Longtime readers may remember Tuff Writer’s Ultimate Clicky Pen and subsequently smaller Mini Click. Their latest, the Tuff Writer Mini-Click Gen2, takes the latter’s compact, pocketable size and upgrades the materials, machined as always but now from titanium, brass, or copper with a variety of finishes that include tumbled, bead blasted, aged (for brass), and even flamed for a unique polychromatic surface finish. Every one features the latest version of Tuff Writer’s overbuilt 416SS advancing mechanism that’s machined in-house of stainless steel to extremely tight tolerances and that pushes any Parker-style refill (including the included Fisher Space Pen cartridge) through a slightly widened tip opening. Other minor changes include a slightly thinner, more flexible powdercoated spring clips, beefier Buna-70 O-rings at the grip level, and a displaced mating seam between the tip and pen body that doesn’t require displacing any O-rings.
Hit up Kickstarter for details – $95+
Air pollution is a challenge for nearly every big city. Tiger Beer and MIT Media Lab’s collaborative Air-Ink initiative doesn’t just reduce levels of vehicular emissions but actually puts that pollution to good use in the form of water-resistant ink in markers and for screen printing. Unburned carbon soot is captured by a proprietary Kaalink device retrofitted to vehicle exhaust pipes: every 45 minutes or so of emissions produces 1 fluid ounce of ink, or enough to fill one Air-Ink pen. The product is then purified to render it safe by removing heavy metals and carcinogens. Markers are available in 2mm, 15mm, 30mm, and 50mm tip sizes as well as in a bottle, all well-suited for sketching or creating street art with the stuff we’d literally have been breathing otherwise.
Learn more at Kickstarter – roughly $25+
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 SCPI Designer & Machinist in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
For the full February 17th breakdown, hit up Everyday Carry.
McDonald’s Shamrock Shake STRAW stands for Suction Tube for Reverse Axial Withdrawal. It’s also, you know, a straw, but a lot more thought went into this plastic drink-suctioning gizmo than meets the eye. Of course the Chocolate Shamrock Shake itself is a particular type of beast what with its dual-layers of chocolate and mint, so McDonald’s entrusted two aerospace engineering firms to the task. The resulting STRAW’s unique J-shape and four holes (three in the walls of the straw and the last at the tail end) at different positions suck an approximate 50/50 ratio of chocolate and mint without having to move between the two layers as you would a normal straw. And when shake levels drop below the higher-placed holes on the J the bottom hole (at U’s apex) continues to operate admirably to deliver the drink to your mouth, though perhaps not quite as well at this point as a conventional straw. Though they’re very limited in release, so visit this McDonald’s page to find a restaurant stocking it.
Read McDonald’s press release for details – $0 with a Chocolate Shamrock Shake.
Petzl’s original GRIGRI and GRIGRI 2 are amongst the best-known assisted braking belay devices, and close to perfect in most climber’s minds. Still, the GRIGRI Plus manages to one-up its predecessors in several ways, namely thanks to an anti-panic feature that locks the descent automatically should the belayer pull back too much on the lowering handle. It’s also just as durable thanks to a (mostly) metal construction and stainless steel wear plate, sets up as easily as the original by swinging open, and has a top-rope belay mode that’s easier to work with when not lead climbing, all in a package that’s only 30 grams heavier than the GRIGRI 2.
Flyte knows a thing of two about floating objects. This time they’re adding a mesmerizing twist to the clock. The Flyte Story Levitating Timepiece tells time by suspending a chrome sphere above a clean, unmarred wooden base seemingly magically, and does this in either horizontal or vertical (wall-mounted) orientations. Set it as a clock and the sphere represents the hour hand, making its way around every 12 hours. It’ll also function in a self-explanatory timer mode or in Journey mode, which counts down to a highly anticipated specified date such as the day of your next marathon or the start date of a much needed vacation. A concealed LED matrix display (which can be set to on, off, or motion-activated) shines through the surface of the wood if exact time is needed, and an RGB backlight that illuminates the wall behind Story can be set up using Flyte’s smartphone app to represent outdoor temperature via colors, moon phases, display the sunrise and sunset, and more.
Learn more at Kickstarter – $400+
Not even its name is modest. The Ferrari 812 Superfast doesn’t play coy about its performance: this F12 successor boasts a 6.5-litre 789 horsepower naturally aspirated V12 that gets it from a dead stop to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds and all the way up to a maximum speed of 211 mph. To keep this power in check the 812 also comes with Electric Power Steering for the first time in a Ferrari, Side Slip Control, and Virtual Short Wheelbase 2.0 (the prancing horse’s take on a four-wheel steering system) that together boost the supercar’s already nimble handling and road stickiness. Throw in a quick-shifting dual-clutch transmission and this thing is just begging to attract handfuls of speeding tickets, even for drivers with the lightest foot.
Read more at Ferrari – $TBA
No one’s complaining that there isn’t enough to watch on television. Rather, the more likely complaint is that you’ll need a myriad of services and devices to piece together access to all the content you really want to watch. Caavo’s Unifying Streaming Box wants to help by unifying all your streaming devices and services into one sleek wood-adorned box, and accompanying sleek interface. Plug your Chromecast, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV Stick, a Blu-ray player, gaming consoles — even your cable box — straight to Caavo. Then say what you want to watch or do to the remote or to another Alexa-enabled device and Caavo takes care everything else, turning on the TV, figuring out what’s available on which device/service, and directly streaming the content in up to 4K resolution to spare you the trouble. With 8 HDMI inputs its ports are in no short supply, and all your devices still work on their own using their own remotes if you so desire — though we can’t imagine why you’d want to.
Hit up Caavo for more information – $400