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Sun and Cloud Self-Generating Digital Camera

A self-generating digital camera? That means it’s capable of self-generated power by its own solar panel or charged manually with a hand crank. Don’t worry though, you can manually charge it via USB if you’re lazy and there’s no sun. It can take still shots and video with sounds and has many modern functions with a retro look. Pretty intriguing, to say the least, and some might even say necessary for documenting whatever the future might bring.
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Price: $199.00
Available from: AC Gears

Brooklyn Cruiser Bicycles

Ah, spring! New, bright green leaves and sunlight after the oh-so-dreary days of winter… it’s enough to get you off your tush and onto a bicycle. But, wait, what if you’ve not a bike to call your very own? Never fear, for the Brooklyn Cruiser Bicycle is here. Available directly from Brooklyn Cruiser or the MoMA Store, this bicycle is built to last. Check out the many different options or go with the tried and true Willow 3 speed, either way you’ll be set to buy the wheels that get you out and about during the spring-has-sprung weather.
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Price: $400.00 - 749.00
Availability: Buy Brooklyn Cruiser Bicycles here

LifeStraw Portable Water Filter

If you spend any time in the wilderness, you’d do well to add one of these to your emergency kit. It’s a water purifying straw that removes “99.9999% of waterborne bacteria and 99.9% of parasites without any use of chemicals.” That’ll be a lifesaver if you’re ever lost or- doomsday scenario- if some disaster strikes and makes the regular water supply unsafe to drink. Better to be prepared, right?
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Price: $20.00
Available from: IPPINKA

LSTN Headphones

If guitars, drums, violins, and many other instruments are made of wood, why aren’t most headphones? Wood offers more resonance than plastic or metal, so it makes sense to incorporate them into a listening device so near and dear to our ears. And, with every pair you purchase, LSTN sends the proceeds to charity partners for the deaf, so that one child gets medical attention and a custom fit hearing aid on your behalf. A win/win situation, I believe.
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Price: $49.00 - 99.99
Available from: LSTN

Automatic

Just when you thought your smartphone had enough wizardry, it goes and upgrades your car’s capabilities. The Automatic Link uses your smartphone to ‘talk’ to your car’s onboard computer, learning your driving style and scoring you on gas efficiency. What else? It can detect crashes (and immediately report it to 911 and text your loved ones), help you understand what the ‘check engine’ light means, and will always remember where you parked. That, in itself, might be worth the cost alone for some of us.
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Price: $69.95
Available from: Automatic

Farm Messenger Bag

Still looking for a decent messenger bag? A bit picky, aren’t we now? That’s okay, because you should be when it comes to the bag you carry around most everyday. This flap front, messenger style bag is made of heavy cotton duck and natural HF leather for a utilitarian look, feel, and function. Two large compartments and two smaller pockets keep things partitioned on the inside with a snap front closure to keep your belongings secured. And, if you’d rather rock a different style bag with the same sort of look, MAKR has a ruck sack, tote, and satchel as well.

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Price: $195.00
Available from: MAKR

Citrus Zinger Water Bottle

If you prefer a little lemon or lime in your water, then you need to sit up and pay attention. The Citrus Zinger has a citrus press built into its bottom side, making it easy to extract juice from fruits and infuse them directly into your water bottle. No extra implements- just the bottle- for your preferred level of lemony (or limey?) water.
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Price: $20.00
Available from: Flight 001

Bluelounge Messenger Bag

Do you recall the Bluelounge Backpack we featured a while ago? This messenger bag is similar in its simple exterior style and multi-pocketed interior, yet suits the over-the-shoulder mode of carrying around your goods. A quick release buckle makes the on/off process easy and (of course) it’s also got an ergonomic fit that’s pretty important if your commute is longer than, say, 5 minutes. Just like the backpack, the fabric is made of 100% recycled PET plastic bottles.
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Price: $139.00
Available from: Bluelounge

Public Art Tote

Are you though? Or do you only appear to be? Such questions, such statements. Designed and printed by Izabella Dennis for Fifi du Vie. (Sound familiar? You might recognize some of her work that’s recently been pinned/posted around your regular (internet) haunts: Adventurers and Good People Print .)

Screen printed using non-toxic ink on 100% cotton tote bag.

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Price: $25.00
Available from: Fifi du Vie

Yield Picnic Bag

Any bag that unfolds into a blanket wins points for versatility, but it also gets a gold star for making it easy to embark upon an adventure at a moment’s notice. Throw in the necessary goods and then take off for your destination. One zip and the bag unfolds to a blanket- the perfect thing for a picnic (or playdate, if kids and toys are involved).
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Price: $56.00
Available from: Yield Design Co.

Iceberg Wood Bike Hanger

The last thing you need is yet another bike hanger to consider, but this one is too fantastic to not mention. Sure, it’s expensive (I don’t many people that would spend $600 on a bike rack) but just look at those crazy angles. It’s a show stopper. Each piece is handcrafted to show off the beauty of the wood grain from every viewing angle and an easy to mount system only needs 3 standard screws for installation.
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Price: $644.90
Available from: Woodstick Ltd. Etsy Shop

Unit Portables 05 Overnight Bag

Do you remember the Unit Portables 01 Shoulder Bag? That handy movable-pocket idea? Now there’s a larger overnight size that’s just right for a weekend trip. A mesh toiletry bag, a padded laptop sleeve, and a cable/accessory bag is included, so you’ll be all set when packing for an adventure. Oh, and if a tote is more suited to your needs, the Unit Portables 16 Tote is available for pre-order.
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Price: $130.00
Available from: Vetted

Gamma Ray Alternative Watch

Tell time using a binary system- and don’t worry, it’s not complicated. Just pay attention to where the lights are on the face and you’ll have the code cracked. As you can see from the image below, the pattern is circular, and the lights are different sizes, so it won’t take many brain cells to figure out whether it’s 1:20 or 2:35. The square face and stainless steel strap keep things sleek and modern.
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Price: $200.00
Available from: ahalife

Make Bike Rack

I have no idea why this retailer lists this bike rack for $50 more than the designer/manufacturer consult, but it’s good news that there’s the option to save some dollar bills. It’s a simple enough bike rack made of solid wood (walnut or maple), yet you won’t find it at your local bike supply shop- unless your bike supply shop is awesome, in which case some of us are a little jealous.
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Price: $180.00
Available from: consult

Facet Pyramid

Just in case you need another stand for your iPod/tablet, the Facet Pyramid offers three different viewing angles- 35°, 55° and 75°. Magnets embedded within the Facet grip to your device, which makes for minimal fuss, and the surface area gives stability on a variety of surfaces.
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Price: $39.95
Available from: iLoveHandles