The Doogee S90 is basically a smartphone designed for Batman

What normal person would want a smartphone that is designed to A. be practically unbreakable and shatter-proof, B. be waterproof enough to be submerged for 2 weeks, C. work at ridiculous temperatures of -80°C (-112°F) D. dock a night-vision camera module, E. dock a walkie-talkie module with a 10km range, F. dock an external 5000mAh battery module, G. dock a gamepad module (for casual gaming when you’re not using the night-vision camera to snipe out Joker’s henchmen), and finally H. have a dual-sim feature with worldwide 4G coverage.

The answer is that no normal person should need a phone that is capable of so much, it might as well replace Batman’s utility belt (hell you could use it as a batarang too)… but China-based smartphone manufacturer Doogee went and built the S90 anyway. This behemoth of a smartphone may run Android Oreo, but it makes up for that with a break-proof design that can take pretty much all the damage you dole out to it (including but not limited to driving a car over it). The S90 is also an impressive IP68/IP69K water and dust proof. Drop it in the sand or on the road and the dust does nothing to it. Casually toss it into your pool and come back after two weeks and the S90 will still work as if nothing ever happened to it. Use it in the polar vortex too, the S90 can handle temperatures of up to -112°F. Oh, and it supports 10W wireless charging too.

Its remarkably resilient design is, however, just one of the great things about the S90. The S90 even packs modularity into it, with four rather useful modules that simply snap onto the phone’s back. A night-vision camera module allows you to shoot photos in incredibly low-light settings, thanks to the Sony IMX291 sensor. Switch the night-vision camera for Doogee’s walkie talkie module and you can communicate with all mainstream intercom devices within a 6-10 km range. The S90 also comes with a 5000 mAh battery module that instantly gives you a second day’s worth of battery power simply by snapping the power-pack onto the back of the phone… and when all’s said and done, switch to the game-pad module for a nice handheld gaming experience after a day of night-vision photography, outdoor communication, swimming, trekking, etc.

Clearly made for extreme use, the S90 also packs a few features its users may deem essential. It comes with a dual-sim slot (a very common feature in countries like China and India) and Full Netcom global 4G coverage. There’s even a fingerprint sensor on the back, right under the dual-lens camera. Packing NFC capabilities as well as wireless charging, the S90 is a pretty capable phone in the urban jungle, but take it to the most extreme of conditions and push its capabilities to the max and the S90 stands out. With its ability to work perfectly underwater, through sub-zero temperatures, or even after being run over by a car, the S90 would do the Nokia 3310 proud.

Designer: Doogee

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The pavement of the future turns your footsteps into electrical energy!

I vividly remember a video by David Guetta back in the day. The song was called Alphabeat (a melodic masterpiece, honestly) and it showed off a really interesting concept. The DJ’s arena had a dance-floor that converted jumps into energy. Every time the deejay would drop the bass, the crowd would go wild, jumping on this energy-trapping floor, which would, in turn, power the DJ’s visual and sound system, turning a feverish EDM mosh-dance into spectacular light and sound show, powered entirely using the crowd’s foot-energy. The Pavegen builds on that vision, creating a pavement that captures the movement of the people who walk on it, capturing the energy of footfall.

The energy that the Pavegen captures is a clean form of energy that is otherwise lost on regular concrete pavements. It uses a set of triangular composite tiles that rest on electromagnetic generators. Walk on the tile, and the pressure you apply on it with your weight creates a small amount of energy. Do it enough times and you’ve got a decent amount of energy created with all the steps you take to go from A to B. Multiply this by the thousands of pedestrians who walk on the same stretch of pavement in the day and you’ve got yourself enough energy to power a shop, or even a stretch of streetlights. Each footstep on a Pavegen walkway generates 2 to 4 joules of off-grid electrical energy or up to 7 watts of power for the duration of a footstep. Bluetooth beacons in the system connect to smartphones too, rewarding pedestrians for each step they take.

The Pavegen has already seen a great deal of success in the past year. Recent Pavegen installations include smart city developments, retail destinations, sports stadia and education institutions in Hong Kong, India, Korea, Thailand, UAE, UK and USA. Pavegen has even set up a permanent installation at the Abu Dhabi International Airport, harvesting energy from as many as 8000 visitors/flyers per day. They say walking burns off excess energy. Imagine having a city that runs on that energy, converting healthy exercise into a resource for clean power!

