Whether or not you can (or, more accurately, should) eat Taco Bell is probably dictated by the sensitivity of your gastrointestinal tract. That said, the Taco Bell Naked Chicken Chalupa is probably worth the risk. Arriving nationwide on January 26th, this Chalupa subs out the bread shell for one that’s instead made of four ounces of fried chicken chicken. Inside it’s packed with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, cheddar, and avocado ranch sauce, but none of that is really relevant anyway because of its shell.
Learn more at Taco Bell – $3
Nintendo’s next generation console — the Nintendo Switch — is finally here, and it’s trying its hand at being both a gaming handheld and a dedicated television-connected console. The core device is more tablet than set top box but you wouldn’t know that until removing it from its television stand, with two Joy-Con controllers that convert from the console’s wireless controller to halves that slide onto either side of the tablet for on-the-go gaming. It won’t get Game Boy-like longevity when used as a standalone portable but at up to six hours it’s battery life is still respectable, especially considering its 6.2-inch multitouch 1280×720 display. The Switch is also powered by Nvidia Tegra hardware, works with a more traditional Switch Pro controller (also wirelessly, like the smaller Joy-Cons) and has a pop-out kickstand to prop it up if you’re multiplayer gaming on the go. And with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild announced as a launch title, better take some time off when it hits stores on March 3rd.
Learn more and preorder at Nintendo – $300
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 carry belongs to a donor relations manager in Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel.
For the full January 13th breakdown, hit up Everyday Carry
Envisioned by Akio Toyoda — the president of Toyota Motors and Chief Branding Officer of Lexus — when he piloted one of Toyota’s Ponam yachts a few years back, the Lexus Sport Yacht follows the automotive onto water but with Lexus’ premium touch. Twin 5.0-litre Lexus V8 gasoline engines power the concept Lexus Sport Yacht to a top speed of 49 miles per hour (43 knots), making for a lively ride that’s only heightened by the boat’s impressive handling. The design’s key feature is a seamlessly bonded structure that’s made up of gigantic pieces of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic, shaving about 2,200 pounds off its weight as compared to similarly sized and specced yachts. Climb inside the cabin and there’s a spacious air-conditioned lounge with a table, seating for six, and a galley with stove, sink, and refrigerator. And like many land-borne Lexus vehicles it’s also equipped with a feature-packed control panel with a giant touchscreen at the helm, luxurious leather and wood detailing, and an audio-visual entertainment system with Revolution Acoustics drivers powered by a Mark Levinson digital amplifier.
Read more at Lexus – $TBA
The lowly cinder block isn’t good for much other than building. But Cinder Speakers, a collaboration between industrial designer Daniel Ballou and Dashdot, turns a pair of concrete cinder blocks into high fidelity speakers. Since concrete minimizes vibrations the material is a logical choice, or at least from that perspective since you’ll need to find a relatively solid surface on which to rest such hefty speakers, and perhaps line the base with a felt pad or similar to avoid scratches. The kit, still in development stage and with a target price of roughly $150, ships as pre-assembled panels that attach to either side of the blocks and feature a 5-inch driver, a tweeter, a crossover, and an input jack on the right side of the front panels. Where you get the cinder block, on the other hand, is your problem.
Some garbage cans open when you wave a hand above the lid. The upcoming Simplehuman Voice Control Sensor Can does even better, opening up with the words Open Can or Open Sesame. The stainless steel garbage bin also has an infrared sensor near its lid so you can wave to open if you’d prefer but when your hands are occupied words are more natural. Tell it to close and it will oblige; tell it to stay open and it’ll do that, too. It helps that the bin is super sleek and runs (i.e. opens and closes) whisper quietly at just 52 dB, though with Simplehuman’s record so far — and this can’s price — we’d expect nothing but the best.
Available mid-March. Until then check out Simplehuman – $180+
You don’t need to work on airplane engines to appreciate the versatility of the Grypmat Tool Mat. This bright orange polymer-silicone mat is non-magnetic, chemical resistant, and anti-static, but most of all it’s flexible and, as hinted by its name, highly grippy, sticking to a variety of uneven work surfaces to keep your tools in close proximity. Its non-absorbent material won’t suck in grease or dirt so cleaning is generally as simple as wiping gunked-up surfaces with a damp cloth. Get it in three sizes: a small version with six compartments, a medium sized one as well as a large, with the latter two featuring integrated rulers in both metric and imperial.
Find it at Kickstarter – $30+
Remember Bucky Balls, those ridiculously-fun-but-ridiculously-dangerous-if-ingested magnetic spheres that could be sculpted into a variety of shapes and structures? They’re unfortunately still banned, but Zen Micromagnets are not. These 2.5mm neodymium magnets are half the diameter of Bucky Balls and comparable magnets but skirt the ban thanks to their reduced individual magnetic strength, attaining CPSA compliance. Because they’re tiny they’re a bit more of a challenge to work with though they make up for it in numbers: 432 magnets cost just 25 bones while a ludicrous 1728 will run you 84. Just remember to keep them out of reach of children and to not swallow any yourself.