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The Almond, a router with a small touch screen that achieved significant success on Amazon thanks to a decent price point and excellent reviews, has a successor from parent company Securifi hitting Kickstarter soon. The Almond+comes with 802.11ac support, boasts a 2.8-inch touchscreen, and can be set up without even connecting to a PC. It’s the perfect router for a mobile-first generation, and the new version also builds in a smart-home hub that’s compatible with both Zigbee and Z-Wave standards.
The Almond+ includes a small and attractive case that can be wall-mounted easily. Home automation functions can be controlled either from the screen on the router itself or from companion iOS and Android apps, allowing you to connect to the router and access all your remote home management functions in the same place, even from a cellular connection. It’s a natural addition to a device that any home these days pretty much has anyway; the router is often a passive device that users install and then don’t think about again until it fails. But adding smart home features means it’ll actually contribute a lot more use value to a household.
Also it can be wall mounted or table mounted. In the wall mount position you can hide those annoying cables completely out of sight, thanks to its innovative recessed connector design. Surprisingly there isn’t a single other router that can do this today. Almond + is already pledging on Kickstarter and you can get a black one for only $99.
In the meantime you can get the Almond at the LFW Shop.
The NanoLight, a new Kickstarter-funded 12-watt LED bulb, eschews the fancy-schmancy smart capabilities that are all the rage and instead focuses on groundbreaking energy savings.
The 100-watt replacement bulb is so efficient — it produces over 1600 lumens while consuming only 12 watts — that its creators are hailing it as the “the World’s Most Efficient Light Bulb.” And as for the price point? At $45, it isn’t all that shabby either.
The first thing you’ll notice about the NanoLight is its somewhat alien geometric form that’s decidedly “a bit funky” as SmartPlanet puts it. What you’re seeing is a printed circuit board (PCB) that’s been folded into a light bulb-ish shape and mounted with electrical components. It’s not the prettiest thing but that’s obviously besides the point.
The big deal here is that the NanoLight’s developers — a San Diego-based trio composed of Gimmy Chu, Christian Yan, and Tom Rodigner — have created a heat sink-free bulb (a rarity) that serves as a 100- or 75-watt replacement (again, a rarity in the world of LEDs) while offering the benefits of standard incandescent bulbs such as instant-on capabilities and omnidirectionality that aren’t normally found in LED or CFL bulbs. The lifespan of both the 10-watt NanoLight and the signature 12-watt model is between 25 and 30 years based on usage of 3 hours per day.
The world’s first open-source DIY apparel for guys. Want to make awesome clothes but don’t know how to sew? Not a problem, fellas .You don’t need a sewing machine, you don’t need patternmaking skills, and you sure as hell don’t have to go to fashion school.
For the first time ever, people with no experience in fashion design or sewing can make their own custom shirts and get professional-level results, too. ThreadLab uses modular components that you select and then assemble in minutes using a simple home iron. The secret is a special heat-activated adhesive film developed for the high-end sportswear industry.
By using modular components, users can select from a wide variety of elements to make their own custom shirts that stand apart from the sea of mass-manufactured clothing, while simultaneously looking as professional as a made-to-order sewn shirt.
Originally used in applications where a bonded seam was preferable to a sewn seam to eliminate bulk, ThreadLab uses it to form permanent bonds with cotton shirting. All that’s needed to put your kit together is a normal home iron. The heat and pressure from the iron is enough to cause the adhesive strip to permanently bond the two layers of cotton shirting together. Care is easy, just launder at home in cold water and hang to dry. You can still iron the shirt like normal to smooth out wrinkles.
Taking your tunes with you wherever you roam is easy with an MP3 player and some solid headphones, but what if you’re riding a bike, hanging at the lake with some friends, or camping? Enter the Turtle Shell by Outdoor Technology. This small speaker was made to hit the road (or trail) with you. The geometric-shaped speaker fits in the palm of your hand, is water-resistant, comes with a built-in microphone for connecting to your Bluetooth devices (like an iPhone perhaps), and even connects to a Gorillapod for clamping down on the nearest tree or a specialized rig to attach to the front end of your bike. A bike trail sing-along? I’ll take it.
