If you miss playing your vintage Sega and Nintendo cartridges from back in the day then look no further than the USB powered Retrode. Plug Retrode into your computer and only using an emulator (no drivers!!) get ready to rock your old games - you can even play with console controllers via ports on the Retrode.
Generally your basic ballpoint pen isn’t treated with this kind of reverence. With Japanese roots in the tradition of Hanko - leaving a personal seal on important documents - this lacquered and gorgeously curved ball point was designed for two things: putting ink on paper and adding a little ghostly graffiti with it’s rubber stamp reverse tip.
Ghost Pen via The Ghostly Store
Where to begin with how cool Inkodye is… so many applications. In their instructional video, Lumi shows a great example of how Inkodye works, simply take a piece of fabric, canvas or whatever medium you want, brush the ink over it, apply a transparent with the parts you don’t want dyed blacked out or otherwise translucent and place in the sun. Within minutes Inkodye reacts and permanently stains your medium.
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With smooth folding functions, a compact storage size and a downright menacing profile when in action, the Gerber Entrenching Tool is a must for any disaster or camping pack. The serrated edge and deployable pick should be enough to manage any kind of terrain.
Gerber Entrenching Tool via Amazon
Sometimes the process of consuming a tasty alcoholic beverage such as wine should have a bit more pomp and circumstance than open - pour - drink. In terms of wine, most should be aerated prior to consumption to allow taste and aroma to reach its full peak. Instead of waiting for the proper time levels, just employ this little device that properly aerates your wine as you’re pouring your first glass. A perfect combination of function and enjoyment that brings you one step closer to enjoying your drink at full potential.
Vinturi Wine Aerator via Amazon
Leave it to the Swedes to continue improving furniture design, such as The Desk by Christofer Odmark. Clean lines and solid construction hide a single outlet for your wall while the rest of your gear and wires may be plugged in to the power strip in the rear. Keep cords hidden in the storage areas next to the power strip and keep your work area clean.
New predictions for the apocalypse come in about once a month these days so it never hurts to be prepared. The Apolis Survival Bundle features a Sigg Water Bottle, nickle plated Imco Lighter, pen style Maglite, a Waterproof Nomad Journal perfect for transcribing your post apocalyptic exeriences and a Fisher Space Pen. Everything you should need to survive aside from food and water and potentially a shotgun should the apocalypse be zombie based. Best of luck survivors!
Survival Bundle via Apolis
Specializing in reclaimed railroad wood and hardware, Rail Yard Studios created this unique wine rack from sixteen pieces of rail from the Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad company circa 1906. The timber has been finished with an oak stain and poly seal. Each piece is individually numbered and tagged with a tie date nail from 1925.
Rail Yard Wine Rack
From Factory20, this post-war designed chainsaw was born of aluminum block and was a mass production design back in the 1940’s. These old tools were powered by compressed air and while they may not be a fixture of your tool set these days, they’re sculptural quality is still quite interesting.
Chainsaw via Factory20
One of my personal disappointments with the release of Apple’s iPad was that I could not use it as a true tablet in the designer’s sense. I was hoping for a tool that would expand on the positives of iOS an add in additional Wacom-like functionality. That didn’t happen but luckily there are some product designers out there that wanted the same thing. Cregle’s iPen is not the first iPad stylus, but it may be the most useful, the most precise and feature rich. A fully backed Kickstarter project, the iPen is slated to ship in January and may be the closest thing we designers have to Wacom like functionality in our iPads.