Overalls are making a Glorious Comeback, and they’re now made from High-Performance Fabrics

The overalls have a fashion journey quite similar to that of the spectacle. Spectacles were created as vision-correction devices that went from functional to fashionable. Overalls too, were designed for the working class during the Gold Rush, but were soon appropriated as fashion garments with a distinct, effortless style. The problem, however, is that overalls just made a comeback – they didn’t evolve at all. Current overalls look good, but aren’t breathable, stretchy, pocket-dense, or designed to be worn all day – that’s where LIVSN’s Ecotrek Overalls come in. Building on the success of their Ecotrek pants (which raised over half a million on Kickstarter), the Ecotrek Overalls turn a classic garment into future-friendly fashion. The overalls are made from a rugged fabric that’s abrasion-resistant and water-resistant, yet quick-drying and moisture-wicking, while being equipped with 11 pockets and reinforced stitching. These overalls are comfortable enough to wear all day, have a 4-way stretch that gives you movement freedom for all sorts of activities, and most importantly, give you that understated urban-meets-rustic aesthetic that’s so in fashion these days.

Designer: LIVSN Designs

Click Here to Buy Now: $169 $229 ($60 off). Hurry, only 11/100 left! Raised over $130,000.

These aren’t the same 30-buck overalls you’d pick up at the Salvation Army or Shein. Every part of the Ecotrek Overalls has intent and engineering woven into the design. The overalls boast a classic aesthetic, but come made from LIVSN’s Ecotrek fabric – a high-performance, high-comfort fabric made from 70% recycled nylon (retrieved from discarded ocean buoys), 25% virgin nylon, and 5% spandex. The resulting fabric is a clever blend of durable yet soft and breathable. The nylon and the weave make the fabric abrasion-resistant (no more ripped or scuffed cloth), while still having the plush comfort of your favorite pair of sweatpants. A water-repellent coating allows the overalls to be stain-resistant and hydrophobic, so they never get dirty, and you can wear them in the rain without getting soaking wet. Even if you do, the fabric dries fast, getting you back in action quicker than you would with cotton or denim clothes.

Women’s Ecotrek Overalls feature Gnara’s patented GoFly® Technology: a zipper design that will change your life next time you “go” outside.

The fabric is just half of what makes the Ecotrek Overalls what they are. The garment’s design is an eclectic blend of fashionable yet outdoor-friendly. Available in a variety of earthy colors and with a perfect fit thanks to the flexible, body-hugging design and adjustable straps, the overalls can be worn on treks, at campsites, while tailgating, on the subway, at a friend’s place, a barbecue, or even in bed. 11 pockets make the overalls perfect for storing all your gear while keeping them fairly accessible. Kangaroo-style pockets on the front let you dig your hands in to warm them, while multiple pockets on the sides, the rear, around the thigh, or even on the front and the inside give you a place to store all your EDC from your phone/wallet/keys to your multitools, sunglasses, and even some snacks if you find yourself getting hungry on the road.

The design surprises with a few rather clever details too, from double knee and double seat fabrics that let you kneel and sit for hours without worrying about the overalls getting scratched, to adjustable cuffs on the base that let you tighten the pants around your ankles. Reinforcements at common failure points make the overalls last longer than most, and YKK zippers ensure top-of-the-line hardware. For men, the overalls come with a gusseted crotch that provides extra comfort and stretch, while for women, LIVSN partnered with Gnara to incorporate patented GoFly zippers that travel all the way down the front to the back, allowing you to answer nature’s call in the wilderness without having to take your entire overall off.

LIVSN designed the Ecotrek Overalls to be perfect for the active lifestyle. The evergreen aesthetic works well on hikes, camping trips, cycling expeditions, skating at the park, or even urban living. Each Ecotrek Overall comes in 3 colors, olive, caramel, and a men-exclusive grey, or a women-exclusive plum truffle. Men have 7 sizes to choose from, while women get 13 size options. The Ecotrek Overalls are backed by a lifetime guarantee on manufacturing defects, and if the garment suffers wear and tear or damage with regular use, LIVSN promises lifetime at-cost repairs without any markups or extra fees. The overalls start at $169 on Kickstarter, giving you a chance to grab a cool $60 discount from the original MSRP of $229.

Click Here to Buy Now: $169 $229 ($60 off). Hurry, only 11/100 left! Raised over $130,000.

