The CampStove

Charging Cellphones with Fire with The CampStove

Former design engineer Jonathan Cedar has created two cool devices that help generate green energy in remote locations and the developing world—and power smartphones and other mobile devices. Yahoo News reports:

The CampStove is available in the U.S. and Europe for outdoor recreational use and emergency preparedness. You stick wood (twigs, pine cones) into the small contraption to create a fire. You can then plug your mobile device USB cord into the base of CampStove to recharge your gadget.

The CampStove can charge a phone in about the same speed as a laptop, in other words not as fast as a traditional outlet. But Cedar said it’s “a speed that most consumers seem comfortable with.”
BioLite also sells a larger model called the HomeStove in emerging markets, and has already launched pilot programs in India and Sub-Saharan Africa. According to the World Health Organization, three billion people still cook on open, smoky fires. Cedar markets the HomeStove as a safer, cleaner alternative that offers a another major bonus: it also generates electricity for charging phones. The World Bank says nearly five billion cellphone users live in developing countries. Cedar’s target market therefore is enormous.

The CampStove. Via.


Black Punk Notebooks

With bright clashing colors and rubber bands of the same color these notebooks are like a kick in the shins of the establishment.

A huge range of options out there but these look good. With bright clashing colors and rubber bands of the same color these notebooks are like a kick in the shins of the establishment.



iPad Dock Tray

iPad Dock Tray
iPad Dock Tray
iPad Dock Tray
This would make a nice addition to the right desk. A nice metaphor too. Designed by Alain Berteau and made in Germany of oiled oak from harvested forests. Compatible with iPads, iPad 2 and many other devices.
iPad Dock Tray


Handmade Leather Journal

Handmade Leather Journal
I’m no ludite but there is something far more personal about using a notebook to write, sketch and dream. Years ago I was given journal very similar to the one pictured above and I don’t use it near enough. This one in particular is made of rugged dark brown leather with a slightly glossy finish wrapped around 200 pages of acid free cream 100% cotton rag paper. This leather is worn and wrinkled and rumpled like your favorite old travel bag. The pages are sewn into the spine with deep espresso waxed thread. Very affordable and a unique item (she makes others).
Handmade Leather Journal
I don’t know the maker of the notebook above so the thoughts below don’t pertain specifically to her, I just think she makes great product worth sharing.
Recently there has been some controversy, generated largely from PR agency opportunists and others who profit from such, over the working conditions at Apple suppliers overseas. The technology supply chain is immensely complex and will never leave it’s current base in the same form. If you want to support your community, local craftsman, businesses and small scale manufacturing, the best way to do so is not complaining about the lifestyle of a people you know nothing about, but by using your purchasing power to buy beautiful objects like the one above. There is something special about buying product from someone with a name, someone who cares not just about the quality of the product, but about their relationship with their customer. The Apples of the world create amazing product that transform our lives but they can never give us the personal attention that a small business can. It’s rewarding to purchase a unique item of quality created by someone you can name.


Padfoot for iPad

Padfoot for iPad
There are have been a slew of iPad stands of all shapes and sizes hitting the market since Apple launched the iPad, but few have the minimalist footprint of the Padfoot by Dutch designer Michiel Cornelissen. It works well and looks great.
The PadFoot is manufactured in tough but lightweight, 3d printed polyamide with a fine surface texture.
Padfoot for iPad
Padfoot for iPad


Leather Mousepad

doneLeather Leather Mousepad
I think you would have a hard time finding a nicer mousepad at this price. These mouse pads are made of vegetable-tanned leather that is cut, stamped and finished by hand. Beautiful. Though I haven’t used a mousepad in years I’m temped to order it simply on looks alone.
doneLeather Leather Mousepad


Great Balls of Wire

Great Balls of Wire
Designed by Søren Refsgaard for Danish company Bald & Bang, winner of the Red Dot Design Award in 2009, Great Balls of Wire is a tennis ball sized device which can swallow up to 5 feet of cable and gives a simple and attractive solution to the usual mess of cables associated with modern life. Available in red, orange, pink, grey, blue, black, yellow, green, and white.
I hate cables.


