This vacuum cleaner designed for small spaces breaks down into 4 parts to save storage space!

H5 is a multifunctional vacuum cleaner designed for small spaces that can break down into four parts that fit into a compact charging bin for easy storage.

While living tiny is all the rage nowadays, it takes some skill to keep small city spaces clean. Especially when you live in an old apartment building or with pets, vacuuming becomes a daily chore. While vacuuming small spaces goes by quickly, storing a bulky vacuum cleaner becomes a nuisance just as quickly. To keep small spaces clean without the pain of storing big cleaning appliances, industrial designer Yipeng Zhu ideated a space-saving multifunctional vacuum cleaner called H5 that shrinks down to almost a ⅓ of its height.

H5 keeps an overall slim build when assembled and when disassembled so it doesn’t take up too much space in storage. When disassembled, H5 breaks down into four parts and fits into one charging case that can easily slip away behind any table or into the closet to free up floor space.

When users would like to use the vacuum, putting H5 together comes just as easily as putting together any other vacuum. The main pipe connects via telescopic tubing where the vacuum head also easily attaches.  Equipped with modular parts, H5 comes with three different vacuum heads that can be switched out for various cleaning needs.

A cylindrical brush is ideal for cleaning up dustballs and stubborn carpet stains. While the other two rectangular heads come in two different sizes to fit into tight corners and behind doors. Even the hose and pipe of H5 take on a narrow, cylindrical build to ensure it can fit underneath the bed and even under the refrigerator to pick up the dust that’s harder to reach with traditional, bulky vacuums.

A solid collection of electrical cleaning appliances is essential for tiny living spaces–especially when you reside in a big city. However, the majority of most electrical appliances are designed for large homes, prioritizing the small technical details over versatility and portability.

H5 is a vacuum cleaner that can tuck away into the smallest of crawlspaces (or literally wherever there’s room) when not in use and whose small assembled size allows it to get to the hardest-to-reach corners of your apartment when cleaning.

Designer: Yipeng Zhu

Intuitive controls and signals outfit H5’s entire build. 

H5 comes with three different brush heads to ensure the ideal tool for each cleaning job. 

The compact charging case is small enough to tuck away into any corner or closet. 

Shrinking down to what seems like a 1/3 of H5’s assembled height, the charging case is an ultimate space-saver. 

MOFT’s latest Smart Desk Mat lets you easily set up and organize a portable, angle-adjustable workspace with all your devices

The MOFT Smart Desk Mat turns your entire workspace into a MagSafe productivity dream. The mat’s magnetic surface can be adjusted at any angle, and supports a variety of magnetic modules from holders for your laptop and tablet to your smartwatch, charging cables, Apple Pencil, AirPods, and even books. The magnetic mat helps you effectively organize your workspace in a way that boosts productivity and encourages versatility… and like all of MOFT’s products, it folds flat into a slim surface that you can easily carry around with you.

Designer: Julianna He

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You’ve got to really admire how MOFT took their one idea and transformed it into an entire company with an ecosystem of productivity designs. It all started back in 2019 with MOFT’s Invisible Laptop Stand – a slim panel that sat at the bottom of your laptop, opening out into a multi-angle stand for your laptop. Cut to 2021 and the company’s now built out a wide range of tools based on their initial idea – including an invisible tablet stand, invisible magnetic stands/grips for your smartphone, and even a foldable folio that transforms into a standing desk. It’s easy to see how all those products culminated in the Smart Desk Mat, which instead of supporting a single product like a laptop or a tablet, supports your entire workspace.

The Smart Desk Mat’s spacious surface and its ecosystem of modules let you build out your workspace just the way you want it, around a main device like a laptop/notebook/tablet. Auxiliary objects like the Apple Pencil and AirPods and your MagSafe iPhone snap right onto the mat’s magnet-friendly surface, while MOFT’s series of modules let you even organize/attach items like Post-it notes, cables, smartwatches, etc.

