Misc

Mastercard Fingerprint Reading Credit Card

As you’re punching away yet another PIN number as you buy a coffee or pay for lunch, know that the future is brighter — and we’re not talking about Apple Pay. The Mastercard Fingerprint Reading Credit Card is no bigger or thicker than a traditional credit card but is certainly both safer and faster than existing chip cards to confirm your identity, with a fingerprint reader integrated right on the card. This does add a layer of complexity to registration since a financial institution needs to validate your prints, encrypt, and store them on the card itself. But afterwards paying for stuff is as simple as dipping the card into a terminal and placing your thumb on the embedded sensor, with no need to hide your PIN nor worry about skimming. For now trials are limited to South Africa, with additional trials in Europe and Asia Pacific in the coming months, though a full rollout is possible as early as late this year.

Learn more at Mastercard.

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Gadgets

TTi-150 Titanium Dice

Clean, minimal, and made of our favorite metal, there’s lots to like about TTi-150 Titanium Dice. Each is precisely carved of GR5 titanium by a CNC mill to a smoothed cube that, importantly, won’t scratch up your table, and finalized to either a sand blasted grey or stone washed silver finish. Because of the choice of material they’re far lighter than they look at 11.5 grams (0.4 ounces) each and are non-magnetic (so if you’re in need of a trick die look elsewhere). Also available in a Damascus version (see second image) forged of nearly 100 layers of steel.

Learn more at Kickstarter – roughly $26

GET IT: ~$26

Gear
Featured

Current Bag Co Charging Backpack

If it weren’t for the lightning bolt motifs on its zipper holds or, perhaps, its name, you’d never guess the Current Bag Co Charging Backpack had electrified ambitions. The backpack comes in the retro-styled Classic that’s made of blended nylon and accented with leather and steel zippers as well as a sleek, modern Move variant built with weathered polyester for more physically active wear. Both are durable, water-resistant, feature a quick-access front pocket for stashing stuff that you’ll want to keep in close reach, and boast a multitude of other pockets and compartments to obsessively organize everything from your sunglasses to your laptop. And of course both also include either a 5,000mAh (in the Move) or 10,000mAh (in the Classic) charging station that packs enough juice to charge your tablet or smartphone several times over.

Hit up Kickstarter to learn more – $70+

Presented by Current Bag Co.

GET IT: $70+

Books

A Job To Love

Enjoying, or at least appreciating, your work in one way or another is often important for living a fulfilled life, especially considering the sheer number of hours dedicated to it on a weekly basis. Still, many are left unsatisfied, and without a tempting alternative to pursue. The School Of Life’s A Job To Love wants to help you figure it out. While a relatively short read at 189 pages, the book aims to teach you to understand yourself well enough to head in a particular direction (or accept that your current job is actually not so bad). It examines the reasons for our obsession with finding the perfect job, the obstacles that get in our way — including those created in our minds — and comes packed with guidance to identify the bits and pieces of working that you love. All with a dollop of realism in accepting that a single job may never quite be enough.

Grab a copy at Amazon in either Kindle ($7) or hardcover ($17) versions. [via]

GET IT: $7+

Bike

Bridgestone Air Free Bicycle Tire

Airless tires for cars are a long time coming. But riders of another vehicle are sure to happily wave goodbye to flats: the bicycle. Bridgestone’s Air Free Bicycle Tire employs a thermoplastic resin to form the tire’s spokes that flex and bend to smooth out your ride, doing the job of air in traditional pneumatic tires without the risk of leaking out or going flat in the event of a puncture so that you can ditch the pump, spare tube, and tire levers. They also promise to be more efficient for riding as well, perhaps attaining higher speeds with less energy input, but we’ll retain judgement on that until they actually hit the market sometime in 2019.

Learn more at Bridgestone – $TBA

GET IT: $TBA

Tech

Upright Go Posture Trainer

Positive thinking is unlikely to do much for fixing your horrendous posture, most notably that screen slouch you’ve been unable to shed for probably decades. A bit of consistent and controlled nagging, on the other hand, just might. The Upright Go Posture Trainer ($69) tracks and aids you in correcting it by sticking to your upper back using reusable double-sided soft stickers, each good for about two or three weeks of regular use, and not only tracks your upper back/neck posture but also vibrates to let you know how you’re doing in real time. The idea is that over a few weeks, and with many nudges to correct your posture, your back muscles will get stronger and hold you straight without much conscious effort. It also of course also continues working while standing, resists sweat and water, lasts for about two days worth of use on a charge, and switches from training mode to tracking only mode — which won’t vibrate, but still keeps tabs on your posture in the app — with just a tap. It’s worth mentioning that we’re been toying with the Go’s predecessor, the Upright Pro, so more on that shortly.

