• This Bird Boy Tumbler Doubles As A Coffee Press

    This Bird Boy Tumbler Doubles As A Coffee Press

    You never know when you’ll be without a nearby barista.  For those dire situations in the middle of nowhere when a strong coffee fix is in order, there’s the Blackbird Bird Boy Vacuum Travel Press. A combination French press and travel tumbler, you can finally drink your coffee from the same vessel you used to cook it.  That is, if you don’t do that already with the coffee pot at home.  I do, by the way.  And it’s awesome. There’s [...]

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  • Fuego Element Portable: A Sleek-Looking, Carry-On Gas Grill

    Fuego Element Portable: A Sleek-Looking, Carry-On Gas Grill

    Got a sudden hankering for a barbecue during the middle of a walk in the woods?  Not a problem if you’ve been walking around with the Fuego Element Portable, a functional gas grill that you can haul around like a messenger bag. Sure, it’s not be the first  grilling apparatus designed for easy movability.  Heck, we’ve even featured disposable outdoor grills around these parts.  Sporting Fuego’s contemporary style, though, it may just be one of the prettiest.  Folded up for [...]

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  • Tornex Table Creates A Mini-Tornado To Suck Up Dirty Air

    Tornex Table Creates A Mini-Tornado To Suck Up Dirty Air

    In Japan (along with many parts of the world), people still smoke pretty regularly inside many public establishments.  Exhausts generally take care of clearing up all the olfactory assault, but those things are no fun.  The Tornex Table, however, sounds like a whole bundle of entertainment. Designed as a round table with a hole in the middle, the smoke-clearing  apparatus creates an artificial tornado that pulls the pungent air and sends them down to the gaping orifice.  A charcoal filter [...]

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  • These Comic Books Come Infused With Seeds For Planting Yourself A Garden

    These Comic Books Come Infused With Seeds For Planting Yourself A Garden

    Granted, these two comics, April Showers and The Gardener, probably won’t be able to give Superman series any competition, but that’s only because the comic part is a gimmick.  Instead, they’re actually “plantable” paper infused with multiple seeds that you can bury under the soil to build yourself  a garden. Neither of the two are intended for any involved reading, as evidenced by the fact that each one is only two pages long (by two, we mean it’s just one [...]

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  • Downcycled: The GameCube Desktop Organizer

    Downcycled: The GameCube Desktop Organizer

    Let’s face it: if you still have a GameCube now, you aren’t playing with it.  While its contemporary, the PS2, continues to sell to this day, Nintendo’s cube-shaped system has been relegated to gather dust in the attic, sell at floor rates on eBay or get mangled into something else entirely.  The latter is what happened with these GameCube Desktop Organizers. Created by Etsy seller GreenCub, these former gaming consoles have been “downcycled” into little storage containers for your office [...]

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  • The Simplest Way To Grow An Indoor Mushroom Garden

    The Simplest Way To Grow An Indoor Mushroom Garden

    Want to have fresh mushrooms whenever you feel the hankering for them?  Grow them yourself with the Easy To Grow Mushroom Garden, a single box with everything you need to start a mushroom jungle right in your home. Designed for utmost convenience, you don’t ever deal with soil, seeds, heavy gardening equipment or anything similar with the kit.  Instead, all you do is place the box in an area of the house accessible by sunlight (like the windowsill) and give [...]

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  • Renew X Can Is A Biodegradable Alternative To Aluminum Cans

    Renew X Can Is A Biodegradable Alternative To Aluminum Cans

    Like drinking out of a can, but hate all that wasteful aluminum ending up in landfills?  Enjoy your canned drinks more responsibly with the Renew X Can, a reusable and biodegradable drinking vessel that mimics many of the properties of standard 12oz cans,all while being able to decompose in landfills in as little as 180 days. Designed bu Haoshi Studio, the drinking container is made from Poly-Lactic Acid (PLA), a plastic-like material derived from natural corn starch.   Made with no [...]

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  • Wrap-a-Nap Is A Pillow, Blindfold And Earmuff In One

    Wrap-a-Nap Is A Pillow, Blindfold And Earmuff In One

    Like taking a powernap in odd positions while at strange places?  Here’s the loyal companion you’ve been missing all this time: the Wrap-a-Nap. Granted, it looks like a joke product dreamed up by some clever dork for shits and giggles.  Except it isn’t.  A closer inspection actually reveals a genius innovation that can literally change your sneaky sleeping habits.  As in, you will likely get a lot more of it. The Wrap-a-Nap is a long belt-like pillow that can wrap [...]

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  • IT Clip Upcycles Discarded Bicycle Inner Tubes Into Bungee Cords

    IT Clip Upcycles Discarded Bicycle Inner Tubes Into Bungee Cords

    Few people are likely to have access to lots of discarded inner tubes from old bicycle tires.  In case you do, these IT Clips offer up a way to let you recycle them into useful tie-down straps. Styled like a plastic buckle, you wind the tubes around the inner portion of the clip, turning them into functional bungee straps with a convenient latching mechanism.  Of course, you can always just tie the tubes into a knot after wrapping it around [...]

