Peel an Orange Faster Than Mario Andretti and You Could Win a Trip With Him to the Indy 500

Do you think you can peel an orange or fold a fitted bed sheet faster than a world champion racing driver? Well, now is your chance.
Firestone Tires is celebrating 100 years of the Indianapolis 500 by giving one lucky person a chance to race against legendary Indy 500 champion Mario Andretti at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this Memorial Day weekend. Before that one lucky winner is picked though, participants have to race Andretti in everyday, mundane tasks. Continue reading

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BASE OBJECT 005 DESKTOP CAMERA STAND

Desk clutter is the devil. Well, maybe not literally but it sure can drive a person crazy. Base Objects tackles the epidemic head on with their Object 005 Desktop Camera Stand, letting you store your prized camera equipment while keeping a clean and organized look.

Suspended on a powder-coated aluminum stand, you’ll be able to easily keep your camera away from the constant threat of spilled coffee. The small section underneath the slanted modern-looking platform is perfect for storing notebooks, spare pens, or whatever else you see fit. Rubber pads on the bottom of the stand keep it slightly off the ground, while the pads on top of the stand protect your camera from being scuffed or scraped by the light aluminum. Prices for this futuristic looking stand start at $44. Continue reading

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DYSON SUPERSONIC HAIR DRYER

Dyson has always had a knack for redesigning banal household appliances and making them both more efficient and much, much better looking. Most recently, after the brand has turned their space-agey gaze on the hair-dryer, they came up with the brand new Dyson Supersonic.

Quieter, safer, and more efficient, this hair dryer is powered by a v9 motor and 13 blade fan located in the handle of the Supersonic. Not only does this compact motor and fan make for better weight distribution, it spins at up to 110,000 revolutions per minute – putting out a frequency that is nearly inaudible. Say goodbye to that deafening whir. In addition to that innovation, Dyson has made their dryer safer by placing the heating elements on the interior resulting in a really attractive looking tool that you won’t have to worry about setting fire to the house or burning you. All things said, this is an impressively engineered tool. At this point though, it isn’t like we’d expect anything else from Dyson. Prices for the Supersonic start at $400.

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HOVER CAMERA

Drones are complicated. You have to really know what you are doing if you want to buy one yourself – both when it comes to piloting a rig and operating the camera attached to it. The Hover Camera is a much simpler drone intended to give a broader set of folks a chance at having fun with flying cameras.

All you have to do to get the drone going is hit the power button, unfold it, and it’ll immediately start hovering. While it is designed to operate out of the box, you won’t have to compromise on image quality – the Hover Drone has the ability to shoot 13 megapixel stills and 4K video on an image stabilizing camera. As if that wasn’t cool enough, this drone can shoot 360 degree panorama shots and follow a subject around using facial recognition. Due to its carbon fiber construction, the drone weighs less than 250 grams, meaning you don’t have to go through the hassle of registering it with the FAA. At the moment, this thing isn’t for sale – but the company run by two Stanford PhD grads is looking to release sometime soon, so keep your eyes pealed

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LEICA M-D CAMERA

Today’s digital cameras offer tons of features. So many, in fact, that they can distract from what’s most important: your photos. The Leica M-D Camera packs high-tech components in a no-nonsense throwback body that eschews menus for manual control. It’s so spartan, in fact, that the entire back screen and menu system has been replaced by a single control — an ISO ring — that joins the shutter speed dial and on-lens aperture and focus controls for a pure photographic experience. It has a 24 megapixel full-frame sensor, and lets you make the most of it with a subdued, red dot logo-less black body and a nearly silent shutter for discrete snapping. $6.000 Continue reading

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Furbo lets you dispense dog treats from afar

For dog owners who treat their pets like children, it can be hard leaving them alone while at work. Who’s going to pamper your pooch with treats while you’re gone? What if – in the absence of your constant reminders – they forget who is, in fact, a good boy? Furbo is designed to allay these fears by letting you remotely talk to, and feed, your pet.The remote treat-dispenser is currently on Indiegogo, where it has raised over US$89,200 – comfortably more than the initial $50,000 goal. If things go as planned, the product should ship in July this year, at which point buyers can expect to pay $239. If you get in early, however, Furbo is offering the unit for pledges of just $99. Continue reading

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BELLROY PHONE WALLET

Wallet. Keys. Phone. That is the checklist almost all of us run through before we head out the door. All things said, it isn’t a bad setup, but for someone who is looking to save space, consolidating with the Bellroy all-in-one Phone Wallet is the way to go.

Like everything from the upstart leather wallet brand, this hybrid phone-case and wallet is quality made. With premium full grain vegetable tanned leather and lined with microfiber, it is designed to stand up to constant use. With room for up to 5 cards – two in the front slot, and then a few more that fit underneath your phone – you’ll definitely be using it on a regular basis. The understated design on the case complements the shape of your phone instead of hiding it under a bulky mess, while the cover gives you a break from the constant flash of notifications and updates. Protect your phone and save space with this great piece for everyday carry. Price is set at $90.

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THE ART OF ATARI

Video game graphics have inarguably improved over time. Yet when it comes to the artwork surrounding them, it’s hard to beat The Art of Atari. This compendium of artwork was sourced from private collections all over the world, and showcases the gorgeous work of unsung artists who created visuals for advertisements, catalogs, and, of course, the game’s boxes and cartridges. The images are accompanied by interesting stories on how some of the games were created, from conception to final product, making it a worthwhile flip-through for art buffs and gamers alike. $32

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AIRSTREAM NEST

Airstream’s brand is synonymous with its iconic aluminum trailers. With the Airstream Nest, you’re going to need to add molded fiberglass to the mix. The result of the Ohio-based company’s purchase of Nest Caravans, production on these sleek two-tone campers is set to begin next year with a 16-foot model. By using an all-fiberglass monocoque design, the trailer has plenty of room and a modern interior yet weighs roughly 2,400 pounds, making it towable by smaller vehicles like crossovers and compact pickups.

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CRYSTAL BUILDINGS

Okay, so it’s only one building so far, but the work done on this Amsterdam boutique lays the ground for similar transformations elsewhere. Crystal Buildings creates a completely transparent facade on an otherwise opaque brick structure. The architects, MVRDV, worked in conjunction with the the delft university of technology, who partnered with engineers and contractors to come up with new structural solutions (like using a transparent adhesive instead of mortar) and fabrication techniques. The result is a stunningly clear wall made from solid glass bricks — individually cast by Poesia — glass window frames, and glass architraves, integrated directly into the existing brickwork above it, modernizing the space while paying homage to the area’s past. Continue reading

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