Just in time for the Los Angeles Auto Show coming this weekend to the LA Convention Center, MINI unveiled their latest Cooper and Cooper S hardtops.
Complete with a refreshed design of the hallmark MINI Cooper DNA, and excellent fuel economy and a fun driving experience, this car’s one to covet. It still looks the MINI Coopers we’re all used to seeing, but it’s exterior’s been smoothed out. It looks more contoured and sculptural than ever. The headlamps have been upgraded to LED’s too. That’s definitely a step in the right direction.
The new MINI Cooper and Cooper S hardtops are also a little bigger. New seat designs make room for longer legs and broader shoulders, while the luggage compartment can haul more of your precious cargo.
As far as the engine goes, MINI offers different options, but what’s new is an optional “green” mode that boosts the car’s efficiency. Don’t worry though; the MINI’s go-kart driving experience won’t change. Since they’re tiny they can zip around corners and feel like a cool little racecar.
There’s also cool options like run-flat tires, an LED ring that reflects the car’s operating functions and status, a road sign detection system, and a Harman Kardon speaker system.
Check out the new MINI Coopers here. Get one this spring.
Like most people, your wallet is probably overloaded with credit cards, gift cards, and rewards cards. Coin is setting out to solve your bursting-at-the-seams situation you have going on with a new card that houses all of your cards in one. The Coin stores your data in a card no larger than a credit card and you decide each time which card you want to pay with by tapping on the card and selecting your preference.
You easily input your cards into the Coin with the help of a plug-in device and the Coin app that lets you swipe each card to save.
It’s also super smart. If you leave your Coin behind somewhere, your smartphone is alerted and sends you a notification.
Coin is currently available for pre-order at the cost of $55.
Once upon a time when I had a bicycle (before it was stolen), I had this big monstrosity of a headlight that was difficult to take on and off. Luckily, as with everything, bike lights are shrinking in size and ease making the Lucetta the perfect option. Lucetta is a set of magnetic bike lights, designed by Pizzolorusso for Italian company Palomar, that separate into two small lights that attach to anywhere on your bike.
The set comes with a white light for the front and a red light for the rear that are turned on and off with a simple click. They’re designed with super strong magnets that will stay securely in place, even on the bumpiest roads. Once you’ve arrive at your destination, the lights easily come off and link back together, and can be thrown in your pocket or bag.
The beam is wide so that the light reaches other vehicles on the road and you can even choose from a steady, low or fast flashing beam.
The simple minimalist design is available in white, black, or red.
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If you’ve never heard of the iPad app called Paper you should check it out. It’s an app by FiftyThree that lets you capture all of your ideas as sketches, diagrams, illustrations, notes, or drawings, and then lets you share them via the web. FiftyThree didn’t stop there as they partnered with legendary notebook makers, Moleskine, to let you take those ideas a step further with a custom-printed Book.
See how it’s done:
With Book, you take your artwork and ideas you’ve created in Paper, select which ones (up to 15 pages) you want to include, customize your cover options, and then submit. Your Book is then printed on rich, sustainable, matte paper in a panoramic foldout fashion giving you a completely custom book of your very own.
This looks amazing. I pre-ordered it. Bleeding edge and all that.
Coin is a connected device that can hold and behave like the cards you already carry. Coin works with your debit cards, credit cards, gift cards, loyalty cards and membership cards. Instead of carrying several cards you carry one Coin. Multiple accounts and information all in one place.
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Meet Peg. It’s a multipurpose, adjustable hub that holds all of your things together in one spot. Much like a pegboard you see in garages or workshops, Peg is an aluminum base with holes that you fill with the provided pegs to display your smartphone, tablet, notepads, jewelry, or office supplies. From the Ottawa-based firm The Federal, the simple, design sits on your desktop or table and keeps everything organized and within reach.
While it totally makes sense to use it to dock your phone, it’s adaptable to most any environment or situation.
Peg is currently available on Kickstarter, so get one while you can!
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Further proof that 3D printing technology is moving alarmingly faster than we can wrap our minds around the concept, is the first hand-held 3D scanner by manufacturer 3D Systems. Costing just $399, and named Sense, the scanner allows the user to capture whatever strikes his or her fancy, and then print the image via a compatible 3D printer. According to 3D Systems, “The Sense is the first ever 3D content camera for everyone, making it possible to capture people, objects and places on the go.” To which we can only respond, ‘people?’ Yikes.
Rachel Binx and Sha Hwang, the awesome duo behind the custom jewelry company Meshu, have launched a new endeavor called Gifpop! that takes the idea of the animated gif and turns them into custom cards. Normally animated gifs stay stuck on your computer screen but with the help of the Gifpop! tool, you can make them tangible thanks to the magic of lenticular printing.
You’ll have the ability to upload any gif to their site, choose your frames, and then order your card in a variety of sizes.
Using lenticular printing, which consists of loads of tiny prisms that when viewed at different angles it gives you the illusion of animation. Lenticular printing has been around since the 1940s but usually it’s only been used for children’s toys. Until now…
While you’ll be able to upload your own gifs to the site to create your own cards, they’ll also be partnering with various artist to produce limited edition prints of their work.
Their Kickstarter campaign was successfully funded long before the end of the campaign but you can sign up for updates here.
Making good on their promise to “take the unloved products in your home and make simple, beautiful, thoughtful things,” the team at Nest recently released their follow-up to the exalted Nest thermostat. Nest Protect is a sexy rethinking of the odiously clunky smoke and carbon monoxide detector, complete with reductive good looks, voice technology, and smart phone app through which Nest Protect communicates—and from which it can be remotely monitored. Hot stuff.