Not every inventionis going to be a world-changer. We can only have so many wheels or levers or Doritos Locos Tacos, right? But every once in a while - and more often now thanks to crowdfunding - you come across something that just seems so "duh" that you don't know why it's never been thought of before. That's how I felt about Quickey by Trident Design, LLC. Is it the next Internet? Probably not. But I can't tell you how many time I've cut, opened, or screwed something with a key, a credit card, a coin, or whatever else I had lying around, to less-than-optimal results. The Quickey looks to change all that.
The Quickey is a multi-tool that's shaped like...wait for it...a key. Full disclosure: the pun is one of the main reasons I'm so behind this project. Think of it this way: it's like a pocket knife, but one that's easier to carry around and less obtrusive. Throw it on your keychain and be done with it, until you run across one of the many, many instances in which you'll need it. So how many is multi, and what are the tools? You get a file, a flat head screwdriver, a bottle opener, a serrated edge (which is also touch-safe, meaning you won't cut yourself on it; a huge plus for a tool like this), and a scoring point for everything from taped boxes to clamshell packaging that would make Fort Knox proud. In short, you'll find yourself covered for every situation.
Getting a Quickey is as easy as pledging to their Indiegogo campaign. Nine bucks will net you one, which is a small price to pay for the value. The cool thing about the campaign is that most tiers above the single Quickey will get you a bunch (along with a t-shirt), up to a whopping 1,000, and you can get them etched with a logo to sell or give away. This has limitless marketing potential, or if you're a small business whose customers would find use in an object like the Quickey, you could find yourself with a new hit item. It's a good example of one creator looking out for other businesses and working together.
Trident looks to have their act together, and this isn't their first go around, as you can see on their site. Just like the Quickey, their campaign is straightforward but great, and as of this writing they have almost $78,000 of their $4,000 goal...with 28 days left. Suffice it to say, people love this idea, and I can't blame them. Will Quickey change the world? Probably not. But I foresee my life getting a lot easier with one in hand.