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This Flat-Pack Water Bottle Can Squeeze Inside A Laptop Bag

A backpack has plenty of pouches and pockets for storing a water bottle, but a sleek messenger bag? Good luck fitting a Nalgene in there without an unsightly bulge. You’ll either need to go without and keep an eye out for drinking fountains, or toss a few dollars towards these Kickstarted flat-pack water bottles.


This Cork Pot Holder Secretly Serves As A Ping Pong Net For After Dinner

Once you remove the placemats and centerpieces, your dining room table becomes the perfect stand-in for a ping pong table. The only thing missing is a net, and that soon could also be just a quick transformation away if this convertible CorkNet pot holder is successful on Kickstarter.


Ivy-Covered Extension Cables Disguise Your Unsightly Tangled Power Cords

We live and die by the cord; the energy tethers are everywhere — powering our portable gadgets and stay-at-home decor — and they’re pretty much always a tangled, unsightly mess. We need them, but they’re ugly… Unless! Unless you could disguise the longuns in an artful sprawl of faux-ivy, like you lived in some kind of fantasy world where electricity came naturally from houseplants.


A Replacement Cap That Turns Your Water Bottle Into A Super Soaker

Do you carry around a plastic Nalgene or Camelbak water bottle with you? Have you ever wished there was an easier way to soak a friend or co-worker with it? If you answered yes to both of these questions,, congratulations! You have a pulse, and you’ll want to check out the Aquabot.


A Wooden Hammock Looks Incredibly Classy (And Maybe A Little Pinchy)

A stained wood Adirondack chair can class up any deck, and it turns out a stained wood hammock can do the same for a backyard. This impressive creation, called the Para Hammock, still features an intricate web of cords (in this case, strong nylon parachute cord) — but here they’re used to support over 700 tiny tiles made of walnut wood. So the whole thing flexes and undulates like a rope or fabric hammock, but provides a slightly sturdier spot to stretch out.


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.


A Bluetooth Padlock That Keeps Your Valuables Secure Anywhere You Go

While we’ve seen plenty of smart locks — and debated their effectiveness — this one’s particularly nice for two reasons: It’s made by a highly reputable design team, FŪZ Designs, and it’s an ultraportable padlock.


A Brilliant Device That Completely Reinvents Crutches

Modern crutches are still less than a century old, and dozens of designers have taken a stab at improving them. But while most attempts are variations on a familiar theme, one entry to James Dyson Foundation’s annual Dyson Award proposes a solution that improves on even the best recent alternatives.


This Elegant Rubbish Bin Swings Open Without Screws, Gears Or Wires

The Swing Bin is composed of exactly two pieces: a cylinder and an oval, precisely cut so that lid swings open and shut ever so gently. A prototype of the elegant Swing Bin first light up design circles four years ago, and now designer Shigeichiro Takeuchi has finally decided to make Swing Bin a reality.


Dinosaurs Can Roam The Earth Again With Righteous Tricera Hi-Top Shoes

The news has been rough this week, but you can have faith that some things are still going right, because someone has invented a pair of dinosaur sneakers called Tricera Hi-Tops. They’re about as close as we can get to bringing dinos back from extinction. Also they’re super cool.


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