Gadgets

Tools

Lindlund Ruler

Bridging the gap between our physical and digital worlds isn’t quite as easy as it should be. Since app, magazine, and web designs often starts as sketches on paper, the Lindlund Ruler — the first to do the above — becomes indispensable. It unifies several units of measurement that modern designers need on its four edges (including 2 internal), spanning centimetres to inches and picas to pixels, the latter divvied up in 10 pixel batches at a simulated pixel density of 150ppi that matches modern iPhones. Attention to detail in its own design isn’t lacking either, with a rubber coating on the back that prevents slipping, an aircraft-grade aluminum construction, and two choices of anodized finishes in midnight black or luxe silver.

Grab one at Kickstarter – roughly $25

GET IT: ~$25

Toys

Nimuno Loops Lego Compatible Tape

A bit of Nimuno Loops Lego Compatible Tape goes a long way to boost the compatibility of everyday objects with your Lego bricks. This peel-and-stick adhesive-backed tape is flexible, shapeable, and can be cut down to the right length to handle various tasks, and since it’s got a Lego-like interface it’ll work to stick your existing blocks in places you otherwise couldn’t. Available in several colors including red, green, blue, and grey.

Find it at Indiegogo – $11+

GET IT: $11+

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LittlePlanetFactory 3D Printed Celestial Bodies

Amateur astronomers and space buffs know that quality planet props are essentially nonexistent. Until now. LittlePlanetFactory 3D prints a variety of celestial bodies from high-resolution digital models using a proprietary 3D printer, making highly detailed objects as small as 0.4-inches all the way up to 7.8-inches in diameter. Their current selection includes a variety of single moons and planets — including of course our own pale blue dot — as well as a variety of interesting sets that cover our solar system with major moons (pictured, and all to scale), the Galilean satellites, and a set of the Sun, Jupiter, and Earth to scale. Other particularly awesome (and nerdy) options include terraformed Mars, Earth with relief or in color topographic, Venus with removable cloud cover, and many more. And if they don’t have what you want feel free to commission your own.

Find them at LittlePlanetFactory – roughly $24+ [via]

GET IT: ~$24

Gadgets

CW&T Key Wrangler

Designed and built by CW&T, the makers of our favorite pens, the Key Wrangler is the Brooklyn brand’s latest creation: a keyring to tidy up your keys, with a bit of added functionality. Your keys safely slip onto a key post that’s unscrewed using a small flathead, or with the knurled portion using just your fingers. It’s wide so it’ll fit a ton of keys (up to 17 normal-sized ones), and there’s enough clearance from the post to the frame to fit even larger keys that can then rotate and be positioned freely. Some more cleverness went into it as well: the spring clip closure doubles as a bottle opener and the triangular shape of the opener means all the keys cleanly slide to one side when hanging on a belt loop or backpack. Comes in raw stainless or with a rugged cerakote finish in black or orange.

Grab one at Kickstarter – $55

GET IT: $55

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Giveaway: OrbitKey

Your keys desperately need taming. And we’re teaming up with OrbitKey to lend a hand. Enter for a chance to win one of three OrbitKey 2.0 sets — made of either rubber, leather, or canvas, your choice — with full accessories, which also means both their 32GB USB drive and Multitool to slip on the OrbitKey alongside two to seven keys. As always we’re keeping entry quick and painless. To enter, do these things: (note: skip straight to step 2 if you’re already subscribed to our email newsletter) 1. Sign up to our weekly email newsletter (below).

2. Confirm your entry (we also threw in the option to Tweet once to double your odds, but no pressure). a Rafflecopter giveaway We’ll handle the rest. Giveaway closes on March 24th 2017 at midnight EST. Open to entrants internationally. Three randomly selected winners each get to choose their style/color. As always we never share any data collected (in this case, email addresses) with any third parties.

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Bottle Opener

Opener Coaster

For when you’re about to enjoy a cold one but no bottle openers are in sight, there’s Opener Coaster. This rugged, machined aircraft-grade aluminum coaster is first and foremost nigh indestructible and shields your delicate wooden tables from drink sweat and probably also bullets. Flip it around and integrated into its cork bottom are four drink-opening tools to guarantee you’ll never go thirsty: a can tab pry bar, metal and plastic twist off wrenches, and a standard bottle opener. It comes in two versions — a sleeker, smaller Modern and a military-inspired MK-1 (shown) — in a handful or so of stone washed, anodized colors.

