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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.


How You Fold This Origami Measuring Spoon Determines Its Capacity

Unless your measuring spoons are all tethered together (which is annoying unto itself) you’ve probably spent too much time sifting through kitchen drawers trying to find the one you need. Rahul Agarwal’s Polygon measuring spoon solves that problem with an easy-to-store flat design that simply folds to whatever capacity you need.


Everywhere's A Bed With A Self-Inflating Backpack Pillow

Even when stuffed full of laptops, textbooks and other less-than-soft items, a backpack still makes for a great makeshift pillow. But imagine how comfy napping in the library would be with Ryan Frayne’s Windcatcher Air Pakk that unzips and automatically inflates like a tiny air mattress.


A Transforming USB Business Card That Shares More Than Just Your Name

Despite countless ways for us to share information online, business cards are somehow still a popular way to pass on contact info. So instead of trying to replace them, the creators of the swivelCard simply found a way to make business cards better with a built-in USB port that lets you share everything from your resume, to a photo gallery, to a video — and not just your name, email address, and mobile phone number.


A Side Table For Charging Gadgets That Plugs Right Into The Wall

The wireless utopia we’ve all been patiently waiting for (while tripping over cords) is still nowhere to be seen, but it’s not for lack of trying. Designer Youmin Vincent Kim has come up with a wonderful interim solution with the Soak desk that leans up against, and plugs directly into, a wall — allowing it to serve as a central spot for charging gadgets.


This Heads-Up Display Puts The App Info You Need On Your Windshield

Using your smartphone or tablet while driving is not only illegal in most sane states, it’s also just a dangerously stupid thing to do behind the wheel. But since access to your device can make your travels easier, the dashboard-mounted Navdy provides a heads-up display that shares info from your devices, and lets you interact with them through voice and gesture commands.


A Telescoping Torch Lamp Is The Perfect Camping Companion

There’s a lot to like about designer Antonio Serrano’s Lil Torch concept that extends and retracts like an old pirate spyglass providing a focused beam when needed, or a wide flood of illumination when collapsed. Powered by a rechargeable battery that keeps a set of LEDs glowing in its diffused dome, the torch is made from plastic with the electronic bits are all sealed so that it’s completely waterproof.