Liz Gannes

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Grand St. Opens Up a SkyMall-Type Shop for Indie Gadgets

Finding and buying fanciful and useful new gadgets often means months-long Kickstarter deadline delays (I’m still waiting on that Everpurse, dangit!) or extremely limited availability even when they make it to traditional retail (like the Pebble watch).

gst-collection-hoverGrand St. has been for some time offering flash sales of indie gadgets to a private email list, and today it opens to the public with a selection of 11 products that it’s committing to keep in stock long-term.

That includes the Cosmonaut touchscreen stylus, a Bluetooth keychain fob called Hone, the WakaWaka Power solar charger and lantern, and the Sensordrone dongle full of sensors for Android. All four of those were Kickstarter success stories, and the Hone isn’t available elsewhere for online purchase.

Grand St. said it aims to be the go-to source for “creative, maker, hackable, small batch ‘unbucketed’ tech.” I had been wondering when an “Internet of Things” store would come along, and this is one of the closer efforts I’ve seen.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik