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Pimp your toolbox with these nine awarded gadgets

Cordless screwdriver, ergonomic utility knife, 3D space scanner and Co. help you to optimize DIY projects at home.

All of us own a standard equipment for repair works at home. Whether it’s a clogged drain, another bookshelf for your newly furnished home office or your plan to completely redecorate your living room – safe some energy with a helping hand, in the form of handy tools and tech gadgets. Here is a roundup of products that were honored with the iF DESIGN AWARD 2020 and with which you might feel obliged to pimp your toolbox. 

1. With Hakaruno you can make measurements like never before – completely digital.

1. With Hakaruno you can make measurements like never before – completely digital.

Design: ALTEKNA Co., Ltd. / FUJITSU DESIGN LIMITED (both Japan)
Manufacturer: FUJITSU COMPONENT LIMITED (Japan)

If you want to be more precise and efficient in tailoring curtains or other DIY projects, this digital tape measure is just perfect for you. Hakaruno is connected wirelessly to your smartphone on which you need to install a specialized app. All you need to do is to take a measurement and let the devices exchange data. There is no need to write down numbers or trying to decipher illegible notes anymore.

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2. Thorsman Work Light can be installed on the ground and even hung on a leash.

2. Thorsman Work Light can be installed on the ground and even hung on a leash.

Design: Schneider Electric (France) / Jonathan Deloy
Manufacturer: Schneider Electric (France)

It is not only photographers who appreciate good lighting conditions. This work light was honored with the if gold award and impressed the iF jury with simplicity and handiness. The plastic frame is a smart one with a double function: It protects the lamp and can be used as a tripod in different positions, including hung from its integrated hook. Moreover, the lamp can be rotated in order to provide precise and direct lighting.

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3. This impact driver is ideal if you are looking for a non-stop “drill session”.

3. This impact driver is ideal if you are looking for a non-stop “drill session”.

Design: Schirrmacher Product Design (Germany) / Roland Schirrmacher / Tao Schirrmacher
Manufacturer: FESTOOL GmbH (Germany)

Maximum performance and endurance are what we are looking for when dealing with an impact driver. 4 TID 18 comes with a brushless EC-TEC motor as well as a diverse battery pack. In addition, the machine weighs just 700 grams and a belt clip allows you to carry around the machine without touching it. Design-wise, it is easy to hold in the hand thanks to the tangential hammer mechanism with no strength-sapping back torque.

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4. The Siegmund Height Adjustable Rotating Table Mobile comes with castors and is highly robust.

4. The Siegmund Height Adjustable Rotating Table Mobile comes with castors and is highly robust.

Design: Bernd Siegmund GmbH / Selic Industriedesign (both Germany)
Manufacturer: Bernd Siegmund GmbH (Germany)

This table was originally designed for welding and woodworking but since it is mobile on castors and can be turned with the spindle in any direction that you want to, it might be practical for use in any other context. The plasma-nitrided worktop withstands high loads (up to 500 kilogram), is scratch-resistant and thus provides a basis for solid works.

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5. Realize your own interior design project with this 3D space scanner.

5. Realize your own interior design project with this 3D space scanner.

Design: SAQ Design Consulting Inc. (South Korea) / HoJin Song
Manufacturer: Archidraw (South Korea)

Do you want to design your own interior and prefer digital assistance? Archisketch takes over works of measuring, modeling and planning for you by using laser and augmented reality in order to create 3D floorplans. For example, you can calculate the distance between each corner. Just connect the Archisketch device to your smartphone.

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6. This ergonomic utility knife is ideal for both left-handed and right-handed people.

6. This ergonomic utility knife is ideal for both left-handed and right-handed people.

Design: Hultafors Group AB (Sweden) / Nikita Golovlev
Manufacturer: Hultafors Group AB (Sweden)

We love that the designers of the Snap-off Knife SFRP 18A attach importance to inclusive design: It can be used equally well for right-handed and left-handed people because you can flip the blade. The polycarbonate housing and the extra thick metal core make this ergonomic knife particularly solid which is ideal when cutting medium-hard or even difficult to separate materials. Storage space for extra blade cartridges is also available in the rubberized housing.

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7. This cordless screwdriver is so handy and intuitive, we associate it with the idea of screwing with our fingertips.

7. This cordless screwdriver is so handy and intuitive, we associate it with the idea of screwing with our fingertips.

Design: TEAMS Design (China) / Christof Lahner / Stone Wang / Bosch Power Tools Emerging Markets (China) / Stefan Ulrich
Manufacturer: Bosch Power Tools Emerging Markets (China)

The Bosch GO is well suited for screwing work in wood, metal and plastic and is easy to operate via the "Push & Go" operation mode. We like the handy design – it could almost disappear in your pocket. The cordless screwdriver features fine-tuned torque adjustment, an electronic brake stop and the most powerful second-generation Bosch motor. In addition, the device is compatible with all standard USB chargers.

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8. Make a precise cut and reduce waste with this tape dispenser.

8. Make a precise cut and reduce waste with this tape dispenser.

Design and manufacturer: InventIndia Innovations Pvt. Ltd. (India)

Tape is one of the little things in our toolbox, but it's definitely a product that we would hardly like to do without. TapeClip claims to be the world's smallest tape dispenser. Where other dispensers are large and unwieldy because they need to hold the tape, TapeClip simply clips onto the tape, ensuring minimal weight and hassle.

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9. With this cordless reciprocating saw you cut wood more safely and faster.

9. With this cordless reciprocating saw you cut wood more safely and faster.

Design: Proform Design (Germany) / Hilti Corporation (Lichtenstein)
Manufacturer: Hilti Corporation (Lichtenstein)

If you plan to cut pipes or wood into small pieces, a reciprocating saw like Hilti SR 6-A22 is a good choice. This tool is battery-powered and stands out with easy guidance without having to constantly fight hand-arm vibrations. In fact, a key design consideration was to decouple touch points from the motor and housing. Additionally, the blade’s stroke length has also been reduced to 1-1/4”, which further enhances the feeling of smooth cutting through materials.

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(published in February 2021)