Miles Rubin, founder of Miles Automotive Group, wants to build an all-electric car that costs $30,000. It would be a zero-emissions vehicle with a top speed of 80 miles per hour and a range of 120 miles. Basically, the idea is to have this electric car compete head-to-head with a conventional sedan like the Camry.… [Continue Reading]
Streetlights that adjust their light output according to the phases of the moon — this design idea was the winner of Metropolis Magazine’s Next Generation design awards. These streetlights would have light sensors built into them that are sensitive enough detect the brightness of the moon, and dim themselves accordingly. For example, if there was… [Continue Reading]
BoKlok (pronounced “book look”, Swedish for “smart living”) is Ikea’s biggest idea yet. Having seized the market for affordable home furnishings in the past decade, the Swedish retail giant is now planning to provide the homes themselves. They’ve already built some 3,500 BoKlok dwellings across Scandinavia, now they building homes in the UK. Each apartment,… [Continue Reading]
Here’s an interesting alternative to those regular old vinyl lunchboxes which have a tendency to leach phlatates and lead into your food. It’s a stainless steel lunchbox that will probably garner attention from your co-workers, fellow students or curious passers-by. Based on the idea of the Japanese Bento Box, the lightweight “To Go Ware” has… [Continue Reading]
Here’s something that allows you to get traction on snow or ice while wearing your regular shoes. These Yaktrax grips are essentially a thick rubber bands, equipped with steel coils, that fit over the sole of your shoes. Apparently the idea was borrowed from the Tibetans. Priced around $20 per pair, available from Amazon.
This curious sink from Elkay has its faucet positioned on an “island” in the center of the sink. Interesting idea — but it seems like the faucet would get in the way of washing. The only advantage we can think of is the 360° access to the faucet. Trendir reviews other curious fixtures for the… [Continue Reading]
I have a “forever flashlight” — the kind that you shake for 20 seconds and get 5-10 minutes of light. This flashlight seems to be an improvement on that idea. It uses three ultra-bright LEDs. One minute of wind-up provides up to one hour of light. It’s available from Amazon.
Japanese soaking baths are built small but deep. These compact “ofuro” will fit in just about anywhere — even the smallest apartment. Diamond Spa makes the baths pictured here. We’ve no idea on the price, but the concept is good. If anyone knows where to get this style of tub at a reasonable price please… [Continue Reading]
Bamboo Textile has released a new, thicker men’s bamboo shirt. (We outlined the advantages of bamboo fiber clothing previously). We were thinking a thicker bamboo shirt would be a good idea — the thinner ones are really only suitable for summer, or to wear as an undershirt. The new shirt is 70% bamboo fiber and… [Continue Reading]