Built to withstand construction sites, this radio's aluminum cage lets it keep playing, even after a 30-foot drop, while a watertight port keeps your MP3 player safe. Plus, its five speakers deliver 360 degrees of sound. $200; boschtools.com. Satoshi Kobayashi

Each month we look beyond the shelves of your local big-box store to dig up a dozen of the best new ideas in gear. This is the stuff that is better, faster, stronger, and does more than pretty much anything we’ve seen before it. Click the gallery thumbnails below to dive in:

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WOWee One

The WOWee ONE uses vibrations to turn any flat surface into a speaker for music or calls, but with more-intense bass than similar designs. Its driver is embedded in a synthetic gel, which allows it to pulse more freely and to transfer stronger bass lines through a tabletop or window. $80; woweeone.com

Bosch Power Box 360S

Built to withstand construction sites, this radio’s aluminum cage lets it keep playing, even after a 30-foot drop, while a watertight port keeps your MP3 player safe. Plus, its five speakers deliver 360 degrees of sound. $200; boschtools.com

Cooper Anchor

The first plastic boat anchor weighs less than two pounds yet holds small craft better than metal designs do. A small blade on its shank keeps it from resting on its back, so the tip digs deep. Price not set; cooperanchors.com

Lenovo IdeaCentre A700

Instead of using cameras to track taps, like many large touchscreens do, this 23-inch PC uses sound. Audio emitters on the corners send sound waves that bounce around fingertips, spotting touches cameras can’t, like when fingers block one another. From $1,000; lenovo.com

Quirky Switch

This pocketknife lets you mix and match up to 13 blades to suit any situation. The Switch comes with 18 stainless-steel attachments, from corkscrew to LED flashlight, that slide onto an inner axle held in place by two twist-off endcaps. $80; quirky.com

Bang & Olufsen BeoLab

This subwoofer vibrates so little that you can mount it on the wall without it rattling your pictures. Rather than one large driver, it has two 6.5-inch ones that fire in opposite directions to cancel out shaking while delivering solid bass. From $2,000; [From $2,000](http://From $2,000)

Reevu MSX1

Now bikers can see behind them without taking their eyes off the road. Three bulletproof polycarbonate mirrors across the top of this helmet relay the rear view to a 3.3-inch adjustable mirror just above the rider’s line of sight. $380 (est.; import); reevu.com

Dremel Trio

This power tool slices through material like a jigsaw does, but it can pivot around turns without your having to reposition it—or your grip. Instead of a straight blade, the lightweight handheld router cuts with a round pin that spins at up to 20,000 rpm. $100; dremel.com

Garmin GPSMAP 62 Series

Hiking parties can keep better track of one another with these unusually compact info-sharing GPS devices. The handhelds wirelessly share routes, so you’ll all follow the same trail even if you end up getting separated. From $350; garmin.com

Suunto M5

To avoid fatigue-related injuries from exercising too frequently, this watch schedules your time off between workouts. Its processor takes into account body type, heart rate and exercise intensity to calculate how many hours you’ll need to recoup. $210; suunto.com

Montblanc Meisterstück with Personal Code Ink

A VIP’s John Hancock just got harder to fake. The ink in each of these pens is laced with shreds of plant DNA, which can be scanned to verify that the scrawl came from the correct pen. $15,850; montblanc.com

Toshiba Libretto W105

This paperback-size Windows laptop replaces the conventional keyboard with a second, seven-inch display that can act as a full Qwerty keyboard, a shortcut menu, or a second screen for Web browsing or side-by-side e-book reading. $1,100; toshiba.com