An armor that lets your lighter’s fire keep burning everywhere

Just like every blade needs a sheath to protect it from the elements, the PyroVault is, as its name suggests, an exoskeleton for your lighter. Designed to let you take your lighter to places you’d carry your EDC, the PyroVault allows your lighter to be weatherproof and even waterproof, making it perfect for inclement weather, or camping outdoors. An incredibly resilient polymer outer body can withstand heat, water, snow, dust, and comes with an O-Ring that seals the lighter when closed, turning it waterproof. The O-Ring seal also prevents vapor leakage, letting your lighter last longer.

Designed and manufactured in USA, the Pyrovault accepts standard Zippo-style lighter inserts including both fluid and butane torch models, turning classy lighters into rugged firestarters that can withstand any sort of conditions you may expect outdoors… and it even comes with a MOLLE/PALS compatible clip that you can use to fasten the Pyrovault to your pocket, jacket, or even backpack.

Designer: Thyrm

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The LynQ gets right what the GPS has been getting wrong for years

You’re staring at the map on your phone, searching for the restaurant your friend’s waiting for you at. You see the blip on your phone, and you’re supposed to be right in front of it, but you can’t spot the restaurant as you look around for a signboard with a familiar name on it. The Global Positioning System is incredibly useful, but has some inherent flaws… one of them being that the GPS works on a bird’s eye view, and we don’t… causing a gap in the user experience, as we try to create a bridge between what the map shows us and what we see. The GPS also relies heavily on WiFi, Bluetooth, and cell-phone networks for pin-point accuracy, which means it doesn’t work underground or in areas with no cellular network, where it just might be needed the most.

The interface of the LynQ, designed specifically for tracking and locating, surpasses the hurdles that traditional GPS tracking can’t. A tracking device that pairs with other LynQ devices, the hand-held tracker works anywhere and everywhere, regardless of the availability of cellular service, and more importantly, relooks the interface, making it incredibly intuitive and potentially groundbreaking.

The LynQ’s UI may just be the simplest and most effective one yet. Rather than displaying you and your target as two blips on a bird’s eye view of a map, the LynQ just shows you two variables. Direction, and distance. A circular screen displays the name of the person you’re trying to locate, while a dot on the periphery points at the direction in which they are. The circle expands into an arc as you go closer, visually making the LynQ easy to understand and use, regardless of how tech savvy you are, and even eliminating the risk of a miscommunication. The lack of arrows, logos, messages/notifications allows just about anyone to use the LynQ, while the only pieces of text on the screen are A. the name of the person you’re tracking, and B. the distance in feet/inches.

Using the LynQ involves simply pairing two or more LynQ devices together (with an upper limit of 12 devices). No phones, no maps, no connectivity problems, and more importantly, no subscriptions. Simple and hassle-free, the LynQ devices pair together and a single button allows you to operate the device while the screen displays information in the most straightforward manner. Its design is rugged, allowing it to be used outdoors in harsh conditions, and its battery comes with a life of 3 days until needing a recharge. The LynQ pairs with multiple devices, allowing you to track people as well as set up a safe zone, alerting you when another LynQ device leaves the zone. With a range of up to 3 miles (5 kilometers), the LynQ is perfect for using at music festivals or crowded events, where cellular service is usually iffy and tracking people is near impossible. Its easy to use interface makes it great for parents wanting to keep a check on their children outdoors, and the fact that it comes with a rugged build, a clip for easy fastening, and the ability to work globally, makes it perfect for extreme sports and outdoor adventure traveling.

Smart, safe, and simple, the LynQ reinvents tracking as we know it, by plugging the holes in the GPS experience, and giving us an interface that makes tracking incredibly intuitive and easy.

Designer: Team LynQ

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The ST3 turns the world into your stage

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Reducing tonnes of equipment to just one travel-suitcase, the ST3 is a performer’s best friend. The innovative design packs a built-in amplifier, stage, microphone and stand. Perfect for impromptu performances, jam-sessions, and street performers, the ST3 and self-confidence is pretty much all you’ll need.

The stage, as it is, wraps around a central column that houses the wheels, handle, and a microphone stand. The stage itself opens into a flat platform big enough for even two people. Screw the microphone stand in, and you’re ready to perform. The stage comes with speakers powered by an inbuilt amplifier, and even has ambient lighting to add some drama to the performance. When done, fold the stage back down to its suitcase-worthy size, collect your compliments (tips too, maybe), and make a grand exit!

Designer: Lee Long Yin

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This robot turns the beach into a gigantic doodle-pad

YouTuber and DIY mega-enthusiast Ivan Miranda puts together 3D printed machines all the time, but his latest project, the Sand Drawing Robot is probably one of his biggest and best endeavors. Working just the way a 2D printer would, Miranda’s robot comprises of a massive rail on which his line-making module rests and moves up and down. The rail itself moves too, covering both X and Y axes. Art is made by the line-making module as a flipper moves down, digging into the sand, creating line after line, column after column. Viewed from a height, you can read pieces of text as lines come together to make thick letters. It’s a time-consuming process, but overall fun to watch as the machine creates remarkably accurate lines, and consequently characters, and then words, by simply digging miniature trenches into the sand. The end result is simply perfect to look at, while also being extremely visible from up above, thanks to the multiple lines that come together to form a bold piece of text.

