This article was originally published in the Popular Science, November 2015 issue of under the title “Obsessed.”
Few people enjoy storing a stack of credit cards in their wallet. Coin 2.0 trims the fat. It reprograms its magnetic strip during each purchase, allowing you to put different cards to use. Up to eight cards can be stored in the device at once. Plus it has NFC for tap-to-pay.
The creator of famed Web comic xkcd is once again venturing into the physical world with his art. Randall Munroe’s newest book,
Thing Explainer, tells how everything works—from ballpoint pens to the solar system. Required reading for the curious. $25
Oaxis Bento Inductive Speaker
Moments of silence while pairing friends’ phones to wireless speakers can kill a
party’s buzz. Oaxis hopes to make the process smoother: Just lay your device on the stereo’s pad, and you’re done. It supports any phone with a speaker.
Replace your bike pedals with these smart ones. They pair with an app to notify you when your bike is moved and allows you to track location. Plus, these pedals are self-powered and come with their own Internet connection.
Nexpaq Modular Phone Case
Build your dream phone. The Nexpaq case lets you snap in
modules to your smartphone that extend battery life, improve its camera, and even add a
This tiny charging-port attachment plugs into lightning or micro USB ports to allow the cable to attach via magnets. Non-iPhone users get an extra perk: The magnetic adapter makes micro USB connectors reversible. Finally, one fewer plug to insert wrong.
Starting at $10
Stanley Classic Volume Growler
There are plenty of vacuum-insulated canteens, but Stanley’s is one of the toughest. It keeps things steaming hot for 12 hours or ice cold for 16 hours without imparting an odd flavor or odor.
Google OnHub Router (TP-LINK)
Wi-Fi router setup is frustrating. But Google’s OnHub (TP-LINK variety) employs an easy-to-use app. The router even lets you assign which
devices should get faster downloads, see who’s connected, and troubleshoot—all from your phone.
Sensel built a pressure-sensitive trackpad—with 20,000 embedded sensors—that can morph into hundreds of input devices. Pop on piano keys if you’re feeling like Beethoven, or use a paintbrush if you’d rather get your Picasso on.
Star Wars Battlefront
What better way to prepare for Episode VII of the
Star Wars saga this fall than to fight on behalf of the Rebel Alliance right now? Star Wars‘ videogame series’ Battlefront is making a comeback after a 10-year hiatus, allowing you to play as classic characters and engage in online multiplayer.** $60**