Stuff We Liked This Month: February 2014

Stuff we like this month

At Clear-Coat, we’re pretty wild about well-designed products. It’s a bit of an obsession, actually. As such, we’re always on the hunt for the latest and greatest toys to test out, tech to try and eyebrow-raising products to get our hands on. And then we thought, why not share this obsession with our readers? After all, you guys can surely appreciate a hands-free umbrella or an “anti-loneliness” bowl, too! Without further ado, here are eight [Continue reading...]

Ideas Worth Backing: The Smart Lid

Ideas worth backing

Hey, readers! We’re incredibly excited to announce “Ideas Worth Backing”, a brand new monthly feature for our blog. Every month, we’ll be hunting down and helping to fund an awesome idea or clever invention on crowd funding sites that we think is worth your attention (and maybe a contribution, too!) We want to celebrate and encourage innovation, and we think this is just one small way to do that. Found a project you think we [Continue reading...]

Pay What You Want Pricing: The New Standard

Penny

I recently spent some time at a local car dealership looking to replace a very old, ailing, and nearly dead vehicle. Car shopping isn’t so bad – test driving cars is fun, and the smell of a new car is somehow always amazing, but there’s always the dreaded price negotiations! After thinking about my car shopping experience, I think there’s an interesting phenomenon developing – we’re all entering the age of “Pay What You Want” [Continue reading...]

Seeking Products with Purpose

Darn Tough

In this post, I want to talk about how I select products that I buy for myself, and show you a few of my personal favorite products – the things I use and love using every day. While this may seem fairly straightforward, it’s actually a personal topic for me – I co-founded a product development company, and have spent the past 7 years working on developing and manufacturing products. When I’m evaluating a product [Continue reading...]

Why Your Password is Never Secure (and what to do about it)

Why your password is never secure

You have dozens (if not hundreds) of online accounts that have a password. While most people know ‘abc123′ is a terrible password, and the tech-saavy know to use XKCD’s method, what you should really know is that your password is weak, no matter how long and cryptic it is. Because all passwords are equally vulnerable to being stolen from the various places they live in the cloud, ‘abc123′ is no more secure than ‘correcthorsebatterystapler’. That [Continue reading...]