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Wearable Magnifying Glasses

I can’t count the number of times I have found myself needing to use both hands on a very small project. Fixing a pair of glasses, pulling a …

Amazon

DoohicKey Keychain Multitool

Got it over 6 months ago and it has been attached to my keyring ever since. It is almost invisible and barely noticeable, until you need it. The wide …

Multi-tools

Who Will Care When You’re Not There?

Who will care for your animals after your death? If you are fortunate, family or friends will do so. The specifics should be part of your estate …

Estate Planning

Transition and Seat Wrap

I am big into outdoor activities, one of them mainly being mountain biking. While biking I tend to get dirty, I mean downright filthy. With puddles …

Mountain Biking

Stain Devils

I’ve used Stain Devils for at least two decades now, mostly the formula made to remove fats and oils. The number of times I’ve washed clothes with a …

Food

Benchmark Road and Recreation Atlases

I have used Benchmark maps for the past 14 years. They are the most detailed atlases I’ve ever seen. They are more adventure-friendly than any other …

GPS

Staple-less Stapler

I first encountered these tools on a site that dealt with Japanese imports. Apparently they’re more popular there than in North America.They’re …

North America

The Egg Calculator

The Egg Calculator works flawlessly when preparing sous vide (slow cooked) eggs. For those not familiar with sous vide eggs, you can cook eggs in 63 …

Calculators

Cool Tools: A Catalog of Possibilities $20 sale (50% off regular price)

Amazon has dropped the price of Kevin’s book, Cool Tools: A Catalog of Possibilities to $19.99, which is an all-time low. There’s no telling when …

Amazon

Jimmy DiResta, Designer

Jimmy DiResta is a maker, toy designer, and TV show host. He’s been the host of a number of DIY shows including Dirty Money, Trash to Cash, Against …

Podcasting

EasiYo Yogurt Maker

When I started to try making my own yogurt – around 45 years ago – it was a case of trying several methods, each of which fell foul of messy, …

Yogurt

True Utility Keyring System

I’ve had the True Utility Keyring system for four or five years now. It’s not so much a “system” as a ring, a shackle, and a few clips. The shackle …

Thayers Medicated Superhazel

I’ve been using Thayer’s Medicated Superhazel as an aftershave for a little over 2 years now, after seeing it recommended on YouTube by Sharpologist. …

Aloe

Going Abroad: How to Answer the Call of Nature Anywhere in the World

Going Abroad is both a very amusing read and extremely practical. Americans abroad tend to have two kinds of toilet difficulties, low tech and high …

Toilet Paper

Sisu Sova Night Guard

My dentist told me that I grind my teeth at night and needed a night guard to prevent tooth damage. I agreed to get a custom mouth guard and boy was …

Scrivener

I’ve used Scrivener for five years, writing four novels and other how-to books and short stories with it. It organizes your writing process by …

Scrivener

Ziya Tong, Host of Daily Planet

Ziya Tong is host and producer of the television program Daily Planet, Canada’s daily science show, which airs on Discovery Canada. Before that, Ziya …

Google Glass

Wink Fun is Looking for Reviewers

Calling all writers! Cool Tools’ Wink Fun is looking for reviewers. Reviews should be 1-3 paragraphs, and need to include 5-9 photos of the Fun item. …

Magic

Arctic Breeze USB-Powered Fan

Used for a couple of years. I’m a college professor who gets sweaty in the slightest heat. College classrooms vary greatly in temperature, so this is …

College & University

The GrOpener

The GrOpener is simply the best bottle opener I have come across. It is designed to be used with one hand. As a new parent who is almost always …

Babies

Rockwell JawHorse

I first saw one of these at a big box hardware store about 5 years ago and immediately wanted one. I think they were about $250 then – more than I …

Rockwell

TransferWise

It’s a new way of transferring money from bank accounts in different countries.Here’s the short version of what TransferWise is: Transfer money …

Banking

Nu-Flare Rebel 90 Flashlight

I have an uncle who is a hard-core user of flashlights in his work and his hobbies. He’s an airframe and powerplant mechanic specializing in …

Batteries

Windell Oskay, Co-Founder of Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories

Windell Oskay is the co-founder of Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories, a Silicon Valley company that has designed and produced specialized electronics …

DIY

Kenu Airframe Phone Mount

I have been on a quest to find an in-car cell phone mount for some time now. I have tried various suction cup, non-slip, lighter socket plugs, cup …

Mark Frauenfelder

Emergensee Variable Focus Eyeglasses

Emergensee Variable Focus Eyeglasses adjust between -6 and +3 diopters, and come in a pretty sturdy case. They don’t correct for astigmatism.These …

Eyeglasses

Bison Designs Last Chance Belt

Once you start gaining weight, certain forces of physics start to come into play. Your belly tends to push down on your pants and regular belts …

Physics

Cuisinart Egg Cooker

I can’t cook. I also can’t dunk in the NBA – different reasons, but both truths are immutable. I do, however, like to eat. Eggs are a particular …

Alton Brown

GoStak Twist n’ Lock Storage Jars

Trying to live a healthy lifestyle in the modern world is hard enough. Exercising regularly, getting your diet in order, and getting adequate rest is …

West Bromwich Albion

Zander Rose – Executive Director, The Long Now Foundation

Alexander “Zander” Rose is the executive director of The Long Now Foundation, which was founded in 1996 to become the seed of a very long-term …

Electric Bikes