By far the smallest drone coming out of the Shenzhen-based company’s factories, DJI’s Spark Drone is both simpler and smarter than its larger brethren. For one, it can be deployed on the fly without the need for a remote, launching from the palm of your hand to be controlled using nothing but hand gestures to position it just right and snap photos (namely selfies). Then, it lands back in your palm. These smart features extend to make Spark aware of its surroundings as well, avoiding obstacles and landing itself using a slew of sensors that include GPS, 3D sensors, a vision positioning system, and even its primary camera. Despite its beer can-sized body it’s still equipped with a 2-axis mechanical gimbal, four powerful motors with enough propulsion to brave strong winds and hit speeds of 31 mph, and a battery good for 16 minutes of flight time. Of course it’s also got more long range control options as well, including your smartphone (for a range of about 330 feet) and 1.2 miles with DJI’s optional HD WiFi dedicated remote, which also makes use of your smartphone as a display.
Find it at DJI – $500
Overthought, overdesigned, and extravagant to a fault, you’ll still definitely not want to drop a Marc Newson x Hodinkee Hourglass, especially once you’ve had a peek at the price tag. The hefty, oversized borosilicate glass shape is formed using a complex choreography of torches and turning machines — and all completely by eye, no less — before being filled not with sand but with roughly 1.25 million nanoball spheres made of copper-coated stainless steel, with an added anti-corrosion layer to prevent them turning green over time. Flip it over and the nano balls run through the narrow neck to measure the passing of exactly ten minutes. The run is limited to a total of 100 numbered units that will ship in small numbers one the coming months thanks to the particularly demanding production process.
Find it at Hodinkee – $12,000
Stainless steel won’t oxidize in normal working conditions. But if you operate in the extremes, the Victorinox SwissTool BS multitool is for you. Its eponymous burnished — or black oxide — steel is even better protected against corrosion than standard stainless. While that mightn’t matter if it wasn’t packed with functionality, it is: the tool includes flip-out pliers, two blades (one straight, one serrated), wood and metal saws, a metal file, a chisel, wire cutters, a handful of screwdrivers, a bottle opener, and a few more totalling 29. It’s particularly well suited to stealthy all-black everyday carries.
Find it at Victorinox – $200
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If it doesn’t look anything like your typical drone, that’s because it isn’t. First and foremost, the Biki Underwater Fish Drone explores seas, not skies, and does so while foregoing propellers for a more natural-looking caudal tail fin that propels the drone to 1.12 mph while remaining rather silent. It’ll dive to a maximum depth of nearly 200 feet, with dual 114 lumen spotlights to illuminate its path and a stabilized 4K UHD video camera and wide-angle lens to see. Biki operates in shallow waters using a smartphone or tablet with real-time video streaming, and with a handheld sonic remote for deeper dives. About 90-120 minutes of battery life means it lasts way longer than flying drones, though if said battery runs low (or if remote communication is lost) it’ll surface, with a built-in GPS guiding it back to the launch zone for recoup.
Depending on who you ask, a touch of dilution can, very occasionally, serve certain spirits well. For all other drinks (and tastes) there’s the Beyond Zero Liquor Ice Maker, which literally puts liquor in the rocks. The freezer gets cold enough to freeze wine, cocktails, or even high-proof spirits like whisky and vodka, and makes ice in just a few minutes, with an optional freezer to store ice for later at temperatures a traditional freezer can’t match. Since its ice is way colder than frozen water it’ll keep your drink cooler for longer, and keeps it from getting diluted as the ice melts — hell, with the right ice you can actually make your drink get stronger over time.
Learn more at Beyond Zero – $5,000
One of the best and most minimal pocket pens around is finally getting a clip in the form of Schon DSGN’s Clip Pen. The way it works is no different than the previous iteration: the 4-inch long pen’s cap unscrews and then screws onto the back, exposing the writing tip all while extending it to a more traditional length of 5.75 inches for better grip. Though the aforementioned cap now boasts a stainless steel clip secured by two T-6 torx screws, perfect for securing its position in your pants or shirt pocket. Cleverly, this clip also sticks out just enough to double as a screwdriver for the pen’s brass set screw (on the tail end) that hides grants access to the ink cartridge. And last but not least the upcoming iteration of their D1 refill adapter gives you options besides the Fisher Space Pen cartridge, including Ohto needlepoint and Pilot Hi-Tec C Slim.
Learn more at Kickstarter – $45
Survival situations typically call for a modicum of humility. This, the Preppi Prepster Black Luxury Survival Bag blatantly refuses. Originally commissioned for Moda Operandi, the bag itself is crafted of bridle leather and coated canvas and encases enough stuff to get two people through 72 hours of just about anything without having to stoop down to living conditions of the 99%. Gear includes a night vision scope, a GPS communicator and locator beacon, solar panel charge kit, an Eton FRX4 solar/hand turbine emergency radio, a Leatherman multitool, a Petzl LED headlamp, a compact tent, two rain ponchos, two sleeping bags, a first aid kit, poker and backgammon game kits to kill time, some Mast Brothers chocolate, and a Caviar cooler case and serving set. And that’s only about half of what’s inside. They’ll also sell the rest of us a survival bag that’ll do a fine job at 1/13th the price, albeit without nearly as much extravagance.
Learn more at Preppi – $5,000
An EDC torch that’ll likely last as long as you do, the Shinola + Surefire Flashlight is a collaboration between two American brands both renowned for quality. Shinola’s contribution includes the overall branding, with their logo and thunderbolt on either side and a distinctive orange high-polish bezel in Shinola’s signature orange. Surefire’s P2X Fury beneath this new hard anodized shell takes care of the rest, outputting a peak of up to 600 lumens for 90 minutes, or 15 lumens for up to 46 straight hours. Or something in between using their IntelliBeam technology — enabled with a click of its tailcoat switch — that actively adjusts light output in real time to best suit your environment.
Learn more at Shinola – $195