Years ago it took lots of electricity to generate a decent amount of light. That meant that battery-operated lanterns were often dim, ran through batteries fast, or both. Of course, those lanterns used incandescent bulbs. LED lights use far less electricity than incandescent bulbs and are much more resilient. In addition, they have an incredibly long lifespan. That makes them the perfect choice for a lantern like this. This Coleman mini lantern makes great use of that LED lighting technology to provide long lasting light with just three AA batteries. Additionally, the LEDs stay cool to the touch. Six settings are available via a dial control. A frosted globe produces a pleasing beam pattern. This lantern weighs just a little over half a pound without batteries. That makes it easy to carry and very portable. It's also durable and weather resistant. The Coleman brand has been around for over a hundred years. They're known for their camping equipment and lanterns. Add in modern LED technology and this is a 21st century lantern with a rich camping history backing it. $19.88.
Porsche celebrates the 50th anniversary of its 911 model with a special edition release. Only making 1,963 units. The car is based on the rear-wheel-drive Carrera S, but it comes in the wider body typically reserved for the Carrera 4. With the seven-speed manual transmission the 911 50 Years Edition can dispatch the 0-62mph sprint in 4.5sec and hit 186mph. Featuring the original 911 includes the 3.8L flat-six engine, Fuchs wheels, a chrome grill, classically styled gauges, and houndstooth-patterned sport seats. Available in a choice of a PDK automatic or a seven-speed manual transmission.
The 'King Edison' pendant lamp designed by Young & Battaglia combines the pure simplicity of an Edison light bulb with the romance and glamour of a Kings chandelier. It consists of a miniature brass chandelier hanging inside the bulb.
Stilly created by Ian Broyles is an iOS app for iPhone that allows users to created short, looping animated GIFs by pressing a single button. The app is currently available to download from the iTunes App Store.
The August Smart Lock is a new product by designer Yves Béhar and technology entrepreneur Jason Johnson, which updates the humble door lock for the "Internet of Things" era. The August Smart Lock fits onto existing door deadbolts, and its designers reckon that installation should be a quick two-screw job for around 90 percent of US-based deadbolts. Once it's up and running, users simply approach their door with their iPhone. The August Smart Lock’s social networking features allow users to issue up to 10 "virtual keys" for their iPhone-owning guests. This access can be set to be valid during a certain time frame only, and is also logged, thus lending a greater degree of security than simply cutting a spare key and hoping for the best. The August Smart Lock utilizes rechargeable AA batteries as a power source, so it stays online even in the event of a power outage. Other features include a log record so you can see who entered and exited your home as well as the date and time they did, invite lists, a guestbook feature, and auto-unlock. Pre-orders for the smart lock are currently open for $199.
This is a working UL approved switch installed in the crotch of an icon of pop culture, Han Solo in Carbon Freeze. It can be installed directly to the wall over an existing switch outlet. It may be a bit dirty.