what’s a beetle, Darth Vader has in common with Volkswagen?

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there are no better ways to make your statement through commercial spots, especially when it will be featured in the most-watched sports mega event in the US. Volkswagen, for one, wouldn’t miss this chance and has two fun and humorous spots to show off this football season.

the first spot features a kid costumed up in Darth Vader, trying to exert his force on anything that moves and anything that doesn’t. unfortunately, he can’t even move a sandwich without Mum’s help (check out his resentment, it’s funny!) but then he discover he might not be all so ‘force-less’ when he ‘force’ start the all-new 2012 Passat, well, not really but it’s actually the remote start feature of the 2012 Passat that the Dad gladly used to give him some hope. coupled with the memorable Star Wars soundtrack which builds up the mood as little Vader goes around the house (yea, no Death Star here) trying to execute his force on the dog, the washing machine, among the many other objects, without success.

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the second spot is my personal favorite. there’s no better way to introduce the 21st century new beetle than using a, say, the bug itself. spotting a double stripe racing down its back, the animated bug races through the insect kingdom, overtaking slower fellow bugs, drifting and sliding down along the route as it makes its way down the dirt track – all these actions complete with carefully-timed slow-motion takes, and an excellent adrenalin-pumping soundtrack to boot. check out the videos after the jump.

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Dunhill wallet only opens up with a touch of your fingerprint

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(image credit: Dunhill) Dunhill Biometric Wallet | US$825.00 | www.dunhill.com

if you loathe people fishing through your wallet indiscriminately or simply don’t wish to let pickpockets have their day with your wallet, then Dunhill has a solution that’s tailored exactly for such situations. dubbed the Biometric Wallet, it is touted to be virtually indestructible and it will only opens up with the touch of your fingerprint.

the security feature doesn’t stop there, the wallet, if linked via Bluetooth to your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone, will sound an alarm if the mobile and the wallet are separated by more than 5-meters. a security feature that is certainly a necessity as you won’t want to be misplacing a $825 wallet.

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aside from its racy exterior which is constructed from highly durable carbon fiber material, the interior of the wallet is of leather featuring credit card holders and stainless steel money clip. it’s a pricey wallet but it is, after all, a Dunhill and it don’t just keep your cash, but secures them too. that’s two security features for a price of one, sounds like a bargain to me.

Agility Saietta takes electric bike design to the next level

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(image credit: Saietta) Agility Saietta Electric Bike | from £9,975.00 | saietta.com

the last time we posted about an electric bike, it looks pretty much like its gas-guzzling counterpart but the recently unveiled Agility Saietta from British firm Agility Global Ltd., is set to blow your mind away with its unconventional design which admittedly, isn’t for everyone. then again, if you going to make an electric bike why not take it a step further and looks the part of future? the Saietta is available in two versions, the S and the R model. the S and R models will differ in both range and of course, performance with the S having a modest 50 mile range and the R, a 100 mile range. the S will hit the century mark in 5 seconds while the R is a second quicker. Continue reading “Agility Saietta takes electric bike design to the next level”

when sound system meets coffee table, Acoustable is born

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(image credit: Acoustable) Acoustable Coffee Table | US$PoA | www.acoustable.com

not so long ago, Mr. Sound System met and fell in love with Ms. Coffee Table which lead to their holy matrimony as initiated by Belgian designers Jérôme Spriet and Wolfgang Bregentzer and soon after, Acoustable was born. on the surface, Acoustable looks just like another round coffee table but it is not. it is a coffee table and sound system rolled into one. this marriage between a coffee table and a sound system makes perfect sense as coffee table is most likely to be in the center of the living room, thus for the first time, music can be projected right from the center of a living space. unless, you choose to place some speakers in the middle of your living room, which frankly, would be rather awkward.

the gap between the table top and the base is not a magazine shelf but instead, hidden within is a Teac sound system comprising of a stereo amplifier with USB/iPod interface, woofer and speaker system. the Acoustable also comes with a NEXTGEN’s Infrared to RF remote extender allowing remote controlled operations of the sound system without the need for line of sight. the table itself is made out of polymer and mineral blend that combines the advantages of stone and plastic. from the exterior, there isn’t a single hint of technical elements, other than the media player and the remote control device, which can be both stow away in a built pocket.

the Acoustable measures 120-cm in diameter, 50-cm high and weighs 70-kg. now for the golden question: where can i get one of this awesome coffee table? well, there are no words on its pricing and availability but if you are dying to lay your hands on one then i guess contacting the people responsible for Acoustable will be best bet but in the meantime, do check out some images of the Acoustable after the jump.