What MOFT’s managed to do with the Smart Desk Mat is give the modern workspace a facelift. The Smart Desk Mat helps you meticulously organize your workspace, lets you prop the entire desk up at an angle for easy access too, and lets you easily adapt and modify your new “desk” setup based on the objects you need. The Smart Desk Mat even makes the workspace portable, so you could prop it up on your WFH table, your dining table, your lap, or even set your desk up on a table at your local café.

The Smart Desk Mat is constructed from the same unique materials as the rest of MOFT’s products, boasting a combination of strength and slimness. While setting your workspace up, two NFC chips built into the edge of your Smart Desk Mat let you easily tap your phone to enter “work mode”. You can program the NFC chips to snooze all non-work apps and notifications (known as Focus Mode on iOS), or basically tap to log into your work apps like Slack/Asana/Skype/Pomodoro.

Additional modules let you dock the rest of your devices and peripherals, like your MacBook, or your iPad (in Portrait or Landscape), or even your phone (along with MOFT’s wireless charging module and a magnetic sticker for your phone). MOFT’s accessories also include cable organizers, book holders, memo holders, a magnetic dock for your Apple Watch, and most importantly, a soft magnetic cushion that lets you comfortably set the Smart Desk Mat up on your lap while working.

How you use the Smart Desk Mat is entirely up to you – given that MOFT built it out to be an incredibly versatile product. You could use it as your main workspace, with a laptop or a tablet + wireless keyboard, or use it ALONGSIDE your main machine (like a laptop or desktop) with the tablet working as a secondary display of sorts. The ability to adjust angles on the fly means you can work on any surface and still have all your devices facing you… and when you’re done, simply fold the Smart Desk Mat down into its flat panel and carry/stash it wherever you want.

The Smart Desk Mat comes in three color options – Night Black, Oxford Blue, and Sienna Brown – with a vegan leather exterior (and vegan leather accessories to match). The mat and magnetic cushion are available for an Early Bird price of $69, or $108 for the mat, cushion, and all the digital add-ons (like the wireless charger, tablet stand, watch stand, and cable organizers). For $127 you can grab the full kit too, which also includes magnetic holders for your stationery like memos/Post-Its as well as books/notepads.

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Unlike any TWS Earbud on the market, the Nocs NS1100 Air actually calibrates its audio experience based on your hearing

Each human is different. We see things differently, think differently, dress differently, have different tastes in food, movies, music. Some people actually like listening to Taylor Swift. I’m definitely not one of those people, but I can acknowledge that we’re all different in our own ways. We hear things differently too – some of us can hear certain higher or frequencies while others can’t… and just like there’s no such thing as the perfect movie or song because all of us have different tastes and preferences, there’s no such thing as the perfect pair of earphones because we all hear differently.

Designer: Nocs

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While every single audio tech company tries to arduously build what they believe are the ‘best’ earphones or headphones, there’s a crucial step that they all leave out – testing your hearing. Just the way you test your eyesight while getting prescription spectacles (instead of just assuming you’ve got bad eyesight and wearing thick lenses), it’s important to test your hearing while buying TWS earphones too – a process that Nocs believes is key to the entire user experience. The Nocs NS1100 Air are perhaps one of the only pairs of earphones that actually calibrate to your hearing, so that they sound good to YOU.

The process takes all of 3 minutes and occurs just once – right as you wear the earphones for the first time. The earphones come along with the Nocs smartphone app which uses Audiodo’s cutting-edge audiometry to generate an incredibly precise and thorough model of a user’s sense of hearing. The entire process takes under 3 minutes and runs calibration for each ear separately, specifically tuning the audio exactly to your preferences and your hearing.

Designed for music, calls, and everything in between, the earbuds come equipped with 9.2mm graphene drivers that boast of incredibly low distortion and higher bandwidth. They even sport hybrid active noise cancellation, orchestrated by 4 MEMS microphones that cancel out external audio while being able to clearly isolate and pick up your voice while you’re talking on calls. Additionally, they come with transparency mode too, allowing you to listen in on the world around you – a feature that’s made even more useful considering that the NS1100 Air have a stunning 9 hour battery life (that gets bumped up to 30 hours with the charging case).