Designer: Pavegen

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The Gerber ComplEAT puts an entire cutlery set into your pocket

Gerber’s ComplEAT looks at food in the outdoors more holistically than you’d imagine. Designed to take care of literally every food-related need you’d have, the ComplEAT lets you open, cook, serve, eat, and even clean, putting every single bit of kitchenware you’d need into something that slides right into your pocket. The name ComplEAT just perfectly complements its abilities, because the kit is quite literally capable of handling all your eating needs.

The ComplEAT fits the entire culinary experience into four parts that nest within each other to make them easy to carry. Separate these elements and you’ve got yourself a two-sided spatula, a spoon, fork, and a kitchen-prep multitool. The spatula comes made from glass-filled nylon, and packs a silicone edge on one side as well as a serrated edge on the other side. The flexible glass-filled nylon construction makes it sturdy yet pliable and even makes it heat-resistant, allowing you to cook and serve with it. The silicon-edge on one side helps scrape and clean your dishes and utensils efficiently, while the blunt serrated edge makes cutting through food easy.

The opposite end of the spatula features the docking area to nest your spoon, fork and multitool… however, nest your spoon or fork in the opposite direction and you’ve got yourself a pair of tongs that makes grabbing, tossing, and flipping your food easy. The aluminum-punched spoon and fork look and feel like steel cutlery, but provide an additional corrosion-resistance. Lastly, you’ve got the ComplEAT’s crown jewel, its multitool. Packing a package opener, can opener, bottle opener, and a veggie peeler (or a vegetable opener if you will), the multitool gets you started, allowing you to open your kitchen supplies and get cooking. Designed to be easy to use and maintain, the ComplEAT goes from a small, portable set of nested tools to a veritable cutlery set that lets you prep, cook, serve, eat, and polish your food clean!

Designer: Gerber

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Volvo is 3D printing mangrove-textured tiles to save our oceans


An unlikely yet enthusiastic new member of the save-the-oceans movement is the Swedish carmaker Volvo. Committed to the concept of ‘omtanke’, the Swedish word for ‘caring’ and ‘consideration’, Volvo is partnering with the Sydney Institute of Marine Sciences and the Reef Design Lab to make our oceans healthy again.

Research shows that every minute, a truckload of plastic waste is dumped in our oceans, and mankind has reached a point where reversing that action is far from imaginable. Volvo’s effort towards making our oceans healthy again starts with its ban on single-use plastics globally across all offices, canteens, factories, and events by the end of 2019, but its larger plan is to reverse the negative effects of plastic pollution rather than just cut down on it. In comes the Living Seawall, Volvo’s project to repopulate micro-biodiversity in the ocean.

More than half of Sydney’s shoreline is artificial, inhibiting the growth of microorganisms that keep our oceans healthy. Volvo plans to spurt the growth of these microorganisms by bringing a touch of biomimicry to these artificial seawalls with the Living Seawall project. The Living Seawall is comprised of hexagonal tessellated tiles that sport a complex, interwoven structure that mimic the roots of a mangrove forest. The concrete tiles are first cast using a 3D printed mold, and then mounted on man-made seawalls across Sydney, promoting the growth of microorganisms (they take to the tiles as they would to mangrove roots) that constantly feed on ocean water, purifying it of toxins, chemicals, and even minute particulate matter. Each tile provides an ample amount of surface area to house billions of microorganisms that work in unison, and this wall of 50 tessellated tiles are kept there for a period of 20 years as scientists and researchers study and monitor organism growth and its effect on water quality for the decades to come.

It isn’t feasible or even practical to significantly remove pollutants from water bodies as vast as the ocean, but Volvo’s plan is to promote the growth of flora and fauna that will empower the ocean’s biodiversity so the ocean can actively purify itself. Check out the design process video below.

Designers: Volvo, Sydney Institute of Marine Sciences & Reef Design Lab.

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Packing Just Got Easier with This Set Of Travel Organisers!

Packing can be one of the least enjoyable aspects of going on holiday; attempting to cram a weeks-worth of belongings into a relatively small space can be challenging. But with the Vasco Bags, this is no longer an issue! Composing of a nine-piece kit, this premium set of travel organizers ensure that everything you need is neatly packed away, but still readily available.

