Keep all the excess cable that comes along with your headphones under wraps, while protecting your iPhone, with the Cordli Case ($15-$25). This iPhone case (designed to accommodate an iPhone 4 or 4s) has grooves and clips that weave across its back, letting you stow away 10 to 20 inches of headphone cable. It's perfect for storing shorter headphones while they're not in use, or for taking out some of the slack in a longer cable, avoiding bulk in your pocket. While not yet available, an iPhone 5 case is in the works, and should be ready soon. Available in blue, black, or white.
Make dead devices a thing of the past with the Dark Energy Reservoir ($129). You've all been in situations where your smartphone, tablet, or camera needed some extra juice — whether you're traveling on a plane, train, or bus, you're in an emergency scenario, or you're outdoors miles from an outlet. This slim, portable charger holds enough power to charge the average smartphone for an entire week, and it does it as fast as a wall outlet. With the ability to charge two devices at once, and compatibility with any USB charging device, you'll never have to worry about charging again.
Writers, artists, designers, musicians, and other creative sorts know the importance of a great notebook (and no we aren't talking about your laptop) as a place to catalog your ideas and inspirations. But, it can be really tough to find one that suits you perfectly — until the Baron Fig Notebook ($20). Designed with creativity in mind, these notebooks open flat and are available with blank, lined, and grid pages depending on your preferred style. They're also thick, with nearly 200 pages, so you can write as much as you like. Perforated pages in the back of these notebooks let you pull out a sheet without ruining the binding, and their small size means you can easily take them with you.
With iPhone Paperback Notes ($8), you can take notes on the back of something you always have with you, your phone. Of course your phone already has a notepad app, but there's something to be said about actually hand-writing a list. Each paper note has removable adhesive on its back, letting you stick it to the back of your phone, refrigerator, computer monitor, or other surface. Grab a stack of notes and keep them with your phone, or just stick one on the back for your to-do list or grocery list.
Sure, your smartphone has the ability to record voice memos, but using it means you have to know ahead of time about something you'll want recorded. Kapture ($75 and up) is different. It's an always-on audio-recording wristband — so any time you feel the need to capture the last 60 seconds of audio, all you have to do it tap it, and it instantly saves. And, with the included smartphone app, you can store, edit, share, and replay your old audio clips for as long as you want. Choose from a range of colors to customize the strap and grill of your Kapture, including black, white, yellow, sea foam, and orange.
Think of Pressy ($20) as an IFTTT button made just for your Android smartphone — as in, press it once and instantly snap a photo, press it twice and share your location to your favorite social network. This little button slides into your headphone jack, and includes an app that lets you customize commands to respond to a sequence of short and long presses. It can let you do pretty much anything, without even unlocking your phone. When you want to use your headphones, the switch on your earbuds doubles as a programmable button, and Pressy slips into its keychain sleeve. The only drawback is it's not available for iOS, and may never be. [Scouted by Abdel]
Whether you're lucky enough to own a Makerbot Replicator, or you've just been following tech news lately, you know all about the incredible potential of home 3-D printers. The Makerbot Digitizer ($1,550) takes that potential one step further, letting you scan everyday objects, and easily create digital models for 3-D printing. Just place an object on the turntable, and with a couple of button presses the laser will scan the object, saving it for easy use on a Makerbot or most other 3-D printers. This tool is so simple to use it doesn't even require any knowledge of 3-D modeling software or any patching, stitching, and repairing — so you can just start making.
No matter how much we might try and embrace the outdoors when away from civilization, there are times when you just can't go without power. For those times, the Goal Zero Yeti 150 Solar Generator ($200) makes a perfect travel companion. This gas-free power source can refuel from the wall, car, or sun, and offers a pop-up handle, compact design, a 2 Amp USB port, a 12V output, and an 80 Watt AC Inverter. Plus, at just 12 pounds, it won't break your back if you decide to carry it into the bush.
See who's ringing your doorbell without even leaving the couch — or from miles away — with the iDoorCam ($130). This easy-to-install device connects to your existing doorbell wiring using only a screwdriver in just a couple of minutes. It's WiFi-enabled, and contains a button, day- and night-vision camera, microphone, speaker, and motion sensor, letting you see and communicate with whoever rings your door. It pairs with an included iOS app, letting you monitor your door from inside your home, at the office, or away on vacation, so you can choose whether to interact, or just let it ring.
Improve your health by learning more about the way you rest with the Beddit Sleep Tracking Device ($99). While it's certainly not the first sleep monitor to hit the consumer market, it's one of the only ones that you don't need to wear when you sleep. The sensor comes in the form of an adhesive strip that goes underneath your sheets and connects to your smartphone over bluetooth — no armbands or headbands necessary. The iOS app tracks your sleep schedule, your heart rate, your snoring, and your breathing, giving you reliable data and tips that help you improve your sleep, and your life.
File this one under: gadgets for people with social media obsessions that may border on clinical disorders. Fliike ($390) is a real-life mechanical counter that displays the number of Facebook likes your page has. Simply plug it into a wall outlet, connect it to Wi-Fi, and sync it to your account to see (in real time) how internet-popular you or your brand really is. Display it prominently and you may just fill up all five of those digits. We're not totally sure what happens when you get to 100,000 likes — but we're thinking it probably explodes.
Finally, a home security system made for everyone (renters included). The Canary Home Security Device ($200) does away with complicated installation, expensive monitoring, and outdated interfaces, giving you a simple way to look after your home when you're away. All you need to do is plug it in, add it to your home network, and download the app for your iOS or Android phone. The small, stylish device is packed with sensors — including an HD camera, a microphone, night vision, motion detection, temperature, air quality, and humidity — so you can see at a glance if your place is safe.