Find it at Kickstarter – $25+

GET IT: $25+

Bottle Opener

Leverage Bottle Opener

Wall-mounted bottle openers have been around for nearly as long as the pop-top bottle. The Leverage Bottle Opener, though, is somewhat nicer looking than its cast iron brethren. It’s designed as an angular wire frame and is lost wax cast of solid brass, with a sealant finish that minimizes discoloration with time to keep cracking open beers and sodas for what basically amounts to eternity. Mount it to your kitchen or workshop wall using the two included drywall plugs and matching screws, ideally over a bin for catching caps. Also available as a handheld bottle opener (see second image) that’s just as efficient, only more portable.

Find it at Kickstarter – $30 to $65

GET IT: $30+

Gadgets

ClutchIt Magnetic Phone Mount

We wouldn’t trust most suction cup phone holders with the safety of our pricy smartphones. The ClutchIt Magnetic Phone Mount is about as versatile but a lot more secure thanks to powerful neodymium magnets on either end that articulate about a short machined 7075 aluminum arm on two rotating ball joints. You’ll of course need metallic surfaces on which to affix it so the gadget includes three magnetic metal pads backed with clear, no-residue adhesive to stick around frequently used, non-metallic surfaces like your car’s dashboard.

Find it at BiteMyApple – $40

GET IT: $40

Gadgets

Tempus Spin Coin

Decision fatigue is a thing. Tempus Spin Coin is an EDC coin that spins to make mundane decisions for you, like who’s buying the next round. Each is painstakingly machined down from billet, hand engraved, and set with a hard, low-friction ceramic ball that allows the coin to spin for up to 9 or so minutes once you’ve got the technique just right. The art includes a pointing skeleton hand on one side that serves as a reminder that life is short and, on the back, a depiction of Joshua Tree. Available in bronze, copper, or .999 silver, they’re small enough that you’ll want to have yours in your wallet, ready to fidget with and kill time anywhere.

Find it at Kickstarter – $43+

GET IT: $43+

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Ping GPS Locator

Having the option of tracking the location of kids, pets, bikes, your car, or anything important, really, just got easier with the Ping GPS Locator. Ping addresses issues of range common with standard Bluetooth trackers and battery life with other GPS trackers (that typically last just a few days), extending the former to anywhere with cellular reception and the latter to three months on standby. If you need to locate one just whip out the app and click to find, showing you its location instantly. A one year data plan is included, afterwards increasing to 3$ per month, and once its battery gives out it can simply be recharged. The round detailing on its front also hides a button that can be clicked once as a check-in or twice to send an SOS signal to paired smartphones.

Grab one (or several) at Indiegogo – $90

GET IT: $90

Gadgets

CouchCoaster

Lounging around on the sofa isn’t truly lazy if you need to reach far and grab your drink off of a side table or, worse, the floor, every time you want a sip. The CouchCoaster guarantees you won’t need to — and also that the drink in question won’t accidentally spill while resting someplace on the uneven sofa surface — by adding a cup holder to the arms of your couch, regardless of their shape. It does this by using silicone “wings” with weighted ends that add stability and that won’t slip much on fabric. An included adapter fits smaller drinks like narrow glasses or aluminum cans while a cutout on the silicone accommodates mugs with handles, too.

Find it at The Grommet – $20

GET IT: $20

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Zen Micromagnets

Remember Bucky Balls, those ridiculously-fun-but-ridiculously-dangerous-if-ingested magnetic spheres that could be sculpted into a variety of shapes and structures? They’re unfortunately still banned, but Zen Micromagnets are not. These 2.5mm neodymium magnets are half the diameter of Bucky Balls and comparable magnets but skirt the ban thanks to their reduced individual magnetic strength, attaining CPSA compliance. Because they’re tiny they’re a bit more of a challenge to work with though they make up for it in numbers: 432 magnets cost just 25 bones while a ludicrous 1728 will run you 84. Just remember to keep them out of reach of children and to not swallow any yourself.

Grab a set at Micromagnets – $25+ [via]

GET IT: $25+

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Elago W3 Stand for Apple Watch

Missing that old school floppy-enabled Macintosh you used to use in elementary school? Elago’s W3 Stand for Apple Watch found a creative way to bring it back, in a much tinier form, that uses your smartwatch as its backdrop. The stand is made entirely of soft silicone to softly nestle your pricy device and secures it solidly while charging thanks to a slot for your Apple Watch charger, its cable exiting out the back. Knock it (and your Apple Watch) off your night table? The thick silicone should shield it admirably. No charger included, but then again at fifteen bucks we couldn’t really ask for much more.

Find it at Amazon – $15

GET IT: $15