Top 10 travel gadgets gift guide you need to easily create the ultimate influencer-worthy content

Wanderlust unleashed – that is the best way I can describe the global mood after the pandemic and its assisted quarantine ended. One thing we have learned however is to value and maximise every opportunity we have instead of taking it for granted. From business travels to personal vacations – the aim is to maximise and enjoy the opportunity provided because we’ve learned to not take things for granted. The last thing you want in this travel you experience is to realise you’ve forgotten how to travel smart. Well, worry not, we have you covered! Continuing our series of gift guides focusing on solving 2022’s problems, today’s guide is all about your travel essentials. Whether you travel for leisure, for business or are a content creator aiming to be the influencer who takes social media by storm – we have translation earbuds, tripods, influencer-endorsed photography bags and even water purifier bottles to keep you hydrated, wherever you go!

1. SnapGrip

Your phone’s camera is easily the most powerful piece of imaging tech you probably own. The only problem is that it’s an ergonomic nightmare. Who knew holding your phone with one hand and trying to tap the shutter button on the screen could be this difficult?? The SnapGrip makes things easier by turning your phone into a makeshift DSLR camera. It snaps onto the back of your iPhone using MagSafe, or Android phone using a magnetic ring adapter and gives you a handy grip to hold onto as you use your phone’s camera. The SnapGrip also comes with its own shutter button that makes clicking photos or recording videos incredibly ergonomic with a single hand… and if you want to switch from landscape to portrait, all you need to do is just tilt your phone 90° and mount it onto the SnapGrip! The grip also works like a dock, letting you place your phone vertically on tabletop surfaces, and the SnapGrip’s internal battery lets it double as a wireless power bank when you’re not perpetually clicking photos like a shutterbug. If all that somehow wasn’t enough, the SnapGrip extends its use by also allowing you to snap on additional accessories like a tripod stand or ring-light!

Click Here to Buy Now: Starting from $130 $149.97 (13% off with the Black Friday Sale)

2. Timekettle M3 Translation Earbuds

Timekettle entered the market in 2017 with its groundbreaking and award-winning WT2 earbuds that touted real-time translation, followed by the M2 in 2021, and now they’re finally back with their third iteration – the M3. What is traveling without interacting with the people local to the environment and the M3 provide a solution to that dreaded language-barrier. Much like a KitKat, the M3 is meant to be split in half and shared. You simply hand it over to another person, and the two of you can have a harmonious conversation in different languages, as the earphones translate both languages simultaneously, in real-time, without the need for the internet! The M3 supports the translation of 40+ languages and 93 accents in real-time. It features a more ergonomic form as compared to the M2, better Active Noise Cancelation, and professional-grade EQ tuning abilities. In fact, Timekettle says that M3’s translations are accurate 95% of the time, and have an impressive 0.5-second delay only. The earbuds are supported by the world’s leading translation engines – DeepL, Google, Microsoft, iFlytek, AmiVoice, Hoya, and even Timekettle’s own engine.

Click Here to Buy Now: $108 $149.99 (25% off for Prime Members + Additional 5% discount with coupon code “YDESIGN22”). Hurry, deal ends in 48 hours!

3. Peak Design’s Travel Tripod

Most tripod designs come with a hollow channel running through their center, given that the cylindrical legs create a triangular negative space when closed together. Peak Design’s Travel Tripod doesn’t and as a result, is designed to be stronger, more compact, and easier to carry than the average tripod. Forged from carbon fiber that makes the tripod ridiculously light while giving it strength and durability, the Travel Tripod weighs less than 3lbs, but can take up to 20 lbs of weight. It also adjusts to heights of 5 feet (60 inches), and comes with precisely machined dials, knobs, and details that let you easily and intuitively position and angle your camera. A machined aluminum ball head lets you angle your camera however you please, and the carbon fiber construction means the Travel Tripod can take on even the heaviest of camera setups without buckling or suffering wear and tear. The tripod allows you to mount your camera in landscape or portrait, even letting you mount it upside down, facing the ground between the camera’s legs. The legs open out a full 90°, allowing the tripod to sit flat on any ground for low shots. There is an alternative version machine from aluminium and perhaps my favorite feature – each Travel Tripod comes with a built-in mount for your smartphone too!

Click Here to Buy Now: Starting from $323 $379.95 ($57 off with the Black Friday Sale)

4. The Everyday Camera Line: Peter McKinnon X NOMATIC

Designed by photographers, for photographers, the Everyday Camera Bag is a backpack that lets you carry your life and gear comfortably and in an organized manner. At the heart of the Everyday Camera Bag is its spacious interiors, which can be separated into various modules thanks to the bag’s ladder and divider system. Originally designed for camera gear, this system can be used to store a camera and multiple lenses, or even organize clothes, EDC, tech, and other belongings you may want to carry around with you. The bag’s panel opens 180°, letting you view and access all your gear equally, and the padded divider walls keep your belongings from hitting against each other – a feature that’s extremely useful for delicate lenses. The bag’s 25L capacity is perfectly sized for any and everyone. It comes with a laptop sleeve (obviously), magnetic enclosures for your belongings, a bottle/tripod holder on the side, and is designed to be comfortable to wear, durable over time, and water-resistant for those days when the weather isn’t in your favor. Oh, and each bag comes with a lifetime warranty with a promise to repair or replace your bag if it’s defective or damaged.

