A Rechargeable LED Cork That Turns Ordinary Bottles into Lamps

Have a few empty bottles around? Turn them into table lamps. Check out bottlelights, a new cork-shaped LED light product that can be plugged (pun intended) into a bottle to illuminate it from within. It charges through a USB connection and gives three hours of light for every one hour of charge. The idea was developed by SUCK UK, a gift and home accessory company that seeks to create innovative products. This is the probably the coolest way to repurpose your bottle collection. 

Man Quits Job, Converts Old Van Into Comfy Home to Travel the World

In the past, we’ve covered stories about tiny home building, alternative living spaces, and school-bus living. But living in a van to follow your dreams? That’s a new one. Meet Mike Hudson, a young English man who did what we all secretly want to do. In 2013, he decided to quit his job as a systems engineer and hit the road. First, he bought an old beat-up van on eBay, then he turned it into a comfortable space to live in for the next year.

Google X Is About to Test Kites That Will Generate Renewable Energy

In 2013, Google X bought the groundbreaking and innovative company Makani Power, which developed high flying kites that were able to generate clean renewable energy through wind power. The kites, which are a new type of wind turbine altogether, are comprised of lightweight electronics, advanced materials, and smart software that generate energy at a lower cost than the common windmill turbines. Now, Google X has announced that it will be finally testing the innovative kites this month in various parts of the Bay Area.

Cool “USB Mixtapes” Bring Back the Way People Used to Gift Mixes

Back in the day, we’d make mixes on cassettes and CDs for lovers (or people we wanted to be lovers), friends, and for ourselves. But with smartphones and streaming music, that tradition has gone by the wayside. Good news for those nostalgic souls who miss the mixtape: You can now have the best of both worlds. Meet the USB Mixtape designed by Tiffany Roddis.

Product Design Teams Switch Roles For Yamaha’s AH A MAY Project

For many people, work can be boring, but by the sounds of it, that’s not the case at Yamaha. Recently, they had a clever idea for a fun experiment. As you may know, Yamaha creates both motorcycles and musical instruments and each of those categories are normally handled by their designated design department. For a project called AH A MAY (“Yamaha backwards”) the bike design team was asked to make musical instruments, while the musical instrument design team tried their hands at motorcycle design. Teams competed to see who could do a better job outside of their areas of expertise. The bike department came up with this amazing spherical drum set that would be the perfect compliment to Lady Gaga’s keyboardist’s circular rig.

The House of a Master Vertical Garden Designer

Vertical gardens have become more popular in recent years, with more and more people installing them in their homes and businesses. But one of the masters of vertical garden design, Patrick Blanc, has one of the most impressive gardens you’re likely to see. His French home is covered floor to ceiling with foliage that has grown into a veritable vertical jungle over the last 25 years.

A Portrait of Albert Einstein Made From 2200 Dice

A couple years ago, Redditor Joshie196 created a computer program that allowed him to turn any image into a dice mosaic. Combining his project with Einstein’s famous quote, “As I have said so many times, God doesn’t play dice with the world,” he turned 2200 dice into the face of this great scientist. The finished product weighs nearly 25lbs. He plans on inscribing Einsteins’ quote on the bottom of the frame and is willing to sell the work if the price is right. It cost over $350 to make and shipping would not be cheap due to its heavy weight.

Facebook’s New HQ has a Massive 9-Acre Garden on the Roof

When Facebook approached famed Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry to design their new headquarters in Menlo Park, California, they asked for a simple building without a heavy design. And while the building might look pretty conventional from down below, 70-feet up on the roof is something light on the environment and the spirits: a gigantic 9-acre garden.

World Renowned Graphic Designer Recreates Famous Brand Logos Free Handed With Pen & Ink

With just ink and a calligrapher’s pen, Sebastian Lester can create lettering that looks computer generated. A graphic designer with clients that include NASA, Apple, Nike and The New York Times, he doesn’t even need a computer to create logos. In these short timelapse videos, Lester shows off his skills and perfect proportions as he free hand prints some of the most recognizable logos out there. Lester is one of the highest profile calligraphers in the world and he shares his talents regularly with his followers on Instagram.

Without 3D Printing, This Rocking Chair Would Be Impossible

You might be looking at the future of furniture. The Durotaxis Chair uses 3D printing to produce a unique structure impossible to create with traditional methods. The geometric structure of the chair uses complex math to create a lattice which scales in size, density, color and rigidity throughout its form.