Foldable, lightweight kayak assembles in 10 minutes

February 24, 2017 by  
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For all the joy they can bring out on the water, traditional kayaks are bulky, heavy and often cumbersome to transport. But that’s all about to change thanks to the Justin Case Kayak , a foldable, lighweight kayak design made with 3D-printed materials that can be assembled in just 10 minutes. Most kayaks are long, bulky and heavy, making transport extremely difficult. The Justin Case Kayak prototype is designed for water lovers by fellow adventurers who wanted to make kayaking easier, simultaneously enabling better access to nature and spontaneous adventure. Related: Modular kayak with an off-color name breaks down into three portable pieces  The team behind Justin Case developed their prototype based on optimal functionality. With the foldable design , kayakers of any level can easily carry their kayak folded up in its carry case, making impromptu water excursions easier than ever. The compact design is optimal for storage as well, easily hidden from view unlike most kayaks. The lightweight carbon fiber frame is held together with 3D printed connectors, and covered in a water and tear-proof ripstop skin. The prototype development process was green-minded throughout, focusing on using as little material as possible while providing a long-lasting product. Via Justin Case Kayak Images via Justin Case Kayak

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Minimalist Urban Nomad Kit lets travelers carry traces of home in a small wooden basket

January 17, 2017 by  
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Living a nomadic lifestyle just got a little more Zen thanks to the Japanese-inspired Nomad Life Kit. Mexican designer Geraldo Osio has created a minimalist wooden basket that carries a handful of basic necessities inside so travelers can have a sense of a home anywhere they go. All of the items in the kit are all manufactured by Japanese craftsmen and made of natural materials. Although the tiny wooden box may seem like a simple picnic basket, the idea behind the design is much more sentimental. Osio wanted to provide wanderers with a true sense of belonging while on the road. As the designer explains on his website , “This kind of lifestyle creates a tendency of losing a sense of belonging to a place.” Related: Tiny Helix Shelter made of laster-cut recycled cardboard is a temporary habitat for one Inside the box, nomads will find items that age as they use them. The leather straps on the box will soften and darken over time and the copper tableware set found on the inside will patina. The stone candle and incense holder are included in the set to offer the owner a familiar sense of smell and light wherever they may go. And if they ever find themselves without a place to rest or sleep, a simple straw mat and cushion will provide comfort for a quick rest or overnight stay . + Gerardo Osio Via Fast Codesign Images via Gerardo Osio

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Stylish coffeemaker repurposes used grounds to grow fresh mushrooms

July 14, 2016 by  
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As it turns out, the concept of using spent coffee grounds as a substrate for mushroom farming isn’t new. The used grounds—an abundant resource in university districts, creative urban centers, and in pretty much every American household—are basically the perfect material for growing mushrooms. Coffee grounds from cafés are ideal, because the forced steam of espresso machines sterilizes the grounds, but many a casual mushroom farmer has been successful using home-brewed grounds as well. Related: HOW TO: Grow your own mushrooms from recycled cardboard and coffee grounds So, how does this all-in-one coffeemaker and mushroom planter work? The top of the HIFA unit houses the coffee brewing portion of the device, which is not unlike a French press. Grounds are placed in the carafe, followed by just off-boil water, allowed to steep (many say three minutes is the golden time limit), and then a mesh strainer is plunged down into the carafe to separate the soaked grounds from the divine java. The double-walled carafe can be lifted off the base for pouring, leaving behind the used coffee grounds in a little yellow cup. The coffee aficionado/mushroom farmer then pours the used grounds into the divided lower portion of the unit. Add a little mycelium (think “mushroom roots”), spray periodically with water, and watch and wait for tiny mushroom caps to appear. The cultivation of mushrooms in the HIFA system is very similar to other mushroom-growing kits , which often come preloaded with mycelium. Because the HIFA unit fills the mushroom planter from the bottom up, it could be used as a potentially endless source of edible fungus. When the substrate compartment is full, used grounds could simply be redirected to other destinations, such as a compost pile or outdoor garden beds. + Adrián Pérez Via Yanko Design Images via Adrián Pérez

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This mind-blowing pen conducts electricity on paper

July 14, 2016 by  
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This captivating pen made by Tokyo-based startup AgIC conducts electricity as a person draws lines. Using a silver conductive ink, the magic pen serves as an incredible tool for paper circuit projects. Watch with wonder as the electric marker brings a miniature 3D paper town to life. AgiC’s pen set can be bought on Amazon for about $26.00. + AgIC Via New York Post

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Student invents turntable-speaker that spins off of upcycled and biodegradable materials

June 27, 2016 by  
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Innova is a student’s take on a turntable-speaker system made from entirely upcycled and biodegradable materials. Holly Jensen, a student of Victoria University of Wellington, had a particular interest in both unusual and environmental product design, pushing the public’s perception of household objects and beautifying items once considered to be obsolete. All the components and fabric of Innova were upcycled, and the glues and wood stains were leftover from previous students’ projects. Software was used to develop the form and layers, a laser-cutter was employed to cut out the plywood, and the machine was hand assembled and finished to ensure a more natural, passionate feel. The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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The North Face’s Backyard Project features clothing proudly grown and sewn in the USA

March 6, 2016 by  
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The North Face has jumped on the bandwagon of going local and domestic with production. The outdoor-apparel company just unveiled the fruits of their Backyard Project , a clothing line that not only features garments made in the USA, but are also 100% made from cotton grown in the States. “The Backyard Project is about connecting with local artisans right here in the U.S.A.,” said Sumi Scott, the director of sportswear. “It’s about knowing which farms grew your cotton, who spun the yarn, or how your product was dyed.” Read the rest of The North Face’s Backyard Project features clothing proudly grown and sewn in the USA

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Funky bracelet lets coffee lovers absorb caffeine through their skin

February 23, 2016 by  
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Much like wearing your heart on your sleeve, now you can wear your caffeine on your wrist. Joule , a new caffeinated bracelet, literally lets you soak up your daily caffeine fix through a patch. According to the product’s Indiegogo page, the patch is perfect for those who love coffee, but would also love to avoid staining their pearly whites. If you’re on the run and simply don’t have time for a traditional cup of joe, now you can just slap on a Joule! Read the rest of Funky bracelet lets coffee lovers absorb caffeine through their skin

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It’s Hip To Be #GreenerSquare

August 25, 2015 by  
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Natural. Sustainable. Eco-Friendly. Fair-Trade. These are the golden words of 2015 – if you’re marketing a product and you put these hallowed terms on your product label – and maybe sneak “gluten-free” somewhere in there, too- your product is…

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How To Get Schooled In Used Clothing

August 25, 2015 by  
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Fundraising burnout. More and more, it’s becoming a reality at schools across the country. A survey done by the National Association of Elementary School Principals found that; 76% of schools hold up to five fundraisers a year. The same survey…

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Google Glass is dead, long live Google Glass

January 25, 2015 by  
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  The opportunity to buy Google Glass is now past. The test drive is over. The beta install has expired. The free trial membership has ended. The testing phase of the product development life cycle has come to a close, and Google Glass has graduated. Early adopters who already scored a pair are probably wondering what will happen next. Read on to find out. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: augmented reality , Explorer , Google , Google Glass , product testing , Products , software , Technology , wearable technology

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