Click Here to Buy Now: Backpack Starting from $320 $399.99 ($80 off with the best deals of the year under the Black Friday Sale)

5. LARQ Self-Cleaning Water Purification Bottle

How often do you clean your water bottle? Probably once a month? A year, maybe?? The LARQ Bottle basically cleans itself every couple of minutes. With a UVC LED built into the cap and a stainless steel construction that helps reflect the UV light, the LARQ Bottle basically cleans itself and disinfects the water in the bottle, killing 99.9999% of bacteria (talk about being effective) and 99.99% of viruses in your drinking water. The result is pure drinking water that’s germ-free, and a bottle that remains clean and odorless even with daily use. Designed with the world’s first portable mercury-free purification system, the bottle relies on 280nm wavelength UVC LEDs that can be activated simply by tapping the top of the bottle cap when the LARQ Bottle’s closed. Lights around the rim of the cap let you know that the UV lights are at work, and in just 60 seconds, you’ve got yourself a bottle and water that’s absolutely germ-free!

Click Here to Buy Now: Starting from $84 $99 (15% off and get up to 33% off sitewide)

6.Wiral LITE Cable Cam

Lets be honest – while we do love to travel, we also love getting these seemingly impossibly beautiful shots that are sure to invoke memories as well as envy from everyone who sees these pictures. You have the latest smartphone camera to take beautiful regular pictures but the Wiral LITE is the cable cam/ photographer you always want on your side. Designed to be portable, foldable, lightweight and user-friendly, you can now easily create beautiful video effects to take social media by storm. The components include a universal camera mount and an intuitive attachment system that can be set up in less than 3 minutes. The system can also be easily set up in narrow spaces and since this is not a drone, you can get amazing high-level shots even in no-fly zones! The accessory of your dreams is here to be easily packed and carried with you and it also works with your existing photography setups.

Click Here to Buy Now: $399

7. BauBax Travel Jacket

The regular lumpy jacket which has been the travel essential till date gets a fresh tech-infused avatar with the BauBox 3.0 that boasts of over 15 features. Yup, you read that right! This jacket is actually a genie disguised as a jacket because it can hold and bring out all your travel essentials whenever you need them, some of which you did not think was needed until now – such as having a dedicated charger pocket, a drinks pocket, a tablet pocket and even a face mask! For your in-flight comfort, the jacket holds an inflatable neck pillow, hand warming pockets and even an eye mask! Given the detailed nature of the jacket and its multifunctional behaviour, this jacket almost removes the need to carry a small bag or fanny pack, creating an overall sleeker, more focused and improved boarding and flying experience that is sure to be memorable.

Click Here to Buy Now: $179 $250 ($71 off and get up to 40% off sitewide)

8. BOLD Graphene Power Bank

Does your power bank charge your phone, watch, earbuds, Nintendo Switch, AND your laptop together? Didn’t think so! Realizing that the world needed a powerful, versatile, capable power bank, the folks at UZE built BOLD, a gadget so capable, it can charge as many as 6 devices at once… including your laptop! Touted as arguably the world’s most powerful power bank, BOLD comes with a 27,000mAh/100Wh battery that’s capable of a 260W power output. Fast charging be damned, the BOLD can rapidly and simultaneously charge multiple devices at once! BOLD comes with Panasonic LiPO graphene battery cells sitting inside an aluminum case that helps with heat dissipation. A glass panel on the top lets you charge your phone as well as your Apple Watch, and 4 more ports on the side let you hook BOLD to a slew of other devices. If that wasn’t powerful enough, BOLD even comes with an LCD screen on the top that tells you your battery levels and power delivery stats. Designed for ultimate power on the go, BOLD is rated for airline travel, and is the only pocket-sized power bank with the ability to simultaneously charge your laptop, phone, smartwatch, tablet, headphones, drone, and multiple other devices. Simultaneously!!

Click Here to Buy Now: $249

9. TourBox Elite

Meet the TourBox Elite, the bluetooth controller to rule them all. As a creator, keyboard shortcuts are a way of life. Wake us up in the middle of night and place our keyboard in front of us, we will be able to trace out our most used functions in our favourite app on muscle memory alone. That is, until we got the TourBox – a tiny box that allows you to control your brush controls, video editing, audio editing or image manipulation – you have a software to work with, the TourBox will have you working using just one hand! The TourBox uses haptic feedback to deliver precision controls, which makes it very easy to get used to the device and run the device without looking – overall increasing your speed, efficiency as well as productivity. An added bonus, the TourBox can be used as a MIDI controller, helping you create music whenever the inspiration strikes you!

