CLOSE
Original image
Baubax LLC via Kickstarter

This Travel Jacket Is as Nerdy as It Is Awesome

Original image
Baubax LLC via Kickstarter

Well-placed pockets can make or break your outerwear. The folks at BauBax LLC understand this, and they’ve responded by creating the jacket of every travel nerd’s dreams.

“The World’s Best Travel Jacket” is a Kickstarter project that aims to make traveling as painless as possible. The jacket comes with 15 highly-specific features, including built-in gloves, a zipper that doubles as a pen, and a koozie drink pocket (why that last one doesn't already come standard on every jacket is a mystery). 

Perhaps the most exciting feature is the built-in inflatable neck pillow. The Kickstarter video demonstrates its use on an airplane, but its easy accessibility would open up wearers to a whole new world of possibilities. We wouldn't be surprised to see people inflating their neck pillows on the subway or while waiting in line for coffee in the near future.

The jacket comes as a sweatshirt, windbreaker, bomber, or blazer for both men and women, so you can sport your nerdiness in style. At the time of writing, backers have pledged more than $5.1 million, blowing away the original goal of $20,000. Donations are open for another 16 days, so there’s still a chance to claim a travel jacket of your own. Just don't forget to empty all nine pockets before getting it cleaned.  

Original image
Spéciale
arrow
Live Smarter
Improve Your Chopping Skills With This Knife-Cutting Board Hybrid
Original image
Spéciale

Chopping ingredients properly is an impressive skill, and for those who haven’t mastered it yet, this part of the cooking process can be a pain. Luckily, it is possible to do your slicing and dicing without the awkward hand positions and frequent slip-ups. All you need is a knife that stays attached to the board where you’re doing the cutting.

Spotted over at Mashable, spéciale is a high-quality walnut cutting board that comes with a 17-inch Damascus steel knife built in. Whether you’re breaking down fruits, vegetables, cheese, or charcuterie, the blade can rotate across the board as you cut while the tip stays fixed in place. This leaves one hand free, so you don’t have to pause to put down your glass of wine before the chopping starts.

The designers focused on aesthetics along with functionality, so when the board is not being used in the kitchen it doubles as a serving platter. And after you’ve had a chance to enjoy the fruit of your labors, you can pop the knife off the board for easy clean-up.

Spéciale recently wrapped up a campaign on Kickstarter where it raised more than $150,500, and prior to that it debuted on Indiegogo, where it raised nearly $170,000. The product is still available to order through the Indiegogo page for $195.

[h/t Mashable]

Original image
Retro Games Limited
arrow
fun
The Commodore 64 Will Return as a Mini Console With Dozens of Games
Original image
Retro Games Limited

Today’s video games may be more innovative than ever, but that doesn’t stop many from returning to the old-school games that remind them of their childhood. Following Nintendo’s massive success with the NES Classic in 2016 and the SNES Classic in September, the Commodore 64 is set to be the next vintage gaming device to get a miniature makeover. As Nerdist reports, Retro Games Limited will release a plug-and-play version of the 1982 bestseller in 2018.

The C64 Mini will be half the size of the original Commodore 64 computer and will feature 64 retro 8-bit titles, including Impossible Mission, Armalyte, Paradroid, and California Games. The kit will include a joystick, an HDMI cable for hooking up the console to your TV, and a USB power cable for charging it.

The console will have two USB ports that can be used to connect an extra joystick or plug in a full-sized keyboard to use the C64 Mini for simple coding. This could be especially useful when you get bored of the pre-loaded games and want to program a new one of your own from scratch.

The C64 Mini is set to retail for around $70 when it hits shelves in 2018, making it $10 cheaper than the newly-released SNES classic. Retro Games also plans to revive a full-sized version of the original Commodore 64 to sell in 2018. For an idea of what that might look like, check out this classic Commodore 64 how-to video from 1982.

[h/t Nerdist]

SECTIONS

arrow
LIVE SMARTER
More from mental floss studios