POP Charger

My friend James Simonoff is at it again. Go support his Kickstarter. Go James go!

The batteries in our mobile devices have not been able to keep up with the increased usage. As a result, we often find ourselves looking for places to charge. But many times, convenience and charging do not go hand in hand. At the Edison Junior Design Laboratory, we developed the perfect solution to this problem. POP, aka “Portable Power”, is a rechargeable portable battery with retractable cord reels for simultaneously charging multiple devices. Don’t be restricted by outlets or ugly chargers; with POP you are free to explore the vast world we live in, while remaining connected to it.

Rolls Royce Lego Engine

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Rolls Royce has created the world’s first jet engine made from LEGO bricks. Oh yes, yes they did.

The LEGO engine is a half-size replica of the ‘Rolls Royce Trent 1000’, which powers the Boeing 787 Dreamliner airplane model.

The jet engine is made of more than 150,000 LEGO pieces, and was constructed over a period of 8 weeks by hand.

The company decided to make the LEGO jet engine for children to more easily connect with it (as they know what LEGO is) and hope to interest them.

More info over at Design Taxi.

Gymkhana in San Francisco

Remember The Art of Gymkhana? Well, Ken Block is back– but this time he’s on the streets of San Francisco. Oh, my, god. You will not believe this happened.

Utilizing a tricked out Ford Fiesta with 0-60 MPH capabilities in just 1.8 seconds, thanks in large part to its 650 horsepower engine, the city streets are the stage for a variety of maneuvers usually reserved to a child’s imagination. Shot over a period of four days, every nook and cranny of the Bay is seemingly used for this expansive follow up to a series that draws spectators from numerous different worlds.

Via Hypebeast

Appelsap x Ontour Jacket

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To celebrate the Appelsap Music Festival in Amsterdam, Ontour decided to make a special jacket for the occasion.

A classic camo pattern in 100% canvas cotton, given a modern twist with the printed white pinstripes, chambray lining, co-branded by Appelsap and Ontour.

Only 50 pieces will be sold and the best thing is, when you get your hands on this jacket, you will get a free ticket to the Appelsap festival as well!

Path x Nike Fuelband

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I invested in my friend Dave Morin’s company Path a few years ago, and I’m thrilled to watch it progress– especially around sophisticated brand integration. This Path x Nike Fuelband partnership is perfect.

Path users can now pair up their account with the Nike Fuelband and share their personal fitness tracking, goals, and so on with the people that matter most to them.

Read More: Path and Nike FuelBand Pair Up

Rip Cord Tape

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This is why I think the next silent velcro is coming out of Quirky. The Rip Cord Tape.

Rip Cord is a simple improvement upon the classic roll of packaging tape. This tape has a small string running down the center of the tape. The user pulls the string to separate the tape in half. This makes opening boxes a cinch, as there is no longer a need for scissors, knives, or keys.

252 Rip cord string packaging tape

Six Senses Zighy Bay

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On my last trip to Dubai, I had a few free days to check out some neighboring countries.  Top of my list this trip was Oman, mostly because I had heard such great things about their rich and interesting culture, but also because I was hearing rave reviews of Zighy Bay– a Six Senses resort that’s a paradise and oasis as far from civilization (and the malls of Dubai) as you can get.

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Getting to Oman was simple– about 120 minute drive from Dubai International Airport– and Zighy Bay was just over the border.  Getting to Zighy Bay was a little bit more dramatic than the normal resort arrival.  The property is placed smack dab against the side of dramatic rock mountains– mountains that look a lot more like the Fjords of Norway than anything else. Guests can drive down a couple dozen switch backs (thankfully it never snows here), or take a running jump and arrive by Paraglider (video), no kidding.   There’s also a 15 minute boat transfer available from a neighboring town if you’re in a rush.

I’m told until recently Paragliding or boat was the only way to get to the resort, as the road construction is very new.

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Accommodations at Zighy Bay are dreamy.  We had a one bedroom Pool Villa that had a traditional outdoor Majlis seating area in the wooden Oman-style, right by our own private pool. The decoration was simple, sophisticated and frankly very non-assuming. After so much glitz of neighboring Dubai it was refreshing to be somewhere simple and almost rustic.  Stone floors, very few lights, wood, natural materials and so on.

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The view into our home away from home.

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Our lounge chairs by the pool.

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The entire resort was ‘barefoot friendly’ as they say– and aside from the hot sand, it was totally doable.  Everything is accessible on foot and it’s perfectly acceptable to show up for dinner without shoes.  Who doesn’t love that?  We also made our way around on bicycles quite a bit– and they’re outfitted with pedal covers to make it barefoot-comfortable as well!

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The beach in the background, and public pool right next to it.

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It was very hot, but there was always a place to splash off, wash your feet and keep cool here.

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Delicious cold tuna tartar served by the pool.

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And a favorite dish, local shrimp salad with apples, nuts, and fresh lettuces grown in their very own garden.

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The 1.6KM stretch of beach was simple, and the water was a bath tub.

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It was a little bit hazy from the heat, but the rock cliffs went on for miles around the peninsula.

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Zighy Bay is best described as desert against the mountains on the beach.  It’s truly a spectacular landscape.  I’ve never seen anything like it.

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On the last day we took a boat out for a snorkeling trip around some of the cliffs– a highly recommended activity.  We saw loads of fish, squid, and a family of sea turtles. The water was calm our entire trip and almost serene.

If you’re visiting Dubai and considering a trip away for the weekend, look no further.  And if you’re considering a trip to the region, put this place on your list.  I’ll be back, that’s for sure!

Six Senses Zighy Bay
Zighy Bay, Musandam Peninsula Sultanate of Oman
GPS: Latitude North 25′ 42 mins 0.67sec
Longitude East 56′ 16 mins 0.17sec

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