As the number of gadgets in your tech arsenal multiplies so does the number of charge cables used to keep them all topped up. The FuelBox Charging Station attempts to ease this pain a little, at least for your Micro USB and Lightning devices, in two ways. First, the main station plugs into a wall outlet and has as outputs two surge-protected prong outlets, a USB-A port, as well as both Lightning and Micro USB cables that conceal into its side. Also, a smaller BoostPack with those same two charge cables docks onto the top of the station magnetically and charges up its own built-in 5,200mAh battery so it’s ready to take with you whenever — and has a pop-out USB cable for recharging itself when you’re away from the dock.
Find it at BiteMyApple – $100
Remember the Pocket Shot, the tiny slingshot that packs a surprisingly serious punch? The Pocket Hammer is the latter but pushed all the way to its limits. It’s got a Pocket Shot at its core which can be unscrewed and used as such independently, but a steel frame, handle, and removable wrist brace stabilize your grip to fire off a variety of projectiles (including paintballs, marbles, airsoft pellets, and even arrows with the included whisker cap) at ludicrous speeds of 350 feet per second — about twice to thrice as fast as traditional slingshots can manage.
Learn more at The Pocket Shot – $100
Think of the River Mobile Power Station as a portable battery pack whose steroids are on steroids. While it’s not exactly small nor light at 11 pounds, the 500 Watt River packs along a ludicrous 116,000mAh of charge, which is enough to charge your laptop five or ten times, your phone at least thirty times over, and enough to power either a full sized projector or refrigerator for 10 hours. A myriad of output ports let you plug in just about anything and include four USB-C ports, two USB-A ports, two AC outputs to plug in standard plugs, two DC outputs, and a 12V car port. And it can output to all eleven at once to charge or power all your gear simultaneously. It’ll also hold a charge for over a year, making it perfect for use as an emergency battery, and can be topped up using optional solar panels, so it’s still possible to keep refuelling it away from AC wall chargers.
Find it at Indiegogo – $460
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.
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
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.
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
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