No proper toolbox is complete without a bottle opener for keeping your mind limber while on the job, and few are suited to the task like the Craftsman Bottle Opener ($8). Sporting the signature clear, red, and blue Craftsman handle — just like the ones they use on their guaranteed-for-life screwdrivers — it features a stainless steel opener and a leather strap for hanging, so you won't have to start digging through drawers when refreshment calls.
Who said you have to be an athlete to have your own shoe? The second edition of an ongoing collaboration between the Swoosh and Kanye West, the Nike Air Yeezy II ($TBA) is coming soon to protect your feet during your ballin', bathroom stallin' escapades. Built atop an Air Tech Challenge II tennis show outsole, this limited edition sneak features hand-skived anaconda textured leather quarter panels with a debossed Swoosh, a molded rear with reptilian-style spikes, obelisk-shaped lage aglets, and a forefoot strap for good measure. Dropping June 9 at the usual "select retailers".
Whether you're an actual barkeep or just an overly-prepared party-goer, the Butterfly Knife Styled Bottle Opener ($7) can help add some flair to your booze-accessing routine. Built from food-grade stainless steel, this sturdy opener functions just like a butterfly knife — and it looks just like one as well, so be careful when you're whipping it out lest you look a little too tough and end up in a roadside ditch.
Odds are if you're having to bust out the pliers, you're working on something in a poorly-lit area. Which is why these Craftsman Lighted Pliers ($30) are such a smart idea. Long nose and diagonal models are included in the set, and both feature a center hub that boasts a sealed LED module that provides plenty enough light to get the job done while keeping all the electronics safe from water, moisture, or stray oil sprays.
Does your dog have a habit of roaming the woods, streets, or backyard at night? Keep a watchful eye on them with Glowdoggie LED Dog Collars ($50-$65). These completely waterproof collars use Superflux-LEDs — with 17-year LED life — to make themselves visible at a distance, keeping your pooch visible to both you and any oncoming traffic. [Scouted by Bryan]
Whether you're trying to run your own mini-waterpark or just want to add a full-on play area to your private lake, the Wibit Sports Park 60 ($TBA) has you covered. This massive inflatable structure measures roughly 130' by 105', uses three electric pumps to inflate in just three hours, and offers a curved bridge, a cliff, a slide, a mini-pond, long jump and high jump areas, a trampoline, a swing, a free floating catapult, an "action tower", a ramp, a balance beam, and, of course, a podium for the winners of your own drunken Wipeout-style games. [Scouted by Mark]
We're big fans of vintage flip clocks — this particular Uncrater keeps one on his desk — but unless you get lucky at a local vintage furniture store, your odds of finding a genuinely great one are pretty slim. Instead, you could just order this Brick Flip Clock ($350). It features retro-styled black numbers set on white backgrounds, a solid, stylish stainless steel case, and is available in both 24- and 12-hour models. [via]
Take your on-water experience to new heights — literally — with the Jetovator ($9,000) connects to the jet unit on your personal watercraft using a 40 hose, and offers simple-to-use controls to let you rise 30 feet above the water, dive up to ten feet below, and zoom along at up to 25 mph, all while your buddy driving the jet ski looks up in envy.
Most of Tumi's luggage and bag designs fall into the "conservative" category. The Dror x Tumi Backpack ($600) is surprisingly anything but. Designed by Dror Benshetrit, this expandable backpack can also function as a tote or briefcase simply by moving the straps around, and also offers a front zip pocket, a front open pocket, a back pocket that doubles as strap storage, a top zip opening, an interior laptop pocket good for carrying computers 15" and smaller, a media pocket, a zip pocket, an open pocket, a card pocket, and an interior key ring. The angular, architecture-inspired details on the front are just icing on the cake.
Everyone loves pizza, but not everyone loves cutting it. Whether it be a freshly homemade pie you whipped up yourself or just some delivery action that the stoned carrier forgot to cut properly, the Rösle Pizza Wheel ($35) can help you get it chopped up in no time. Sporting a surprisingly stylish body that puts your hand inside the free-running roller blade, it allows you to distribute pressure more evenly, making for cleaner cuts.
