Five rad and random things I found this week

The end-of-week dispatch from PopSci's commerce editor. Vol. 31.

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, 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.

Beasts of Balance
Beasts of BalanceAmazon

Beasts of Balance is a hybrid digital-tabletop game that animates physical pieces digitally in an iOS or Android app. As you complete challenges, your creatures will evolve, and you can discover more than 100 beasts. It's for ages seven and up. $99.

AUKEY Power Strip with 4 USB Ports
AUKEY Power Strip with 4 USB PortsAmazon

My power situation at home is an utter mess. Half of my outlets are taken up by USB-chargeable devices, but I haven't made the switch to USB outlets or a surge protector with USB ports built in. Update your plug situation with this AUKEY power strip that has four standard three-prong wall outlets and four 2.4 amp USB ports. $23.

Caprese Garden Full Kit
Caprese Garden Full KitAmazon

With this garden kit, you can grow the ingredients to make your own Caprese salad. Each Seedsheet kit is made with a specific recipe in mind. This one comes with a a BPA-free fabric garden container, potting soil, and the dissolvable seed pouch that includes red Glacier Tomatoes and Sweet Basil. All you've got to do is buy the mozzarella—or make your own. $60.


The biodegradable Gigs2Go flash drive packs—each comes with four memory stick tabs—are encased in recycled paper and are the size of a credit card. You can purchase the shockproof and water-resistant memory sticks in 1GB, 8GB, or 16GB sizes. *$34.

AARKE Sparkling Water Maker
Aarke Sparkling Water MakerAmazon

The Aarke sparkling water maker is a pricier, more modern-looking Sodastream. The stainless steel carbonator comes with a one-liter bottle and fits a 60-liter CO2 carbonator cartridge, which can make more than 100 bottles of seltzer. This device is compatible with SodaStream brand carbonator cartridges. $199.

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