You’ll now be able to take more items of clothing with you thanks to their ingenious Double Compression Packing Cubes; each of the cubes compresses down to significantly reduce the amount of space they occupy within the suitcase. The risk of your toiletries leaking onto items of clean clothing has been eliminated by the easy-access toiletries back that features a waterproof zip to help contain any unfortunate spills, whilst the electronics bag neatly contains your electronics and their accompanying cables, to help you stay organised throughout your trip.

With separate bags for your shoes, laundry, laptop and more, it’s sure to be a great addition for anyone who is looking for an easy solution to their packing nightmare!

Designer: Artur Stelmakh

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A Convenient Energy Boost!

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Consuming water whilst partaking in physical activity is possible thanks to the relativity recent introduction of water bladders within backpacks… however, their use is still limited; the bladders themselves are difficult to thoroughly clean out, meaning that using them to hold anything other than water causes bacterial issues down the line! That’s where Fiha comes in!

Fiha is a compact system that introduces energy/electrolytes into the water as it passes through it. Positioned after the silicone storage bladder, the electrolytes are isolated from the stored water. Textured touchpoints are positioned on the sides of the device, these easy-to-identify buttons adjust the flow of the gel, giving the individual full control of their intake.

Fiha­ has been designed to work with existing water bladders with very little modification necessary, making it intuitive to get up and running! With an aesthetic that compliments the intense workouts, it’s got adventure written all over it!

Designer: Henry Prout

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The Challenge

Cyclists frequently want to add sugars and hydration products to the water in their drink packs to enhance performance. However this creates a serious maintenance issue since the bladders are difficult/time consuming to clean thoroughly and leftover sugars promote the rapid growth of bacteria and mold.

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The Solution

This project looked to develop a system which enabled the user to introduce energy/electrolyte additives in the fluids they carry and isolate it from the silicone storage bladders.

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Mujjo’s touchscreen gloves are winter-ready and smartphone-ready

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Now that winter’s upon us, it’s time to bust out the woolens. The cap, the hoodie, the galoshes, bomber jackets, scarves, and gloves. Winter is perhaps my favorite time of the year. I hate the cold, but I love the warm fuzzy feeling that you get from trapping body warmth between a thick blanket, or sipping on a piping hot chai. However, there’s one issue that seems to counter my love for winter. It’s the issue of the glove. I wear gloves because it’s cold… and then I promptly take them off every time I need to use my smartphone. It’s counter-productive, and honestly a drag… which is why I bought a stylus, but that’s equally painful to remember to carry… plus, I can’t pinch to zoom with a stylus. I can, however, with touchscreen-ready gloves.

Mujjo’s Thinsulate gloves are like a second skin around your palm and fingers. It protects you from the cold, with its 3M Thinsulate insulating layer that traps body heat, but more importantly, it comes with a thermally conductive surface on its outside that lets you use the touchscreen on your smartphone. Book cabs, answer calls, take pictures, browse the web, type messages, just basically use your phone the way you would with the gloves on. The thermal surface runs across all fingers, so you can use the phone with your left hand and right, making use of all your fingers to run apps, contact people, or just play PUBG (or whatever it is you people play nowadays). The gloves work with all smartphones, and bonus feature, they come with non-slip properties, so you don’t accidentally drop your phone!

Designer: Mujjo

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The ‘au-naturel’ way of dehydrating and sun-drying your fruits and veggies

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Drying is one of the oldest and healthiest ways of preserving food. The drying process allows for long-term, compact storage while retaining vitamins, minerals, and flavor. Modern-day dryers and dehydrators may speed up the process, but are expensive, guzzle electricity, and are frankly unnecessary when you have the largest drying resource available to you for free… the sun.

Myriam Meyer’s Aliz uses the sun’s heat to dry out food. The Aliz looks like an alluring outdoor piece of decor, with its metal compartments layered upon one another (looking like a lantern). The sun’s heat pulls the moisture out from the food, which is stored in a ventilated chamber that is protected from pests. After a few days of drying, the food you’ve placed inside, be it berries or fruits or even vegetables gets effectively dried out by the sun and becomes preserved naturally while locking in every bit of flavor!

