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Growing tired of keys jangling around in his pockets while jogging, industrial designer Charles Ng set about building a rudimentary clamp that bound them together. A couple of years and numerous design iterations later, Ng is now selling his Orbitkey by the tens of thousands. So what is it about his product that has people ditching those cluttered loops of metal for something a little more stylish? We had a quick chat with the young entrepreneur to find out how his take on the everyday keyring unlocked serious start-up success. Read More

After decades of remaining virtually unchanged, luggage design is seeing some innovation, from the Fugu Luggage which expands like an accordion, to the Bluesmart connected luggage which can be controlled via a smartphone app. Joining the baggage claim carousel is Trunkster, which adds several innovations to the standard design. Read More

There have been many times when I've had to resort to resting my head against clothing or bags when traveling, with a sore neck the usual result. Problems like that could be a thing of the past with Tumi's Patrol Travel Puffer Jacket, which transforms into a pillow when you stuff it into a hidden pouch in the collar. Read More

In many parts of Africa, a lack of adequate infrastructure means that it's simply not practical to build a school and employ a teacher to give kids an education – but there are alternatives. The Hello Hub is a solar-powered kiosk that features two touchscreen computers loaded with educational software and an internet connection to help kids and adults learn and get online. The first Hello Hub kiosk was recently installed in Nigeria, and there are more planned for next year. Read More
Samsung has announced a new, updated version of its eye-tracking mouse. Known as Eyecan+, the technology uses a combination of hardware and software to allow people with disabilities to browse the web, as well as compose and edit documents. Read More
At times it may feel like the only thing less interesting than the meeting you're in is the whiteboard on which notes are being made. A new type of whiteboard, however, means that may no longer be the case. The Smart Kapp shares content on it in real time, and allows users to save snapshots. Read More
Many travelers will have faced the problem of the carry-on luggage that was big enough when embarking on a trip, but fell well short on carrying capacity for the return journey thanks to the addition of souvenirs, bargains and gifts for loved ones. Fugu Luggage avoids the need to shell out for an extra suitcase to fit all that extra gear by expanding from a maximum carry-on size to check-in size suitcase in under a minute. Read More
The question of how to monetize content in an online media landscape, where so much is freely available, has seen the emergence of some innovative business models. Often one element of these is the option of paying to remove advertising, a defining feature of Spotify Premium, for example. Google, whose AdWords service reaches most corners of the internet, has unveiled a like-minded scheme called Contributor that gives web users the option of eliminating ads on participating websites for a monthly fee. Read More

If you spend your workday in a busy office, you'll know how difficult it can be to switch off and take a proper break. With this in mind, designer Eden Lew has conceived a wearable isolation pod called the Nutshell that aims to improve the quality of break times. Read More

Getting around unfamiliar public spaces can be tough even with all your senses, but if you can't see where you're going it's downright intimidating. A new multi-sensory model promises a brighter future, though, with 3D maps that give spoken directions and building information when touched. The technology comes courtesy of a collaboration between tactile-graphics company Touch Graphics and the University of Buffalo's Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA Center), and while it was designed specifically to help visually-impaired people, it's also meant to show off the potential of tangible touch interfaces. Read More
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