The problem so far with robotic vacuums it that, frankly, they've been terrible vacuums. The challenge is jamming enough cleaning power into a small form factor, so much so that it has taken Dyson 16 years and tens of millions of dollars to achieve a solution. This is where the Dyson 360 Eye (~$1200) comes in. Dyson has developed their own unique digital motor to accommodate power demands and the company hasn't stopped at just power. The bot has a full 360 degree sensor system that maps your rooms and uses key points to guide its tank track driven self around your abode in the most efficient pattern - even if that requires driving over a change in surfaces. The only issue is that you'll have to sack your cleaning service just to pay for it.Read More
DemerBox (~$300) harks back to the days of the true boom box with its carrying handle and lunch box-esque form factor. Yet, technology and ruggedness set the Demerbox far apart from its D sized battery toting predecessors. The portable bluetooth speaker is built off a rugged pelican case platform and packs a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery that can deliver up to a whopping 90 hours of playback and usb port to charge your devices. Inside the box there is room to spare as all of the components and electronics are designed into the lid. That means you can still keep and handful of goodies inside secure and dry. Durability is the DemerBox's best asset as it is waterproof, freeze proof, and shock proof for wherever your wanderings end up taking you.Read More
Magnetic Kitchen is a small laser cutting and design studio based out of Brooklyn NY. The group has always done laser cut skate decks on the side and have just released their newest line of decks via Kickstarter ($70). The engraving quality is immaculate, highly improved over one-off renditions we have seen elsewhere. For those unfamiliar to the unique process they describe it as, "...using super powerful light (a laser) to apply art to the board instead of the conventional method of laminating the board with a printed graphic. To accomplish this the laser burns away a small layer of wood that creates an awesome embossed effect that you can see and feel while allowing the grain of the board to show through." Possibly the coolest part of this campaign is the fact that they are inviting backers to put their own art on the boards using the process... we're already dreaming up designs for ditmak HQ. As with any kickstarter campaign support and most importantly share. Peep the video here.
As we embark into two thousand and fourteen we have time to reflect on 2013 and the growth of ditmak in our first full year. The numbers have far exceeded our sights since launching on September 25th 2012 and we owe it to you; the like minded, curious, fellow explorers of human creation.
More importantly, we have strived to discover and distill the very best, with minor enhancements to the site, extending our reach as far across the net as possible. Drop us a line with your thoughts so we can continue to improve upon the delivery of our curations.
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We look forward to seeking out the very unique for show and tell in 2014. Thanks for dropping by!
Located in the heart of the Chelsea Riviera between the High Line and the Hudson River lies Hôtel Americano (~$325/night). Keeping life’s choices simple, three room types are offered. All include the feel of an urban ryokan with wooden platform beds, warm lighting, and luxurious natural materials, some with soaking tubs and hanging fireplaces. Be sure to order room service via in-suite ipad. Whether you chose breakfast or tacos your meal is served up in their signature bento boxes.
Swedish Industrial Design Firm People People have revived the pocket watch with a minimal take on a classic form of timekeeping. Constructed simply from a single, solid piece of aluminum allows the watch to be light and provide a perfect shell for the movements, set to be designed in-house. No details on production just yet, but we hope to see these complimenting stylish suited attire soon.
Crafted in small batches and housed in elegantly branded bottles, OOLA (~$32.99) uses all natural ingredients locally selected within Washington State to create unique flavorful vodka, gin and whisky. Each is balanced with different spices and fruits adding up to a very inspiring palate for sipping straight or mixing in your favorite martini / cocktail combinations. Looking for a little more tasting notes; OOLA distills a spicy pepper vodka, rosemary vodka and citrus.
Set to debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Jaguar Project 7 Concept celebrates Jaguar's seven victories at Le Mans between 1951 and 1990. Based on the F-Type, Project 7 showcases the creativity of the design and engineering teams at Jaguar, with minor tweaks to almost every aspect of the car. The performance has been upped from the original with more horsepower, lower ride hight, free flow exhaust and several aerodynamic changes including lower seated position and even a lower windshield. Uniquely the radical design only allows for an experience of one; the driver, so your date will have to find another way to join you at the movies.
450hp / 5.0L Supercharged V8
Chuck ($TBA) by Natascha Harra-Frischkorn takes modular storage to an entirely new level. Comprised of six 4mm thick bendable wood floor panels housed by steel brackets, this unique "Storage Element" (shelf) can be manipulated to house your books or goodies in an almost infante assortment to create an art form from within its constraints. Watch the video below for an active demonstration:
Somewhere between photo and video, Lightt (Free) captures a 7 second burst of photos and plays it back in a flip book motion. These 'Highlights' are then uploaded instantly and can be viewed by friends and followers. See whats happening with your friends and family in, faster than life, videos all housed by the app. Simple upload features allow to post your warped moments to facebook and twitter. Grab the free app here.
Tron Lightcycles may not be invented yet, though for those of you who can't wait Revolights ($200 *Valentines Day Special) will light up your bike like a machine from the future. Powered by USB rechargeable batteries; two thin rings of LEDs are mounted to each side of the wheel and illuminate the front or rear of the wheel by utilizing magnets and an accelerometer. Visibility ahead and by others is increased for much needed safety while racing your fixie in the night.
No matter your DJing abilities, you will look like a pro spinning behind Heroboard's Spin Age ($3000+); the third creation of their beautiful and minimalistic DJ workstations. The laser cut metal frame houses a slightly curved main platform that encases a variety of inlays for your specific DJ hardware setup. Hoerboard offers several glossy or matt colors and connection options to fit your desired look and function.