducing the Home Integration with BeoLink. BeoLink is not your ordinary universal remote. in a nutshell, the system consists of a few components that brings together your home entertainment and home automation system into a single point of control. ‘working harmoniously’ is the key for this system where it attempts to, for example, dim the lights, close the curtains and turn on your TV and home theater for a movie screening in your home. Continue reading Bang & Olufsen introduces Home Integration with BeoLink→
Louis Vuitton 4Motion sunglasses | from US$640.00 | www.louisvuitton.com (image credit: Louis Vuitton)
sports sunglasses are the last thing you will expect from designer brand name like Louis Vuitton, but here are four pairs of sunnies from Louis Vuitton designed for high-level sports enthusiasts. each design is inspired by the individual elements of air, earth, fire and water.
the 4Motion sunglasses feature 100% UV protection with infrared blocker, anti-scratch, anti-reflection, oleo-phobic and impact-resistant. however, the highlight is the highly adjustable frames that is adaptable to “individual morphology” with multi-area adjustment including front inclination, temple curvature, height and nose pads.
with a price from $640, i guess 4Motion won’t giving Oakley a run for the money anytime soon. seriously, $640 for a pair of sunglasses?
millions of iPad are not the streets now, time to differentiate yours from the rest of the pack. Gresso, the maker of luxury mobile phone, announces the iPad Gresso, a designer modify iPad framed in the 200-year-old African Blackwood and topped up with a 18K gold Apple logo. how’s that for a luxurious iPad?
the dark nature of the African Blackwood with a subtle touch of 18K logo gives the iPad Gresso a luxurious, and yet classy feel as opposed to all-out diamond or gold item. it is said that the African Blackwood or Mpingo is the most valuable tree in the world, which hinted that this is not for common folks in terms of price.
iPad Gresso will go on sale on New Year’s eve, however there’s no words on the pricing.
traditionally, we called out ‘bottoms up’ before downing the booze in our mug. now, bottoms up has a whole new meaning. it means filling up the beer from bottom up. this innovative dispenser from GrinOn Industries, dubbed the Bottoms Up Draft Beer Dispenser, is able to fill the plastic beer cups from bottom up.
it is not entirely clear how it works. what was known is that each plastic beer cup has a hole at its bottom, sealed with a flat circular magnet. when place on the machine, the machine pops the circular magnet up and fills the cup with beer, bottoms up style. apparently, in this way, it will result in less beer foam as compared to traditional beer tap dispenser.
booze lovers, rejoice! lets hope that this machine becomes a standard in clubs, pubs and parties. hooray! check out the video below. i was pretty amazed by the rate of dispensing. at that kind of rate, you probably have two consequences: more beer sold and more seriously drunk dudes.
whether you are traveling for business or leisure, the one thing that bugs us is probably language barrier. how nice it would be if you can understand what the next sign says in an instant. right now, we have translator app for iPhone but then that would means having to type what you wanted to translate which is already a stumbling block. it looks like there’s a solution to traveler’s woes: it is called the Word Lens.
developed by Quest Visual, Word Lens uses augmented-reality to translate the foreign words on a signboard into English in real-time, and vice versa. currently, Word Lens only translate words between English and Spanish but there are plans for other languages. for Word Lens to work, just fire up the app and point at the sign that you want to translate and there before your eyes are the sign in the language that you want. pretty amazing. really.
the app is free and is available on the iTunes store but you will need to purchase the languages at $5 each. aside from instant translation, the other advantage is once the app and the languages are downloaded and installed, there’s no need to connect to any network to get going with Word Lens.
i have this lasting negative impression of translator. partly due to the experience i had with the online translator which often give gibberish translation which, at the end of the day, had me deciphering what’s the translated text means. i am guessing Word Lens won’t be as perfect either but at least we get the a general idea on the translation. besides, how long a sentence on a signboard can have? less words, less mistakes.
Word Lens will work with iPhone 3GS/4 and iPhone Touch with camera. though, it will also require the device to be running at least iOS 4.0.
Porsche Design 911 GT3 Cup racetrack set | £97.02 | shop4.porsche.com/uk (image credit: Porsche Design)
i am sure this one will appeal to both kids and adults alike. though this is new from Porsche Design, it still gives me a sense of nostalgic. back when video game racing was virtually non-existence, this type of toy racetrack is the next best thing you can get to quench your need for speed. if one-make race is your kind of thing, the Porsche Design 911 GT3 Cup racetrack set could be the dream set you are looking for.
the set boost two exclusive 1:43 scale Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race cars and the track itself features two loops, and two crossover points. doing loops are something that you can’t do with real car. it’s like a roller coaster and car racing rolled into one. needless to say, the track can be customized to your liking and players can expect the thrill from overtaking and lane changing. it is said that up to three cars can be raced at the same time which is something i don’t quite comprehend. two lanes, three cars?
constructed of mainly plastic, the track measures approximately 8.3 meters. though X’mas is over, it’s never too late to get yourself something. besides, you don’t need X’mas as an excuse to buy.
it make sense for a rally car driver to team up with a (long time) radio controlled car maker, especially when the driver in question is no stranger to marketing. seriously, this could be a hit. we are talking about Ken Block’s collaboration with TRAXXAS to create a 1/16th scale Block’s #43 Ford Fiesta.
driving this miniaturized monster is the Velineon 380 brushless motor, transferring its power to all its four Gymkhana-Compound slicks. out of the box, this Officially Licensed Ford Fiesta body covered with Ken Block Monster Energy graphics is capable of 30 mph (48 km/h) but throw in an optional pinion gear, a speed connector and a dual batteries set-up, it could reach an incredible 50 mph (80 km/h). wow.
and it doesn’t stop there. this RC speed maniac comes with Officially Licensed Volk Racing Wheels in its green glory and comes ready-to-race with included TRAXXAS Power Cell NiMH battery and charger. i want one!