More cat toy than automated mop, the “Mocoro” robotic cleaning ball is an entertaining microfiber-clad gizmo that roams haphazardly through the house and just may pick up some dust along the way. $13.99 at www.lightinthebox.com
It’s a bit bulky, but the “Titan” iPhone cable, industrial grade and double-wrapped in flexible steel, is indestructible. A chain saw can’t cut through it, let alone a puppy who likes to chew or a careless teen. $35 at www.fusechicken.com
The keeper of family photos will appreciate the “Bevy” photo-storage system by Lineage Labs. More private than the Cloud, it archives, sorts, and shares photos from whomever you invite. Starting at $299 at www.bevy.us
Seemingly more art installation than time-telling device--till you get the hang of it--the “Powers of 2©” binary clock by Anelace Inc. uses the language of computers to display hours, minutes, and seconds. $28.95 at www.thegrommet.com
The “Kodiak Plus PowerBank” by Outdoor Tech is a waterproof battery pack with dual USB ports that can charge devices a few times over and withstand submersion in a stream, toilet, or pitcher of beer. $99.95 at L.L.Bean, 95 Main St., Freeport, Maine, 800-809-7057, www.llbean.com
The “IO Hawk” motorized transporter, which can zip along at up to 6.2 miles per hour, is an appealing alternative for city dwellers who want to quicken their commutes and get home sooner or just have a bit of fun. $1,799.99 at iohawk.com
“Bluez 2S” headphones use vibrations to transmit sound waves via the cheekbones, are wireless, Bluetooth-enabled, and don’t cover the ears, making them a safer option on runs and bike rides and when things require your attention at home. $99.95 at aftershokz.com
The “4-in-1 Lens” by olloclip weighs less than an ounce and slides right onto a smartphone, so you can take snazzy snapshots of your next renovation project. The set includes two macro lenses (10x and 15x), a fisheye lens for a 180-degree view, and a wide-angle. $79.99 at olloclip.comMarni Elyse Katz blogs about design at StyleCarrot.com. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.