If you're serious about protecting your data — so serious that you'd destroy your storage just to keep it from falling into the wrong hands — then A) you're probably a spy and B) you need these Self-Destructing SecureDrives. These speedy SSDs are self-encrypting and boast a number of self-destruct triggers that will destroy the NAND flash chips. Triggers include if the drive is disconnected from the SATAII interface, if its internal battery level falls too low, if it's away from a GSM signal for a pre-determined amount of time, if it feels the tap signature you've set up, or if it receives a specific SMS message, the latter allowing you to destroy it from anywhere you can find cell service — no more chasing the guy with the briefcase onto the roof of a moving train.
Cold whiskey is good. Watered down whiskey is not. The Whiskey Wedge helps you achieve the former while avoiding the latter. The trick is in the special silicone mold. You simply pour water into the included double old fashioned glass, insert the mold, and freeze. Thanks to the ice's wedge shape, it melts far more slowly than a typical cube thanks to the limited surface area in contact with the drink, meaning your whiskey gets nice and chilled but keeps its integrity to the last drop.
Keep track of all your battery-powered toys and devices with the Tethercell. This brilliant, app-connected add-on works with any device that takes AA batteries. You simply replace one of the AAs with the Tethercell, which has a AAA cell loaded inside. Once connected to the app, you'll be able to remotely turn your battery-powered stuff on and off, set device schedules and timers, get alerts when the batteries are running low, and, soon, even find Tethercell'd devices via a proximity function — so you'll never have to dig for the TV remote again.
Ditch that janitor-like bulge of keys you carry around and put them back in your pocket where they belong with the KeyDisk. Built using sandblasted and anodized aluminum, it weighs just over an ounce, measures just two and a half inches across, and holds up to six keys using aluminum screws places through the holes, letting you expose only the one you need at the moment, while keeping the rest out of sight. You can even attach it to a standard keychain — but what's the point of that?
Your iPhone is an amazing handy tool. Make it even more useful with Ryobi Phone Works Tools. This suite of connected tools includes a laser lever, infrared thermometer, laser measuring tape, stud finder, inspection scope, a moisture meter, and more. Beyond simply providing an immediate digital readout of whatever data the tool is sending back, the companion app also lets you share, file, geo-tag, and notate your readings, making managing a big project that much easier.
Give your shaving routine a serious upgrade with the Studebaker Brass Safety Razor & Badger Brush. The razor is a classic 3-piece double-edged safety model, each piece of which is cut, finished, and assembled by hand in Pittsburgh. Made from 260-alloy brass and sterling silver, it arrives with 5 Personna comfort-coated stainless steel blades. The matching brush is made using grade-A badger hair that's fitted to a hand-formed American brass handle, with a planished finish that serves as a great compliment to the razor.
With all our modern on-demand distractions, it's good to set aside some time for old-school, slow-paced activities. The Talja Woodcarving Kit is a great way to get started. This all-in-one package includes two pieces of wood — juniper and birch — as well as a classic Swedish woodcarving knife from Mora Kniv, a knife case, two types of sandpaper for smoothing over the rough edges, 5ml of paraffin oil to protect your masterpiece, and instructions/stencils in case you've forgotten your childhood whittling lessons.
There are a lot of set-top box options out there, but if we're being honest, most of us just want access to Netflix, Hulu, and maybe a couple other services without using the junky built-in apps on our TVs. The Amazon Fire TV Stick will let you do just that without the need for yet another box. Powered by a dual-core processor, it's no slouch despite its tiny size and low cost, packing 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of storage, support for Dolby Digital Plus surround sound, and, for Prime members, access to a huge library of premium content, totally free. Just plug it in, connect it to Wi-Fi, and go.
It's a fitness watch with smart features. Or it's a smartwatch with fitness features. Either way you view it, the Fitbit Surge is worth a spot on your wrist. Thanks to an arsenal of eight sensors — 3-axis accelerometers, a gyroscope, a compass, an ambient light sensor, GPS, and a heart rate monitor — it can deliver a host of stats, including pace, distance, elevation, calories burned, workout intensity, and even sport-specific metrics. Its backlit LCD touch screen provides support for smartwatch features like Called ID, text alerts, and music control, and with a battery that lasts up to a week, it'll keep on going long after most of its full-color competition has gone running for their chargers.
It's difficult to deny how popular industrial decor has become recently, and one of the most sought after items are Crank Tables. The Hure Crank Table might be the cream of the crop, using four 3-ton crank mechanisms that adjust from 30" dining to 42" bar height. It's also available with various base finishes and tops ranging from concrete to steel and chrome. Each table is made from scratch and versatile enough to be your next office boardroom table or just the new dinner table at home.
