Signing endless documents is a time-consuming drag. Make your mark quicker and in a manner much more difficult to forge with an ink outline of your beaming mug using Stamp Yo Face’s product. Each custom portrait stamp is hand-drawn by their team using submitted pictures of your face, then recreated in the form of a durable rubber stamp. Just bring your own ink and get stamping.
Customize your own at Stamp Yo Face – $65+
Sometimes (OK, way too often) we get a little (a lot) too absorbed in our daily routine and forget just how absurdly crazy and ridiculously fascinating this planet we live on is. But pop a Mini Museum on your desk and that’s unlikely to occur again. These compact resin blocks are chock full of downright awesome stuff, including lunar rock, a piece of T-Rex tooth, coal from the titanic, foil from Apollo 11, mummy wrap, and a piece of the Berlin wall. Each Mini Museum is hand cast and comes in one three sizes – small (11 specimen), medium (22 specimen), or large (full 33) – and while you probably know which one you want, your wallet might put up a fight.
Hit up Kickstarter to pledge – $100 to $240
While it’s rather important for both decreasing fuel consumption and tire wear, we don’t really check our car tire pressure often enough – “never” is probably a realistic estimate. But with RightPSI, verifying pressure is as complicated as walking around the car. Each RightPSI cap is built with a set target pressure to conform to a variety of car and bike tires; when the tire pressure is just right, the cap remains an inconspicuous black, otherwise displaying a bright orange or yellow ring if air pressure is too low or too high, respectively. RightPSI also respond to pressure changes while filling tires to let you know when to stop, is light enough to leave balance unaffected, and locks down using a hex nut to discourage theft.
Hit up Kickstarter for details – $15 for a pair or $25 for four
Highlighting requires a lot of guess work, mainly because it’s surprisingly difficult to predict where the tip starts and ends when you can’t really see through or around it. But what if you could? That’s the dream behind Uni’s Promark View Highlighter, the first marker of its kind. Instead of a traditional opaque felt tip, the View sports a transparent acrylic one that funnels brightly colored ink through a narrow tunnel running right through its center. Sure, it costs a couple bucks more than your standard Staedler, but its price tag is undoubtedly justified to serious annotators.
We wouldn’t blame you for not investing in a pair of capacitive gloves. To be sure, their cost is slightly prohibitive, but the main issue is most just don’t really work that well. Instead, make your existing gloves touch-compatible with Nanotips. Paint a touch of this polyamide solution onto a glove fingertip or two of your to mimic the conductance of human skin, meaning your gloves will function flawlessly with any modern smartphone or tablet. Two flavors exist for treating your entire stockpile of gloves – black and blue – the former formulated specifically for leather and other thick materials while the latter tackles fabric gloves and dries invisibly. And if its capacitance ever wears off, just reapply: each bottle stocks enough solution to treat 15 (blue) to 30 (black) fingers.
Grab a bottle at Kickstarter – roughly $16
Haven’t bothered carrying around a pocket tripod due to size or weight concerns? Think again. Geometrical Inc’s Pocket Tripod is only about twice as thin as a credit card, easily sliding into a wallet – and forgotten – until required. With astounding versatility, the tripod holds an iPhone 5/5s in either portrait or landscape mode at quite literally any angle thanks to a smooth sliding rotation system that can’t be matched, even by larger (and unpocketable) portable tripods.
Find it at BiteMyApple – $27
What good is a handcuff key (purchasable and perfectly legal, by the way) attached to your key ring when it’s currently in your detainer’s possession? The Tiny Inconspicuous Handcuff Key is a bit more thoughtful. Made of a durable reinforced polymer, TIHK is small, discreet (in part due to its matte black finish), and features a clip for attaching it to a belt loop, shirt tag, sock, or anywhere else accessible during apprehension, at which point it’ll handily unlock all standard Peerless-style ‘cuffs. Of course, it’s best left to the professionals to counter illegal detainment in accordance with applicable laws, so don’t get too excited.
Learn more at TIHK – $18 for three
Touted as the only ergonomically correct nail clipper on the market, Klhip is bound to please all kinds of grooming snobs, us included. This premium clipper is sculpted using nothing but durable surgical stainless steel and gets the job done better than your cheap made-in-China model ever could using sharp, smooth-cutting blades, a more comfortable grip and improved leverage thanks to its forward-facing lever. Sadly they don’t come cheap, but if it’s any consolation you (and one of your descendants) probably won’t need to buy another nail clipper ever again.
Learn more at Klhip – $60
Everyone’s got at least a bit of sensitive information that merits shredding before disposal. Typically, though, it isn’t enough to justify purchasing a shredder. Short of using fire to solve this problem, there’s Shredscors, the quickest way to shred small amounts of stuff ever. Equipped with 9 blades rigged to a pair of plastic handles, Shredscors operate just like a normal pair of scissors but much more rapidly decimates and render illegible bank statements, old credit cards, world domination plots, or whatever else is on your desk and should be kept from prying eyes.
Find it at Fancy - $23
Keep your numerous charge cords organized and untangled with a Cordito. This simple leather wrap features three cord slots for holding up to three cables or earbuds, plus a pocket for stashing a plug charger or two. Fill it, roll it, close it using the metal button closures, then throw it in your pack without thinking twice.
Find it at BiteMyApple – $40