The world's oldest multitool gadget is probably this 3rd century C.E. Roman device which looks similar to a Swiss Army knife. Roll on nearly 2000 years, and we still like to have a handy and portable multi-tool around for when we don't have a full tool kit available. Leatherman, the multitool company are coming out soon with Thread, the world's first wearable multi-tool bracelet.

It is an ingenious design. The stainless steel bracelet consists of several interchangeable links.

The links offer 25 different types of tools - all sorts of wrenches, screwdrivers, cutting hook, carbide glass cutter and the all important bottle opener. This low tech gadget also helps you with high tech ones as there is a SIM card pick! They've even thought of an oxygen tank wrench!  You never know if you suddenly have to change Grannie's oxygen tank!

The functional design of the bracelet is what makes it so clever.  The bent back bracelet itself becomes the handle as the relevant tool is exposed.

Thread is designed for all sorts of situations especially for those who enjoy or work outdoors.  But what really motivated the designers was the desire to have a tool kit which you could fly with.  It is TSA compliant and apparently the President of the company has flown all over the world without any problems. (Note : many countries still do not allow tools in carryon luggage.  I suspect he got away with it because no one in security in other countries recognised it as a multi-tool gadget - it looks like and is a bracelet).

The stainless steel Thread will cost $150 ($200 for the black carbon finished version) when it becomes available in the next few months.  A more expensive watch with multi-tool strap will be out much later in the year.

See the video.


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