Tech

LG G6

It’s simple and clean looking to the point where one mightn’t think it’s a big brand flagship phone. But the LG G6 hides many updates and features beneath its skin, namely water and dust resistance, dual rear 13MP wide-angle cameras, integrated Google Assistant, and a massive 18:9 5.7-inch display that’s twice as tall as it is wide. Despite the latter and thanks to a particularly narrow bezel the G6 still handles comfortably with a single hand, which is a welcome change from the form factor of many an unwieldy phablet. Besides the above the phone charges with a USB-C input jack from zero to full in 96 minutes, comes with a headphone jack despite its water resistance, includes a fingerprint scanner on the back, and comes with both HDR10 and Dolby 10 imaging technologies to bring your movie and TV watching experiences on mobile closer to the quality of those on bigger screens, minus the actual bigger screen part.

Read more at LG – $TBA

GET IT: $TBA

Gaming

Analogue Nt Mini

If a single model — the original included — truly satisfied NES-hungry retro gamers perhaps there wouldn’t be a new one released every other month or so. Analogue’s Nt Mini aims to fill that craving once and for all thanks to stellar build quality coupled to 1080p upscaling, an HDMI output along with RGB, and HiFi components to get that 8-bit music sounding better than ever. Unlike the Nintendo Mini the Nt Mini is compatible with actual game cartridges and will play any and all of Nintendo’s original releases lag-free, guaranteed, since the system runs on a Altera Cyclone V FPGA that’s engineered and outfitted with all the core functionality of the original NES. It’s also cuts cords thanks to compatibility with 8Bitdo’s NES30 wireless controller and retro receiver and boasts a transparent polycarbonate baseplate below its machined aluminum shell that lets you peer into its inner workings.

Learn more at Analogue – $450 [via]

GET IT: $450

Tech

Miniot Wheel Turntable

You’d be forgiven for wondering where Miniot Wheel Turntable’s tonearm’s hiding. It’s only visible once you lift up the vinyl sitting on Wheel, since the laminated mahogany linear tonearm and AudioTechnica AT95E cartridge sit underneath and play the record from its B-side. Besides looking sleek and minimal this unique setup allows the turntable to play records when placed horizontally on a flat surface or mounted vertically to a wall while keeping its delicate, sensitive components free from dust. A center stick controls playback including on/off and volume by turning, play/pause by tapping, and skipping tracks when shifted left or right. It’s also got your standard analog outputs and and comes in walnut, cherry, mahogany, and a special edition Indian rosewood paired to a champagne-colored aluminum platter.

Find it at Kickstarter – roughly $600

GET IT: ~$600

Watches

Seiko Chariot Steve Jobs Watch

So Steve Jobs is not technically a part of its name, but it may as well be. You might recognize the Seiko Chariot from one of the most iconic photographs of Jobs’ leaning on the first Macintosh (click to second image), though the angle certainly doesn’t help. A limited edition run of the simple, minimal watch is being released, with the option of the original 33mm case size as well as a more modern 37.5mm case and the choice of white or black dials. An equally spartan black leather strap complements the quartz watch. Which begs the question: had he still been with us, would Jobs’ wear a Chariot or an Apple Watch? The release is limited to the Japanese market but there’s a good chance that more than a few will trickle out onto eBay and the like.

Learn more at Seiko (Japanese site) – roughly $200

GET IT: ~$180

Gear

Bit Bar EDC Screwdriver

Finding a pocket-worthy screwdriver isn’t particularly hard. But few have ever actually simplified carrying bits, which means you’re stuck with one or maybe two bit types in your multitool. Big Idea Design’s Bit Bar EDC Screwdriver handles your bits first and foremost thanks to a magnetic push bar that ejects the eight contained bit heads out of hex-sized holes with a press of your thumb and that retracts immediately when released. Pull out the one you need, push it into the bit driver on the side, and get to work, with its body doubling as a full-sized handle for proper grip. Each comes with 8 black oxide bits — but feel free to customize it with your own standard bits — and finishes include fiberglass-reinforced nylon, tumbled titanium, and battle-worn DLC black titanium (shown).

Find it at Kickstarter – $50+

GET IT: $50+

Tech

BlackBerry KeyOne

Combining a 1620×1080 IPS 4.5-inch touchscreen LCD with a tactile, quick-typing keyboard, the BlackBerry KeyOne is the brand’s latest attempt to claw their way back into the smartphone market. It’s as rugged as BlackBerries past thanks to a strong impact-resistant aluminum frame and Gorilla glass-lined display and runs Android 7.1 Nougat, so a bustling Google Play gives access to plenty of apps. Its main unique features include a massive (but non-removable) 3,505 mAh battery for all-day power, a capacitive touch keyboard that responds to gestures and super quick “flick” typing, and the ability to expand its paltry 32GB on-board memory to 2TB thanks to a microSD slot. Whether it’ll gain much traction is to be seen, but it’ll provide die-hard BlackBerry users with another device to ride out the next couple of years in high hopes.

