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Bowers & Wilkins T7

The sheer amount of selection when it comes to portable Bluetooth speakers has left us rather critical, but any entry from Bowers & Wilkins has earned our attention. The T7 is B&W’s smallest wireless system yet, sized to quickly slip away into a bag or backpack. Its distinctive Micro Matrix honeycomb structure braces the speaker cabinet and reduce vibrations to let the system’s dual 50mm drivers and twin bass radiators do their work in packing a serious punch. It also boasts Bluetooth aptX for quality streaming, a Hi-Fi DAC, and 18 hours of battery life, more than enough for just about any event.

Learn more at Bowers & Wilkins – $350

Tags: Audio, Tech

Tethercell

Bring your old school devices to the 21st century with Tethercell. This gadget holds one AAA battery and seamlessly replaces a single AA battery in your device, be it a remote control, lights, or even your kid’s toys. Then, connect via Bluetooth with your smartphone and their app to power said device on or off remotely — a boon for parents with rebellious children — set schedules, timers, receive alerts when batteries are running low, and even locate misplaced objects.

Check it out at Amazon – $40

Tags: Tech

Bomber Barrel Duffel Bag

As clean and timeless as it is functional, the Bomber Barrel is the ideal companion for overnighters, hitting the gym, lugging your gear to work, and everything in between. Virtually every part of this pack is overbuilt: the bag itself is made of ripstop nylon and boasts wrap-around carry handles, military-grade clips, an adjustable leather-padded nylon shoulder strap, and emergency paracord zipper pulls, just in case. All this makes for a duffel that’s weather-resistant, ultralight at just 14 ounces, and simple, with just one large compartment and two pockets, one inside and one outside.

Grab one at Kickstarter – $60

Tags: Gear, Packs

Zippo Hand Warmer

Can’t seem to stave off the cold without wearing boxing glove-like mitts? There’s a smaller, subtler solution in Zippo’s Hand Warmer. This pocketable device fills with Zippo’s lighter fluid, burning for up to 12 hours to keep your hands toasty through particularly frigid days. The replaceable platinum-catalyzed glass fibre burner lights quickly and easily using a Zippo lighter or other, emitting up to 10 times the total heat output of disposable warming pads.

Grab it in chrome or black at Amazon – $12+

Stumble Upon Sofa

With a ridge in its carpet that shouldn’t — and can’t — be flattened, Alessandro Isola’s Stumble Upon Sofa kills two birds with one stone in that it’s at once a couch and carpet. This uniquely designed piece features carbon fibre-reinforced undulations to create a large, asymmetrical seating area on one side and a casual lying space on the other, otherwise extending to cover a downright massive amount of floor with carpet. It also boasts a small shelf on the larger open end of the sofa for stashing books, and, fortunately, padding over the hard frame comfort.

Read more at Alessandro Isola – $TBA [via]

Tags: Home

uKeg Pressurized Growler

Most of our favorite microbrews aren’t sold in sealed bottles, meaning they’re best consumed quickly after bringing them home lest they go flat, or worse. GrowlerWorks uKeg sets itself apart from standard glass growlers in that it locks in freshness thanks to a regulator cap that keeps out oxygen, pressurizing the chamber with CO2 from food-grade cartridges that are easily bought at kitchen stores (or online) for about 50 cents apiece. Otherwise, it’s also got a double-walled vacuum insulated construction to keep its contents cold all day, a site glass to quickly judge how much beer is left, a tap with interchangeable handle, and a gauge to ensure optimal pressure. Its handsome stainless steel and brass design is just icing on the cake.

Find it at Kickstarter – $100

BottleLoft

Our small refrigerators can quickly get crowded, but we’re not about to cut any man loose, especially not the beer. BottleLoft instead lets you hang your bottles from the top of your refrigerator, freeing up space underneath for smaller, flatter goods. Each rail sports three strong neodymium magnets on one side and installs easily thanks to the 3M VHB (very high bond) tape on the other, making for a discreet, permanent bottle-holding fixture in your fridge. It also works with Starbucks bottled ice coffee, glass bottled soda, and virtually everything else with an iron cap.

Find it at Kickstarter – $20+

Pickup Power

The need for dozens of outlets on power strips peaked in the mid 2000s; now, plug in your laptop and you’re golden. But on-the-go power is more indispensable than ever, and so Quirky came up with Pickup Power. This three AC outlet power strip protector offers 1080 joules of surge protection and, brilliantly, boasts a removable power pack with 4,000 or 6,000 mAh of battery capacity. When your devices are low on juice and you’ve gotta hit the road, just pop out the pack and go, then drop it back in for a top up when you’re back home.

Find it at Quirky or Amazon – $80+

Tags: Tech

Everyday Carry Breakdown #34

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. This week’s EDC belongs to a Naval Aviator in the United States Marine Corps.

For the full October 17th breakdown, hit up Everyday Carry.

Tags: EDC

Muse Brain Sensing Headband

Everyone is stressed, except perhaps politicians who don’t seem to be concerned with much of anything. For the rest of us, de-stressing can be hard to achieve. Muse has successfully tackled the problem in ways that candles and mood-lighting never could. In just three minutes a day, Muse helps melt away anxiety and stress using sensors that measure brain signals non-invasively using electroencephalography . With guided training sessions and auditory cues, Muse helps focus attention to abate stress, easily accomplished through the use of your smart phone or tablet alongside the headband. It works by encouraging the user to “shut off” racing thoughts so that a meditative state of relaxation may be reached. Real time feedback provides second to second insight into your state of mind, while long-term tracking allows you to chart stress reduction progress over time.

Find it on Amazon – $300

Tags: Body, Tech