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Bulbing: A Hip New Table Lamp

Friday 05.16.2014 , Posted by
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Coming from Tel Aviv, Israel is a new style of lamp called “Bulbing” to decorate your living space. Deceptively it appears to be 3D, but in reality it is completely flat. Designed by Studio Cheha, their Kickstarter campaign has already surpassed its fundraising goal four times over. With 15 days left to go, there are already over 1,300 backers supporting the hip new design. [Read more…]

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Zen Float Tent – World’s First Affordable Isolation Tank For Home

Thursday 05.01.2014 , Posted by
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The benefits of sensory deprivation tanks are no secret: relaxation, deep meditation, soothing chronic muscle pain, increased athletic performance, and an overall sense of well being, but until now these benefits came at a pretty hefty financial cost. The average isolation tank costs $10-30k with the cheapest model available at $4,500, but now Zen Float has created a model that is available at a fraction of the price- just $1,700 and can be self-assembled after it is delivered to your door for free! Much lighter than the traditional models, the Zen Float Tent will weigh a little more than a water bed once you add the epsom salt and water and can be assembled in any room of your home so you can float whenever you want! With a single float session averaging $70 at most float centers, just 25 floats would cover the cost of this invaluable item. [Read more…]

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LIX: Draw in the Air with the World’s Smallest 3D Printing Pen

Tuesday 04.29.2014 , Posted by
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LIX is a 3D printing pen launched yesterday on Kickstarter and already funded by nearly 300%. Apparently this is going to be big. LIX is unique in the new market of 3D printing pens (including the 3Doodler) for two reasons: because it is very small and the fact that it can run off of a USB 3.0 port. If it works as advertised, those two factors will combine to make this one of the most useful and portable examples on the market – not to mention something comfortable enough in the hand to do some serious 3D sketching. [Read more…]

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The Elevated Movement: A Hammock Company that Supports Artists, the Environment, and the US Economy

Sunday 04.06.2014 , Posted by
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Laying in a hammock is the epitome of relaxation, but without trees hammocks would just be blankets on the ground! That’s why for every hammock sold, The Elevated Movement will plant 2 trees. Aside from that environmental impact, this amazing company, founded by hammock aficionado Matthew Santens, also uses 100% recycled materials. The hammocks themselves are made out of plastic bottles, but you would never guess when you feel how soft and strong they are. On top of that, these are the coolest looking hammocks you have ever seen, with artist designs and Hubble Telescope images- or your own creation or photo- printed using high quality, vibrant sublimation printing. And the artists whose designs are available for purchase actually get 30% of the profit, which sadly is a rare occurrence for artists. [Read more…]

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Mini Museum Makes History Portable

Thursday 02.27.2014 , Posted by
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In my wildest dreams, my home would be filled with amazing relics from our planet’s history. My shelves would be filled with things like dinosaur fossils and lunar rocks, constant inspiration in every room.

So that may never happen. But now I can have small pieces of those extraordinary things in one portable little display. [Read more…]

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Tatay’s Gift: An Awesomely Illustrated Children’s Book Teaches Children About Giving

Monday 02.24.2014 , Posted by
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After spending time in the Philippines and being immersed in their hardworking, loving, generous culture, artist Brad Woodard wanted to share the lessons he learned with his young son. Using his illustrating skills and his wife Krystal’s storytelling abilities, the duo has come up with a vibrantly illustrated children’s book. They seek to help those who still need help after typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and bring a beautiful story about giving into the world. Tatay’s Gift tells the story of a young Filipino boy learning the importance of serving and giving in his community by watching his Tatay (Tagalog for dad) every day. [Read more…]

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Artist Seeks to Tell the Untold Stories and Capture Images of Every Native American Tribe in the U.S.

Tuesday 02.04.2014 , Posted by
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As we see the destruction that Western Civilization is causing to the Earth, the Native American way, that the colonists tried to take away with the forceful acquisition of land, no longer looks so savage. With a deep appreciation for the land and profound spiritual connection to all living things, the Native Americans were “going green” long before it was cool. Imagine how different things would be if settlers worked with the Native Americans and learned from them rather than backing them into reservations and forcing them into a monetary economy. While the N-word and other racial slurs are culturally taboo, we still propagate Native American derogatory stereotypes, even making millions off of them with sports teams like the Washington Redskins. Seattle-based photographer Matika Wilbur has set out to challenge the prejudices about Native Americans by photographing and interviewing members of all 566 federally recognized tribes in the United States. [Read more…]

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Drum Pants: the Drum Kit That You Wear

Friday 12.13.2013 , Posted by
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If you think about it, most of us have been playing drums our whole lives. Yeah, we might not have drum kits, but our legs and bodies work pretty well. Just a good song can get us slapping our thighs and feeling the beat. That’s why the new product DrumPants is so incredibly perfect: it’s a wearable sensor kit that attaches to your clothing, letting you play music or even control smartphone apps with the ease of drumming your body like you always do. [Read more…]

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Kudzilla: A 40ft Kudzu Monster Needs Your Help to Become A Reality

Sunday 11.03.2013 , Posted by

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If you’re from, or have ever ventured, down South in the Carolina’s or Georgia, then you’ve undoubtedly seen the kudzu vine growing on buildings, telephone poles, and trees. Chris Lindland, creator of the amazing clothing line Betabrand, has been fascinated with the leafy vine since his college days in Chapel Hill at the University of North Carolina. He and a friend have been dreaming up creating a behemoth kudzu sculpture that will be the greatest roadside attraction ever built: Kudzilla! They have put together a team of architects, engineers, and botanists who are ready to make the 40 ft Kudzilla a reality, but they need your help to get this project on the ground. [Read more…]

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“The New America”: Nando Costa’s Laser-Cut Stop-Motion on 800 Blocks of Wood is Epic

Thursday 10.31.2013 , Posted by

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It’s been a while since we heard from Nando Costa and his Kickstarter launched project to laser engrave a stop motion film. After a long two years, and a ton of work on Costa’s part, the project is finally complete… and it was well worth the wait. The animation features a series of modernist psychedelic vignettes that flow in hypnotically smooth motion as changing wood grain flickers across the rectangular background. [Read more…]

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