Do you love the image quality of your old 35 MM camera? This gadget lets you take advantage of analog optics but captures images digitally. The I’m Back Film adds a Sony digital image sensor in the light path of 35 MM cameras and snaps in where a film cartridge usually goes. An electronics and battery pack attaches to the bottom of the camera.
This portable gadget uses its battery’s energy to help keep your hands warm. Its body is designed to fit comfortably in the hand and can generate warmth for up to 9 hours. It has six heat settings up to 120ºF, and its 5200 mAh battery pack can charge phones and other devices via its USB port.
This palm-size printer makes quick work of labeling cables, circuit breakers, parts drawers, and more. It uses thermal printing, so it never needs ink and can print text, QR codes, and bar codes on dozens of different label styles, including transparent ones. Its labels are waterproof and peel off without leaving a mess.
Divoom’s funky-looking Times Gate gadget puts five tiny, programmable displays on your desktop. Each 128×128 resolution screen can display widgets like news, stock information, social media follower counts, and pixel art animations. It also offers a multi-screen digital clock.
This desktop gadget adds a splash of color and movement to any space. It has 240 mini RGB LEDs, which light up in sync with your music. A built-in microphone detects sounds, and it offers multiple color display modes. It has a curved birch wood frame, and light-scattering panels in front of its 12 tubes give it a retro VFD look.
The Pocket Tripod folds down to the size of a credit card and opens to form a versatile stand for smartphone photography. It has an adjustable tilt and works in landscape or portrait modes. Its interchangeable adapters work with a wide variety of phone and case sizes.
Dreamfarm is known for its unique kitchen gadgets with silly product names. The Fluicer is an easy-to-use citrus fruit squeezer that folds flat to save drawer space. Its hinged design provides plenty of leverage and extracts the maximum quantity of juice by squeezing both the outside and inside of fruit.
W&M Levsha shows how they made a cool gizmo that takes the place of a 6-sided die. The brass gadget is about the size of a pocket watch and has a lever that spins a flywheel that’s engraved with six dice faces. When the lever pops up place, a mechanism stops the wheel to reveal a random number.
This miniature replica of a 1980s boombox plays music from your phone via Bluetooth. It has two full-range speakers and a 10-watt amplifier, so don’t expect it to sound massive. While it’s made mostly from plastic, it does have shiny zinc alloy accents and a working AM/FM radio. It’s even got a tiny telescoping antenna, just like the real deal.
Technology advances quickly, so the difference between today’s gadgets and those you could buy in the 1980s is dramatic. That said, the decade did give us early cell phones, portable tape players, VCRs, and personal computers. Twenty-something YouTuber Liam Thompson wanted to see what it would be like to live using only tech from the ’80s for a week.
Most kitchens are equipped with pots, pans, and basic utensils. We’ve assembled a baker’s dozen of the best kitchen gadgets and gifts to help take your food prep to the next level. Each of our selections is useful and clever in its approach, from unique measuring spoons to cake and pizza slicers to a tool that turns a lemon into a juice spritzer.
The Fumpa Pump is a tiny air compressor for inflating bicycle tires. It outputs up to 120 psi and recharges through a micro USB port. The Fumpa fills up to six tires per charge. The space-saving miniFumpa can fill two tires per charge, while the nanoFumpa does one or two tires up to 110 psi. All three are compatible with Schrader, Presta, and Dunlop valves.
Do you hate mosquitoes as much as we do? This tiny gadget from Nitecore is designed to keep the little biting pests away while camping or enjoying other outdoor activities. The palm-sized EMR30SE offers a protection zone from 10 to 20 feet and works by heating and diffusing a replaceable mosquito repellant cartridge. Requires a USB-C battery pack.
This innovative kitchen gadget helps keep herbs fresh longer in the fridge. It features a small water reservoir in its base and a specially vented herb holder which helps to preserve ingredients. In addition to stainless steel, there’s a cheaper plastic model, and a smaller version too.
This waterproof LED lantern doubles as a Bluetooth speaker with 360º sound. Its 4400 mAh battery offers up to 24 hours of light or can recharge gadgets too. Its 400-lumen light source has 5 modes, including bright white, red, color fade, music synced, and emergency.
Command your appliances and lamps like a Sith Lord with this Star Wars-themed outlet controller. The Darth Vader Clapper has two sound effects. It says “The Force is strong with this one” when you clap on, and “You underestimate the power of the Dark Side” when you clap off. There’s also a C-3PO version.
This tiny 2.13″ diameter sphere provides a splash of light wherever you need it. It has both a warm white light and red emergency light, and runs for up to 56 hours on its low setting. It’s IPX7 waterproof so you can float it in water, and has a magnetic back for attaching to metal surfaces.
This palm-sized air pump is great for quickly inflating pool toys and air mattresses. It weighs just over 3 ounces, and can fill inflatables quickly. It comes with five air nozzles, can vacuum air out, and has a built-in 400-lumen lantern. For a bigger battery with more air capacity and faster filling speeds, there’s a larger Giga Pump 3.0.
Apple’s AirTag is a great way to track items but it doesn’t fit well into a wallet. Rolling Square’s AirCard offers a similar global tracking function and is the size of a credit card. The aluminum card measures 2.2 mm thick and doubles as an RFID blocker and an NFC/QR code business card. It also has a built-in 105dB speaker, so you can easily ping its location.
UST’s rugged gadget is the perfect addition to any adventurer’s kit. Not only does it contain a plasma arc lighter for starting campfires without butane, but it also doubles as a 3000mAh emergency charger for your USB-A or USB-C powered devices. It comes with a paracord lanyard with a red core that doubles as tinder.
These flexible gadgets add a splash of light wherever you have a spare USB port. Each one packs six bright LEDs behind a diffuser and can be plugged into your computer, a battery pack, or a USB wall charger. Sold in a pack of eight lights so you can put them everywhere.
Tired of burning your fingers while lighting candles or starting fires? This plasma arc lighter has a flexible gooseneck that lights flames even inside of tall jars or under a pile of kindling. It also works in the wind, and its USB-rechargeable battery provides up to 500 sparks between charges.