Our favorite specs this month come from a fully automatic rubber band shooter. We'll let them do the talking. Barrels: 16. Shots: 672. Speed: 14 shots per second. Range: 26 feet. $130. Courtesy Alex Shpetniy

DC Comics Batman Eternal

Leading up to the 75th anniversary of Batman, DC launched during the month of April featuring a wide cast of Gotham characters. The series will have the “nuttiest, craziest” Batman stories yet, according to the lead writer, Scott Snyder. $2.99 per issue

LEM series by Daniel Becker

These lamps mimic the structures of quasicrystals, so-called “impossible crystals” because they have symmetries scientists didn’t think could exist. But they do! And you can hang a model of one on your wall. $680

Swanson Tool Savage GripLine

The GripLine is the first tape measure that can hold onto round objects. The extra-long tip gives it the reach to latch onto pipes up to two inches in diameter. $24 for 30-foot tape

Nike Kobe 9 Elite

Kobe’s latest sneaker is all about agility: A one-piece upper and a carbon fiber heel reduce the weight typically associated with a high-top. $225


Let’s say, hypothetically, that you want to create a universe. Well, with Orbit, an orbital simulator, you can build solar systems on any Android device. Choose the size and speed of each spatial body and let gravity do the rest. Free


This external battery can recharge your phone and jump-start your car. When full, it will bring a car battery back to life 20 times or charge a smartphone four times. That’s what we call “dual-purpose.” $120

Michelin Premier A/S

The Premier A/S tire doesn’t lose its traction as quickly as others do: As it wears, more than 150 new grooves appear along its shoulder to take up the job of directing rain away. From $156 per tire

Philips SlimStyle 60W-equivalent

An act banning the production of 60-watt and 40-watt incandescent bulbs went into effect in January. So expect to see more LED bulbs hit stores, like the SlimStyle, which doesn’t need a heat sink. No heat sink means a lower price than other alternatives. $9.97

One World Futbol

When you buy a One World Futbol, another is donated to a nonprofit working with a disadvantaged community. Plus, it’s a great ball. Because of a special valve, it doesn’t need a pump and will never go flat. Score! $40