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An industrial grade iPhone cord.

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

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

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


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

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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,

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

“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

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

Marni Elyse Katz blogs about design at Send comments to