• D-Torso Cardboard Robot Video, Images As Seen At ICFF 2011

    D-Torso Cardboard Robot Video, Images As Seen At ICFF 2011

    D-Torso line of products are laser cut cardboard figures that can be put together by users at their own pace at home. Yuki Matsuoka who is a Japanese designer came up with the concept and these things have apparently been selling like hot cakes in Japan.     Produced by Aki Co. Ltd in Japan, the range consists of Animal Series, Character Series, Life Size Animals like the giraffe images in the gallery  above and robotic mannequins such as the [...]

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  • Treasure Wheels Puts Temporary Rollers On Heavy Stuff

    Treasure Wheels Puts Temporary Rollers On Heavy Stuff

    Everything is easier to move with wheels.  Unfortunately, a lot of the stuff that need occasional moving in the house — like the couch, the bed and the tall cabinet — don’t have them.  With the Treasure Wheels, that’s not a problem. A temporary set of wheels that you can attach to stuff, it lets you turn heavy furniture and equipment a heck of a lot more mobile.   The product page recommends it to urban scavengers who like to salvage [...]

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  • Sandless Beach Mat Repels Sand, Dust And Water For A Comfy Day At The Beach

    Sandless Beach Mat Repels Sand, Dust And Water For A Comfy Day At The Beach

    We love the beach.  but Sand?  Eh, not so much.  Sure, it feels good under your feet and you can build castles with it.  But once it gets under your trunks while you’re lying on your Bodacious Beach Blanket, all bets are off — no more love.  Unless you were smart enough to lie on the sand with a Sandless Beach Mat under you. Originally developed for military use, the particle-shedding beach accessory is constructed from fabric that’s simply impossible [...]

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  • Handson Pepakura Kit Lets You Make Beautiful Paper Musical Instruments

    Handson Pepakura Kit Lets You Make Beautiful Paper Musical Instruments

    A big grand piano sitting in your living room and a Telecaster hanging by a wall make for really attractive home décor.  Musical instruments are pretty like that.  They’re also expensive, though, so getting one for the sole purpose of home ornamentation is far from the wisest way to spend money.  The Handson Pepakura Paper Craft Kit could be a much more affordable, albeit smaller, alternative. Designed and produced by actual professional musicians, the paper craft models are exquisitely detailed [...]

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  • Aluminum Telecaster Guitar Comes Dressed In Shiny Metal

    Aluminum Telecaster Guitar Comes Dressed In Shiny Metal

    We love aluminum.  It’s lightweight, sturdy and looks spiffy when polished to a shine.  More and more of our gadgets are coming in aluminum construction, so why not our instruments?  Here’s a start: the Aluminum Telecaster. Based on the classic Fender Telecaster, the metal axe supposedly gets its inspiration from the 1930s-era Silver Arrows — those sexy grand prix racers clad in raw aluminum bodies.   We’re not sure how it sounds with a layer of that silvery metallic element, but [...]

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  • Pik’N Board Adds A Strummable Percussion Board To Your Guitar

    Pik’N Board Adds A Strummable Percussion Board To Your Guitar

    Sure, it’s not nearly as fun as having some dude tapping on a box to back you up. If you’re a solo musician looking to give your guitar stylings some semblance of a back beat, though, the Pik’N Board should be a plenty useful addition to your instrument setup. Created by musician Steve Baker, the contraption is an add-on accessory you can stick to your guitar, right on the face just below the strings.  Designed to work with a pick, [...]

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  • PicBand Puts Your Guitar Pick On A Tight Leash

    PicBand Puts Your Guitar Pick On A Tight Leash

    Guitar picks are cheap enough that you won’t have to make a fuss every time you lose one or two.  It can be a little frustrating to have them fly out (with no more backups nearby) in the middle of a solo, though.  The PicBand solves that problem. Designed by James T. Hollin, the contraption gives you a fail safe way to avoid losing picks — it keeps them tethered to your hand.  Sure, you can do the same by [...]

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  • Umbrella Messenger Bag Holds Your Umbrella For You

    Umbrella Messenger Bag Holds Your Umbrella For You

    You have two hands.  While you’re walking to work in the morning, you use one to hold your coffee and the other one to text on your phone. That’s sensible enough.  Problems start, however, when it rains and you need to free up one hand to hold the umbrella.   The Umbrella Messenger Bag solves that dilemma. Armed with an umbrella holder right on the strap, the bag will gladly keep your umbrella in place all on its own, shielding you [...]

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  • Pivoting RapidRoller Will Speed Up Your Painting Jobs

    Pivoting RapidRoller Will Speed Up Your Painting Jobs

    If you’ve ever painted a room, you’ve probably thought to yourself that there has to be a better way to get chores like this done.  Like, with robots and shit.  With automatons temporarily out of the equation, though, here’s the next best thing: the Pivoting RapidRoller. Created by Black & Decker, the feature-packed paint roller takes the humble painting tool and injects it with some sweet talents.  Sure, it’s nowhere near the likely convenience of future house-painting robots, but for [...]

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  • Dude, Where’s My Mansion?  Safe House Transforms Into A Giant Concrete Box

    Dude, Where’s My Mansion? Safe House Transforms Into A Giant Concrete Box

    You want the comforts of an ostentatious home fit for celebrities and Fortune 500 CEOs.  But you keep having paranoid dreams involving zombies, paparazzis and zombie paparazzis, so you want a home that can also double as an impenetrable fort.  Here you go: the Safe House. Designed by architects from KWK Promes, the home is a literal transforming house.  On a good day, you can have it be light, airy and open to the outside with lines of tall glass [...]

