Penned the world’s most intelligent retractable dog leash, we see no reason to contest the words on Lishinu’s site. Unlike existing leashes, Lishinu straps comfortably around your wrist using velcro and a soft neoprene protector, freeing up your hand for better things. It also lets you set the maximum leash length to anything between 20 and 120 inches, letting your dog roam free within that range until you pull back your arm quickly to auto-lock – no buttons required. And should you need to keep your pal on a short leash through crowded areas, its collar provides a handle-like extension to grab onto.
Learn more at Lishinu – $TBA
Still have an extensive collection of action figures left over from your childhood? There’s one you’re bound to be missing: yourself. Shapify’s service lets anyone with a Kinect and eighty bucks order a realistic 3D printed figurine of themselves – sadly, sans articulations – without leaving the living room. Using your Kinect, scan yourself from 6 rotational angles, then examine the 3D model generated by the scan. If you like it, order, and within 5 days your 1:20 scale 3D printed doppelgänger arrives on your doorstep.
Hit up Shapify for details – $79
Amongst the most notable film-bound vehicles in recent years, Dark Knight’s Tumbler has finally made it to Lego form, ending our string of sad attempts at recreating it ourselves. This 15-inch long model is surprisingly well detailed, down to the adjustable top wings, intricate interior, and large, custom rubber-treaded front wheels. It also includes both Batman and Joker mini-figurines amongst its 1869 pieces. Just don’t get carried away and try to punch it through drywall – we have a feeling it’s a little less resilient than Bruce’s.
Available in September in line with Comic-Con. Check it out at Lego – $200
Even in the darkest corners of your closet, someone’s bound to eventually stumble upon your secret stash of valuables or sensitive data. So try the Spy Bolt instead. These real machine bolts turned hollow feature an O-ring seal for waterproofing, reverse threading on the bolt head for added security, and boast a storage compartment of 2.8 or 4.4 cubic inches – big enough, on the larger of the two, to keep rolled up cash, micro SD cards, and 4ml storage vials from prying eyes. Bonus points if you actually find a piece of furniture or a fixture in which to screw it.
Find it on Amazon – $25+
Probably amongst the most overbuilt magnets in existence, Tactical Keychains’ TiMaG is at least a few steps above anything else you’ve laid eyes on. Precisely machined from solid titanium or copper, these shapely “push-pins for metal” are coupled to powerful Neodymium magnets for a optimal pull strength that still makes them easy to remove. They come in a variety of colors, fit up to three o-rings in their ridges for adding a bit of personality, and work as perfect companions to a fridge, tool chest, whiteboard, or anything else metal, never leaving behind so much as a scratch.
Pledge at Kickstarter – $15+
Hello Nomad’s NomadClip isn’t their first attempt at shrinking down USB charge cables: their ChargeCard and ChargeKey come to mind. But this one’s the first that literally forces itself to become the mainstay of your keychain – or at the least an attachment to your pack – by taking the form of a carabiner. It’s solid thanks to a tough steel frame fitted with a polycarbonate outer shell, and sport a pull-out USB plug plus Micro USB or Lightning adapter for topping up your smartphone, tablet, or other USB-powered device. Just don’t try and use it for climbing.
Preorder at Hello Nomad – $39
Perhaps your flat doesn’t have stairs, or maybe you just really like the sound a Slinky makes as it gracefully stumbles down. Either way the Never Ending Slinky Machine, or NESM, has you covered. This slick, aluminum treadmill for Slinkies boasts a silent motor and gearbox, plugging to a USB port for power. Then, flip it on at your desired speed to get your Slinky to a comfortable pace that it’ll maintain as long as the NSEM is running. It even includes a Slinky if your old one is long lost.
Pledge at Kickstarter – roughly $66
By nature, your keychain is a big, bulky mess. Each key sits on a ring, misaligned, and forms an amorphous ball of steel that causes an unsightly bulge in your pocket and constantly stabs at your thighs (not to mention the noise). TIK – short for “thin is key” – streamlines your pocket with the help of a regular bicycle chain and a touch of ingenuity. By integrating headless keys to a bike chain, TIK forms an extremely thin and durable keychain – after all, most bulk on a key is due to its handle. Plus, TIK bends in only one direction, helping up to six or your keys take as little place as possible in your pocket or wallet, offers more leverage than a standard key, even without the head, and includes a magnetic wall mount for sticking yours near the door.
Stay updated at Thin Is Key – $TBA
A little too reliant on your daily doses of coffee? Sprayable Energy’s won’t by any means help kick your habit, but it does provide another way of caffeinating on the go without stopping by Starbucks. Vaporize this colorless, fragrance-free solution onto your neck for a sustained effect as the contained caffeine finds its way into and across the skin slowly, providing energy without the jitters, crash, or overdose. Granted, it’s not as delicious as coffee, but it is far cheaper per dose, and comes in a handy twist-lock spray bottle that stows in a pocket for extemporaneous use.
Your car’s knobs and buttons light up at night to provide better visibility, so why not your guitar’s? That’s the idea behind Luminlay’s luminescent guitar knobs, a lineup of machined metal knobs in various finishes to suit any guitar or bass that are fitted with luminescent number markings for precise fine-tuning, even in absolute darkness. And, if it starts running dim, charge it using Luminlay’s LED light charger (roughly $7), which outputs short wave ultraviolet light for a quicker top-up than typical white light.
Find them at Luminlay – roughly $19