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Levi’s found a way to make hemp feel like cotton, and it could have big implications for your wardrobe

January 28th, 2020 at 12:31 pm » Comments Off

  Denim icon Levi Strauss & Co. debuted garments made from a soft hemp-cotton blend in March, and head of innovation Paul Dillinger said he expects 100% cottonized-hemp products in about five years. Hemp uses significantly less water and chemicals than cotton during cultivation. Levi’s has found a way to soften hemp using far less […]



The Cube One Prefab is a space-age dream – and it starts at $30k

January 12th, 2020 at 2:26 am » Comments Off

With dazzling lighting, a curvilinear design, and a fortified shell, the Cube One is a prefab for the future. Want a peek at the future of prefab design? Meet the Cube One—a 156-square-foot dwelling with built-in furnishings, voice-controlled tech, and a galvanized steel shell that can withstand extreme heat and natural disasters. Singapore-based Nestron will […]



Motorized fin gives surfers a boost

December 19th, 2019 at 1:03 pm » Comments Off

The Boost Surfing Fin temporarily replaces a third-party board’s existing fin, via an included adapter Surfers use up a lot of energy, both paddling out to the lineups where the waves roll in, and then paddling even harder to catch one of those waves. The Boost Surfing Fin is designed to help, by giving users […]



Off-the-grid container house in Mexico is move-in ready in 99 days

December 9th, 2019 at 11:53 am » Comments Off

The VMD tiny home is an eco-conscious dwelling that is built using shipping-containers Mexican architectural studios Studioroca and Taller Escape have recently joined forces to create a prefabricated housing model that is move-in ready in just 99 days from ordering. Dubbed VMD, the 30-sq-m (323-sq-ft) tiny home is an eco-conscious dwelling that is built using […]



New, slippery toilet coating provides cleaner flushing, saves water

November 25th, 2019 at 5:16 pm » Comments Off

Penn State researchers have developed a method that dramatically reduces the amount of water needed to flush a conventional toilet, which usually requires 6 liters. Credit: Wong Laboratory for Nature Inspired Engineering, Penn State Every day, more than 141 billion liters of water are used solely to flush toilets. With millions of global citizens experiencing […]



Dory is aimed at bringing underwater drones to a wider audience

October 6th, 2019 at 2:57 pm » Comments Off

The Dory underwater drone is presently on KickstarterChasing Innovation  When consumer aerial camera-drones first hit the market, buyers were mostly limited to models costing $1,000 or more. These days, half-decent quadcopters can be had for under a hundred bucks. While not going quite that cheap, Chasing Innovation is now aiming to make underwater drones similarly […]



Skydio’s new auto-follow drone is basically a flying A.I. cinematographer

October 6th, 2019 at 2:54 pm » Comments Off

Up-and-coming unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer Skydio unveiled a new drone today. The Skydio 2, as it’s called, is essentially a new-and-improved version of the Skydio R1 — an autonomy-focused camera drone that was released in early 2018. The new version boasts a bundle of improvements, including better battery life, longer range, and dramatically improved […]



In a world of smart gadgets, why are toilets still so dumb?

September 11th, 2019 at 2:32 am » Comments Off

Your butt deserves better! I spent the last three days talking to dozens of people about pooping. The ease with which I can discuss the act of defecation is somewhat of a paradox — because I am exceedingly bathroom shy. Silent office restrooms with stall doors that end a foot and a half off the […]



This brilliant hydroponic system puts a whole garden on your countertop

August 30th, 2019 at 12:18 am » Comments Off

Growing your own food is one of life’s great pleasures—plus it’s good for you and for the environment. But in increasingly tight, urban homes, we don’t all have room for gardens. And hydroponic systems, as appealing as they may be, often appear to be a whole lot of hardware for only a bit of actual […]



HUD swim goggles put performance data in your face

August 24th, 2019 at 10:54 am » Comments Off

Form Swim Goggles sell for US$199 Competitive swimmers certainly like to track their performance, often using devices such as swim watches – the problem is, the athletes have to stop to look at those things. A Vancouver-based startup is out to address that problem, with its head-up display (HUD) Form Swim Goggles. Looking for the […]



Softer-than-cotton antibacterial shirt is made out of milk

August 21st, 2019 at 11:34 am » Comments Off

The Limitless Milk Shirt is claimed to be three times softer than regular cotton Every day, dairies dispose of milk that for one reason or another is deemed unfit for human consumption. A Los Angeles-based startup by the name of Mi Terro is taking some of that milk and using it to create T-shirts, that […]



No more cardboard boxes? 3M invents an ingenious new way to ship products

August 13th, 2019 at 11:41 am » Comments Off

The company is launching a new material that could reduce the time, materials, and space required to ship products by 50%. Getting things delivered has never been more convenient. With just a few clicks, you can have a new bottle of shampoo sitting outside your door the next day, or that cool T-shirt you’ve been […]



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