36 of the Handiest Inventions We’ve Seen This Year

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Update: With all that’s going, on a lot of our picks have sold out on Amazon. Fortunately, you can get many of them directly from the manufacturer. It’s not as slick of a buying experience as Amazon, but they’ll ship right away, and are often as cheap (or cheaper). Hope you enjoy!

I’m kind of a sucker for nifty gadgets. There’s just something so satisfying about finding the tool that will solve all of your problems…or at least help you do a very specific task much more efficiently. After all, life’s too short to use subpar products that take forever! If there’s a gadget that will make life easier, then you can rest assured that I will buy it and have it handy for the next time I need it. I’m all about trying to make life as simple and stress-free as possible!

Luckily for me (and you!), the Internet is filled with incredible, handy gadgets to purchase, from a flexible safe you secure pretty much anywhere, to the most ingenious keychain on the market. I hope you find something that will give you that “perfect tool for the job” happiness!

We hope you find these products as awesome as we do. Just an FYI: We are a participant in the Amazon affiliate program, and Brainjolt may receive a share of sales from links on this page. Prices on Amazon fluctuate so anything mentioned below might change as soon we publish it!

Calling All Insomniacs! The Dodow Is Here to Help

If you ever have trouble falling asleep, you know how stressful it can be. Soon, the only thing you can focus on is how you can’t sleep, and that just stresses you out more! That’s where the Dodow comes in. All you have to do is turn it on, then begin to breathe along with the halo it projects onto your ceiling. The rhythmic glow helps you clear your mind, slow your breathing, and relax your body so can quickly drift off into a deep sleep. The Dodow was built by insomniacs specifically for other insomniacs and is backed by concrete, scientific research. Plus, it’s super delightful to look at!

Pick Up All the Tiny Things You Drop With the 3-in-1 ODii

The other day, I dropped a lipstick in my car and saw, to my great sadness, that it was wedged between the seats where my hand won’t fit. I still haven’t retrieved it, so it’s high time I invest in some serious gadgety help in the form of the ODii! The super-clever 3-in-1 design includes a magnet, LED light, and grabby tool so you can reach and collect dropped items. The ODii holds up to 10 pounds (wow!) with the 19-inch retractable arm.

Yes, You CAN Trim Your Own Hair! Just Use the CreaClip

The next time your shaggy ends cause you to get itchy fingers, don’t reach for the scissors until you spring for the CreaClip! This ingenious tool clamps onto hair to guide scissors or clippers, ensuring you cut straight and true. Works great on bangs, layers, or even very short hair. It’s designed so you can either use it on yourself or your (very trusting) loved ones!

See What’s Behind You With the Type S Parking Sensor

No rear-view camera, no problem! Now you can back up and park more easily with the wireless, solar-powered Type S Parking Sensor, which lets you know if there’s something behind your car. Install the sensor on the back of your car (no wiring required), then use your phone to check the sensors. You’ll get both audio and visual alerts when objects are detected up to four feet away.

This Genius Device Will Tell You What is Wrong With Your Car

Every time my check engine light comes on, I have a mini panic attack. How much is it gonna cost me this time? Can I safely get to a mechanic, or is something seriously wrong? Enter FIXD — it’s an awesome, inexpensive little diagnostic tool that can really ease your worries about your car. Simply plug the small device into your cars OBD port and pair with the phone app. In a matter of seconds, FIXD will automatically start telling you why your check engine light is on…and whether it’s actually something serious. It’ll even tell you the consequences of continuing to drive with the issue, along with a host of other vehicle-specific data. It’s kind of incredible.  

The FlexSafe Is a Lightweight Safe You Can Bring Anywhere!

FlexSafe is a popular, portable safe that can be securely locked around pretty much any fixed object. It’s made from five layers of slash-resistant material and includes RFID blocking material to keep your digital assets as secure as your physical ones. It’s also water-resistant, so all your money, jewelry, and gadgets are protected against both would-be thieves and water damage.

Back Up Your Pics Straight From Your Phone or Tablet With the PhotoStick Mobile

The day will come, if it hasn’t already, when you’ll fill up your phone’s capacity with photos. You’ll then have two choices: delete or invest in storage. Obviously, I’m going to recommend that you keep every precious shot of your lunch and cats and cute outfits, which means you need a storage solution! Enter the PhotoStick Mobile, the easiest and most affordable solution I’ve found for saving photos directly from your phone or tablet. Just plug it in and back ’em up–there’s enough room for 60,000 photos and videos to be safely stored!

