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Five of Gizmag's favorite high-tech hammers

People have been banging nails into things for nearly five and a half thousand years, if archaeologists are correct. And wood is such a versatile and abundant building material that we’re sure to be banging spiky bits of metal into it for thousands of years to come. But how similar is the hammer going to look at that stage? What is the state of the art in hammer technology? Are they still just flat-ended bits of metal on the end of sticks? Let’s take a look at five high-tech hammers that aim to push one of mankind’s (other) oldest professions forward.  Read More

A new Chrome extension called Project Naptha allows users to copy and delete text from ima...

It's generally just accepted that text embedded in images on the Web is inaccessible. Because images are rendered as a single layer, that's just the way it is ... or was, because a new extension for Google Chrome called Project Naptha now allows users to highlight and copy text from within images.  Read More

The Impromptu Tactical Pen is designed for danger, as a pen suitable for the police and ar...

While the chances of being caught up in a dangerous situation are thankfully low, having something about your person for such an eventuality isn't a bad idea. The Impromptu Tactical Pen from Gerber, with its glass-breaking steel tip, is one option for those who want to keep themselves safe. It is, as its name suggests, a simple writing implement with a hidden extra that could mean the difference between life and death.  Read More

The IN1 iPhone case comes in a range of colors to suit all tastes

Some people wouldn't leave home without a Swiss Army knife boasting an impressive array of tools. However, with the IN1 iPhone case they could perhaps ditch their multi-tool of choice and just make sure to keep their smartphone close at hand at all times.  Read More

Leatherman Grind and Jam skate tools

Continuing its ongoing trend towards targeting specific user groups, Leatherman is extending its line of multi-tools with two new action sports models designed for surfers and skaters.  Read More

Tuls is a collection of credit card-sized multi-purpose tools designed to suit most needs

The creators of Tuls know they're not creating the perfect tools for individual jobs. Instead, their philosophy is that the "best tool for the job is the one within reach," so while having a single-purpose tool for every job is the dream, the reality is something altogether more practical.  Read More

The Ringtool comes with tons of options and is easy to carry

Ringtool from Reductivist might just be the smallest multitool we've ever seen. The creator came up with the idea because he wanted a tool small enough to carry with him on his bicycle commute, but reasoned that it could be used by almost anyone.  Read More

ShopBot's Handibot portable CNC machine

North Carolina-based ShopBot Tools has launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring its Handibot prototype to market. Handibot is a CNC machine which, being computer-controlled, can be used to cut materials to size and shape with very high accuracy. Unlike most CNC machines, Handibot is portable, the idea being that you take it to your materials rather than your materials to it. And in that spirit, Handibot can be controlled by a smartphone or tablet rather than full-blown computer (if there's a distinction these days), and users will pay to download individual designs and functions in the form of apps.  Read More

Composite image of the Flipout Tantrum in its various configurations

One of the most frustrating parts of DIY projects is when a screw is at just the wrong angle for the screwdriver to reach. It’s even worse when an electric screwdriver with all its bulk is involved. To make things a bit easier, former University of Washington robotics student Joel Townsan of Bellingham, Washington came up with the Flipout Tantrum, an articulated electric screwdriver designed to work in very tight spaces.  Read More

The Nutter is a cycling multi-tool that's combined with a tire lever

Cyclists just love their multi-tools. Unfortunately, given the emphasis that’s placed on keeping these tools small (and thus short), they usually provide very little leverage for tightening and loosening bolts. The Nutter addresses that problem by combining a multi-tool with something that most cyclists will be carrying with them anyway – a tire lever.  Read More

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