Designer: Myriam Meyer

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The YD Guide to Pocket Knife Design

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We’ve covered quite a few EDC knives over the years without realizing that there’s no resource that guides you through the types of knives. Knife blades have evolved from culture and from need. Some knives are designed for everyday tasks, some for rough outdoor use, some for hunting, and some for combat/self-defence. Each blade design has a distinct silhouette, and has developed over the years based on need and on use. Knife materials have evolved over time too, ranging from the various alloys of steel, to Titanium, to even some with ceramic coatings for extra strength.

This list is by no means exhaustive, but rather focuses on highlighting different common types of blade designs that exist in the world of EDC, their purposes, and showcasing one exemplary knife in each category!
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Straight Back

One of the most common knife blade designs, the straight back is called so because of the blade’s straight spine. Perhaps one of the most old-school styles, the Straight Back features a straight-ish blade edge too, with the edge curving tightly right at the end to meet the spine. These knives are common and easy to maintain and work wonderfully for cutting or slicing tasks, thanks to the long, straight blade. The County, by James Brand, embodies the simple beauty of the straight back, with a long, 2.5inch Sandvik steel blade and an exquisite ebony wood and stainless steel handle to match!
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Drop Point

A common knife design for hunting, the drop point is called so because the spine of the blade (above the edge) drops downward, Giving it a more pronounced tip. The edge of the blade travels upwards to meet the gently dropping spine at this somewhat centrally located tip, making it a knife that’s almost as functional as a spear, and an ideal knife for piercing. Most Swiss Army Knife multitools make use of the Drop Point knife, but our favorite is the Gerber Pocket Square. Almost halfway between the straight back and the drop point, the Pocket Square’s blade has a spine that does a gentle drop. Obviously, the modern drop point isn’t meant for combat or hunting, but could work well for any sort of cutting, slicing, and piercing work you’d want to do outdoors. It has an elegantly designed handle to allow it to blend into your urban lifestyle too, making it a rare piece of EDC that appeals to the urban as well as the rustic!
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Clip Point

The Clip Point follows the same style of nomenclature as the last two blade types. While the straight back came with a straight spine, while the drop point had a curved, dropping spine, the clip point comes with a spine that travels straight for a portion of the distance before suddenly clipping across in a concave cut. If the drop point provides a sharp tip for piercing, the clip point goes the extra distance by making the tip a little bit narrower and therefore sharper. A common blade for hunting, the clip point’s tip can pierce hard surfaces, but damages easily too, given how fragile and thin it can be. The Gator by Gerber is considered a classic in the clip point category. In production since 1991 (when it was voted as the most innovative knife of the year), the Gator comes with a stainless steel blade and a glass-filled-nylon handle with an alligator-leather texture for superior grip.
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Spear Point

There’s a very small distinction between a drop point and a spear point. Both of them have the spine and the edge converging and curving towards a centrally located tip, but the spear point’s spine is ground down to have a sharp edge too. While drop point blade spines are usually thick, spear point blades have thinner spines, almost like spears. This gives them the advantage of having sharper tips than drop point knives, and somewhat more resilient tips as compared to clip point knives. The CRKT Snap Lock makes the cut in this category quite simply for its brilliant design. Produced in 2004 (when it won the most innovative knife award), the Snap Lock was a runaway success, but CRKT discontinued its production after a few years to move onto newer designs. Given how popular it was (especially for its incredibly innovative folding mechanism), the company finally decided to reissue the knife and the Snap Lock was resurrected. You can’t say that about most knives!
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Sheepsfoot

The Sheepsfoot features a straight blade and a curved spine, resulting in a blade that looks almost like a sheep’s foot or hoof. In most ways, it’s the absolute opposite of the Straight Back and features a design where the tip aligns with the blade’s edge. The Sheepsfoot blade design offers a nice, long, straight edge for cutting and carving (and can be easily sharpened too), whereas the tip isn’t particularly pronounced, and doesn’t work for piercing. The SOG Snarl is a wonderful example of a Sheepsfoot blade that doesn’t let its size be a disadvantage. Small and potent, like a stick of dynamite, the Snarl comes with a one-piece construction that fits easily on lanyards or even in pockets (it comes with a nylon sheath). With an overall length of 4.3 inches (half of which is the blade), the Snarl has two ways of gripping it. Traditionally, holding the area behind the blade like a handle, or using its finger-hole for far more dexterity and control… allowing you to go about all sorts of tasks with it by holding it in a fashion that works better for you.
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Kiridashi

