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LEVIT8 Is An Origami-style Stand That Elevates Your Laptop


Standing desks are expensive, but a lot of people see health benefits in doing at least part of their work on their feet. The LEVIT8 board folds into an elevated stand that’s just tall enough to bring your laptop to a comfortable height for working standing up. When you’re done using it, you can simply unfold it using a twist-and-fold technique, and it packs flat as a magazine, easily going into your laptop bag along with the computer. It is made of a single loop of 8 triangular panels which gives it its easily collapsible box-spiral folding mechanism. It’s water repellent and stain resistant, and can hold up to 20 times its own weight. Coming in three sizes to suit all your needs, the LEVIT8 will cost you a pledge of $32, in any size.


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The Coast Is A Kayak That Folds, Origami Style


Somewhat over two years ago we wrote about the Oru Kayak, a folding kayak that performed just as well as a non-folding one. Well now the company is back with a newer, longer model. While the initial ones were 12′ in length, The Coast and Coast+ come in at 16′, which makes them faster, more streamlined boats. They fold up into a bag that measures 32″X28″X13″ (or 15″) and weighs 31 lbs. or 34 lbs. depending on the model. That’s light and small enough to fit in the trunk of a car, to travel with in a plane, and lug around with you to any body of water you want.

The Coast weighs in at just 31 lbs. and takes under 10 minutes to unfold and setup. The Coast+ has all of the features of the Coast, plus many more: it includes ratchet buckles for easy assembly, an ergonomic seat for long paddles, thigh braces for control and comfort, full decklines and rigging for storage and rescues, and a super cool folding hatch for gear storage.

We’re big fans of Kayaking; it’s a great activity and an awesome workout. But having to rent can be a restrictive hassle, so we’re bullish about the Coast and Coast+. The cheapest way to get in on the action is to pledge $1,650, which will give you a Coast Kayak. Prices go up to $2,650 for the Coast+ which comes with an Oru Paddle, Oru Pack, Oru Skirt, Oru Dry Bag and Oru Float bags.


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Oru Kayak Folds Up Origami-Style

Kayaking is fun; it’s a good exercise and you get to be outdoors and on the water. That’s about as radical as it gets in relation to the daily grind here at OhGizmo. But kayaks are bulky and we generally resort to renting one wherever the opportunity arises, which somewhat limits our chances to practice the sport. The Oru Kayak on the other hand is super light (25 lbs.) and ultra portable since it folds up into a 33″ X 29″ X 10″ case whenever you’re not using it.

Each Oru Kayak is engineered of a single sheet of double-layered plastic. The single seam is sealed with a watertight rubber gasket. Solid ribs offer strength and rigidity.The corrugated plastic skin is extremely tough and durable.

It’s not a toy boat either; it has a sturdy coaming (cockpit rim) that fits spray skirts and easily-adjustable footrests, as well as a comfortable foam seat and backband. Bill Vonnegut, a professional kayak guide/instructor says “It accelerates like a rocket, and carves a turn like a dream.” Sure, that might be a paid endorsement, but then again this might be a truly innovative product. The Kickstarter campaign has achieved its goal almost threefold, so the marketplace interest is there. An $800 pledge would get you yours by May 2013, and you’d be able to decide for yourself.

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Folding, Origami-Like Ukulele Looks Like Fun Weekend Project

By David Ponce

Ukuleles can be fun to have and now, maybe even fun to make. Origami enthusiast Brian Chen has created a laser-cut bamboo plywood kit that allows you to assemble a fully working ukulele in what he claims can be as little as half a day. By looking at the rather impressive PDF instructions, we’re thinking somewhere more along the lines of a full weekend, but hey… same ballpark. The result is not only completely functional but also folding for easy transport: the neck can be recessed into the body.

There are two versions, a regular kit for $85 or a “supermini” ukulele kit for $75. And if assembling anything at all is out of the question, you can get both of these already assembled for $375 or $250 respectively, and none of the fun.

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