Take a can of pepper spray, rig it up with modern tech, and you get the Defender Smart Personal Protection Device. First, link Defender to your iOS or Android smartphone via Bluetooth. Then, should a situation arise, press the button to simultaneously take a photo, initiate an audible and visual alarm, and disperse the highest concentration of pepper spray legally available. The photo as well as GPS coordinates are also immediately transmitted to Defender’s monitoring team who communicates with 911 centers across the country, greatly increasing the odds that perpetrators are dealt with accordingly.
Learn more at IndieGoGo – $160
Enjoying iced coffee just got simpler than ever with a Zoku Iced Coffee Maker. Pre-chill this stainless steel mug in a freezer before pouring in your freshly brewed coffee, then slip on its special insulating sleeve. Within minutes, your coffee is optimally chilled, all without the ensuing dilution that using ice cubes provides. It’s also equipped with a tight-fitting lid and durable acrylic sipping straw that goes hand-in-hand with cold java.
Pick one up at Williams-Sonoma – $30
SAXX offers the smooth, comfortable feel of Kenny G without riding an elevator. Innovative technology makes every pair of SAXX the most comfortable, highest performing underwear ever made. Patented internal mesh panels keep your delicates in place, making restricted movement and friction a thing of the past. The front is articulated to conform to your curve and the no stich, no inner seam offers maximum comfort. Sweat is also a thing of the past with SAXX moisture wicking waist-bands, keeping you dry even when you’re hot and in motion. And since just as important as function is form, cutting edge fabrics like spandex/polyester blend, Modal, viscose or cotton make for the perfect fit and finish to this base layer that simultaneously meets your utilitarian and fashion desires.
Learn more at SAXX Underwear – $25+
Each week we’ll show you an everyday carry – a small selection of tools, gadgets, and gear carried daily to cope with a variety of situations – worthy of a few minutes of your attention.
For the full July 25th breakdown, hit up Everyday Carry.
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
At first glance one might wonder why the Kaweco Aluminum Sport Pen is short and stubby, but try fitting your current pen in your pocket and you’ve got your answer. Each of these German-made pens boast an octagonal aluminum body fitted with a removable pocket clip, measures roughly 4 inches in length, and reveals its ballpoint tip at the press of its button. Chose from aluminum, silver, and black colors, or go with the bold, pre-worn stonewash blue.
Grab one at Cool Material’s Shop – $55
Sleep and sleep-associated disorders are amongst the greater enigmas of life. To optimize sleep one must first understand it, and the Sense Sleep Tracker is taking a stab at doing just that. This bedside companion tracks multiple sleep quality-affecting variables, including noise, light, humidity, air particulates, and temperature, giving you deeper insight into what may have disturbed your slumber at any given moment and what you should strive to change in order to improve your rest. Sense is also complemented by Sleep Pill, a small but sensitive tracker that clips to your pillow to monitor your activity while you sleep without the need for any sort of cumbersome wearable. And unlike normal clocks that simply ring at the time at which they’re set, Sense wakes you up at just the right moment in your sleep cycle to eliminate that all-too-familiar groggy feeling that follows deep sleep being disrupted by an obnoxious alarm.
Hit up Kickstarter for details – $100
If you’re going to trouble yourself emulating games, may as well make sure it feels like the real thing. Or sort of. 8Bitdo’s NES30 looks and feels like a classic NES controller but with a bit of a twist in that it sports a couple of extra buttons plus a pair of shoulder bumpers for taking added commands. It works with computers and iOS/Android smartphones/tablets alike, is completely programmable, and runs either wired or via Bluetooth.
After a grueling 18 holes, a well deserved respite at the mythical mulligan-free 19th hole is in order. After that you may well need a breathalyzer, but long before that the Zepp Gold 3D Swing Analyzer makes par a reality and not just a goal. Zepp’s lightweight golf glove-mounted sensor paired with the proprietary app (that communicates via Bluetooth to your smartphone or tablet) turns your swing into a 3D diagnostic treasure trove of golfing goodness. Track club head speed, club plane, backswing and much more with Zepp’s 360 degree motion capture technology. Replay and view your swing from any angle or overlay your swings to uncover your metrics, allowing Zepp to provide personalized tips and coaching to improve your game.
Grab one on Amazon – $150
Read a lot of books? Then meet your new favorite service, Kindle Unlimited. Kindle Unlimited does for eBooks what Netflix does for television and cinema, granting unlimited access to over 600,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks for a flat 10$ a month. And like all Kindle book products, it’ll work with your Kindle e-reader just as well as any other device – be it a smartphone, tablet, or computer – that supports Kindle’s free reading app.
Learn more at Amazon – $10/month