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Figment VR

Dubbed the world’s first virtual reality and augmented reality phone case, Figment VR goes places other VR sets haven’t dared — namely, your pocket. Figment VR is first and foremost a protective rigid, protective plastic case but features a lens at at the end of an aluminum arm that swings out and up in front of your iPhone 6/6S’ or 6/6S Plus’ display, letting you make full use of almost any VR app just about anywhere. You won’t need absolute darkness, just place it near your eyes and cup around the sides if it’s really bright out. And if you’re wondering what you can do with it, the list is long and includes touring world landmarks with Google Street View, experiencing a rock concert right from the stage, plus exploring faraway places both on Earth and off of it.

Learn more at Figment VR or back them on Kickstarter – $55+

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Hands-On: InMovement Elevate Desktop DT2 Sit-To-Stand Desk

Chances are you sit too much. We undoubtedly do, and it’s always seemed to be an integral and impossible-to-avoid downside to working with a computer. But there’s hope with the advent of sit-to-stand desks in recent years, the specific benefits of which we won’t go into. These range in price from sub hundred dollar portable stands to several thousand dollar motorized desks that raise themselves at the push of a button. We got our hands on one of InMovement’s Elevate Desktop DT2 sit-to-stand desks — which lies somewhere in between at a reasonable $400 — and played slash worked on it for a few weeks to get a good idea of what it’s all about. Click on through to read more.

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Samsung Gear VR

Mass marketed virtual reality is finally here and it’s cheap, at least with Samsung’s Gear VR — though you’ll need a Samsung Galaxy Note5, S6, S6 edge, or S6 edge+ to use it. Pop off its face, place in your phone, and snap it back together before immersing yourself in games, movies by way of a private, personal theatre, and 360 degree virtual adventures, the latter with Samsung Milk VR. It’s powered by Oculus and boasts a touch pad, a comfortable lightweight design, and improved fit thanks to additional cushioning and a eyeglasses-accommodating design.

Learn more at Amazon – $100+

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Garwood Watches

Decent looking wood watches are hard to come by, particularly since working with the naturally fragile material requires thicker lines and a bolder design. But it plays in perfectly with the overall aesthetics of Garwood Watches. Each piece — link, case, everything — is handcrafted using light American Maple or dark Indonesian Sandlewood and fitted with a Japanese quartz Miyota 2035 movement. They also include complementary or contrasting copper faces in white, black, and red (shown), plus a special edition Packers’ green.

Learn more at Garwood – $160

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Dock For Apple Watch Marble Edition

Granted, plugging your Apple Watch to its charger and dropping it on your nightstand will get the job done, but not as elegantly as Native Union’s Dock For Apple Watch Marble Edition. Each is hefty, being made from solid marble, and is fitted with a brushed aluminum arm that rotates for getting that perfect angle. It’ll work with all Apple Watches (but pairs particularly well with Edition models), can be lain down flat on its side to make your watch switch in Nightstand Mode, and snaps together easily from its two parts — the arm and the marble block — for when setting up by feeding in your magnetic charge cable.

Find it at Native Union in black and white – $120

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2015 Holiday Gift Guide: The Foodie

We don’t cover much food per se on GearHungry, rather food-related indispensables. And when we say Foodie we don’t mean to exclude anyone with a healthy love of coffee or alcohol. This year’s picks include Darth Vader’s oven mitt, a spatula with a built in flashlight, a safe for your guilty pleasure, plus a kit to spice up your in-flight drinking. Still more guides to come (be sure to check out our Outdoorsman Gift Guide)

1. Master Pan – $80 9. Darth Vader Oven Mitt – $15
2. Alphamind Vitamin Coffee – $12+ 10. Stagg Kettle – $70
3. Cube Glass – $90 11. Maple Sriracha – $14
4. Steak Stones – $100+ 12. Brew Box All-American Ale Kit – $200
5. Machete Spatula – $30 13. Carry On Cocktail Kit – $20+
6. Duo Coffee Steeper – $100 14. Grillight – $20
7. Campagnolo Big Corkscrew – $182+ 15. Kitchen Safe – $60
8. Muzzleshot Middy Mug – $50 16. Oak Bottle – $60+
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Huskk Quickdraw Phone Wallet Case

Chances are you carry your phone in one pocket and your wallet in another. Consolidate with the Huskk Quickdraw Phone Wallet Case, a hybrid that couples an Italian leather wallet with a snap case for your iPhone 6/6S or 6/6S Plus. It’ll fit seven cards plus cash across its quick access front pocket and large rear pocket, the latter of which is accessed by unsnapping a discreet magnetic closure. The case itself is made of rubberized plastic to protect the smartphone’s corners as well as its display, jutting out ever so slightly so as to allow you to place it face down on its screen without risk of scratches.

Find it at the GearHungry Shop or at Amazon – $25

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Schrade Survival Hatchet

Lightweight and measuring in at about a foot in length, the Schrade Survival Hatchet borders on everyday carry material — for woodsmen, anyway. For the rest of us, it’s a solid addition to your camping gear or bug out bag. The axe features a titanium nitride coated stainless steel blade for durability as well as a flat striking textured hammer on the other end. The head is fused to a fibreglass filled handle that’s rubberized on the outside for grip and comfort, and which also stashes an oversized ferrocerium rod in its base that works with the top of the axe’s head — not the blade — to throw serious sparks.

Grab one at Amazon – $35

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Shinola Runwell Midnight

There are watches you throw on just to tell the time, and there are watches that are works of art, pieces you’d gladly show off in your living room. And the Shinola Runwell in Midnight is certainly display-worthy. Hand-assembled in Detroit, the 47mm Runwell mixes refined design with a dash of ruggedness. A rose-gold case plating is complemented handsomely by midnight blue dial that’s just different enough from other watches on the market, and it’s complete with Shinola’s characteristic eye for heritage design. The Swiss-made movement is among the most accurate in the business, and to ensure the timepiece is fit for the boardroom, a premium dark Oxblood football leather strap finishes things off beautifully. Feel free to wear this watch with everything from a navy suit to a shawl cardigan — it’s likely you won’t want to take it off.

Learn more at Shinola or check out their other offerings at Amazon – $600+

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Feltmark Ellum Motion Sensing Light

Much prettier than your run-of-the-mill wall plugged night light, Feltmark’s Ellum Motion Sensing Light looks like it requires customized wiring but actually runs off several AA batteries. Two motion sensors in each light fire up the efficient but powerful LEDs inside to light your way in the dark. Installation is accomplished using 3M adhesive dots or screws with magnetic backings to which the light attaches, making swapping batteries a breeze, and they come in both small and long variants with a precision milled case made using your choice of Black Walnut or White Oak.

Find it at Feltmark – $130+

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