We've seen quite a few different kinds of wooden bikes over the summer (and even the odd bamboo scooter) but this has to be the most well-designed and streamlined. Just look at those wheels!
This creation by Dutch designer Jan Gunneweg is nearly completely wooden, made out of solid walnut. Although it's a homemade bike at the moment, according to Treehugger there's a good chance it will be available to buy in the coming months, check out JanGunneweg.com for more details.
Now we're not sure how comfortable we'd be riding a scooter to work every morning, but you have to admit this is a pretty clever idea from designer Antoine Fritsch, who's created a lightweight, bamboo electrical scooter.
What was the one of the top Apps on iTunes lat week? The answer will surprise you. tokidoki, the global brand known more for their original designs which grace purses, apparel, jewelry and now has wall paper for your phone.
tokidoki-ize your iphone (3GS, iPhone 4 or iPad) with some of your favorite characters, such as Mozzarella , Adios or SANDy. As it says on iTunes, they are "Criminally Cute."
With such a colorful, distinctive wallpaper (check them out on the app store) no one wil mistake it for their phone.
And the best part? It's free.
Some designs have remained the same for hundreds of years, such as the basic camping sleeping bag. Then a designer has an "Aha!" moment and revolutionizes the product. This is what happened with the Selk' Bag "Sleepwear System" which keeps you warm AND mobile.
Chilly campers don't have to get out of their sleeping "suit," something you're not going to want to do in say, the Chilean Andes, where this was developed. You can now buy them for children (3G kids) and there is aslo a lighter version for warmer climates,in case you aren't backpacking in the Chilean mountains. ($79-$99.)
We tried one and it kept us toasty and comfortable and we slept like we were home (of course we were only camping in the backyard.)
"Why sleep in it when you can live in it?" as their slogan goes.
Check the site to see where the Spaceman suit is available in your area.
It was about time someone thought of this. Genius.
If you look hard enough you'll probably find a USB stick in every shape, size and color. There are those shaped like animals, body parts, pieces of food... You name it, someone has most probably created a USB stick in the shape of it.
So, it's good to see a USB stick (or pen, or drive, or memory device, or whatever you prefer) that's actually functional as well as being a little bit cute and quirky.
The Data Clip, designed by the clever minds at nendo Japan, is a USB stick that doubles up as a paper clip, meaning it's much less likely to be misplaced. I can imagine The Data Clip being particularly popular in schools when students have to hand in both electronic copies and hard copies of their work.
Via Like Cool.
The tokidoki brand has done some interesting collaborations: kicking off with Hello Kitty (the iconic Kat has a dark side!) ; the cosmetic giant Sephora (packaging for lipsticks, colorful cosmetic bags, and brushes) and now has partnered with Marvel to create a new line of apparel, caps and iPhone cases.
We're wild about the cases, not just for the beautiful designs but also the added protection. Each "Capsule Case" is made from virtually unbreakable polymer with memory foam interior padding and a black screen bezel for keeping your phone safe . A exclusive 3D TATT printing process turns out millions of sharp, vibrant colors that will not fade or peel away. (We've had one for almost a year and it's as bright as the day we bought it.)
$39.99 for the Marvel Hero case, or the Marvel comics, pictured above. Here's the links to check out all their creative Collabs.
When cyclists want to be safer and more visible on the roads, they often opt for a luminous yellow jacket designed to reflect the light of oncoming vehicles no matter what time of day they happen to be out and about.
Instead the batteries in the Renew are charged with solar energy whilst they sit in the dispenser. Then a fully charged one can be popped out of the bottom and once used up added back into the top to be recharged again.
It's a practical and economical idea which I'm surprised hasn't already been made!
A number of scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications in Germany have created a way to connect to the internet through the use of hundreds of thousands of interconnected LED light bulbs.
Some of the most impressive and innovative designs that we've featured here on Popgadget aren't the ones that are the biggest, brightest and loudest, but those that are just beautifully simple and understated. The Radi-O concept from Sunyung Yang is just that, a clean and simple radio that you can control by swiping your finger around the top rim. Simple, intuitive and definitely one for the wish list.
Via Yanko Design.