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Today in Gear: March 4, 2014

Today in gear we examine Apple’s foray into your car, the perfect IPA glass, bars made out of Jerrycans and Logitech’s perfect home theater keyboard.



Danish Fuel Jerrycan Bar Cabinet
Used to transport fuel during World War II, the Jerrycan is making a come back. Sliced open, sandblasted and reengineered by the Danish Fuel company, these vintage five gallon containers can now comfortably house your whiskey bar. On the top, three handles allow for wall mounting, while handcrafted interior shelving keeps glasses at the ready. ~$549

Apple CarPlay
Starting in 2014, select cars will be rolling off the lot with Apple’s new CarPlay built-in display, allowing iPhone owners to talk on the phone, dictate text, play music and navigate without taking their eyes off the road. In essence, the display makes a user’s iPhone accessible via the touchscreen interface, dials or voice. While iPhones’ capabilities will be watered down for car-use, certain apps will be available, including Spotify, with more on the horizon. apple.com

Diamondback Podium Optum Team Road Bike 2014
The Optum Pro Cycling team rode to the top of the 2013 USA National Racing Calendar on the Diamondback Podium Optum. This version’s $8,000 price tag and racing specs (it’s identical to what the pro team rides except for the cockpit, saddle and seat post) ensures only serious cyclists need apply. And at sub-900 grams, the frame weighs about as much as Starbucks’s largest iced coffee. $8,000 ()

Play Magnus
There’s no faster way to realize you’re bad at chess than to play against Magnus Carlsen, the World Champion of Chess. The Play Magnus app allows you the next best alternative, pitting you against a Carlsen “tuned” chess engine. Play against an inexperienced 6-year-old Carlsen with an interest in pirates, the 23-year-old champion or any age in between. Top players can qualify to play against the legend in person at a “secret location”. Free

Spiegelau Beer Classics 19 Ounce IPA Glass
Last year Spiegelau called upon brewers from Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada to help produce the best possible IPA glass. Now they’ve released a larger 19-ounce IPA Glass in the same style: a narrow stem and wide mouth preserve the taste, mouthfeel and aroma characteristic of the top IPAs. The best part: the hop-loving breweries are donating their proceeds to benefit advances in hop research. $20 (set of 2)

Logitech Harmony Smart Keyboard
The latest entry to Logitech’s lauded Harmony line of universal remotes is designed to let you search through On Demand programming in the living room like you would your laptop. In addition to standards like a full QWERTY keyboard and a gesture-compatible touchpad, hotkeys for game controllers and three one-touch buttons for common activities like movie watching make for quick navigation. Since it works via the included Bluetooth, wi-fi and RF and IR compatible Harmony Hub, there’s no need to point the keyboard in any particular direction. Smartphone owners can download the Harmony app to control their entire setup in the event the keyboard’s not necessary. $150

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