We all know a guy who’s a single wire or gadget short of being plugged into the Matrix — you might even see a little bit of that in yourself, and we’re not judging. Granted, modern devices are pricy and go obsolete rather quickly, but a steady stream of new blood keeps The Techie wholly satisfied.
Whether you’re an Air Force pilot or a desk-strapped professional, Breitling’s Chronospace Military won’t let you down. This reliable timepiece boasts a thermocompensated, COSC-certified SuperQuartz movement that’s ten times more accurate than typical quartz and that also powers the unit’s chronometer, accurate to 1/100th of a second. It also boasts two inverted LCDs for access to a slew of functionality, including split times, alarm, countdown timer, dual timezone display, plus Coordinated Universal Time, and comes wrapped in a black steel case with a bidirectional rotating bezel.
Learn more at Breitling – $TBA
Sure, the difference is but aesthetic, but we can’t help but appreciate the Field Notes’ Ambition Edition notebooks echo the gilded pocket books of yesteryear. Each of the three styles — Olive (ledger lines), Wine (graph paper), and Chocolate (weekly datebook) — is topped with subdued Speckletone covers, gold staples, and matte gold ink for their ledger and graph lines. Afterwards, small batches of these books have their edges smoothed in three passes using an edge gilder which then fuses metallic foil onto them using heat to create an elegant gold edge, all-in-all making for a notebook that’s too gorgeous to miss.
Learn more at Field Notes – $10
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 design & management student in New York.
For the full November 21st breakdown, hit up Everyday Carry.
Bike etiquette has it that signalling your turn involves holding out your arm, temporarily sacrificing balance in the hopes of being noticed. Unfortunately, this doesn’t work as well as we’d like to think, particularly in poor light and weather conditions. WingLights, instead, brings the tried and true method employed by every other road vehicle to your bike. Replace your handlebar covers with their magnetic fittings, then stick WingLights onto your handles before riding. One quick tap activates the desired signal, emitting highly visible amber light via LEDs, and another deactivates it after the turn is complete. They’re also designed to be waterproof and shockproof, last 3 months on a single set of batteries, and pop off your bike in an instant to prevent theft, attaching magnetically to the included carry-away keyring.
Find it at Kickstarter – roughly $22+
Swiss+Tech has a way of packing loads of functionality into tiny tools, but their BodyGard XL7 takes it to a ridiculous level. This diminutive gadget is loaded with a slew of crucial roadside tools including a glass breaker, seat belt cutter, LED flashlight, emergency flasher, sonic alarm, tire depth indicator, and tire pressure gauge, all in a device smaller than typical stand-alone gauges. Throw it in the glovebox and hope you never have to use it, but on the off chance you do you’ll be glad you were prepared.
Pick one up on Amazon – $13 for one or 17$ for two
Coffee makers aren’t a very rugged bunch. Tip it and water will pour out of its tank; drop one and it’s done. While keeping yours firmly grounded atop your kitchen counter avoids these pitfalls, the Oxx Coffeeboxx just begs to come along for the ride. This 11 pound K-cup compatible coffee machine boasts a crush-proof chassis, a huge, spill-proof 2.5 litre water tank, a IP55-rated dustproof and waterproof enclosure, and a retractable 3 foot cord. It’s also thoughtful, pumping out on-demand piping hot water for making ramen or cocoa alongside coffee (tailgate anyone?), and is equipped with large rubber buttons adequately sized for use with gloves.
Check it out at Kickstarter – $200+
Whether you’ve actually got the construction of a couple of tree houses under your belt or are just a dreamer, Tree Houses: Fairy Tale Castles in the Air is for you. This 300 page study tours 50 of the best tree houses around the world, spanning different styles, costs — some made from scraps while others rival traditional homes in price — and builders, including short biographies of the craftsmen known. And not unlike the retreats it features, Tree Houses invites you to cozy up on a couch with a cup of something warm, climb in, and escape from reality, if only for a short while.
Grab a copy at Amazon – $47
Admittedly, we’re a little blind to our electricity usage. We typically plug things in and round down our estimated cost of running said device to “negligible” since we don’t really know better. Quirky’s Outlink aims to help educate us to our usage, at least for our non-appliance devices. Outlink features one smart outlet (the top one) and one traditional outlet to track energy consumption, turn on and off at the click of a button on Wink’s app, and set up schedules to give greater control over what’s on and when. Granted, it’s just one drop out of the sea of outlets nestled in walls around your home and requires a Wink Relay or Hub to function, but it’s a start.
Preorder at Amazon or Quirky – $50
Can’t get much work done in darkness? Brighten up your dark, dreary garage with the Big Ass Garage Light, a massive light fixture equipped with two rows of LEDs, an extruded aluminum frame, and a set of heat sink fins that dissipate the warmth outputted by the lights to greatly prolong their lifetime. The result is a 122W shop light that delivers a mind-blowing 13,000 lumens and is rated to last up to 150,000 hours, or a minimum of seven years thanks to the accompanying bumper-to-bumper warranty.
Learn more at Big Ass Lights – $380+