USB ports on ultraportable notebook computers are quickly becoming a scarce commodity. InfiniteUSB takes care of that in a simple, straightforward way: every time one is plugged in it provides a new USB port on its end, essentially letting you daisy chain your devices all to a single port — provided not too many of them require power, of course. InfiniteUSB comes in several flavors, including MicroUSB, Lightning, or a female USB extender, and each features magnets in both ends that keep them neat and tidy when carried. MacBook owners should be especially enthusiastic about the USB-C version, coming later this year.
Find it at Kickstarter – $14
Pack in it all the functionality you’d like, but one thing’s certain: we won’t opt for a smartwatch that doesn’t put style at the forefront. The Olio Model One does just that with its machined surgical-grade stainless steel case, lightly brushed finish, and custom impact and scratch resistant crystals on the front and back. Instead of focusing on running apps, the Model One’s high resolution color display organizes your digital life by separately compiling notifications missed alongside your upcoming schedule while the built-in digital assistant offers increasingly personalized suggestions to save you time. It also boasts touchscreen functionality to interact with notifications, a microphone for voice to text, and a Control Hub that connects to your devices and presents to you only relevant controls, avoiding the need to always search for the right app. And it’s compatible with both iOS and Android out of the box, meaning you won’t have to pick and choose.
Read more at Olio – $600 to $800
Tablets are practical, there’s no question about that, but we do often find ourselves wondering how best to hold ours or prop it up. The universal SpinPadGrip improves your tablet’s ergonomics while remaining compatible with just about any tablet or e-reader thanks to its secure, locking suction cup attachment. Once affixed to your device, its stand pulls out and adjusts to prop up your device at virtually any angle, from near vertical for watching movies or slightly tilted for typing and getting work done. The stand also rotates 360° for changing orientation, doubles as a handle for carrying, and offers a better, no-slip grip to hold onto when using it while standing.
Grab one at BiteMyApple – $50
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 a product designer in London.
For the full March 27th breakdown, hit up Everyday Carry.
Standard coffee energizes your mind. As does AlphaMind Coffee, but this forward-thinking java does more than simply stimulate your neurons. AlphaMind’s single origin coffee is made using 100% Arabica beans from Guatemala, Costa Rica, or Colombia. They’re then charged up with B vitamins, iron, and electrolytes like potassium and sodium amongst other trace minerals, all important for energy production and distribution involved in mental and physical activity alike. They come in six profiles — three flavored and three without — that’ll each satisfy the palates of even the shrewdest coffee aficionados.
Grab a bag at AlphaMind – $12 for 12 ounces
We all have one, a homburg which is just days from back in style, or a monocle that’s ready for the wearing. But Honns gloves don’t need to make a comeback, they’re here and push fashion and functionality to their limits. Each pair of Honns is made of lambskin so supple they practically baa when you put them on. In fit and form they’re unparalleled, with each glove handmade and molded to mimic the hand at rest rather than cut flat like so many inferior gloves. All gloves also feature touch screen capable tips so you can answer your phone or utilize your tablet. But most importantly they look fantastic, fit divinely, and will accent your homburg nicely.
Learn more at Honns – $98+ [via]
A cross between a bicycle and a motorcycle, the Trefecta DRT e-Bike can keep you from breaking a sweat on your commute to work in the morning, wherever that may be. This military-spec bicycle boasts a 20″ 7075 aluminum frame that shelters all electronics, including an efficient pedelec system to move via pedalling at low speeds and electrical power when more speed — or torque — is needed. Throttle, suspension settings, gear selection, and trip functions are all operated using fly by wire controls right on the handlebar, like a motorcycle, displaying relevant information on a backlit center display. A large lithium-ion battery keeps the DRT rolling for over 60 miles even when you’re running out of juice and propels the bike to a maximum speed of roughly 43 miles per hour. And it even folds for easy transport and storage.
Learn more at Trefecta Mobility – roughly $25,000
Athletic wear — especially shorts — often looks the part, between being too skimpy, too technical, and/or only offered in overly flashy neon colors good for nowhere but the gym. The OLIVERS All Over Short takes a different approach, instead aiming for a look that’s more than passable in the city and performance suitable for a multitude of activities. These shorts boast a base fabric that’s 87% nylon and 13% spandex for water repellency and 4-way stretch, plus a ballistic mesh inner pocket linings that resist against punctures by keys or other pointy objects. The end result is a high quality, tailored-fit short that’s as durable as it is sharp looking.
Learn more at OLIVERS – $68
When it comes to just about anything backcountry-related, smaller is better, and it’s difficult to top Snow Peak’s GigaPower Stove with regards to size. GigaPower’s four collapsible legs fold up compact enough to slide the unit away into the included carrying case yet set up quickly when needed, performing admirably at temperatures as low as 14°F (-10C°). It runs on Snow Peak’s proprietary GigaPower fuel mix canisters, can rapidly boil or be dialed down to a true simmer for actually cooking, and comes in both manual and automatic models, the latter which includes a built-in piezo auto-igniter.
Grab one in auto ($50) or manual ($40) versions (or fuel here).
If many a brilliant idea was first conceived on a coffee shop napkin, imagine what sort of traction quick scribbles to an Ito Bindery Drawing Pad might entail. These gorgeous 70 sheet pads couple precision-cut, satin-smooth drawing paper to a contrasting black cardboard base for a flawless aesthetic that nearly passes for a render. The Japanese-made pads are available in three sizes – A6, A5, and A4 – each double the surface area of the previous.
Find it at Ode to things – $20+
Sure, hardwood floors are gorgeous, but we’ll still take a well-placed rug to break up monotony. Cloak unites the craft of carpet making with stunning contemporary design. Made of pure wool, bamboo and silk, or leather, these carpets are luxurious and long lasting by the mere nature of their materials, further reflected in their elegant patterns and careful, subtle use of color. They’re also sustainably fabricated using absolutely no harmful substances. Meaning you can’t use that as an excuse to keep the kids from playing on them.
Read more at Cloak – $200+ per square meter