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
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.
Find it in black or white at Workerman – $7.50 [via]
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
Still haven’t settled on a Halloween costume? If you’re trying to save a few bucks, take a gander at Wintercroft’s eery printable Polygon Masks. Choose from masks that cover a wide range of animals —bears, birds, pigs, foxes, and more — or our favorite, the skull mask. Each set includes downloadable instructions and a template to make your mask using local materials like cardboard, glue, and tape. And when your string of Halloween parties have blown over, just chuck it into the nearest recycling bin.
Find them on Wintercroft’s Etsy page – $7
Our small refrigerators can quickly get crowded, but we’re not about to cut any man loose, especially not the beer. BottleLoft instead lets you hang your bottles from the top of your refrigerator, freeing up space underneath for smaller, flatter goods. Each rail sports three strong neodymium magnets on one side and installs easily thanks to the 3M VHB (very high bond) tape on the other, making for a discreet, permanent bottle-holding fixture in your fridge. It also works with Starbucks bottled ice coffee, glass bottled soda, and virtually everything else with an iron cap.
Find it at Kickstarter – $20+
Security breaches: they happen every day. The last time one forced us to change a password was yesterday. But when your credit card gets ripped off — whether due to a large online breach or local hooligans rigging physical terminals — replacing it, along with re-establishing all your existing payment relationships with your new number, is a far bigger hassle. Final finally makes this a thing of the past. This credit card is without a physical number on its front, instead creating unique numbers on the fly with every merchant you deal with for complete control over payments. If a merchant’s numbers are leaked online, Final simply replaces yours with a new one. It also lets you set monthly limits per merchant, warns you if they attempt to overcharge, lets you cancel numbers at a whim or create one-time use numbers for secure single purchases, and plays nice with your digital wallet as well.
Coming early 2015. Read more at Get Final – $TBA [via]
KeyDisk 2 isn’t the first key holder we’ve stumbled upon nor is it the smallest, but it’s most definitely the thinnest that boasts significant capacity. The secret is in its triangular design that distributes keys over three axes, effectively taming up to nine standard keys in one sleek, pocketable disk. A new, hollowed out design helps you quickly find the right key and draw it out while a custom attachment helps rig up a keyring for non-standard keys, like the bulky one that came with your car.
Find it on Kickstarter – $19+
The Bic lighter: inexpensive, widely available, and functional enough, but not particularly rugged. Exotac’s fireSLEEVE takes this simple, minimal lighter and equips it to better suit outdoor use scenarios. Fitting over your Bic like a glove, fireSLEEVE protects the gas button from being pressed accidentally in your pocket or pack and renders the lighter waterproof to 3 feet for 30 minutes. It also floats, improves grip, and boasts a gas lock which holds the button down for you, protecting you from hot thumb. And when the included lighter inevitably runs dry, just slide it out and drop a couple of bucks on another.
Find it at Kickstarter – $15
A lightsaber can open virtually any door, as illustrated by Qui-Gon Jinn in Episode I. These lightsaber keys can also open doors, albeit only the one bearing the lock they’ve been cut to fit. Measuring at 80mm long, each two-pack pack includes both red and blue blank keys in one of three popular key profiles. Just double check your state laws for carrying concealed weapons.
Find them at Guitar Shaped Keys – $10 [via]
Hackers can’t hijack our webcams without our consent… right? If you’re the type to take no chances, Nope is for you. Better than tape and more discreet than Post-its, Nope is composed of two magnets, the first of which attaches to your computer using 3M VHB tape. The other levitates above the screen by magnetic attraction, rotating at a touch to physically cover the camera. Plus, Nope’s magnets are extremely thin at only 0.8mm, meaning they won’t interfere in any way with the closing of your notebook’s screen.
Hit up Kickstarter for more – $5