Five rad and random things I found this week

The end-of-week dispatch from PopSci's commerce editor. Vol. 29.

My job is to find cool stuff. Throughout the week I spend hours scouring the web for things that are useful or fun or ridiculously cheap. Often times, these choices coalesce into a guide of like items—for example, laptop accessories that will upgrade your entire life, 19 items to elevate your binge watching, or the best new phone cases for your smartphone. But I often stumble across some pretty awesome gear that doesn't really fit into a list. So I made a list for those.

Hot Cocoa Oreos
Hot Cocoa OreosAmazon

These hot cocoa-flavored Oreos are the epitome of Rad and Random. I'm a junk food enthusiast and I vouch for these being absolutely delicious. If you want something a little warmer, check out the actual Oreo hot cocoa, which is also pretty tasty. $8.

Osmo Hot Wheels MindRacers Kit
Osmo Hot Wheels MindRacers KitAmazon

If you were a Hot Wheels fanatic and always imagined yourself racing behind the wheel, the Osmo Hot Wheels MindRacers Kit will get you one step closer to that dream. Pick a car, drop it down the launchpad ramp, and watch it transport onto a digital racetrack on your iPad screen. The kit comes with an iPad base to keep your screen upright, six cars, and 32 game tokens that are used to both control your car and attack the person you are racing. $80.

Living DNA
Living DNAAmazon

For my job, I've tried out a lot of DNA testing kits, and the Living DNA kit gives you more information than others that I've tried. The test splits your results into three main sections: your family ancestry going back 10 generations, your Motherline (tested through mitochondrial DNA), and, if you're male, your Fatherline (tested through Y-DNA). Living DNA claims to be able to break your results into 80 worldwide regions. They can currently narrow results to 21 specific regions in Britain and Ireland. Living DNA gives a historical context to your ancestry by including animated migration maps and detailed histories about your parent's Haplogroups. They collaborate with scientists and researchers to continue to update your records as they gather more information. Results take about 10-12 weeks, and the site allows you to download your raw data. The kit costs $119 on Amazon, but you can get it for $99 on the Living DNA site.

Petcube Bites Pet Camera
Petcube Bites Pet CameraAmazon

You can't always be home to see how good your little pup or kitty is being, which is why this two-in-one HD camera and treat dispenser exists. Watch your pets on your smartphone via the 138-degree 1080p camera. It also comes with two-way audio so you can get their attention. The treat dispenser—the device holds two-pounds of treats—can be controlled by flinging a treat on your phone or by using Amazon's Alexa. The Petcube also has a 3x digital zoom, night vision, and both motion and sound detection. As a bonus, you receive a free treat bag with the purchase. $224.

reMarkable true paper tablet
reMarkable true paper tabletreMarkable

Read, write, and sketch with the reMarkable true paper tablet. There is no backlight, so (1) it's easy on your eyes, even in bright sunlight and (2) the devices hold a charge for several days. You can store unlimited pages, including PDFs, e-books, and your own hand-written notes. The reMarkable could be the bullet journal or an artist's notebook. Write or sketch on blank, dotted, or gridded pages. The tablet comes with a market, ten marker tips, and a USB cable to charge the device. It's pricey, though, at $600.

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