Weatherproof, versatile, and even wireless (if need be), the Canary Flex Security Camera can keep an eye on your home without needing much in terms of installation. The included 360-degree magnetic swivel base lets you precisely point the 1080p mic- and night-vision-equipped camera while an assortment of accessories, including the flexible Twist Mount (shown), Stake Mount (which is exactly what it sounds like), and locking Secure Mount make it even more suitable to a range of applications. Otherwise it also connects directly to your WiFi network so there’s no need for hubs, features computer vision-enhanced motion detection to set and send alerts and such, and boasts a built-in 6,700 mAh battery to run for several days without being plugged.
Find it at Amazon – $175
A hydroponics growing system for the masses, Futurefarms’ Spacepot takes all the work and maintenance out of growing fresh herbs. There’s little soil involved; instead, the plants grow bigger and faster in nutrient-rich water since crucial resources are more easily accessible. So using a Spacepot is as easy as filling it with a water and nutrient mix, planting seeds in the Growpod’s growth medium, and then waiting, no watering necessary. A short few weeks later your plant will sprout. Includes one pot, one starter kit with basil seeds, and eight months of nutrient concentrate.
Find it at Futurefarms – $50
Half axe, half oversized multitool, Innovation Factory’s Survival Axe Elite should prove plenty useful even if you don’t need to chop wood. A replaceable 6-inch sawzall blade flips out of its glass-filled nylon handle, which also integrates a hardened steel glass breaker and seat belt cutter — so maybe leave this one in your glove box in its included leather sheath. Otherwise the head of the axe packs even more functionality, which spans a bottle opener, can opener, hammer claw and head, pry bar, wire twist, and a handful of hex socket wrenches.
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 carry belongs to a tattoo artist in Singapore.
For the full May 19th breakdown, hit up Everyday Carry.
Surprisingly big when unfurled yet surprisingly small when not, the Matador NanoDry Trek Towel is tailor-made for travelling or impromptu outings to the beach. Pop it out of its silicone travel case and shake it a couple of times to reveal its full 24- by 47-inch dimensions. The towel’s made of nanofiber that holds precisely 2.3 times its weight in water, dries quick, and boasts a gold-coat antimicrobial layer that stops it from growing unwanted lifeforms, even if you occasionally pack it back in all wet.
Grab one at Huckberry – $35
The differences between your run-of-the-mill Bic lighter and the Trench Lighter are rather stark. For one, the original World War I Trench lighter was built of spent bullet casings and scrap metal — i.e. just about anything soldiers could get their hands on in the trenches. This modern rendition isn’t, but it’s made to look like one with parts of brass and steel. A sliding flame protector switches up to light the wick, which sits in between a wind-guard for use in strong winds, and then flips back down to snuff out the fire. It’s also got a keyring loop on the tail end that grants access to the cylinder for refuelling.
Find it at Cool Material – $36
Industrial engineers didn’t painstakingly design your laptop computer just so you could spoil its looks with a sticker or, worse, a piece of tape, over the camera. The stainless steel Spyslide Webcam Cover is both subtler and a far more elegant solution. It’s ultra-thin at 0.023 inches (0.6mm) as to not interfere with screen closing, sports a small bump to facilitate sliding open or closed, and is completely self-contained so there are no loose parts to lose. Works with laptops, desktops, and tablets, and comes in either matte black or metallic silver to suit them all.
Find it at Kickstarter – roughly $10
Stand up paddle boards are typically for one rider. The comically large SupFlex BigSUP, on the other hand, holds up to ten. Fortunately it’s inflatable so it’ll actually fit in your car deflated and rolled, with two valves and two double action hand pumps to hasten the process and a fully rigid body once fully filled. Thanks to its 4’11” width, 18′ length, and three removable fins it’s (unsurprisingly) quite stable, and double-layer military-grade PVC plus a drop-stitch core mean it’s actually stronger than rigid foam boards. Though you’ll need handfuls of friends participating to make riding efficient, not to mention paddles for all.