The GlowBowl Makes Nighttime Bathroom Trips a Soothing Experience

No more eye-shattering brightly-lit trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night. The GlowBowl turns your toilet into a soothing, colorful island of light (and relief) in the darkness. Simply clip the GlowBowl onto the rim of your toilet and select the color you want it to emit (there are 13 different ones to choose from!). The motion sensor will automatically turn the light on whenever someone makes a nighttime visit. And its built-in air freshener keeps things smelling great 24/7!

The KeySmart Is The Best Keychain on the Market

Simply screw your keys into place and you’ll end up with something that looks like a Swiss army knife (except instead of knives, it’s keys). You can also add accessories like a bottle opener, thumb drive, or flashlight, turning the entire thing into a handy multitool. No more jangling! Your neighbors and friends will thank you.

Peeps Are The Simplest (and Greatest) Solution to Smudges

I don’t know how it happens, but every time I look at my lenses, they’re smudged beyond recognition. And if I don’t happen to have a microfiber cloth nearby, I’m forced to suffer through the smudges. That’s where Peeps come in! You can use either the retractable brush to clean off dust and fuzzies, or the unique tweezer-esque polishing pads to wipe away smudges and grime without leaving any smears behind. It uses carbon molecular technology to clear away oils, dirt, and dust (the same cleaning technology used in space!) If it’s good enough for NASA, it can probably handle anything you’re going to throw at it.

The Photostick Makes Backing Up All of Your Photos SO Easy

All you do is plug it in to a USB port, click “go”, and Photostick automatically finds and backs up their pictures. That’s it –no “finding the right folder”. No “wrong directory”. No issues. It works on both PC’s and Macs, and it can save up to 60,000 photos. It’s about as easy as it gets. And trust us, your family and friends will love the fact you got them this the next time a virus kills their computer and they lose everything. You’ll have saved the day by saving their photos. Yay you!!

This VIZR Adds a “Heads Up Display” To Your Car for Cheap!

Once relegated to fighter jets, super high-tech heads-up displays are all the rage in ultra-lux modern cars. Don’t happen to have one of those particular automobiles? No worries! VIZR adds a heads-up display to any car, utilizing a patented technology that pairs with your smart-phone. Utilizing a specially engineered translucent display, the VIZR offers a safe, clear windshield view of your smartphone’s GPS, day or night! It’s almost like you’re driving in the latest video game with a HUD (heads-up display), only in real life. And it keeps your hands free, and your eyes on the road.

The Neck Hammock is THE KEY to Resolving That Stiff Neck

Designed by a practicing physiotherapist, the Neck Hammock uses cervical traction to help relax spasming neck muscles and increase neck mobility. It raised almost $1 million dollars on Kickstarter, and ever since has been a huge hit across the gadget-sphere, with innumerable fans like Dr. Oz touting its effectiveness. Does it look funny? Sure. But you won’t be laughing when you feel how well it works.

Bondic Can Fix Basically Anything

What’s Bondic? It’s a futuristic liquid plastic that can fix, fill, and bond basically ANYTHING. It’s not a glue — it’s a liquid plastic welder. Apply the liquid plastic to anything you’re looking to fix, then cure it with a specialized UV light and BOOM, it’s fixed! Fans tout its ability to re-attach broken eyeglasses, fill and repair fraying power chargers, and refill holes in leaking plumbing. It even fixes broken dishes!

You’ll Never Lose Anything Again With the XY Find It

This coin-sized tracker is one of my favorite gadgets I’ve found in a long time (and I’ve written about a LOT of products). Just place the XY Find It on your keys, in your purse or in your wallet, on your dog’s collar or even in your car — attach it to anything you want to lose, and you won’t lose it! The included app allows you to track down all of your most prized possessions. It displays your distance from the lost item, and sounds an alarm so you can pinpoint its exact location.

ScreenKlean Is The World’s Most Advanced Screen Cleaning System

We all spend hundreds or thousands on our smartphones, tablets, and HDTVs, but how many of us actually invest in decent products to keep them clean? I know my own iPhone is covered in seemingly permanent smudges. Good news: you don’t have to spend a lot of money to find a great way to keep your devices smudge-free. The genius-level innovators behind ScreenKlean created an “intelligent” carbon molecule, which attracting and lifting away any and all traces of grime. That’s right — not only will it wipe away the grease and grime, ScreenKlean will also wipe away any and all built-up bacteria on your phone. And considering where so many people use their phones for reading and entertainment, that seems like a pretty good idea 😉

AirBolt is the Tiniest Smart Lock on the Market

The huge Kickstarter hit is now available for all the rest of us! This TSA-approved smart lock is perfect for using anywhere you need to keep your bags safe and secure. Opening the lock is as simple as swiping on your phone. You can even track your luggage in real time with the AirBolt, and it’ll even notify you if anyone is tampering with your luggage. Yes, the future is here.