While the audio calibration is easily the Nocs NS1100 Air’s most impressive feature, it’s worth noting how well the TWS earbuds are designed too. The earbuds are unsettlingly tiny and sit discreetly in your ear without any annoying stem poking out. Their compact design allows the charging/carrying case to be pretty compact too, and while in your ear, there’s a lower likelihood of the earphones falling off because of the secure fit thanks to the use of silicone ear-tips.

Designed by Nocs, a trueblue audio company that’s been designing audio gear for deejays and audiophiles since 2009, the NS1100 Air are their smallest and most advanced TWS earbuds yet. With a surprisingly compact design, they still deliver crystal clear audio thanks to those graphene drivers, and boast of 9 hours of use (more than even the AirPods Pro)… and that calibration feature just sets them apart as the only pair of consumer-grade earbuds that actually takes the audio experience seriously, and acknowledges the fact that every user is different and deserves a uniquely personal listening experience.

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Gadzooks! This fully functional antique cash register has a sliding drawer and is made from over 2000 LEGO bricks!

Built to absolute stunning detail, the LEGO Ideas Antique Cash Register models itself directly on the National Cash Register Model 452 – a popular cashier’s machine from the 19th Century, designed and developed in Ohio at the start of the era of retail businesses. The LEGO variant, however, is the brainchild of a Master Builder who goes by the name of dimexart, and uses a whopping 2055 pieces to come together. Once assembled, dimexart says that the model will be entirely operational, with pushable buttons, a working swing arm, and a slide-out cash drawer with actual LEGO coins in it too!

The Antique Cash Register looks phenomenally like the original. It comes in gold and brown, and sports ornate brass detail-work on the sides and the front. From the looks of it, it’s almost the same size too! Now all it really needs is the signature ‘ka-ching’ sound when you crank the arm on the side to get the drawer to slide out!

Just like all LEGO Ideas projects, dimexart’s Antique Cash Register is currently gathering votes on the LEGO Ideas forum. If the project gathers over 10,000 votes from the LEGO community, LEGO will turn the fan-project into a commercially available box-set that people can then buy and build on their own! You can go cast your vote on the LEGO Ideas site by clicking here.

Designer: Dimexart

This plastic-free oral care set is an all-in-one sustainable alternative for daily use or travel kits!

Small parts of our routine tend to have a big environmental impact, for instance, floss is good for our teeth but it is terrible for the ocean and turns it into a plastic minefield. Toothbrush bristles as well as floss are made up of nylon which is not biodegradable but another thing that makes it dangerous is that it is designed to not tear causing serious harm to ocean life. When looking at these issues it is clear that we need to move away from single-use plastics and find a more eco-friendly, long-term solution like the Seventh Generation Beam – a customizable, subscription-based, plastic-free set that is designed to be the all-in-one sustainable oral care kit.

Did you know one billion plastic toothbrushes are thrown away every year in the United States, creating 50 million pounds of waste annually? The production of the nylon bristles on each toothbrush causes nitrous oxide to be produced and released into the atmosphere as a bi-product; nitrous oxide is a greenhouse gas that is 310 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

Seventh Generation’s goal is to limit harmful chemicals and they use plant-based ingredients, scents made from real ingredients, and no synthetic fragrances/dyes in their products. It encourages the importance of wellness is in our personal care, household products, and generally in our everyday lifestyle. The concept demands we expand our understanding of what nourishes us without harming the planet through beautiful and innovative design.

The aim is to create 100% plastic-free packaging. The challenge is to rebrand a traditional product line and redesign the packaging system to be fully sustainable while utilizing no plastic or bioplastic. Biomaterials like tin, wood pulp, plant cellulose, food waste, grass, algae, and mushrooms are being considered. It will all be sustainably sourced, preferably materials that are at the end of their lives and can be composed into biomass to regenerate depleted farming soils.

The design and aesthetics are playful, warm, organic and unlike the language, one might typically associate with “eco-friendly products” which usually only sparks the idea of “bamboo”. Seventh Generation shows that innovation and changing the things we choose can be achieved with visuals just as much as the value added by the product itself.

