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Bang & Olufsen Releases The BeoLab 90, An $80,000 Speaker Set


For the same amount of money you’ll spend on Bang & Olufsen’s new Beolab 90, you could buy 4 average new cars. Or put a sizeable down payment on a luxurious home. But if you already have the cars, and the home, and more money in your account than most people make in a lifetime, these speakers sure look like the bee’s knees. Aside from their fantastic design, the BeoLab 90 packs a host of fascinating features that would be sure to liven up the mega parties you’re probably already throwing in your fancy mansion.

The most interesting of these is what the company calls Beam Width Control, which allows you to precisely direct the sound to any place in your room; if you want to fill it up entirely, pick the 360 degree setting and sit back as the speakers blast away from their 8,200 Watt powerhouse (produced by 14 ICEpower and four class D amplifiers), or have them point at the living room only, for instance. Microphones on the set pick up the sound reflected off your walls, and with active Room Compensation adjust the settings so you automatically get the best sound possible. The whole thing can be controlled with the included remote or with a companion app on your smartphone, which gives you the ability to save presets and set the ambiance at the touch of a button.

And yeah… it’s 80 grand.


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Set of Coasters Look Like A Cactus

You know how you can get someone to spend way too much money on a simple set of coasters? Design them so that they when you stack them up, they look like a cactus, then charge your customers $43. Yup, $43 for a set of 6 coasters. That’s the idea that designer Cliver Roddy had, and to at least try to justify the price, the set is made from a terracotta pot, birch plywood, and mint green high quality engineered wood. Each coaster is of a slightly different size to give the “cactus” a more organic look, but they’ll still do their job.

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Ako Dice Reimagine A Centuries Old Design


Dice have looked just about the same for a very long time. But that’s no reason to keep it that way. Kacha, an architect, decided to redesign the iconic gaming prop into the Ako Dice, pictured above. The number of each face is represented by a line, giving the piece a Tron-like feel and a techno-futuristic aesthetic. He brought his idea to Kickstarter, where he successfully convinced 6,545 backers to part with their money. They might be getting their Ako dice soon, but if you want your you’ll have to sign up on his website and wait for his store to go online. We’re not sure what the price is, but the anodized aluminum dice could sure take their place in our next Monopoly marathon.


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Band-aids Look Like Flesh Wounds, Should Come In Different Skin Tones


The Boo-Boos Adhesive Bandages are designed by one Sherwood Forlee, and they’re made to look like gnarly wounds. They come in five different ‘flavours’: (from the top) slashing sharp-force trauma (with sutures), chemical burn, skin ulcer with skin slip, decubitus ulcer with maggot infestation, and small caliber gunshot. They’re really tasteful and are likely to get you lots of genuine, non-disgusted compliments from your friends. That’s of course only if your skin tone manages to perfectly match the background color on these. If it doesn’t, then you’ll just look like you stuck a gross Bandaid on your skin.

$10 gets four of each design in 3″ x 0.75″ bandages.

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The Paxis Backpack Features A Handy Swingarm


The Paxis Backpack is likely to appeal to any serious outdoors enthusiast. Its main claim to fame is that the lower third of the bag detaches from the upper portion and swings around to the front so you can access its contents without taking the whole thing off. Whether it’s your fishing lures, your first aid kit, or any other item that you’ll be needing on a more regular basis, having the option to access it without going through the trouble of removing everything, well, that’s just great.

– Interior tablet / hydration pocket
– 2 interior zippered pockets for small items
– Soft interior pocket for fragile item
– High visibility lining
– Exterior pocket for tripod/ski poles/ walking poles
– Exterior accessory pocketHighly water resistant fabric
– Waterproof zippers
– Free standing design
– Waterproof bottom

Of course we’re talking about a serious backpack, which comes with a pretty serious price tag at $236. Considering the features though, we figure this is reasonable.

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StashPad Holds Your Booze and Cigars Discretely

iPad Flask

If you’ve been caught sneaking drinks in one too many times, then you should do away with your old methods and try using the StashPad for a change. It looks like an iPad (okay, maybe a knockoff iPad seeing as it’s way thicker than Apple’s tablets), but it’s actually a flask and cigar case in disguise. It’s thick for a good reason too– all 12 ounces of it, because that’s the volume of drinks it can effectively stash for you.

Just make sure you don’t attempt to actually use the StashPad, whether as a tablet (in case you forget) or as a flask, in front of your boss or you’ll risk giving yourself away. The StashPad is currently up for funding on Kickstarter, where a minimum pledge of $15 will get you one of your very own.

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Wear It, Charge It, Use It: Joe’s Jeans #HELLO Pants

Charging Jeans

Got no space in your bag for a power bank? No worries, because Joe’s Jeans have got you covered with their new #HELLO pants. These designer denim pants feature a sown-in slot near the waistband and an extra pocket at the rear– the former for the battery pack and the latter for your phone. That way, you can just stick your gadgets into your jeans and charge ’em as you go.

The jeans retail for $189, which is obviously steep for a pair of jeans. The battery pack doesn’t come with the jeans though, and you’ll have to buy it separately for $49. You’ll be able to charge your iPhone at least three-fourths full using the ultra-slim battery pack. Aside from Apple gadgets, you’ll also be able to use it to charge micro USB-compatible devices.

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Wearable Feeder Mask Lets You Get Face to Beak With Hummingbirds

Wearable Hummingbird Feeder Mask

Calling all lovers of birds! A contraption called the ‘Eye to Eye’ is now available so you can get up close and personal with hummingbirds while you feed them. It’s basically a wearable bird feeder that lets you literally come face to beak with the birds as they feed. A miniaturized feeding tube is embedded in the middle of the mask, which means the birds will be in your face while it feeds.

For $80, you’ll get two feeding tubes, two laminated inlays, and one face shield (of course you need one.) Is it worth it? Is it not? That depends on you and on the experience that you’re hoping to get out of it. You can get the ‘Eye to Eye’ mask here.

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Side A’s Got the Party Mix: Cassette Shaped Coffee Table

Cassette Shaped Coffee Table

Pay homage to a part of your past and recall the awesomeness of the era of mix tapes with this cassette tape-shaped coffee table. The gigantic cassette tape sits atop custom made steel legs and is built with removable remote and bottle holders, cleverly positioned in cassette’s holes. The coolest part is probably the cassette’s label, which you can actually write on because that part is actually a white board. Neat huh?

The cassette tape coffee table was commissioned by Rob Ireland and built by Ross Langley. You can check out more photos here.