Build your own ride with Sandwichbike, the first flat packed two-wheeler that ships straight to your door and assembles in less than an hour. Instead of a typical welded frame, Sandwichbike employs large, weather-coated beech plywood plates that come together with bolts and aluminum smart cylinders using the included tools, just like building Ikea furniture (you’ve been training for this your whole life). Other features include 26-inch Big Apple tires, a Shimano single speed with coaster brake, and of course a design that’s sure to turn more than a few heads.
Hit up Sandwichbikes for more info or to preorder – roughly $1,100
Our experience with the money clips we’ve used over the years has never been particularly great. Magnetic clips lose strength as their load increases, many metal ones bend or weaken over time, and all thus far disappoint. But M-Clips aren’t your run-of-the-mill money clips. These fine cash carriers feature precision stainless steel heat tempered springs, CNC machined bodies, Neoprene rubber grip pads to keep your bills secured, and have sliding levers on each side that keep a sleek profile in your pocket and make for easy opening . They even offer an extra large capacity option in all models for accommodating twice as much stuff (for instance, up to 150 bills), perfect for high rollers or for those who haven’t quite managed to strip down their carry to reasonable levels.
BMW’s M series has always stirred controversy but then, the M series never did fit into a traditional mold. The newly announced 2015 BMW M3 Sedan was never in the mold to start with. A twin turbocharged inline-six give this M3 425 hp, 5 more than the 2014′s 4.0 V-8. And torque, about 406 lb-ft, a gain of 111 over the 2014 model. The M3 generates this hp/torque combo using two fast-spooling single scroll turbochargers, Valvetronic variable valve timing and Double VANOS variable camshaft timing, meaning that when you press the accelerator your head snaps back and your pulse quickens. A standard six speed manual keeps the power plant in check. But all that power is useless unless it’s coupled with a performance suspension and new carefully honed aerodynamics. Wider wheel wells accommodate 18″ or 19″ tires and just look cool, while the interior has been upgraded with M-style touches, such as door sills, driver’s footrest, gearshift lever, redesigned instrument panel and a leather steering wheel. The front seats are one-piece back panel with contrast stitching and the rear seats are a 60/40 split. And if you’re concerned about mileage, your wallet will thank you: the 2015 consumes 25% less fuel than this years V-8.
Keep your eyes peeled for its release next year. Read the press release and Autoblog’s take here – $TBA
Considering its price, Apple’s stock Lightning cable doesn’t do very much, other than the obvious. Une Bobine, on the other hand, is rife with possibility. This 24-inch long charge cable is rigidly flexible, meaning it’ll stand in the shape or position it’s bent into until molded differently. Because of this, Une Bobine also doubles as an iPhone stand for using Facetime or Skype, keeps your phone visible when plugged in the car as a GPS, positions it optimally for use as an alarm clock, and much more. Plus, it won’t ever tangle, which is huge in itself.
Order at BiteMyApple – $35
Add a dash of playful to your getup with a pair of 2×2 Building Block Cufflinks. These sterling silver cufflinks are based off real 2×2 building blocks and made by hand using a wax mould method, accurately recreating the exact shape, size, and imprints of the Lego brick sacrificed in the making. They’re then soldered to a bullet-style cufflink finding and finished with a black patina for a bit of rustic style. The best part is that they’re actually compatible with Legos, meaning you can stick more pieces to them to further customize your look.
LED bulbs will undoubtedly save homeowners money in the long run. Regardless, it’s still a little difficult to justify the up-front costs of some, which can often take years of electricity savings to offset. Philips’ upcoming SlimStyle LED Bulbs enter at a price point that’s to be much more reasonable (though not yet officially announced). SlimStyle is equivalent to a 60W incandescent bulb in warm light output, though it consumes just 10.5W itself, and bypasses the need for cost-boosting heat sinks thanks to a revolutionary flat design that’s made of plastic instead of glass. It’s also rated for 25,000 hours of use, equivalent to roughly 20 years at about 4 hours a day, and should cost a little more than a dollar per year in electricity.
Available only at Home Depot after January 2nd – $TBA
Iain Sinclair’s previous iterations of Cardsharps have been intriguing from the get-go – after all, wafer-thin cards that fold into knives are rather rare. Cardsharp4 takes this concept to the next step, ditching plastic for an all-metal construction that combines a 65mm-long surgical stainless steel blade with an ultralight machined aluminum body. Other improvements include a two-stage childproof lock, spring-loaded Nitinol hinges, and greater overall rigidity, further improving this already incredible knife.
Check it out at Iain Sinclair – roughly $90
Head to Kickstarter for more info – $2,000
Rev your engines – both literally and figuratively – with an Espresso Veloce Titanio V12 Espresso Machine. Designed to look like a V12 engine, albeit at half-scale, and crafted from aluminum and titanium alloys, this beautiful machine pumps hot water at high pressures through Nespresso-like coffee pods before exiting through a pipe and into your cup. And, for some extra punch, a push of the dose button spikes your java with 2.5 milliliters of Grappa, or any other alcohol of your choosing.
Learn more at Espresso Veloce – $TBA
The slopes are no place for subtlety, and Nike’s out to prove it with theirLunarENDOR Quickstrike snowboard boots. While the swoosh’s li-ion-powered LEDs (that illuminate at the push of a cuff-mounted button) are sure to command most environing attention, the boot’s other notables, including Lunarlon foam for comfort and responsiveness, a flex line system that adjusts to one of three levels of stiffness, and a 3D molded upper, can’t be understated. An added advantage: slap on a pair and your buddies won’t have any trouble spotting you, even on unopened trails past closing.
Arriving shortly, albeit in limited quantities. Find out more at Nike – $TBA