Five rad and random things I found this week

The end-of-week dispatch from PopSci's commerce editor. Vol. 33.

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.

Brick Logic Board Game

Brick Logic board game
By ThinkFun Games.Amazon

There are so many STEM toys now, but even it that vast crowd, this logic board game stands out. Use spatial reasoning to build shapes with five different block pieces to match images on 60 puzzle cards. So basically tangrams, but better. It's most suitable for children 8 and up. $15.

Coffee Chemistry Mug

Coffee Chemistry Mug
By Cognitive Surplus.Amazon

I'm a fool for everything coffee-related, and this 13-ounce glass coffee chemistry mug from Cognitive Surplus is the ja to my va. It's dishwasher-safe and showcases molecules that make up your caffeinated beverage—so long as you take it black. $24.

Dr. Panda Plus Home Designer

Dr. Panda Plus Home Designer
AR you ready?Amazon

Folks playing with the Dr. Panda Plus Home Designer can furnish their own virtual homes using flashcards and colored markers. The kit comes with 51 cards—for items like clothing for the characters and furniture for the house—and 12 erasable markers. Draw designs on the flashcards and then use your smartphone to scan those items into Dr. Panda's home. The creations appear on your smartphone screen. The game also comes with educational play modes that can help with your kid's spelling . $40.

Let's Get Monster Smashed

Let's Get Monster Smashed: Horror Movie Drinks for a Killer Time
Horror movie drinks for a killer time.Amazon

Spice up your fright night with this horror movie-inspired book that features 55 recipes, including the Ghostbusters' Eco-Plasm or Leprechaun's Fool's Gold. The book includes a tool list and has chapters that include shots recipes, gelatinous drinks, and virgin cocktails. $14.

TicHome Mini

TicHome Mini Smart Speaker
A smart speaker.Mobvoi

Love singing in the shower or getting an early start on your daily podcast listening? The Google-powered TicHome Mini is splash proof, and boats 360-degree sound and a six-hour battery life. The Bluetooth speaker comes in black, teal, pink, or white. $100.

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