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Top 10 Smallest Gear And Gadgets to Absolutely Upgrade and Elevate your Life

With time, and with innovation, humanity has the ability to shrink some amazing technologies down to size. See televisions today versus 50 years ago. Or look at storage from the decades gone by and take a look at how much bizarre storage today’s SSDs offer. The way it works is that innovation catches up with intent, allowing humans to make things better, sleeker, and more efficient. What we’ve managed to do today is take a look at 10 products that have benefitted from this fusion of innovation and intent. These ten tiny thingamajigs here (I have a thing for alliterations) aren’t just ‘small for the sake of small’… they’re highly functional too, from being the most compact and powerful espresso maker we’ve seen, to 4K VR headsets the size of swimming goggles. The only thing that isn’t tiny here is this list!

1. Smallest EDC Multitool – KeyMaster Titanium Multitool

A key unlocks a lock… the KeyMaster unlocks life. Named clearly after its tiny, key-shaped design that’s small enough to sit on your keychain, the KeyMaster is a pocket-sized powerhouse. Crafted from ultra-durable Grade 5 titanium, it effortlessly tackles tasks from opening bottles to fixing your bike. Despite its comprehensive functionality, the KeyMaster’s unique design keeps it remarkably lightweight at just 29 grams (1 ounce), ensuring it remains a lifelong companion on your keychain. Despite its ridiculously small size, the KeyMaster packs a whopping 14 tools, including a foldable knife with a removable blade. Why a removable blade, you ask? So that it’s easy to maintain, and it’s TSA friendly!

2. Smallest Espresso Maker – Wacaco Minipresso GR2

An impressive 5 centimeters (2 inches) smaller than the original Minipresso, the Wacaco Minipresso GR2 is a tinier yet mightier espresso maker that gives you strong, fresh coffee on the fly. The new design has an adjustable basket letting you load anywhere between 8 to 12 grams of coffee, with a double-walled container that holds 80ml of water. The way you use the Minipresso remains the same. A hand-powered pump lets you manually create 8 bars of pressure (the perfect amount for espresso), giving you the perfect extraction with zero electricity. The entire device is about as small as a beer can, and comes with its own cup that you can extract your espresso into. No more compromising with instant coffee while traveling – the Wacaco Minipresso GR2 lets you brew fresh coffee anywhere… no questions asked.

3. Smallest Device Charger – MELLO 20W GaN Charger

It looks like a key-fob, but can fast-charge your phone. Sounds magical, doesn’t it? Well, MELLO holds the title of being the world’s tiniest/sleekest charger. Built using GaN technology, the ridiculously small charger outputs 20W of power, giving your phone enough juice to charge faster than your standard 15W charger. The MELLO sports a foldable design, with the pins tucking right into its unique framework. It comes in three plug styles, and you can choose the variant based on the type of socket you’ve got in your own country. What’s more, the MELLO comes with its own lanyard-shaped USB-C charging cable too, so this tiny little thing that can strap to your keychain transforms into a full-fledged charger for your phone or earbuds – adapter, cable, and all!

4. Smallest Bluetooth Speaker – Marshall Willen

Before you come for me, I’d like to explain myself. The idea with this collection of gadgets and gear was to balance size with functionality. A sachet of instant coffee might be smaller than the Wacaco coffee machine we described earlier, but it isn’t superior to fresh-brewed coffee. Similarly, the internet is filled with tiny Bluetooth speakers that provide a pathetic excuse for sound, but they don’t stand up to the Marshall Willen. Measuring just 4 inches tall, this palm-sized speaker has a 10W amp and a passive radiator, giving you sound you wouldn’t believe could come from something so small. 15 hours of playback, IP67 water and dust resistance, and the ability to ‘stack’ or connect multiple Willen speakers together makes this a true portable powerhouse of punchy audio.

5. Smallest Power Bank – Statik Snap-n-Charge (3000mAh)

The Snap-n-Charge from Statik is yet another example of balancing size with ability rather well. It’s a compact, pill-shaped charger that quite literally snaps onto the bottom of your phone using a novel magnetic charging port architecture, giving your phone a 3000mAh battery boost. Sure, most will say that 3000mAh isn’t great by today’s standards, but it’s enough to get you through about a weekend. Most smartphones have batteries maxing out at 4000 or 5000mAh, so the Snap-n-Charge should get you from 20% or battery-saving mode to 100% in no time. The power bank comes with its own snap-on adapter that you plug into your phone, allowing you to attach the power bank using a magnetic fixture sort of like the MagSafe seen on MacBooks back in the day. Quite impressive for a $29 power bank, am I right?

