Carryfly Travel Pack fits everything you need and matches your wardrobe, too

Switch from casual to chic and from pro photographer to travel bug with this backpack that can fit almost all needs and color styles.

Even the most pleasurable of trips can start out full of stress because of the preparations involved, especially when it comes to packing. It is extremely difficult to find a single travel bag that will work with all kinds of travel, not to mention one that won’t clash with your style on any given day. Most bags change form or parts to accommodate the changing needs of travelers, but the decision-making only adds to the stress of travel prep. That’s the kind of stress that this traveler’s bag tries to chase away, with its plethora of compartments to accommodate everything you’ll need on your journey. Plus, it can change its face to match the color of your mood or wardrobe theme.

Designer: Carryfly Design

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It’s too easy to take for granted what a little splash of color can do. With a single look, it can express one’s mood or taste more effectively than multiple words. Most bags limit you to the style and color that you chose when you bought them, practically forcing you to buy different bags for different looks. The Carryfly Travel Backpack’s changeable leather front faces let you switch colors easily, even on the fly, letting you match your day’s color scheme. Of course, that’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg because this travel bag’s real power comes from both within and on the outside.

The 50-liter Carryfly Travel Backpack has a place for almost anything you need to bring with you. A compartment for a laptop is common fare these days, but how about a dedicated front compartment for notebooks, pens, and other stationery tools? There’s also a bottle pocket that conveniently zips out of the way when not in use. The backpack has plenty of hidden pockets, especially on the back, for stuff you need to keep out of and out of the hands of sneaky thieves. And to protect the main contents of your bag, there’s a password-protected lack on top similar to the ones you’d see on suitcases.

The travel pack isn’t exactly modular, but it can change its internal configuration to meet your needs. It has a shoe compartment for when you need more than just the ones on your feet. If, however, you don’t need to bring another pair, you can use that space for clothes or for a camera. Alternatively, you can also fit the EDC pouch to keep your favorite tools safe when not in use. Whether you’re packing for a long trip or just a short photography excursion, the Carryfly will be ready to fly with you, carrying all that you need.

Of course, the backpack is made from durable materials, including anti-scratch and water-resistant 1680D Oxford material, as well as durable YKK zippers. But if you think that you’d be carrying a tank, you’d be surprised at how comfortable it will feel on your back. In addition to ergonomic cushions, the design of the backpack’s back also facilitates good airflow to help keep your own back cool. Microfiber leather, especially with on the changeable covers, also give the travel bag a more premium look compared to other rugged bags you’d find on the market.

Whatever your travel needs and style, the Carryfly Travel Pack has all the compartments and pockets you need to fit your stuff. You can get the Carryfly Backpack V1 alone for $199 on Kickstarter if you’re fast enough to grab that Super Early deal. Shutterbugs, however, might want to reach for the Super Saver deal that includes the Backpack, the Camera Bag, and an EDC Pouch, all for only $289.

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This minimal wooden pen holder is the perfect throne for your most important everyday tool

It’s also a beautiful addition to any desk or shelf, proudly displaying the sharpest tool in your thinking drawer.

Ideas don’t come out of thin air, though many presume that inspiration works that way. Most of the time, however, you just need to pick up the pen and let the ink flow, forcing the thoughts to come out until the ideas start to take shape. There’s something almost poetic about the act of picking up a brush or a fountain pen from an inkwell, drawing your strokes, and dipping it back in to be ready for when the next inspiration strikes, a feeling that’s almost lost even with the most elaborate and extravagant pens today. Not unless you have a pen holder that brings back that atmosphere, like a block of wood that could be the most Zen pen holder to ever adorn your desk.

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This wooden block is both unassuming and, at the same time, beautiful in its simplicity, as many minimalist products are wont to be. Made from genuine maple wood, each piece has grains and patterns that make it unique and special. Without saying explicitly, it’s an assurance that each black will be one of a kind, giving you the feeling that this pen holder was crafted just for you. Together with an equally stylish pen, this block transforms any desk into a thinker’s workbench, where the tools of the trade are just at an arm’s reach.

Instead of an ordinary hole or even an aluminum holder, the Wooden Pen Holder has a gently curving depression that can accommodate any pen with a standard size. The opening slopes around the pen, almost like the wood melted around it. When you pick the pen up, you almost believe that the ink will also follow it up from an invisible well of ideas. And when you put the pen back down, your writing tool rests so peacefully in its cradle, as calm as your mind after you have put your thoughts on paper.

