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Wrap Your Walls In A Glorious Tribute To Classic Cartridge Gaming

Nintendo has stuck with plastic cartridges for its portable gaming machines, but every other console you can buy today left them behind years ago. Which is too bad, because there was a certain charm to swapping those old seemingly indestructible game carts. And if you’re feeling nostalgic for them, you can now deck out your home with this wallpaper homage to those far-from-forgotten cartridges from your childhood.


An Instant Portable Campfire Saves You From Chopping Firewood

Camping is supposed to be about relaxing and enjoying the great outdoors, not spending your time chopping up logs just so you can keep a fire burning. So if you can spare a can of propane, you can now just bring a portable campfire with you — or at least a close facsimile thereof.


Tiny Orbiting Planets Tell The Time On This Solar System Clock

We usually measure the time it takes for a planet in our solar system to orbit the sun in months and years. But given the compact scale of this desktop solar system, the anodised aluminium balls can instead be used to measure seconds, minutes and hours.


Fill This Metal Blood Bag Flask With Other Life-Giving Liquids

The unique shape of this stainless steel flask makes it look like a blood bag full of life-giving serum for the T-1000 from Terminator 2, and that’s not too far from the truth. The prototype for the Liquid Body Flask was actually created by pumping water into a couple of panels of stainless steel welded together at the edges until they inflated like a water balloon.


You Can Read This Mirrored Clock In All Four Dimensions

So, it turns out the human brain is incredibly easy to fool. All you need is a clever illustration, or a few wonky lines, or in this case a mirror that makes your mind think the arrow hands on this sleek clock are floating in mid-air.


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.


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