By Ben Bowers
on 3.24.14
Nike-SOcks-Gear-Patrol Nike Hyperelite Fanatical Crew
Nike put more thought into your socks than you ever will. Tight around your arch for support, padded for impact protection and reinforced in high-wear areas, these colorful, quick-drying socks are vibrant and functional. $18
Room-Map-Gear-Patrol Room Scan
Need to draw your house’s floor plans but can’t even sketch a straight line? An iOS app has solved this oddly specific problem by drawing an accurate floor plan of your house. All you have to do is hold your iPhone up to each wall of your home. Free
M-Lamp-Gear-Patrol Juniper Design’s M Lamp
Old is new again. Designer David Irwin’s M Lamp was inspired by 19th century English miner lamps. Powered by a rechargeable Lithium battery, it’s rated for up to 50,000 hours from 2,000 charging cycles. Better start digging now. $220
Samsung-Gear-Patrol Samsung NX Mini
We want everything to be smaller and interchangeable, and Samsung is the latest in a line of photographic enablers. They call their pocket-sized NX Mini the smallest and slimmest interchangeable-lens camera. Its body is 158 grams (a third of a pound) and just 22.5 mm (a bit shy of an inch) wide, and there are three lenses available so far. The 20.5MP shooter also has NFC, built-in wi-fi and a 3-inch touchscreen viewfinder, which is pretty damn impressive for $449.
$449
What-If-Gear-Patrol What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
If you’re a realist, this book might make you very upset. Otherwise, though, we can all agree the creators of the xkcd web comic (no strangers to absurdity, they) have come up with yet another genius amusement. Creativity meets science meets humor in detailed responses to questions like: How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live? We’re concerned about just one query: what if they run out of copies before we pre-order?$14
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