Hold The Phone
When you make it a habit to explore as many remote locales as you do (those big Himalayan cats aren’t going to tag themselves), you’ll need a satellite phone that can connect you back to civilization. The IsatPhonePro ($612) can operate at -4° F to 131° F and is dust-, splash- and shock-resistant. With the longest battery life of any satellite phone on the market, the IsatPhonePro will last 100 hours on standby and up to 8 hours of talk time. The voicemail, text, email messaging, GPS location data, and Bluetooth capability included will almost make it feel like you never left home. The Snow Leopard skulking behind you will be a good reminder though, no doubt.
One Cool Cat
The type of guy that uses a Baxter Blue Steel Straight Edge Razor obviously doesn’t require a lot of pampering, yet you might make an exception for Shaveworks Cool Fix ($25.00). The soothing aftershave uses exfoliating agents to release trapped hairs from underneath the skin, kill bacteria, and prevent ingrown hairs from reoccurring. The Boerhvia Root Extract ingredient reduces redness on contact so you don’t have to worry about showing up to a knife fight with embarrassing Adam’s apple bumps.
Solar Power To The People
Born with a strong set of “sea legs” and a penchant for nautical themed pashmina afghans, you’ve taken to yachting like a duck to water. You can always count on coming home with a nice tan and some great stories (the blowfish incident in Singapore). Voyaging around the world in the largest solar powered boat is right up your canal. The Tûranor PlanetSolar circumnavigated the globe powered solely by the 5,300 square feet of photovoltaic solar panels attached to its expansive deck. Using modern shipbuilding technology, as well as testing in aerodynamics and hydrodynamics to make it as efficient as possible, the single-hull carbon catamaran cuts through the wind with relative ease for a ship of its size (100ft X 50ft). The eco-friendly yacht can accommodate a four-person crew and up to 40 passengers comfortably. Although you missed their 584-day trip around the world, the PlanetSolar is available to rent for luxury yachting expeditions and exclusive cruises. We can only imagine the incredible tan you’d come home with.
Like any good Special Ops agent, you could defuse a bomb in your sleep (they don’t call you “Sleep Walking Savior” for nothing). Now you can keep your skills sharp with the Defusable Alarm Clock ($43.00). The fully functional alarm clock features a menacing red button that starts a scary countdown sequence when pressed. You have 10 seconds to choose which one of the four wires to cut and safely defuse the bomb. One wrong cut and BOOM you’re toast. Well, not really but it makes a really annoying beep. Each morning it’s a different wire so you’ll have be on your toes every time it goes off. Keep it at your bedside to ensure you don’t miss that 6am flight or just to impress your overnight guest.
From Denmark With Love
You have Denmark to thank for years of Lego building amusement, melt-in-your-mouth pastry, and May Andersen (Playboy cover girl, May 2012). You’ll have nothing but gratitude for the Dynaudio XEO 5 Wireless Tower Speaker ($4,500) as well. The high-end speaker system can be used with virtually anything that plays music (iPod, iPhone, iPad, etc.) and can be placed up to 100 feet away. The Xeo Transmitter makes it all possible with a 2.4 GHz A-to-B connection, that doesn’t require an IP address or any software. Connect via Toslink, mini USB, stereo mini jack, or RCA stereo inputs for crystal clear streaming for files up to 24 bit/48 kHz. With the first wireless loudspeaker system pumping tunes through your pad, the Lego Castle you’ve got displayed might need some reinforcement.
Rumor Has It: iPad Mini + iPhone 5 Edition
September 12, 2012. The day you’d planned to flee to someplace tropical and disconnect from the world at large. You might wanna wait ‘til October. Rumor has it that the long-awaited iPhone 5 and the long-wondered-about iPad Mini will make their debut September 12, 2012. The iPhone 5 will hit the market in early September, with the iPad mini close on its heels, a one-two punch that should send Apple lovers into a tizzy, and Apple stock through the roof.
Murmurs in the tech world predict the new iPad Mini will sport a 7.85-inch display (down from the current 9.7-inch screen on the first three iPad models), with a similar resolution to the iPad 2, have 3G functionality, and (Gasp!) come down in price, from somewhere between $250-$300. Sure to light a fire under the arse of the Amazon Kindle Fire, no? Leaks about the iPhone 5 have also suggested that the new iPhone will feature a 19-pin connection to replace the 30-pin port we all know and love. Sources claim this will make room for the earphone to move to the bottom of the phone, and allow for a smaller internal battery, but, on the down side, the new port would make all of the accessories you already own incompatible. This is all conjecture at this point, as Apple remains as tight-lipped as ever about the release of the iPad Mini and iPhone 5, but perhaps you should stick around this September to find out firsthand.
