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Finally, A Pair Of Waterproof Chucks That Will Survive A Soaking

Converse’s All Star Chucks have such an iconic design that they can even be paired with a formal suit without fashion critics batting an eye. Unfortunately, they’re mostly designed for casual wear, nothing adventurous, but that’s why Converse is releasing a couple of limited edition pairs that have been upgraded with Polartec fabric that lets the canvas sneakers easily shrug off a soaking.


A Chemistry Set Spice Rack Puts Science In The Spotlight At Supper Time

Even something as simple as making toast involves a whole lot of complex science that most of us don’t even think about. But when dinner preparation involves a chemistry set full of spices, you’ll be hard pressed to not wonder about all the chemical reactions going down in your dinner.


A Festive Lightning Charging Cable With Built-In Christmas Lights

Deck the halls, deck your desk, and charge your iPhone or iPad this Christmas with a USB Lightning cable featuring festive LED bulbs along its length — even if Christmas is months away. It’s the easiest and most useful way to bring holiday cheer wherever you go, even if those 10 power-sipping LEDs mean your device is most likely going to charge just a little slower than normal.


These Richly Detailed Maps Give The Modern World A Victorian Twist

Wouldn’t we all love to live in a city where floating dirigibles shared the horizon alongside the glass towers of our modern skylines? Such is the wild world featured in the highly complex, geographically accurate illustrations of Icelandic artist Kristjana S. Williams, whose maps are part of an exhibition for the London Design Festival that opened today.


Plankton Makes This Dinosaur Toy Glow, Batteries Not Required

As the story goes, the folks at BioPop were trying to make a sustainable light that relied on something other than man-made batteries. They tried using a bioluminescent plankton called dinoflagellates, but the tiny creatures required too much intervention to be a practical light source. They would, however, make for a really neat desk toy, and so the aptly-named Dino Pet was born.


Skateboards With VHS Tape-Inspired Decks Let You Rewind A Few Decades

The thought that today’s kids will certainly have no concept of what VHS cassettes were is a little sad for those of us who grew up taping TV, rewinding movies, and messing with that mysterious tracking dial. But VHS cassette tapes will be far from forgotten as long as a few skateboarders embrace these retro-styled decks from 5BORONYC.


A Clever Front-Loading Picture Frame Makes Swapping Artwork Easy

Have you ever spent a few maddening hours trying to get a photo perfectly centred behind a matboard in a frame? It’s made all the more difficult because you have to blindly arrange the upside-down pieces from the back of the frame. So why has it taken this long for someone to come up with a picture frame that easily loads from the front?


Comic Book Sticky Notes Make Your Reminders Extra Exciting

Are you more likely to “call Ted in accounting” when the reminder is stuck to the frame of your monitor on a boring yellow Post-it Note? Or when the reminder appears to leap from the page on these wonderful comic book-style sticky notes? The answer is pretty clear.


Set This Flashing USB Dongle To Notify You Of Just About Anything

We live in an auditory landscape populated by dings, blips and jangling — constant reminders of the probably-dire messages you’re missing on your phone or computer. If you’re like me, your stomach drops a little bit each time you hear those familiar bleeps. That’s why Blink1, a notification device that gives you a visual cue instead, is so great.


Chalk Markers Let Kids Tag The World Without Breaking The Law

If you’re a well-known street artist who wants your legacy to live on through your kids, you’re going to want to get them comfortable with graffiti at a young age. Except that handing a three-year-old a can of spray paint or a thick indelible marker is a terrible idea. They need to hone their skills with something considerably less permanent — like this marker-shaped piece of chalk for making graffiti that’s only temporary.


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