Experts tell us that it takes 30 repetitions for the human brain to remember a given sequence of data. Human experience tells us that 30 minutes is enough time to forget said sequence. If you’ve ever forgotten a combination to a lock or misplaced a key – and who hasn’t? – Noke is the answer. Noke is the first Bluetooth padlock and the first padlock you can share. Using its iOS or Android app, Noke finds and pairs your Bluetooth 4.0 enabled smartphone. Then, unlock Noke at the touch of the lock’s shackle: just have your phone within 10 feet of your lock, without having to launch its app or even pull your phone out of your pocket. The app also allows for sharing the lock permanently, one-time, or anything in between. Even if your phone battery dies you’re not locked out, since Noke allows a custom access code to be programmed for access anytime, inputted by pressing on the shackle in a sort of Morse code. And since the technical prowess of a lock is moot if it can’t stand up to abuse, Noke is water-resistant, made of hardened steel and boron, and lasts up to a year on a single battery.
Find it at Kickstarter – $59
Debatably our best purchase ever was Swiss+Tech’s Utili-Key. Unfortunately, that ended when the TSA confiscated it, but the PocketMonkey looks like a worthy substitute that’s not on their radar – in fact, it’s even TSA-approved. This wallet-friendly, credit card-sized multitool is made from lightweight 1mm-thin stainless steel and packs 12 distinct tools, including five sizes of hex wrenches, three screwdrivers (one flathead, a phillips, and a micro flathead for glasses), a bottle opener, ruler, and letter opener. It’ll even help peel oranges or form a kickstand for your smartphone.
Get one on Amazon – $12
There are about a thousand ways to prop up your tablet or notebook, but sometimes the simplest, most intuitive wins out. Moku Woodware’s revisited Desktop Chair accommodates virtually any tablet, large or small, or a MacBook Air/Retina, attaining two distinct angles – one more vertical, the other more horizontal – depending on which way it’s used. And like a piece of furniture it’s built to last thanks to cross-grain layered and pressed premium wood sheets, overall making for a strong, beautiful design.
Grab one at BiteMyApple – $60
Get a leg up on your opponents with Bunch O Balloons, by far the fastest way to stockpile loads of water balloons with minimal effort. While traditional methods of filling and tying balloons by hand produce at a rate of about 6 per minute, Bunch O Balloons uses a custom attachment and individual stems rigged to pre-tied balloons. Screw it on then turn on the hose to fill 37 balloons at a time – or roughly 100 per minute – before gently shaking to release.
Go pledge on Kickstarter – $17
This one’s more for ladies than guys, though we’re not judging if you decide to hide one in your hair - in fact, we wish we had an excuse and the necessary hair length to wear one. The Leatherdos Mini Tools expands on the functionality of typical hair clips, adding three screwdrivers (including one small Phillips), a ruler, 8mm / 5/16 hex wrench, Trolley coin, and a cutter for getting through rope, tape, and the like. Its the handiest and least conspicuous way to bring along a handful of tools, all while keeping one’s do well under control.
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+