6. Smallest 4K Camera – Insta360 GO 3S

You look at the Insta360 GO 3S and your first reaction is probably “That isn’t so small”. The GO 3S looks like it’s the size of a regular action camera… but what you don’t realize at first is that the camera isn’t the entire device, it’s the small pill-shaped module that sits inside the device. Touted as the world’s smallest 4K action cam, the GO 3S weighs a paltry 35 grams and is tiny enough to fit wherever you want it. A magnetic design lets it snap onto a variety of accessories for a unique PoV, and the larger housing itself gives you the added advantage of a battery boost, along with a flip-out display that lets you see what your camera sees. The camera records in 16:9 landscape and portrait formats, as well as a 1:1 square ratio for the ‘gram. It captures in 4K, has a total recording time of 170 minutes (with the larger camera body), comes with stabilization, and is IPX8 waterproof up to 16 feet. Content creation never looked this compact.

7. Smallest 4K Projector – LG CineBeam Q

You can’t follow a 4K camera with a 1080p projector, now can you? In the spirit of going big or going home, this is the LG CineBeam Q, a portable projector that comes with its own handle that doubles as a kickstand. Debuted at CES 2024 this year, the CineBeam Q is an oddly appealing projector that takes on a Braun-esque design language and an avant-garde functional approach. Once you’ve set the projector up, using the handle to prop it at any angle, the CineBeam Q outputs a 4K projection up to 120 inches diagonally, giving you a bona fide cinema experience wherever you go. 500 ANSI lumens means a bright projection that’s good even in dimly lit settings, and a smart design lets you tap into all kinds of content without needing an extra Chromecast or what have you. At $1,299, it might be a little prohibitively priced for the mid-range consumer, but if design, functionality, and compactness are what matter to you, the LG CineBeam Q makes for a terrific pick.

8. Smallest VR Headset – Bigscreen Beyond

Speaking of prohibitive pricing, it does make sense for some products to get more expensive as they grow more compact. Take the Bigscreen Beyond VR headset – currently the world’s tiniest immersive virtual reality headset. No larger than a pair of swimming goggles, the Beyond may not look like much, but it comes with two 1-inch OLED microdisplays, each at a resolution of 5120×2560, and support for 75Hz and 90 Hz refresh rates. You’ve got 6DoF movement, giving you the most comfortable immersive VR experience in an ergonomic, tiny form factor. I say ergonomic because the Beyond’s eye-guard comes 3D printed to your own face’s measurements, ensuring a perfect fit. The entire device weighs a paltry 127 grams (4.4 ounces), and given its small size, it doesn’t work standalone – so you need to tether it to a device running VR software. The caveat here, is that the Beyond is priced at $999, which enters Quest Pro territory (that offers pass-through, hand-tracking, and runs on a standalone OS)… but like I said, if you want the smallest, most powerful VR headset money can buy, the Bigscreen Beyond is where it’s at.

9. Smallest Gaming Device – Tiny Circuits Thumby

Let’s also indulge the absurd for a second here with the Tiny Circuits Thumby. Quite literally the size of a thumbnail, the Thumby holds the title of the smallest gaming console to be publicly available to consumers. Tiny but mighty, the actually lets you play games on it, even though it’s less than an inch tall and weighs about as much as an individual AirPod. This keychain-sized console boasts a 72×40 monochrome OLED display and 2MB of storage, letting you play 5 pre-loaded games with the option to expand your library via MicroUSB. And yes, it can even run a version of Doom! The Thumby’s tiny frame belies its powerful core. A Raspberry Pi Pico RP2040 processor brings games to life on the crisp 72×40 monochrome OLED display. Navigate worlds and unleash actions with the intuitive 4-way D-pad and 2 buttons. With a surprisingly large 2MB of storage, the Thumby keeps you entertained for hours on its 40mAh battery.

10. Smallest Outdoor Flashlight – MiCoin Rechargeable Flashlight

Roughly the size of an AirTag, the MiCoin is portable, powerful, and durable flashlight that’s designed to sit on your keychain and outshine your smartphone’s pithy torchlight. It comes with a titanium shell that makes it destruction-proof (you could literally run over it with your car and the MiCoin would shrug it off), and houses a 300-lumen light that has a whopping 32-meter range. For comparison, the smartphone flashlight outputs not more than 10 lumens. This means the MiCoin is vastly better at illuminating the world around you than your phone is, making it exceptionally handy in the outdoors, or even indoors. It attaches to your keychain, comes with a USB-C port for charging, has tritium slots that let you find the flashlight in the dark, and boasts a single button that lets you cycle through the MiCoin’s 5 lighting modes – 4 brightness levels, and 1 strobe mode for emergencies. Quite impressive for something that’s literally the size of a coin, no?

