Add one more to your smartphone’s ever-growing list of capabilities with the Iris Z-Wave. Mount this garage door controller near your opener, connect its two wires to your opener’s input terminals, then plug it in to a socket to begin wirelessly controlling your garage using the Iris smartphone app from anywhere in the world. It works with virtually any opener and an associated tilt sensor detects whether the door is open or closed, relaying this information to you through the app as well for peace of mind. Only one catch: you absolutely need Lowe’s Iris smarthome hub ($100) to actually use it.
Find it at Lowes – $100
Knox on fox in socks in box. The good Doctor can remedy the pains of a poor jacked up fox, but when it comes to home décor… well you remember the cat in the hat. Enter Velo Sock. Velo’s bike sock is the answer when you want to express your personality through functional, livable home accents. This sock fits over the wheels of your bike, not only protecting your floor from road exudation, but doing so in style – 10 styles, in fact. Made of a flexible 90% polyester, 10% spandex material, each sock can fit a bicycle with a length from 1.6 to 2 meters in length. In the happenstance that one of the ten designs doesn’t fit your living space, custom covers are available. And when the inevitable happens and the sock gets dirty, just turn it inside out for a good scrubbing (actually gentle is better).
Learn more at Velo Sock – $69
Lugging a canister vacuum through the house, up stairs, across an untidy man cave floor, and to the car is an absolute drag. Lucky, then, that Dyson’s lightweight DC59 Motorhead handily outperforms other cordless vacuums with regards to suction, even topping many full-sized machines. At its core lies Dyson’s lightweight V6 motor and 2 Tier Radial cyclones that generate high centrifugal forces to spin even microscopic dust out of the airflow. The DC59 Motorhead also boasts hygienic bin emptying at the push of a button (think trap door on its underside), a wall-mountable docking station, 24 minutes of cleaning time per charge, and also includes a variety of accessories to adapt to any task at hand, including carpets, hard flooring, plus ceilings and hard to reach corners.
Hit up Dyson to learn more – $550
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Running out of space in the garage/closet/storage room for your various sporting goods? If you’ve got a yard (or a balcony, in a pinch), don’t put them up on eBay just yet; try Yardstash III instead. Bringing various improvements over Yardstash II, this outdoor storage solution now features a stronger, UV-protected vinyl tarpaulin roof, a more rugged polyester body, plus top and bottom zippers to fully seal the door to shut out water, dust, and pests. It’ll easily stash a pair of adult bicycles with room to spare, a lawn mower, or loads of other seasonal tools that are otherwise bound to uselessly occupy floor space for months.
Find it at Amazon – $130
Oceania has always been at war with Eurasia. The Blink Home Monitoring System lets you be your own Big Brother without the downside of interfamilial relations. Blink is a 100% wire free, Wi-Fi monitoring alert system that works via an app on your iOS or Android. Battery powered with a one year battery life, this little marvel is designed to go or be positioned anywhere, recording HD video whenever motion is detected. You’ll get an alert on your smartphone instantly with the recorded video, so you’ll be able to handle any potential security risk appropriately. If you’re nosy, the same technology lets you use your phone to look at life through Blink’s eyes, or access the built in temperature function to gauge the comfort level at home. If one Blink isn’t enough, you can easily connect more to create an iron dome of secure goodness. Because seeing is believing, Blink utilizes advanced low-light LED illumination for video access day or night. And with its built in microphone, you’ll not only see, but hear Blink’s surroundings. But don’t worry about being the focus of your monitors ever-watchful eye: an unhackable indicator and optional audio alert tells you when Blink is recording.
Learn more at Kickstarter – $120
The search is over for Star Wars diehards looking for the perfect rug to adorn their man caves. Totem’s Death Star rug is a head-on view of one of sci-fi’s most recognizable superweapons, depicted in a manner that’s surprisingly tasteful, all things considered. Quality’s also a non-issue, since each 6′x6′ Nepal-made rug is hand-knotted in wool & bamboo. But with only five set to be made, better hurry.
Read more at Totem Rugs – $3,300
Sooner or later, every plant needs a new, bigger pot. And from that observation Fold Pot was born. This silicone plant pot starts off small by holding 1 litre of soil, effectively doubling its capacity when its top flap is unfolded. It’s also unbreakable, comes in three typical pot colors – terracotta orange, light grey (shown), and dark grey – and includes a pot plate, though its drain hole can be kept shut if not needed for a cleaner, plate-free look.
Grab a 3- or 6-pack at Kiosk by Pizzolorusso – roughly $87
Finding a high-quality steamer that works well and preserves your clothes – especially your delicate favourites – is a daunting task. We’ve tried. So the SWASH™ Express Clothing Care System made us breathe a collective sigh of relief and gratitude. Combining elements of a steamer and an iron, this 10-minute express clothing care system refreshes your apparel by neutralizing odours, removing light wrinkles, and restoring the fit to your clothes that may be distorted after hours of wear. The disposable Swash Pod-dependant system is gentle enough to preserve your clothing in the long-term as it won’t cause pilling or fading. It’s also simple, requiring nothing more than a wall socket to function, and stows away in a closet when not in use.
Easily the coolest [realistic] way to stash your firearms, Tactical Walls’ shelves keep them handy in a living room or bedroom, simultaneously discretely and readily accessible should they ever be called upon. Each shelf is USA-made and boasts a finish in your choice of wood, unlocks using a magnetic key, and lowers gently thanks to pneumatic struts on the inside. Included is a foam insert to cut to your specific needs, plus all the brackets necessary for installation. We’d also recommend springing for the optional LED lights that automatically illuminate when the shelf is opened. And if you don’t own any guns? Hell, we’d just as soon stuff it with secret snacks.
Simple side and coffee tables are a little too one-dimensional for the modern guy’s gear. iSkelter’s Caddy foregoes the age-old characterless flat surface for one that’s much more comprehensive, complete with slots for propping up a few smartphones, both with and without cases, a pair of recessed drink holders, plus a felt pad for keeping remotes handy. And you won’t find any flimsy fiberboard here – instead, Caddy employs a machined bamboo top surface fitted atop a hand-welded steel frame that’s built to last.
Find it at Kickstarter – $269