Find it at Kickstarter – $69

GET IT: $69

Food & Drink

Trees Knees Coffee Maple Syrup

Coffee is a morning drink. Maple syrup is a morning… condiment topping syrup. In a moment of epiphany Bushwick Kitchen combined the two in Trees Knees Coffee Maple Syrup. Each 13.5 oz bottle contains organic Grade A maple syrup from the Catskill Mountains that’s infused with Stumptown Coffee Roasters’ Hair Bender Blend, imbuing it with notes of toffee, fudge, and dark chocolate. Perfect for enjoying some waffles/flapjacks, as an ice cream topping, or just pouring into your coffee as a sweetener.

Learn more at Bushwick Kitchen – $14 [via]

GET IT: $14

Misc

Barrington Watch Winders

The job of a watch winder is pretty simple: spin a watch many times over to keep it wound. But any automatic watch amateur knows this job is crucial, lest they wear the watch just about every day. Barrington Watch Winders get this done reliably and with a design aesthetic that won’t be outclassed by the contained watch itself. Each winder features a whisper quiet motor that won’t drive you crazy while winding, directional control to turn clockwise, counterclockwise, or alternate between both, as well as the option to set turns per day to between 650 and 1950. They of course come in simple single winder versions for a single watch, though owners of several mechanical watches can spring for a two, four, six, or twelve watch winders that’ll keep your whole collections ticking away even during prolonged leaves of absence from your wrist.

Learn more at Barrington Watch Winders – $180+

GET IT: $180+

Knives

Creek Cutler Repurposed File Knives

The knurling on the knife handle and base of the blade isn’t just for show. It’s there because Creek Cutler’s Repurposed File Knives are, as their name indicates, reborn after serving a life in the form of a farrier or metal working file — though this patterning also conveniently serves to increase your grip on what’s an otherwise very sharp knife. The to-be-scrapped carbon steel files are forged, reheated, and custom ground to your choice of blade shape, be it chef’s, paring, Santoku, or other. This, plus the fact that each is one of a kind, certainly justifies the price.

Learn more at Creek Cutler – roughly $160+

GET IT: ~$160+

Home

Modpool Shipping Container Pool

Investing in an in-ground pool is risky if your career comes with the possibility — or necessity — of an eventual upheaval and relocation. Not that most above ground pools are much easier to move. One exception: the Modpool Shipping Container Pool. Because it’s built into a modified and windowed shipping container this pool is both easier to set up and dismantle, and doesn’t require the pouring of concrete or the digging of a particularly large hole. Instead, it comes in one size: 8 by 20 feet. All mechanical and electrical equipment are self-contained within one side of the unit and controls are accessible right from your smartphone, as are jets and lighting. Its heaters are powerful enough to get temperatures up in subzero climates as well, so it can also keep serving as a hot tub in colder months as well as a refreshing pool in summer.

Learn more at Modpools – $27,000+

GET IT: $27,000+

Tech

LaCie 2big Dock Thunderbolt 3

Just calling it an external drive would be reductive. The LaCie 2big Dock Thunderbolt 3 complements modern port-sparse USB-C-equipped computers like Apple’s MacBook & MacBook Pro with not only large storage capacities but also a myriad of ports to serve as a dock and USB hub all at once. We’ll start with storage: it includes two Seagate IronWolf Pro drives in RAID that’ll hold a total of between 12 and 20 terabytes of data and serve it to and from your computer very quickly, with transfer speeds of up to 440MB/s thanks to the inclusion of Thunderbolt 3. On the front it’s got both CF and SD card slots as well as one USB 3.0 port, and on the back you’ll find three USB-C ports — two being Thunderbolt 3-enabled and powered so they can charge your laptop — plus a DisplayPort out to plug to your high-resolution 4K display. And all this is accomplished with a single plug running to your computer.

Learn more at LaCie – $TBA

GET IT: $TBA

Tech

Asus Tinker Board

If it reminds you of a Raspberry Pi you’re definitely onto something. After decades of making solid motherboards and miscellaneous hardware (not to mention computers), the Asus Tinker Board is the hardware giant’s first take on a miniature, affordable single board computer made for DIYers and tinkerers. The compact credit card-shaped device boasts a surprisingly large amount of functionality that includes a quad-core ARM Rockchip RK3288 processor, 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM, a dedicated ARM-based GPU good for playing 4K video, and a ton of inputs and outputs (think full-sized HDMI, 3.5mm audio, LAN, two USB 2.0 ports, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, a microSD card reader, and more). It runs on Debian-based TinkerOS and though it costs a little more than the highest end Raspberry Pi, for projects where more robust specs and feature sets are necessary the Thinker Board should make a name for itself.

Learn more at Asus or grab one at Amazon – $60

GET IT: $60