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Tool Tank Multi-Tool

Tool Tank

The Tool Tank is a multi-tool keychain that features 3 screwdriver bits cleverly disguised within the tracks of a tank.

Each bit magnetically attaches to the turret, which rotates up for use. Just pick your bit, rotate the turret and you’ve got yourself a clever little screwdriver that’s always ready to do ‘battle’ with chores around the house.

[Tool Tank]

…It’s Things Thursday: DigiDudes?


DigiDudes are “funky, portable camera tripod and keychains with attitude”.

To use, simply screw off the dude’s head and pull out the retractable legs. The keychain allows you to attach the dude to your camera bag or backpack, making it the perfect on-the-go camera mount for when you just need something that’s a little more stable.

The five dudes are Pinky Scorsese, Snot Buster, 1iChomp, BoltBot, and G-bling-Money-Son, and each comes with its own personality and attitude.

[Quirky – DigiDudes]

…Grand Theft Auto is special?

Grand Theft Auto

Usually around the third or fourth iteration of a popular game, the designers decide that there are enough fans to warrant a special collector’s edition.

Though collector’s editions usually filled with a bunch of stuff that no one needs, they’re gobbled up by hard-core fans that want to raise their 1337 level by a few points at the next gaming get-together.

Apparently Grand Theft Auto has reached that point, because with the release of GTAIV coming up, they’ve announced a pre-orderable special edition that comes with a metal safety deposit box, special packaging, an art book with never-before-seen production artwork, a soundtrack CD filled with exclusive material, a Rockstar keychain, and a duffel bag to hold it all. Plus, order through Amazon, and you’ll even get a Liberty City license plate to round out the collection!


…Full Vinyl is a book about toys?

Full Vinyl

Full Vinyl: The Subversive Art of Designer Toys by Ivan Vartanian is a great looking book filled with full color photos of over 400 vinyl figures from a variety of the most popular artists in the industry. The book even has a corrugated cardboard cover and a squid keychain embedded in the front to give it a little bit of artsy flair. History books have never been this much fun.


…The Make: warranty voider voids its own Bill of Rights?

Make: warranty voider

The Make: warranty voider is a Leatherman “Squirt” with the Make: logo laser etched on the side. It’s available in either pliers or electronics version, is small enough to fit on your key chain, and is perfect for “mobile fixing, hacking and MacGyvering”. The features are as follows:

Squirt P4 features

  • Needlenose Pliers (spring loaded)
  • Straight Knife
  • Wire Cutters
  • Extra Small Screwdriver
  • Medium Screwdriver
  • Small Flat Phillips Screwdriver
  • Single-Cut File
  • Cross-Cut File
  • Opener
  • Lanyard Attachment
  • Awl
  • Length: 2.25 in. / 5.5 cm closed
  • Weight: 1.9 ounces / 55 grams

Squirt E4 features

  • Electrical Wire Cutters (spring loaded)
  • 20, 18, 16, 14, and 12 gauge wire strippers
  • Straight Knife
  • Tweezers
  • Extra-Small Screwdriver
  • Small Screwdriver
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Wood/Metal File
  • Bottle Opener
  • Lanyard Attachment
  • Length: 2.25 in. / 5.5 cm closed
  • Weight: 1.8 ounces / 52 grams

Each tool also includes a copy of the Maker’s Bill of Rights:

  • Meaningful and specific parts lists shall be included.
  • Cases shall be easy to open.
  • Batteries should be replaceable.
  • Special tools are allowed only for darn good reasons.
  • Profiting by selling expensive special tools is wrong and not making special tools available is even worse.
  • Torx is OK; tamperproof is rarely OK.
  • Components, not entire sub-assemblies, shall be replaceable.
  • Consumables, like fuses and filters, shall be easy to access.
  • Circuit boards shall be commented.
  • Power from USB is good; power from proprietary power adapters is bad.
  • Standard connecters shall have pinouts defined.
  • If it snaps shut, it shall snap open.
  • Screws better than glues.
  • Docs and drivers shall have permalinks and shall reside for all perpetuity at archive.org.
  • Ease of repair shall be a design ideal, not an afterthought.
  • Metric or standard, not both.
  • Schematics shall be included.

But as one observant Boing Boing reader noted, the Make: warranty voider doesn’t exactly follow by the rules of its own Maker’s Bill of Rights.

  1. No parts list.
  2. Case is sealed by rivets — cannot be opened for repair.
  3. Need a drill to remove rivets and a riveter to replace them (i.e. ‘special tools required’).
  4. Can’t get at components to replace them, thus entire assembly must be replaced, and proprietary parts are not available individually to the end user.
  5. Ease of repair not a consideration.
  6. No schematics included.

If you’re going to bundle two things together, it’s probably a good idea to make sure they agree with one another.

[Make: warranty voider]

[Via: Boing Boing]