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Dave Parrack

Napwell can be used both for naps and longer sleeping sessions

The idea of being artificially woken up by a fake sunrise isn't a new one, with a range of sunrise alarm clocks available to buy. These include the Philips Wake-Up Light, Pure Twilight, and the Aurora Wake-Up Light from UnikkoNordic. However, using the same method for a sleeping mask is a new twist – and it's exactly what the team of engineers behind Napwell have done.  Read More

ModCubes can be reconfigured to form different pieces of furniture, such as this crib/cupb...

Modular furniture – that is, furniture than can be adapted to suit changing needs – is becoming an increasingly common concept. One company has gone right back to basics, and designed building blocks for an extensive range of modular furniture. These building blocks are called ModCubes, and when combined together they form pieces of furniture known as ModRoomz. The word LEGO is nowhere to be seen, but the Danish toy company deserves at least a small nod of appreciation.  Read More

The Power Pillow comes in a range of different designs, though the battery packs within ar... The Power Pillow consists of a battery pack encased within a soft cushion that allows you to charge your smartphones and tablets while relaxing on your sofa. When not in use, the Power Pillow hides the battery pack in a safe, easily located place.  Read More

The Leaktite Big Gripper is a new take on the humble bucket, with an ergonomic design maki... The Leaktite Big Gripper from Home Depot attempts to rethink the bucket with an an asymmetric design that, when coupled with its ergonomic handle, makes it more balanced, even when full.  Read More

Squishy Forts can be used to create impressive, gravity-defying pillow forts

A high percentage of people will, at one time or another during their childhood, have made a pillow fort. Those who never did missed out on an entertaining experience, as the simple act of creating a hideaway that’s off-limits to everybody else is bags of fun. Even as an adult. Which is where Squishy Forts provides a helping hand for kids of all ages.  Read More

The Blacklamp Carbon has a simple exterior that hides its rather unique features The Blacklamp Carbon watch produced by the UK-based Schofield Watch Company lights up in two different, and rather unusual, ways. This goes some way to explaining, but probably cannot justify, the asking price of £9,900 (US$16,000).  Read More

The Hangbag in both its forms, being used to first carry clothes and then to help store th... The Hangbag is a paper shopping bag that transforms, via a simple set of folds, into a clothes hanger. Thus one product fulfills two distinct but interconnected uses.  Read More

The Visus Watch from Mykonos Design features a stationary hand capable of accurately telli... Analog watches with just one hand aren't unheard of, but they are still far from the norm. The problem with this novel approach is that accuracy tends to take a back seat. The Visus Watch from Mykonos Design aims to change this.  Read More

La Fonction No.1 is a briefcase which transforms into a miniature mobile cubicle While smartphones, tablets, and ultra-portable laptops have made it possible to work anywhere and everywhere, some privacy has been lost in the process. La Fonction No.1, a briefcase which transforms into a miniature mobile cubicle, is one attempt to bring an element of privacy back to the new work-on-the-go ethic.  Read More

The Hövding is an airbag for cyclists which inflates in under 0.1 seconds to protect your ... We first covered the Hövding airbag collar in 2010 when it was originally shown off to the world by its inventors, industrial designers Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin. At the time it was available to pre-order but it has now officially gone on sale.  Read More

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