Of course, the wooden pen holder is also the perfect desk ornament, whether by itself or together with a pen that you may only have for display. Although it fits perfectly with equally minimalist arrangements, you can never really go wrong with dark wood polished to a smooth sheen. Put it on top of walnut wood, white acrylic, or black metal, and it will still look handsome and eye-catching, even if it tries its best to be nondescript and inconspicuous.

Pair it with the Gravity Pen for an enhanced comfort writing experience.

In an age where we more often reach for our smartphones, the pen and the act of writing still work wonders on our brains and our creativity. And as every sword needs a proper sheath, every pen also needs a proper pen holder, preferably one that can speak volumes by just sitting still. And with a wooden block that exudes calm and stability, you get the perfect complement and contrast to the mighty pen that lets your ideas flow with its ink.

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The designer behind the USB-C iPhone has now made the world’s first AirPods with a USB-C port

Homogeneity is the name of the game. Ken Pillonel loves his Apple products, but he hates the fact that he needs separate charging cables for his laptop and iPad, and his iPhone and AirPods. Determined to solve this problem, Pillonel began his journey last year by designing the world’s first USB-C iPhone. This involved creating a custom PCB ribbon cable with a USB-C port that he fitted into the iPhone after removing the built-in lightning port’s circuitry. The result was a phone that not only charged via USB-C but also allowed for data transfers. Now the only missing piece of the puzzle was replacing the lightning port on his AirPods – a feat that he achieved this year.

Say hello to the world’s first (and only) USB-C AirPods. Hacked together by Pillonel, a master’s degree student in robotics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, these AirPods are no different from your regular pair of Apple-branded TWS earbuds. It’s just that they charge via USB-C.

Designer: Ken Pillonel

Creating this unique prototype involved pulling apart an AirPods case, which is a feat in itself, given that the case is sealed shut. Once Pillonel pried the plastic housing off the case, he undid the lightning port’s ribbon cable, only to replace it with a ribbon cable he designed on his own, with a USB-C port at the end. As simple as that sounds, Pillonel points out that the actual process is just as complicated. Not only is making a ribbon cable expensive, Apple puts up tonnes of safeguards to prevent crazy engineers from doing such things.

The final result marks a monumental achievement for Pillonel, who just wanted to use the same cable to charge all his Apple devices. As demonstrated in his YouTube Shorts video, he uses the same USB-C cable to charge his MacBook, iPhone, and even the AirPods!

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, it’s speculated that Apple will transition the iPhone to USB-C in 2023. Thanks to pressure from the EU, Apple is considering ditching the proprietary charging port for the iPhone to opt for the global USB standard, but whether these speculations are true is anyone’s guess. Even if Apple does make a USB-C iPhone, it now faces a dilemma of having to change the ports on all its AirPods (even the Max), which all currently charge via lightning. It’s in such situations that experiments like Pillonel’s pay off, given that he’s sold his USB-C iPhone PCB in the past, for anyone who wants to mod their Apple smartphone.

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LEGO Botanical Collection adds these beautiful immortal Succulents to its catalog!

You know how they say succulents are some of the most resilient plants. Even if you don’t water your succulent for a month, chances are it’ll hold up just fine. LEGO’s succulents, on the other hand, don’t need a single drop of water. Assemble them, arrange them, and admire them – that’s all you need to do!

Designed as an expansion of LEGO’s Botanical Collection, these succulents look adorably lifelike and are made to scale. With a collection spanning 9 succulents that assemble using 771 bricks, this LEGO set lets you control exactly how your final design looks. Arrange the leaves and petals to face whichever way you want, group all 9 succulents together, or have them as separate plants around your house, the choice is really yours!

Designer: LEGO

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LEGO’s Succulent series has to be one of their most adorable builds ever. The 9 plants include an Aloe Vera, a Burro’s tail, a Hawthoria, a red Bromeliad, a Moon Cactus, a beautiful purple Echeveria, and a few others. Each plant comes with its own base which can either be displayed independently, or plugged together to create a succulent bouquet.

These succulents are pretty easy to build. Made with standard LEGO parts that assemble together rather easily, ‘growing’ your own succulent couldn’t be easier! You don’t need a green thumb for this… and most importantly, these cactii don’t come with thorns!!

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Pinsofa looks like a fun giant pincushion but you don’t want to mess with

Pinsofa Demeter Fogarasi

A new sofa is ready to make things fun and quirky around the house. The Pinsofa, just in case, you can’t figure it out yet, is a pincushion. No, we won’t expect you to stick pins on the sofa, but the special seat is a life-sized version.

The Pinsofa is a playful furniture piece that will make you remember your childhood. Having one in your house will probably make you think of those times when you imagine you’re smaller and everything is bigger around you. Your “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” dream will become a reality with the Pinsofa, but everything is just for fun.

