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Circular Skates “From The Future”

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Now that it’s 2015 and it’s clear we won’t be getting in our hoverboards anytime soon, maybe we can start thinking about some other futuristic-looking alternatives to our current skates and rolling boards. The Sidewinding Circular Skates are some people’s idea of what that might look like, except they’re available now… and they’ll make you look like a tool. But hey, we don’t judge:

These are the annular skates that are propelled by leaning side to side, allowing you to skateboard without having to push off the ground. Riders simply place their feet on the two platforms and lean side-to-side to rotate the rubber wheels around the feet, propelling riders forward in a serpentine motion similar to longboard skateboarding. Since the wheels are not connected, riders can easily perform 720° spins and turn on a dime, while stopping is achieved by placing toes on the ground. The wheels are 10″ in diameter, allowing them to traverse short grass and dirt surfaces.

There’s an included rod with which you can join the wheels and stabilize them to make your learning experience easier. And to be honest, we imagine we’d need that rod if we were trying to learn to ride these; “placing our toes on the ground” as a method for stopping sound like a few broken bones waiting to happen. If you like to live dangerously, it’ll cost you $100 to own.

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A Collapsible Bike Helmet, For Your Convenience

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Despite your brain being protected by nothing more than a slim bony shell that tends to fracture if you knock it a little too hard, plenty of cyclists still opt to ride without a helmet. It’s somewhat understandable, given their bulk. But the Closca Fuga Black collapsible helmet offers a potential alternative that might sway those who would wear protection if only it would fit in their bags.

The helmet is made of three circular shell components, which fold down and nest inside each other to make a package that fits inside a bag. According to manufacturer Closca, the helmet has passed certification in Europe, Canada and the States, thanks to a combination of polystyrene and polycarbonate in the shell.

The helmet even features hidden air vents, so you won’t overheat in the hot summer sun. It’s not necessarily the prettiest thing to look at, but what it lacks in looks it makes up for in convenience and protection. It’ll set you back €72.00 ($77USD), with shipping in Spring.

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Buster Bulbs Look Old School, Are Brand New

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There’s something special about old timey stuff, and the old Edison lightbulbs with the huge filaments harken back to simpler, less fast-paced times. Wanting to recreate some of that aura, the Buster Bulbs are shaped somewhat like their century old predecessors, but feature very modern technology. Featuring LEDs, they’re being called “the world’s first designer lightbulbs”, and we have to say we quite like their appearance. Beauty is, of course, in the eye of the beholder, but if you agree with us and fancy to get yourselves one, it’s £40 per. They come in warm gold, smoked grey & bright crystal colors.

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Instant Seating? Pop-Up Cardboard Furniture

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A real-life pop-up book? Yes, please, only this one’s got a pretty cool twist: the cardboard opens to reveal pop-up furniture. Unfortunately, you can’t sit on the chairs or use the table unless you’re as light as a feather. The concept is still pretty fun, though, and it makes you wonder: is pop-up furniture really that far off?

The cardboard furniture was designed by Liddy Scheffknecht and Armin B. Wagner.

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LEGO Brick Coffee Table

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It looks like we’re going to be talking about coffee tables today. The LEGO Coffee table is the creation of Easy seller Branching Outward, and is made to order from lacquered wood and comes in a variety of finishes. It measures 28.5 inches x 16 inches x 15 inches, eight in at 48lbs. and costs $375(USD). They’ll ship to the continental US only, so the rest of the world will have to go without this beauty.

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Up Balloon Coffee Table

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It’s never a bad thing to add a bit of whimsy to your living space. Sadly that often requires having a substantial amount of disposable income, and the Up Balloon Coffee Table by UK designer Christopher Duffy is no exception. It’ll set you back a pretty hefty £7,800 (or about $11,627USD). Made from toughened glass, metal resin composite, and toughened steel rods, the table looks like a bunch of balloons supporting a glass top. It plays with the illusion of lightness, of levitation and buoyancy; a glass top that weighs several pounds is being supported by what appears to be lighter-than-air balloons. It’s a conversation piece measuring 47 inches across by 19 inches high.

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CupClip Takes The Old And Makes It New Again

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The CupClip is an ingenious redesign of an old classic. You’ve seen large paperclips that are able to hold a pile of papers together, but the CupClip simply reshaped one of the ears to be able to accept a cup. So now you can simply clip it to the side of a table and place your coffee in it. Granted you could place your cup on the table, but sometimes you need the whole space, you know? And if it’s not coffee, you can stick pens, pencils or other accessories in that cup so it has the potential to be very useful. Considering it’s only $12, we think it’s a worthwhile purchase.

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Fish Tea Bags: Truly Fish Out Of Water

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Gold fish swimming in the tea that you’re about to drink? Sounds pretty nasty, but these fishy tea bags will make most people wonder why you’re sipping that tea so calmly while a goldfish swims leisurely in your cup…

The company behind these creative tea bags is Taiwan-based Charm Villa. The tea bags look like typical tea bags when they’re out of the water, but submerge it in hot water and watch it transform into the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen in a cup. Beauty in tea bags? Now that’s not something you see or hear about everyday.

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Game On: Air Hockey Salt & Pepper Shakers

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I’m sure your mom taught you not to play with your food or goof around at the dining table. But I don’t think she ever said anything about playing with condiments– specially with the salt and pepper shakers– because play is exactly what the folks behind these uber-fun S&P shakers want you to do, seeing as they’re made in the same shape and form as your typical air hockey pusher.

The added bonus? It comes with a puck so you don’t have to use biscuits or frozen slices of ham to play a round or two.

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