Learn more at BlackBerry – $550

GET IT: $550

Tech

Nokia 3310

A month of battery life. Near indestructibility. And Snake. Sure, you’ll have to make some sacrifices, but the Nokia 3310 “dumbphone” will definitely reward you in ways modern smartphones can’t. The iconic device is back 17 years after its initial release, albeit with a slightly revamped form factor, a 2MP camera with LED flash, 16MB of storage that’s thankfully upgradeable to 32GB by MicroSD, and a sharp, 2.4-inch color LCD display. You won’t be able to kill time on Facebook or Twitter or get turn by turn directions but it’ll make calls and play your mp3s while costing next to nothing. And did we mention it lasts one month on a charge?

Learn more at Nokia – roughly $52

GET IT: ~$52

Misc

Pitaka Slim Aramid iPhone 7 Case

It’s not made of actual carbon fibre: instead the Pitaka Slim Aramid iPhone 7 Case is made of Aramid fibre, which looks very similar but is weaved from super strong and flexible synthetic fibre instead (think Kevlar and the like). This means it won’t interfere with your phone’s antennas (cellular, WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, etc) in the least but still provides solid protection in a super slim, 0.03-inch package that hugs your device’s every curve. Aramid also adds a lot of texture and grip to your otherwise slick device, is scratch resistant, and will almost definitely outlive the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus you snap it to — which is a shame considering it’s unlikely to fit their next form factor-modified iPhone 8.

Grab it for the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus at Amazon – $40+

GET IT: $40+

Tech

Croz DIY Digital Camera

The Croz DIY Digital Camera is the photography equivalent of a Raspberry Pi. Sort of. Despite its simplicity and size the Croz boasts a changeable lens — with wide-angle and fisheye included — and has but two buttons: one is the shutter and the other is a switch that toggles through photo effects. Its acrylic casing means you won’t need to build or 3D print your own and it runs on two AAA batteries, simply storing snaps to an SD card. Oh and there’s no digital screen to preview or review; instead it’s got a rectangular viewfinder to frame your shots, and the next time you’ll see them is on the device they’re uploaded to.

Grab one at the MoMA Store – $140

GET IT: $140

Food & Drink

Old Rip Van Winkle 25 Year Old Bourbon

You may like whiskey. You may love whiskey, but to true connoisseurs of mash delight, the pinnacle of Kentucky’s bourbon offering is Pappy’s Old Rip Van Winkle 25 Year Old Bourbon. This limited edition 100 proof elixir comes from eleven barrels of bourbon originally distilled in 1989. Only 710 handmade glass decanters packaged in boxes made from the staves of the oak barrels, which originally aged the spirit, are available for purchase, each packed with a certificate of authenticity signed by Julian Van Winkle, grandson of founder Julian P. “Pappy” Van Winkle. So magnificent is this offering mere money won’t secure a bottle. In fact, so sought after are all varieties of “Pappy” that retailers often hold lotteries to decide who is lucky enough to purchase them. Old Rip Van Winkle 25 is likely to make winning the bourbon lottery akin to hitting the power ball. It may already be too late to get in on ORVW 25, but maybe you can find one the many ruthless bourbon scalpers willing to make a deal.

Ships in April. Read their press release or bide some time at Old Rip Van Winkle – $1,800

GET IT: $1,800

Sports & Outdoors

Can-Am Apache 360 Track System

An ATV’s big high-profile wheels make quick work of trails full of rocks, dirt, sand, even a bit of water. On snow or ice though they don’t fare much better than your car’s tires. The Can-Am Apache 360 Track System expands the off-season off-road capabilities of your Can-Am all-terrain vehicle — including recent Renegade and Outlander models — by adding four sets of treads that take the place of wheels. Since their rubber treads spin over molded wheels they’re not as rough a ride as you might think, and they give plenty of clearance to smoothly roll over rocks and other sizeable obstacles. Plus swapping between wheels and treads (and vice-versa) takes just 20 minutes, which is quicker than the speed at which the weather can change by a good margin. So you’ll never be caught off guard.

Find it at Can-Am – $3,800

GET IT: $3,800

Instruments

Klos Carbon Fiber Acoustic Electric Guitar

Riding on the coattails of the original Klos guitar comes the Klos Carbon Fiber Acoustic Electric Guitar, a similarly rugged, strikingly good-looking acoustic instrument that’s now fitted with Fishman pickups for optionally amplifying the guitar’s volume by plugging into an amp. It’s on the smaller side compared to traditional acoustic guitars which makes it all the more portable, the latter further aided by the fact that its mahogany and rosewood neck can be removed to bring down the space it occupies even further. It’s so durable you could use it as a baseball bat or golf club, and though you never would at least you won’t worry about damaging it while travelling or camping.

Check it out at Kickstarter – $560+

GET IT: $560+

Food & Drink

KitchenAid Artisan Black Tie Tilt-Head Stand Mixer

You’ve seen them in umpteen blindingly bright colors at your local department store. Maybe you even own one. Now it’s available in a more subdued 86th hue, albeit in limited edition, individually numbered fashion in the form of the murdered out KitchenAid Artisan Black Tie Tilt-Head Stand Mixer. The 5-quart mixer boasts a cast iron-like texture and incorporates more premium materials than its pedestrian brethren that include die cast zinc, satin, and black chrome. Each includes a black stainless steel bowl, a black coated flat beater and dough hook, and the same functionality, tilting head, and compatibility with hub powered attachments as the original model. Might be cheaper to have a DIY go at it and repaint your old one but it’s incontestably one good looking mixer — a phrase we never thought we’d utter.

Find it at KitchenAid – $1,000 [via]

GET IT: $1,000