Click Here to Buy Now: $214 $268 ($54 off)

10. Pivo Interactive Pod

To describe Pivo is difficult because there is no common device that we can refer to unless you experience it. And it promises a dazzling experience! Pivo is your personal photographer/ smart assistant/ director you’ve been waiting for. While solo travel is all the trend, sometimes we need that added help so our output and content created matches our original imagination. The Pivo comes to your rescue with 9 Quick Create Modes, 2 auto-follow modes and live streaming as well. Using app-driven motion tracking, faster 360 degree turning and intuitive editing modes, Pivo ensures you always stay in the frame. Additionally, the Pivo’s 6 hours of battery life and 161gm body weight means the Pivot stands tall in this segment by being, possibly, the lightest camera crew you can ever have!

Click Here to Buy Now: Starting from $85 $140 ($55 off with sitewide Black Friday Deal)

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This turtle-shaped floating city could be the tourist destination of the future

Some ancient civilizations believed that the world was completely flat, while others thought that it existed on the back of a giant cosmic turtle. We know now better, of course, but there is still a sense of awe and wonder at the thought of living on a floating creature. Then again, that’s what cruise ships actually do, with the romantic notion of being on a turtle’s back. Never say never, as they say, and one luxury yacht company is proposing exactly something like that with a “terayacht” that can host around 60,000 people on a fantastic voyage across the seas that is equal parts terrific and terrifying, considering everything that could go wrong in the middle of the ocean.

Designer: Pierpaolo Lazzarini

Given the congestion in urban areas and other land problems, humans have set their eyes not only on the stars but also on the seas for their next habitats. Instead of just “reclaiming” land, some designs envision floating cities and communities that would hopefully be kinder to their environment. Of course, most of these structures are designed to provide stable housing and locations, so they are meant to be rooted to one spot. As its name suggests, however, this gigantic yacht, if you could still call it a yacht, is meant to travel instead.

Named after the supercontinent believed to have existed in Earth’s prehistoric past, Pangeos would become the largest floating structure to be constructed, spanning 550 meters (1800 ft) long and 610 meters (2000 ft) at its widest point. Despite that size, the ship is engineered to cruise at a speed of five knots or around 9.26 kph using jet drive transmission from 9 HTS engines, each with 16,800 hp of power. More than its massive size, however, the real appeal of Pangeos is what it contains and what it is made for: human luxury.

If a luxury cruise ship can be called a floating hotel, Pangeos is pretty much a floating resort city. It will contain everything that humans will need to live in comfort for weeks or even months, including hotels, shopping centers, parks, and other facilities. And since it wouldn’t be safe to actually take a dip in the surrounding ocean, it also has extra-long swimming pools on the turtle’s “wings.” The floating city will have a marina and even its own airport to get guests on and off. All in all, it is planned to accommodate up to 60,000 guests, which doesn’t yet count the thousands of crew needed to man this giant turtle.

Since it will almost be impossible to completely power this terayacht using fuel alone, Pangeos is designed to be self-sustaining and, in a way, a little bit sustainable. Solar panels line the rooftop areas, while the large wings will gather energy from breaking waves. This would make it possible for the turtle ship to travel the Earth without emissions, or at least that’s the idea. Whether it’s a smart idea is a different matter, but there’s little question that it is an enticing idea, one that could actually be made real by 2033.

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This small refrigerator on wheels was designed with electric vehicles in mind

We’re still far away from giving up on fuel oil, but more people are thankfully adopting electric cars, which can be a bit more sustainable if you get power from renewable sources. For now, most probably see these EVs as ways to get around cities, often for commuting to work and over short distances. As their numbers grow, however, so would the number of charging stations scattered throughout highways. This would make it possible to take these battery-powered cars for longer trips, maybe even for outdoor camping. Given it already runs on batteries, it might be possible to power other appliances from it directly, which is what this portable fridge concept is going for, in a way that makes it look like it was part of the EV right from the start.

Designers: Joeun Kim, janchi

There are, of course, plenty of portable refrigerators in the market today built with a wide variety of designs. Some look like giant ice coolers, while there are those that look like you just unplugged your home fridge and shrunk it to fit. Fridze, which is a play on the brand that has become synonymous with the appliance, instead tries to look more like a part of an electric vehicle. Or at least what an electric SUV or camper might look like if those became more common. In other words, Fridze looks sleek, futuristic, and minimalist, almost like it would be out of place on dirty camping grounds.

It does look and move like a suitcase, though, a very bulky and solid one at that. Two wheels on the back and a telescopic handle would be similar to what you’d see on most luggage, while a thick U-bar on the front keeps it from toppling forward. The use of mostly straight lines and flat edges almost resemble some EV charging boxes, but this one actually takes rather than gives power to EVs.

Portable refrigerators naturally need to draw electricity, of course, and most of them will draw power from the car via a car charger. There are portable power stations these days for that purpose, but not many have them. That lighter port is still the most common method, but it’s also wasteful in converting to the type of power that a fridge would need. Fridze, in contrast, would plug directly into the EV’s batteries and siphon power from there. It does have a small battery of its own for those moments when it can’t be connected to the car, like when moving it from one place to another.

