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Ploom modelTwo Slays Smoking with Slick Design and Heated Tobacco Pods

23 Apr, 2014 by in DESIGN, INTERVIEWS
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If you’re ok with dropping the “cool factor” that goes along with smoke rising from around your face, sounding like a 200 year old truck-driver on a respirator and smelling of burnt carcinogens, then the Ploom modelTwo may be just the right nicotine absorption alternative for you. Ploom recently won the coveted Red Dot Design Award for the device that totally reinvents smoking, warming a wee tobacco pod for a perfect vapor inhaling experience while at the same time eliminating the concerns that go with lighting up. We shot some questions over to Ploom CEO, James Monsees, to find out about the development process and what makes the Ploom modelTwo an award winning design.
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The LeverAxe: You’ll Wish You Could Chop Wood All Day With This Physics-Exploiting Axe

23 Apr, 2014 by in DESIGN
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Chopping wood is one of those things that people love or they hate. There’s a reason why professional lumberjacks are nearly as ripped as professional bodybuilders…throwing a heavy object over and over again is one heck-of-a-workout. Regardless if you’re a professional lumberjack or a ‘casual woodsplitter’, the Vipukirves (Finnish for LeverAxe) is without a doubt something that makes everybody’s job easier and more fun.

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Behind the Design: Watch an Old Jeep Spring Leaf Get Reforged Into a Knife

23 Apr, 2014 by in FAB
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When it comes to choosing people who you might want to be hanging out with during an apocalypse, leave it to those who are masters of upcycling…especially those who are also skilled in making crude weapons. Knife maker Trollsky of Poland recently uploaded a video to YouTube that shows his process of turning a leaf spring from an old Jeep into a sort of machete/knife hybrid. While there is little other information on Trollsky other than his library of other knife making videos on YouTube, it’s safe to say that his skill at turning rusty old metal into something useful is nothing short of a delight to watch.

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Behind the Design: The Hand-crafted Morgan 3 Wheeler Makes Motoring Massively Fun

22 Apr, 2014 by in DESIGN
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Sure, at the right angle it looks like the backend was cleaned off by a semi trailer truck barreling down the road, but the reinvigorated Morgan 3 Wheeler is the three-wheeled car that three-wheeled, leather-wearing man-dreams are made of. Don’t doubt yourself if the Morgan 3 Wheeler rings a bell. The company has been kicking quads to the curb since 1910–Your grandpappy probably had a few Popular Mechanics centerfolds of the little beastie up on his walls. Jeff Glucker of Hooniverse is a fan too, and had the chance to drive the car around the rolling hills of sunny Southern California.
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Pyro Board: An Audio Visualizer Made From 2500 Individual Flames Using Simple Rubens’ Tube Physics

22 Apr, 2014 by in FAB, ROCKIN'
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For the science and audio geeks out there, you might already be familiar with a Ruben’s Tube. Invented by German physicist Heinrich Rubens in 1905, the tube uses flames to demonstrate the relationship between sound waves and sound pressure that is passing through the tube. It is also commonly used at hard rock concerts where flames are an absolutely necessity.

The Pyro Board from Aarhus University School of Engineering student Sune Nielsen and his pals uses the same principal of the Rubens’ tube to create an incredibly awesome audio visual display in a condensed package. Can we get an Instructable or a Kickstarter project Sune?

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‘Better’: Apple’s Short Film Illustrates a Cradle to Cradle Product Lifecycle in Honor of Earth Day

22 Apr, 2014 by in CULTURE, NEWS
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Having been criticized about their contribution to e-waste in the past, Apple has been working tirelessly to reverse their image and set themselves more in line with what is the environmental equivalent of their design ethos. Released by Apple in honor of Earth Day today, ‘Better’ aims to show Apple’s commitment to putting the Cradle to Cradle sustainability model in action.

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Behind the Design: Hand Carved Fishing Lures

22 Apr, 2014 by in FAB
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For the past two years, John Kiminas has been pursuing his dream of making fishing lures for a living. Having absorbed as much information as he could over this ‘research and development phase’ as he calls it, he is finally bringing his handmade lures into the world starting with a Kickstarter launch. Thankfully for us, he also shows us just how a lure goes from a solid block of wood to a finished product.

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SolidSmack Radio | Ode to the Trumpet

22 Apr, 2014 by in RADIO
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This week’s Spotify-powered SolidSmack Radio Playlist brings an entirely new face-smack of great music to help propel you through those laborious, tedious design tasks for the next few days. This week we’ve put together a solid list of tracks featuring some great use of the trumpet. We’ll start with ‘Fake Empire’ from The National and work our way through some Cat Power, Typhoon, Beirut, Of Monsters and Men, and others before wrapping up with ‘Dress Up in You’ from Belle & Sebastian.

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Vooza: Video Shorts Spoof Startup, Crowdfunding and Designer Culture

21 Apr, 2014 by in CULTURE
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In case you haven’t seen it, Silicon Valley is in it’s third week over on HBO and is definitely worth a watch…if only because Office Space is on at least one of your top ten movie lists. If HBO isn’t your thing however (note the first episode is free on YouTube)–and you still want to have some laughs at the expense of start up culture–the collection of shorts over at Vooza intelligently pokes fun at everything from crowdfunding concepts to product pitches and business card exchanges to product launch videos.

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Piamo: A Portable Espresso ‘Portafilter All-In-One’ For Pulling 30-Second Shots In Your Microwave

21 Apr, 2014 by in DESIGN
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Talk to any espresso connoisseur worth their weight in Stumptown Hairbender grounds and you’ll likely get into an argument about the ‘best way’ of pulling a proper espresso shot. Truth be told…it is an exact science that is hard to replicate outside of traditional espresso-craft tools. Despite this, the market for on-demand coffee is still a thriving market with the likes of everybody from Nespresso to Keurig churning out new products seasonally for those who can’t make it to their corner coffeehouse. The Piamo presents itself in an interesting category by allowing the instant-gratification of on-demand coffee with the choice of your own coffee…all from the convenience of the microwave.

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