Throwing tools in the back of a pickup truck is like using a garbage bag instead of a backpack to lug your laptop and gear – it’s messy, likely loud, and stuff’s bound to get damaged. And that’s why Decked was invented. Each Decked unit is custom fit to the trucks it’s meant to accommodate and is built tough from high density polyurethane mated to a steel sub frame for a 2,000 lbs load rating. Pop open your truck’s gate to access two massive smoth-sliding pull-out drawers on sealed bearing wheels, each rated to 200 lbs and customizable with optional trays and organizers. Throw in a few tie down loops, locks, plus compatibility with other rack systems like Thule and Yakima, and you’ve got yourself a truck that’s infinitely more useful at lugging around smaller things (or hosting an epic tailgate). A built in bottle opener on the tail end is the cherry on top.
Eye the offerings at Decked – $975+
While it’s not tops in capacity, Gen Mfg Co’s Derby City Money Clip is nevertheless a few notches above cheap made-in-China imports. First off, it’s much more interesting than standard vanilla clips thanks to a staggered architecture and shape that’s cast by hand using a lost-wax process, making each clip distinctly unique in its own right. It also comes in both brass and white brass, and bends slightly to accommodate a respectable 20 bills, or 10 bills plus a couple of cards, finally forcing you to tame that man purse you call a wallet.
Find it at Gen Mfg Co – $44
As it turns out, the whole “blind spot” problem could be solved with a simple camera or two, and Nissan’s on warpath to get it done with their Smart Mirror. While it’s also an actual fully functional mirror, at the push of a button a built-in high-resolution LCD screen lights up, displaying objects behind you courtesy of a 1.3 megapixel camera on the car’s tail end. Without pillars or obstructions, the camera sees all, presenting the driver with angles greater than standard reflective mirrors could ever dream of attaining. Another plus is more freedom granted to car manufacturers, giving the go-ahead to automobile styling in ways previously prohibited by norms regarding rear visibility.
Travelling with a notebook computer and a bunch of related gizmos can be a drag, particularly when the TSA agent does his or her job properly and makes you pull your laptop from within your pack before passing it through the X-ray screener. Case Logic’s Checkpoint Friendly Laptop Backpack makes frequent flying bearable thanks to a TSA-compliant dedicated laptop compartment that opens flat at the pull of two zippers, thus helping you zip through security while protecting your device from bumps and bruises via plush padding. Otherwise, a luggage strap holds it nice and tight against your carry-on, strap management features keep excess strap material rolled and out of sight, and an organization panel provides slots and compartments for all your junk to remain easily accessible, even from the comfort of a legroom-less budget airline seat.
Discovering new music isn’t the simplest of things. But that’s exactly what it should be, and Aether thinks they’ve figured out how to make it so with Cone, a stunning speaker that mates plastic with copper plus a 3-inch woofer and dual tweeters. With an ear for what you want, Cone takes note of songs skipped or not and presents you with music from amongst millions of tracks, all played seamlessly and instantly without the need to sift through countless channels, genres, or the like. Turn the dial to start playing, turn it again to skip, tap its center to pause, or talk to it like you would Siri. Of course, it’ll also play podcasts and music from your existing playlists over AirPlay for 8 hours per charge, meaning Cone will still see use even if your dials are set to predictable.
Check it out at Aether – $400
If you like your pens thick, heavy, and virtually indestructible, don’t skip over County Comm’s Embassy Pen. Used by government and military types around the world, there’s little chance that this writing tool will ever fail considering its machined metal body that doubles as a weapon in a pinch, rugged Fisher space cartridge refills that work upside down, under water, and in zero-gravity, plus a 301 grade stainless steel clip bolted onto its screw-on cap. Sure, it doesn’t offer clicky pen tactility or stash away in your pocket unnoticed – you can thank its weight for that – but it’s a perfect match for anybody favoring longevity, craftsmanship and pure, unadulterated functionality.
Dislike the idea of staring into a lightbulb for hours on end? Chances are you’re doing so as you read this. And while F.lux can’t change the nature of your device’s display, it can make reading in the darker hours of the day much more pleasant by stripping away that eerie blue glow. As the sun starts to set, F.lux automatically warms your screen’s color profile, making it that much easier to stare at into the wee hours of the night. F.lux’s warmth can – and should – be custom set (we find 4900K to be the magic number), its transition is extremely subtle, and it can be quickly turned off for an hour just in case color sensitivity becomes important, for example to do graphic work or the like. Trust us – once installed and set to your liking, you’ll never give it up.
Download it free at Flux – $Free
We mightn’t be inclined to place our scalding hot coffee on it, but the truth is Ideum’s USA-built Multitouch Coffee Table can take it thanks to a bezel-less design that has the surface spill proof and water resistant. And if your iPad’s half dozen or so touch points seemed half decent, consider that Ideum’s tables support a whopping 60, meaning even a crowd won’t throw it off its game. Available in 32- and 42-inch sizes, these coffee tables ship with Windows 8 which grants access to thousands of touch-centric apps, all powered by a small form factor computer with an Intel Quad Core i7 at the helm. Other niceties include palm rejection technology (a must at this level), a variety of connectivity routes including Bluetooth, HDMI, WiFi, WiDi, and USB 2.0, plus a rugged vandal-proof design of chemically strengthened glass coupled to aircraft-grade aluminum.
Read more at Ideum – $7,000+
Did you really think James Bond packed all those tuxes wherever he went? White ones, black ones, not to mention shirts, ties, cufflinks, plus his PPK (okay, so he probably did always pack his PPK). But if you need a svelte tuxedo, The Black Tux has you covered. This service is incredibly simple to use and allows the “tuxee” to wear designer brands, hand-picked by fashion experts and tailored to their measurements. First, pick out your tux, shirt, studs, ties, cummerbunds, or anything else you need to look 007ish. Next get measured. Then get excited as you wait for your tux to arrive. You’ll have a week to wear it around before returning it in the same box it came in, with a postage paid label. There’ll be no evidence you ever had the tux at all, except the smile on your face most people won’t understand (and maybe a few pictures).
Check out the full lineup at The Black Tux – $95 to $110
While Solid Wallet might have been a slightly more accurate name, that’s sort of besides the point. This straightforward minimal wallet holds a handful of cards and some cash, too, but really shines in its ability to not only pack away two keys but keep them handy, too, ready to flip out in an instant for use. Asides from that, the machined anodized aluminum casing and solid brass screws holding it together should easily stand the test of time while nylon washers ensure the keys won’t swing about sans friction. And, perhaps most importantly, it looks damned awesome, especially in military drab green.
Find it at Kickstarter – roughly $44