With just one switch and three buttons, the Turtle Shell makes changing songs and controlling playback pleasantly simple. The device is also equipped with a built-in microphone for receiving and making phone calls—even conference calls. Claiming hi-fi audio and deep bass, the small, palm-sized speaker delivers clear sound that we found better suited to, say, the variable melodies of Beach House than the heavy beats of the new G.O.O.D. Music album.
The Turtle Shell comes stock with a rechargable lithium-ion battery that lasts for more than nine hours, and is available in an impressive range of colorways. Set to retail for $150 the speaker, funded via Kickstarter, has a modest price tag considering its durability and portability.
Get yours at the LFW Shop.
Ever wished you were cuter and more portable? Foldable.Me lets you create little cardboard sidekicks to look like you or your friends.
Foldable.me allows you to create a customized cardboard version of yourself or a friend via a Web interface that lets you modify hair, facial features, skin color and the like. Then, for $11.99, you can have it delivered anywhere in the world. When it arrives, you just need to fold up the flat cardboard printout that you receive (no glue is needed) and you have a little mascot to do with as you see fit.
Weighing in at just 10 grams and standing only 8.5cm tall, your foldable character is smaller and cuter than your good self, but more likely to suffer irreparable damage if it gets wet.
Customize yours at Foldable.me
OSTRICH PILLOW is a revolutionary new product to enable easy power naps anytime, everywhere, OSTRICH PILLOW ‘s unique design offers a micro environment in which to take a cosy and comfortable power nap at ease. OSTRICH PILLOW has been designed to allow you to create a little private space within a public one, to relax and unwind. Its soothing soft interior shelters and isolates your head and hands (mind and body) for a short break, without needing to leave your desk, chair, bench or wherever you may be.
Get yours helping the project on Kickstarter!
Lumi is a Kickstarter veteran. The tiny company first raised a few thousand dollars back in 2008 to fund research on their interesting light printing tech. And my how they’ve grown. They have just returned to the crowd and raised over $260,000 for their fully commercialized product, and what a great product it is.
They now sell a clever printing kit which contains everything you need to transfer images from photos to just about any kind of natural fabric. Unlike traditional transfer technology, their system requires no heat, high pressure transfer or decals, but instead you simply paint an inert dye called Inkodye onto your fabric, clamp a photo negative to the area and expose the whole thing to sunlight for 15 minutes to an hour (depending on the quality of the light).
The result is a permanent, color fast, machine washable representation of the photo embedded into the fabric, all done via photo-transference. They call this process Lumityping and it’s clear that there’s potential for this way beyond just plonking your sister’s photo onto a T-Shirt. The team has already demonstrated it working on leather, cotton, silk and other natural fabrics, and they’re planning to use the new funding to develop new colors and techniques to expand the range.
The Lumi Printing Kit is $70 and includes A3 transparent film to create negatives, the dye and detergent to remove residues. There’s also a free iPhone app (soon Android too) available to help create a photo negative from anything you shoot. A lovely product, and the team seem really nice too, so check them out.
These small LED bike lights from Copenhagen Parts are the cleanest bike light design I’ve seen. Designed for use with steel frames, they utilize magnets to attach to your bike for an extremely clean look with no mounting points, straps, or fasteners. Not only are they extremely compact, but they turn on when placed on your frame, and switch off when removed. Assuming you place them in a pocket that doesn’t have anything ferrous in it, you’re going to have a light with plenty of juice left when you need them. You will need to run a steel frame for the magnets to work, but since the current trend in urban city bikes is to run steel frames, most of us are in luck.
We’re loving the clean design aesthetic, and the idea that these lights will never accidentally turn on in our pocket or bags. You can preorder and help this project come through via Kickstarter.
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