Tech

Jim Jannard’s Beverly Hills Bombshelter

by The Editors on October 4, 2017

Billionaire Oakley and Red Camera founder Jim Jannard has always had a fetishist’s attention to architectural detail (and design in general) and that’s why it is so entertaining to check out his concrete and metal Beverly Hills, California home featured in Wallpaper Magazine.

Though it took five years to complete the house, the outline of the project was sketched out in just a few bold strokes: it would have a high-tech feel, bringing in some of Jannard’s product designers for the all-metal fixtures; it would take advantage of its singular locale, with multiple vantage points looking out to the sprawling urban vista; and, of course, it would be monumental, recalling a certain prehistoric rock formation in southern England.

Looks like the perfect place to wait out the days of tribulation.

[Link: Wallpaper Magazine]

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GoPro’s QuikStories, not Quiksilver

by The Editors on October 3, 2017

Did you think GoPro’s new QuikStories auto-editing app was a partnership with Quiksilver? So did we. Maybe it was the missing “c,” or the scribble type. Though on reflection we realized that who ever designed the QuikStories logo was probably still in middle school when Natas Kapas created his Ralph Steadmanesque blown ink “impaired” logo work for Quiksilver. Maybe it’s a tribute. . . 

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Bob McKnight Buys A Camera

by The Editors on October 2, 2017

Okay, former Quiksilver CEO Bob McKnight didn’t exactly buy one camera, but he is one of an impressive list of investors helping to fund a new tiny POV camera from a Costa Mesa, California based company called Opkix, according to a story in the Orange County Business Journal.

“The Opkix team is on the cutting edge of new technology and they’ve created a revolutionary suite of products that hits squarely on the needs of millennials,” McKnight said in a statement. “I’m confident that Opkix will change the way we create visual stories for social sharing.”

Lingo bingo: “team,” check; “technology”, check; “millennials,” check; “stories,” check; “social,” check. Sounds like this will be a winner on all fronts. 

[Link: OCBJ]

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GoPro Updates Specs With Hero6 Camera

by The Editors on September 28, 2017

Camera nerds rejoice. The new GoPro Hero6 Black features 4K60 and 1080p240 packed into the same body that the Hero5 Black came in. If those numbers mean anything to you then you’re probably as excited as GoPro CEO Nick Woodman is.

“HERO6’s next-level image quality, video stabilization and three times faster QuikStories performance makes it a powerful storytelling extension of your smartphone,” said Woodman. “It’s never been easier to live it, then share it…using a GoPro.”

They also launched an “immersive 5.2K spherical content” camera that will easily make those surround videos that are so annoying to pan around in. To buy one click here, for the official word from GoPro, please follow the jump.

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Mammoth Mountain Builds A Work Fort

by The Editors on August 30, 2017

Have trouble separating work from pleasure? Then Mammoth Mountain has created just the place for you in their Main Lodge. It’s called Fort and it’s a co-working location (they’re so hot right now) that features all the amenities of a real office, but on the mountain just steps from the lifts. There’s gigabit internet, private desks and lounge seating, lockers and storage, and free parking all for $25 a day or $200 a month. In fact they’ve got another location in the Sierra Center Mall in town that features 3,700 square feet of work space and 24 hour access.

Having an office in Mammoth has never been easier. Then again, neither has ruining a perfectly good day on the snow with a bunch of work. For all the details, click the link.

[Link: Mammoth Mountain Fort]

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Hookit Lands $16 Million Capital Infusion

by The Editors on August 29, 2017

One thing the crew at Hookit/Sponsorhouse have done well for nearly two decades is pivot.  Each time the digital winds have shifted, they’ve steered their technology into position to make the most of those changes. It’s uncanny, really. And according to today’s news they’re gaining even more traction.

Hookit announced today it has raised $16M in growth capital (led by Santa Monica, CA-based growth equity firm Arrowroot Capital) to continue fueling its meteoric growth in the new media, data-driven and insight focused sports sponsorship analytics space – an industry and approach the company pioneered nearly five years ago.

What is it they do? Well, in the current iteration Hookit measures “sponsorship value” in social media so brands can check their ROI on money they spend on athletes, teams, leagues, venues and events. It’s all about the metrics, man. For the official word from Hookit, please follow the jump.
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Nixon’s Mission To Android Wear 2.0

by The Editors on April 5, 2017

Nixon’s GPS smartwatch The Mission is now updated to Android Wear 2.0 (for the handful of you who don’t have an iPhone). The new update provides a slew of new functionality to the shred watch including:

The ability to download apps straight to The Mission from the on-watch Google Play(TM) store
Enhanced messaging and fitness apps, including Google Fit
The Google Assistant built-in. Just hold the power button.
Customizable watch faces with information pulled from favorite apps and adjustable sub-dial icons
Ambient mode for chronograph and timer functions
New color combinations of Nixon’s Sentry, Unit and Ranger watch faces

Even better news is that Nixon will soon be releasing their Mission app for iOS that will finally allow iPhone users to get much of the cool shred alert functionality that Android users have had since launch. For all the official details follow the jump.

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The Tony Hawk Video Game Doco

by The Editors on March 28, 2017

Looks like we’re all going to get a chance to check out the behind the scenes story of the Tony Hawk Pro Skater video game franchise with an upcoming documentary titled Pretending I’m A Superman. Looks like it could be good.

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Patagonia’s PSI Vest Out This Spring

by The Editors on February 24, 2017

Patagonia has announced that they will be releasing their Personal Surf Inflation (PSI) Vest sometime this spring to big wave surfers, however, only those who go through the BWRAG Big Wave Safety Course will be able to purchase one. The company will also license their patented designs to other manufacturers and donate the proceeds to help save Punta de Lobos, an iconic and endangered Chilean surf break.

“The PSI Vest has already played a huge role in giving surfers the confidence to take the sport of big wave surfing to the next level.” said Jason McCaffrey, Patagonia’s Director of Surf. “We invested heavily in testing and refining the PSI Vest, and sought feedback from hundreds of the best surfers in the world, in order to bring to market the best product possible. The PSI Vest will help reduce the risks involved in riding the world’s biggest waves, and I’m excited that licensing fees from our extensive R&D work will be another tool we can use to help protect coastal ecosystems.”

For the official word from Patagonia, please follow the jump.

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Tech Nerd Tony Hawk’s Favorite Gear

by The Editors on October 12, 2016

The fact that Tony Hawk was and is a nerd has long been an industry secret that no one really talked about, but now he’s sharing it with the world. Witness this. . .

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