• Burton F-Stop Pack: A Backpack For All Your Photography Gear

    Burton F-Stop Pack: A Backpack For All Your Photography Gear

    Pro photographers need a special bag to haul around all that photography gear.  And the F-Stop Pack definitely fits that special bill. Created by snowboarding specialists Burton, the backpack offers provisions for fitting in both photography and snowboarding gear — just in case you’d rather take a snowboard than a tripod for the day.  It was developed and tested with input from the company’s team of pro snowboard photographers (such as Blotto, Jeff Curtes and Chris Own), so it’s got [...]

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  • GSI Outdoors Mini Espresso Maker Gets You Double Shots In 90 Seconds

    GSI Outdoors Mini Espresso Maker Gets You Double Shots In 90 Seconds

    Hitting the great outdoors for the weekend, but can’t bear the thought of going through a day without a hit of espresso to get your bearings started?  Not a problem with the GSI Outdoors Mini Espresso Maker, a gourmet coffee maker made for your on-the-go proclivities. Designed for stovetop use, the backpacking barista equipment can get you a streaming cup of creamy espresso in just 90 seconds.  That’s like instant coffee speed right there, all without the gnarly, cheap taste. [...]

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  • Asus Motherboard Boxes Can Also Be Used As A PC Case

    Asus Motherboard Boxes Can Also Be Used As A PC Case

    I have always thought that all the cardboard boxes that our electronics, gadgets and appliances come in are such a waster.  In this day and age of going green, it’s not surprising that manufacturers are trying to get creative in ways you can reuse that packaging.  Asus’ new motherboard packaging, which you can reuse as a cardboard PC case, is one such clever idea. While cardboard isn’t the most ideal material for a computer case, this actually sounds like a [...]

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  • 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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