Available through Photojojo, the Sony QX10 and QX100 Smart Lens is the first set of lens camera that "have their own camera bits inside." The lens uses your smartphone as a live viewfinder and uploads your images directly to the camera roll. You have the option of taking photos by attaching the lens to your phone or shooting remotely and uploading later. With the new lens set, your iPhone just became a DSLR camera, and your options start at $250.
So this is what happens when you put Flubby the super Chill Cat, Nimbus the Gentle giant and Poki the outgoing Hedgehog together.
Jan Kochanski's designs for household tools will both surprise you with their super-functionality, and impress you with their simple, understated elegance. Kochanski tackles issues of space, storage, and user-friendliness by making her tools easier to move around and put away when not in use. From the designer herself, "My ambition is to create objects of high functional and aesthetical values, products that serve the user well. I pay close attention to the usage of materials, neat construction and production process."
+node is a cantilevered wooden home from Japanese architecture firm UID Architects. The home is 10 meters above the forest floor and has a hole underneath, allowing trees to grow inside! The all-wooden home is designed to blend with the surrounding forest, and is meant to exist in harmony with fellow forest creatures. "The site is located at the node point of nature and human-made places," explained architect Keisuke Maeda. "I thought about a place for animals, plants and human beings."
Shaky Wash, designed by Jung Seub Lee is a handheld washing 'machine' that works by shaking vigorously, and thus tumbling the delicate clothing you want to wash. It's a lot like the mechanism in your washer, but much slower and meant for small jobs only, like your delicates and socks. This also means that as long as you're okay with doing a little laundry, you can pack fewer items of clothing per trip.
Tellas is a street artist from Italy whose work features abstract murals inspired by nature. Tellas' choice of a calm, muted palette works really well in the urban environments where the artist likes to leave his mark. It's a nice change from the frequently bright and shocking colors often favored by other grafitti artists, not that those don't have a place in the world. Tellas' pieces just bring a calm and serenity that you might not often find in urban artwork.
Happy Turtlesday! Today we're celebrating with two cool videos of Green Sea Turtles, or Honu, as they are known in Hawaii, where they have been swimming, eating, and being weirdly cute for the past 75 million years! Hawaii has three types of native turtles: the green (Honu), the hawksbill (Honu'ea) and the leatherback. Green sea turtles are primarily vegetarian, and the adult ones often weigh up to 200 pounds!
Fundraising now on IndieGogo, the Triposo Travel Belt is a piece of 'wearable tech' that acts like a bodily GPS system. Here's how it works: Open the Triposo app and select your destination. Slip on the belt, and the belt will buzz you in the right direction (left, right, straight, back) and guide you until you arrive! How awesome does that sound? The app and belt are designed to work with iOS and Android, and if you like this idea, you can donate here.
For sale: this chic and understated apartment in Malmö, Sweden mixes a clean and simple aesthetic with a woodsy vibe. Color is sparse, but cleverly injected for small pops of energy in an otherwise calm living space, made even cozier by the inward-curving walls. If you'll be in Sweden soon, and you prefer a "less is more" mantra, you can buy the flat here.
The Amelie bike, which I'm sure was inspired by the eponymous film, comes to you from designers Andrei Avarvarii and Ema Morosan. It's meant to be as stylish as it is functional, but as a beach cruiser, it's more of a lazy Sunday through town bike than an exercise machine. It's got a cute, vintage feel that will certainly appeal to any lovers of the classic pin-up girl or the retro-chic aesthetic of the 1950s. I bet Sally Draper would have this bike, but not be allowed to ride it except for special occasions.
These fun envelopes from Japanese design studio are made to imitate the sound of cars in motion, which in Japanese is an ononatopoeiatic "Booooon!" The envelopes feature a plane, train, or automobile, and when opened, leave behind trails of "exhaust fumes." If you're a stationary buff, these are an adorable way to spice up your correspondences.
Designers Karin Matz and Francesco di Gregorio joined forces to bring you FÖHR, a study of contemporary interior design with a traditional facade, in keeping with German architectural history. Located on the German island of Föhr, a rustic and humble stone exterior does little to suggest the bright, modern interior. Reflective ceramic tiles throughout the house provide a minimalist sense of style and coordination, and thread frames the stairway to create a threshold that takes up very little space.