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.
Besides a knife for opening Amazon Alpha Prime boxes, this version has a pentalobe screwdriver for fixing small devices – swapping batteries, and so on.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Public inductive charging mats are (still) slow. One of these will get your devices through the day.
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.
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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.