Uppgradera brings Ikea hacks to improve your garden, kitchen, living room

Swedish furniture brand IKEA is one of the most famous ones in the market but that doesn’t mean that their products are perfect. There’s always room for improvement of course. There are a lot of tips and hacks out there to make the furniture and accessories more useful or better than their original purpose. Uppgradera, the Swedish word for upgrading or improving something, is an Ikeahack collection that supplements the original design and corrects some of the problems that actual users experience when using some of their products.

Designer: Adam Miklosi

Uppgradera has now come up with five new product ideas, four of which are new hacks while the other one is a new version that builds on one of the original ideas. These hacks can actually be 3D printed and used in real life if you have the original IKEA product. For the “new version” of a product, it can help out in your gardening needs. IKEA doesn’t have a watering head but the SOCKER watering can is the next best thing. When you add the SO02 hack, it can improve its watering capabilities.

SU02A is a hack for the SUNNERSTA rails that people use on their kitchen wall even though It’s not really meant for knives and other tools. So this is something you can print and insert to hold these tools, especially the knives and avoid drops, clutter, and other messes it might cause. The SUNNERSTA boxes are also one of the most used accessories but again, if you stuff all of your pens, utensils, or whatever you want to put in there, it can look like a mess. So SU02B is a divider for your boxes so you’ll be able to organize all the things you want to put inside the box and also maximize the small space that you have.

The NÄVLINGE reading lamp doesn’t originally come with a shade so the high-powered LED light can be too much for your eyes if you use it as a desk lamp. You can add the NÄ02 as a shade to add to the lamp to diffuse the light. Another IKEA desk lamp that is shade-less is HÅRTE and so you can print the HÅ02 clip-on shade to reduce the light that will directly shine into your eyes and also add a little bit of design to your light source.

These Ikeahacks are pretty interesting and can be useful for those who have the original products or are planning to get them soon. We look forward to future hacks that Miklosi can come up with and add to their Uppgradera collection.

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The world’s first USB-C iPhone exists… and it wasn’t built by Apple

Apple may have until 2024 to comply with the EU’s demands to have USB-C as the standard charging port for smartphones… but it seems like a Swiss robotics student may have beaten them to the punch. Meet the world’s only USB-C iPhone (that we know of), hacked together by Ken Pillonel, a master’s degree student in robotics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

The USB-C iPhone has been on Ken’s mind for a while. In fact, he embarked on this journey 5 months ago with a video explaining how he planned on modifying an existing iPhone, and even demonstrating a work-in-progress. Now, Ken’s work is pretty much complete as he debuted his first working prototype of the iPhone USB-C. The modified iPhone doesn’t just sport a USB-C for kicks… the port actually works, and lets you charge your phone as well as transfer data.

At the very heart of Ken’s solution is a redesigned PCB ribbon cable that fits inside the iPhone X, replacing the lightning charging PCB. Ken’s initial experiments from 5 months ago involved using a breadboard to work out the circuitry, before he actually fabricated a pretty professional-looking ribbon PCB that could actually fit inside the iPhone’s housing, sandwiching itself between the other components. The outer chassis of the iPhone had to be CNC machined too, to fit the new, wider port. Ken’s working on a much more in-depth video to showcase his final result and the process behind it, but he decided to give the world a taste of his prototype in a short YouTube snippet.

For now, Ken’s modded USB-C iPhone is probably one-of-its-kind. It isn’t entirely clear if Ken plans on taking his PCB to the market, although I imagine there’s an entire building of lawyers in Apple’s HQ waiting for a chance to fire up lawsuits and cease-and-desist notices to people and companies who create such kits that involve meddling with the iPhone’s hardware.

As a customer, however, the idea of a USB-C iPhone seems quite tantalizing. Imagine having just one cable for your MacBook, iPad Pro, and iPhone, and not needing multiple cables and solutions to charge different devices (or transfer data between them if AirDrop isn’t an option). That being said, unless Apple makes the USB-C iPhone official, Ken’s little hack isn’t going to sit well with the folks at the genius bar when you go to get anything repaired. Don’t expect any of your product warranties to still be valid!

Designer: Ken Pillonel

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