In all other aspects, the fridge works just like any other, except for the top that reveals holders for drinks to keep them cool. The idea behind Fridze probably isn’t that revolutionary, and it’s a logical conclusion that would eventually arrive as more cars become electric. Its design, however, would perfectly match the EV aesthetic, even if it would clash with everything else that would stay at home anyway.

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Top 10 commute gear gift guide that give a much-needed boost to your daily travel experience

There has always been a love-hate relationship between myself and my office commutes. I’ve always had the misfortune of having a very long commute (sometimes over 2 hours!) and while I enjoy having that time and space for myself, I’m always mindful of ways to make the most of this time with minimal products to carry. To add to my troubles, there would be a mix of my travel sources – using a public transit train plus a bike till the train station, I know one thing – keeping the bags light is a must! If this sounds like you or someone you know, then be ready as we have a list of products that are unique and multifunctional in design just for us. From bottles that convert into a travel mug, some kick ass bike accessories to even an alternate mode of travel (which makes going to office so much cooler), we have your back to get you fun and stylish for your commute time.

1. ForeverPen™

Ever had to do a self patdown in a public place to search for that ever-elusive pen right when the idea strikes you? Or looking for the box cutter all over the house when your most awaited parcel is finally here? This tiny inkiness pen brings you all those qualities in a size so small, it barely adds any weight with those mighty responsibilities it brings! Forever solving the ‘where is my pen’ conundrum, the forever pen writes without actually writing. Made from a unique silver composite that can oxidise surfaces, leaving behind a mark that you can write with without ever running out! Fit it on your keychain, your bag or even around your neck – once you place it, you won’t lose it. Write it on a variety of surfaces, in any orientation (very handy when traveling with your hands full) and even use it as a box cutter when you can’t find your 100th box cutter that you’re sure was in that drawer. 

Click Here to Buy Now: $32 $39 ( offer added at checkout )

2. Hitch – Bottle and Cup In One

Hitch is the first full-size water bottle with a removable barista-approved cup hidden inside! This smart design features not only a full-sized bottle but a full-size cup as well, completely eliminating the need for disposable water bottles or to-go coffee cups. Double-walled, vacuum insulated, stainless steel, leak-proof, and BPA-free, Hitch will keep you hydrated all day long, help you go zero waste, and protect your drink with the help of a stashable leakproof slider lid. The cup holds 12oz of liquid, while the bottle holds 18oz – both are impressive quantities. The liquid can be kept hot for 6 hours, and cold for 12 hours. Hitch’s patent-pending technology makes it extremely easy to carry the bottle and cup together, as well as to separate them as needed. All you have to do is turn the crossbar at the bottom, and the cup is released from the bottle.

Click Here to Buy Now: $68

3. Haylou Bone-Conduction Headphones

Don’t you wish you could wear your earphones and still listen to the world around you? No, I don’t mean transparency mode (which doesn’t work when the earphones are off), I mean just being able to hear the world around you! Meet the Haylou PurFree, a pair of bone-conducting headphones that sit in front of your ear instead of inside it. The earphones deliver audio vibrations to your upper cheekbone, sending music directly to your brain instead of through the ear. This means your ears stay open, and can still hear the world around you! A winner of both the Red Dot Design Award as well as the German Design Award, the Haylou PurFree comes with a spectacularly sleek design featuring a titanium alloy neck-band and a IP67 waterproof build. The earphones run Bluetooth 5.2 for a stunningly reliable connection, and feature a state-of-the-art Qualcomm 3044 chip that performs vocal noise cancelation to make sure that your voice doesn’t get lost in the noise around you while you’re talking on calls or asking Siri or Google questions!

Click Here to Buy Now: $79.99 $99.99 (20% off with coupon code “20YANKOD”). Hurry, deal ends Nov 21.

4. Gamma – Graphene Heated Jacket

Say hello to Gamma…the ultimate all-climate jacket that you’ve been searching for! Lightweight, durable, breathable, and insulated – these are just a few of Gamma’s fantastic traits. Whether you’re skiing in the Alps or heading out for a quick bite, this Graphene-infused jacket with its 10 smart pockets and anti-odor properties is all you need. Graphene allows Gamma to function as a winter jacket, a cool-weather jacket, a windbreaker, a rain jacket, and activewear all at once. Despite being a nano-lattice, which is just one atom thick, Graphene is stronger than diamond, and is popularly called ”supreme graphene”. It functions as a second skin, moving heat through its latticed structure, and evenly distributing it all over your body. Essentially it keeps you cool when it’s warm outside, and keeps you warm when it’s cold outside! Irrespective of your location, Gamma will keep you at your ideal temperature, keeping you comfortable and cozy, despite the external weather conditions.

Click Here to Buy Now: $395 $500 ( 21% off ). Additional $79 at Checkout for Early Access BFCM Sale.