The Kiridashi comes with an unusually small cutting edge that occupies just a tiny part of the blade. The best and most common example is the medical scalpel. Extremely sharp and with a nasty tip, the Kiridashi is supposed to be an all-purpose utility tool that works in any and every situation. Inspired by the Japanese Kiridashi, but with a design that elevates the original, the Craighill Desk Knife is daringly unique, enough to make our selection for this category. Just over five inches long and slightly thicker than a half inch, Craighill’s Desk Knife has the proportions of a chunky metal pen, but comes with truncations on its sides to reveal a Kiridashi-style blade where the two truncations taper off. This makes the Desk Knife an absolute treat to hold, as it fits beautifully into one’s grip, and even to maneuver, making for a handy, and suave looking letter opener, box cutter, or scalpel-style paper cutter. Graceful, tasteful, and practical, the Craighill Desk Knife looks and feels remarkably unique, with a design that’s oh-so-simple but equally breath-taking!
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Tanto

Another Japanese blade, the Tanto is named after a traditional short dagger that was carried by the samurai of feudal Japan. Tanto blades come with straight lines and sharp cuts. Imagine the Straight Back knife, but instead of having the edge curving to meet the spine at the tip, the Tanto’s edge breaks into two, creating two edges and two tips. The tanto’s blade works well in combat/tactical situations as well as works wonderfully as a recreational outdoor EDC knife blade too. CRKT’s Septimo tanto blade, however, has a more intriguing backstory. Designed by Jeremy Valdez of the 7th Special Forces Group (hence the name ‘Septimo’, meaning seven), the Septimo’s main motivation for this design arose from his 2009 deployment to Afghanistan, where, the lack of a proper slicing tool prevented him from being able to cut through straps or move debris, following a helicopter crash. Duty to his fallen comrades and brothers and sisters in arms drove him to design the Septimo with a tanto-style blade for use as both a safety tool as well as a combat weapon a desert-proof black oxide finish. The blade even features a single serration at its base (near the hinge) for effective strap-cutting ability.
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Karambit/Talon

With a distinct blade that looks like an eagle’s talons, the Karambit comes from Southeast Asia. Used in both hunting and combat, the Karambit was designed to be held both straight or upside down, and used for swift, slashing motions, cutting through tough fruit/vegetables, hide, or even in combat. The Karambit, today, still sees itself being used sparingly in Filipino martial arts, but is more popular as a collector’s EDC knife, solely for its intriguing nature-inspired claw design. Probably the most intriguing of them all, CRKT’s Provoke comes with a karambit blade and an unusual folding mechanism. It uses a parallel motion linkage, as opposed to a single-point swivel. The result is a knife where the blade can slide outwards even as your palm is wrapped around the handle. The action is swift, decisive, and the blade doesn’t even have to touch your palm or fingers as it slides outwards and in, and works in the same way a jungle cat’s claws deploy or retract, probably paying the greatest homage to the Karambit’s claw-inspiration. It also makes the Provoke incredibly hypnotic to look at (especially in slow motion!).
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This genius double-walled cup lets you eat your cereals on-the-go!

The Crunch Cup is just the kind of invention I’d expect from a mad scientist who wanted to have a wholesome breakfast while rushing to work. For years we’ve been able to carry coffee, tea, juices, and milkshakes around with us in flasks, but having cereal on the go has always been that elusive concept that nobody bothered to crack… until now.

That’s where the Crunch Cup is trying to change the game. The first cup that’s designed to have cereals while on the move, the Crunch Cup comes with a double-wall construction and a double-mouthed lid to match. Made of an inner and outer container, the Crunch Cup holds both parts of the milk-and-cereal combo separately, keeping them away from each other so you’re not left with a soggy mess. The inner container holds the cereal of your choice, while the outer container is for the milk of your choice. A two-piece, double-mouthed lid sits on top, allowing you to take a sip of your milk and a crunch of your cereal at the same time. The cereal remains crunchy because it isn’t soaked in the milk until it reaches inside your mouth, and the lid itself can be closed so that you can take your breakfast with you on the go, taking a sip/crunch every 5-10 minutes whenever you feel like. Can be used with milk and mini-Oreos too!

Designers: Rob Lambert & Kevin Meyer.

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