Don your favorite bathrobe, cream that coffee and get comfortable with this week’s SolidSmack Weekend Reader.

The Weekend Reader features a handful of the most interesting articles featured on the ‘Smack over the past week ranging from tips and tricks to inspirational designs, processes, and more. So lay back, relax and take a load off while reading the top ten stories on SolidSmack this past week.

Oh and uh…don’t forget to shed some much-needed sunlight on your face, too.

This Clever Water Bottle Design Leverages Centuries-Old Japanese Filtering Tech

London-based design firm Black+Blum recently designed an interesting (BPA free) water bottle to take advantage of a specific type of charcoal called Binchotan, which has been used for cooking and filtering water since the Edo period (1603).

Boston Dynamics’ Atlas is the Start of a Jumping Robot Invasion

We all knew this was coming; we just didn’t expect it to come so soon.

TechShop Closing Makes Dan Weep Sad Tears

A little over two years ago I was laid off for the first time in my career. I spent the next few days doing the classic panic induced resume update and application blitzkrieg. After a few days the shock passed, the realization settled in, and I thought, what to do now? Enter TechShop.

Migra Surfboard Bag | Smart Travel Gear for Surfers

Designing and launching a product successfully can be a daunting task. Many ideas and dreams never gain enough footing to rise with the swell and be carried along into production. However, for Marco and Mirco, Migra’s founders, their passion for surfing, coupled with their collective talents of product designer and business manager, uniquely positioned them for success.

The DipClip Car Vent Sauce Holder is Both Ridiculous and Brilliant Product Design

File this one under strange but true.

Watch KUKA Industrial Robotic Arms Make Sweet Music in This Stunning Video

In other robotic and A.I. advancement news, robots aren’t just becoming all-terrain, hazard-traversing back-flipping machines; now they can play musical instruments just about as good as mathematically-precise humans, too.

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