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A sustainable, reliable solution to the Fanny Pack. Hemp can be turned into a miracle fabric that can solve most of the limitations of sustainable alternatives, as proven by this Bould Pack. The plant-based Hemp Canvas, for example, is proven to be four times more tear-resistant than cotton, surviving unscathed against a sharp knife.
The Moss Humidifier concept is a combination of the natural purifying elements of the moss plant as well as the principles behind the more artificial but still beneficial electric humidifier. The idea for the Moss Humidifier is to have an artificial humidifier create an environment where moss can be cultivated and turn it into a circulatory system for your home to have good air quality.
The PANO Beam Projector is a portable version that is great for the home and for outdoor adventures. For example, if you’re into camping and are looking for evening entertainment, you can quickly bring your Pano projector and be ready to play your favorite movie or TV show.
Shaped like a capsule, the pillow is made from memory foam with a concave indentation on its underside. This indented shape supports both back and stomach sleepers, while the wider sides are perfect for side sleepers. Depending on how you sleep, the Bed Pillow keeps your neck aligned appropriately with your spine, so you don’t end up with neck pains.
ZIPP is designed to protect the privacy of the user. Others are also protected from the possible noise. The super directivity technology helps protect a user’s hearing by proving a comfort zone, as well as, canceling other noises. Zipp reduces noise toward other people. The eco-friendly materials used on the Zipp are a good start as we move to save the planet from future destruction.
The OSOTEK HotWave wants to bring that same two-step cleaning process to all houses. Designed to have a wet and dry mopping feature, OSOTEK is the world’s first 4-in-1 mop vacuum cleaner with a built-in water heater that efficiently wipes/mops and de-odorizes your floor in a way that’s just as effective as a floor disinfectant, yet without any of the chemicals.
Available in both wireless and wired formats, the AirHood works partly like a chimney, and partly like an air purifier. A switch on the top lets you choose between three fan speeds, depending on what you’re cooking, and the AirHood even comes with an optional Base Boost – a platform that elevates your hood by a comfortable two inches. Once switched on, the AirHood pulls fumes into its inlet, where the air first passes through an oil filter that traps the grease, and then an activated carbon filter that purifies the air of any toxins. Clean air then makes its way out of the outlet at the back of the device, keeping your kitchen air clean and eliminating the risk of accidentally triggering your smoke alarm. When not in use, the AirHood serves as kitchen decor, thanks to its minimalist, sculptural appeal. You can either leave it on your countertop or hang it on a wall, thanks to a hook built into the AirHood’s handle.
The go-anywhere camper has plenty of space and the silver lining is its floor-to-ceiling transparent panels for uninterrupted panoramic views to experience nature like never before. This luxury comes courtesy of the aluminum walls of the Lagom topper which folds down flat when in the driving mode. When it reaches the campsite, this setup can be deployed in mere seconds.
Rotio has an “eye” that lets you see the center of the circle you want to draw. You simply press down on it to secure it on the paper, fit the tip of the pen or pencil into one of its holes, and then swivel away to your perfect circle. The minimalist metal design of the Rotio also ensured that it would outlive the often flimsy compasses produced for mass consumption.
The idea behind the Elastic Hinge project is already in the name of the glasses themselves. They wanted to create something that would use different materials rather than traditional metals. After experimenting with various folding techniques from other products, they got their inspiration eventually from how tent rods are structured. The basic concept is to thread an elastic cord in the channels of the glasses frame. The glasses themselves are made through SLA 3D printing technology and so they were also able to take advantage of the small inner channels in both the frames and the handles. This technique made it more transparent and had voids which is where they were able to thread the elastic cords. They used translucent materials for the frames and brightly colored cords so people can see how these elastic hinges actually work.
The system is composed of three modular bags that you can combine together in different ways or use apart as the case warrants. All three together make up a large suitcase that you can roll or carry as a backpack, but the front Messenger Tote Pack and the rear Expandable Daypack can also be detached and used separately or combined and expanded into a larger Weekender backpack for shorter periods of time away from home.
ECO-FLO was envisioned as a one-of-a-kind test kit that, instead of relying on nasal swabs, uses a saliva sample instead. The kit itself is made from recycled paper pulp, while the sachet it’s contained in uses a biodegradable Nature Flex film. When disposed of, the kit can naturally break down and disintegrate within 4 to 6 weeks.
The P&H Air Manager is a concept for an air purifier and humidifier in one that has a water system to help do its job. And in case you want to use just the humidifier part, it can be detached and used separately. Using it and controlling the device doesn’t seem to be too complicated as you only have four buttons that you need to use and understand: the power button, the speed controls, the button for the humidifier function, and a sleep button in case you need it to automatically turn off after a certain time.
CURA is an all-encompassing plant-growth apparatus that takes care of the light and water requirements for any plant. Its automated systems can be programmed to suit the light requirements for flowering plants, air-purifying plants, herbaceous plants, or decorative plants.
The Nomaday is a tiny yet impressive padlock that ditches the keys for something much more secure – biometrics. Designed to be as easy to operate as unlocking your phone is, the Lexon Nomaday comes with a small fingerprint reader that has a response time of just 0.5 seconds.
The Missaglia tiles are square-shaped tiles with rounded corners which you can attach to your walls. More than just tiles to match your aesthetic, they’re actually air purifying devices that can capture pollutants, bacteria, and viruses that are floating around your house.
Hold The Phone does exactly what it says it does, while also hiding a trick up its sleeve. The phone stand is made up of 3 elements – the stand itself, a slab-shaped piece of plastic, with a small cylindrical lip at the bottom to hoist the phone up, and a large cylindrical element at the back that props the entire structure upwards at an angle. This large rear cylinder slides upwards and downwards, adjusting the angle at which your phone rests, giving you the ability to tilt your phone at virtually any angle you need. Moreover, that large cylinder is actually hollow on the inside, allowing you to use it to store items like cables, thumb drives, SD cards, and any other tiny items you’d otherwise end up losing!
Whenever you want to check if your pasta is perfectly undercooked (or what the Italians called al dente), just take the spaghetti from Al Dente’s hands and nibble at the lower end of the line. If your spaghetti needs some extra time in the boiling water, just put it back in Al’s hands and he’ll hold onto it for you to check again after a few moments!