CO2 powered compressed air tools for the D.I.Y. crowd.

This refillable CO2 power pack, the JetPac Regulator Kit, is supposedly the first time us ordinary D.I.Y. people can get our hands on real compressed air power tools. The CO2 pack will last about 500 nails, and you will be entirely free of compressors, batteries, fumes and noise. The universal connector is promised to fit most compressed air power tools in the market. A starter kit is USD 99:- on Amazon.brbr

Help hitting the nail instead of your thumb.

This is a concept for a carpentry aid developed by Arthur Se. The idea is a soft plate with cross-shaped cutouts where the nail is placed. The plate then holds the nail in place as you whack away with the hammer. Since the plate is soft it can be pulled over the head of the nail once it is sufficiently fastened. Smart. Particularly for those tiny nails, that almost always seems to cause blue thumbs and/or forefingers.brbr

Not your ordinary three-pack of socks.

By that we mean that this three-pack does not contain three pairs of socks, but rather three socks. Period. Perfect for Rolf Harris, if anyone still remembers him. Anyway. Both the Throx (left) and the socks from Little Miss Matched (right) are sold by threes, for the event one is lost or disappears in laundry. The Throx socks are USD 9:- for three and the Miss Matched ones are between USD 8:- and USD 10:-, but then you get socks that are beautifully mismatched, as an additional feature.brbr

Find a loo with SatLav.

The authorities of London’s Westminster City have apparently had enough of people (well, men, actually) who urinate in alleyways causing a foul smell. To try and solve the problem, they have now started a service to help visitors find the closest public lavatory. The service, called SatLav, directs the needy to a loo nearby when one texts the word toilet to number 80097. Now, the serious flaw with this much needed service seems to us to be the fee. They want GBP 0:25 (about USD 0:50) for every SMS sent, and seriously we doubt that the average alleyway urinator would like to spend that kind of cash. If they really want to keep the streets cleaner, the service should be free.brbr

The ultimate emergency doohickey?

This little wonder sports no less than 12 different functions, that can prove handy in a case of emergency. How about a hi/low beam LED flashlight, a red flashing distress signal ti get the attention of passers-by, an oil filled compass, a signal mirror, a low voltage outlet to charge your cellphone, MP3 player and other indispensable gadgets plus a motion triggered alarm. The whole thing is self powered via a crank rechargeable Li-Ion battery. From Swiss+Tech and available on for instance Amazon- for USD 30:-.brbr

Heavy-duty potato scrubbing glove.

This summer we posted on the potato scrubbing mitts we had found at Clas Ohlson. Afterwards we tested the mitts during our stay in Gotland, and they proved to work fine. The only downside was that the mitts are knitted, and thus lets water through. Today we found another take on potato scrubbers; these gloves from Taylor Gifts. They are made from a material that seems to resemble the stuff they make dishwashing gloves from, covered with sand. This would mean that they are waterproof, and that the surface is rougher than with the mitts we tested. These gloves are USD 6:- a pair.brbr

Folding bookcase replaces door – creates secret room.

If you are a bit short on space at home (and who is not) this bookcase should let you hit – not two, but three birds – with one stone. Not only do you get a bookcase, you get a door, and a secret room. How cool would it be with your own secret room? From Barndoor Hardware.brbr

The Benjamin Franklin chair and stepladder – revisited.

This smart chair and stepladder combo was supposedly invented by Benjamin Franklin for the libraries of the USA, but it looks as though his patent has expired (if he ever had one). This is the third chair and stepladder based on the same idea that we have seen so far. This one comes from Stonewall Kitchen and it is USD 159:-.brbr

RFID door lock makes safer doors.

Previously, we have been critical, or at least skeptical, to RFID technology. At least as far as it involves passports, ID-cards, bus passes and so forth, since those will reveal your movements. This application, however, may be a really bright idea. The door lock is managed via RFID key-fob or card and all you have to do is touch the card or key-fob to the lighted button for the lock to identify you and open the door. The RFID lock should be suitable for security doors too, since it requires no physical contact or hole in the door to work. It also has a dead-bolt feature and a built in alarm if someone tries to force the door. The RFID door lock is USD 300:- on Think Geek.brbr

Cleaning beads for hard to reach places.

This must be the thing for everyone who likes to use a decanter to aerate their wine, or on the other end of the scale, those who pour their BIB wine into a carafe to make it appear a bit less like plonk. Both groups have probably noticed the cleaning the carafes is not a simple thing. With this product, however, all you are supposed to have to do is pour some water into the carafe, add the beads and swirl around for a while. The balls of steel will remove residue from the bottom, and afterwards you rinse them off to use them again. Wonder if it would work with ordinary smallish steel ball point bearing balls? From Wine Enthusiast for USD 20:-.brbr