The kit consists of toothpaste tablets, refillable floss, and a toothbrush. While this is a concept, the aim is to make these products plastic-free as well. Toothpaste tablets already exist and help reduce product and chemical waste while eco-friendly floss and toothbrushes are also gaining popularity as people become more aware of the consequences their actions have on the environment.

Designer: Beatrice Ma

Microsoft’s wireless mouse goes sustainable with 100 % recyclable packaging and waste ocean plastic construction

This ergonomic mouse by Microsoft is made out of the plastic waste recovered from the water bodies that are decimating our planet beyond comprehension. This is another example of mindful recycling effort plays a part in saving the planet from doom.

Microsoft is on course to fulfill its zero waste goal by 2030 and give up single-use plastics in packaging by 2025, as a part of the larger recycling and sustainably goal. Their latest creation in collaboration with Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), a global leader in the chemical industry is a testament to their noble efforts. The Silicon Valley giant revealed the all-new sustainable Microsoft Ocean Plastic Mouse at the annual Surface event to mark the occasion.

This first-of-a-kind Microsoft consumer electronic product was initially planned with the aim of infusing at least 10 percent recycled ocean plastic. After formulating the prototypes, the final version’s exterior shell came out with 20 percent recycled ocean plastic. Way more than the initial goal set by Microsoft! The Ocean Plastic Mouse also has packaging made out of 100 percent recyclable material – recyclable wood and sugarcane fibers to be precise. The plastic shell mixed with resin and other materials starts its journey from the oceans and waterways – in the form of waste plastic recovered from these water bodies. The plastic waste is then cleaned and processed into recyclable plastic resin pellets to procure the raw material for the final processing.

To take the sustainability efforts further, Microsoft is also offering a free mail-in program in select regions. Here you can send an old mouse to be recycled with help from Microsoft’s contracted partners. The best thing, this eco-friendly mouse can be pre-ordered right away for a price tag of $24.99.

As for functionality, it has got all the relevant functions of a Bluetooth wireless mouse with an average AA alkaline battery cell life of 12 months. Apart from that Microsoft touts its super responsive left/right-click buttons, fast-tracking sensors, and precise navigation. It also gets the three customizable buttons and the Swift Pair technology for quick pairing with your machine.

Designers: Microsoft and SABIC

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This brand is making minimalist flat-packed furniture that’s eco-friendly and easier to assemble than IKEA furniture

Although their motto is “No tools, no hassle”, the most defining characteristic of staxxiom’s furniture is that it’s so visually simple, you don’t even need a manual. With laser-cut pieces of wood that simply interlock to create your design, staxxiom is building on IKEA’s DIY culture by making their furniture more efficient, more eco-friendly, and as simplified as possible. That last part works in staxxiom’s favor too, because the simplified design gives their furniture a unified, wonderfully minimal aesthetic, along with the added benefit of being ridiculously easy to build too.

Designers: Richard Langone & Leilei Peng

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Try, for a second, to describe the parts of a table in the simplest way possible. You’ve got 4 legs and a tabletop surface, right? In reality, though, furniture is often much more complex than that. There are many more aspects, like glue, screws, bolts, threaded inserts, rubber feet, etc. that go into making a great table that you often forget to describe. staxxiom’s designs outright do away with these minor complexities by keeping their furniture designs as visually and physically simple as possible.

The table’s design is just a 3-part assembly, featuring two wide interlocking leg panels and a surface on top… along with tiny coupling blocks that plug into the gaps to hold the design together. staxxiom’s shelves and stools work the same way too – with parts that just interlock together, and coupling blocks that fill in the gaps. More often than not, you don’t even NEED a manual because even a child could assemble it, and the assembly process is about as time-consuming as making a paper plane.

This unique approach to designing furniture benefits all the stakeholders in the product’s cycle. For staxxiom, furniture’s extremely easy to produce as pieces of wood just need to be CNC-cut, flat-packed, and shipped. For the user, assembly becomes a breeze, but at the same time, you can disassemble and reassemble your products too if you plan on shifting houses (the press-fit coupling blocks are equally easy to remove, allowing you to pull apart your furniture when you want).