(Bonus) Smallest/Slimmest Mechanical Keyboard – lofree EDGE

I’d be remiss if I left the lofree EDGE out of this curation. Sure, it isn’t the smallest keyboard out there, but the lofree EDGE holds the distinction of being the thinnest mechanical keyboard ever made. Weighing just a pound and measuring a mere 5.4mm at its thinnest point, the EDGE still manages to retain its mechanical keyboard status thanks to a completely re-engineered internal AND external structure. The outside uses a magnesium frame and a carbon-fiber upper plate, along with redesigned keycaps that are slick but still boast ergonomics. On the inside, redefined Kailh mechanical switches provide the oomph of a mechanical keyboard in the form factor of something that looks as sleek as a laptop keyboard. It might seem trivial to the eye, but the amount of engineering gone into building the EDGE feels dizzying. Think about it, a mechanical keyboard that weighs less than half of its competition, and measures about as much as two smartphones at its thickest point… and just more than the new M4 iPad Pro at its thinnest.

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The TATAMI ReFAB PROJECT Is A Product Of Fusing Japanese Traditions With 3D-Printed Sustainability

At the prestigious Salone Del Milano 2023 in Milan, Italy, the design lab HONOKA showcased their innovative TATAMI ReFAB PROJECT furniture series. This project, conceived by a team of forward-thinking product designers, leverages advanced manufacturing techniques like 3D printing to breathe new life into traditional Japanese tatami mats. The result is a fusion of heritage and cutting-edge technology that reintroduces the essence of tatami into contemporary living spaces.

Designer: HONOKA LAB

Tatami mats have been a staple of Japanese interiors for centuries, renowned for their aromatic qualities, humidity regulation, and odor reduction capabilities. HONOKA’s project aims to integrate these traditional benefits into modern furniture design. By blending recycled tatami with biodegradable plastic, they have created a sustainable material that is both adaptable and durable. This innovative composite can be 3D printed into a variety of functional and decorative home products, embodying the future of artisanal design while retaining a distinct connection to Japanese culture.

One of the key highlights of this project is its commitment to sustainability. Traditional tatami production often results in significant material waste, with nearly half of the plant-based material discarded. Honoka addresses this issue by recycling tatami waste and combining it with biodegradable plastic, significantly reducing the environmental impact. This material is not only eco-friendly but also versatile, allowing designers to explore new aesthetic possibilities and create unique forms that enhance modern living spaces.

The collection features several distinctive pieces that exemplify the versatility and beauty of the tatami-resin composite:

SORI and MUKURI:

These knitted tatami-resin furniture pieces reinterpret traditional Japanese shapes and textures through 3D printing. The unique structure of these items offers moderate transparency and varying visual expressions depending on the viewing angle. They are sturdy enough to support glass and other heavy materials, making them ideal for dining tables.

CHIGUSA:

Inspired by the traditional Japanese “Sen-suji” pattern, this stool combines multiple 3D-printed parts. The vertical pattern of the elastic and durable tatami-mixed resin provides a resilient and comfortable seating experience.

TABA:

A lighting fixture designed to resemble bundled grass, TABA uses a dripping technique in its 3D printing process. The tatami-mixed resin diffuses light beautifully, with light spilling through the gaps in its branches, creating a soft, natural ambiance.

TACHIWAKI:

This self-standing basin, inspired by the Japanese “Tachiwaki” pattern, features multiple stripes created by varying the purging speed of the 3D printer. Its water-resistant nature makes it suitable for innovative bathroom designs.

YOCELL:

A stool that draws from the traditional Japanese “Asanoha” pattern, it uses the layer marks of the 3D printer to create unique visual effects by aligning them in different directions. The modular shape makes it sustainable even for transportation and packaging.

AMI:

Combining the aesthetics of traditional Japanese 2D weaving with modern 3D printing, the AMI stool and lampshade feature intricate designs created by dripping resin from the air. The resulting pieces change their expression based on the viewing angle.

