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  • Google Ara Modular Phone

    Google Ara Modular Phone

    Google showed off their Project Ara, a modular phone concept, to the masses about a year ago. Then we waited and kinda forgot about it. Now, after much tinkering, the phone that allows you to swap out components is here. Almost. Shown off in what should be close to its final form, Ara is set to ship to developers this fall. The frame of the unique, Mondrian-looking smartphone contains six flexible slots so users can swap in the items they need. Going to be away from a charge for a while? Pop in a bigger battery. Out shooting pictures? Add a high-res camera to your rig. It’s the phone you can customize on the fly. Google is aiming to have this phone in your hand by next year, so stay tuned.

    Link: https://atap.google.com/ara/
    Source: Cool Material

  • The truly portable Bluetooth speaker for music and calls.

    The truly portable Bluetooth speaker for music and calls.

    You want to take your music everywhere, but most bluetooth speakers either look like garbage or don't sound any better than streaming directly from your phone. Addressing both of those common problems is the Beoplay A1 Speaker from Bang & Olufsen. B&O always take design seriously, and the A1 is no exception. It's built to last with a beautiful rounded aluminum grill and double-molded polymer base. It also packs great sound dispersion wherever you take it and is small enough to sit in the palm of your hand. It has a battery life that lasts up to 24 hours, and even has a built-in microphone for making calls, giving you the freedom to pull off a conference call poolside.

    Source: Uncrate

  • What's It Like In Space?

    What's It Like In Space?

    For most of us, the frame of reference about space we have is limited to movies and TV. But with What's It Like in Space?: Stories from Astronauts Who've Been There, we have an opportunity to gain access to some specific facts about space from dozens of international astronauts. The stories range from hilarious to inspirational and each one comes with a fun illustration as well. Hear from astronauts about quirky things like backwards dreams, the tricks of sleeping in zero gravity, and how in space no one can hear you burp. Great conversation fodder for space junkies that should help satisfy some of our many curiosities.

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  • Mercedes Benz Classic Car Travel

    Mercedes Benz Classic Car Travel

    You don't have to drive on vacation. But if you're the type that wants to get behind the wheel on holiday, Mercedes-Benz Classic Car Travel is a fantastic option. Traveling in a small group with a local guide and service team, you'll hop behind the wheel of a vintage Mercedes-Benz SL, cruising along some of Europe's best roads before returning to your five-star accommodations for dinner. Currently available in Tuscany or the Côte d'Azur, it beats trying to track down a vintage ride and hoping it doesn't break down while you're in a foreign land.

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  • Moleskine Smart Writing Set

    Moleskine Smart Writing Set

    Yes, Moleskine has created "smart" notebooks before — but those have generally required snapping a photo of the page with your phone, or buying an expensive add-on. The Moleskine Smart Writing Set finally gets it right, pairing a real-world notebook with an intelligent app and pen. The notebook, called the Paper Tablet, has an invisible grid that lets the app know where you are on the page and in the notebook, and has extended rounded edges to recall the curves of an electronic tablet. The pen is powered by Neo technology, and uses a hidden camera as a digitizer, transferring the data wirelessly to the Moleskine Notes App and giving you a digital copy of every sketch, note, doodle, and stroke.

    Source: Uncrate

  • Best lightweight laptops by Gear Patrol

    Best lightweight laptops by Gear Patrol

    Though the tablet’s stolen a bit of the laptop’s thunder, true productivity hounds know that getting stuff done still happens more effortlessly on the latter. Today, laptop users enjoy the twin perks of thin and powerful devices, and with modern, svelte designs, outstanding battery life and sinking price tags, the lightweight laptop’s entering its golden age.

    If your laptop happens to be entering its golden years, look to these new, shiny, skinny power players. The current crop of laptops offer ultralight, ultra-potent computing that cranks with even the most demanding key tappers.

    Click here for the list on Gear Patrol

  • Reflex smartphone

    Reflex smartphone

    There's no question flexible screens are coming. But there is some debate on how they'll be used. The Reflex Smartphone suggests that bending be merged with multi-touch to give phones more input methods. Built using a 720 Flexible OLED screen from LG powered by Android 4.4, the Reflex accepts traditional touch input, but also uses bend sensors behind the display to sense the force you're using to bend the screen and respond accordingly. When used in conjunction with a voice coil that produces highly-detailed vibrations, the phone is able to simulate real-world actions like flipping through the pages of a book or pulling back a rubber band to fling a supernatural bird at some fort-building pigs. It was developed by the Human Media Lab at Queen's University, and while it's currently just a proof-of-concept, the Lab expects similar features to appear in consumer products in less than five years.

    Source: Uncrate

  • Arc 3D-Printed Bicycle

    Arc 3D-Printed Bicycle

    Designed and built by a group of four Dutch college students as part of a three-month research project, the Arc 3D-Printed Bicycle is a great example of the technology's potential. The students partnered with Amsterdam-based MX3D to utilize their printing process, which uses articulated robot arms to print structures in mid-air, thus allowing for far larger objects to be made than with a traditional printer. While the spider-like frame of the bike could bring weight savings in the future, the current prototype weighs roughly the same as a normal bike, with a fixed gear configuration and off-the-shelf fork, handlebars, and seat.

  • How To Make A Nation

    How To Make A Nation

    Plenty of people have built homes, lives, and businesses. Few have built great countries. How To Make A Nation: A Monocle Guide takes a look at the qualities you'd want in an ideal country, from a global perspective. Encompassing everything from education and diplomacy to culture and community, this interesting 400-page read provides some much-needed food for thought as we set about choosing a new leader for our own nation this fall.

    Source: Uncrate

  • Morgan 3 Goes Electric

    Morgan 3 Goes Electric

    An icon of British motoring, the mighty Morgan 3-Wheeler steps into the future with an all-electric model called the EV3. Just like the Morgans before it, the EV3 stays true to the brand's heritage of hand-built cars with a carbon hood, tonneau cover, and side pods that are placed over an ash wood frame by hand.

    The design of the EV3 is inspired by aero-engine racers and classic motorcycles from the '30s, an influence that creates a sleek, almost steampunk-like aesthetic. The electric engine will get the car from 0-60 in nine seconds and it will reach a top speed of 90+ mph. As for range, you'll be able to manage a very impressive 150 miles on a single charge.

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