The third (often unnoticed) stakeholder is the environment, which stands to benefit because the furniture has a lower carbon footprint because it flat-packs while shipping, is durable enough to last long, and can easily be pulled apart and recycled when discarded. All of staxxiom’s furniture comes made from HDF or High-Density Fiber, a robust composite made from compressed sawdust, further reducing its environmental impact while increasing its lifespan – HDF is much more durable than particle board and has a lifespan of over 20 years.

staxxiom’s current collection includes a variety of stools, side tables, coffee tables, and cabinets. The number of parts for each design range between 3 and 5, which makes them incredibly simple to assemble while giving them a minimal aesthetic that comes to life with the furniture’s vibrant palette of colors. The wooden panels are CNC-cut, giving them incredibly precise tolerances while reducing waste. The HDF boards are designed to be incredibly good at load-bearing too, allowing even the smallest stools to support up to 500lbs. staxxiom’s even won the highly coveted Good Design Award for their intuitively simple, minimal, tool-free, and eco-friendly furniture!

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This self-sustainable cloud server is powered by the energy of growing tomatoes indoor!

Picture a post-apocalyptic future where human beings don’t have the liberty of dependence on power stations. Self-sustainable systems are the norm and utilizing every ounce of available energy is vital for survival. A dystopian tech-infused future world where computing systems don’t have any external source of abundant energy. Straight out from that sci-fi futuristic scenario is the Warm Earth server system by Ilja Schamle, a Design Academy Eindhoven graduate.

The DIY cloud server system embodies the symbiotic relationship between technology and nature. This project is all about utilizing the renewable energy extracted out of tomato vines to solely run the cloud server. In turn, the energy produced by the heat dissipation is cyclically used to maintain the optimum temperature for the vegetables to grow. As concept-like this might seem, the project was a part of the Missed Your Call graduate exhibition at the Milan design week.

The DIY project houses the tomato plants within the server racks and the server is mounted on the exterior of the rig. The ventilation shaft equipped with fans, channels the hot air to the interior of the cabinet – essentially turning it into a greenhouse. Tomatoes power the server courtesy of the plant-microbial fuel cell technology developed by researchers at Wageningen University, Netherlands. This turns vegetables into batteries – literally!

Nothing goes to waste as the plants perform photosynthesis – turning sunlight into chemical energy, and storing the sugars and proteins. The excess nutrition is excreted via the roots as waste, where the bacteria break it down to release energy. This energy is then leveraged as electricity. Since the servers are indoors, the solar-powered grow lamps act as a source of sunlight. The electrons released by microbes are attracted to iron and the activated-carbon grid functioning as a conductor is placed at the bottom of the pot. For now, the system can produce energy to sustain a single website, and we can expect this to develop into a massive system with more research and development.

Warm Earth is a self-sustainable geeky mashup that not many could think of before this. According to Schamle, the amount of content consumed at present and in the future is destined to rise and the energy required to run such systems is going to be colossal. The artificial ecosystem will change the perception of data centers as being mere dungeons for hosting servers. They will become an important entity of future homes, where they aren’t kept hidden from sight!

Designer: Ilja Schamle

This puffer jacket is filled with single-use masks and shows the pandemic-related environmental issues!

The pandemic has led to a huge lifestyle shift and in the bid to stay safe, the environment is suffering from the excessive use of plastic to wrap items, chemicals to sanitize, and the millions (or billions) of single-use PPE that eventually contribute to pollution. There are photographs of medical masks floating in the ocean with the animals and washing up on beaches is a heartbreaking sight. To bring this issue to light, designers Tobia Zambotti and Aleksi Saastamoinen created Coat-19, an icy blue puffer jacket made of discarded single-use masks, organic wool, and transparent recycled laminate.

