Gadgets and Toys

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Japan’s Spherical Flying Machine

The research department at Japan’s Ministry of Defense has developed what it calls “the world’s first spherical flying machine” that can hover like a helicopter and fly in all directions.

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Nokia Flexible User Interface

The Nokia “Kinetic Device” made its debut at the Nokia World show in London recently. Two years in the making, this gesture-based gadget lacks keys or buttons in favor of a thin flat OLED screen, which executes commands when the body of the device is flexed. Experimental carbon nanotubes within the device allow it to be twisted and warped to scroll through photo albums or stop and play music. Designer Tapani Jokinen maintains that this Kinetic Device will likely not see production soon but represents the tip of the innovation iceberg from the Scandinavian mobile company.

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Mafia Inc: The Long, Bloody Reign of Canada’s Sicilian Clan

The runaway bestselling exposé about Canada’s most infamous mafia family is finally available in English, updated to include shocking events and revelations that followed its newsmaking publication in Québec.

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Ralph Lauren Leather Striped Bowling Bag

Make your getaway with our vintage-inspired bowling bag, rendered in tumbled and smooth leather with a classic Rugby stripe for timeless appeal.

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

Lytro Light Field Camera Lets You Focus After Taking Your Shot

Shooting an image in proper focus is a challenge for most budding photographers. Lytro’s revolutionary light field camera, which was officially unveiled today, aims to solve all the pain and heartache.

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

Stussy Rhino Trunks

Stussy Japan had the right idea when they launched their Stussy Livin’ collection. The collection consists of some cool stuff such as soap, bags, PJs, and other cool household items including these Rhino Trunks. These trunks are not mass produced or even ready-made, so you will have to order one up to get one custom made. Two sizes are available: a full sized trunk and a record box for your precious vinyl. These will start delivering in November and December, so get your orders in post haste.

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Custom Samsung Galaxy SII Case by Ben Baller

Here is a clip of celebrity jeweler Ben Baller explaining the custom phone case he did for a contest Samsung and Complex magazine collaborated on. Samsung has also recruited 2 others for this campaign: Clinton Sparks and Dawn from Diddy Dirty Money.

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Halo – The Art of Building Worlds

Front start to finish, the book will highlight the series’ early origins with HALO: COMBAT EVOLVED including a dedicated chapter to The Master Chief and the artists who created the seminal hero, revealing the impressive development and conception of the now iconic game protagonist. Coinciding sections are dedicated to the Halo homeworlds, the design of the Covenant forces and technology, UNSC troops, Cortana, The Flood and a plethora of other iconic Halo concepts and visuals. The replete hardcover is available beginning October 18, 2011, through Amazon.

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Def Jam: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label with Bill Adler

Bill Adler, the co-author of Def Jam Recordings: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label, sits down with Nineteen87 Visuals and Rap Radar for a two-part interview on the exploration into the book. Adler, who served as the in-house publicist during Def Jam’s formative years, had both unique access and prospective on the cultural game changer. From management to musicians, Adler described the people who went into making this book as cooperative and enthusiastic. The must-have read is on sale at Amazon for $35 USD.

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

The Kholer Numi Toilet

Watch The Throne: We’ve seen some pretty fancy cans in our time, but perhaps none as tricked out as Kohler’s latest $6,400 john. The Numi does just about everything for you. Numi comes complete with a self-opening and closing lid so you never have to touch the toilet seat; a self-cleaning bidet with adjustable controls for temperature and water pressure; heating elements to keep your toes and tush toasty; an illuminated panel for night time rendezvous; a built-in speaker system that connects to a remote docking station and a deodorizing element that sucks air from the bowl through a charcoal filter. Of course, no connected appliance would be complete without a touchscreen, and the Numi’s no exception; it has a touch panel remote that you can use to set to your specifications.