Take your lunch break warfare to a whole new level with the Nerf N-Strike Elite Hail-Fire Blaster ($40). Packing eight quick reload clips that rest in a rotating ammo rack, this Elite Dart-firing monster holds up to 144 rounds, and offers the ability to hit targets up to 75 feet away, two tactical rails for accessorizing, and a special acceleration trigger that activates a motor for semi-automatic firing. Ready your cubicle accordingly.
Is it magic? We're not sure, but we are sure that Cardiio ($5) can do something it shouldn't just by looking at your face. Based on MIT technology, it measures when your face is reflecting more light and when it's not, giving you a semi-accurate idea of your heart rate without ever having to strap a single sensor to your wrist, chest, or nether regions. [Scouted by Richard]
It's nearly universal: if you own a dog in an urban area, odds are you walk it using some sort of retractable leash, and need to scoop up its droppings after it's done doing its business. The Ruff Bowl ($8) is designed for exactly these situations. It clips easily onto most retractable leashes, holds used poop bags away from your hand, and can hold up to 4.5 oz. of water when it's time for Fido to take a drink.
Transition from work to play with ease in the Clae Hamilton Shoe ($135). This easy-going, everyday wearer features a tall, mocassin-like leather top, tonal stitching, metal eyelets, soft collar lining details, and a sport rubber outsole that helps the Hamilton achieve a rare balance of casual style and elegance.
We typically like our iced coffee like we like our regular coffee — ready to drink not long after we start making it. For those of you with more patience, the Bodum Bean Iced Coffee French Press ($45) offers a smoother drink in exchange for a much longer brewing time. Just load your ground coffee into the jug as usual, add cold water, and let it hang out in the fridge overnight. In the morning, press it down, and you've got incredibly smooth iced coffee, no (more) waiting required.
So you want to link up your entire house with your iPhone? SmartThings ($150 and up) can help make it happen. This new system promises to let you control and/or receive notifications from a variety of devices — such as power outlets, open/shut, motion, and presence sensors — with many more on the way. Need to know if you shut your front door, turn out a light, or find out if your kitty has gotten out of the bathroom? Fire up the app and you'll be able to do all that and more, from where ever you are.
Don't water your drink down with ice or keep your party focused around a ridiculous ice luge — if you want to serve you and your guests the coldest booze imaginable, grab yourself an Ice Jacket ($35). Made from polypropylene, the Jacket consists of a base/grip that fits on the end of most standard liquor bottles and a sleeve that wraps around the upper portion. Lock the sleeve into place, fill it with water, and stick it in the freezer for 7-8 hours, and you're bottle will be coated in a thick coating of ice that will keep it cold for hours.
Ensure that you're getting just the right amount of heat for your living space with one of these Stack Stoves ($TBA). Designed by Adriano Design and built in Italy by Castellamonte, these ceramic stoves come in round and rectangular styles, with a variety of bases and finishes available. Need more heat? They're also modular, letting you add heating modules for power and height variations. If you want one, prepare to travel — they're not available stateside just yet.
Tossing a piece of popcorn into the air and catching it with your mouth is a time-honored snacking tradition. But what do you do when your hands are full and you're hungry for a bite? The Popinator ($TBA) is here to help. Using binaural microphones, the Popinator listens for you to say the word "pop", estimates your mouth's position, and then fires a single piece off in that direction, letting you catch it with your mouth and continue on about your business. No word on when or if it might hit the market, but you can sign us up for one when it does.
For something we use so often, the light bulb hasn't changed much over the years. The LIFX ($70) is out to change all that. By packing Wi-Fi into a standard-sized bulb, it lets you control your lights using nothing but your phone. It's also based on LED technology, which allows you to change the color of the light on a whim, and ensures a lifespan of up to 25 years — all you need to do is replace your existing bulbs and enjoy. [Scouted by Perrin]