5. Lumos Ultra Helmet

A winner of the James Dyson Award for its brilliant design and underlying idea, the Lumos Ultra helmet protects you in more ways than one. Sure, it acts as a physical protection device, guarding your head against impact and injury, but it also comes embedded with lights on the front and back that help make you visible in the dark, so riders and drivers around you are aware of your presence. The bright light panels on the front and back wrap around the helmet in a way that makes them visible from all angles, and the Lumos Ultra even has indicator lights built in that can either be activated using a simple remote that straps to your handlebar, or an Apple Watch. The helmet itself is a marvel of engineering too, with a lightweight design and multiple air-vents that keep your head breezy. It’s still designed to be incredibly sturdy, with a crash-test certified construction and the option to add MIPS (Multi-Directional Impact Protection System) as an extra feature that adds yet another layer of protection to the helmet’s design. The Lumos Ultra weighs a mere 0.8 lbs, is made to be IPx6 waterproof, comes in 3 sizes, and across a range of colors!

Click Here to Buy Now: $162 $189.95 ( 15% off )

6. Radiant Urban Sling Bag

The Radiant Urban Sling promises to be more than just a sling! The versatile and expandable pack is ideal for carrying your essentials with you everyday. Perfectly sized between a tote and a backpack, this modern and minimal sling is exactly what urban travellers need. Measuring 15 cm x 22 cm x 32 cm, the sling expands when needed and can fit in a 12″ iPad Pro. A magnetic flip closure provides quick and easy access to the main compartment. You can also access the external storage from both sides. The Radiant Urban Sling features suitable padding, rapid-retract shoulder strap and sufficient ventilation. A YKK Zipper, water-repellant eco fabric, premium hardware and slipknot closure are other noteworthy features of the urban sling. Radiant is perfect for modern day creators who need to fit all their gadgets into one compact and expandable body!

Click Here to Buy Now: $99.99 $139.99 ( 28% off ). Additional 10% off with coupon code “niid10”.

7. Onewheel GT

Our ancestors invented the wheel, Henry Ford put the wheel to great use, and the folks at Onewheel distilled and perfected the idea of motorized transportation. The Onewheel GT basically does what a two or four-wheeled transport device does, but with less. Designed as a motorized skateboard that has just one wheel at its center, the Onewheel GT is perfect for in-city commutes and for leisurely skateboarding. Operated simply by standing on the board and shifting your CG to accelerate or decelerate, the GT comes with a 20mph top speed and up to 32 miles or 51 kilometers of range on a full charge. The GT comes with a bespoke, almost F1 racecar-inspired rounded tire that gives it the handling and maneuverability of a two-wheeler, and you can even choose a treaded tire for riding on uneven terrain like dirt roads. LEDs on the front and the back help you ride comfortably at night, while griptape-lined concave footpads make sure you’re always in control. Speaking of control, each Onewheel GT also pairs along with the Onewheel smartphone app that lets you customize the way your board rides, check your battery status, connect with friends and more.

Click Here to Buy Now: Starting from $2200

8. Layover™ Travel Blanket

Called the Layover, this travel blanket is perfect for comfortable + cozy traveling! The Layover promises to make those long uncomfy flights, hectic transits, and bumpy road trips super comfy owing to its breathable nylon shell, and insulated core, which will make you feel as if you’re in your bed at home. The insulation is created using 100% recycled PET plastic (like water bottles) and keeps you warm no matter where you are. A leg pocket and an insulated foot pouch protect your lower body from those annoyingly cold drafts on flights!  While a little kangaroo pocket keeps your hands warm. The Layover is travel-friendly and packs down to the size of your fists. It’s 35% lighter than a pair of Nike Free shoes. You can stuff it in the corner of your suitcase, or clip it onto your backpack, and completely forget its presence! Stuffing the blanket into the attached stuff sack that comes along with it, COULD have been an issue, if the designers hadn’t added 3″ of extra material for easy grip and stuffing.

Click Here to Buy Now: $129

9. Arclight Bike Pedals

More than 50% of bicycle accidents occur because of reduced visibility… the Arclight Bike Pedals fix that. Designed as a unique pair of retrofittable LED pedals that attach onto any existing bicycle, the Arclight dramatically help increase rider visibility. Each pedal comes with a rugged aluminum body with two slots that let you securely snap LED modules in. Begin riding and the modules come to life, with the front module shining white and the rear one shining red. The modules instantly know when you’re riding versus when you’ve parked, turning on or off accordingly and automatically. They can even sense orientation, so the front-facing light is always white, and the rear one always red. Attach the Arclight to your existing bike and they brighten the road as well as make you more visible to people around you (especially when they move in circles as you pedal). The LED lights have 360° visibilty and come with 3 shining modes. They’re IP64 water-resistant so you can use the Arclight pedals in the rain, and the modules charge via USB, offering up to 36 hours worth of lighting on a single charge!

