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ARKCANARY II

Don’t get too excited, it’s not a modern day earhorn for your less-than-great hearing (though I suppose you could try it out to see if it works), it’s an analog acoustic speaker for the iPhone 4. You know all about acoustic speakers, as we’ve posted several, but this pint sized version seems all the more charming because of its size (and because it looks like an earhorn).

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Purchase Information:

Price: $19.00
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Shop

Cuppow Mason Jar Lid

Yeah I know, canning jars are extremely trendy right now, even more than the actual canning process. I’m drinking out of one in a coffee shop at this exact moment. But beyond fashion, they are simple and robust in their design, perfect for drinking glasses. However, the open top proves to be unwieldy when on-the-go. Cue the Cuppow, a plastic drinking lid designed to convert any mason jar into a spill-proof cup. The Cuppow gets bonus points for being manufactured in the United States, and at only $8, is quite affordable.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $7.99
Available from: Cuppow

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Help Remedies

Help® has added a couple of new products to their online store. If you’re not familiar with the company, let’s just say this: their solutions are made with a single active ingredient, the drugs are not dyed or coated, and each drug is labeled clearly for the specific symtom so everyone understands exactly what they are taking and why. Sounds pretty simple, doesn’t it? And definitely in stark contrast to the medicine aisles of your local pharmacy, which is exactly the point.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $4.00
Available from: Help®

AIRbudz

Can you guess what this is from the photo above? If your guess had anything to do with earbuds, you’re right. AIRbudz is an earbud attachement that allows you to hear ambient noise while you’re listening to music. When you’re out walking or running, certain noises can alert you to potential safety hazards (like bikes, cars, buses) and unfortunately your regular headphones muffle, if not completely silence, those sounds that alert you to danger. The AIRbudz have air channels that let ambient noise in- thus keeping you aware of your surroundings without sacrificing your soundtrack. It’s currently a Kickstarter project, and for $10 or more you’ll get one of the first sets.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $10.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Stanley Adventure Multi Use Bottle

The Stanley Adventure Multi Use Bottle is your answer for a stainless steel travel bottle that has a bit more design consideration and function. It features a twist off body that converts to a cup, volume markings, as well as a regular quick drinking spout. Also, I imagine twisting it apart makes it that much easier to clean compared to the traditional steel/aluminum bottles with narrow necks, which require a cleansing tablet to thoroughly sanitize. Holds 32 oz and is dishwasher safe.

Purchase Information:

Price: $9.88
Available from: Amazon

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Ojue Lunch Box

Ooo, Ojue, little vertical lunch box, you. Here we are waxing poetical about lunch carriers left and right, and then you come along. Japanese brand METAPHYS has gone vertical with our midday snack, with three units that stack neatly in a slim line with a “minimized base area.” This allows you to reduce the bulk in your bag while commuting, and, perhaps just as importantly, it allows you to stack or remove the units as you wish to accomodate your meal. Smart.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
Available from: leibal

Two-Piece Enamelware Lunch Pail

Does this look like it’s straight from a farmhouse kitchen or what? Two stacking enamelware containers with a plate for a lid are held together with a stainless steel handle, providing a lunch pail to hold your fried chicken and apple pie safe and sound until your stomach growls. Perfect for picnics? Definitely. Perhaps for bringing your lunch to work? Yes, though do be careful with soups and such as the seal is not airtight. Made by a 461-year-old Austrian company, the tough porcelain coated steel is durable and dishwasher safe.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $70.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

Izola Handkerchief Sets

Handkerchiefs are a little old fashioned, but here’s guessing that you just might consider carrying one around once you see Izola’s offerings. Sold in sets of three, in a Star, Forest, or Pioneer theme, each handkerchief is made of 100% natural cotton. Use one as a pocket square, for blowing your nose, carrying treasure around, etc.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Available from: Izola

Carabiner Key

Leave it up to Scott Amron to improve the humble key: if the Split Ring Key doesn’t quite suit your fancy, he’s designed a Carabiner Key (Keybrid) that can link independently to keyrings, belt loops, shoelaces… you name it. While there is no price posted currently, orders are being taken, so leave your name and email at the Amron Exptl. website if you’re interested.

Purchase Information:

Price: $contact designer
Available from: Amron Exptl.

Pebble: E-Paper Watch

This Kickstarter project has earned support for good reason- this watch looks very, very promising. With a customizable watch face and useful apps, it meets the needs of our day to day lives all in a sleek package. Incoming calls, emails, messages, bike computer, music control, even a golf rangefinder, you name it, this watch can handle it. Familiar with coding? Set up simple alerts and notifications from if this then that (ifttt.com) or their web-facing RESTful endpoint. Take a look at Pebble Technology’s Kickstarter page for more details.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $115.00
Available from: Pebble Technology's Kickstarter page

Menu Cool Lunch

Still looking for a suitable lunch bag? MENU’s Cool Lunch has a velcro handle that handily attaches to your bag or bike, making it easy to carry without damaging its contents. There’s also a small cooling element that keeps your food fresh and drinks cold. Available in White/Lime, Black/Gray, and Black/Red.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $49.95
Available from: HORNE

gokey

Here’s a smart solution for storing your house key when you’re out for a walk or a jog.
The gokey is a silicone wrist band that conceals your key safely and comfortably- no tying it to shoestrings or putting it in a pocket only to worry it’ll come loose. As the gokey is currently a Kickstarter project, you can donate $15 to receive a gokey in the color and size of your choice. Designed by Francesca Passoni and Cristina Cook.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Digital Travel Scale

Travelers: if you’re often wondering if your bag is over the weight limit, do yourself a favor and carry a travel scale. If it doesn’t encourage you to lighten your load, at least you’ll be prepared for luggage fees. To use, you hook the strap around the carrying handle on your luggage and lift- you’ll get an accurate reading up to 88 pounds. For a non-digital scale, check out Kikkerland’s Travel Luggage Scale ($10).

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Purchase Information:

Price: $18.95
Available from: Spoon Sisters

EDC Kit

And you thought you were prepared for the apocalypse. “EDC” or Every Day Carry are the things you have on you each day, and if you want to be fully prepared for anything, getting out of a jam or away from zombies, this kit will have you two steps ahead of the game. These tiny, multiuse tools fit onto a keychain, all weighing less than 2 ounces combined. A pry bar, screwdrivers, precision tweezers, waterproof lighter and a titanium key ring are all included, or can be purchased separately, if you so wish.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $44.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

Travelteq Travel Jacket

Clothing isn’t usually featured on BLTD, but this Travel Jacket from Travelteq deserves a mention. It’s a made from a navy blue light nylon and is reversible- one side has more distinguished pockets for a formal look while the other has stitched-on “sporty” pockets for casual outings. Both sides allow you to close the jacket either with a zipper or with buttons. One caveat, though, Travelteq is gauging interest before production, so, if you’d like to see it available for purchase, leave your email address on the product page and snag a lower price (€ 125) if it goes into production.

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Purchase Information:

Price: €250.00
Available from: Travelteq