Any self-respecting iPad stand needs to offer multiple viewing angles, stability on soft surfaces like pillows or sheets, and, naturally, a design as elegant as the tablet itself. Yohann handily attains all three. This gorgeous stand comes milled from a single piece of either cherry, walnut, oak, or maple in three sizes, and grips your corresponding iPad in either portrait or landscape orientations to perfectly balance in three distinct angles. Yohann also leaves speakers unhindered, sports milled holes to permit charging while in use, and comes in a fifth, colorful Lacquer option with interchangeable grippy back rests to cover iPads 2 through Air.
Grab one at Kickstarter – $69 (Lacquer) to $149 (wood)
The reality of the zombie apocalypse finally settling in? Consider Design Different’s Zombie Safe Zone Maps your break glass in case of emergency escape plan. Cleverly hiding in plain sight on your wall, these state maps provide a safe zone location and the route to get there, describing directions, distance, time to arrival, and resources available on-site. They’re available on in a variety of colors, sizes up to 13″ x 19″, and are your last shot at survival when Google Maps finally goes down.
Learn more at Design Different – $20 to $25
Smart thermometers like Nest promise to keep your home at just the right temperature and save you a few bucks while doing it. But learning algorithms don’t always get it right. The Zen thermostat aims to somewhat simplify things all while giving you full control. This minimalistic white or black slab illuminates with LEDs when touched, letting you control heating, cooling, and your system’s fans from its straightforward touchscreen interface or from anywhere else using your Android/iOS device. It also lets you set schedules from your smartphone and works with smart home systems like Apple HomeKit and OpenHome, if you need anything more than just the basics.
Find it at IndieGoGo – $150
We live in an age of excess. Even our devices boast far more functionality than the layman will admit to actually using (or, frankly, knowing how to use). Leica’s M Edition 60 commemorates their original M3, released 60 years ago, by stripping it down to the essentials: it boasts controls for shutter speed, aperture, focus, and ISO sensitivity, and nothing more to distract the photographer from their subject. Its internals, however, are digital — a full-frame 24 megapixel Leica sensor — though without a viewfinder to review shots it still gives off a decidedly analog feel. But with only 600 available worldwide, if you want one you’d better not miss your shot.
Available in October. Read more at Leica – $TBA
Marvel turns 75 this year, and in celebration of their continued diligence, risk-taking, and ultimately, success, comes a massive tome that looks back through the publisher’s long line of work, from their first comic book depicting the Human Torch to their latest big screen developments. Taschen’s 75 Years of Marvel is a 700-plus page magnum opus packed with over 2,000 images of vintage comic books, original art, film stills, and collectibles, a four-foot accordion-fold timeline, as well as biographies of over 300 of the minds behind your favorite characters and strips. Plus it’ll arrive just in time for the holidays and is sure to captivate both hardcore junkies and casual readers alike.
Long focused on crafting ludicrously intricate mechanical watches, Urwerk’s latest is still largely machine-driven, but now boasts an injection of electronics for higher precision. The EMC — short for Electro Mechanical Control — features an electronic monitoring unit that, when activated, tracks the rate of oscillation, helping compensates for changes in position, temperature, as well as bumps and shocks that can all affect timing by spitting out an estimate on the watch’s daily accuracy on the upper left dial. While this compensation isn’t done automatically, the estimate helps the wearer adjust its timing rate to obtain higher precision. Otherwise, it’s manually wound, has an 80 hour power reserve, Super-LumiNova-treated markers, a winding handle to charge the super-capacitor powering its electronics, and a price tag fit for a small house.
Most multitools are more than your wallet can handle. Not EDC Card. This S35VN stainless steel card effortlessly equips the user with a variety of useful tools for their everyday carry, including a slew of hex wrenches, a prybar & nail lifting slot, both metric and imperial rulers, flathead and phillips screwdrivers, a 1/4-inch hex driver, and a bottle opener. It also packs away in virtually any wallet’s credit card slot and is TSA compliant. How’s that for handy?
Hit up Kickstarter for more info – $25+
Can a cube a fraction the size of a traditional soundbar — let alone a set of stereo speakers — truly fill a well-sized room with booming sound? Mass Fidelity seems to think so, as do several reviewers, about their Core wireless speaker. While it’s slightly bigger than its truly portable counterparts, Core uses Acoustic Holography technology and Wave Field Synthesis to makes it sound like two distinct speakers without a specific sweet spot, meaning it sounds great from any listener’s perspective. And unlike other small speakers, it also produces bone-shaking bass, boasts a slew of connectivity options (including optical, auxiliary, and Bluetooth with aptX codec), plus 12 hours of battery life, making it just as proficient for home theatre use as it is for streaming audio.
Learn more at Mass Fidelity or preorder at IndieGoGo – $389
SlimFold’s usual wares are made of Tyvek, that ultrathin, durable, paper-like material that’s increasingly well represented in the wallet industry. And as if that material wasn’t resilient enough, they went looking for something better and tougher. Instead of Tyvek, SlimFold’s Soft Shell employs a material originally conceived for motorcycle wear that’s waterproof, stain resistant, machine washable, and very thin, all while maintaining a look and feel that’s miles ahead of ballistic nylon. These Soft Shell wallets are available in both Micro & Original sizes in a variety of colors, each putting away cash a bunch of cards while remaining just a touch thicker than their contents.
Grab one at Kickstarter – $40+
Unsurprisingly, the creators of the Mega Hammock aren’t solely in the business of making massive, 1000 lbs-rated hammocks. Their Single or Double Hummingbird Hammock is made of the same 1.1-ounce Rip Stop Nylon used in parachutes, boasts lock stitching with nylon thread, and 1000 pound Spectra end loops, adding up to a 300- to 400-pound weight capacity depending on the model and size. And, just like their namesake, each Hummingbird Hammock is lightweight, starting at just 5.2-ounces, and incredibly small, packing away into a palm-sized bag for easy transport.