This weekly feature is a round-up, in conjunction with our friend Tim over at Cool Material, of the hot new products appearing online this week. From fashion tips to cool gadgets and gear, take a look at your new obsessions.
Shwood 50/50 Sunglasses
Available in the Canby, Francis and Govy 2 models, each pair is cut from a single sheet of lightweight, hypoallergenic titanium and paired with domestic hardwood temples. They’re also built with German engineered OBE titanium spring hinges and designed to be Rx ready if you want one of the best looking pair of prescription sunglasses on the market. It’s Shwood, so you know it doesn’t stop there. Each pair will also show up on your doorstep in a clamshell hard case because you’re obviously going to want to protect your investment.
Leather Wrap Miansai Bracelets
Everyone’s favorite hook and rope wrap bracelet maker Miansai is back with some new, burly leather wrap options. You get to choose between a rose gold anchor on navy, or a dark brummel hook on black or natural leather. All of the leather is from Italy, and each of the bracelets is Made in the USA. This is normally the part where we’d talk about what each of these bracelets would look good with, but if Miansai has proven anything throughout the years it’s that their bracelets look good with just about anything.
The Hill-Side Watch Bands
The inaugural offering includes seven different options: Mitchell Camo, Tan Cloud Camo, Confetti Print, Big Crazy Floral Print, Linen Indigo Discharge Print, Indigo / Red Stripe and Panama Cloth. Each band has a different pattern, but they’re all 100% cotton with a lightweight cotton backing, 18mm wide, Made in New York with Japanese fabric, trimmed in brown leather and outfitted with painted brass mil-spec buckles and eyelets. They’re going to keep looking good long after the Timex we plan on putting it on.
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Machined Aluminum Wallets
Each of these card and money holsters is made from 6061 high grade aluminum and are ultra light, slim in the pocket, and far better looking than anything you’d pick up off that mess of table at your local department store. All made in the USA, it will get attention every time you offer to pay the bill.
The Hackable GIF Camera
Meet OTTO, the only camera that makes animated GIFs. This customizable, and very hackable, camera is powered by Raspberry Pi, which means the possibilities for what you can do with it are only limited by your imagination and programming knowledge, or aftermarket parts available. Here’s how it works out of the box. Link OTTO to your smartphone, launch the app and select a mode. Pop up the crank on OTTO, crank it and then rewind. Check your phone for the finished product because OTTO automatically syncs over wifi with the app. Share your creation.
Mahabis designed a pair of indoor/outdoor slippers that are truly revolutionary. The back of the slipper folds up and down for slipper/shoe setup–kind of like what we all do with Converse sneakers, except these are designed for it. There’s also a detachable sole (in six colors), which is what you slip on when you need to head outside. You might only need to take off your Mahabis for airport security and bedtime.
Solid Brass iPhone Cases
Each of these iPhone 5/5s cases comes with solid brass bumpers that get fixed in place with the included screwdriver. All made in the USA, each will give some machine shop toughness to your delicate piece of tech.
Peaks And Valleys Tech Desk
Tom Shuster designed each peak and valley to hold a device of yours. Complete with spots for docking your phone and tablet, four USB hubs, cable holes, and a drawer for your laptop or pen and paper (we’d recommend doing your writing on another surface), the cherry wood workspace is beautifully functional. Right now it’s just a concept from the German designer, but we’d quickly put one in our office if they ever go up for sale.