Airbag helmet for bicyclists

Airbag helmet for bicyclists
Airbag helmet for bicyclists

‘Hövding’, produced by swedish design company hövding sverige ab, is an airbag system for bicyclists, designed as a fashionable but practical alternative to helmets. A hood-shaped, nylon airbag is encased within a neck collar and is automatically inflated in the event of a crash by a sensor system. Washable fabric shells that fit over the collar create a range of looks for the device, designed to seamlessly incorporate into one’s daily outfits. [designboom]

These could be marketed as an essential fashion accessory for pedestrians in Taiwan. Replete with accident data, and a means to connect the sensor to an iPhone, this might give an edge to pedestrians or bicyclists when the inevitable out of court negotiations arise (Taiwan though a wonderful place to live is an absolute nightmare for the pedestrian and cyclist – which is a shame since it is a dream to walk and cycle here).
Hövding airbag helmet for bicyclists. Via designboom.


The FIDA Mat – a compact outdoor lounge seat

The FIDA Mat - a compact outdoor lounge seat
The FIDA Mat - a compact outdoor lounge seat
The FIDA Mat - a compact outdoor lounge seat
Designed by Hannover based designer Patrick Fey, the FIDA Mat is a compact outdoor lounge seat that can be folded and carried anywhere. The FIDA weighs just under 6 pounds and is made of durable, water-repellent Cordura making this ideal for all kinds of outdoor adventures. I tend to prefer sitting a bit higher off the ground but the FIDA Mat is so compact it puts those gangly chairs we tout around to shame. It doesn’t hurt that it looks great too.
More at Fastco design.


A mobile stand for the iPad

compass stand
This is the stand I wish we could have bought when we purchased an iPad a few weeks ago. Made from steel the “Compass is a stylish, compact folding stand that works as an easel and a typing stand. As an easel, Compass beautifully displays iPad in both portrait and landscape modes. To transform Compass into a typing stand, simply flip down the secondary leg and this super portable stand sits at a perfect angle for comfortable typing on iPad’s cool onscreen keyboard”.
This certainly beats Apples case or propping the iPad against a stack of books. It also seems more versatile than other purpose built stands I have seen. With metal to metal contact scratches can occur, so while using the Compass it might be best to leave your iPad in some kind of case.
Compass Mobile Stand. Via Swissmiss.


Charge your phone with your feet

Orange's Prototype Power-Welly Boots
Thermoelectric wellies that charge your mobile phone using heat from your feet.

Telecom firm Orange, a sponsor of June’s Glastonbury Festival, is promoting its new “Power Wellies”s as a means for festivalgoers to keep their cellphones charged. Created in collaboration with renewable energy experts GotWind, use a unique ‘power generating sole’ that converts heat from your feet into an electrical current. From Popsci:

Users will have to stomp in the Pilton mud for about 12 hours to generate enough electricity to charge a cellphone for one hour, however — so the wellies are more notable for novelty than practicality.
The concept is interesting, however. The boots work by capturing the heat of the wearer’s feet — not kinetic energy, like other walking-power concepts we’ve seen.

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Normann Copenhagen Town Bike

Normann Copenhagen Town Bike
Designed by Anne Lehmann, the stylish Normann Copenhagen town bike is a limited edition hand built classic ride featuring an anthracite grey steel with contrasting green saddle, handlebars and chain. Anne Lehmann says:

Normann Copenhagen is all about lifestyle, and cycling is a natural part of the Danish lifestyle, especially in Copenhagen, where it is easy to get around on bike. At first glance, the Normann Copenhagen Bike, with its simple frame and understated appearance, does not attract attention in use, but the green details in the saddle, handlebars and chain provide a surprising element, that make it stand out in a crowd.

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