For most of us, coffee is a vital part of the day. But if it's so hot it scalds your tongue or so cold you have to force yourself to finish it just for the caffeine, it's a huge letdown. This is, unfortunately, the case with paper cups, ceramic mugs, and double-walled tumblers. The Jül Smart Mug by Power Practical lets you pick the temperature at which you want to drink your coffee and keeps it there to the last drop.
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An example of minimalism taken to extremes, the Tiuro Pen Zero is an elegant, efficient writing tool. It's made from high-grade anodized aluminum, formed into a simple tube with rounded ends and a twist mechanism to expose the tip. Its balanced weight distribution feels great in your hand, and it takes standard Cross-type refills, so you won't have any trouble tracking down more ink. Available in five finishes and with an optional leather carrying sleeve.
With calculators, voice assistants, and tip-free ride-sharing services seemingly everywhere, there's never been more excuses not to do math in your head. The Albert Clock helps keep your brain active by displaying the minutes and hours as math problems. It displays them on crisp white LED display and offers four levels of difficulty, so it gets harder as you shake the rust off. Available in three colors and works on the desktop or a wall.
Today's designers need more than just inches to layout their sketches. The Lindlund Creative Ruler was made for them. Cut from high-grade aluminum, it offers the traditional measurements of inches and centimeters, plus both picas and pixels. The latter has a simulated ppi of 150, as well as indications for the sizes of iPhone and iPad screens. A rubber coating on the back keeps it securely in place, and the four measurements make it easy to create 90-degree angles. Available with a black or silver anodized finish.
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.