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They Don’t Stand a Chance: Pow! Splat! Fly Swatters

Pow Splat Fly Swatter

 

You can go for one of those electric fly swatters to zap those pesky flies and mosquitoes out of your face and into kingdom come–or you can go for these comic-inspired Pow! and Splat! fly swatters. Granted, it’s easier to get that insect, specially the fast flyers, with the tennis racket-shaped electric swatters. But if you’re out of juice and really need to get that thing out of the air, then this will have to do.

The expressions featured on the bubbles are pretty apt for their purpose too: Pow! to hit that bug in order to make it go Splat! Yowza!

The fly swatters are available online for $10.

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Thirsty? Eat This: Ooho Water Blobs

Ooho Water Blob

Water bottles add to the bulk of trash that’s already overflowing in most landfills. Thing is, people still need their hydration on the go and some just can’t be bothered with water jugs. The alternative? These edible blobs filled with water created up by three London-based industrial design students Rodrigo García González, Pierre Paslier, and Guillaume Couche.

It’s called the Ooho and it’s a membrane made up of a compound formed from brown algae and calcium chloride. The gel-like substance is able to hold water and eliminates the need for non-biodegradable containers because, as mentioned earlier, it’s edible.

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Halfbike is Essentially a Pedal-Powered Segway

Halfbike

 

Want to ride a bike without actually, well, riding one? Sounds impossible but that’s exactly what you’ll be able to do with the Halfbike. As the name implies, it’s an alternative mode of transportation that’s inspired by the bike–or at least, half of it. It’s basically a pedal-powered Segway of sorts that comes with a single brake and a handlebar that looks like a gigantic joystick.

It was created by Kolelinia, who explains: “Halfbike is great for commuting and transforms it from a monotonous task into a vibrant part of our everyday life. It is suitable for short distances and in conjunction with public transport could be taken on board for longer trips. Halfbike is compact enough for an elevator, light enough to carry it on stairs and fits into spaces too small for a normal bike.”

The winning point has to be the one about portability for me, although you might want to go for a regular bike or a car, even, if you’re going someplace far. The Halfbike is currently up for funding on Kickstarter, where a minimum pledge of $899 will get you one of your very own.

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Commute Case Folds Open and Transforms Into a Scooter

Commute Case

The Commute-Case looks like something you’d see on the Jetsons with its sleek and futuristic design. While it looks like some strange contraption to be used to wheel your briefcase around, it’s actually much more than that. It’s a compact electric scooter that folds into a briefcase or trolley when it’s not in use.

When you’re ready to go, just fold it open and scoot along. The Commute-Case weighs 27 pounds with a weight capacity of 275 pounds. It has a top speed of 12.5mph and boasts of a 25-mile range. Like most scooters, it’s weatherproof and comes with a manual handbrake.

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The Best Patty Ever: Cat Burger Pillow

Cat Burger Pillow

A comfortable cat is a happy cat, and nothing is more comfortable than the Cat Burger Pillow. As the name implies, it’s a pillow for cats in the shape of really fat and really plushy burger buns. Just open it up and sandwich your cat in between when it’s nap time. She might resist it at first, but she’ll love it for you in the end.

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Rungu Fat Trike is Perfect For Loose Terrain

Rungu fat-trike

Not all trikes are created equal. If you’re looking for a trike where you can get to places with least difficulty–at least, when you’re on loose terrain like sand–then the Rungu fat trikes might be what you’re looking for. Rungu was developed by a father-and-son team who experienced first-hand how difficult it can be to traverse on sandy paths on typical trikes, especially if you’re carrying something large or heavy, like a surfboard.

Two designs are available: the Juggernaut, which comes built with three fat 26 x 4.7-inch tires, and the Kilimanjarom which has the fat tire at the back and skinnier 29 x 2.5-inch tires in the front.Continue Reading

The Only Staircase You’ll Need: Comes With Shelves, a Cupboard, and a Desk

Haasnot Stairs Shelves Cupboard

 

Cities are getting more overcrowded by the minute. That means increased rent, smaller spaces, and more cramped apartments all throughout. It’s probably with this in mind that inspired Dutch design studio Mieke Meijer to come up with this four-in-one piece of furniture, as it combines a staircase, storage shelves, a cupboard, and even a desk.

The work was commissioned by designer Just Haasnoot and it’s definitely a huge space-saver, I’ll give it that. While it’s not the safest staircase in the world (no handrails and it’s pretty narrow), it makes the most out of limited space that plain old staircases typically occupy.

You can find out more info about it HERE.

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Literal Branding: Jeans Label Carpet

Jeans Label Carpet

 

How many brands of jeans do you have in your closet? Probably not more brands than the ones on the Jeans Label carpet, which is exactly what its name implies it is. You won’t find a carpet quite like this one in stores. Sold by Kings of Sweden, these carpets are sown patch by batch using labels from discarded jeans. They probably aren’t the softest or most comfortable carpets to step on, but they’ll definitely bring a different vibe to whatever your room you decide to put it in.

The Jeans Label carpet is available in two sizes, 140x200cm and 160x240cm, and costs $560 and $760, respectively.

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One Elephant In the Room You Won’t Mind Having: Elephant Wall Plugs

Elephant Wall Plugs

Looking for a quick and simple way to liven up your wall plugs? If the Hanaga Tap Nose Outlets were too out there for you, then you might want to check out these cutesy Elephant wall plugs. Aside from ensuring that there will be a perpetual elephant in the room in all of the rooms that you decide to plug this in, it exudes a playful vibe and frankly looks complete only when you’ve got something plugged into it.

It was designed by Idan Noyberg and Gal Bulka. Unfortunately, it’s not for sale but who knows? It might be, with the right demand for it.

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