The designers are based in Iceland that still has a mask mandate. Icelandic winds can be very strong so masks that aren’t carefully discarded blow from the streets into the otherwise pristine environment. To prevent this from happening they collected around 1500 light-blue masks from the streets of Reykjavík, thoroughly disinfected them with ozone gas, and shipped them to Helsinki where they became an unusual filling for “Coat-19” – a modern puffer jacket that highlights this absurd pandemic-related environmental issue.​

Most of the disposable masks available in the market are made with a thermoplastic called polypropylene which is also used to produce poly-fill, the most common acrylic stuffing for cheap down jackets – same material, same function, different look. Some of the light-blue masks were partly filled with organic cotton wool in order to create the puffy silhouette of the trendy oversized jacket.

The outer layer is a semi-transparent breathable and waterproof laminate based made from bio-sources that let the disposable masks be visible.​ There are about 1500 masks that make the filling along with organic cotton wool. While the sight is jarring, it is a reminder we all need to practice safety sustainably. We may come out of this pandemic or learn to live with it, but the climate crisis is not something we can solve with a shot. This is a plea to use alternatives if possible so that your safety in the present doesn’t compromise on the future of the planet.

Designer: Tobia Zambotti and Aleksi Saastamoinen

Essential Car Accessories designed to help you escape dangerous situations and emergencies safely + securely!

Our personal cars are honestly very important! We need them to commute from one place to another, and in traveling to and fro different locations, I’m pretty sure we end up spending a substantial amount of our day in them. Hence, maintaining the health and safety of our car is quite crucial. But no matter how much care we take of our beloved cars, there’s always a risk of our car breaking down or encountering some issue or the other. In such scenarios, it’s critical to have a handy collection of tools that can come to our rescue. From EDCs to nifty accessories, these products will support your car in the best way possible. From a tiny EDC tool that helps you escape during in-car emergencies to an emergency light that can save your life-these nifty, portable, and highly functional designs will help you escape the trickiest emergency warning situations safely!

The WYN Bullet  is one of those rare examples of EDC that was designed to save lives. Smaller than your finger, the WYN Bullet is a spring-loaded glass-shattering tool that helps you make a quick escape/rescue by instantly breaking a car’s toughened glass. Whether you’re inside your car trying to get out, or outside the car trying to save someone on the inside, the WYN Bullet’s one-push system can instantly shatter toughened glass panels, giving you swift entry into a locked car in emergencies . Toughened glass is exceptionally difficult to break through, by design.

The NUMBER ZERO’s design comes with a clever bit of consideration that’s often overlooked by other companies. The mount’s design was created to look good even there’s NO phone mounted on it. Rather than just use that opportunity to slap a massive piece of branding onto the mount’s design, the NUMBER ZERO comes with a neat little kinetic animation that’s powered by the wind from the AC. The mount comes with a variety of animations to choose from, all of which feature a rotating element that’s powered by the wind coming off the AC vent at the back. The air from the vent pushes a series of gears that then cause the kinetic animation to gently rotate, allowing the NUMBER ZERO to look eye-catching even when the phone isn’t mounted in place.

Issued as a limited release, Spotify’s Car Thing provides a bridge between your car’s speaker system and your favorite online streaming service. Available for free to a select group of applicants (you can sign up on Spotify’s Car Thing microsite), the Car Thing is a nifty little dashboard that brings Spotify to life in your automobile. It runs a version of the streaming company’s Car View, a simple interface that’s easy to use and navigate while driving, and while the device DOES have a touchscreen, it comes with physical dials and buttons that you can instinctively operate with your hand as you keep your eyes on the road. The Spotify Car Thing is built to be compatible with vehicles regardless of make or model and displays a home screen with a touch-sensitive navigation dial slightly overlapping the screen to make the device look visually dramatic.

Designed to be universal and customizable, the Zero Labs Platform is an electric base that can fit under the body of virtually any existing car, turning it instantly electric. Think of Zero Labs’ Platform as basically an electric skateboard. It comes with a base fitted with all the electrical components, a battery, and four wheels. Designed with an adjustable wheelbase and ride height, independent front and rear suspension, modular battery system, a 600HP dual-motor drive, regenerative breaking, the Platform can be customized to fit under any car. The car would need to be prepared for this transition, by ditching everything under the hood and hooking the steering controls and dashboard to the new electric drivetrain. The car would then be mounted onto its new platform and lo and behold, you’ve got yourself an old dog with new tricks… or as Zero Labs like to call it, “the Past, powered by the Future”.

