There's an old adage that says you should never drink alone. With the Sasquatch Cocktail Shaker ($50), that shouldn't be a problem. This massive 110 oz. shaker is made from food-grade stainless steel, stands over 15" tall, and features a built-in strainer. Considering that 110 oz. is enough to make oversized drinks for over ten people, you'd better not be caught drinking alone with this thing — or people will think you're the one with the problem.
While you won't see Seal Team Six storming walled compounds with iPhones strapped to their rifles, it doesn't mean yours isn't welcome at the range. Turn your device into an optical system with the Inteliscope Tactical Rifle Adapter ($70), a combination Picatinny or Weaver rail mount and iOS app that brings ballistics and environmental information to your next shoot. It has a HUD with custom crosshairs, digital zoom, video recording, compass, GPS, and all the data you could want. The reinforced mounting system protects your device, allows portrait and landscape orientation, and lets you aim around corners. It won't make you shoot like special ops, but it couldn't hurt.
With Lockitron finally hitting doorsteps in July and the Kevo heralding the big-name lockmakers' entrance into the market, it seems 2013 will be quite the year for smart locks — and the August Smart Lock ($200) is the sleekest one we've seen yet. Designed by Yves Behar, the August is a simple anodized aluminum circle that installs over the interior portion of your existing deadbolt, and uses LED indicators and open/close chimes to let you know its status. As for its smart credentials, it uses a combination of Bluetooth, an app, and encrypted locking technology to let you open the door automatically and ensure that anyone who needs access can get it while those who don't, can't.
Just in case you've been living under a rock for the past few weeks, Daft Punk's latest album — Random Access Memories — dropped this week. Judging by what we've seen, it's going to be played a lot this summer, so you might as well dress the part. This unofficial Daft Punk Helmet ($500) is your bespoke ticket to Daft Punk fandom. Based on the French electronica duo's now-iconic headgear, it's made from urethane plastic, then carefully chromed, with a tinted Lexan visor and an included LED message scroller that Velcros in for easy removal. Included is a black balaclava to cover your neck and a pair of chromed glove plates; you'll have to build your own crazy glowing pyramid.
It's a tent in the literal sense of the word — its 16oz waterproof cotton canvas skin makes it so — but that doesn't mean you'll be dragging the Luminair Tree Tent (£6500 and up; roughly $10,000) around with you. Instead, think of the structure as a semi-permanent tree house. Thanks to a hybrid aluminum and steam-bent ash frame, the entire tent, including floor and bunks, weighs just 264 lbs., despite being able to handle an additional 550 lbs. of load. At 3 meters in diameter, it's not huge, but it's certainly big enough for two adults and provides an interesting option for above-ground shelter in the wilderness.
Well-made products should last forever — that's what the guys bringing us the Stout Bottle Opener ($35) think. Weighing in at a quarter pound, cast from stainless steel, heat-treated, tumble-finished and bead-blasted, it should last a while. Uniquely-designed to open a bottle without bending the cap, it has a built in magnet that keeps caps from falling away. Stout ships with drywall anchors, wood and metal screws, machine screws, and an adhesive pad, so you can attach it to pretty much anything. All you need to bring is the beer; we recommend something malty.
Shocks can only get you so far — if you're looking for ultimate comfort on your bike, you need to add suspension to the wheels themselves. That's exactly what Loopwheels (£500; roughly $775) do. These 20" bicycle wheels use conventional hubs with hub brakes and hub wheels, but with a spring system replacing the spokes, providing an unparalleled riding experience by cushioning you from bumps and potholes. Shipping in August.
Block out unwanted light, hide your headphones, and support your neck all at the same time with the Travel HoodiePillow ($20). This ultimate airline accessory features an inflatable neck pillow that's built on to the bottom of a spacious hood, which features a pair of drawstrings for blocking everything out. It's suggested that it's also good for reading, watching TV, and studying, but frankly, all we want it for is to keep the creep next to us in seat 26B from making eye contact. [via]
If you looked at the title and thought "Chillsner? Sounds kinda like pilsner." then you're on the right track. The Chillsner ($30) is a new beer-chilling gadget that promises to keep your drink cold from the first beer to the last. To use it, you simply throw it in the freezer, and once it's good and cold, crack open your beer and put it down inside. Thanks to openings in the top, you can drink straight through it, or use it to chill your beer as you pour it into your favorite mug. Either way, it sure beats watering down your suds with ice.
