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Chameleon Pen

Creating shading, highlights, shadows, and other subtle color variations on paper requires switching between handfuls of pens. Or a single Chameleon Pen. Equipped with replaceable Japanese nibs and refillable inks, each Chameleon pen can function as a normal marker with either its soft brush nib or more precise bullet nib. But connect the ink-delivering nib with the mixing nib fed with toning medium to dilute it and deliver gradually darkening ink that grows more intense in color as you draw. The resulting shade shifts are seamless and parallel digitally-created gradients in a way that’s impossible to accomplish with traditional single-color pens.

Learn more at Kickstarter – $5

Tags: Gadgets, Pens
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Typodarium 2016

If you’re as much as slightly design-oriented, you already know how vital exploring new typography can be. Problem is that options are nigh unlimited and going through font repositories can be dizzying, to say the least. Taking a slower, more methodical approach is Typodarium 2016, a tear off day calendar that presents you with a different font sample for every calendar day of the year — 366 in this case, since 2016 is a leap year. Each page features the day and date on the front as well as a detailed description in the back, including origins, inspirations, and where to buy it, if you’re so inclined.

Grab one at Amazon – $30

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Saver Emergency Breath System

If having a gas mask permanently attached to your face and asking, “are you my mommy,” doesn’t sound appealing and you don’t have a biohazard suit in case of emergency, Saver Emergency Breath System could save your life. This revolution in personal fire protection gives you the time you need to exit a burning structure without smoke inhalation, which unsurprisingly is the cause of most fire deaths. The three filter system built into each Saver removes smoke, dust, carbon monoxide, and toxic gases, allowing you to breath freely while exiting a life threatening situation. The Saver also optionally comes with a light designed to penetrate dark smoke and an alarm that allows rescue workers to find you. With an activation of only five seconds and an active filtering time of five minutes, you’ll have plenty of time to reach safety.

Find it at SafetyiQ – $70+

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Keep your keys ordered with Keyklip, the latest and most compact key-taming device from Keydisk. Keyklip is made of solid anodized aluminum and holds anywhere from 2 to 12 keys divided between two thumb/coin screws, expanding using rubber spacers and a pair of extenders. It’s also equipped with a built-in carabiner clip, a bottle opener for popping caps, and a key ring slot for attaching your bulky car key fob.

Learn more at Kickstarter – $25

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Brew Shucker

Perhaps you don’t eat oysters often enough to justify a dedicated shucker. Or perhaps you do, and guzzle down beer constantly while doing so. Either way the Brew Shucker handles both tasks admirably. Made of high-carbon stainless steel, the knife boasts an ergonomic curved handle and effortlessly pries apart oyster shells as well as bottle tops. Plus, it can also be used to split open other crustacean shells such as those on lobster, crab, and shrimp.

Find it at Williams-Sonoma – $30

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Lead Mate

Holding back an excited dog — especially a larger one — usually entails grabbing and wrapping part of the leash around your hand or clutching at its collar, an annoyance either way to say the least. Lead Mate makes dog walking easier by attaching anywhere along your dog’s leash in seconds by simply screwing on. Once attached, Lead Mate won’t budge: in fact, it’s solid enough to support hundreds of pounds without moving and boasts an ergonomic shape that makes holding your best friend back a breeze, even when faced with cats or squirrels. It’s also made of a recycled material-based thermoplastic and weighs little, meaning it won’t swing around like a similarly sized knot in the leash would.

Hit up Kickstarter for details – roughly $9

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Grovemade Keyring

Grovemade’s Keyring diverges from the brand’s usual range of wood-built tech accessories, but it’s no less gorgeous. The compact stainless steel keychain can firmly secure your keys to a belt loop and, more importantly, sports a built-in bottle opener for cracking open an import in seconds. Also included is a stainless steel braided cable that takes the place of typically rigid keyrings. Available in black oxide, stainless steel, or brass.

Learn more at Grovemade – $39

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Pennypult Trebuchet

Take a siege weapon, reduce it to a harmless scale, and the Pennypult Trebuchet is the result. Pennypult stands 9 inches tall yet hurls projectiles at distances of up to 35 feet — more than enough to nail a target across the office — by gaining leverage thanks to its stacked throwing arm that uses 16 pennies (BYOP) as a counterweight. And although it comes unassembled, building takes under 15 minutes and requires no tools or adhesives of any kind: just snap the laser cut wooden pieces together and add in its brass, copper, and acrylic accessories.

Find it at Kickstarter – $30

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Nerf Rival Zeus MXV-1200

The limiting factor of most Nerf guns’ firing rate is the pump action required to prime it. Nerf’s Rival Zeus MXV-1200, on the other hand, has no such barrier. This motorized blaster fires its dimpled, golf ball-like ammo at a rate of 100 feet per second — or 70 mph — without breaking a sweat. It’s also equipped with a clear quick-load magazine that holds 12 rounds, a trigger lock to prevent accidental firing, and tactical rails on the top and sides for affixing Nerf accessories like a scope or pinpoint sight, making this a force to be reckoned with in office warfare.

Preorder at Toys”R”Us – $50

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Collar Stay Punch

Hard to keep from misplacing your numerous collar stays? Pump them out faster than you can lose them with Pick Punch’s Collar Stay Punch, a heavy duty hole puncher-like device that makes collar stays out of thin pieces of plastic, notably old credit cards and the like. The resulting stays are shaped like the flimsy ones included in most dress shirts, ensuring near universal compatibility.

Find it at Amazon – $30

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