tools

Self Marking Tape Measure

Who else always find themselves wishing they had a third arm when measuring and marking stuff. This Tape Measure is going to change that. It allows you to measure and mark all with one tool !! Man 2016 is amazing.

I think we probably all need one. I have already ordered mine.

KeySmart Minimalist Key Ring

The idea behind KeySmart key ring began back in 2013. The goal was simple- take the standard key chain concept and make it smaller and better organized.

Standard key rings are bulky, loud, and outdated. So there was definitely room for improvement.

KeySmart’s final design was a big success, making your keys more comfortable to carry and easier to access.

KeySmart’s patented key ring design has received some great recognition including being named one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s 10 Most Innovative Products.

Keep reading for our detailed review. If you want to see how the idea got its beginnings first, you can check out the Kickstarter campaign where it all began. The fundraising effort drummed up an impressive $329K. So clearly it’s something that people needed/wanted.

No surprise at all that the product has been this popular since launch based on the success on Kickstarter.

KeySmart Key Ring Review:

Let’s start with what we liked.

The minimalist design of KeySmart is great. It definitely feels different in your pocket than the usual jumbled mass of keys that most of us carry. When you pull it out to grab the key you want, it’s much easier to find it as well.

One problem though- KeySmart doesn’t fit most modern car keys. So you’ll have to carry your car key separately which isn’t very convenient. Or if you’re able to get by with only an electronic car key, you can attach that to the back end of KeySmart (you can see an example of this in the image above).

On the plus side, the price is pretty reasonable. KeySmart sells for less than $20 on Amazon so almost anyone can afford it, or afford to replace it if it wears down and breaks.

That brings us to the other big negative about KeySmart- durability. KeySmart has over 500 reviews on Amazon so you’re going to get a bit of every opinion, but quite a few reviews mention the screws breaking or loosening.

If you handle KeySmart carefully it should work and last for many years. And to be clear, most of the reviews were very positive (3.9/5 star average review). But this is something to be aware of. This isn’t the toughest or most durable gadget out there.

keysmart key chain

Overall, we love the idea and love how it looks. The design is great, the execution and craftsmanship is just okay.

If you like the prospect of having your keys more organized, it’s hard not to recommend KeySmart given the low price point of $20.

However if you’re not particularly concerned about this, or if you like having your car keys in the same place as all of your other keys, this product isn’t something you need.

 

3Doodler, 3-D Printing Pen

This is the second version of the world’s first 3D printing pen, 3Doodler. The most noteable improvement is the size- it’s much thinner, sleeker, and easier to grip than the previous version. Like the original, it’s a great product for artists, designers, architects, or anyone that enjoys technology and gadgets as a hobby.

This product was also featured on our list of the 5 best tech gifts of 2015. 

The 3Doodler works by extruding heated plastic filament that cools down almost instantly when it comes in contact with the air, quickly turning into a stable structure that holds its form. The pen allows you to draw in 3 dimensions, creating whatever designs or shapes you can imagine out of thin air.

This could be used to create artwork, homemade jewelry, architectural designs, product designs, prototypes, etc. It’s pretty versatile and could probably be applied to a number of professions and hobbies. The pen is capable of creating very detailed work once the user develops a certain level of skill and precision with it.

Considering how new 3D printing technology is, it’s impressive how small and compact this device can be, while keeping the costs relatively low as well so that the average consumer can try this out- the price is $99 at the time of this writeup… not bad!

If you’re curious what the first version of the 3Doodler looked like, you can check it out here.

 

Rigid iPhone Cable

Pretty self-explanatory. This cable is a small invention that lets you hold your phone in a specific position. It’s great for GPS while driving, or keeping your screen visible while charging so that you can see when the charge is complete.

The cable works with iPhone 5 and newer, and connects via any USB charging plug. It’s also compatible with iPad 3 or newer.

If you like the concept but want a longer cable that stays rigid while providing more reach, check out this post from last month.

 

Pocket Projector

This pocket-sized device can turn an iPhone, Android phone or iPad/tablet into a portable presentation platform. The projector can even hook up to desktop computers- it’s extremely versatile and packed with some pretty cool technologies overall.

All you need to do is connect your mobile device to the projector using the appropriate adapter and point the projector lens at a flat surface to mirror the screen of your device. It’s extremely simple to setup and the battery life of the projector lasts 90 minutes on a single charge. That’s long enough for most business presentations and even a good portion of full length movies. The images are 720p resolution.

Shower Notepad

Don’t let your great ideas go down the drain… Next time you have a moment of genius in the shower, you’ll be prepared with this waterproof notepad called AquaNotes.

You can use this waterproof pad to brainstorm ideas, write reminders, create to-do lists for the day, or write anything else that you think of while in the shower.

Here’s a demo video explaining the idea and showing AquaNotes in action. The video quality isn’t great but it gets the point across, and shares the story of how the idea for the product came about.

The AquaNotes notepad is made of a non-toxic and recyclable waterproof material. Each order also comes with a cedar wood pencil that’ll write even when wet, and suction cups for attaching the notepad to your shower wall.

 

Skeletool Multitool

This is the lightest multi-tool on the market at only 5 ounces. The Skeletool doesn’t sacrifice quality either- it’s made of stainless steel and carbon fiber with a scratch resistant coating.

It’s also backed by a 25 year warranty, which is insane. Clearly this gadget isn’t going to break on you.

Here are some of the best features:

  • Straight knife blade
  • Universal bit driver
  • Plier jaws
  • Two types of wire cutters
  • Bottle/Can opener

 

Windproof Umbrella

We’ve all held a regular umbrella in a wind storm and had it collapse on itself multiple times. Not a fun experience.

The Senz Stormproof Umbrella solves this issue. It’s probably the most high tech umbrella ever created. It has an aerodynamic wind resistant design that allows it to survive storms and high wind speeds without inverting or collapsing.

The design is built to withstand wind speeds of 50 MPH or 80 KMH. The Senz Stormproof Umbrella is extremely light as well, weighing in at just 400g, or less than 9/10 of a pound.

Each umbrella comes with a 1 year guarantee.

Here’s a YouTube video showing some of the amazing testing that this technology went through. You can see the umbrella shake but not collapse when exposed to high winds.

 

Luggage Tracker

Trakdot has received a lot of great press for its ability to protect your items while traveling. Hide it in your suitcase, laptop bag, guitar case or anywhere else while traveling and track your bag if anything bad happens along the way.

The device uses local cellphone networks around the world to provide location updates wherever your luggage may go. You can receive this info via your own cellphone, regardless of what type of phone or which service provider you use.

The Trakdot currently sells for around $49.99 and comes with a 2 year warranty and 1 full year of free tracking. After that, each year of tracking service costs $19.99.

 

iPad Floor Stand

Float your iPad, tablet or e-reader in perfect position whether you’re lying down or sitting back in a chair. The product is designed to be compatible with pretty much all varieties of tablets and e-readers.

It can hold your device with or without a protective case. It also allows you to quickly pivot your device from landscape view to portrait view for convenience.