As long as we keep burning fossil fuels, we'll have to deal with air pollution. Air Pollution Ink uses it to create something worthwhile. By capturing pollution at the source — a car's exhaust pipe — students at the MIT Media Lab can turn it into carbon black ink. Every 45 minutes of driving renders 1 ml of liquid ink, which is then used to fill the 2mm, 15mm, 30mm, and 50mm markers, as well as the 150ml containers of screen printing ink.
Presentations are nerve-wracking affairs, whether you're an inexperienced speaker or a seasoned pro. The Spotlight Presentation Remote helps give you more control over the proceedings than ever before. It syncs up wirelessly and uses a companion app to let you change the pointer mode, set timed vibration alerts to nudge you along, and activate functions like gesture-controlled volume control. It also lets you magnify points on your slide, highlighting details while keeping the audience engaged, and the cursor control lets you do things like play videos and open links without going anywhere near a mouse.
You might not always have batteries on hand during an emergency, but you probably won't have trouble coming up with salt and water. And that's all you need to power this Saltwater Powered LED Lantern. It can be used for up to 80 hours, as the ingredients work with oxygen and a magnesium power bar to create the positive and negative electrodes needed to generate electricity. Just pour salt and water into the top of the light and plan for the apocalypse, or maybe just the power going out during dinner.
There are plenty of traditional paper calendars that are worthy of your time. Yet even the best ones need replacement once a year. The Perpetuum Calendar will enhance the looks of your desk without ever running out. Its base, with a sawtooth shape inspired by factories of the early 20th century, is 3D-printed in either gray metallic plastic or jet black nylon, while 14k gold-plated timepieces mark the month and the day, and require you to move them manually, bringing the passage of time into daily focus.
Hardly the most glamorous of kitchen gadgets, the humble vegetable peeler is nonetheless a necessity. This Titanium Vegetable Peeler is designed to be the last one you'll ever buy. Both the handle and the blade are individually machined from solid billets of grade 5 titanium, making it incredibly durable. It's sized to fit easily in your silverware drawer, has a symmetric design that means you can use it with either hand, peeling either toward or away from you, and sports an integrated tool for popping out potato "eyes". Available in standard or with a gold titanium-nitride hard-coating finish, and made by hand in New Zealand.
The martini glass is a classic symbol of sophistication. It's also incredibly fragile. The Adamantini Indestructible Martini Vessel is a durable take on this iconic glass. Named for the fictional metal alloy bonded to Wolverine's claws, the "glass" is machined from a solid 25 lb. billet of 303 stainless steel. The resulting vessel can hold 8 oz. of liquid, weighs just over a pound, and has a sleek shape that lowers the center of gravity for greater balance.
Having a great pen you can rely on no matter where you take it isn't as common as you might think. That's why the reliability of pens like this Tombow Airpress Pen are so amazing. It's a pressure-refill pen that gives you the ability to toss it in your bag and be sure it will write consistently each time you reach for it thanks to the patented pressurized technology it employs. You also get a comfortable rubberized grip and a metal clip to attach it wherever you want it to stay. One click pressurizes the refill for 492 feet of upside-down writing, making it a great choice for folks that work outdoors, write on wet paper, or just need a tough lightweight pen to get their thoughts on paper at a moment's notice.
Inspired by nature and styled to perfectly match the sleek gadgets you already carry, the Kosmos Pen makes a great addition to your EDC kit. Its Red Dot Award-winning design is based on the Golden Ratio, and is crafted from a solid block of aluminum. A novel magnetic closure lets you open and close the pen with a simple motion, and also provides clear visual and tactile feedback on the current state of the pen. It's also compatible with any Parker-style G2 refill, so while the design is highly unique, you won't need to track down obscure ink refills.
People have been enjoying the smooth flavor of cold brewed coffee for centuries. But only recently were there multiple ways to enjoy it at home. The Arctic Cold Brew Coffee System lets you make your own from the comfort of your kitchen. It has a sleek design consisting of a stainless steel micron filter with laser-cut holes, a matching stainless lid with a silicone gasket to keep the contents fresh, and a 1.5L carafe made from borosilicate glass that holds enough concentrate for up to two weeks of drinks. Whether you prefer it hot, cold, on ice, or mixed into something a bit more powerful, it's a great way to get yours just the way you like it.
Unlike most bar carts, it doesn't have wheels — but that doesn't make the Greta De Parry Coleman Bar Cart any less impressive. It was commissioned by bourbon maker Basil Hayden's, and makes up for its lack of mobility with a light, airy design that pairs perfectly with mid-century furnishings. Its top is made from a solid piece of either walnut or bleached maple, and at nearly three and a half feet wide, it has plenty of space to hold spirits, shakers, glasses, and other drink-making essentials.
