Everything about it: the 304 stainless steel body, square ruler sleeve, and utilitarian design scream minimalist German engineering but this pen is made at a family-run machine shop in good ol’ Vermont. For refills, it uses Hi-Tec-C ink cartridges.
Using topo maps on your iPhone will suck the life from the device before you leave the trailhead so it’s only logical that this topo map phone case also provides backup power for your phone. It packs a 1460 mAh Li-Ion battery and holds gigs of pre-loaded state-by-state topo map data.
The Tool Chess Set is handmade in Michigan, USA using basic hardware store nuts & bolts and comes in a metal toolbox carrying case. It’s a clever idea & if you lose a game piece, replacing it would be as simple as a trip to the nuts & bolts aisle at your local store.
If your bedmate is a human sawmill, the Snore Activated Pillow will be a lifesaver. Theirs. The pillow has an integrated microphone that picks up the sonic vibrations of snoring & automatically inflates, giving the snorer a little nudge to roll over and shut the hell up.
With looks that bring to mind your old Boy Scout watch or dad’s classic Timex, the Corvid Field Watch is a no-nonsense timepiece from Aevig, a new brand based in the Netherlands. It’s powered by a Ronda 703 quartz movement and is available with tan, black, or green dials. via
Wireless smart headphones. They not only connect via bluetooth to the 1-pound phone in your pocket but these little buds also hold up to 100 songs—in case you like to workout without also carrying your stupid smartphone along. That in itself is enough reason to buy them but they also function as a headset, microphone, fitness tracker, HR monitor, and sports watch.
The Xensr+ is a little puck you stick on your skis, snowboard, surfboard or whatever-board that tracks & accurately measures speed, route, distance, and jump height. Get rad & it’ll keep score. It just won the “Best In Show Award” at the Outdoor Retail show.
Automating everything is getting simpler. The Piper is yet another example; it’s a home security device with a built-in HD fisheye camera that notifies you of security events by call, text, or email. It also features environmental sensors and pairs with Z-Wave accessories like door sensors and smart switches for full control of your home, from your phone.
If you think your golf obsession is unhealthy now, wait until you’re up all night reviewing the stats that your Game Golf tracking system will generate. Using digital tags for your clubs, it tracks every stroke & club selection; it also displays your game on a map viewable via web or mobile, that you can share & compare with your computer friends.