Fitting the full-size studio synthesizer in your luggage is not an option. For on-the-go jams or composition, Sweden’s Cheap Monday has created a line of pocket-size synths. They offer three different models; the “Rhythm” operator is a drum machine, the “Sub” is a base line synthesizer, & the “Factory” provides a selection of melodies. They can be used separately or together.
This portable, lithium-Ion power supply offers backup power via 2X USB-C in & 2X USB 3.0 out that will keep your MacBook & two USB devices charged & running for 13 hours. The first we’ve found for the new MacBook. A funded Kickstarter project.
The shockproof, water-resistant Venture 30 charger from Goal Zero can be powered up by USB or optional solar panel. And with a full charge, it will juice up your phone 3 times, as well as tablets, headlamps, cameras and other devices. The whole kit is compact & weighs just 1.5 pounds.
Lightphone is the size of a credit card and does nothing but make & receive phone calls. It also works with your normal phone to forward calls but nothing else. The idea is that you’ll use it less and feel like you’re disconnecting without really disconnecting. Baby steps. Lightphone is currently funding on Kickstarter.
Clean lines and a smooth, uncluttered exterior make the Thousand bike helmet a standout. The decidedly lo-fi look belies the tech: Seven air vents, a vegan leather chin strap & a pop-out port that allows you to lock it up with your bike.
With an overall length of 6-inches, this skeleton blade knife from White River called the Knucklehead is designed for superior grip. And its hardened CPM-S30V steel blade is chisel ground, hand sharpened, & leather honed for smooth slicing.
You could call it a “kettle” but really the MIITO just works like one. It uses an induction hub and a steel rod to heat the exact amount of water in your particular vessel: a glass or cup, bowl, coffee pot—basically, anything that’s non-ferrous. Currently funding on Kickstarter, MIITO has already won a James Dyson Award in the Netherlands and a nomination for Design of the Year from the Design Museum London. via
London-based SWIG is a brand specializing in high quality hip flasks. Their contoured 6 oz. chrome flask is a classic and is dressed up with stylish slip covers in materials like Spanish leather & Harris Tweeds.
The Buckshot Pro is a wireless speaker, power bank, & light all-in-one. It’s got a 10-hour battery & USB output to charge your devices. The 3-mode flashlight accessory screws on when you need it & off when you don’t. The rugged shock- & water-resistant design has an IPX5 durability rating.
The idea that you’ll survive a life-threatening situation with something that fits on your keychain is a dangerous one. If you really want to tell the survival tale in first-person, try the Lil Trucker. It’s an American-made multi-tool that gives you: a glass breaker, seatbelt cutter, hatchet, hammer, pry bar, gas valve wrench & more.