Your new ev­ery­day carry

The idea of EDC orig­i­nated as in­sur­ance against a so­ci­ety that was pos­si­bly crum­bling. In to­day’s dig­i­tal city, it’s a set of things that helps you make sense of a so­ci­ety that’s def­i­nitely over­whelm­ing.

Popular Mechanics (South Africa) - - Random Fun - LEATHERMAN

Be­sides a knife for open­ing Ama­zon Al­pha Prime boxes, this ver­sion has a pen­talobe screw­driver for fix­ing small de­vices – swap­ping bat­ter­ies, and so on.

RAY- BAN AR WAYFARER

When the in­for­ma­tion layer can be just as over­whelm­ing and in­scrutable as the street park­ing signs you some­times still see in land-marked dis­tricts, a pair of good shades is cru­cial. The RBAR app lets you select what types of in­for­ma­tion you see – food and drink or pub­lic tran­sit op­tions, for ex­am­ple. (Think of sailors wear­ing sun­glasses of dif­fer­ent tints de­pend­ing on the wa­ter they’ll be out on.) Plus, these still shade your eyes from the sun.

BOSE SOUNDSIGHT 35 H EADPHONES1

An al­ter­nate way to cope with aug­mented re­al­ity, es­pe­cially if glasses are in­con­ve­nient, such as in the rain, is au­dio. Lo­ca­tion track­ing and ac­celerom­e­ters mean that you can look to­wards a build­ing, and the voice as­sis­tant will tell you the hours that spe­cific restau­rant is open. Use skull vi­bra­tion can­cel­la­tion for es­pe­cially loud en­vi­ron­ments.

YET I I ONOPR INTED2 MUG

Since the dis­pos­able-cup ban, it’s been cru­cial to

have a cup with you. This is the best one out there: It’s the size and shape of a credit card, un­til you use Blue­tooth to give it a small jolt of elec­tric­ity, which folds it into shape.

MOPHIE BAT TERY

Pub­lic inductive charg­ing mats are (still) slow. One of these will get your de­vices through the day.

FARA­DAY BAG

A cloth case wo­ven with ma­te­rial that blocks all ra­dio sig­nals. In a city cov­ered with wire­less ser­vice, stash­ing your de­vices in one of these is the only way to truly check out.

DYSON PER­SONAL COOL

Most cities are now of­fi­cially un­bear­able dur­ing the sum­mer. Per­sonal A/C is a must. This de­vice makes a halo of cool around your body, with a retro de­sign of the com­pany’s room fans from the 2010s.

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