Gadgets

Kitchen

Cakedozer Cake Server

In the history of the world we sincerely doubt a single piece of cake has ever been served upright, considering the degree with which these sticky, sugar-filled concoctions adhere to most cake servers. Cakedozer makes attempting upright cake delivery far easier thanks to a small bulldozer that helps you push the cake off of the server and onto the plate by sliding its lever forward with your thumb, improving presentation, at least as compared to plopping the cake or pie sideways onto the plate. It solves a first world problem but an important one if you really care about desserts.

Learn more at Peleg Design – $16.50

GET IT: $16.50

Gadgets

Maco Cable Organizer

You could master complex cable-wrapping techniques that just use their own wires to hold them together. Or just grab a Maco 2.0 or Big Maco cable organizer. Both slip around your cord to stay put whether attached or not and feature concealed neodymium magnets to tightly lock around cables, keeping them tidily wrapped and compact. The smaller Maco 2.0 is suitable for earbud headphones, charge cables, and the like, while the Big Maco is better for laptop chargers, ethernet cables, and small appliance wires like those on an iron or hair dryer.

Find it at Kickstarter – roughly $11

GET IT: ~$11

Gadgets

Fidget Cube

Fidget incessantly at work or when sitting too long? You’re not alone. Numerous toys have been designed to meet this unique need over millennia including worry beads and Baoding balls but none come close to being as feature-packed as the Fidget Cube. On each of its six sides you’ll find a gliding joystick, a flip switch, a worry stone-shaped indentation to rub, a rotating dial, a ball (that also clicks in) and three gears to spin, and another side with five buttons, three that produce an audible click and two that are completely silent. It’s bound to meet your various fidgeting needs even if they’re complex and ever changing, and the inclusion of numerous silent options means your coworkers won’t want to murder you.

Hit up Kickstarter for details – $19

GET IT: $19

Gadgets

HMM TapeDispenser

If less design is better, then the HMM TapeDispenser, made of precisely machined aluminum, is best. This naturally weighted tape dispenser is a cube-shaped, pruned down version of typically large models, slicing off about two-thirds of the body size while still remaining fully functional for one-handed use. The tape holder attaches to its base magnetically and a square toothed cutter block made of hard-anodized aluminum cuts tape efficiently and more cleanly without posing any sort of cutting risk. Available in two versions: HMM 65 and HMM 50, the former compatible with 3-inch core tape of various widths and the latter for the standard 1-inch core tapes normally found in handheld dispensers.

Find it at Kickstarter – roughly $46+

GET IT: $46+

Tech

Tile Slim

Tile’s trackers are small, but they’re bulky. Tile Slim, on the other hand, has gone the way of the smartphone: larger but also far thinner. It’s as thick as two credit cards so it slips into wallets unnoticed or can be stuck to a laptop or anything else with a slim profile. An integrated (non-replaceable) battery still lasts one year, at which point you need to reTile your device, and it talks to your smartphone via Bluetooth LE. If the object is lost just ring it using the Tile app which triggers an 82 decibel melody on the Tile, or page your phone should you lose that by clicking on the Tile itself.

Learn more at Tile – $

Gadgets

Suck UK Bell Jar Light

Everything looks good in a Bell Jar Light. Place your most prized possessions — or knick knack you just can’t rid yourself of — regardless of monetary value under this hand blown glass dome for a boost in perceived importance and to keep them dust-free. Each sits upon a painted wooden base that’s complete with cool running LEDs concealed within dual diffusers on the floor to evenly illuminate them from underneath.

Learn more at Suck UK or grab one at Amazon – $128 [via]

Productivity

Zyp-Zyp Minimal Tape Dispenser

Finding the end of the tape on a roll often takes an eternity. Cleverly, the Zyp-Zyp Minimal Tape Dispenser eliminates this problem like a normal tape dispenser might but without the actual dispenser — and with a cutting edge far more efficient than plastic. Zyp-Zyp is manufactured in Germany by centrifugal casting of Nicaflor, a copper, nickel and tin alloy, and installs on standard tape rolls 12mm in width and of any diameter. The way it works isn’t what you’d expect and is hard to describe, so we recommend checking out their video at the link below. But we’ll still try: press down on the end with the cutting edge to unstick the tape that’s been passed through the hole from the roll, then pull and cut at desired length before sticking it back down.

Find it at Zyp-Zyp – roughly $27 [via]

Gadgets

Spivo Stick

The Spivo Stick is a selfie stick on steroids. While most cheap selfie sticks can technically be slowly manipulated to suit a variety of angles, the Spivo Stick is the only one that can rotate your camera 180 degrees on a whim — and at the push of a button. The mechanism that does this is fully mechanical and therefore doesn’t rely on batteries, creating a whip pan effect as your camera spins around to point to what you’re looking at and then back to you with another press. It’s lightweight, waterproof, comes in three sizes between 12 and 26 inches in length, and works with any GoPro as well as any other camera with a standard 1/4-inch tripod mount. Though we’d presume your DSLR is too heavy.

Find it at Spivo – $50

Books

Codex Silenda

Prop a Codex Silenda up on your coffee table and it’s sure to attract attention. Not only is this tome thick as hell, it’s also made of laser-cut wood and boasts only five pages. But each of the five features an intricate puzzle that needs to be overcome to unlock the next page and keep progressing. Puzzles include the Mechanical Iris, a Rotating Maze, Geneva Gears, Paradox Sliders, and the Cryptex Lock, all more complex than the run-of-the-mill puzzles in the mainstream like Rubik’s cubes and one trick ponies in the form of interlocked pieces. The only catch is they’re all out of hand-assembled options so you’ll need to build it yourself — or  get someone to build it for you, since you’ll probably want a go at it yourself. Unlocking the last page also grants access to a small storage stash, useful once you’ve mastered all five.

Find it at Kickstarter – $125 [via]

Gadgets

TPC Titanium Pocket Clip

With a solid 18 projects launched on Kickstarter to date, Chadwick & Joe are no novices when it comes to crafting EDC-worthy gear. Their latest? The TPC Titanium Pocket Clip, a tiny Grade 5 titanium pocket tool that keeps your keys from drowning to the depths of your pockets. But since just one function is never enough, they’ve also integrated a bottle opener, hex bit driver, and either a ruler (by way of ten 1-inch increments along one side of the clip) or a 22 lumen LED flashlight, the latter running on three watch batteries for a total 40 hours of on time. The flashlight is also water resistant and swings to the higher end of the quoted price spectrum below, but it’s well worth it considering it doesn’t take up any extra room on your keychain.

Hit up Kickstarter for details – $30 to $40

Gadgets

Glif Smartphone Tripod Mount

Shaping the original Glif for iPhone was easy: the smartphone came in one size. The new Glif Smartphone Tripod Mount is a bit more ambitious, aiming to grip not only Apple’s three current smartphone sizes but also any other device from 58 to 99 mm in width (i.e. basically any  reasonably sized smartphone). Flip the lever to unlock Glif’s jaws and to slide or remove your device. Flip it back in to lock, and a clever system further tightens the soft rubber grips around your phone for a reliable and solid hold. It’s also equipped with tripod mounts on three sides for mounting in either portrait or landscape orientation and, optionally, onto which you can mount additional accessories like a flash or microphone for more serious mobile recording.

Hit up Kickstarter for details – $25