At gearplug, we seem to have an unhealthy fixation on key and lock related products as evidenced here, here, here, and here. A new addition to our key obsession is KeySmart, a veritable Swiss Army key fob. The standard KeySmart holds up to 4 keys in a sleek and compact frame, and is expandable to hold up to 50 keys. Available in standard 53mm and +EXT 73mm frames, the KeySmart is the perfect way to reduce key bulk in your pocket and keep all your keys organized. Options include a wide range of colors and also a KeySmart with an integrated 16gb USB. Also available are lightweight key blanks in a variety of colors. Buy ($20+)
If you’re like us, you believe that growing up is overrated. There’s no escaping adulthood, it’s a physiological certainty, but there is nothing wrong with letting your inner child shine through every once and a while. The Snowball Blaster from Wham-O is one of the best ways to do this. It makes and launches softball sized snowballs up to 80 feet. The easy to pull mechanism ensures rapid firing and pinpoint accuracy. The three-ball snowball press on top of the blaster is removable, for added mobility. The Snowball Blaster comes with a bonus shield and vinyl targets, and it’s cheap enough to buy an entire arsenal. Buy ($19.99)
Clockee Talkee is unlike anything we’ve seen. It does have the familiar elements we love: simple design, compact, modern, wood-grain; but its function is refreshingly new and novel. At first glance it is simply an alarm clock, but once you dive in to its features, you’ll find it is more than just a box with a snooze button. The Clockee Talkie is also an intercom communication system for your home or office. You can talk to any room in your house between up to 8 Clockee Talkies at once. This is great for calling the family down to dinner or quickly speaking to a coworker. The clock also displays temperature and time when you clap your hands. The clock will be available in six different colors, with different choices for LED colors as well. Clocky Talkee is currently a project on crowdfunding site indiegogo. If you want one show your support and you can get your hands on a pair of Clockee Talkees for as little as $59, and shipping in March 2014. Support/Buy ($59+) Continue reading Clockee Talkee
It seems that we’ve been posting a lot of cables lately. Charging your device is almost as essential as breathing, and a simple cable is the best solution to charging your device. Juices+ Cables, like the Eastern Collective Cables use a woven cable for a durable, tangle free design. The cables come in Gold, Silver, and Black. Where they differ in their design, the Juices+ use anodized aluminum connectors instead of plastic. For some phone users (iPhone 5, 5S, HTC One, Nokia models) this is very attractive, as it matches the material their phone is constructed with. These cables are licensed by Apple for use, so you will never have any compatibility issues. This project has already surpassed its Kickstarter goal by over 400%, but you can still get in the game and grab yourself one of these cables for just $18. Get one today!
The Easy-Macro, not to be confused with Kraft’s delicious Easy-Mac, is a great way to take very detailed close up photos on your smartphone. Simply wrap the band around your phone or table, line up the 4x magnification lens to your camera and you’ll be taking crisp macro photos in no time. The innovative design of basically a rubber band with a lens attached to it allows the Easy-Macro to fit almost any device while remaining small and easy to throw into a pocket or even a wallet when not in use. Check out some sample shots after the jump. Buy ($15) Continue reading Easy-Macro
The iOauto Pro by ProClip USA is a simple yet innovative way to mount your phone or other device safely in your car. The iOmounts system starts with the iOadapt, a super thin magnetic ring that adheres to the back of your device. The iOmounts core attaches to your dash with a car specific clip that doesn’t require any modification to your vehicle. The half-sphere design lets you optimize your viewing angle. You can orient your phone in landscape, portrait and anything in between. Removing is easy, all you need is a firm tug. Buy ($80)
Eastern Collective has re-imagined the USB charging cable. Utilizing a fabric casing, these cables are not only much brighter than your standard black or white cable, they are also much more durable. The unique casing protects the cable from tangles and breaks, as the braided fabric is stronger than other cables’ casings. They come in a variety of sizes, from as small as ten inches through to six feet in length. The cables are available in a variety of colorways and fit 30pin Apple, Lightning, micro and mini USB, and Aux 3.5mm. Buy ($9.95-$26.95) Continue reading Eastern Collective Cables
This Tuesday, September 24th Warner Brothers is releasing the Blu-Ray combo pack everyone has been waiting for: The Dark Knight Trilogy Ultimate Collector’s Edition. This incredible collection includes not only the three best Batman films ever produced, but a slew of other awesome extras and features. The extras include Mattel Hot Wheels models of the Bat, Batmobile, and Batpod. Continue reading The Dark Knight Trilogy Ultimate Collector’s Edition
The 2014 Honda Grom has just hit the streets. This no frills street sport bike may lack the power of a super bike, but it retains all the fun and Honda engineering standards through and through. Powered by a 125cc fuel-injected engine, this lightweight machine will be a blast on Main Street or mountain roads. It’s a small bike with big features. Hydraulic disc brakes and a 4 speed transmission get the job done quick, whether you’re stopping or going. The low seat height of 29.7 inches allows for easy flat-foot stops and a comfortable ride. The Grom is a 2-up capable ride, so be sure to bring a friend. Starting at just $2,999, this is a great first or even second bike. Visit your local Honda dealer today! Check out Honda’s hype video after the jump. Continue reading 2014 Honda Grom
The Sea-Doo Spark is a breath of fresh air for the Personal Watercraft industry. It is a lightweight, fuel-efficient package that offers fun for every type of rider, whether they’re just starting out or are seasoned experts on a ski. The Spark comes in either a two or three seat version and weighs in at just about 400lbs (421lbs for the three seat model). The base engine is a 60hp 899cc Rotax unit, but the Spark really shines with the High Output Engine option, bumping the power up to 90hp. This power, combined with the low weight of the ski makes for an excellently competitive power to weight ratio. Sea-Doo had safety in mind when they designed the Spark. Optional Intelligent Brake and Reverse (IBR) allows the Spark to stop up to 100 feet sooner than other watercraft, with the added bonus of superb maneuverability and easy docking ability. The Spark comes in 5 brilliant colors and is offered with a number of great accessories. It offers a sporty ride for an unheard of price, starting at just $4,999. Video after the jump.
