Tool Review: Optrix XD iPhone Case

optrix

The Optrix XD is a tough-as-nails iPhone 4/4S/Touch case with a built-in 175-degree wide-angle lens and is designed to mount on a bike, car, or some other vehicle, giving you great videos while protecting the phone. Optrix claims mil-spec durability with regards to impact, particle resistance, vibration, and water immersion.... Read more »

Tool Review: Rio Grande Swap-Jaw Pliers

Sean - Pliers Jaw Inserts

There's nothing especially complex about these pliers from prominent jeweler-supply house Rio Grande: one jaw features a rounded bending mandrel about 5mm in diameter and 20mm long, and the other, a cupped steel band holding a nylon forming block with a matching V-shaped groove. The cool part is that the... Read more »

Tool Review: Festool Sortainer

Festool "Sortainers"

When I built my first circuit, all of my tools and supplies fit inside a small shoebox. When I built my first robot, all was contained in a small under-the-bed clothing tote. Now, more than 12 years and many projects, tools, and parts later, my storage needs have become so... Read more »

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