So, if you ever find yourself stranded on a desert island waiting for help and all you have with you is a stick and loads of sand, do what Ivan Miranda’s Sand Drawing Robot does. Ditch the scrawny line-based ‘help’ written in the sand for something that’s more meticulous, but much more legible.

Designer: Ivan Miranda

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The Parrot Anafi gives a palm-sized 4K camera the power of flight

With a footprint that’s just a tad bit bigger than the Mavic Pro, Parrot’s ANAFI is perhaps the most remarkable drone in its category. It folds down to occupy the same amount of space as a thermos flask or a portable umbrella, allowing it to seamlessly fit into backpacks, and when unfolded, the drone can capture 4K HRD footage for as long as half an hour on a full charge. ANAFI’s camera not only offers 180° of vertical rotation, it even has a 3-axis gimbal to keep all your videos beautifully stabilized. A wide-angle lens captures a wider FOV, while special lens treatment negates lens-flares.

The ANAFI’s slick design makes it perfect for taking outdoors on your next holiday. With easily swappable battery packs, you can capture hours of footage, allowing the drone to take photos and videos at dramatic angles (even exploiting Parrot’s Dolly Zoom technique, better known as the ‘Vertigo Effect’). The ANAFI comes with multiple dual-band Wi-Fi antennas (one on each foot of the drone) to help it pick up signal from the controller regardless of position or orientation. It comes with the Parrot’s own collapsible controller too, allowing you to dock your phone in it and view footage in real-time as you fly your drone around to as far as 2.5 miles from the pilot!

Designer: Parrot

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A Swiss multi-tool for outdoor dining!

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Baladeo’s Outdoor Cutlery Kit ensures you have all your campsite dining equipment right in one place. Designed like a Swiss Multitool, the cutlery set comes with a detachable spoon and knife, a bottle opener, corkscrew, knife, can opener, and a screw-driver. Made in stainless steel with a rather neat looking frosted ABS handle. Everything gets stored rather wonderfully in a singular form factor, making it incredibly convenient to carry on outdoor trips.

While most EDC multitools focus on manual labor, allowing you to cut, shear, shred, ignite, tighten/loosen, etc., the Baladeo Outdoor Cutlery Kit has different priorities. It puts all your dining equipment in the palm of your hand so once you’re done cutting, shearing, shredding, or igniting, you can sit down for a wonderful meal in the outdoors… and maybe crack open a few beers or pop a bottle of wine!

Designer: Baladeo

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The lamp with dual personalities

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The Guidelight’s elegant design and multifaceted nature saw it getting accepted into the Museum of Modern Art’s design store. A simple globe with a light housed within it, the Guidelight can shift from a point-light to an ambient light by simply rotating the globe to face either forward at a spot, or downwards, into the translucent plastic lampshade.

Made for both outdoors and indoors, the Guidelight comes with a 150-hour battery life, a splash-proof design, and even a dimmer switch on one side, allowing you to select the intensity. Available in red, green, and grey, the Guidelight has an outdoorsy/nomadic spirit and demeanor of a traditional lamp, combined with an adaptability and multi-faceted nature that has earned it the term “the Swiss Army knife among lights”.

Designer: Floris Schoonderbeek for Weltevree

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The Beach Just Got Brighter

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From the sand to the surf, the ConSolight aims to provide efficient illumination in the seaside places humans love to enjoy. They can be planted in the sand to provide pathway lighting in low light or they can be buoyed offshore to provide guidance in the water. In either situation, the design harnesses solar energy during the day to power its bright LEDs at night. For after-hours scuba divers and swimmers, an additional LED that rests below the water’s surface serves as a beacon for navigating when it’s dark. As durable as they are efficient, they’re designed to withstand the tough marine environment for years without replacement.

Designer: Hakan Gürsu of Designnobis

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The KarTent wants to make festivals like Coachella eco-friendly

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A major problem faced by festivals is usually experienced after the festival is over. Cleaning up a lot and restoring it to its past glory can often be an incredible challenge as people leave behind things they don’t want to carry back, from litter to disposable items like cheap tents.

So imagine the amount of garbage a festival like Coachella or Tomorrowland or Burning Man generate with the kind of footfall they experience. To cut that non-biodegradable waste, two Dutch entrepreneurs designed the KarTent, a cardboard tent that was designed for the 3-day festival lifestyle.

The KarTent comes made from cardboard and is spacious as regular tents. The thick cardboard helps to provide structural strength, while being able to provide waterproofing that’s enough for a festival’s temporary timeline. Additionally, they don’t have any coating to ensure they are fully recyclable. “It will also stay dry during your event since the water will never penetrate and the structure won’t collapse.” says co-founder Jan Portheine. The cardboard pieces are easy to assemble and even customize, providing you with a uniquely personal experience at festivals. KarTent partners with these festivals, ensuring tents are delivered in bulk and set up before the festival begins, and disassembled, removed, and recycled after the festival is over. KarTent even plans on expanding its range to cardboard seats and litter-bins, all made from the recycled tents!

Designers: Wout Kommer & Jan Portheine (KarTent)

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