No More Stinky Shoes With These Odor-Absorbing StankStix

My family and I have been taking a lot of walks lately, so there’s a row of sneakers by the front door giving off a not-so-fresh smell. I’m in desperate need of an odor-busting solution, preferably one that’s non-toxic and free of icky fake-floral scents. In other words, I need these StankyStix! They have everything I want, including all-natural materials that absorb moisture and odors. No cloying scent, no weird chemicals. I also love the shape that works perfectly in a pair of shoes and can’t get split up like a pair of wayward socks.

Get Peace of Mind With the smartDOT

Some people are worried about exposure to electromagnetic radiation, but still want to use phones and computers. The smartDOT is designed to give such folks a little more peace of mind! Just stick the happy orange dot onto your phone or other device, and the idea is that it helps protect you from radiation. It might be a placebo effect, but a lot of users report feeling clearer-minded and less anxious with the smartDOT in place.

The Seed Sheet Helps Even Notorious Plant-Killers Develop a Green Thumb

If you’re a complete gardening novice, have I got the product for you! You don’t need a yard or any special tools to grow your own luscious herbs; all you need is the new, Shark Tank-winning product, Seed Sheets. The kit comes with everything you need: a BPA-free fabric gardening container, saucer, and seeds to sprout six herbs: Basil, Cilantro, Parsley, Dill, Onion Greens and Sorrel. There’s even a free app that tells you when to add water and when the herbs are ready to eat.

Protect Your Hands With Safe Grabs

Multiple times a day, I microwave a dish and then scramble to remove it without burning my fingers. I’ve used a potholder, dishtowel, and even my own sleeves, but none of them are as handy as the Safe Grabs, which were designed for the job. Here’s how it works: Put the silicone Safe Grabs mat under the dish in the microwave. When it’s heated, grab the mat with the dish so your hands are protected, then set it down on the counter or table. Now it’s serving double-duty as a trivet or placemat! Dishwasher safe, naturally non-stick, and even handy for removing stubbornly tight jar lids. I just adore this product!

Get a Selfie-Ready Glow With the Lure Essentials Glam Facial Cupping Set

In romance novels, sometimes the heroine pinches her cheeks to cause a natural blush and freshen her face. I tried it and was unimpressed. I’m a lot more interested in cupping, which has been around nearly as long as pinching and seems to have much better results! The Lure Essentials Glam Facial Cupping Set includes cupping tools in various sizes along with facial oil that helps the cups glide smoothly over the skin. Cupping increases blood flow and results in an instantly freshened look, perfect for right before a set of selfies or video-chatting.

The LadyCare Magnetic Device Designed to Relieve Symptoms of Menopause

I was recently rather startled to learn that menopause isn’t one sudden event in a woman’s life; instead, it’s a gradual set of changes that can take place for up to 10 years as the body adjusts. Along the way, women may experience hot flashes, night sweats, fatigue, and lots of other super awesome symptoms. What a journey. To help, there are medications and therapies, and also some devices on the market that might be worth a try. One is the LadyCare, which is a magnetic device you wear down there. Some users have reported quite a bit of relief from it.  

Convert Your Old Photos, DVDs, and VHS to Digital iMemories

Several years back, my parents entrusted me with a box of old photos, film negatives, and VHS tapes filled with family memories going back three generations. What a treasure trove!  A treasure trove that is currently collecting dust in a closet. Oops. What I really need is a service like iMemories, which makes it ridiculously easy to convert all those precious documents to digital files. Send everything in the box they provide, and after uploading and categorizing your stuff, they safely return your originals. The end result is a precious collection of neat and tidy digital files that are not only easy to share, but will be safe forever.

Plug in the Handy Heater for Instant, Cozy Warmth

Cold hands, warm heart, my mom used to say. I’d prefer to change it to: cold hands, so get me a teeny-tiny space heater of my very own! I’m used to seeing space heaters designed to fit under the desk or in a corner of the room, but they tend to be bulky and get in the way. That’s why I’m so excited about the new Handy Heater, which is petite in size but impressive in power. Plug it into any regular electrical outlet, set the desired temperature, then enjoy the warmth.

Remove Computer Viruses Safely and Easily With the Fix Me Stick

Like a vaccine for your computer, the Fix Me Stick is just about the easiest way to make sure your machine is virus-free. Use it once a month to detect malware and clean your hard drive of any lingering viruses. Includes free, dedicated technical support to help with any trouble-shooting.