Click Here to Buy Now: $39.99

10. Omega Graphene Integrated Pants

Levi Strauss was credited with inventing denim as a fabric for miners and labourers who needed clothes that could withstand rigorous work without scraping or tearing. Over a hundred years later, denim jeans are still the most popular form of bottomwear… but are they still the most durable? Not quite. Meet the OMEGA pants – full-length pants that are made from actual graphene fabric. Not only are they hundreds of times stronger than denim, they’re practically tear-proof and waterproof, have incredible breathability and thermoregulation properties, are anti-bacterial, and come witha 4-way stretch that gives you more maneuverability to do everything from going to work or climbing mountains. With a design that has the best of all worlds, the OMEGA pants look rather stylish, but also put performance on a pedestal. The pants come with an abundance of pockets, lined with zippers that keep them waterproof. The graphene fabric is abrasion-resistant, protecting itself (and you) from damage, while taped seams ensure the pants never rip or tear. The cloth has a 4-way stretch, is windproof and waterproof, blocks UV light, repels stains, and prevents bacteria growth. My favorite part? The zippers around the knees that let you turn the full-pants into shorts!

Click Here to Buy Now: $349

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Brilliant or bizarre? This travel case comes with its own detachable electric hoverboard

Whether you want to ride around the cityside or have your luggage follow you around an airport without tugging away at it, the Trunk Car is a wild concept that has a little something for everyone.

Look at the image above and tell me you’re not shocked by its brilliance. A suitcase with a detachable hoverboard built into it instead of those crummy, small 360° wheels! Designed as a clever idea to make transport in general easy, the Trunk Car can either be used to move luggage around or to move you! The hard-shell travel case detaches from its wheel-and-handle platform to reveal what’s basically a hoverboard with handlebars. You can use this, for the most part, to ride around from one part of a neighborhood or campus to another, or when you’re traveling with luggage, just attach the hard shell onto the hoverboard and you now have a motorized travel-case that automatically moves in the direction you’re pulling it in, reducing the effort and allowing you to carry heavy items with relative ease!

The Trunk Car is a winner of the Red Dot Design Concept Award for the year 2022.

Designer: The 36th Research Institute of China Electronics Technology Group Corporation

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LIVALL PikaBoost converts your trusty bicycle into an e-bike in just 30 seconds

There has been a great deal of interest in personal transporters or personal mobility devices in the past few years, most of them revolving around e-scooters. Some people, however, still prefer having the best of both worlds of a bicycle that they can pedal when they want while still getting motor assistance when they need it. These electric bicycles or e-bikes come in many sizes, designs, and capabilities, but they all require a rather hefty investment, one that also means saying goodbye to your favorite “regular” bicycle. You might already have the perfect bike in your garage or aren’t too interested in the extra bells and whistles of a full-blown e-bike. Fortunately, you don’t have to choose between one or the other, especially with this accessible and ingenious kit that transforms a regular bike into an e-bike in no time flat.

Designer: LIVALL

Click Here to Buy Now: $299 $599 ($300 off). Hurry, only 14/1400 left! Raised over $630,000.

E-bike conversion kits have sprung up to answer the need for a way to add a little motorized power without having to retire a beloved bike. It is admittedly more affordable than buying a complete e-bike, but it’s still no joking matter. And while such kits allow you to install a motor-powered add-on to your favorite two-wheeler, the complexity of installation ensures that you’re sealing the fate of your bicycle for good. It might be possible to transfer it to another bike, but you might not even try considering the work you’ll have to go through again.

PikaBoost, does away with all those problems, giving you not only the power to assist your foot-powered cycling but also the flexibility to install the kit on any bike at any time. It comes as a single unit (not including the removable battery compartments) that weighs only 3kg/6.6lbs, adding little weight to a bike. You attach one end to the seat post and let the other sit on top of the rear wheel, all without having to use any tool for installation. You can easily remove it again to install it on another bike or put it in your bag for safekeeping while your bike is parked in public.

Semi-assisted pedaling.

Fully assisted without pedaling.

More than just the ease of installation, the PikaBoost e-bike conversion kit offers most of the capabilities of full e-bikes and definitely more than what more expensive conversion kits bring to the table. The quiet 250W motor provides smooth yet powerful assistance to give your legs and knees a break on rougher terrains and inclined roads. A variety of advanced sensors work behind the scenes of its Automatic Adaptive Rate or AAR technology, giving it real-time data to adjust the power of the motor based not just on the road but also on the cyclists’ pedaling strength. It can even stop the motor and the wheel instantly when it detects slipping or falling to ensure the rider’s safety.

E-brake – E-brake allows PikaBoost to cut power to the motor at the moment the brake levers are actuated.

Fall Detection – Once the tilt angle of the bike is detected to be greater than 45 degrees, PikaBoost will immediately stop the motor output.

Slip Detection – PikaBoost switches off the motor and automatically switches to the regenerative system when the bike tire loses traction on road thus causing the bike to skid.

Auto-Sensing Rear Light – Light will automatically light up by detecting the bike’s brake line to keep you safe during your ride.

Wireless Bluetooth Lock – Will automatically lock when the Bluetooth signal on your phone is away from PikaBoost to protect against theft.

