Innovation in lockpicks: the "hall pass" and the EOD speed-picking set

The Hall Pass is a stainless steel, credit-card-sized pick designed to be slid between the door and the jamb (saving you from cracking your credit cards); the EOD is an extensive speed-pick set that is nevertheless optimized for portability and compactness.

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Fidget ring that's also a city-specific sundial


Glashütte's Nomos rings are clever little fidget-rings that act as sundials: you adjust the little sliding rings to the correct date, turn it to the sun, and the shadow cast by the little ring tells you the time.

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Free shipping for 3D printed Makie dolls


Makies, the award-winning 3D printed custom dolls featured in our gift guide, have just announced free shipping on UK orders, and on overseas orders of more than $115! Get your order in by Dec 15 for Xmas delivery in the UK. Dec 10 for the rest of the world.

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World's best jar lid opener

jarkeyThe reason it's hard to open jar lids is because the vacuum seal is pulling the lid tightly against the jar. Once in a while, the vacuum seal is so strong that I can't open it. That's when I grab my Jarkey, a $6 plastic lever that effortlessly breaks the seal, making it easy to open. I always try to open jars with my bare hands, then use the Jarkey as a backup. My wife goes straight for the Jarkey, because she's smarter than I am.

Kickstarting a keyboard-shaped waffle-iron


What started as a viral shoop is now a potential real thing, thanks to a crowdfunding campaign that's looking for $50K to go into production.

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My favorite multi-tool: the Leatherman Wave

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After it saved my bacon once again yesterday, I thought I should acknowledge my Leatherman Wave as a favorite tool. It has helped me make quite a few roadside repairs, and saved a few camping trips from disaster.

Years of owning old BMW motorcycles, VW bugs and buses, and even an old Porsche 356 have taught me that specialty toolsets will always let you down. The Leatherman Wave is the perfect augment to even the BMW's superior underseat work of art. I always find I need an extra something to hold something else in place, the Leatherman always comes through.

Mine pre-exists the addition of a bit driver, but the phillips and flatheads have seen a lot of action. The ability to swap out a wide variety of bits is super helpful. The knife is nice and sharp and can cut things like hoses, or it can clean a fish (mine has done both.) Every tool has come in useful over time and I'm pleased with how versatile it is. Even the saw has seen some action!

I keep the Leatherman Wave with my local travel stuff. I find it super useful to have on motorcycle road trips and camping trips. It'd never make it past our pals at the TSA, but I'd rarely need a multi-tool when I'm flying. When driving, motorcycling and camping however this tool is super handy to have. Did I mention the pliers?

Leatherman 830039 New Wave Multitool with Leather/Nylon Combination Sheath

LISTEN: Native Jefferson shoes, Fit Flops and Bell Bullitt Motorcycle Helmet

This week, Mark, Xeni and Jason talk about their favorite wearables, Native Jefferson shoes, Fit Flops and the Bell Bullitt Motorcycle Helmet.

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Kickstarter funded gesture input ring is a disaster

Snazzy Labs reviewed the "monstrously big," "incredibly uncomfortable" gesture input device called The Ring. Its verdict: a $269 "piece of shit."

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Giant Chetrooper bust


Derek "Urbanmedium" Fridman has revived his classic "Che Trooper" mashup (1, 2) with a new, limited edition 18" resin bust version. (Thanks, Urbanmedium!)

Watercolorbot 2.0


New from Evil Mad Scientist Labs, the 2.0 version of their Watercolorbot, a plotter than uses a brush and a palette of watercolors to automatically paint watercolor pictures.

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The new Kindle Voyage and the best portable scanner

This week, Mark, Xeni and Jason talk about their new gadgets for archival scanning and e-reading.

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CPU Wars 2.0: expanded top trumps with processors


Harry writes, "Ever since launching CPU WARS Volume 1.0 people had been asking me for more CPUs and gameplay. After a lot of work and research we have finally done it! CPU WARS Volume 2.0 - The Battle of the Servers has now launched!

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Rebuilt Nintendo Power-Gloves as fashion accessories


Glove Power rebuilds old Nintendo Power Gloves as one-of-a-kind fashion accessories, lit with arrays of customized LEDs powered by a hidden battery-pack.

Crowdfunding Jolla, a GNU/Linux-powered high-spec tablet

It runs an OS called Sailfish that can use Android apps as well its own native apps, and was created by a team with a bunch of senior Nokia refugees on it.

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Router for gamers lets you filter games by distance

The forthcoming Netduma router has a geofilter that lets you restrict the games you join by distance, so you only play against nearby gamers, eliminating a leading cause of lag.

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