10 Things We’re Obsessed With In July

Some things are just ... better

This article was originally published in the July 2015 issue of Popular Science, under the title “Obsessed.”

VapourLight Hyper Smock 2.0

On long hiking trips, every ounce matters, so Berghaus has created the lightest-weight waterproof jacket yet. At a mere 85 grams for a size large, it’s roughly 30 percent lighter than its nearest competitor. $150

Trainer By Gibson

Legendary guitar maker Gibson worked with Olympian Usain Bolt to develop wireless over-ear headphones for runners. Built-in LEDs in the earpieces increase nighttime visibility. At the touch of a button, you can also lower the volume to stay alert during your run. $250

Stower Candle Charger

With Stower’s Candle Charger system, a single Sterno canister can charge a smartphone–twice. The candle’s flame heats and purifies a pot of water, which serves as a thermoelectric generator. $99

Misfit Swarovski Shine

Who says you can’t count steps at a black‑tie event? Misfit’s newest activity tracker comes with a Swarovski crystal face and can be worn with nine different accessories, so it will fit in with your wardrobe whether you’re at the gym or next year’s Met Gala. From $169

Big Science

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Michael Hiltzik tells the tale of a Nobel Prize winner: Ernest Lawrence, who created the Cyclotron. Big Science chronicles how Lawrence’s early particle collider helped to revolutionize nuclear physics. $30

Milwaukee M18 Jobsite Fan

Milwaukee’s new jobsite fan moves air at 284 cubic feet per minute and can run on battery power for up to 17 hours–enough time to dry wet paint and plaster on the job. It can also swivel 120 degrees, so you don’t need to constantly reposition it. $79

TomTom Bandit Action Camera

TomTom’s Bandit lets you edit on the go–no need to download footage onto a computer. Motion and GPS sensors tag your most extreme moments, and a companion smartphone app turns them into a highlight reel. $399

Color Alive

Crayola’s new app can capture coloring-book masterpieces and turn them into animated 3-D figures. Kids can play with their creations in the app, and even take selfies with them. Free


Snapping this case onto an iPhone 6 adds a 4-inch shatterproof ePaper screen to the back of the device. The popSLATE can last for seven days on a single charge. $129

Geeks Who Drink

Syfy’s latest show is like a trip to the bar on trivia night–except you get to watch from your couch. Hosted by Zachary Levi, hero of the spy comedy Chuck, the weekly game show grills geeks on topics like pop culture and science fiction. Pick up a few pieces of awesomely nerdy knowledge to impress your friends the next time you’re making conversation at a cocktail party. July 16