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Five clever things we love

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Megan Willett and Melissa Stanger

The Stick 'n Find uses small button-sized stickers to help locate easily-lost items from your smart device. Various packs available from $A33.25. Click for more photos

Five clever gadgets we love

The first installment of the gadgets that caught our eye this month. 

NEVER LOSE YOUR KEYS AGAIN

Stick-N-Find - Sticknfind Technologies, a subsidy of SSI America

Whether you're guilty of losing your things all the time or you've always got everything in check, hey, we're all human. The Stick-N-Find is a discreet sticker about the size of a 10-cent coin that you can adhere to anything you want to keep track of, and link to your phone with Bluetooth. The Stick-N-Find app monitors the whereabouts of anything with a sticker on it up to a range of 30 metres. With the app you can see approximately how far away from your phone an item is, you can prescribe an item a range so if it strays outside that range the app will alert you, and you can page a sticker on an item to flash and create a sound so you can easily find it anywhere within range. Perfect for small items, or moving items; attach them to your kids' shoes or your pet's collar so they don't wander off.

Where To Buy: The Stick-N-Find will be released in March, but is available to pre-order from indiegogo.com. The app is available on the Apple iTunes Store and on Google Play.

Cost: Various packs available, from $US35 ($A33.25) for two Stick-N-Find stickers to $US1400 ($A1331) for 100 stickers.

 

EXTEND THE LIFE OF YOUR RAZOR BLADES

Razor Shield - HYD For Men

The more often you use your razor, the more likely you are to suffer from razor burn and dull blades. The Razor Shield from HYD For Men eliminates the problem by creating a liquid barrier around the blades, protecting them from corrosive chemical reactions and prolonging the life of a razor up to 90 uses, or between three to 12 weeks depending on how often you shave. Razor Shield is non-irritating and paraben free, and uses hydrating natural oils to moisturise your skin while protecting your razor. Just apply to the blade after each shave.

Where To Buy: Available through HYD For Men or drugstore.com

Cost: $US17.99 ($A17.10)

 

USE YOUR iPHONE AS A PROJECTOR

Pocket Projector for iPhone 4 and 4S - Brookstone

If you've ever wanted to stream videos or show photos on your iPhone to multiple friends at once, this product may be for you. The iPhone Projector has a built-in battery that allows you to display images from your phone's screen up to 125cm wide (measured diagonally). The phone neatly fits into the projector case that uses a 15-lumen LED lamp, and there is even a focus adjustment feature to make sure your images are as clear as possible. The rechargeable projector can power your phone, and is easily recharged with a USB connection. The only negative to the product is they have not yet made a similar device for Android phones or iPhone 5.

Where To Buy: Available through Brookstone

Cost: $US169.99 ($A161.60)

 

KEEP YOUR SHOE COLLECTION SPOTLESS

Tricker's Valet Kit - British clothing store End

You've got your wingtips, your loafers, your lace-ups, and your oxfords. But half the battle with men's formal shoes is keeping your leather shining and your shoes clean. For that, you need a valet kit. Tricker's has been hand-making bespoke footwear since 1829 in England, so they know a thing or two about men's shoes. The kit comes with four tins of polish, five jars of leather cream, a metal shoe horn, a buffing cloth, and a total of eight brushes for your collection. The polishes and creams are all high-grade, and come in a range of colors from neutral to jet black.

Where To Buy: Through U.K.-based store End

Cost: £350 ($A532); End offers a 20 per cent discount for non-EU customers

 

CREATE YOUR OWN BOOZE

HomeMade Gin Kit

Remember when your mum used to tell you that making something was always the best gift? That's the idea behind the HomeMade Gin Kit, which comes with a liquor bottle, glass flask, juniper berries, strainer, funnel, instructions, and spices. With just a few shakes and 36 hours, you'll have made your very own small batch of gin without any illegal distilling equipment. Plus the old-school bottle makes a nice presentation, too.

Where To Buy: homemadegin.com

Cost: $39.95 ($A38.00)

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25 comments

  • Since the manufacturers of the gin kit don't sell to Australia, what's the point of this article?

    Commenter
    Stephen
    Date and time
    January 22, 2013, 9:59AM
    • DISTILL YOUR OWN BOOZE? Bit misleading isn't it? You're not actually distilling anything!

      $40 for a kit which contains about $5 worth of stuff, just to turn a bottle of vodka (which you have to buy yourself) into pseudo gin?

      Just buy a bottle of gin!

      Commenter
      mkstalen
      Date and time
      January 22, 2013, 10:22AM
      • I agree. When I first saw it, I thought, WOW! thats really cheap for distilling equipment! Except its just a vodka flavour kit. Just go to your local grain and grape supplier and your should be able to pick up a proper distilling kit for about $300. Anything up to 5 litres a batch is considered an essence and is 100% in Victoria.

        Commenter
        Tom
        Location
        Melbourne
        Date and time
        January 22, 2013, 1:39PM
      • If you want to distil alcohol you must hold an excise manufacturer licence prior to distilling alcohol, regardless of the size or capacity of the still

        http://www.ato.gov.au/content/66216.htm

        Commenter
        mkstalen
        Date and time
        January 22, 2013, 2:05PM
      • @mkstalen did you even read the link you provided? The first line on that page actually completely contradicts your post, while proving Tom's:

        "If you are not a licensed excise manufacturer and the still has a capacity of more than five litres, you need permission for the still regardless of what the equipment will be used for."

        Everyone is in such a hurry to prove themselves right these days. You still have to read the results after Googling them...

        Commenter
        Really?
        Location
        Reading land...
        Date and time
        January 23, 2013, 10:15AM
      • @mkstalen: maybe you should learn to read and use that process on any link you provide. It clearly states that you do NOT need permission for 5 liters or less. Maybe change your moniker to 'mistaken'.

        Commenter
        The Other Guy
        Location
        Geelong
        Date and time
        January 23, 2013, 10:33AM
      • @Really? - Yes I did read the article, and Tom's comment, and I understood it. Perhaps you did not.

        Tom seems to think that distilling anything under 5L is considered an "essence", whether that be alcohol or otherwise.

        That is not the case.

        If you're distilling essential oils then you can own and operate a still under 5L. If you're distilling alcohol of any kind or amount you must have an excise license.

        Commenter
        mkstalen
        Date and time
        January 23, 2013, 10:33AM
      • LOL @Really and @The Other Guy. In your haste to prove yourselves right, you've proven that you're at least inept with even simple english as used on the ATO factsheet, or worse, blatant misrepresenting what you read to justify criticising someone else. Change your monikers to 'The Other Jokers' :)

        Commenter
        Teddy
        Location
        Perth
        Date and time
        January 24, 2013, 5:00AM
      • I'm going to break with online news comments tradition @mkstaken and completely apologise for my now, ironic, response.

        You are indeed correct, I misread the context of both yours and Tom's comments (not the link by the way, @Ted) and now see your point. And agree wholeheartedly that you were correct and I was in fact not.

        Rather than slink off into the cyber wastelands, happy to cop this one and move along...

        Commenter
        Really (The Other Joker)
        Location
        Melbourne
        Date and time
        January 24, 2013, 9:56AM
    • To my knowledge, distilling equipment isn't actually illegal. Distilling booze can be illegal without the proper approvals, but the equipment itself can be used for making things other than spirits, such as essential oils.

      Commenter
      Jez
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      January 22, 2013, 11:37AM

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