I traded in my old belt for one of these 686 "Snow Tool Belts" a couple weeks ago and I'm just loving it. Conceived of as a set of snowboard tools built into your belt, the buckle is actually two screwdrivers (Phillips and slot), a bottle opener and a hex socket wrench. It snaps off the thick, high-quality leather belt with four poppers so that you can deploy it without taking off your whole belt. I've just had my first occasion to use it -- needed a Phillips to open the battery case of some electronics -- and it was great, like I was still carrying a multitool (a habit I kicked after losing half-a-dozen of the expensive little bastards to the TSA). I'm not sure if this guy'll survive airport security, but I'm gonna try it out this week in the UK, Germany and the US.
Andrew Lekashman offers a brief pictorial a history of mechanical keyboards, from adding machines to dumb terminals to Symbolics monstrosities to modern blank-key hacker totems. There was a lot of ingenious tech left by the wayside on the way to finding the perfect click. Pictured above is one not included in the roundup, a particularly […]
Yesterday, we learned The Wirecutter (with sister site The Sweethome) was headed to New York City. It’s the sort of good ending that’s also a good beginning: they succeeded in their mission and have bright prospects for further growth. But Matt Haughey points out how much of the story everyone’s missing: the entire site is […]
I’ve never really felt the need to purchase a smartwatch because a lot of them aren’t very functional, but at just shy of $30, the Martian Notifier Smartwatch was worth checking out. For that low of a price, it actually does feature an impressive amount of functionality, and comes in handy when you don’t want to be carrying around your […]
Geek Fuel is a subscription delivery service that caters to those of us that love comics, gaming, and general geek culture. Every month, Geek Fuel will assemble a box of goodies with a value of $50 or over. The specific items are a mystery, but you’ll always get an exclusive t-shirt not found anywhere else, a full […]
If you like to DIY and you like helicopters, you’re going to really love the Flexbot Hexacopter Kit. This copter blows traditional models out of the water: it includes everything you need to actually build your own hexacopter, and then pilot it like a pro, too.The construction is complicated enough to give you a challenge, […]