Regenerative System – PikaBoost can convert kinetic energy into electricity and hence functions as a power generator.

The PikaBoost has plenty of features that make cycling safer, more convenient, and more enjoyable. An e-brake sensor can be easily clamped on the handlebar and mounted on the brake lever to immediately cut the power to the motor when you break. A companion mobile app offers automatic Bluetooth locking to prevent theft as well as a warning notification when the PikaBoost’s battery is low. Best of all, it can also convert kinetic energy into electricity, which can be used not only to boost its own battery but also to charge phones or devices via USB.

You no longer need to say goodbye to your favorite metal steed just to get the benefits of an intelligent motor that will help you go the extra mile. For only $299, you can convert any old bike of yours into an e-bike without breaking a sweat or your bank account. Now you can really get the best of both worlds of health and convenience of an e-bike on your own terms and on your beloved bike.

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Travel case with built-in baby stroller helps young parents carry their luggage and child together

Here’s an idea that blew my mind. Why hasn’t a travel-case/baby-stroller hybrid existed yet?? It seems like just the kind of thing a parent would buy and use for a good 5-10 years of their life, so it’s surprising something like this was never made or launched. A winner of this year’s Red Dot Design Concept Award, Easy Journey is a travel case with an integrated stroller that pops right out of the front. Its clever hard-shell case design holds luggage but also has a fully equipped stroller with a hood and leg rest, big enough to fit a child up to the age of 18 to 24 months.

Designers: Chen Shilong, Fu Qiming, Ma Jinjin

Easy Journey is for traveling parents with young toddlers who need to be pushed around in a stroller. Instead of having the stroller exist as an independent product, designers at Taizhou University decided to build one right into a hard-shell travel case. The case comes with enough space on the inside to store your luggage (although the stroller does eat into some of it), and has 3 pairs of 360° wheels. When used as a travel case, it stands vertically, resting on 4 wheels on the bottom. However, when you want to use it in stroller mode, Easy Journey flips onto its back, with an extra pair of wheels popping out of the hardshell case’s interiors. The front (now the top) of the case opens up to reveal a rather comfortable baby seat, taking under a minute to use and set up. Easy Journey is perfect for parents with young kids, although one can make the case that the product has a relatively short lifespan once the kid outgrows the stroller. However, for parents looking to have more than one child, the stroller-case makes for a pretty nifty investment, allowing parents to travel with ease, carrying their luggage and children together in one organized, easy-to-maneuver unit!

The Easy Journey is a winner of the Red Dot Design Concept Award for the year 2022.

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Skate-X brings a genuine skateboard feel to a premium e-scooter for everyone

Electric scooters or e-scooters are no longer oddities on roads these days. They offer efficient, economical, and environment-friendlier ways to get from point A to point B, especially if you’re traveling by your lonesome self. Most e-scooters nowadays tend to look a lot like each other, almost as if they’ve already exhausted all the design possibilities for this personal mobility device. There are a few outliers, of course, but most e-scooters tend to just focus on improving this or that technical feature that improves the e-scooter’s efficiency. Power and beauty don’t have to be mutually exclusive, though, and this electric scooter brings a refreshing new design that takes inspiration not just from the looks of a skateboard but also from the feel of riding on one.

Designer: Ryan Daughtridge

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The basic design of an e-scooter is pretty much standard by now, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any wiggle room to offer a refreshing take like this bold newcomer. In opposition to the large and bulky e-scooters that litter the market, the Skate-X is espousing minimalism to create not only a pleasing visual aesthetic but also a lean form that helps keep the vehicle light. For example, it uses a simple yet effective three-pole frame to securely hold the skateboard deck instead of the typical hefty platforms you’d find on other electric scooters.

Yes, there is a genuine, seven-ply skateboard deck that brings a unique character to this e-scooter. The extra-wide and concave-shaped platform not only offers a better foothold but also creates a look and feel that you won’t find on any other e-scooter. Given how smooth and swift you’ll be riding on the Skate-X, you might even begin to think you’re actually riding a skateboard instead.

25% Grade Climbing – Cruise up hills up to 25° steep with a powerful 500W motor.

All Terrain – Extra large 9” tires (10” air-filled tires for Pro) give a cushy smooth ride on hard terrain.

That skateboard soul is thanks to the e-scooter’s astounding 500W motor that makes short work of steep inclines up to 25 degrees. 9-inch tires (or 10-inch air-filled wheels for the Pro model) lets your roll on the road or off-road with ease. The 360Wh battery lets the Skate-X reach that sweet 20-mile range, taking the experience beyond skateboards and regular e-scooters. And with a top speed of 22mph, you’ll be breezing through streets and roads in comfort and style.

Quick Fold & Carry – Patented push-button folding system for quick subway rides.

You might argue that, aside from the skateboard deck, some of these features can be found in a few premium e-scooters. The keyword here, however, is “premium,” which often carries a price tag to match. That means that it’s a luxury that only a few people will be able to afford, a far cry from how the skateboard brought swift and fun riding to the masses. Fortunately, the Skate-X isn’t your typical premium e-scooter in that regard, either.