Measure 17 Health Markers With the FitTrack

So much more than a bathroom scale, the FitTrack is the smartest way to record and monitor your health. Whether you’re trying to lose weight, gain muscle, or simply maintain fitness, this device helps you monitor progress and achieve your goals. Yes, it will tell you what you weight–but that’s just the beginning! In fact, the FitTrack measures 17 health factors, including body fat, muscle mass, bone mass, hydration level, and so much more. It recognizes up to 8 separate accounts, so everyone in the family can use it.

Test Your Vision at Home With the EyeQue

Have you ever gone to the optometrist for a basic vision check and thought that there must be an easier way to do this? Well, now there is! The EyeQue is an accurate, affordable, at-home vision test you can do all by yourself. The device works with your smartphone and the included app to let you check and monitor your vision at home, as often as you like. Saves time and money, and is surprisingly fun to use!

Charge Your Devices Anywhere, Anytime With the Versatile ChargeHubGo+

Portable chargers are a must-have item! Be ready for long commutes, power outages, or anytime you need to keep your devices fully charged with the ChargeHubGo+. The slim design makes it easy to slip into a pocket or bag. When it’s time to charge, use it as a wireless charging pad or with a cord. You can even charge multiple devices at the same time!

Stop the Bounce With the BooBuddy

Designed to work with any sports bra or top, the BooBuddy is guaranteed for zero bounce, zero pain while running or exercising. The design is simple, yet ingenious. The band has no stitching or tags (which means, nothing to irritate your skin!) and velcros in place for a tight, custom fit. Finally, you can get an intense workout, without the intense bouncing!

Improve Posture and Relieve Back Pain in Just 15 Minutes a Day With the BetterBack

As I type this, I’m sitting on my couch hunched over my laptop. Not exactly the most ergonomic set-up, and I could really use a good s-t-r-e-t-c-h. If only I had the BetterBack, a Shark Tank success story designed to relieve pain and improve posture. It’s not another massager or seat cushion; instead, the BetterBack uses straps to properly align the body, acting like a reset button for your back. It’s adjustable to all shapes and sizes of bodies, so you can even share with your family members if you want to.

Relieve Headaches and Migraines With the Aculief

I get a lot of tension headaches, and since I don’t want to pop a pill every time, I’ve been researching natural remedies. Meditation, shoulder rubs, stretching, and vision breaks all help. Another solution that surprised me was this neat little device called an Aculief. At first, I was pretty skeptical–how could a gadget that pinches my hand make my head feel better? But it turns out that firm pressure on a pressure point–in this case a spot on the hand between the thumb and forefinger–is a well-known way to provide relief. The Aculief gets a lot of positive reviews from customers who swear that it works!

Relax With TikiTunes, the Wireless Speaker that Doubles as a Tiki Torch

Last night, I sat out on a my back patio to relax and enjoy the evening air. I had a comfortable chair, a drink in my hand, and my new TikiTunes speaker. I’m not gonna lie, it was really nice! The TikiTunes looks like a tiki torch, complete with flickering LED light, but it’s actually a wireless speaker with high-quality sound and impressive bass. Pair two or more TikiTunes for true stereo sound. Best of all, it’s dust-proof and waterproof, so it’s totally safe to use outdoors!

Track Your Hydration on Any Bottle, Glass, or Mug With the Versatile Ulla

We all know that drinking more water is a vial step toward better health, but sometimes it’s hard to remember to hydrate. I thought about getting one of those water bottles with encouraging messages printed on it, but the problem is that I actually prefer drinking water out of a glass. I also want credit for my cups of herbal tea! That’s why the Ulla is the perfect gadget to track hydration. The sleek little device straps onto any drinking vessel and uses motion sensors to keep track of how often you take a swig. It also lights up when it’s been a while to give a visual reminder to keep drinking. Bonus: It comes in lots of fun colors and cute designs!

Improve Posture With a Gentle Tapping Reminder From the Upright Go

Your mom probably told you to sit up straight–and she was right! Better posture means less back pain, less neck strain, and more improved focus. I’d like all three of those right this minute, how about you? The Upright Go is a wearable device designed to help you achieve better posture. It sticks to your upper back and detects when you start to slump. It then gives you a gentle tapping sensation to remind you to straighten up. There’s even an app so you can visualize your progress and get real-time updates.

Instantly Upgrade Your PC or Mac With the Xtra-PC

Struggling with an old computer, but can’t afford a new one? The Xtra-PC can help! Just plug it into the USB port on your computer, and it will bypass your Windows or Mac operating system to run a fully-functioning Linux system that’s fast and easy to use. You’ll be able to use all your favorite programs, including email, internet browsing, and files, but you should see a noticeable improvement in speed and a lot less crashing.