A Crib Away From Your…Other Crib
Your grandfather was a great man. A real man. A salt of the earth kind of guy who built his family a log cabin in the woods with his bare hands, one splintery log at a time. An admirable feat indeed, but frankly, you just don’t have that kind of time. Enter The Crib. A green, sustainable building kit that can be fabricated offsite, transported and quickly assembled wherever you want, to serve as a weekend cabin, backyard office, studio, or guest house. Its simple structural concept means that you can determine the size of your Crib, from The Basic at 175 sq. ft. of habitable space and 140 sq ft. of deck space, to the Full Crib, at 250 sq. ft. plus optional loft space, and lower level area, or to the mambo jambo Extended Crib, with a total of 650 total sq. ft., including a deck, loft, 2 optional bathrooms, an optional lower level and floor hatch and ladder to connect the two. All you need to do is build a simple foundation (or pay someone else to do it), and voila! Make it as fancy as you want, with a fireplace and/or electric or hydronic radiant floor system, solar or photovoltaics hot water, LED lighting, and an energy efficient ceiling fan. Don’t like your neighbors? Pick up and move—the entire building can be dismantled and relocated to another site. We’re sure Grandpapa would approve.
Raise A Rukus, Juice Or No Juice
Ever since your gangbanging days on the tough streets of Cape Cod (it got rough, yo—mad blueblood was shed), you were known to raise a ruckus wherever you went. Those days may be over, but it’s still fun to ruckus it up every once in a while. The Eton Rukus Solar Bluetooth Sound System ($136) lets you bust your jams anywhere you go, playing music from any Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, tablet or PC, with a power cord or without, thanks to its high efficiency solar panel. With its internal rechargeable Li-ion battery, you can enjoy over 8 hours of music play time—enough to turn that clambake out, long after the sun goes down.
I Need A Hero!
When you’re training for a triathalon, a marathon, and a decathalon (it’s gonna be a busy summer), your gym gear needs to be as strong, reliable and stylish as you are. The Atto Hero Gym Bag ($500) is up to the challenge. This handsome, natural tanned leather bag is handcrafted in Italy, and can be carried as a sack or a backpack, thanks to its modular connections and organic, deconstructed design. With a black cotton inner lining, 5 mm of foam on the bottom, and anti-scratch YKK zipper, this sack can take a beating as well as a day with your team of trainers, Hans, Swen, and Gwen. Plus, the 2 upper pockets, side pocket and inside pocket can hold enough goodies for your night out afterwards with Jen. Hey, your training can’t be all work and no play.
Bookin’ It From Coast To Coast
While we know you enjoy hopping in your Hondajet and booking it all around the contiguous states of America (and sometimes dip into Cuba—Shhhhhh, don’t tell the Feds), we’d like to present to you another type of booking you can experience across this great nation—the United States Bookshelf. Designed by long-time artist Ron Arad, this Stainless and Corten steel masterpiece is whimsically titled “Oh, the farmer & the cowman should be friends,” and would look more than fabulous next to your World Map Fish Tank. And if you’re looking for a place to stash your non-book-type goodies (ahem), may we suggest Nevada? They seem to be a tad looser than in other states.
How Do uFeel?
Thanks to social networking, people pretty much know how you feel 24 hours a day (happy to hear back from Miss Brazil, excited for your yacht to be refurbished, perplexed about this other “99%” people keep talking about). But what if your phone knew how you were feeling too? The BlackBerry Empathy Concept Phone would. Created by two designers from the Art Center College of Design, Daniel Yoon and Kiki Tang, this phone is hooked up to a biometrics ring that can read your body signals and collect “emotional data.” Then, using a social networking type of platform, it can also display the emotions of everyone in your social network. Its “Emotional Health Chart” keeps track of how you’re feeling over an indefinite amount of time (think of Facebook’s Timeline), so you can actually see how a certain event, phone call or text has affected you. Oh what’s that? Miss Brazil just asked if she could bring her sisters to your private yacht party? Hope the chart includes a spot for unbridled excitement and titillating glee.