Let's face it: as cool as the Oculus Rift is, its limited utility makes it a tough sell for the price. But what if there was a way to make a VR headset for just a few dollars? Well, that's exactly the idea behind the Google Cardboard VR Headset. Using nothing but cardboard, a couple of lenses, a couple magnets, velcro, a rubber band, an app, and some very simple instructions, you can transform your Android handset into a full-on VR viewer, provided you don't mind having a piece of cardboard hanging off your head as you "ooh" and "aah" your way through the available demos.
Forget toting a cable in your pocket, or worse yet, a bag — with the NomadClip, you'll always have a charging cable with you. How, you ask? Well, the clip is actually a carabiner, with ends that fold out to reveal a male USB 2.0 plug and a either a Lightning or Micro USB plug. It's also built from high-end materials like engineering-grade polycarbonate from Bayer, high-grade steel, and scratch-resistant metal on the contacts. But while it will safely hang from a belt loop or keychain, we wouldn't recommend using it for climbing — after all, where are you going to find a charging station in the wilderness?
What would you give to never make your bed again? A small fortune? Well, with Smart Bedding, you won't have to make your bed again — and you won't pay that much, either. Made from 100% cotton and packing a thread count of 300, this intelligently designed system uses a series of connectors to keep the same-sized top sheet and duvet cover in line with each other, preventing the horrors of bunched up sheets and eliminating the need to tuck an oversized top sheet under the bed. Just flatten out the duvet cover, and you're done. Sounds good to us.
You never know when you're going to find the perfect spot to have a picnic or just sit down and enjoy the view — which is why they make the Matador Pocket Blanket. This roomy, 55" x 44" blanket offers enough room for four people to sit down (or two people to lay), and features a puncture-resistant, water-repellent back side to keep you dry, weighted corners for windy days, an attached storage pouch for safe keeping, and an "easy-back pattern" that makes putting it away almost as easy as spreading it out.
Ice cold draft beer at home? It's not that uncommon anymore, with stores that fill growlers and home kegerators on the rise. But what if you could have any draft beer on tap in your home without the hassle of a giant keg or the declining freshness of your growler? Synek Draft System aims to make this a reality with their sharp looking and innovative system, which has you filling a bag instead of a growler. It's then chilled and pressurized, giving you the ability to pour a serving and even switch to another beer without losing quality.
If you've never heard of Thug Kitchen, odds are you've been
sleeping cooking underneath a culinary and pop-cultural rock. If you have, you're well-familiar with the food blog's slang- and swear-infused approach to mostly vegan and vegetarian health-food recipes. Now, Thug Kitchen: Eat Like You Give a F*ck is making the leap from digital to paper, giving you the ammunition you need to stop eating like crap and start feeling good. Packed with exclusive recipes and photos never seen on the site, cooking guides, and helpful shopping tips so you can ball on a budget.
Have something small — cash, microfilm, an SD card loaded with private videos — that you want kept safe and out-of-sight? Hide it in plain view with the Spy Bolt. Based on Soviet KGB hollow bolts, this handy gadget features a secret storage compartment that's nearly half and inch in diameter and almost three inches long, offering plenty of room for covert communications. And should the bolt find its way outside, you rest assured that the contents are safe, thanks to an O-ring seal around the top.
It's okay. Re-read the headline. We'll wait. Yes, it's true: the American brand most associated with disturbingly loud two-wheeled vehicles is making one that's essentially... silent. The Harley-Davidson Livewire Electric Motorcycle is unfortunately not for sale (yet), but it will be available to ride at over 30 dealers across the country. As it mostly exists to gather feedback on an eventual, actually-for-sale electric bike, the specs are a little thin, but the thrill of riding down the road on a Harley incognito is enough of a draw on its own.
Drawing on a tablet or smartphone is nearly as easy as drawing on paper — but most styluses lack the intelligence to really streamline the process. The Adobe Ink & Slide seek to change all that. Designed with the iPad in mind, the set includes an incredibly accurate digital drawing tool that uses Bluetooth LE to stay connected to your devices and features a button that can bring up on-screen menus for selecting different tools and colors, as well as a digital ruler that makes it simple to draw complex shapes. And thanks to Creative Cloud integration, your assets and color schemes will be ready and waiting for you.
While most of the world waits for Apple to announce whatever its new wrist-bound iGadget is called, there are plenty of other people looking to get into the smart watch game. The Withings Activite Smart Watch is a perfect example. Instead of slapping a screen onto a band and calling it a day, the Activite looks like a normal timepiece, with slim watch hands, a stainless steel case, and a sapphire cover. But where it differs from your average watch is in its ability to track your steps, swimming, and running, showing an analog visualization of your progress right on the face while connecting to your phone for more in-depth tracking, sleep monitoring, and automatic watch setting, no matter where you roam.