A Smart Weigh In

The Smart Body Analyzer from Withings ($149.99) puts the average household scale to shame. Unfortunately, watching our weight usually isn’t the only health risk we have to be concerned about. Using this new one-stop health tracking system, you can keep track of weight, as well as body composition, heart rate, and even the air quality that you breathe. The scale tracks three areas of body composition: weight, fat mass and BMI (body mass index), with exceedingly precise accuracy and reliability. You have the ability to track your [... more]

Repurposed Words

The personal computer has been the cornerstone of technology since Apple and IBM’s technology race in the late 70’s and early 80’s. But we rarely think of the predecessor to the computer, the typewriter. The USB Typewriter from Jack Zylkin brings back a century’s worth of technology. Zylkin describes typewriters as “neglected” and “almost forgotten.” In fact, he even fashioned the idea for the product when he found a dusty, old typewriter on the side of the road. Today, typewriters are sold as antiques and used for [... more]

Line-of-Sight Directions

The recently released head-up display, or HUD, from Garmin ($150) offers a new kind of GPS navigation. While many of today’s GPS systems claim to be safe, this one might be the safest yet. Using projection technology, the system displays navigation directly onto the windshield of your car, allowing the driver to keep his or her eyes always on the road. Using a transparent film (included with the product), the system shows your speed, estimated time of arrival, traffic notifications, safety alerts, as well as other helpful [... more]

The Soap Doctor

The creator of this Dr. Bronner’s organic soap was a third-generation soap maker named Emanuel Bronner. After escaping Nazi Germany, he continued to make soap by hand in his California home. The labels of the liquid product are covered in small print that express his moral philosophy and say things such as, “Human race the Moral ABC of All-One-God-Faith! For we’re All-One or none!” But what’s most interesting about this soap is the number of uses the maker claims it has; with the phrase “18-in-1” on the [... more]

Add This to Your Playlist

Indie rock band The Apache Relay delivers easy vibes and smooth rhythms on tracks that may just become your new summer anthems. Catchy tunes such as “Katie Queen of Tennessee” and “American Nomad” feel as if they were written for driving with sunglasses on and windows down. Members Michael Ford, Jr., Mike Harris, Brett Moore, and Kellen Wenrich got their start in 2008 while attending Belmont University together in Nashville, Tennessee, and later released their first album in 2009. Ford, Jr.’s brother, Ben Ford, and Steve Smith [... more]

Rockout. Workout.

Keeping your workout fun and fresh helps you stay active and drives the popularity of fitness trends. First came Zumba, Pure Barre, and SoulCycle. Now POUND arrives on the scene, promising to keep you entertained while you sweat off the day’s calories. This high-energy combination of cardio and Pilates incorporates music and the physical movements of drumming familiar to musicians and founders Kirsten Potenza and Cristina Peerenboom. The most unique aspect of POUND is the replacement of traditional hand weights with modified drumsticks called Ripstix. These allow [... more]

Turn Lost Into Found

Never lose your keys or other valuables again with the new Bluetooth Stick-N-Find Location Tracker ($50). The device allows you to track up to 20 items at once within 100 feet of your current location. The system is simple; just attach the tracking device to whatever item you choose and let the Bluetooth technology take care of the rest. Available for compatible iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, the device uses the free Radar app so you can track objects with your mobile device. The technology also [... more]

A Clean Slate

For years, we’ve kept drinks away from keyboards and computers, knowing with just one accidental slip, that drink could ruin your valuable keyboard. But Logitech’s new Washable Keyboard K310 ($60) makes that concern a thing of the past. The PC keyboard holds up to any spill and even a thorough bath afterward. Cleaning the keyboard is fast and easy, thanks to built-in drainage holes and laser-printed keys with UV coating to keep the letters from fading. Just as functional as a traditional keyboard, it looks as good [... more]

Appily Ever After

You can kiss your wedding planner goodbye. Appy Couple ($35 one-time fee) takes the concept of a wedding web site to the next level, allowing you to not only share information and interact with your guests but also keep all the details organized in one location. From RSVPs and directions to photos and videos, this ultimate wedding web site and app simplifies the wedding-planning process, allowing you to focus on more important things. You can also customize the app’s look and layout to best fit your personality [... more]

Futuristic Fitness Watch

The Polar V800 watch is as futuristic as it sounds. Designed for athletes, the device helps monitor training, sleep, and recovery and even tells time. The watch syncs to your phone or tablet so you can enter your training goals and then see your results. Once you enter your goals in the app, the watch will help you maintain the right pace to accomplish whatever goals you set. What’s more, the Polar V800 ($500) doesn’t stop on the field; it tells you how long you need to [... more]

A Blog You Should Be Reading

We all need a little inspiration and distraction in our daily lives, and sometimes Pinterest just doesn’t quite cut it. The next time you’re in need of a fresh perspective, we suggest checking out House of Harper, a fabulous lifestyle, travel, and fashion blog run by Texas native Caroline Harper Knapp. The 10-year fashion-industry veteran now calls New York home, but is still a Southerner at heart. Caroline’s photos of her personal outfits and home décor exude a sophisticated and relaxed style that perfectly combines her Texas [... more]

Speak Up & Be Heard

Wired magazine proclaims that the new Joey Roth Ceramic Speaker System contains “a seamless marriage of drool-worthy design and audiophile-worthy sound.” We couldn’t agree more. Uniquely constructed from porcelain, cork, and Baltic birch, the system offers a naturally beautiful design. The ceramic subwoofer creates a sound quality with balanced bass, providing a richer sound for vocals and instruments. The system delivers music in a variety of ways including via Bluetooth connectivity as well as through an auxiliary cord connection. The complete system retails for $1,095; however, the [... more]

A Southern Writer Flies High

A small-town girl from Greenwood, Mississippi, Donna Tartt finds herself in the national spotlight with the release of her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Goldfinch. The novel was heavily anticipated by the author’s fans (it’s been more than 10 years since her last book) and for good reason. Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, her third work continues to receive awards, including its addition to the New York Times Book Review’s list of the 10 Best Books of 2013 and Amazon Editors’ Top 20 Picks for [... more]

A Most Beautiful Flashlight

If you’re like us, you hide your flashlight in a drawer, under the sink, or on a shelf in the laundry room. Then, when the power goes out, you fumble around in the dark trying to locate it. Well, no more. The sleek and attractive Trioh! Flashlight demands a place out in the open, making it more accessible in times of need. This device serves three functions: as a standard flashlight, as an emergency light (it automatically turns on when the power goes out), and as an [... more]

Breathing Easy

NEEDTOBREATHE continues its steady ascent up the rock-world ladder with its most recent release, Rivers in the Wasteland. The band’s fifth full-length album not only received rave reviews from several notable music critics, but also peaked at the number one spot on both Billboard’s Top Rock Albums and Christian Album charts. The three band members all hail from South Carolina and play Southern rock music with Christian undertones and messages. Reviewer John DiBiase for the Christian music web site Jesus Freak Hideout called the 11-track album, which [... more]