To quote Madonna (something I’m not particularly fond of), “We are living in a material world.” To help you figure out which of the millions of material goods swirling around us is worth spending your hard-earned cash on, we have put together The Want List, consisting of the items we really love this week.
DYSON 360 EYE ROBOTIC VACUUM
Dyson has long been known for its powerful vacuums, and for proving that everything sounds better with a British accent. (Founder James Dyson has the rare talent of being able to say “suction” without making you giggle.) Now they’ve made cleaning up less like a chore and more like a video game. The new 360 Eye Robotic Vacuum has a 360-degree camera on top that is used to create a floorplan so the vacuum can navigate around any room it’s in, and infrared sensors to detect objects in its path. You can even track its route on your phone. The motor inside spins at 78,000 rpm, more than twice the power of any robotic vacuum, which allows it to pick up dirt smaller than the width of a human hair.
Bike riders love their technology. It started with cycling computers that attached to the handlebars and monitored data like speed and RPM. Then that information ported over to the smartphone. Now the new Volata incorporates it right into the bicycle itself. A 2.4-inch computer, integrated with the handlebar, displays performance data alongside information like the weather, turn-by-turn directions, and smartphone notifications. There is also a GPS-based system that will alert you if anyone tries to steal your bike and allow you to track its location. The bike itself operates on a belt drive, which requires less maintenance than a traditional chain, and has a carbon fiber fork and an internal hub with electronic shifting.
MARC NEWSON X LOUIS VUITTON ROLLING LUGGAGE
Marc Newson is one of the foremost industrial designers alive. He’s worked on everything from Beretta shotguns to mini Heineken kegerators to Nike sneakers. His latest project involves reimagining Louis Vuitton’s iconic luggage. Newson created a new line of four-wheeled carry-on bags that are almost 50 percent lighter than previous versions and have 15 percent more volume, all while preserving familiar elements like the leather covers on the trunk’s corners. The bags are available in Vuitton’s familiar monogram and checkerboard canvas as well as colorful Epi leather.
MERCEDES-BENZ STYLE EDITION GARIA GOLF CAR
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If you’re not quite ready for jetpack golf carts, perhaps something a little more luxurious from Mercedes-Benz is the way for you to get around the links. Mercedes partnered with Garia to create a new cart that will make searching for the ball you sliced off the tee a lot more enjoyable. It has a top speed of 19 miles per hour, so be careful not to piss off the course marshalls while you’re driving. There are also some innovations that traditional carts sorely lack, like a touchscreen with a layout of the course and an under-seat fridge that puts an end to the days of carrying around beers in a plastic bag full of ice.
STILLHOUSE APPLE CRISP MOONSHINE
Drinking moonshine will certainly put some hair on your chest, but Stillhouse’s Apple Crisp cuts the traditional corn whiskey taste with notes of baked apples, cinnamon, and brown sugar. And it’s hard not to get sucked in by the packaging. The stainless steel can not only looks great, but it’s about as portable as booze can get.