Design: Demeter Fogarasi

Pinsofa Demeter Fogarasi Details

Those objects that appear giant or super-sized can make you feel really small. It will make you think you’re young and everything will be all right. This cute sofa can be considered as an abstract piece. It features wooden pins that function as legs. They appear as if pierced through the soda, but they are there for support. The circles you see are the “pinheads” that can also serve as armrest and backrest.

The seat section features two layers of foam underneath a fabric. There is a plywood structure while the legs are supported by metal fixings. It can be screwed so it’s also easy to assemble and disassemble.

Pinsofa Demeter Fogarasi

Designer Demeter Fogarasi is the same guy that introduced the poetic furniture Frozen Textile Armchair. He was inspired by the needles sticking out of his needle pillows for this creation. He shared, “Walking through the studio with beautiful sunshine coming through the windows, I discovered a new beauty in the needles sticking out of my needle pillows. This was my very first impression – I told myself this was so inspiring that I should be working with it.”

The Pinsofa is made of ash wood and the usual fabric upholstery material. It measures 7x178x64 cm and is actually an old design. It’s also a decade old, but we still like the design, and we believe it is timeless. It’s also contemporary but can bring you back to the old times when you were carefree and without worries. Have one placed in your living room and enjoy short moments when you can be who you used to be when you were little.

Pinsofa Demeter Fogarasi

Pinsofa Demeter Fogarasi

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Four Ways Remote Work is Inclusive

Once remote work gained popularity due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies with office spaces decided to re-think their plan to work together in person. While a portion of businesses require essential workers, a large majority of companies can operate on a remote or hybrid level, which also means they’re now more inclusive.

And with The Great Resignation, most employees are in favor of this type of work. According to a recent survey, 74% of professionals expect remote work to become standard.

Research shows a positive uptick in remote work—and positive benefits that come from it.

LinkedIn Changemaker and disability inclusion consultant, Martyn Sibley, said: “Disabled people face many barriers in daily life. Workplace barriers are the most disabling for two reasons – because work provides us with financial independence and is also fulfilling mentally. Flexible working can help remove some of these barriers and create new employment opportunities, which is extremely positive for disabled people, employers and society as a whole. As companies consider what the future of work looks like, I’m hopeful that they will use this moment to redesign work to make it more inclusive for all.”

Here are some ways in which remote work is inclusive.

It allows flexibility for parenting

Without a commute and having to be in an office all day, parents of children of all ages have more flexibility when arranging daycare, scheduling pickups to and from school, and being present at home.

Also, statistically, women are the primary caretakers in our country and have to adjust their careers more than men do. If women are in this position, remote work allows them more freedom to be both a parent and an employee.

It’s more economically inclusive

Before the pandemic, many employees not only commuted but super commuted—meaning they traveled more than 90 minutes each way, mainly due to the economic limitations that come with living in a more populated (or popular) city.

Now, due to the uptick of remote roles, people no longer have to live in the same city as their company, saving money and allowing flexibility to travel or live anywhere in the U.S.—or abroad depending on their company’s rules.

It benefits employees of color

Unfortunately, people of color who work in predominantly white offices are likely to experience racism of all types.

“Employees of color face microaggressions and friction in the office on a regular basis,” Subramanian says. “When that happens in-person, there’s more pressure on the employees to grin and bear it, or ignore the comment, whereas in a remote environment, there’s the freedom to close your laptop and walk away, and less opportunities for microaggressions to happen in the first place,” Sheela Subramanian, the vice president of the Future Forum said.

It’s more accessible for people with physical or mental limitations  

Did you know that over six million people in America’s workforce have some form of disability? Both commuting and in-person work limit people with disabilities, depending on their nature.

Additionally, a recent Wall Street Journal piece examined how the pandemic has created a new space for neurodiverse candidates within cybersecurity jobs. It highlights how video conferencing features specifically are particularly helpful for people with ADHD or those with auditory processing disorders.

Ultimately, remote work has proven to open more doors than the traditional in-person office model does. It’s proven to produce the same or more levels of productivity while also catering to a more inclusive community.

Vinyl player uses electric vehicle motor design for industrial look

While it’s been more convenient to listen to music on Spotify or Apple Music the past decade, there is still something lost in the compression of the songs that true-blue audiophiles regrettably notice. That’s why over the past few years, we’re seeing the re-emergence of “retro” music formats like CDs and vinyl. The latter in particular has become a must-have for those who are serious about listening to music in its uncompressed format. More often than not, these players are also vintage in design, harking back to music listening in the 60s and beyond.

