Rubs and marinades play an important role in the ultimate taste of your meats when grilling and smoking. As does the wood burned. Candiewood Farm’s Whiskey-Treated Wood Chips set themselves apart from generic woods both by the way they’re prepared and flavored. They’re hand-cut of maple and hickory trees in small batches, then treated and soaked in a custom concoction of whiskey and spices that also contains either honey and chilli jam in the case of maple or cinnamon for the hickory chips. Both are equally likely to grab the attention of your neighbours’ noses and pair well with various meats and vegetables.
Learn more at Candiewood Farm & Co. – $18
It’s indisputably cool looking. But more than that, the Boie USA Toothbrush is clever in a myriad of ways. For instance, it’s head is interchangeable so you won’t throw away the handle every couple of months. The bristles are also made of a softer, rubber-like material that’s less abrasive on your enamel and gums, and are embedded with silver for boosted antimicrobial properties. The heads last longer, too, so you’ll further reduce waste while reducing waste. Available in three colors for twelve bucks a pop and with replacement heads pegged at $5 each.
Find it at Boie USA – $12
Currently, we adapt our infrastructure to wheelchairs — or try to — by way of ramps or elevators to go up stairs. On the contrary, the Scewo Stair-Climbing Wheelchair doesn’t need much help. Firstly, this high-tech wheelchair typically balances on two wheels to allow for on-a-dime rotations and driving up curbs without much fuss, controlled by a simple joystick interface. A pair of rubber tracks handle tougher challenges like stairs, though, transitioning from two wheeled to stair mode at the push of a button. The tracks and small rear wheels can also work in conjunction to raise the seat for eye-to-eye discussions and the tracks can otherwise be deployed solo to handle risky and slippery surfaces like snow and ice. Currently in prototype form but you can support their development on Patreon.
Learn more at Scewo – $TBA
Addictions are a dime a dozen in our modern societies. And increasingly we’ve become addicted and obsessed with content spawned from our technology — something we’re fairly confident that virtual reality won’t help. Adam Alter, a professor of psychology and marketing at NYU, penned Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked to take a deeper look into these addictions and the digital products that drive them. Subjects covered include video games like World of Warcraft, sites like Facebook and Netflix, and physical products with a window to the digital world (i.e. computers and smartphones in general), all products often willingly made increasingly addictive over time through refinement. He also offers tips on mitigating the harmful effects of these potential addictions while setting boundaries to avoid completely depriving ourselves and our children of these hard-to-avoid and often crucial technologies from the get-go.
Grab a copy at Amazon – $14+
Like vinyl records, analog photography is picking back up. So it follows that developing is as well. The Lab-Box Daylight Film Developing Kit makes it simple to develop your own 135 or 120 film photos without the need for a red light nor a darkroom. To load, trim a bit off the end of your exposed film, then insert it into the module slot, hook the film to the spool, and place the lid on. Then turn the knob until the film is completely rolled onto the spool and, when it’s fully unrolled, press the cutting lever to separate the film from the cartridge (note: the 120 format film works a little differently but is just as simple). At that point, pour in the appropriate liquids for the chosen developing process and turn the knob to agitate and evenly expose the film to the chemicals as directed. Switching between 135 and 120 format films is as simple as swapping in the appropriate module on the tank, and it’s small enough to carry with you if you’d like to develop your shots on-site.
Find it at Kickstarter – $110
Most contemporary art is out the layperson’s reach, though own a few good vinyls and you’ve basically already got some in the form of record sleeves. Francesco Spampinato’s Art Record Covers makes a point to catalog and present some of the best covers and records from the past six odd decades, with nothing short of 500 covers to show for it. Alongside the imagery you’ll find fact sheets, interviews with the musicians, and of course the names of both the artist and the album. A taste of some of its notable contents include Warhol’s work for Velvet Underground, Banksy’s Blur graffiti, and Jeff Koons’ 2013 Lady Gaga cover. Considering the direction of record sales this book is, today, particularly relevant.
Grab a copy at Amazon – $70
Most consumer drones lug along a small camera. Some professional-grade quadcopters can even carry heavier filming rigs weighing dozens of pounds. Still, Griff Aviation’s Griff Drones are worlds apart from other drones when it comes to rated payload. Three three models include the Griff 125, 300, and 800, the number designating the gross weight that each can carry in kilograms, meaning they can lift about 275, 660, and 1,760 pounds, respectively. They do this with a double-decker 8 propeller design, a larger size, and, presumably, big motors and massive batteries considering these things can fly for up to 45 minutes on a charge. They’re controlled by either a standard remote control or a FPV control station. Need one that can carry even more? Griff can build you a custom model, too. What you’d do with one though is another story.
Learn more at Griff Aviation – $TBA
It’s not made of actual carbon fibre: instead the Pitaka Slim Aramid iPhone 7 Case is made of Aramid fibre, which looks very similar but is weaved from super strong and flexible synthetic fibre instead (think Kevlar and the like). This means it won’t interfere with your phone’s antennas (cellular, WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, etc) in the least but still provides solid protection in a super slim, 0.03-inch package that hugs your device’s every curve. Aramid also adds a lot of texture and grip to your otherwise slick device, is scratch resistant, and will almost definitely outlive the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus you snap it to — which is a shame considering it’s unlikely to fit their next form factor-modified iPhone 8.