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Ono Bikes Are Made To Stand Out


You can add all kinds of useful features to a bicycle, and it’ll be just that: a useful bike. But you can take another route and simply add aesthetic features whose only use is to make the bike look beautiful. In this regard, we’d say Ono Bikes, from Serbia, has succeeded. Its first model, the Archont, is certainly a looker. 9 feet long, and weighing in at a hefty 20kg (44lbs), this stainless steel easy rider features Shimano components and Schwalbe 26″ and 28″ wheels. The electric version is even more interesting, topping out at 49mph (80kph) on a 60 mile range. We don’t know how much they’ll set you back, but we imagine it’s one of those “if you have to ask the price, you can’t afford it” kind of items.


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MoreSky Windows Give Apartment Dwellers, Well, More Sky


One of the many indignities suffered by those having to live in cramped downtown apartments is the lack of sunlight. Granted it’s a tradeoff from having to mow the lawn and clean out the gutters, but that’s still no reason to dream about being able to eat your cake and have it too. Argentinian architect Aldana Ferrer Garcia thought of a solution and invented the MoreSky Windows. They look just like normal windows but have a hinged telescoping mechanism that lets you lean back on them and stare at the sky. It also looks like you might fall to your death, so we suppose you can consider this a thrill-seeking adventure type product as well as a cool new way to get more daylight.

Unfortunately, it looks like this is just a concept from Mr. Garcia, and isn’t a product you can buy.

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The Aquabook Is A Water Bottle That Fits In With Your School Books


Most water bottles are sold to sports enthusiasts who like to stay hydrated during their workouts. Or to regular people who simply want to have some H2O handy. But the Aquabook is a little different. Shaped a little bit like a book, flat and rectangular and the size on an A5 sheet, it is meant to fit perfectly in a backpack or carrying case already full of books and papers. Cylindrical bottles will obviously take up a whole bunch of room and leave empty, inefficient spaces in your bag. The Aquabook carries 25 ounces of water, is made of BPA-free plastic, comes in 5 colors, and ships with cleaning tabs and brushes to ward off bacteria. It’s a €20 ($22USD) pledge to get your own, and you’ll have to wait until February 2016 to get yours.


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Bang & Olufsen Releases The BeoLab 90, An $80,000 Speaker Set


For the same amount of money you’ll spend on Bang & Olufsen’s new Beolab 90, you could buy 4 average new cars. Or put a sizeable down payment on a luxurious home. But if you already have the cars, and the home, and more money in your account than most people make in a lifetime, these speakers sure look like the bee’s knees. Aside from their fantastic design, the BeoLab 90 packs a host of fascinating features that would be sure to liven up the mega parties you’re probably already throwing in your fancy mansion.

The most interesting of these is what the company calls Beam Width Control, which allows you to precisely direct the sound to any place in your room; if you want to fill it up entirely, pick the 360 degree setting and sit back as the speakers blast away from their 8,200 Watt powerhouse (produced by 14 ICEpower and four class D amplifiers), or have them point at the living room only, for instance. Microphones on the set pick up the sound reflected off your walls, and with active Room Compensation adjust the settings so you automatically get the best sound possible. The whole thing can be controlled with the included remote or with a companion app on your smartphone, which gives you the ability to save presets and set the ambiance at the touch of a button.

And yeah… it’s 80 grand.


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Set of Coasters Look Like A Cactus

You know how you can get someone to spend way too much money on a simple set of coasters? Design them so that they when you stack them up, they look like a cactus, then charge your customers $43. Yup, $43 for a set of 6 coasters. That’s the idea that designer Cliver Roddy had, and to at least try to justify the price, the set is made from a terracotta pot, birch plywood, and mint green high quality engineered wood. Each coaster is of a slightly different size to give the “cactus” a more organic look, but they’ll still do their job.

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Ako Dice Reimagine A Centuries Old Design


Dice have looked just about the same for a very long time. But that’s no reason to keep it that way. Kacha, an architect, decided to redesign the iconic gaming prop into the Ako Dice, pictured above. The number of each face is represented by a line, giving the piece a Tron-like feel and a techno-futuristic aesthetic. He brought his idea to Kickstarter, where he successfully convinced 6,545 backers to part with their money. They might be getting their Ako dice soon, but if you want your you’ll have to sign up on his website and wait for his store to go online. We’re not sure what the price is, but the anodized aluminum dice could sure take their place in our next Monopoly marathon.


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Band-aids Look Like Flesh Wounds, Should Come In Different Skin Tones


The Boo-Boos Adhesive Bandages are designed by one Sherwood Forlee, and they’re made to look like gnarly wounds. They come in five different ‘flavours’: (from the top) slashing sharp-force trauma (with sutures), chemical burn, skin ulcer with skin slip, decubitus ulcer with maggot infestation, and small caliber gunshot. They’re really tasteful and are likely to get you lots of genuine, non-disgusted compliments from your friends. That’s of course only if your skin tone manages to perfectly match the background color on these. If it doesn’t, then you’ll just look like you stuck a gross Bandaid on your skin.

$10 gets four of each design in 3″ x 0.75″ bandages.

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The Paxis Backpack Features A Handy Swingarm


The Paxis Backpack is likely to appeal to any serious outdoors enthusiast. Its main claim to fame is that the lower third of the bag detaches from the upper portion and swings around to the front so you can access its contents without taking the whole thing off. Whether it’s your fishing lures, your first aid kit, or any other item that you’ll be needing on a more regular basis, having the option to access it without going through the trouble of removing everything, well, that’s just great.

– Interior tablet / hydration pocket
– 2 interior zippered pockets for small items
– Soft interior pocket for fragile item
– High visibility lining
– Exterior pocket for tripod/ski poles/ walking poles
– Exterior accessory pocketHighly water resistant fabric
– Waterproof zippers
– Free standing design
– Waterproof bottom

Of course we’re talking about a serious backpack, which comes with a pretty serious price tag at $236. Considering the features though, we figure this is reasonable.

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StashPad Holds Your Booze and Cigars Discretely

iPad Flask

If you’ve been caught sneaking drinks in one too many times, then you should do away with your old methods and try using the StashPad for a change. It looks like an iPad (okay, maybe a knockoff iPad seeing as it’s way thicker than Apple’s tablets), but it’s actually a flask and cigar case in disguise. It’s thick for a good reason too– all 12 ounces of it, because that’s the volume of drinks it can effectively stash for you.

Just make sure you don’t attempt to actually use the StashPad, whether as a tablet (in case you forget) or as a flask, in front of your boss or you’ll risk giving yourself away. The StashPad is currently up for funding on Kickstarter, where a minimum pledge of $15 will get you one of your very own.

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