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Add-on turns bike helmets into a lock
Sometimes bike riders just need to drop into a store or café to quickly pick up a coffee or something on their shopping list. Since most stores don’t like riders carry their bikes inside, they either have to risk propping them up with no security or go through the whole process of locking up. Now Belgium-based sportswear company Lazer has developed the Cappuccino Lock, a helmet strap add-on that enables bike owners to use their helmet to quickly lock both. READ MORE…
Sandals for kids grow as they do
Any parent will tell you that kids grow at an alarming rate, meaning that clothes and other products have a ridiculously short lifespan as their bodies and personalities change. Some product developers have attempted to tackle this — takeThe Froc chair or Orbea bike for example. Now a UK design student has created Grow, a pair of sandals that can be adjusted to cater for bigger feet as children get older. READ MORE…
At hotel for cyclists, guests can ride right up to reception
For those who want to see the world by bike, there aren’t actually that many options when they travel — most hotels don’t provide secure facilities for locking them away, and airlines often charge extra for taking them on board. In Japan, Hotel Cycle is hoping to make cyclists feel more welcome, with accommodation designed especially for bike-riding tourists. READ MORE…
AR lets customers virtually preview furniture designs in store
Brick and mortar stores still have a few benefits over web retailers, with the biggest being the ability for customers to try out products in a way they can’t online. But they can’t even offer that bonus if the items aren’t currently in stock. We’ve already seen Poland’s A+D use augmented reality to trial store designs through lifesize projections. Now Vizera is leveraging AR to enable customers to virtually visualize products in a range of different designs. READ MORE…
$1 ‘origami’ microscope is made from a single sheet of paper
Citizen science is becoming a more popular past-time thanks to the plummeting cost of complex technologies. We’ve previously seen ideas such as PublicLab’s Infragramturn basic digital cameras into infrared plant analyzers, and now Foldscope wants to make microscopes more accessible with a printable version that can simply be folded into shape. READ MORE…
Community knit sessions combine the creativity of the young with the skills of the elderly
In large cities, different pockets of the community rarely interact with each other, and most people don’t even speak to their neighbors. We’ve previously seen schemes such as Talk To Me London attempt to get urbanites to get chatting, but now a Netherlands-based project called Granny’s Finest is pairing young designers with elderly knitters to create new products, and foster community spirit in the process. READ MORE…
Single use festival tent is compostable
One of the major problems with festivals is that after the party’s over, hundreds of tons of garbage is leftover and needs clearing up. While we’ve previously seen the disposable Glad Tent double as a trash bag to encourage revelers to clean up after themselves, Netherlands-based Psssh! has now developed One Nights Tent, which is designed as a single use festival tent that can be composted after it’s used. READ MORE…
This self-locking bike is impossible to steal
Possibly the biggest problem with cycling uptake among city dwellers is the prospect of spending a fortune on a bike, only to have it stolen while it’s locked up outdoors. The Oregon Manifest Bike Design Project recently came up with two designs —Merge and Denny — that incorporated locks into the bikes themselves. But now the YERKA Project has designed a two-wheeler whose frame functions as a lock, requiring thieves to saw the frame — rendering the entire bike useless — if they want to steal it. READ MORE…
Sleek desk lamp doubles as an emergency flashlight
When the power goes out, it can often be a hectic rummage around in the dark to find a flashlight — that’s if you can even remember where it is. While we’ve already seen the Bulb Flashlight turn into a convenient battery-powered torch when it’s unscrewed, Trioh is a stylishly designed device that serves as both a wireless desk lamp and a flashlight that’s always on hand. READ MORE…
3D printed reproductions enable gallery visitors to touch and feel precious historical objects
A parent’s worst nightmare during a museum visit can be when kids try to grab the artefacts on display, but ‘no touching’ rules do present a barrier to interaction, making exhibitions less engaging. Dutch designer and art historian Maaike Roozenburg now hopes to change this with her Smart Replicas project, which uses augmented reality and 3D printed reproductions of priceless museum objects to make visits more hands-on. READ MORE…
3D printed kids’ books enable blind readers to visualize the story
We’ve already seen how on-demand 3D printing can turn simple web searches into a tactile experience for the visually impaired through Yahoo! Japan’s Hands On Search. Now the Tactile Picture Books Project is using the technology to help blind readers use their hands to get more from illustrated narratives. READ MORE…
Customizable wristwatch features 10 designs in one
There are some accessories which are typically too expensive to own more than one, meaning the same item is worn day in, day out. We’ve already seen Japan’s Nendo magne-hinge glasses use interchangeable arm designs to offer daily customization, and now Dutch collective MIJLO has developed the Everyday Watch, a timepiece with two different faces and five straps. READ MORE…
Station display shows waiting commuters the best train carriage to get on
When a train arrives into a station, it’s often the case that travelers aren’t spread evenly along the platform and are huddled in the same spot. This is annoying for both commuters and operators because it means carriages get full while others are left empty and leads to longer boarding times. In the Netherlands, the NSReisplanner Xtra app has already offered train users a way to find a seat using their smartphone. Now the country’s Edenspiekermann design agency has developed a platform-length LED display which provides real-time information on carriage crowdedness and other details. READ MORE…
Raising nearly USD 2m on Kickstarter, Sense could be the ultimate sleeping monitor
Apps and devices that monitor users’ sleep are nothing new, and we’ve even seen smart lamps that activate gradually according to the sleep phases of those in the room. Now Sense enables owners to track their entire sleeping environment to help them get better quality shut-eye. READ MORE…
Designer sunglasses made of rubber can’t break
Expensive sunglasses may look great and even provide better protection from UV rays than cheap alternatives, but they’re still just as prone to getting sat on or left behind. While Tzukuri‘s GPS-enabled sunglasses have solved the latter problem, Italia Independent has now created the I-Ultra range, which retain high-end fashion design while being made of a special flexible plastic. READ MORE…