Archive for the ‘Gear’ Category

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Automatic – Smart Driving Assistant

November 26, 2013

Automatic, the smart driving startup that builds an accessory for just about any vehicle, is expanding its list of retail partners beyond Apple thanks to a new deal with Amazon. That means the car will be available to a whole new group of customers, thanks to a distribution arrangement with the world’s largest online retailer.

Automatic’s Link plugs into a car’s ODB-11 port, which is generally going unused on any vehicle between service spots, but which essentially provides access to the car’s central nervous system and can relate back a huge amount of information about your vehicle and its travels, including fuel consumption, detailed information about “check engine” and other service lights that appear on your dashboard, and can also detect crashes and send automatic calls for help.

The deal for Automatic means retail presence that could help it become more than just a niche product for tech enthusiasts. And that could be good news for the connected car space in general: Our own Chris Velazco reviewed the product and found that it helped make him more conscious of his own driving habits, which could in turn lead to a number of other use cases for that new awareness and newly unearthed information. With other accessories feeding from the pipe Automatic provides, we could see all kinds of different incarnations of intelligent driving accessories, but first Automatic’s Link needs to reach critical mass. Article here.

Automatic – $99.95

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theQ Camera

September 6, 2013

If you don’t want to fill up your phone’s storage with a billion pictures, theQ Camera could be your new photo-snapping wingman. It’s got built-in 3G which allows you to automatically upload your shots to whatever social media sites you wish and store everything you shoot online. One of the neat little features is the two shutter buttons on the camera, one gives you a flash and one doesn’t. TheQ Camera boasts a lens with an f2.4 aperture, it allows you to add filters to your photos, and is actually waterproof. You can pre-order now and the first units should get shipped out in about a month. $199

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Sigmo Voice Translation Device

August 21, 2013

If you’ve spent any amount of time traveling abroad, you’ve likely run into a language barrier, making it hard to get the most out of your trip. With the Sigmo Voice Translation Device ($50) you can avoid those issues, without resorting to learning a new language. This device connects to your iOS or Android device over Bluetooth and, using existing services, translates your voice into one of 25 different languages. Just speak into the microphone and it will translate everything you say, playing it back over the speaker. It’s small and light, so you can bring it anywhere, attach it to your clothes, or hang it around your neck. http://buysigmo.com/

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What’s in Your Pocket? – Everyday Carry

August 14, 2013

Everyday Carry, or EDC, generally refers to small items or gadgets worn, carried, or made available in pockets, holsters, or bags on a daily basis to manage common tasks or for use in unexpected situations or emergencies. In a broader sense, it is a lifestyle, discipline, or philosophy of preparedness.     http://everyday-carry.com

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SOG Knives – The Arcitech

August 14, 2013

SOG Knives – Trusted by US Special Forces teams for decades.

 

Arcitech Damascus: To create, a truly unique experience and first for SOG we started with one of our finest knives, the Arcitech. Then we procured a stunning Japanese Damascus that uses a core of VG-10 and 15 layers of Nickel and stainless steel on either side. The steel is forged and folded again and again to produce this striking pattern. Then finally the knife is acid etched to bring the pattern up clearly (carbon and nickel become black). $624.00


The Arcitech ushers in our Platinum line with exquisite high-end collectibility. Combining technical excellence with a spirited new design, the Arcitech has that trait that is so elusive… harmony. A mirror polished san mai (VG-10 core laminated with 420J2 stainless steel) exotic blade moves smooth as silk and mechanically effortless thanks to our very special Arc-Lock and Abalone jeweled thumb stud. The titanium bolsters meet old school jigged bone handles in a rare and beautiful combination. The color of the jigged bone handles vary in color from a deep maroon to flame yellow and black making each knife a unique piece. Investment collectable and very limited production. $500.00

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The Beer Buckle – Beverage Holding Belt Buckle!

September 14, 2012

This is the first ordinary looking belt buckle that can actually flip open and provide a platform and loop to hold your beer bottle!

How it works:
Step 1: Put on the BevBuckle.
Step 2: Flip down the face plate and a ring pops up.
Step 3: Slide beverage in and go hands free.

Order yours here for $30 to $60!

 

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Gator Machete Pro – Zombie Killing Time

October 23, 2011

Find yourself backed into a corner with the undead on the move? Grab your Gator Pro. It has an aggressive, multi-purpose blade that can be used as an axe, a machete, or knife to filet your way through any walker offensive. In battle, the extra-grippy rubberized handle keeps the blade securely in hand. If the undead come calling, let the Gator Pro answer the door. Also a great machete for clearing brush, blazing trails and chopping branches. $53

Click here to shop the rest of the Apocalypse Survival tools.

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BACtrack SingleShot – Disposable Breath Alcohol Tester

June 8, 2011

Don’t drink and drive – PERIOD. I believe most people don’t, but there are those situations where you go out for a drink or two, maybe have something with dinner, feel completely fine and then drive home. If your judgement has already been impaired by alcohol, of any limit, then why do you trust it to decide if you should get behind the wheel? Stay on the safe side, for everyone’s sake, and get a second opinion by blowing into one of these cool new BACtrack SingleShot – Disposable Breath Alcohol Testers.

Unlike those large and pricey electronic breathalyzers, these inexpensive, single-use breath alcohol testers don’t require batteries, maintenance, recalibration or training. Just squeeze the center of the tube to activate the test, blow through it for 12 seconds and if the crystals change color from yellow to blue-green, then your blood alcohol level is at or above the limit. The testers are clinically proven to be over 99% accurate with rapid results, have been cleared by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and Department of Transportation as an Alcohol Screening Device and are available in 0.02% (zero-tolerance), 0.05%, and 0.08% (legal driving limit) BAC thresholds. It’s simple to use, easy to read the results and small enough to fit in any purse or pocket. Although these are great to have, please remember to just drink responsibly in the first place.

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Phonekerchief – Signal Blocking Phone Handkerchief

May 16, 2011

Going out to dinner lately has gotten to be nothing but a table full of people playing with their phones. Well if this sounds familiar, then it’s time to get one of these cool new Phonekerchiefs. When an annoying phone comes out, just snatch it away and wrap it up in this phone handkerchief to effectively kill the signal and restore some manners to the table. This innovative, service-blocking handkerchief is made with silver fibers to block incoming calls and texts, but still sends a clear message. Quite possibly the greatest invention ever made!

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