Relax and Fidget at the Same Time With This Weighted Blanket That Features a Built-In Fidget Toy

Secūr
Secūr

The weighted blanket, a sleep accessory originally designed to calm anxious kids, has proven popular with stressed-out adults as well. A new relaxation system called Secūr combines the deep pressure therapy of weighted blankets with fidgeting—another form of stimulation many anxious people find soothing.

Secūr debuted on Kickstarter on June 30, and within 24 hours it had already raised 50 percent of its $10,000 funding goal. The first part of the set is the weighted blanket. Each quilted diamond in the blanket is filled with tiny glass beads to distribute weight evenly, resulting in a comforter that envelopes the owner and makes them feel secure. It comes with a 100-percent-cotton duvet cover that's soft on the skin and totally machine-washable. You can either use the full-sized blanket, which comes in 10-pound, 15-pound, or 20-pound weights and is big enough to cover your whole body, or opt for the 5-pound travel blanket, which is the perfect size to drape over your lap or shoulders at work, in the car, or on a plane.

Person sitting with hands in fidget sleeve.
Secūr

The second component of the Secūr system is a "hand home" for restless hands. The soft cloth tube is filled with the same beads as the blanket—but instead of letting them weighing you down, you're encouraged to knead and pinch them whenever you have the urge to fidget. You can keep the hand home by your bed or couch and use it when you need something to do with your hands after a long day, or bring it with you on trips to ease travel anxieties.

The hand home fidget sleeve is available for a pledge of $29, and the 10-pound blanket can be reserved with a pledge of $104. The full Secūr system—which includes the sleeve, a 10-pound blanket and cover, and the travel-sized blanket—is available on Kickstarter for a pledge of $199 or more. If the campaign meets its funding goal by July 31, orders will be shipped by September 2019.

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Keep Your Pet Entertained While You’re Away With This Robotic Ball Toy

Cheerble
Cheerble

The ball is as simple as pet toys come, but even the classic design can be improved upon. Some of the hottest pet accessories on the market today are interactive toys, like Kong chew toys and other puzzle items with room for treats inside. Unlike those products, this ball doesn't cease being entertaining the moment your pet solves a puzzle. The Wicked Ball, currently raising money on Indiegogo, rolls, bounces, and holds your cat or dog's attention all on its own.

Though it looks like a regular ball, the Wicked Ball is actually a robotic toy. A motorized wheel propels the ball around your home, distracting your pet from any trouble it might get into when no one's looking. The gadget can be set to three modes: gentle, normal, and active. In addition to rolling, the ball also vibrates and bounces across the ground to keep things interesting for animals.

Dog with robotic ball toy.
Cheerble

The Wicked Ball is designed to be totally autonomous, so pet owners can rest easy leaving their pet alone with it at home. A built-in collision sensor helps make this possible by alerting the ball to incoming walls and objects so it can avoid getting stuck in tight places. The toys runs on a battery that charges via a USB cord. After charging for an hour, the Wicked Ball lasts for 100 minutes of continuous play. If your pet spends as much time chasing the ball as it does taking breaks, as is typical, the charge will last four hours. Even when it's shut off, a plug in the side of the toy can be filled with treats to keep pets occupied.

The toy is available in a colorful plastic shell for dogs and a gray wool coating for cats. You can purchase either version on Indiegogo for pledge of $34, with shipping estimated for August.

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Fuel Your Cold Brew Obsession With This Elegant, Efficient Coffee Maker

Brrrewer
Brrrewer

The sun is scorching, the days are endless, and the gentle clinking of ice cubes in a glass of cold brew coffee sounds like chimes at the gates of heaven itself.

A beverage so divine deserves to be created by a machine to match, right? Meet Brrrewer, a coffee maker that will provide you with the smoothest, sweetest, richest cold brew coffee you’ve ever had—and it’ll do it in just four hours.

Brrrewer uses the cold drip method to brew coffee in which coffee grounds are suspended between two microfilter membranes. Water is poured over the top membrane, then slowly filters through the coffee grounds and drips out from the bottom membrane. The top membrane ensures that the water is evenly distributed among the coffee grounds, and the bottom membrane allows only the water-turned-coffee to fall into the carafe below, without any of the gritty residue. (That gritty residue is often a result of the full immersion method, which is popular among those with French presses; basically, you just steep your coffee grounds in cold water for 12 to 24 hours, strain out the grounds, and drink.)

The carafe is encased in a second layer of glass, providing thermal insulation and keeping your coffee cold for longer than a regular glass bottle or pitcher. And you can cross “coffee filters” off your shopping list—the microfilter membranes do that job already.

The Italy-based team at Essense designed Brrrewer with elegance and minimalism in mind, so it won’t throw off the aesthetic groove of your kitchen. In fact, it might enhance it. Also, it’s manufactured from a combination of borosilicate glass and BPA-free Tritan plastic; in other words, it’s extra-sturdy and environmentally friendly.

Mixologist Francesco Corona, five-time Italian “Coffee in Good Spirits” champion and world championship finalist, worked with Essense to develop special cocktail recipes for Brrrewer, which you can find in the paperback book, available on its own for $17 or with Brrrewer (the book and coffee maker combo is $78). Order Brrrewer by itself for $67 here, or see other purchase options from Kickstarter.

If four hours is more than you’re willing to wait for cold brew, check out Ninja’s Hot & Cold Brewed System, which can make it in about 15 minutes.

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