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Lumenati CS1Cinematic Smartcase for iPhone

Holy. How much fun will you have with this cinematic smartcase? Loads, I’m sure. Simply slide your iPhone into the Lumenati CS1, pull the trigger, and you’ll be shooting video like a pro. It’s lightweight, very portable, and is way more ergonomic than holding on to your iPhone on its own. The Lumenati CS1 even has a real-time viewfinder so you get exactly what you see (a.k.a. WYSIWYG capabilities). Swap the lenses out to change from fisheye to wide angle, easy as pie. Where in the world can you get it? Back the project on Kickstarter (up until August 12).
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Price: $150+
Available from: Kickstarter

UNDO Laces

So, did you know that a shoe creates a lot of environmental damage? Raw materials plus an intense manufacturing process means that those things we wear on our feet have a big carbon footprint (typical shoe = 30 pounds of CO2). Alarming, isn’t it?

UNDO Laces aims to offset that carbon footprint by purchasing credits from a wind energy, solar energy or reforestation project on your behalf. You get a pair of UNDO Laces, too, of course. Mini magnets installed in each end of the shoelace makes them easy to change out for color matching (it also eliminates those bothersome plastic ends hitting your ankles when you walk. Am I the only one with that issue? Back the project on Kickstarter.
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Price: $11.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Flotiform Jewelry Stand

Is it some sort of wire sculpture? I suppose you could treat it as such, but it’s actually meant to organize and display your jewelry. A waxed wooden base holds an oddly shaped steel wire that has plenty of room to hang necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Keep your favorites out where you can see them, and you’ll be able to enjoy them twice as much.
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Price: $42.00
Available from: Dwell

Alter Ego Water Bottle Filtration System

If you’ve ever been thirsty on a day expedition, you know that sometimes water is scarce and not always safe to drink. That’s unfortunately the daily experience for many people around the world, a fact that’s easy to forget if you live in a well developed, urban environment. So, what’s the fix?

Products like this Alter Ego Water Bottle Filtration System help, as portions from sales go to to ONE DROP, an international non-profit organization dedicated to developing sustainable water access programs worldwide. Of course, the actual Alter Ego Water Bottle also does an important job directly for you with its filters. For city dwellers, the Globetrotter filter removes 99.9999% of contaminants and lasts for approximately 75 gallons of filter water. For hikers and explorers, the Outdoor Filter will remove 99.99% of contaminants and lasts for approximately 200 gallons.
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Price: $64.99
Available from: Horne

Ovo iPhone amplifier

Add this to your list of things you absolutely don’t need but want sort of badly. I mean, come on, it’s a passive amplifier made from Carrera marble for your iPhone. The shape is carved very slowly from a single block of marble (does the price make more sense now?) and works solely from mechanic sound diffusion. No cords, no batteries, just plain ol’ geometry working to optimize your listening experience.
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Price: $368.00
Available from: designboom shop

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CW&T Jump Rope

This might be the nicest jump rope anyone has ever seen. CW&T (of Pen Type-A fame) recently released this beauty to the world, and it’s got handles machined out of solid 6061 aluminum and a leather cord. The handles’ inside edges have a precise fillet to make sure the rope is held at a tangent as it spins. Should you ever wear out the leather cord (way to go you- you’re just like Rocky!) you can simply replace it by tying a couple of knots.
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Price: $75.00
Available from: CW&T

Sandwich on Board Box

Another aluminum lunch box? Can we be so lucky? Apparently so. This handy little lunch box is from black + blum, and, just as expected, it looks to improve upon those sub-par lunch carriers that have left your lunch squashed in the past. It’s aluminum (or, aluminium, if you prefer) with a naturally antibacterial, sustainable bamboo lid that provides a surface for ingredient assembly if needed. Available in silver, lime, or pink.
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Price: $21.00
Available from: black + blum

KeySmart

Until technology allows us to enter all buildings and vehicles without physical keys, we’re going to have to deal with the mess that is the usual keyring. KeySmart aims to organize keys in a swiss army style holder, with keys folding into a compact handle instead of jingle-jangling all over the place. Would you believe it could hold up to 100 keys? That’d be one hefty keychain. You can also add in a USB for convenience.
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Price: $19.98 - 38.98
Available from: KeySmart

Pia Shopping Bag

Raise your hand if you like strange shopping bags. This one from Milk Design and Feel Good Home has a different sort of 3D shape made from Tyvek and leather handles, which will surely tote your purchases safely home with a fair amount of style (don’t be surprised if people ask you where you got it). Tyvek is durable and water resistant, not to mention very light, plus, did you see the price?
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Price: $35.00
Available from: MilkDesign

Baggu All Weather Bag

Originally designed for surfers, this all-weather gear bag has welded seams and a water resistant zipper to keep water completely in (or completely out, if that’s your goal). Surfers, just stand inside the bag to remove your wetsuit, then zip it up for your trip home. Sand and seawater will be safely contained within. Everyone else, know that whatever you put in the bag will stay dry no matter what (within reason).
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Price: $140.00
Available from: BAGGU

Aquabot

How often are you out at the beach, campsite, or park and wish you had a garden hose to wash off dirt and grime? This is exactly where the Aquabot by Lunatec comes into play: it transforms your regular water bottle into a pressurized device, giving you the function of a portable hose/faucet/fountain/mister so you can use water efficiently. You might remember when it was a Kickstarter project, but it’s now available directly from Lunatec.
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Price: $24.00 - 29.00
Available from: Lunatec

Brass Peanut Lighter

Next time you venture into the great outdoors for a camping trip, make sure you have a lighter in addition to your matches and flint. We all know it’s better to be safe than sorry, right? And, because you don’t want to carry more weight than absolutely necessary, you might as well get this very compact and indestructible lighter. Made of solid brass stock, it has a secure screw down cap (that can be attached to a keyring), is waterproof, and measures 0.5″ x 1.9″ for the large size or 0.5″ x 1.3″ for the small.
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Price: $34.00
Available from: Best Made Co.

ONDU Pinhole Cameras MK II

Do you remember the ONDU Pinhole Camera we posted back in 2013? If you were even a tiny bit interested, you might be happy to know that ONDU has expanded their offerings, and this time there are new features and many different sizes. Pretty exciting for anyone who’s remotely interested in photography, right? Each camera is made from locally harvested and FSC certified walnut and maple wood with several fine details that improve the pinhole photography process. Take a look at their video below or on Kickstarter.
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Price: $60.00+
Available from: Kickstarter

Welded Backpack

Not happy with your backpack/bag? Here’s yet another minimal option for your consideration, and this one is delightfully simple in its design. The Welded backpack from Aether* is lightweight, has an interior laptop pocket, padded straps, and weatherproof zippers. Maybe you’ll use it for hauling your computer back and forth from the office, or maybe you’ll take it with you on your next day hike or weekend trip. Either way, you’ll look quietly cool and you’ll be comfortable.
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Price: $135.00
Available from: Aether

Clug Clip Hanging Bike Rack

Please don’t attach your bike to a rock. You could, though, judging by Clug’s main hero shot, shown above, which gives you an idea of its function and strength. I actually purchased two Clugs when it was a Kickstarter campaign, and now our two bikes are stored orderly in our entry way, and not looking like two drunken hobos crashed crazily against the wall.

The Clug Clip all but disappears once installed, as it’s small and you can choose colors to fit your interior (or bike’s) color scheme. It hugs your bike’s tire, keeping it snug against the wall in either a vertical or horizontal position. There’s three different sizes to fit road, hybrid, and mountain bikes, and installation is easy- it’ll take just a few minutes.
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Price: $20.00
Available from: Dwell Store