The Canon 60Da DSLR is specially designed to take photos of stars. Compared with other DSLRs, the camera’s infrared filter permits three times the red hydrogen-alpha wavelengths emitted by celestial bodies to reach the image sensor. Canon EOS 60Da: $1,500.
Pitchers will throw sharper curveballs with the Blitzball. The ball’s 72 hexagonal faces exaggerate the spin the pitcher initiates, leading to breaks as wide as seven feet. College Hill Games Official Blitzball: $12/four.
Spread the Light
The Tulip lantern is the only camping lamp to automatically adjust its focus. When the bulb is hung, three hinged reflectors surround it, forcing the light into a beam; when upright, the reflectors fall away from the bulb and the light diffuses into a halo. Snow Peak Tulip Lantern: $150.
The Doxie Go + Wi-Fi are the first portable, connected, direct-to-cloud scanner. The 14.2-ounce device transmits files to services such as Evernote and Flickr from a preexisting network of Wi-Fi hotspots. Apparent Doxie Go + Wi-Fi $250.
Make or Break
The 14-inch steel Super hammer works as a wrench, chisel, nail puller, ax and, of course, hammer. To balance the tool’s heavy head, designers counterweighted the handle by lengthening it by two inches. Dead On Annihilator Super hammer: $40.
Righty Tighty, Lefty Tighty
Unlike most ratchets, the Swift Driver tightens no matter which way it turns. When the user turns the handle, a central gear engages one of two smaller opposing gears that lock onto and turn the driveshaft. Master Mechanic Swift Driver: $25.
The Nike Method putter helps golfers swing more smoothly. Designers set two thirds of the club head’s weight in the rear. When players swing, a pendulum effect keeps the club from wobbling and hence striking the ball at an unintended angle. Nike Method Concept Putter: $230 at Dick’s.
The GE Profile is the first fridge with a water dispenser that uses sound to prevent overflows. A sensor near the spout sends sonar pulses to determine the container’s height and track the water level until it is 90 percent full. GE Profile French Door Refrigerator: $3,000.
Most electric skateboards require users to carry a handheld remote to control speed. The ZBoard, however, has embedded pressure sensors that allow riders to accelerate (up to 17 mph) or brake by simply shifting their weight. ZBoard: From $600.
The Windoro is the first window-washing robot. It polishes glass with four spinning micro fiber pads and uses bumpers to find the edges of the surface. Eight permanent magnets hold its two halves onto panes. Ilshim Global Windoro: $540.
The 6.75-pound M12 band saw is the lightest available, allowing builders to make overhead cuts for hours without tiring. Milwaukee engineers replaced the saw’s die-cast aluminum frame with an injection-molded nylon one to reduce weight. Milwaukee Tool M12 Cordless Sub-Compact Band Saw: $200.
Pressman Toy recently released a series of apps that turn iPad screens into board games. To use them, players need a set of four game pieces, all of which are made from a metal-and-plastic polymer that allows them to interact with the touchscreen. Pressman Toy iPieces: $10.