Designer: William Fairington

But what if the record player gets a futuristic and industrial design instead, bringing a different kind of aesthetic to what we’re used to. That’s the idea behind the conceptual design of a record player called Rotor. The designer is inspired by the mechanical forms of the internal motors of modern electric vehicles. So if you’re the demographic that likes both cars and music, then you’d want this concept to become an actual product eventually.

The design features 6 copper coil-inspired speaker modules that support the center shaft and radiates the sound from the inside wall. It actually looks like it is floating within the outer shell as it doesn’t touch the table or the wall where you’ll place the player. To show off the motor design, the vinyl mat has a condensed belt but there is also a threaded cap and spindle to keep the vinyl in place no matter what position your player is placed in since this is a “conceptual dual orientational record player”.

The overall look of the Rotor is that of a motorized car part with a bare metal finish, linear form repetition as well as highlights on its fasteners and jointure. In order to create an actual product like this, the manufacturer would need to use Machining, Casting, and Forging. There are also a lot of complex components for such a device so if this does go into production, expect it to cost something fierce. But if you’re a fan of both EVs and vinyls, you probably will not mind.

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Microsoft Redesigns the Mouse for People with Disabilities

Around one billion people in the world live with a disability, which is why Microsoft is launching an Adaptive Accessories range that provides a more accessible keyboard and mouse experience for PC or iPhone. The kit (which will be available later this year) has three elements: a square mouse, a button with programmable pressure sensors and a hub that connects everything. Button designs are easily interchangeable and programmable, making them adaptive to each user’s needs. CAD files are even included so anyone can design and 3D print their own add-ons. “No two people are going to be the same. Everyone needs a different solution,” says Gabi Michel, director of accessible accessories at Microsoft. The diversity of options comes from Microsoft’s Inclusive Tech Lab, where the company works directly with people with different disabilities to redesign tools. Read more about this at Fast Company.

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Move over Guitar Hero, this MIDI Controller Electric Guitar teaches you how to shred in real life

Designed to make learning the guitar as easy as pressing buttons, the LUMIN is a MIDI-operated electric guitar that uses a set of illuminated buttons to teach you hand-eye coordination.

MIDI, which stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface, is a widely accepted standard behind most synthesizers and electronic music equipment. Its basic principle is to convert physical actions into digital signals, which then get interpreted as musical notes. The LUMIN uses the same technology and implements it on a guitar, with multiple buttons running across the fretboard, and six string-like sensors on the guitar’s body. Hit the button on the fretboard and pluck against the string sensor and the guitar registers the corresponding note, playing it through a device like a laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Unlike an electric guitar, which takes electrical signals and passes them through filters, LUMIN is an electronic instrument that creates lines of code that can then be recorded, edited, and manipulated in tonnes of ways.

Designer: Marcus Hsieh

Although it has the potential to be a capable professional instrument, designer Marcus Hsieh envisioned the Lumin to be more of a gateway device, helping teach people how to play the guitar. LUMIN connects to an external gadget like a laptop which runs software with training modules similar to Guitar Hero… except these modules actually teach you how to play the guitar, guiding you through notes, progressions, chords, etc. LED lights built into the individual buttons on the fretboard act as additional visual cues, helping you learn finger placement and chord formations. The lights also change color to let you know if you’ve pressed the buttons correctly, serving as key visual feedback.

“The positive cycle made of learning, practice and positive feedback allows users to improve their skills more and more”, says Marcus. “This is how video games, in general, encourage players to improve their gaming skills, and learning musical instruments should do the same.”

He isn’t wrong though. Video games provide a strong feedback response through a platform that’s much more engaging than real life. Channel it the right way and you can actually train the brain to pick up real skills like coordination, timing, and having good reflexes. The only thing missing in this equation? An actual ear for music!

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CRAVE’s New Collection Merges Sex Positivity and Jewelry

From necklaces that double as pleasure objects to the world’s first crowd-funded vibrator, CRAVE creates luxury products that champion erotic pleasure and self-expression. The company continues this ethos with their ICON and ID Cuffs, funding on Kickstarter now. Part bracelet and part handcuff, these pieces are a subtle yet stylish way to embrace pleasure. The ICON, made with genuine leather straps and stainless steel hardware, can be worn stacked together as a statement bracelet or on either wrist as a restraint, transitioning easily between public and private. The ID Cuffs, on the other hand, are silicone strap bracelets connected by a stainless steel chain that focuses on self-empowerment. Either cuff continues CRAVE’s mission to change how desire is expressed and accepted. Learn more, and secure yours, at Kickstarter.

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