This Water-Repellent Umbrella Won't Drip All Over Your Bag When It's Closed

TAGIT
TAGIT

It's essential to be prepared when going outdoors on a rainy day. In addition to your raincoat and other products to help you stay dry, an umbrella is a necessity. However, once you head indoors, most umbrellas come with their own set of issues: They often stay wet for hours, dripping on shoes and soaking through bags. After a few uses, the fabric tends to become wrinkled and difficult to fold up.

A new umbrella aims to combat those commonplace issues. Now raising money on Kickstarter, TAGIT is designed to stay dry in even the harshest weather conditions, keeping you dry in turn. It's also engineered to fold up more neatly than the cheap umbrellas you buy on the street or at convenience stores.

The TAGIT umbrella, which is made with fabric from recycled down jackets, is treated with a water-resistant agent called Teflon EcoElite that keeps water from soaking through the fabric. After coming in from the rain, users can dry off their umbrella with just a few shakes. The umbrella also comes with a special cloth that allows users to wipe down any errant water droplets.

Black umbrella opened up facing towards camera with Tagit print in front, black background
TAGIT™

With the TAGIT folding system, users no longer have to worry about wet fabric getting wrinkled or bunched up as they try to close their umbrella either. The patent-pending "smart patch" technology guides the fabric into place as the umbrella closes, making sure it folds neatly every time. The aluminum frame is designed to withstand the wind, and it has a magnetic buckling system that can be adjusted easily and won't wear out quickly like Velcro straps.

A man folds a black TAGIT umbrella
TAGIT

Each part of the umbrella is made with eco-friendly and recycled materials. The Teflon EcoElite hydrophobic coating, for instance, is made with 60 percent renewably sourced raw materials. In addition, since the umbrella is designed to last, it can prevent waste from people tossing out cheap umbrellas when they inevitably break.

TAGIT has already raised more than three times its original funding goal of $12,748. You can get your own water-repellant umbrella on Kickstarter by pledging $46 or more. Shipping is scheduled for November.

Unlock Every Flavor Note in Your Morning Coffee With This Elegant Hand-Blown Glass

AVENSI
AVENSI

Even if you can’t match every single glass with the specific type of alcohol you’re supposed to drink out of it, you can probably at least spot the difference between a wine glass, martini glass, Champagne flute, and beer stein. Why, then, in a society so enamored with coffee, do we not afford the same level of care toward our coffee cups?

The inventors behind the AVENSI coffee glassware line want to prove to you that drinking your morning bean juice out of any old mug or paper cup is drastically affecting the taste, aroma, and overall experience of coffee, though you might not realize it.

Avensi coffee glass
AVENSI

They’ve adjusted glass shape, wall curvature, thickness, lip flare, rim diameter, bowl-to-rim ratio, and volume to devise the ultimate hand-blown glass for enhancing coffee’s diverse flavor properties, which you can further unlock by swirling the coffee around your glass to aerate and oxidize it—just like you would with a nice pinot noir. The ultra-thin rim is 60 percent thinner than a regular coffee cup, so each sip will flow across your palate like a gentle wave, and the hybrid thermal wall will keep coffee at your desired temperature for much longer than your regular paper or porcelain container without burning your hands.

The AVENSI glasses were developed and tested by an impressive array of world champion coffee experts, scientists, roasters, shop owners, and sensory experts across more than 30 countries. But you definitely don’t have to have an extensive background in the art and science of coffee to appreciate the subtleties of drinking it; the AVENSI glass delivers the perfect experience, and all you need to do is trust your senses.

There are three versions of the 14-ounce glass—Vida, Senti, and Alto—each slightly varied in shape and pairing recommendations. The tulip-shaped Vida goes well with sweet, well-rounded, and chocolatey coffee, the Senti has a wide diameter that maximizes aroma and pairs best with nutty, earthy, and caramel beans, and the hourglass Alto is ideal for fruity light roasts.

You can start with two Vida glasses for $45 on Kickstarter, or check out other buying options here.

If you’re wondering what else you should be doing to maximize your coffee experience, don't drink it as soon as you wake up, and invest in a good grinder.

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This Alarm Clock Makes You Chase It Down to Get You Out of Bed

Clocky the Alarm, YouTube
Clocky the Alarm, YouTube

Even self-proclaimed morning people sometimes struggle to rouse themselves from the warm abyss of deep-stage sleep. This, of course, can result in a series of haphazard jabs at your snooze button until you’re really running late, or the universally dreaded failure to ever hear your alarm go off in the first place. Meet Clocky, the nightstand pet designed to rescue you from all of your alarm-clock issues and anxieties.

Clocky is a rambunctious, responsible alarm clock who will perform a number of irksome yet effective antics to get you up and at ’em. First of all, he’s very, very loud, so you’re sure to be jolted from even the most corpse-like slumber. Then, he’ll roll away from wherever you’ve left him, continuing to emit a variety of noises while you’re forced to chase him down in order to curtail the cacophony. He can survive a three-foot fall, so you can station him atop your nightstand, and he’ll bounce right down the stairs, too, if that’s what it takes to get you moving. (He won’t, however, brew your morning coffee for you … but this alarm clock will.)

Clocky the alarm clock
Amazon

You can customize the snooze settings based on your preferences. Clocky’s default is to have the snooze button disabled, meaning that he’ll zoom away as soon as the alarm goes off. If you’re a little more forgiving of your own “just five more minutes” habit, you can choose for Clocky to let you hit the snooze button once, twice, or more before he rolls away—and you can also set the length of time your snoozes will last.

Sometimes you really do deserve to flake on sunrise yoga and burrow farther into your covers for an extra hour or two, so feel free to disable Clocky’s runaway feature before mornings when you’re planning to play it by ear.

You can purchase Clocky for $40 from Amazon.

Wondering how people ever woke up on time without fancy gadgets like Clocky to help them? Find out here.

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