The Hot List: Volume 15

Features, Lifestyle I By Winding Road Staff I November 25, 2011
Every week we sift through a truly amazing amount of “stuff” in the dozen or so hours we spend online—you know, the time spent not driving sweet cars. A lot of the cool stuff we find has to do specifically with new cars, naturally, but there’s also a huge amount of awesomeness that doesn’t completely fit in the normal Winding Road world. Once, we were in the habit of simply reading, watching, or talking amongst ourselves about this web detritus, but recently we thought it might be a good idea to start sharing it with you all. Thus, The Hot List.
We aim to bring you a list of the most interesting bits of information we run across. Ten worth-knowing-about things that may or may not be related directly to the world of cars, but all of which we think our typical enthusiast readers will be able to really dig into. We don’t know, from week to week, what will show up on this list, which is part of the fun for us and for you.
Read, enjoy, and comment. If you happen to know of something that you think would make for a good inclusion on next week’s list, drop us a line at [email protected].
We’ve got a lot of driving ahead of us this holiday season. If you’re doing the same, and have little ones who take an interest in cars, these games from Green Car Reports can help pass those long miles.
Ferguson Hill has unveiled its home theater system with acrylic horn speakers. It includes a central console unit, two bass speakers, and two transparent floor standing horn speakers. Audiophiles and tech geeks will be impressed.
LightSquared and SoundTracker are teaming up to offer 11 million songs in a mobile music service. Music is stored in the cloud, and accessible from anywhere in the US. The cost for a subscription hasn’t been released yet, but it should offer an alternative to folks with high bills for data plans.
One of the Deloreans used in Back To The Future III will soon be going under the hammer. The particular car being aiction was built for off-road use, and comes with a certificate of authenticity from Universal Studios.
Designer Marko Petrovic has created a watch as an homage to the Mercedes-Benz Type 320 Cabriolet. The face of the watch mimics the car’s instrument cluster, and Petrovic included stunning detail in his design.
This battery-powered heater sits on your dash, and warms up the cabin and defrosts the windshield before you get into the car. It has a remote that works from 200 feet, and recharges via AC outlet or in-car port.
This robotic concept inflates itself, and is strong enough to carry people on its back. In fact, it can support up to 1000 pounds. Plus, it looks really cool and kind of creepy. Engadget even has a video of the Ant-Roach doing its thing in shallow water.
The Pack-Rifle is a cool gizmo for survivalists, outdoorsman, and collectors alike. It is a one-shot .22 rifle that can be converted into a fishing pole. Now you can hunt and fish with the same lightweight device, and it costs just $425.
Imagine being able to read an email without a computer. You could just see it in front of you, because it would be downloaded your contact lens. Researchers at Washington University have created a lens with LEDs in it that could do just that.
A truly show-stopping coffee table book (assuming you have a very sturdy coffee table) for the fanatical guitar lover. The Foxy Lady Project depicts 61 massively influential guitars, utilizing hyper-real photography, and a life-size layout. The tome measures out at 18.5 inches wide, 43 inches tall, and pounds, and costs between $1975 and $445 depending on the edition you select.

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