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Review: Uniterra Nomad

There are about a thousand ways to brew a cup of coffee on the go. But espresso, specifically? That’s a little trickier, since multiple variables, notably pressure, need to be just right. For that reason (and because it’s one of the most unique espresso machines we’ve ever laid eyes on) we were itching to give the Kickstarter-launched Uniterra Nomad a thorough try to see how well it might fulfill our caffeine cravings both within and well outside of civilization. As it’s name hints the Nomad doesn’t rely on the electrical grid: instead you’ll need to heat some water yourself and pump its aluminum lever to get brewing. Read on for our full review.

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Xeric Soloscope

They’ve been bringing you news on the most interesting timepieces by way of Watchismo, and even designed a watch or two in the last couple of years. The Xeric Soloscope is their latest. It’s another affordable automatic mechanical timepiece like their Halograph but with looks unique enough to set it apart from the thousands of other options in the price range. A single hand circles the hours and points to the minutes with its tip, making its way around the face once every 24 hours. The other half of its face displays its twin balance wheels, and the way they’re laid out — the watch on the right side — works perfectly to peek out from underneath your shirt’s cuff. A 36 hour power reserve, a sapphire-coated K1 crystal lens, and a Horween leather strap round out the timepiece. And if you’re looking for something a bit more affordable, a Quartz-powered Soloscope costs a fair bit less.

Learn more at Kickstarter – $240 (quartz) to $400 (automatic)

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Ink Hunter

Tattoos aren’t licked on by kittens. But it’s not the temporary physical pain that gives one pause when deciding to get a tattoo. It’s the immense responsibility knowing that when you’re eighty, you’ll still have that “Frankie Says Relax” tat on your shoulder, never mind the name of the girl or guy friend you have inked as a permanent reminder that they were douchy. Ink Hunter app allows anyone to place a tat anywhere they like, digitally, before being actually poked. Just choose one of the tattoos already included on the app or upload your own design and with the aid of your smartphones camera and voila, you now have a real imaginary tattoo. Study it in the mirror, send the image to your friends for their opinion or even horrify your mom. Then you can get that barbed wire tattoo you’ve always wanted.

Learn more at Ink Hunter – $Free

Tags: Apps, Tech
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Jerry Can Bar Cabinet

They were originally designed to carry supplies like gasoline and water. And now they’ve been recycled and transformed to stash something far more valuable: liquor. The Jerry Can Bar Cabinet takes a genuine Jerry Can from World War II and has it cleaned, stripped of rust and paint, powder coated, and fitted with oak shelves and trim. Each handmade cabinet will fit up to three bottles of liquor alongside up to twelve glasses, and locks using included keys to keep kids out.

Find them in a variety of colors at AHAlife – $680

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CoeLux Artificial Windows & Skylights

We’d never say no to a little extra sun. Problem is living or working anywhere but the top floor of a big building means natural light is a scarcity. Enter CoeLux Artificial Windows & Skylights. Using nanotechnology to create an atmosphere-accurate influence on the lighting and a variety of LEDs that output light similar to that of the sun, these windows and skylights install on any ceiling or wall (with sufficient width) and mimic the look and depth of a clear blue sky and the sun in the distance. Its directional brightness is consistent with the idea of a single light source (i.e. the sun), unlike light fixtures, and its light is cast upon the room at a fixed 45 or 60 degree angle depending on the model.

Learn more at CoeLux – $TBA

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560G Titanium Bike Lock

Typically, bicycle locks either weigh a lot or are highly susceptible to physical attack. Altor’s 560G Titanium Bike Lock is neither of these things. It weighs just 560 grams (1.23 pounds) — hence the name — and is made of grade 5 titanium, the same used in aerospace and marine industries, to survive various sustained attacks including freezing, chiseling, cutting, and even large bolt cutters. A push button locking mechanism allows for attaching without fiddling with your keys and its folding design closes up tight so it won’t take up much space on your ride or in your bag. And it’s easily long enough to wrap around both your rear wire and frame, though two can be combined for an even lengthier, more versatile chain-style lock.

Grab one at Kickstarter – $150+ [via]

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Everyday Carry Breakdown #111

Each week we’ll show you an everyday carry – a small selection of tools, gadgets, and gear carried daily to cope with a variety of situations – worthy of a few minutes of your attention. This week’s EDC belongs to a business director in Poland.

For the full April 29th breakdown, hit up Everyday Carry

Tags: EDC, Gear
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The Connected Characters of Seinfeld

For a show about nothing, Seinfeld sure has a lot going on. Pop Chart Lab’s The Connected Characters of Seinfeld catalogs over 230 of the show’s characters on one illustrated chart as well as their type of relationship — whether romantic, antagonistic, professional, familial, or just friendship — with each of Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer. They include recurring roles like Newman, Mr. Steinbrenner, and David Puddy to the most obscure characters only committed, die-hard Seinfeld fans would remember. Each is printed on 100 lb. archival stock and optionally ready to go up on your wall beside your DVD collection with some hanging rails or a frame.

Preorder at Pop Chart Lab – $35

Tags: Decor, Home
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Hover Camera

If a selfie stick can’t get you just the right angle, try a Hover Camera instead. This clever drone weighs just 8 ounces (meaning there’s no FAA registration needed) and boasts a compact form factor that’s about the size of a box of granola bars. Unfold its carbon fiber wings and release it to have the drone hover in place or automatically follow along, shooting 4K video and snapping 13 megapixel photos all the while. When you want to pack it back up, just grab it right out of the air thanks to the grid shielding its propellors.

Join the beta at Hover Camera – $TBA

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iBubble Underwater Drone

Drones that takes to the skies are a dime a dozen nowadays. But if you love diving or snorkelling, the iBubble Underwater Drone may be more on-point. Install your GoPro behind this highly visible yellow drone’s bubble visor and set it free. Several near-silent motors spin to life, following and filming you — or the wearer of the included tracker/controller bracelet — at depths of up to 200 feet and at speeds of 1.9 knots. Dual 1,000 lumen lights ensure visibility even when deeper (and darker) and its several filming modes include Follow Me, 360° Selfie, as well as zoom and manual modes, all selected right from the bracelet. One hour of battery life means there’s plenty of time to explore, with warnings that trigger when battery life is low to give you time to hook it to your back and surface. Though if the iBubble were to run out of juice unexpectedly, a backup CO2 cartridge triggers to boost buoyancy and float it up to the surface.

Hit up Indiegogo to learn more – $700

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