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Struggling with an umbrella that has blown inside out in the wind is enough to dampen anyone's spirit. A newly-designed umbrella based on origami, however, could make it less of a struggle. The Sa will reportedly "bounce back into shape" should it blow inside out, even in high winds. Read More
Denmark's Mads Johansen has designed a charming bike-towable caravan prototype that could – providing you're fit enough of course – prove handy for some long distance bicycle touring. Though still in the prototype stage, the Wide Path Camper should be up for sale early next year. Read More
It's a dilemma that most every skier or snowboarder has faced: leave your ride unattended outside the lodge and risk walking out to an empty space where it used to be, skip lunch/après ski drinks, or obsessively look out the window to make sure you don't become a theft victim. You could use one of those compact cable locks, but that's one extra thing in your pocket and a thin cable isn't all that secure, anyway. The AlpineHawk, the first product from Norwegian company AlpineTec, provides a fourth option: an electronic anti-theft system that sounds an alarm and sends you a smartphone alert if someone tries to make off with your equipment. Read More
Dan Baldwin, original inventor of the Scarpar, is continuing to build prototypes of his odd brainchild – the powerboard. Featuring two grippy, articulated tracks, both powered by an onboard motor and controlled through a hand-held throttle, powerboards give users the ability to traverse rough terrain - sand, creeks, rocks and even fallen logs - with a good degree of agility and speed. Baldwin has just released a series of videos showing his Ungoverned board in action. Read More
Over the years, the backpack has evolved slowly. It's gained new and improved features, but it's remained essentially the same: a dual-strapped sack. But a host of more substantial backpack redesigns over recent years, such as multifunctional jacket backpacks and restructured strap systems, suggest that evolution might be accelerating. The Offpiste UltraPack leaps forward a few evolutionary stages, strapping a gear-hauling triangle to your torso via a single strap for new-found athleticism. Read More

Lathering yourself in mosquito-repelling lotions might not be ideal, but it's better than those red swellings that would otherwise pop up on any exposed skin. The Invisaband releases a natural oil to confuse mosquitoes' senses, saving you from bites and applying layers of oily repellents. Read More

Few things can take away from a day of downhill skiing quite like foggy goggles. Although many models feature an anti-fog inner coating, entrepreneur Dave McCulloch wasn't pleased with their performance. This prompted him to take a thin-film heating element invented by Jack Cornelius, and incorporate it into his F-BOM ski goggles. Read More
Two years ago, ICEdot presented the Crash Sensor, an emergency notification device designed to mount to sports helmets. After getting it to market last year, the company found that although its customers liked having the sensor-activated emergency notification, some of them also wanted to have a manual emergency notification. ICEdot has responded with the Emergency Trigger. Read More
Last year, German camper specialist Knaus Tabbert used the Düsseldorf Caravan Salon to present its vision of the future camping trailer. The yacht-inspired Caravisio was a large, luxurious home-on-wheels with some careful aerodynamic treatments. This year, Knaus went small, light and simple, presenting the Travelino concept, a compact trailer outfitted with space- and weight-saving features. Read More
UK-based company Tentsile recently unveiled its latest off-ground tent. The Connect follows the basic design of Tentsile's previous Stingray and Tentsile models, but is the firm's smallest, lightest, and most affordable tree tent to date. Read More
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