The ‘Hush earplugs’, a pair of wireless earplugs that not only blocks out the noise from your surroundings to give you peaceful sleep, but also wakes you up with its in-built alarm that you can customize via the accompanying iOS and Android apps on your smartphone. You can also control these earplugs to play soothing ambient sounds for a more enjoyable rest. Made with memory form and silicone padding for a comfortable fit, the Hush earplugs are designed for those who yearn for a quick and peaceful retreat amidst a noisy environment, such as travelers and students. (via Design Taxi)

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Earlier this year Tokyo and Milan-based design firm Nendo accepted the challenge of redesigning the rubber band, one of the most common desktop items that seems so ubiquitous that it’s disposable. After all, the cost of a few hundred more is just a few bucks. But what if a rubber band was interesting, functional, and you didn’t want to throw it away. This was the idea behind Nendo’s cubic rubber band, a completely different form factor resulting in a desktop object that isn’t meant to be stashed away in a drawer or tossed in the trash. A set of three retails for 1080 yen (about $10), though you’ll need to be able to navigate a Japanese retailer, Marks, to snap up a set. (via Colossal)

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Despite being made from cardboard and weighing under 15 pounds, Refold’s desk is sturdy enough to stand on. The standing desk is not only good for you, but folds so you can work anywhere. Sadly, it’s only shipping in New Zealand at the moment. (via The Awesomer)

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During the occasion of the Photokina – the world’s largest imaging fair, Sergey Korzhenevich, the CEO of Relonch announced a fully functional ‘made for iPhone’ photography device. Dubbed Relonch Camera, the module boasts a large APS-C-size sensor paired with a large aperture lens and a unique image processor, enabling users to take magazine-quality photos with just a click and share them on the spot with social media apps like instagram and facebook.

The Relonch Camera automatically connects directly though the smartphone’s lightning jack and saves captured images automatically to the iPhone camera roll. A ‘fancy photos’ feature creates images with crisp lines and accurate depth of field, blurred backgrounds, accents and balanced soft colors through the company’s downloadable app. The camera accessory can be pre-ordered at Relonch. (via Retail Design Blog)

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The schiller sport inc. ‘X1 water bike’ is a further development of the water bike project, the ‘baycycle‘ which created a new form of cycling by attaching a bicycle onto an inflated base. The 45 lb bicycle is constructed from anodized aluminum as well as stainless steel, and offers maximum user safety thanks to its two inflatable pontoons. The twin oscillating propellers are controlled by a rudderless handlebar steering system that allows the rider to turn left and right, as well as being one of only a few velocipedes that goes in reverse. an exhilarating and dynamic, yet safe experience is produced as speeds of approximately 8 knots per hour (10 mph) can be reached.

Only 250 ‘X1 water bikes’ will be manufactured with all of them having interchangeable saddle, handlebar, crank and pedal components. the stable bicycle is available in a variety of colors and has a pure rotary motion system that maximizes the conversion of energy to propulsion. this 100% human powered device means no fuel is required thus there are zero emissions to impact on the environment. Schiller sport’s product is even more eco-friendly as it is easy to transport, assembly and breakdown because it takes less than ten minutes to put together and disassemble for being stored in the trunk of a car.

‘From the outset, our goal was to design and manufacture the most advanced production water bike ever created. The x1 is the reflection of an all-star team of designers, engineers, and craftsmen working together with cycling and water sport experts to invent something the world has never seen,’ said founder and ceo, Judah Schiller. ‘The time has come at last for people to experience the thrill and freedom of biking across a spectacular blue planet.’ The water bike features a watertight storage compartment for valuables and offers a safe and exciting new way of cycling. (via Design Boom)

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Designer Peter Baeten has created a beautiful chess set that folds down to a classic notebook, perfect for carrying on the go. (via Design You Trust)

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Grippine are flexible silicone shells adaptable to any kind of plastic pedals. The material and geometry of the texture guarantee a firm grip and adhesion between the bike pedals and the sole of the shoe. A useful accessory to give new life to old pedals, to customize and color your bicycle, to be applied with a simple gesture, without the need for keys, screws and bolts.

Most of the pedals of the city bikes are made of plastic and, without suitable shoes, the grip is poor. Unlike racing bikes or fixed gear, city bikes do not have special attacks for shoes and, if you use your bike daily, it is not possible to adapt your style to the pedal. The grip gets worse in case of rain or when the entire weight of the body is on the pedals to ride in an upright position, and especially for girls who ride the bike in high heels.

Sovrappensiero Design Studio focused their research on this problem. The first solution was a pedal with a hard polymer structure and gripping surfaces, but the prototype’s advantage over conventional pedals didn’t justify its complexity. The studio started then again from scratch and aimed to design a product in which materials, manufacturing and usage followed the guideline of simplicity. Thus, Grippine was born. (via Design You Trust)

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