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Outdoors

The latest take on sock-shoes tramp over floors and dirt

The hype around barefoot shoes has cooled since its heyday a few years ago, when it seemed there was a never-ending surge of weird designs like half-sole running pads and chain-mail sock-shoes. That doesn't mean weird, barefoot-style shoes have disappeared completely. Swiss Barefoot is still out and about hawking its sporty, five-toed tough socks, and now it has some new competition. Skinners Technologies has a similar sock-shoe design, albeit in a more traditional toe box cut. It's not too late to get in on running, jumping and lounging in ruggedized socks, if that's something you have any desire to get in on.Read More

Good Thinking

Tank-track carry-on case rolls with stairs

Steps are the nemesis of the wheeled suitcase. There's a certain satisfaction in gliding a case over a smooth airport floor, but, faced with a flight of stairs, a heavily-packed case cam quickly become something of an encumbrance. Not so the TraxPack, which drops onto its side to slide up staircases with relative ease.Read More

Wearables

easyJet smart shoes let you follow your feet

European airline easyJet has made getting around the continent easier and cheaper, and now it's given wings to an idea that would make it easier for its passengers to get around when they reach their destination. Its new "Sneakairs" prototype smart shoes vibrate to provide wearers with directions when exploring a new city.Read More

UK phone boxes to become mini work pods

Mobile phones have rendered the UK's iconic red phone boxes largely redundant, but the mobile lifestyle that they have helped usher in is now seeing them repurposed. New York-based co-working outfit Bar Works is fitting out the phone boxes as mini work pods for people on the go.Read More

Inflatable pillow lets travelers dive face-first into sleep

Trying to find a comfortable position in which to sleep when on a plane can be an exercise in futility. You could try folding your arms and resting on a tray table, but then a lack of available space will likely keep you from napping. The inflatable Woollip travel pillow breathes new life into these age-old problems.Read More

Architecture

Couple clocks 22,000 miles in tiny home

There are lots of tiny houses that are made to be moveable, but typically, such homes stay stationary for an extended period of time before they're relocated. For Jenna Spesard and Guillaume Dutilh, their tiny home was built from the ground up with the idea that it would be a rolling abode they'd take all over the United States and Canada. So how did that work out for them? In just two years they visited more than 30 states and five Canadian provinces. A new short video highlights their home and lifestyle.Read More

Around The Home

Yecup 365 travel mug brings drinks to preferred temp – hot or cold

Similar to the Ember mug, but designed for both hot and cold beverages, the all-new Yecup 365 from Armenian company Yecup Technologies is claimed to bring your drink to just the right temperature and keep it there for hours. It heats your coffee or tea from lukewarm to piping hot and cools your water or Gatorade from room temperature to comfortably chilled. Beyond beverage service, it can also charge your smartphone or tablet. If the Yecup 365 makes it through to production, it will set new IQ standards for the "smart" travel mug.Read More

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