Smart bikelights are still novel to us, and Xlerad kicks the concept up a few notches. With no buttons or switches in sight, Xlerad turns on upon detecting movement, automatically and constantly adjusting brightness between 200 and 1000 lumens to accommodate your riding conditions. Other features include IPX-6 waterproofing to resist adverse weather, tap to switch between flash, fixed, and smart modes, and a quick release handlebar mount that fits all handlebar sizes.
Find it at Kickstarter – $190
Your iPad’s easily damaged screen makes using a Smart Case or Smart cover necessary, but Apple’s case designs offer only 2 non-optimal viewing angles, one of which is rather prone to falling at that. Flux+Flap, similarly, uses magnets to prop up your tablet, but does so in a much more accommodating manner. The secret is their PositionPlus backpanel that’s loaded with neodymium magnets, letting you select virtually any angle for your tablet while also offering a larger, more stable base that works as well on a table as it does on your stomach whilst in a lazy horizontal position. It’s also got a built-in magnet for waking your tablet upon opening, a thin microfiber lining on the inside to keep your baby scratch-free, and wide-ranging compatibility to work with iPads 2 through Air, even Mini.
Read more here – $60
If, like us, you go camping and lament the lack of free access and movement allowed in most sleeping bags, you’re going to love this one. Alite’s Sexy Hotness sleeping bag unzips down the middle to allow open, free movement of your legs, sports arm slits for freedom of movement, includes built-in slippers for walking to the nearest wooden lavatory, and it combines with other S.H. bags for, shall we say, activities for two. It even includes a cozy drawstring hood to cinch the face opening down tight. If it had pockets, we’d never take it off!
If you’re not planning to go the minimal wallet route (for instance, a billfold made of Tyvek), might as well grab one that’s packed with plenty of room for your stuff. Bellroy’s vegetable tanned cow leather Hide & Seek Wallet features numerous thinning features to slim its profile as compared to traditional billfolds, yet still packs a full-length bank note section, four quick-access card slots, plus a protected section for carrying a few extra cards of the business of plastic variety. And, true to its name, it’s also got a hidden compartment under its leather flap to discretely hide a few more bank notes and cards, each in their own made-to-measure slots.
Available in three colors (black, cocoa, and java (shown)) at Bellroy – $90
You’re on tour with AC/DC and Angus has just finished using his whammy bar like a jackhammer. He throws his axe to you expecting it to be tuned and ready to go for the next set. What do you do (besides wonder how a guitar could be so out of tune playing just 3 chords)? You grab your Roadie Tuner. It pairs with your smartphone via a free app to tune any guitar, or any stringed instrument for that matter, in an instant. Just place this handheld device over each peg, pluck the string and let the Roadie adjust it to harmonic perfection. You can even choose an alternate tuning or create your own. Worried about ambient noise when tuning? Don’t be. Roadie cancels out noises from the surrounding environment so your guitar can be tuned anywhere. So rock on. Your guitar sounds great and who knows, maybe you do too.
Find it at Kickstarter – $80
Paper airplanes: the poor child’s Air Hogs. While we haven’t really had much interest to create any in recent years, that’s about to change with PowerUp 3. This awesome idea began as a prototype early this year, won at the Popular Science Toy Fair, and has now become one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns in recent times. So what is it? It’s a self-powered propulsion system that install onto paper airplanes and that syncs with your smartphone, allowing for full control of the plane as it soars. The kit includes a crash-proof carbon fiber flight kit that fits down the center of a paper plane, a battery and transmitter/receiver unit at front, rear-mounted propeller, and a control rudder. Simply fold a paper airplane, place the PowerUp 3.0 inside, and launch for up to 10 minutes at a time.
Go pledge at Kickstarter – $40
Remember UNIVAC, not the all-in-one from Hoover, but the computer? Of course you don’t. Well here’s the great great great³ grandson of that 17,000lb monstrosity, the Kano. Touted as the computer that “anyone can make” and as simple as Lego, the smart design fits in your pocket, and allows the user to do a plethora of cool things. Powered by Raspberry Pi, you can use this able little computer to code, make games, use video and sound, hook up a speaker, use it as a wireless sever, plan a moon landing, and much more. Kano is open source, so if someone can dream it, you can do it too. The standard Kano kit comes with illustrated books, the Kano OS, a DIY speaker, Raspberry Pi board, keyboard, case, card modes, stencils and most importantly, stickers. At a fraction of the price of most computers, this little device is perfect for anyone who wants to quit consuming technology and create it.
Learn more at Kickstarter - $120
We’d have to say that while we sort of take pleasure in setting up a campsite, building and later collapsing tents is probably amongst our most dreaded tasks. Treeline’s Roof-Top Tent simplifies the process by cutting out a few steps. First, the tent unfolds without even needing to remove it from your roof rack-equipped vehicle, setting up in just a few minutes and then packing away within its heavy duty travel cover when you’re ready to once again hit the road. It also eliminates the need to look for even ground, handling loads of up to 770 pounds entirely unsupported thanks to 1″ thick aluminum floors and anodized aluminum poles. It’s also equipped with 3 big windows fitted with zippered fine mesh to keep out all sorts of tiny insects, a folding aluminum ladder, frees up your vehicle’s cargo space, and offers an optional changing room, shown at right.
Check out the full lineup at Treeline Outdoors – $880+
Smartphones are slowly replacing many of our portable electronics, and the latest one to go is the garage opener thanks to Garageio. This small black box installs in your garage, interfacing easily with your existing modern openers to control up to three doors. Then, using Garageio’s Android and iOS app, control of your garage doors is accessible from quite literally anywhere with an internet connection. Other appreciated features include push notifications if a door is accessed by others or forgotten open, the ability to share control with friends or family, and the not-insignificant fact that users will probably never need to buy those elusive button batteries ever again.
Learn more at Fundable – $130
Keeping track of your can of “soda” at a large get together can get rather difficult, and for that reason Can Stamp was invented. Crimp in the stamp across the upper rounded convex part of the can before cracking it open for a clearly legible imprint that won’t wipe off, and that makes your drink readily identifiable with one of 5 words. Getting it just right takes a bit of practice, but you’re bound to figure it out by the end of the night.