Truthfully, the traditional spice grinder isn’t very well thought out: after use, placing it down on its base litters your table or countertop with remnant bits of its contents, a nightmare for the OCD-inclined amongst us. The Menu Bottle Grinder, instead, turns this illogical design on its head, housing a ceramic grinder on top as to avoid creating any sort of mess. It also fills easily, mills salt, pepper, and most spices, boasts a seemingly rendered, all-too-perfect soft plastic design, and uses a wooden dial cap for selecting grind size.
Our desk was already cluttered before adding a pair of headphones to the mess. Clean it up some with Workerman’s Sound Stripp, a small, unobtrusive and inexpensive way to get your headphones up and out of the way. Peel off its adhesive backing then stick it to nearly any clean, flat surface, such as the back of side of your display. It’ll hold cans that weigh up to 1 pound without a hitch and won’t leave any trace of its presence when eventually removed.
Each week we’ll show you an everyday carry – a small selection of tools, gadgets, and gear carried daily to cope with a variety of situations – worthy of a few minutes of your attention. This week’s EDC belongs to an online retailer co-founder in NJ, USA.
For the full October 31st breakdown, hit up Everyday Carry.
Take a break from your real life problems and make something using your hands with the Tälja Woodcarving kit. In this box you’ll find everything you need to get creative, including a classic Swedish woodcarving knife and case, P60 and P150 sandpaper, 5ml of pure paraffin oil, and two pieces of wood —both juniper and birchwood. It also includes instructions and stencils on how to carve a butter knife and marmalade spoon, though we encourage you to get crazy if you’re feeling inspired.
Find it at Tälja – roughly $68
When it comes to describing Orfos’ Flare bike lights, bright is an understatement. Each Flare packs nine half-watt LEDs, outputting 300 lumens (red flare) to 500 lumens (white flare) that match the overall brightness and dispersion of car taillights and daytime running lights. They also offer 360° visibility thanks to their clear polycarbonate shell and reflective interior, are entirely waterproof (they’ve gone diving), boast a rechargeable LiFePo4 battery that outlives lithium, and a mounting system that employs extremely strong N52-grade neodymium magnets for quick and easy removal.
Find Flare at Kickstarter – $120 (each) or $230 (both)
Shoot stunning footage using your action camera from a perspective other than your helmet or your buddy’s unsteady hand with the Hexo+ Drone. This six-prop drone boasts a brushless gimbal onto which to attach your GoPro, letting you start an autonomous aerial shoot — no camera operator, no pilot required — with just a few clicks on your smartphone. Set your frame, pinching and sliding to get distances, perspectives and altitude right, then let Hexo+ do its job, attaining speeds of up to 45 mph to track even the fastest subjects. It also offers a manual mode for taking the helm yourself, boasts auto take off and landing, an on-board GPS so it won’t get lost, and folds up to easily fit in a backpack. And don’t worry about your drone (or GoPro) in the event of a hiccup: between its fail-safe software and six propellers, it will always land safely and smoothly.
Learn more at Hexo+ – $1,150
Full Windsor knows bikes. Their Nutter multitool packed the most common cycling-related tools into one compact package, including a tire lever, spoke key, a hex driver accompanied by a variety of bits, a bit extender, and a bottle opener. The Breaker bases itself on this extensive functionality, further expanding it to include a chain breaker as well, complete with tool grade stainless steel pin and a magnetic bit slot for using the bit extender as a handle. It’s also lightweight like its predecessor (6.5 ounces total) and small enough to stay on your bike at all times, packing up into the included leather and recycled inner tube pouch.
Go pledge at Kickstarter – $65
Microsoft’s the latest tech giant vying for a spot on your wrist, and with their newly announced Band they might just have earned it. The feature-packed Microsoft Band boasts a built-in GPS, 24-hour heart rate monitor, a 3-axis accelerometer, plus a slew of sensors that measure skin temperature, UV intensity (to kick you into saving your skin with sunscreen), galvanic skin response, and more. Snap one to your wrist to silently gather detailed, objective data day and night, feeding into Microsoft Health to provide you with actionable insights for living healthier, sleeping better, exercising more efficiently, and the like. It’s also cross-platform capable, playing nice with iOS and Android as well as Windows Phones, though the latter will also grant access to Cortana, Microsoft’s Siri-like personal assistant.
Check it out at Microsoft – $200
Technically, humans have been spreading the ashes of their loved ones over symbolic ground for thousands of years — MesoLoft just takes this process much closer to the final frontier. This post-cremation service sets the ashes skyward on a custom balloon to 20 miles high, aka the mesosphere, dispersing them into the air where they’ll circle the earth for, likely, months, before slowly settling down around the globe and seeding droplets, snowflakes, and more on their gradual descent. Each launch is also accompanied by a two-angle high-def video to keep as a memento.
Hot on the heels of Bowers & Wilkins first Bluetooth speaker comes a first from Bang & Olufsen as well, and frankly, we don’t think either will disappoint. Larger than most but still relatively thin and portable, the BeoPlay A2 boasts an extruded aluminum body, a removable leather strap, and a triad of speakers on either side, being a pair of 3/4″ tweeters, two 3″ full-range drivers, and two 3″ passive bass radiators. In terms of connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX handles most streaming needs, though an auxiliary line-in covers older gadgets while a USB port lets music play while simultaneously charging your device. That said, it doesn’t sport a speakerphone nor is it equipped to deal with harsher conditions like some of its rivals, but its 24 hour battery and room-filling True360 sound are all that matter if its the music you’re after.