To say there’s a little bit of history behind the Volkswagen Type 2 Microbus or Kombi is a massive understatement. The iconic VW ‘hippie bus’ was first introduced in Germany some 63 years ago, but it eventually came down to just Brazil producing this legendary ride. Sadly, that too is about to end due to new safety legislation being introduced next year in that country.
To go out in style, VW is offering one last limited edition of the longest produced model in automotive history. 600 of these Kombis will be built, each with the distinctive two-tone blue and white paint job, curtains on the side windows and rear windscreen, whitewall tires, decals, and special upholstery vinyl with central bands of two colors. Thankfully the retro theme stops at the dashboard, as this Kombi comes with an MP3 sound system with iPod compatibility. A rear-mounted, 1.4-liter flex-fuel and water-cooled engine churns out a very mellow 78 horsepower when running on gasoline (80 on pure ethanol). There’s room for 9 people inside, and it’s gonna be sold only in Brazil for about $35,600. Continue reading →
The new Bolex camera, dubbed the D16, doesn’t just sport a retro look. Its Kodak-produced CCD sensor is very close to Super 16-sized, which is uncommon in modern cameras. Even better, that sensor shoots in RAW at 32 frames per second at a resolution of 2048×1152 pixels. Every uncompressed frame should be sharp, as opposed to the compressed footage even full-frame DSLRs produce. Plus, the Super 16-sized sensor means that the D16 can use C-mount lenses without any crop factor.
The camera is being produced under the name “Digital Bolex,” but it’s actually a joint venture between the original manufacturer, Bolex International, S.A., and Cinemeridian, Inc, a young company of digital wizards that was formed to bring this idea to fruition.
The feature set of the Bolex D16 is carefully considered for the indie filmmaker. There are two compact flash slots, a 2.4-inch digital viewfinder, and a stereo audio recorder that takes XLR input. And it wouldn’t be a Bolex without the old-school pistol grip, which its competitors like Blackmagic lack. But the most important aspect of a new camera is the image quality, and early test footage with the Bolex D16 looks great: The new Bolex camera has been highly anticipated since it was fully funded on Kickstarter in March 2012. If you were lucky enough to get a pre-order, your camera should be shipping this week. If you didn’t get in on the Kickstarter and still want one, Bolex Digital will be offering them for sale to the public on December 16. The 256 GB version will cost $3,300 and the 512 GB camera will be $3,600.
If you care at all about music, you know there’s nothing quite like the sound of your favorite album playing on vinyl — and if you haven’t made the plunge and bought a record player, it’s about time you thought about picking up the Orbit Turntable ($180-$280). With a fully-manual belt drive, a two-speed pulley, a 24-volt synchronous motor, and vibration damping feet, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better one on the market. Choose between the basic and the plus for either an MDF platter, or an acrylic platter, with either an Ortofon or Audio-Technica cartridge in the basic, or an Audio-Technica AT95E cartridge in the plus. Either way, it’s the perfect option to upgrade your listening experience.
The folks at Automatic say their device and app combo “upgrade your car’s abilities”, and the thing is indeed sort of Zen Master-ish: it makes you one with your car. Plug the dongle into your car’s diagnostics port and it connects to your iPhone or Android via low-energy Bluetooth. From there, it begins tracking all manner of data, often using your phone’s accelerometer to do so: fuel consumption and MPG, driving habits, how much you drive, where you drive and more, conveniently reporting back to you via a cleanly designed interface. The app alerts you of less-than-desirable behavior (hard braking and acceleration, for instance), and can even detect crashes and alert the authorities should there be a problem. $100
Even the not-so-glamorous jobs are important when it comes to preparing meals but let’s face it; nobody likes stirring. There’s no creative input, no real way to shake things up, and the excitement factor hovers somewhere near watching paint dry. Now, this lowly but important kitchen task can be foisted over onto something that doesn’t mind doing the grunt work.
One of these days, technology will take over the world and force us to bow down to our robot overlords, but in the meantime, the Stirio Automatic Pot Stirrer can become your own personal sous chef… although a sous chef that doesn’t know how to do anything except stir food.
Designed with an adjustable axle and arms to fit a variety of pots, Stirio’s rechargeable batteries pack enough juice to stir a large pot of food for up to 45 minutes and cleaning this new kitchen helper is a breeze because everything except for the motor can be slipped right into the dishwasher.
You can turn the stirring duties over to an assistant that won’t whine about the dull job for €49.90/$68.69.
t’s not every day you come across a motorcycle with the name Beto, but that’s exactly what we have here. Named after a friend of Revival Cycles, the bike customizers were hoping the Italian man’s great taste in both bicycles and motorcycles would shine through on this project – and boy did it ever.
While the bike’s power plant is fully capable, it’s the aesthetics that really steal the show for this motorcycle. What started as a stock 1975 Moto Guzzi has been transformed into a retro-modern fusion of brushed angular metal, that paired with a beautiful brown leather seat, make this one of the most beautiful bikes we have ever seen. The Austin, Texas based shop hooked this beauty up with front suspension sourced from a 2007 Suzuki, which needed to be modified to match up with the vehicle’s original drum brake setup. If you have a thing for vintage motorcycles, you’re sure to fall in love with this one-off bike. Continue reading →
Smart watches have been all the rage on the tech scene, but we’ve yet to see a smart ring. Well that’s exactly what Smarty Ring is, and seeing that they just surpassed their goal on IndieGoGo, this concept may soon become a reality.
Rather than having to pull out your phone a hundred times a day to check for updates on Facebook, you can now get all of your text, chat, and social network notifications sent right to your fingers. Utilizing Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology, this smart ring will work on both iOS and Android powered devices (with an interactive app built for both), and also lets users manage their calls from their fingers as well. You can do everything from accepting/rejecting incoming calls to speed dial and emergency calls. There’s even a built-in butt call alert for those accidental dials. The Smarty Ring also comes with a built-in clock that displays five different time zones, and even includes a stop watch as well for training in the gym. The ring itself is crafted from allergy free surgical stainless steel, uses LED lights for the display, and includes a wireless charger.
Many of you will remember the team at XD Design introducing a concept for a solar powered window charger a few years back. Now that same team is back with the official retail version of the product dubbed the Port Solar Charger, just in time for the holiday season.
Giving you the ability to harness the sun’s power for all of your mobile gadgets, this device easily sticks to any window (car, plane or train), and connects to your mobile device using the integrated USB charging cable. Not only will this charger power up your smartphone or tablet, but it can pretty much charge anything that uses a USB cable. The silicone suction cup ensures you can stick this thing to any window surface, and the built-in LED lights will let you know when your gadgets are fully charged. $80