In the past few years pellet stoves for home heating have revolutionized the way people keep warm by burning renewables. They’re more efficient and totally sustainable. Now the Oorja stove has been developed and could spark a similar revolution. These smoke-free, biomass burning pellet stoves, developed in India for people who can’t access clean energy, can cook a meal for five using barely a fraction of the resources LP gas or wood use. They’re currently being used in homes and restaurants all over India, where they’ve proven to be nothing short of amazing.
Wenger, makers of genuine Swiss Army knives for over 100 years has introduced a new line of precision multi-purpose tools and blades. Their HypeX Pendants are survival tools you can wear. There’s a handful of different models in this line of lightweight “toolery”, & they’re all designed for action. We’re not sure who’s really going to need a flint and a knife sharpener hanging from their neck, but the Wyss model features a bottle opener & that’s one tool that always makes sense. Available June 2012.
The Zooka wireless Bluetooth speaker bar is designed to work best with your iPad but it’ll also fit on your iPhone or laptop, too. Made of soft medical-grade silicone, it slides right into place on your device & gives a substantial upgrade to the sound. What it won’t do is block your camera lens nor will it scratch or scuff your iPad or other devices in any way.
Award-winning London-based designer Jake Phipps launched his furniture-making career with this design. It’s called the Isis folding chair and folds flat to an incredibly slim 3cm. Like all of Phipps’ designs, the Isis combines inventive design with superb function which means that this is no museum piece, it’s made for sitting in.
Nostalgia, it seems to be the foremost theme in camera design these days. The Pentax K-01 is no exception. If it weren’t for the 16 MP optical sensor and full HD video capture capabilities, you might think this thing took film. Lucky for your wallet it doesn’t, it does however take all K-mount lenses making it quite the versatile little weapon.
There are loads of portable speaker systems out there to choose from. Few of them are as original as the Bag Of Rhythm from House Of Marley. Using earth-friendly materials like durable canvas fabric and FSC-certified birch, this system features twin 4.5-inch woofers for deep bass and twin 1-inch tweeters for snappy highs. The dock will play and charge iPhones and iPods and the Aux input lets you plug in just about any other audio device. Built as a totebag, you can just throw it over you shoulder and take the party anywhere.
That annoying British chef with the stupid mop of blond hair loads his pancakes down with stuff like walnuts, organic kiwi, and carob chips, but who really eats that crap? Real men know that the measure of a good pancake is a fluffy consistency and the proper flip. We also know that butter, syrup and sausage are the only necessary accompaniments. So learn how to do it. Right here, right now. Scroll down the page for the recipe in English.
Nike could put just about anything on top of their Free outsole and people will come running. And why not? They’re all so light and floaty. The Huarache Free Run Stealth is another hit on this popular platform. It features a leather, mesh, & neoprene upper that balances support and breathability nicely while the tonal gray coloring with poppy blue hits will make it a standout on your local loop. Available Spring 2012. Source
No chimney, no problem. Pureflame wall-mount fireplaces can be used in any room in your home because unlike normal ones, they burn clean, renewable ethanol biofuel and don’t require permanent, vented installation. Pureflame requires no clean up, produces no soot, basically it produces none of the annoying things we associate with a fireplace but it does produce the things we really want: heat and the warm glow of a fire.
Some people head to the mountains for skiing and snowboarding to disconnect. Yeah, these people actually want to get away from talking on their phones. For the rest of us, there’s a new gizmo called the Speakgoggle that will help seamlessly and simply combine Bluetooth phone conversations and skiing. Paired with your smartphone, it’s an intercom system built right into the goggle strap that will also let you listen to music. Plus, with its bug-eyed styling it looks hella space age. Take that, recluses.