The SlimFold Wallet is a waterproof, ultra-strong and ultra thin wallet made of Tyvek; the same material used in postal envelopes. This wallet measures 3-1/2″ x 4-7/8″ and is 6x thinner and 5x lighter than comparable leather wallets. SlimFold features 10 easy-access card slots and a convenient ID window for any situations that may arise where you need to quickly present your credentials. The eco-friendly construction process and fully recyclable design will put your mind at ease. The SlimFold comes in an assortment of colors, and has a simple yet effective design. There are two versions of the SlimFold currently available, each for only $20. Buy.
The Weekender by Everlane should be a staple of every man’s travel kit. This lightweight cabin-sized bag is perfect for day trips and weekend trips. Its reverse denim construction make it stand out, but in all the right ways. Everlane spared no expense, employing 100% leather straps and accents, and water resistant khaki twill lining. The Weekender fits in any overhead compartment. Priced right at $95, this bag will set you apart from the rest. Buy
Everybody hates trying to get a new key onto a key ring. They are so tightly wound that more often than not, you lose a fingernail in the process. The innovators at Exotac have come up with a brilliantly simple, yet game-changing way of adding keys to your key ring. The FreeKey System opens with just the press of the ring, allowing you to easily add keys to your collection. Priced at $6.49, this is the last Key ring you will ever buy. See how it works after the jump. Continue reading FreeKey
Limitless LED has come up with a modern solution for your home’s lighting, by adding wifi to the common light bulb. Starting at just $16 per LED smart-light, you won’t find a cheaper lighting automation solution that can perform like Limitless LED. Available in basic white and color LED, you can now control your entire house’s lighting system with your smartphone. Limitless not only allows you to control your lighting’s on/off capabilities, but offers seamless control of up to 4 zones of lighting. The white bulbs go from Warm White to Cool White, feature a nightlight mode and full brightness control. The color bulbs offer the same features of the white bulb, through the full color spectrum. The lights also have dozens of flashing color changing disco modes. The color starter kit comes with two color bulbs, a wifi bridge receiver box, remote, and the free app store LimitlessLED app for just $57. Video after the jump. Continue reading Limitless LED
The nomad ChargeKey is a brilliant device that allows you to carry a charger for your iPhone or Micro USB equipped electronics wherever you go. The size of a common house key, you’ll have no excuse not to carry it with you. Nomad also carries the ChargeCard, which is based on the same principles of the ChargeKey, but takes the shape and size of a credit card. Both charging systems pack a 3.1 amp charge rate, so even your tablet will come back to life with relative ease. The ChargeKey and ChargeCard also work to sync your devices, and come with a 100% Lifetime money-back warranty. Each are just $25 and ship as early as October 15th (ChargeCard – ChargeKey ships November 30th). Order here.
The Lockitron is one of the best wifi enabled smart door locks on the market right now. Currently available for preorder for $179, and shipping in the fall, Lockitron is a fully portable and transferable deadbolt automation system that replaces your standard house key with your cell phone. With it, you can grant family and friends access to your home without having to give up a spare key, and you can easily revoke access at a moments notice. Phones with bluetooth 4.0 can simply walk up to the door and the Lockitron will automatically unlock when in range, and lock when the phone is away from the door. It even has a knock sensor and will send you a message when someone knocks on your door. Preorder yours today! Continue reading Lockitron
The Nest has been around for a few years now, but is worth mentioning since recent incentives from utilities such as National Grid have made it more affordable. The nest is a brilliantly designed learning thermostat that programs itself through your normal day to day input. To set it up, all you have to do is answer a few basic questions and it is ready to go. The Nest has built in activity sensors that can tell whether or not you’re home, and adjust the temperature accordingly. When you are away, you can monitor the Nest via a convenient and intuitive smartphone app. Over time the nest will develop efficient habits and help you to save money on heat and electric bills. The Nest is currently priced at $249, but National Grid customers can save $100 instantly in the Nest Store.
Today Apple announced the new updated iPhone 5S and the brand new iPhone 5C, which will be the first new device to come with Apple’s completely redesigned operating system, iOS7. Brace yourselves, this post will be a bit more technically meaty than reviews of the past. The big upgrade is in iOS7, which has been completely gone over and re imagined from it’s predecessor, iOS6.
The new iPhone 5C will basically have the guts of the iPhone 5 in a cheaper, plastic package. It will be available in a variety of colors and will have a higher capacity battery. The 5C will cost $99 for the 16GB model and $199 for the 32GB version. Continue reading iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C