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Pocket Phone Case store your phone and Credit Cards

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(image credit: Hard Graft) Hard Graft Pocket Phone Case | €49.00 | www.hardgraft.com

not every one uses a wallet or purse (for ladies) but we still do need to carry some cash one way or another. however, there are times we just want to grab our phone, some cash or credit cards and hit the club and that’s where the Hard Graft‘s Pocket Phone Case comes in. it has a pocket that fits your phone between two layers of 3-mm thick asphalt or concrete grey wool and it also has a leather pocket that will hold two credits and some cash. ideal for those who prefer to ‘travel light’ especially on those chill out sessions. Continue reading “Pocket Phone Case store your phone and Credit Cards”

designer turns iProducts into a collage of Steve Jobs

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while Steve Jobs is again away for medical reasons, designer Charis Tsevis has built an perfect illustration of this legendary CEO of the Cupertino company, fusing him with the many iProducts that Jobs was credited to have a hand in – ranging from the revolutionary iPod and iPhone to the less than successful eMac (remember how the market like to put an ‘e’ in front of every tech product? yeah, this was one of them – from Apple). Continue reading “designer turns iProducts into a collage of Steve Jobs”

luxurious all rounder bag combo targets the rich jet-setters

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(image credit: Mark/Giusti) Mark/Giusti ‘Jet Set’ Saddle Leather Travel Bag | £3,100.00 | www.markgiusti.com

there is something about leather goods that’s mysteriously alluring or perhaps, it only applies to yours truly here. speaking of which we want to feature this new leather goods from luxury brand Mark/Giusti that speaks of both luxury and sophistication at the same time. introducing the limited edition ‘Jet Set’ Saddle Leather Travel Bag, especially handcrafted by Mark/Giusti for 20ltd.com. Continue reading “luxurious all rounder bag combo targets the rich jet-setters”

1955 Ford Bubbletop Custom to go under the hammer

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old school futuristic look is what i would describe the 1955 Ford “Beatnik” bubbletop custom concept. every aspect of this gorgeous custom concept speaks of the future as seen in the 50s perspective. every part ranging from the bubble glass top that tilts up, the aircraft flight yoke-inspired steering wheel, the roundish dash pod and the covered wheel wells which gives the car a floating appearance – all which reminds me of the 60s cartoon The Jetsons. Continue reading “1955 Ford Bubbletop Custom to go under the hammer”

make your iPhone your car’s black box with iCar Black Box

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(image credit: iCar Black Box) iCar Black Box app | US$0.99 | 21pixel.com/icarblackbox

if you ever met with a car accident, you would appreciate the importance of video evidence of the unfortunate event. a video recording can do away with unnecessary disputes, thus resulting in sooner resolution of the accident. to capture such crucial footage, you can purchase one of those costly in-car camera or you can just get an app for 99 cents to turn your iPhone into a car black box.

the iCar Black Box uses the iPhone’s GPS, accelerometer, clock and date functions to do its job. the app not only records down video but also details such as the location of the accident displayed on a map, speed of the car, time and date of the accident – all which are vital info and evidence of who’s wrong doing resulting in the unfortunate accident. in the event of an accident, the accelerometer detects sudden jerk from an emergency brake or impact and ask if you wish to save the footage. hitting the ‘OK’ on your iPhone screen, the footage leading up to the accident will be saved. user also has a choice of manually activating the recording via the Emergency Record screen button. the app will also prompt the user if he or she wants to contact the police with a pre-assignable emergency number.

of course, in order to execute the recording, your iPhone has to have a clear view of the front of your vehicle which means it has to be mounted on the windshield of your vehicle, thus not everyone (me included), will feel comfortable with the set-up and not to mention the cables that might be hanging down at the sides of the iPhone. you certainly can do without the cable, but your iPhone might run the risk of running low on juice by the time you get to your destination.

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powered kayaking now comes with spring-cushioned seat

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(image credit: Jetbuster) Jetbuster Jetrider XL | US$3,000.00 | www.jetbuster.com

kayaking has just become a less strenuous sports activity with the new Jetrider XL from Jetbuster (formerly, Surfango). the Jetrider XL is essentially a motor powered kayak which spares your arms from the strain and injects a new fun into kayaking. the monocoque lightweight hull is constructed of high impact GRP and powered by an electric start 9.5-hp 2-stroke engine with a patented jet drive system that’s capable of a top speed of 25 mph (40 km/h). that’s a pretty amazing speed for such a small water craft which should provide adrenalin junkies with an exhilarating experience. Continue reading “powered kayaking now comes with spring-cushioned seat”