By Nick Caruso
on 7.9.13
Daneson-Single-Malt-No-16-Toothpicks-Gear-Patrol Daneson Single Malt No. 16 Toothpicks
You can drink Scotch neat, or you can add rocks, or splash the right amount of cool water in your glass, or pick your teeth with it. Because fine Scotch is obviously meant to be infused into personal hygiene utensils, these toothpicks — at minimum 12 per bottle, but usually more — are soaked in “very old, very good, very expensive [Islay] single malt Scotch” from a 200-year-old distillery. If you insist upon publicly dislodging pulled pork remnants from your incisors, at least make the process taste refined. $36 ()
Chelsea-Miller-Knives-Gear-Patrol Chelsea Miller Knives
Chelsea Miller makes knives from high-carbon steel horse files originally used by farriers in her native Vermont; the wooden handles are cut from the trees on the very farm where she was raised. Two styles of chef knives are currently available, and there’s a microplane-style cheese knife as well. $350+
DuPont-Corian-Wireless-Charging-Surfaces-Gear-Patrol DuPont Corian Wireless Charging Surfaces
DuPont’s artificial granite Corian countertops have found use in myriad applications, including private kitchens and professional environments. Now DuPont’s joined with the Power Matters Alliance to roll out wireless charging tech embedded directly into the Corian. Plugging a small adapter into your phone’s charging port and setting it on the counter (which comes in nearly any hue you’d like) for a spell will let the juice flow. Welcome to the kitchen of the future. powermatters.org ()
DeLonghi-PrimaDonna-XS-Espresso-Machine-Gear-Patrol DeLonghi PrimaDonna XS
At just shy of eight inches, the PrimaDonna XS is one slim countertop brewer, and versatile too: make yourself a cappuccino, caffe latte and more with a simple button press. Controls are accessed via a digital readout and minimalist buttons; clean up is a snap; there’s a cup-warming mode; and you can brew into two cups simultaneously. There’s a new best part of wakin’ up in town. coffeemakers.delonghi.com
Garmin-HUD-Gear-Patrol Garmin HUD
As if we didn’t already spend enough time pretending to be Tom Cruise, the enablers engineers at Garmin are rolling out a fighter-jet-style HUD GPS display module for road-going vehicles. The HUD relays information from your smartphone — just download the app and connect via Bluetooth — and projects it onto a clear reflective decal you install yourself. See directional data as well as speed, recommended lanes, speed camera warnings and much more without looking away from your windshield. $130
Shimano-SH-R320B-Blue-Bike-Shoe-Gear-Patrol Shimano SH-R320B Blue Bike Shoe
The Tour de France is well underway by now, putting what little pride you have in your 2-mile fixie commute to shame by a long stretch. But if you can’t top 60 MPH on mountain roads, you can at least look the part from the ankles down with these special edition Shimanos in an all new electric blue hue, made in honor of this year’s TdF. These limited edition cycling kicks weigh in at under 500 grams, so pick up a pair while you can and try to shave a few seconds off your home-from-work stage. bike.shimano.com