The Jabra Drive in-car speaker blocks out all the other sounds on the road! It comes amped with noise-cancellation technology that eliminates disturbing noises from the road. Installing the speaker in your car is super simple and easy. There are voice-guided instructions to help you connect the device to your car! Moreover, you even get verbal reminders when the battery is low. You can use the Jabra Drive to make calls, stream music, and play GPS instructions as well.

Kono Corporation’s solution to the problem is a simple coupling of two words. Increased visibility. The S.Light, which should be as much of a standard carry-on accessory as a car-jack or lug-wrench, is a signaling beacon that allows drivers to know that there’s a broken-down vehicle ahead, from as far as 200 yards away, giving them enough time to react by either change lanes and avoiding a collision, or pulling up near you to help you out. The S.Light, which stands for Safe-Secure-Signal is a portable, flexible signboard that uses a rotating LED display for high visibility at night, and a collapsible reflector panel during the day. The emergency signboard comes with a strong, magnetic base and a flexible goose-neck upon which lies the rotating LED module.

A tiny, versatile multitool, the Gerber Armbar Drive packs 7 tools into its small, slick frame. The Armbar Drive’s frame integrates a prybar and bottle opener into its design, while the fold-out tools include a full-size plain-edge knife, an awl for making or enlarging holes, a scissor for cutting, and a 2.5” long screwdriver with a 2-sided bit that you can flip and use based on your need. Pretty useful for a multitool that ultimately folds down to the size of your index finger. The Armbar Drive even has a sister variant, the Armbar Cork, which features a corkscrew with a lever arm along with a can/package opener… but given that I haven’t seen a bottle of alcohol in over a month now, I’ll leave that be.

The primary responsibility of a walkie-talkie is to be a portable communication device. “Designed to be carried at any time, in many different ways,” this walkie-talkie can be used in any industry or organization where instantaneous communication between peers is required, and phone signals are unreliable. These would generally include security services, transportation industry, construction sites, manufacturing, and warehouse facilities amid a few other sectors. The fact is that walkie-talkies are easy to use and have grown beyond commercial use into the lives of the masses. Smaller versions are especially very popular among kids. As a more innovative way – to highlight its transport – Franco Calegari has designed a walkie-talkie with the bottom half of the device cut out into a hollow ring, which can be used to attach a carabiner or in a range of other ways.

With a newly detailed base that features a wide cross-shaped design, increasing its stability, the CrossJack is the same old jack in a slightly new but noticeably safer design, thanks to its stable base. The CrossJack’s design prompts one to wonder why car-jacks don’t already have wide bases. Its redesign is simple but effective. A collapsible set of plates sit at the bottom of the CrossJack that opens up into a wide cross, giving the jack a spaced-apart, four-point base. This wider footprint prevents the car from being accidentally knocked off the jack and landing on the ground, injuring anyone who may be working on it. The CrossJack’s tweaked design sports a base that’s nearly half an inch thick, and made of stainless steel, giving it a rugged sturdiness that makes the jack safer than most. When you’re done, the jack folds up to occupy exactly the same amount of space as any regular jack would.

3.5 times harder than titanium, the strongest metal known to mankind, Tungsten Carbide is akin to black gold in the EDC world. Give any gear a coating of Tungsten Carbide and it shines black like obsidian rock, with a unique metallic luster that’s glimmery in a subtle way… but more importantly, it makes them practically invincible, resisting any sort of external wear and tear. Pair it with Wingback’s series of exquisitely designed EDC and you’ve got the ideal combination of aesthetics and performance. Designed by Alasdair MacLaine, Wingback’s Black Steel collection sports three minimal-yet-functional products that are bound to be an unwavering part of your everyday carry. A bullet-sized Key Cache helps you store emergency money on your keychain, while a mechanical pen with its comfortable broad design promises to be the last pen you’ll ever want to use. Lastly, MacLaine’s 100ml hip-flask comes with the same cylindrical lathe-manufactured design as the other products in the series.