You've always wanted your coffee maker to resemble a military jet engine, you just didn't realize it until you saw the Aviatore Veloce Turbojet 100 Coffee Maker. Constructed using aviation-grade aluminum alloy, stainless steel, and aluminum bronze, it's a single serving, high-pressure brewing system. Despite it's intimidating design, it's incredibly easy to brew your morning coffee, and since it's limited to only 100 units, it's as much of a collector's item as it is an avenue for your next caffeine fix.
There's something special about a great glass of wine with dinner, or to help wind down after a long day. Of course, most of those occasions don't call for emptying the entire bottle, and then storage and preservation become an issue. Plum Wine Appliance solves that issue, and might be able to serve a fresh glass better than you can as well. One of the most sophisticated home appliances on the market, Plum works with any standard wine bottle. Just load bottles in and Plum uses integrated cameras to identify the wine and chill each bottle to the exact varietal temperature. It also uses a motorized double cored needle to pressurize each bottle with argon gas, keeping your wine preserved for up to 90 days. With Plum, the days of pouring out oxidized wine or drinking at less than ideal temperatures are over, and the problems are solved in the form of a great looking addition to any kitchen or home bar.
Infusing oil or butter with the flavors of herbs, fruits, and other ingredients isn't hard, necessarily. It's just messy. And time-consuming. The Levo Oil Infuser automates the process, using precisely-controlled heat to transfer your chosen flavors into your carrier. After use, cleanup is as easy as throwing the reservoir in the dishwasher, making it simple to cook up anything from rosemary olive oil for dipping to cannabis butter for baking some truly special holiday treats.
A great cocktail mixer can take the effort out of making a great drink, but most of them are packed with calories and artificial ingredients. Ficks Vitamin & Electrolyte Infused Cocktail Mix are a line of premium cocktail mixers launched this year in San Francisco. They use all natural ingredients like fresh pressed ginger juice in their Moscow Mule and organic agave nectar in their Margarita. With just 35 calories and 10g of sugar per 3oz serving, Ficks has almost made drinking healthy.
With a body of wood that's seamlessly married to an extremely sharp blade, the Skid Wooden Chef Knife elevates this essential kitchen tool to the level of functional art. Each body is made from a single block of sustainably-sourced Robina wood, rich in tannins that give it natural self-cleaning and antibacterial properties — just a rinse is all that's needed for cleaning. The 7.5-inch blade is made in Germany from high-alloyed carbon steel, and is connected with the body/handle using a proprietary method. It's finished by hand and designed to last a lifetime.
Developed in collaboration with MIT-trained researchers, the Blue Bottle Coffee Dripper makes it possible for you to brew pro-quality coffee at home. The capillary-inspired design features forty inner ridges — each smaller than a drop of water — that direct and move the coffee with speed and precision. Its porcelain walls are thinner than most drippers, retaining heat while saturating more evenly, and the 4 mm nozzle enables an ideal flow from the spout to the cup. The dripper complements the rest of the Blue Bottle holiday collection, which includes cups, mugs, serveware, a travel kit, and, of course, the all-important coffee beans, including two collections available exclusively over the holidays.
Eating on-the-go can be a bit of a challenge when you have to use cheap, plastic utensils. But there's nothing challenging about Esbit Titanium Camp Cutlery. Esbit has been making stoves and cookware for more than 75 years and adds to their utilitarian line with this great set of cutlery. Included is a fork, deep-bowl spoon, and serrated knife. All are made from 100% durable, lightweight, heat resistant, strong, non-corrosive titanium with no metallic taste. Easy to clean and transport for your next camping trip, each utensil is full-sized and the set includes a silicone sleeve to keep things together when you aren't using them.
There's nothing quite like fresh-baked bread. Enjoy the smells, flavors, and perfect crunch of bakery bread at home with the Fourneau Bread Oven. It's designed to slide right into your existing oven, with cast iron walls that heat your dough evenly and a front cover that traps the steam, leading to the aforementioned crispy crust. Made in the USA by Strand Design, it comes with a recipe book and a solid maple peel for sliding in everything from baguettes to flatbread pizzas.
Using patented centrifugal brewing technology and an integrated grinder, the Spinn Coffee Maker can make everything from a cup of espresso to a full carafe of coffee with the utmost freshness. Thanks to the aforementioned grinder and built-in water filter, there's no mess to clean up aside from the spent grounds. It's also Internet-savvy, so it'll automatically order more beans from your list when it's running low, and with Alexa integration, you can make your next cup using nothing more than your voice.