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  • Photo Hanger, A Paper Clip Shaped Like A Clothes Hanger

    Photo Hanger, A Paper Clip Shaped Like A Clothes Hanger

    Paper clips are plenty useful.   A simple hack of the old design, though, turns the Photo Hanger into something irresistibly fascinating. Designed by Juta Kan, the office stationery is just a single piece of bent steel wire like any regular paper clip.  Instead of the éclair-like shape, though, this one has been fashioned to look like a miniature hanger with a hook on top.  That way, you can clip a photo with it and hang the whole thing to a [...]

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  • Soap Grater Looks Practical

    Soap Grater Looks Practical

    The way we use soap bars, getting them all dripping and wet, is inherently wasteful.  When soap becomes scarce during the apocalypse, we’ll need a more economical way to clean up.  This grated soap dispenser looks very promising. A concept design from Nathalie Stämpfli, the pair of bathroom accessories literally grate the soap into flakes.  That way, the bar stays dry in its container, all while you use the flakes to rinse your hands and body into bubbly suds. Nathalie [...]

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  • Eyewear Goes Electronic With The PixelOptics emPower!

    Eyewear Goes Electronic With The PixelOptics emPower!

    Progressive bifocals are so 2010.  This year, everything’s electronic, including your glasses.  The PixelOptics emPower! changes things up by sandwiching an LCD-like layer right on the lens that can be modified with an electrical charge.  That way, your specs can change focus as needed — even all on its own. Creator PixelOptics bills it as “the most significant development in prescription eyewear in 50 years.”  While I’m not too fond of hyperbole, there could be some real truth to that, [...]

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  • Shovel Master Adds A Second Handle To Your Shovel

    Shovel Master Adds A Second Handle To Your Shovel

    The season of shoveling snow from your driveway is back.  And the chore remains as hard as it’s ever been.  If you’ve got a Shovel Master hidden in the garage, however, it doesn’t have to be. Designed at the crowdsourced confines of Quirky, the novel accessory gives your existing shovel a second handle.  That way, you can scoop up snow while maintaining an ergonomically-sound posture.  Because, you know, you’re a year older and your body’s probably not what it used [...]

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  • Meatball Grill Basket Cooks One Dozen Perfect Meatballs At A Time

    Meatball Grill Basket Cooks One Dozen Perfect Meatballs At A Time

    Grilling meatballs ain’t easy.  If you’ve ever struggled with the challenge of cooking mashed-up ground mixtures curled into a ball over fire, you will probably appreciate the convenience offered by this Meatball Grill Basket. Like the name says, it’s an easy-to-handle basket for cooking meatballs.  No more skewering the damn things or carefully sliding them onto the grill.  Just put the raw meatballs into the individual compartments, place the tool over a grill and let it cook. The Meatball Grill [...]

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  • Shot In A Pint Combines Two Glasses In One

    Shot In A Pint Combines Two Glasses In One

    Can’t decide whether you want a beer or a shot from the half-finished bottle of whiskey you opened last week?  How the hell would you know which glass to get from the cupboard?  With the Shot in a Pint Drinking Glass, you can let go of the mental debate. Packing both a pint glass and a shot glass in the same frame, the dual-purpose drink fulfillment apparatus lets you enjoy both beer and spirits without mixing up their taste.  Simply [...]

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  • Strattec Bolt Lock Learns To Work With Your Car Key

    Strattec Bolt Lock Learns To Work With Your Car Key

    Don’t have enough space in your key ring for all the locks you use throughout the week?  Not a problem with the Bolt Lock, a new line of locking products that can work with the key you already use to start your car. Created by Strattec, the locks don’t come with a key of their own.  Instead, they’ll “learn” the shape of the first key that penetrates their keyhole, taking it as the only stick of metal that can disengage [...]

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  • Klhip Redesigns The Nail Clipper

    Klhip Redesigns The Nail Clipper

    The nail clipper works as it is.  That’s why nobody’s bothered to redesign the damn thing.  Until, of course, someone came up with the Klhip. Billed as “the ultimate clipper,” the contraption is designed to trim your nails just like any regular nail scissor you can grab at the beauty products store.  Except it’s been engineered to deliver better ergonomics for effortlessly shearing the hard skin off your hands and feet. The Klhip changes things up by putting the pressure [...]

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  • Transport Infant Warmer Heats Babies For Up To 6 Hours Without Electricity

    Transport Infant Warmer Heats Babies For Up To 6 Hours Without Electricity

    Babies need to keep warm.  Even more so when they’re born premature or with low birth weight.  While that can usually be solved with an incubator,  they aren’t the most accessible in developing countries, where high costs (modern ones can go for as much as $20,000) make them very difficult to acquire.  The Transport Infant Warmer offers a much more affordable alternative. Developed by Embrace Global, the baby-sized wraparound blanket can keep hypothermia at bay for up to six hours [...]

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  • Sand Brick Updates The 300-Year Old Sandbag

    Sand Brick Updates The 300-Year Old Sandbag

    Sandbags continue to be in frequent use for emergency, engineering and military applications.  Which is strange, considering the age-old design has mostly stayed the same throughout the many years they’ve been commissioned.  That is, until the Sand Brick rolled into town. Why replace sandbags?  According to Sand Brick Technologies, the 300-year old design of the conventional barrier makes it heavy, difficult to fill and require accurate placement (3:1 width-to-height ratio) to properly set up — not exactly the most ideal [...]

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