For only $499 (or $799 for a Pro model) during this Super Early Bird period, you can get a dashing e-scooter that lets you swiftly dash on roads and hills without breaking a sweat, all while looking cool. With the Skate-X, you can experience the power of a premium e-scooter in a striking design for under $1,000, an affordable luxury that everyone can enjoy.

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RIMOWA luggage jumps into the metaverse phygital market with RTFKT NFT collab

After a short period of relative silence, the metaverse became a hot topic again in no small part thanks to Mark Zuckerberg’s and Meta’s most recent buzz, which, unsurprisingly, split people into camps again. Some say or are hoping that the metaverse is already dead and, along with it, the more controversial NFTs. If that were the case, it seems that nobody told luxury luggage maker RIMOWA about it because it seems that the marque will be diving right into this mess when others seem to be silently stepping out. RIMOWA has partnered with Nike-owned digital fashion brand RTFKT to bring its iconic luggage brand to the metaverse via two NFT drops, but RIMOWA fans can rest assured that they can still get this upcoming limited edition luggage in physical form as well.

Designer: RIMOWA x RTFKT

The metaverse will eventually happen and become our present, though many argue that we’re still ways off from making that a reality. Even more problematic are NFTs, which were supposed to bring the concept of unique ownership of goods from the physical world to the digital realm. Camps are still split on whether it’s a boon or a bane, but many companies have already put a stake down on those nascent ecosystems to appeal to early adopters, especially among designers and collectors.

While news about big brands embracing NFTs seems to have mellowed down a bit, RIMOWA is stirring things up again with a “phygital” campaign in partnership with RTFKT (pronounced “artifact”). The latter has been making a name for itself in bringing big brands into metaverse spaces, specifically via those highly-debated NFTs. “Phygital” is the new buzzword coined to describe products that are getting both a physical as well as a digital release, the latter usually through NFTs to ensure their uniqueness and exclusivity.

That’s probably a good thing for RIMOWA loyals that have a few geeky inclinations because the limited edition “Meta Artisan” Original Cabin Luggage is quite a looker. Its surface is covered with a pixelated “Anti-FUD” pattern print that looks like a corrupted QR code spread across the luggage. Only 888 of these will be made available, both digitally and physically, as a nod to the triple-digit figure that has become synonymous with good luck in the crypto community.

The collaboration will also produce 2222 WorkerBots NFTs that will be like collectibles for this virtual world made by RIMOWA and RTFKT. These admittedly cute robots won’t have physical counterparts, unfortunately, and you’ll only be able to enjoy their existence on AR platforms or digital displays. The unique-looking luggage could spark a bit of interest as well as controversy, as you won’t be able to buy the physical luggage separately and will have to buy the NFT version first for around $3,000 at a “forging” (redemption) event later on.

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SOLID CRS-01 is a brutalist alternative to the future of motorcycles

It’s only natural for humans to dream of a better and brighter future, no matter what current realities would seem to imply. That’s why concept designs naturally portray ideal scenarios in design languages that appeal to current design trends, as if those would remain the same in the future. For future vehicles, that often translates to designs with smooth and pleasing curves, clean and clear surfaces, and often light or bright hues. Design trends and styles come and go, of course, and what may be en vogue today might not be fashionable in a decade or so. Clean, minimalist vehicles might not be the future we’ll be facing, and this limited edition motorcycle offers an alternative version, one that may seem rough and perhaps a little bit dystopian.

Designer: Voyager

While vehicles are logically designed with movement in mind, but there are also other factors that need to be taken into account for a machine that can be used by humans. Safety is at the very top of that list, of course, but a vehicle must also be comfortable. The design of today’s cars and motorbikes has undergone decades of refinement and improvement exactly for those reasons, but this commissioned SOLID EV motorcycle seems to throw comfort out the window, at least visually speaking.

The SOLID CRS-01 looks rough, sharp, and almost menacing, properties that are often attributed to the brutalist design style. It’s almost as if sheets of metal were simply folded at sharp angles and assembled together with wheels, engines, and other parts that make a motorcycle move. And, in a way, that’s exactly how this motorcycle was designed. It was conceptualized with a modular approach using cost-effective materials, and the fairing is exactly made from sheet metal.

This gives the motorbike a distinct look where it seems like the world had run out of materials to use or factories to cast metal into a more pleasing shape. Not that the CRS-01 is unattractive, but it does have a more dominating presence compared to motorcycles, both present and future. It definitely doesn’t look comfortable to ride on since its body doesn’t seem designed to take into account the softer and curvier form of the human body. It certainly has character, one that makes it clear it means serious business.

At the same time, it doesn’t look like it will easily come apart or get dinged at the slightest accident, like what some futuristic concept designs portray. It seems more like it was designed for rough terrains and environments, which some would automatically associate with dystopian settings or even the cyberpunk genre. Who knows? That might be what’s waiting for us, though we’d hopefully wise up before that bleak future becomes our present.

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