Dave is a technology journalist with a ravenous appetite for gadgets, gizmos, and gubbins. He's based in the U.K., and from his center of operations writes about all facets of modern and future technology. He has learned more in his five years writing for the Web than he did in 11 years at school, and with none of the boring subjects thrown in to the mix.
Time may be constant, but our perception of it is constantly changing. If you're happy and having fun, it tends to pass more quickly than if you're miserable and suffering. Time has also been shown to pass more quickly for older people than younger generations. Wearing a wristwatch doesn't necessarily help us become more aware of the passing of time, but wearing Durr may well do ... By stretching our preconceived ideas of what constitutes a timepiece.
Candles never quite seem to last long enough, and you're always left with a clump of useless wax to dispose of. Rekindle from designer Benjamin Shine tackles these issues, helping to prevent both mess and waste.
With bicycle theft such a common crime, anyone who regularly cycles in the city needs to both own a good bike lock and choose wisely when it comes to parking. We've seen lots of innovative approaches to both bike locks – such as the Saddle Lock
– and bike racks, such as the Cyclepod
and the Next Gen
. Loop, from Ottawa-based design consultancy The Federal Inc., is another attempt at improving on the latter.
If there's one thing liable to ruin the backpacking experience, it's being weighed down by too much baggage. The problem is there are several things considered essential for the serious backpacker who spends his or her day hiking and his or her nights camping in the wilderness. One of which is a stove. The Vertex Ultralight Backpacking Stove could solve the dilemma of traveling light vs. eating every evening.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).