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A Lego-Like Kit For Building And Easily Repairing Household Appliances

If the motor burns out on a cheap desk fan, or the power switch breaks on a simple hand mixer, you’re not going to have them repaired. But just replacing cheap appliances is pretty wasteful, so using 3D-printing techniques and standard components, a group of designers have proposed a sort of building kit for creating useful household appliances instead of toys.


Create Whatever Furniture You Need With This Cardboard Building Set

If you’re not going to be living too long in a place, decking out your temporary abode in recyclable cardboard furniture actually makes a lot of sense. It’s cheaper than real furniture, you don’t have to bring it next time you move, and with these modular TapeFlips sets you can actually build exactly the pieces you need.


The World's First Convertible Motor Home Is One Obscene Creation

If you roll your eyes when someone claims that inhabiting a massive luxury RV counts as “camping”, you’re not going to like this. As if showers, giant TVs and microwaves weren’t already overkill enough, a bunch of crazy German automakers have created what is possibly the world’s first motorhome with a convertible roof, letting you experience Mother Nature in total, windblown comfort.


A Prosthetic Leg For Mountain Climbers, Inspired By Sure-Footed Goats

Mountain goats have an uncanny ability to traverse the steepest of terrains without so much as the slightest misstep. So it only makes sense that if one were designing a prosthetic leg for human mountain climbers they would look towards nature’s masters most sure-footed creations for inspiration. And that’s exactly what designer Kai Lin did with his Klippa prosthetic.


You Can Apply This Better Band-Aid With Just One Hand

As useful as Band-Aids might be for a quick fix, they’re rarely easy to apply to your arms or other areas inaccessible to both your hands. And even when both hands are free, the sticky ends of a Band-Aid often end up stuck together if you’re not careful. To remedy this, designer Pei-Chih Deng has created the one-handed Easy-Aid featuring a rigid backing that seems to solve all of a regular Band-Aid’s failings.


12 Visions Of Apple Products That Were Fantastically Wrong

With only four days to go before Apple unveils a handful of brand-new products, the rumour mill is churning at full speed. Now seems like a good time to recall the various dream concepts, predictions, and leaks we’ve seen over the years — all of which were more artful than accurate.


Candles That Light Themselves Mean No Match-Hunting On Birthdays

Birthdays are as much about celebrating someone as they are a desperate attempt to find a book of matches or a working lighter to secretly get the candles on a birthday cake lit. But that mad hunt for fire could be a thing of the past if these self-lighting Match Candles ever become a reality.


Xerox's Robot Printer Brings Your Documents Right To You

The one advantage to the paperless office being nowhere in sight is that every time you print something you get to leave your desk and waste time while wandering over to the copy room. At least until Fuji Xerox’s robot printer concept that delivers printed documents right to your desk becomes commonplace.


NASA Is Betting On These Five Extraordinary Ideas

Beyond developing current missions, NASA’s job is to invest in technologies that might seem like sci-fi — but could hold the keys to the next generation of space missions. After all, a century ago, the idea of a lunar landing probably seemed almost like pure sensational fiction. And this week, NASA picked the five seemingly distant concepts it wants to study further.


A Flippable Frame Lets This Bike Grow With Your Kids

As your child transitions from a balance bike — where they use their feet against the ground for propulsion — to a larger pedal version, it usually means it’s time for an upgrade. But not with Andreas Bhend’s clever Miilo. The bike’s frame is reversible, allowing it to be easily disassembled and flipped, elevating the seat and making room for a set of pedals beneath.


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