Lately we've spied several magnet-based add-ons meant to make tool use easier.
Tool Dots are sets of a dozen adhesive-backed magnets that let you organize your tools (or anything magnetic, like a keychain) on any wall in a visually-minimalist way.
While not as flexible as using a pegboard, which you can continually reorganize, Tool Dots look a damn sight better, are easier to install, and are infinitely scaleable, assuming you've got the wall space.
The Drill Sergeant is a homebrewed, velcro-and-magnets-based attachment that sticks to a drill battery, holding your bits and screws in place.
It was conceived of by South-Carolina-based husband-and-wife team Emily and Jon in the midst of a home renovation project. Convinced of the Drill Sergeant's usefulness, they approached several major tool companies with the idea; after being rejected by all, they decided to stick to their guns—er, magnets—and produce and sell the attachments themselves on Etsy.
This next one, the Quickaddy magnetic hex key holder, was a Kickstarter failure (just $753.00 garnered towards a $30,000 target, ouch) that we've listed here to show you Kickstarter's flip side. Yep, it ain't all successes, folks.
The standard [hex key] case has one major flaw: In order to remove a certain tool, other tools need to be spun or moved out of the way to avoid interference and allow the desired tool to be removed. This is due to the fact that the tools can only be removed vertically relative to the case. For some this isn't an issue, but for those who use their hex keys daily it is a bothersome process which wastes valuable time. The time wasted using the current design may seem small, but when you multiply it by multiple engineers working 5 days a week the time and cost begin to add up fast.
The Quickaddy solves this problem by allowing any tool in the case to be removed vertically or horizontally relative to the carrying case by replacing the traditional through holes with slots running the length of the case. Tools are retained by magnets located inside the case.
Sadly, it looks like the Quickaddy's key difference wasn't attractive enough. (Sorry for the puns.)