We've seen add-ons for locks to try and make them smarter, but it's about time the locks themselves gained some intelligence. Kevo ($220) is the first we've seen. This smart deadbolt uses Bluetooth 4.0, your iPhone, and a companion app to let you open your door using nothing but your finger. A ring around the lock lights up blue when it senses your presense, and turns to green once you've unlocked your door. The set also includes a wireless keyfob that offers the same functionality, and should you need to resort to old-school ways, it'll still open with a standard key, as well. Coming this summer.
Bike locks are all well and good, but if you really want to keep your bike protected, you need to outfit it with a BikeSpike ($150 and up). This small accessory attaches to your bike via a custom water bottle holder, and packs a GPS chipset, cellular antenna, and accelerometer into its small black body. Thanks to all that tech, you can monitor your ride's location using a phone or computer, digitally "lock" your bike and get a push notification if it's moved/tampered with, automatically alert contacts in the event of a collision, and monitor stats like distance, speed, and favorite courses. Just think of it as a combination Find My iPhone/Nike+ for your bike.
Attempting to stay fit — especially over the holidays — can be a tough task. The Tinke Wellness Monitor ($120) can help. This diminutive device connects to the bottom of your iPhone* and has you place your thumb on its sensing platform, where it detects changes in skin blood volume to give you a real-time look at heart rate, heart rate variability, respiratory rate, and blood oxygen saturation. Thanks to the free app, it also tracks these measurements over time to give you a larger picture of changes in your fitness score and stress levels. *Sorry iPhone 5 users, looks like you'll be ponying up for an adapter.
Enjoy freshly-brewed French press coffee without the hassle of a full-size pot with the Minibru Coffee Mug ($25). Built on the same principles, the Minibru has you add in ground coffee and hot water, let it brew for 2-3 minutes, and then insert the plastic plunger to filter out the grains — leaving you with a perfectly-portioned amount of coffee, no oversized pots or weird-looking single brew contraptions required.
There are plenty of different ways to cook your food when you're out in the wild, but if all you want/need is hot water, the Backcountry Boiler ($100) is a perfect tool for the job. Based on the chimney kettles made popular by Irish fisherman and WWII soldiers, it's a lightweight tool that will run on virtually anything that's flammable, boiling up to 16 ounces of water in roughly 5 minutes and warming up to 20 even quicker than that, serving as a canteen when not in use. Perfect for campers, hikers, or incredibly lazy preppers.
You're not going to trick anyone into thinking its a normal land-dwelling vehicle, but that has no effect on the utility of the Phibian ($TBA). Touted by the company as the largest wheeled High Speed Amphibian ever created, it can reach highway speeds on land and 30+ mph on water, while carrying up to 1,500 kg of cargo or 15 passengers, and offering 500 hp and selectable four-wheel-drive. Great for hunters, owners of small islands, and really ballsy drug runners. [Scouted by Eric]
Is your office less like a workplace and more like a battlefield? Head into the day prepared with the Bolt Action Tactical Pen ($50). Built from anodized milled aluminum, it features a bolt action mechanism that opens and closes the pen tip, an integrated clip, and a flat head in case all the goofing around becomes an actual, "I need to stab someone in the eye" battle.
Live out your fantasies of world-saving heroics or world-destroying tyranny with the Panic Button Light Switch ($25). This standard light switch replacement features a huge red button in the place of the typical boring switch, and also acts a dimmer by turning the button. Set of matching launch keys not required.
Why would Moleskine get into the pen-making business? To make a pen that matches its notebooks, of course. The Moleskine Click Roller Pen ($11) is designed to be an ideal companion for a Moleskine notebook, with a rectangular shape and rubber clip that are specifically fitted to attach to the cover of a Moleskine journal, and a retractable point that ensures you don't accidentally write all over yourself or the inside of your bag.
You know the Yankee Candle store — it's that spot in the mall that bombards you with the smell of flowers, baked goods, and seaside goodness in such a way as to wind up smelling more like a retirement center than anything you'd actually want in your home. Until now, that is. These new Yankee Man Candles ($18-$28) overpower those comparatively feminine scents with manly concoctions like the grassy Riding Mower, the woodsy 2x4, the leathery First Down, and the musky Man Town, any of which are far preferable to help hide the scent of booze and fried food emanating from your man cave. [Scouted by Geoff]
Fine cigars go great with bourbon — but what about a bourbon cigar? As it turns out, they're pretty great too. Maker's Mark Cigars ($8-$11) are made from long-leaf tobacco grown in the Dominican Republic, and are "aromatically enhanced" by the Maker's, giving them a terrific flavor without ever having touched the bourbon. As an added bonus, they arrive in glass tubes that have been hand-dipped in Maker's signature wax, making the containers airtight, humidification unnecessary, and these cigars absolutely perfect for the golf course. [Scouted by Sam]