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  • Magnigrip Adds Magnifying Glass, LED To Tweezers

    Magnigrip Adds Magnifying Glass, LED To Tweezers

    Tweezers are useful for picking up and pulling out tiny things.  They’re not easy to use, though, largely because those tiny things are so… uhm… tiny.  Well, that’s why the Carson Magnigrip comes with a magnifying glass, so you can use it to grasp things and manipulate them with precision. Whether you’re taking out splinters from your toe, catching fleas off your dog’s foot or clipping a roach for that one last puff, a tweezer should prove a lot more [...]

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  • Cards Of Wood Prints Business Cards And More On Micro-Veneers

    Cards Of Wood Prints Business Cards And More On Micro-Veneers

    Paper is made from wood.  So why not get rid of the middleman and print everything on the wood itself?  We don’t know if that’s a good idea, but that’s what Cards of Wood is doing, printing out erstwhile paper products on ultra-thin wood veneer. Made from 100% natural wood, the cards can be commissioned for a variety of uses.  The company, in fact, produces everything from bookmarks to business cards to envelopes to wedding stationery, all with the same [...]

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  • Toepener Restroom Door Opener Looks Like A Great Idea

    Toepener Restroom Door Opener Looks Like A Great Idea

    The door handle inside public restrooms has to be among the dirtiest things in the world.  That’s why it doesn’t matter how many times you wash your hands before exiting — you’re going to have to touch that filthy handle on your way out anyway.  Unless you’re using a restroom equipped with the Toepener, that is. Instead of forcing you to soil your hands in that likely germ-infested handle, the fitting lets you use your feet to pull the door [...]

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  • Sossbox Will Preserve Your Dried Plants’ Full Flavor And Potency

    Sossbox Will Preserve Your Dried Plants’ Full Flavor And Potency

    Ziploc is great for sandwiches and chips.  For your stash of dried organic materials, however, you might want to upgrade to something that keeps it more conspicuous, like the Sossbox. Designed to hold organic matter such as tea leaves, coffee beans and… uhm… smokeable goods, the container is hermetically sealed to retain your hoard’s full flavor and chemical potency.  What good is paying premium for good medicinal plant products, after all, if you’re just gonna let them stale? The brainchild [...]

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  • Dirty Toothy Tabs: Toothpaste In Pill Form

    Dirty Toothy Tabs: Toothpaste In Pill Form

    You hate brushing your teeth.  But you do it because you’d rather go through the motions than walk around with rotten teeth and a stinking breath.  Plus, you like to eat toothpaste and there’s no more appropriate chance to do it.  Unless, of course, you use these Dirty Toothy Tabs. Designed by Helen Ambrosen, the pills are actually tooth-cleaning agents made up of components similar to the regular gel toothpaste you get from a tube (it’s got dicalcium phosphate dihydrate, [...]

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  • Coffee Joulies: Temperature Control For Your Morning Cup

    Coffee Joulies: Temperature Control For Your Morning Cup

    There’s more to enjoying coffee than a delicious brew — even the best coffee will scald your tongue if it’s too hot and will get too cold if you don’t finish it quick.  Coffee Joulies offer a simple solution to both of those problems. Dreamed up by mechanical engineers, Dave Petrillo and Dave Jackson, the unique coffee-drinking accessory is a temperature control apparatus that helps keep your cup at an ideal level of heat.  When it’s scalding fresh off the [...]

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  • Desktop Dumpster: Throw Your Office Supplies Here

    Desktop Dumpster: Throw Your Office Supplies Here

    Graffiti-covered dumpsters don’t just look  good in dirty alleys.  Shrunk down in size like these Desktop Dumpsters, they actually manage to look handsome on your work desk, too. Made by Steel Plant, the fancy dump-like pencil cups can hold your usual mass of office supplies, such as pens, staplers, scissors, rulers and whatever old-school tools you use in the workplace.  The website also recommends it for use as a pot for your desk plants, just in case you’d rather have [...]

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  • HandiRack Is An Inflatable, Universal Roof Rack

    HandiRack Is An Inflatable, Universal Roof Rack

    Permanent, aerodynamic roof racks are awesome.  They make any vehicle much more versatile. I have moved from surfboards, wind surfers and even a new lawn mower (while in the box) on top of my car. But they can be expensive and take some effort to install.  Also if you are on surf trip to lets say Florida or Costa Rica and want to rent a surf board, your only option is to rent a SUV and throw the board on [...]

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  • Ueli Steck Swiss Knife Is Perfect Tool For Your 127 Hours Adventure

    Ueli Steck Swiss Knife Is Perfect Tool For Your 127 Hours Adventure

    I’m not a fan of the Swiss Army Knife (unless they have an SSD in tow).  The tools are hard to lock in place and they’re hardly functional for what they’re supposed to do (a “saw” that can barely cut through fingernails, really?).  This Ueli Steck Edition Wenger Titanium Knife, however, might prove to be just a tad more serviceable. Designed with the help of professional mountaineer and speed climber, Ueli Steck, the pocket knife boasts better utility than your [...]

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