Scott Campbell is primarily known for his Williamsburg tattoo shop, Saved Tattoos, and its sister wine brand, Saved Wines. So it's no surprise that the Saved Wines x Shinola Corkscrew features some "ink" of its own. Its solid brass handle is engraved with various patterns and sigils that "represent inspired ideas and the focus and determination to act upon them". We don't know about all that, but we do know it's a classy upgrade from standard bartender corkscrew or Rabbit.
Proper lighting is a key component of any room. Hyde Integrated Lighting lets you get it right without realizing there are any lights there at all. This intelligent system integrates LED light strips and/or numerals right into the 12mm thick wall panels. Wireless control lets you adjust brightness, set schedules, and change the lights' positions, and a tongue and groove system makes it easy to both install and move the panels around as needed. Available in three looks to match nearly any decor: raw concrete, white marble, or yellow pine.
Like their simple-yet-brilliant kettle, the Stagg Pour-Over System has a cleverly clean design that makes it easy to brew fantastic coffee at home. It starts with the Dripper, a sleek black cylinder that's vacuum insulated for better heat retention. The Dripper also contains ratio aids to help you know the right amount of coffee to add, ensuring consistent quality, and steep inner slopes that boost extraction. The coffee ends up in the handblown, double-walled borosilicate carafe, where it'll stay hot until it's time to pour it into the included tasting glasses.
When it comes to making coffee, performance is key, but a great looking brewer doesn't hurt either. The Osaka Pour-Over Coffee Dripper gives you both by combining aesthetics and performance. A laser-cut stainless steel filter has an additional mesh inner liner, keeping your coffee's essential oils intact for a richer taste, while the borosilicate glass carafe won't absorb odors, chemicals, or residue that can carry over from brew to brew. Available in a black, natural, or mahogany finish, the wood details make your morning routine look as good as it tastes.
While you're likely familiar with how well meat responds to the smoking process, you might not be as well versed in the world of infusing cocktails with a savory smoke flavor. This Crafthouse Cocktail Smoke Box will give you that ability, taking your mixology skills to the next level. The great looking piece of barware features a stainless steel frame with glass sides and a walnut base, a smoking gun, two trial-size wood chip flavors, and recipes to help get you started.
No matter how good they are, store-bought cookies just can't compare to homemade. The Chip Smart Cookie Oven lets you easily bake your own in 10 minutes or less. It uses a highly-efficient carbon-fiber heating element combined with a convection system to heat up instantly and ensure consistent air flow. Using a companion app, you scan the barcode off a pack of specially-made dough pods, drop the dough in, and the oven does the rest, automatically adjusting the temperature and cooling down at just the right time to guarantee perfectly baked cookies, every time.
Outdoor security cams can certainly help give you piece of mind, but they're traditionally stuck facing the same way, while something nefarious could be happening right around the corner. The Sunflower Drone Security System aims to fix this. It starts with a set of sensor-laden garden lights. They're powered by a solar panel on top, have 360-degree motion sensors and separate vibration sensors to alert you to footsteps, and can scare away potential intruders with both their light and audible warnings. And thanks to the drone-based camera, you can get footage of the scene from nearly any angle, allowing you to cover your whole yard in surveillance, instead of just a corner.
Using a combination of steam and regulated heating, the Balmuda Steam Toaster turns your cheap, store-bought bread into bakery-fresh toast. The toasting starts at a low temperature and gradually increases until your bread has a crispy, golden exterior, while the steam keeps the inside soft and moist. Auto-controlled heat settings adjust to your specific type of bread to ensure your baguettes, croissants, and rolls are perfectly warmed. Other than making great toast, its sleek design and matte finish will be welcome on any counter.
Named for the founders' grandparents — a self-taught chef and factory worker, respectively — Marie & Merrill Cookware blends American craftsmanship with professional quality. The entire range of skillets, sauté pans, saucepans, and stock pots is made in partnership with an independently-owned domestic factory, with a three-layer build that extends the heat-conducting aluminum middle layer all the way up the side for more even cooking. The outside is made from induction-friendly magnetic stainless steel and the cooking surface is 18/10 stainless steel, left bare or finished with a PFOA-free nonstick coating. All the pieces are dishwasher and oven-safe up to 500 degrees, have gently curved riveted handles that stay cool even on a hot stove, and thanks to a direct business model, they're available for far less than you'd pay for one of the celebrity chef-approved major brands.
One of the biggest barriers to widespread adoption of solar panels — aside from the initial cost — is the way they look. The Tesla Solar Roof lets you enjoy the renewable benefits of solar without strapping industrial-looking boxes to the top of your home. They hide an efficient solar cell beneath a colored film and a sheet of tempered glass, letting your house look like a normal house while generating electricity from the sun, storing it in an optional Powerwall 2 battery and drastically reducing — if not eliminating — your utility bill. Available in four styles to complement a variety of homes: tuscan, slate, textured, or smooth.