KOHSHI:

This lattice-like vase is reminiscent of Japanese architecture and allows for flexible plant arrangements, inspired by the art of Ikebana. This design has such a lightweight aesthetic, making any room feel airy. It’s perfect for minimalistic homes.

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The new boAt Stone Lumos Wireless Speaker will project galaxies on your ceiling while you listen to music

Why buy a sunset lamp AND a Bluetooth speaker when you could have both in the same device?! boAt Lifestyle (India’s largest audio hardware brand) just announced the boAt Stone Lumos, a speaker with its own built-in LED projector that casts ambient scenery onto your ceiling while you listen to music.

Scheduled to launch in India today (June 25th), the boAt Stone Lumos is a fairly hefty boombox-style portable speaker boasting a 60W output. However, its crown jewel isn’t the audio, it’s the integration of a projector on the top left of the speaker, which reportedly shines ‘stars and lights’ on the ceiling to create am ambiance that goes together with the music you’re listening to. Details on the projector seem scarce at this point, but given the Rs. 6,999 INR ($83.8 USD) price point, we wouldn’t expect anything too immersive or detailed.

Designer: boAt Lifestyle

The speaker packs a lot of punch for its price tag, boasting a 60W output. A control panel on top of the boAt Stone Lumos lets you adjust various parameters, like playback, volume, EQ, and even cycle through the 7 different projection modes the speaker has to offer.

The control panel offers a variety of adjustments, while a two-part LED projector casts light and stars onto the ceiling above, creating a soothing atmosphere.

The speaker comes with a maximum of 9 hours of playback (with the projector off), has support for the boAt Hearables app, is IPX4 splash and water resistant, and has a built-in mic for hands-free calling. The boAt Stone Lumos also packs Bluetooth 5.3 for a crisp connection, although if you’re old school, there’s 3.5mm aux and USB connectivity too!

What the boAt Stone Lumos does is rather unusual, but seems pretty fitting. Most mid-range Bluetooth speaker do pack their own ambient backlights and LED strips for an extra audio-visual oomph, so the fact that this speaker actually turns your room into a makeshift galaxy just feels like taking wireless speakers to their logical next-step. Now to just play Sky Full Of Stars by Coldplay on this bad boy!

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OPPO Reno 12 Pro Review: Making AI Affordable in a Stylish Design

PROS:

  • Elegant and stylish design, especially the Nebula Silver color
  • Supports a micro SD card for external storage
  • 50MP autofocus front camera can do 4K UHD videos

CONS:

  • Processor is a downgrade compared to Chinese model
  • No wireless charging
  • Glossy bottom plate is a smudge magnet (Space Brown, Sunset Gold)

RATINGS:

AESTHETICS
ERGONOMICS
PERFORMANCE
SUSTAINABILITY / REPAIRABILITY
VALUE FOR MONEY

EDITOR’S QUOTE:

The OPPO Reno 12 Pro delivers powerful AI experiences packed in a beautiful and soothing design.

AI is the buzzword in the tech industry, with mainstream media picking up on it and sometimes not in a good way. All the benefits that the technology brings, however, are for naught if only a select few can afford to use it. AI on smartphones promises quality-of-life improvements and exciting creative features, but only if you have the latest and greatest models with powerful specs and matching high prices. Fortunately, AI on mobile is such a hot topic that manufacturers are bringing those features to almost any new device. That’s pretty much the premise of the OPPO Reno 12 Pro, specifically the global edition that the brand just launched, one of the first few to advertise these AI benefits on what some would consider a mid-range model. But is it a potent combination or is the experience hampered by the Reno 12 Pro’s hardware? We take the phone for a spin to bring you the answers.

Designer: OPPO

Aesthetics

Companies avoid using the label “mid-range” or “mid-tier” for good reason. They often come with the connotation of lacking quality and appeal, which is definitely not something that can be said for the Reno 12 Pro. Right off the bat, you’ll be surprised by how enchanting the phone is, especially the Nebula Silver colorway we received for this review. OPPO utilizes what it calls Fluid Ripple Texture that gives the phone’s back a 3D visual effect of liquid gently moving underneath the glass. It even has something like a parallax effect that gives the illusion that there’s truly some solid mass despite having a completely flat surface. The play of light, shadow, and colors has a mesmerizing effect that gives the phone a more stylish and elegant air.

The other two color options, Sunset Gold and Space Brown, are no less attractive but have a different approach. They use a two-tone design that combines a matte section and a smaller glossy area separated by a chic metal-like ribbon running across the width of the phone. It’s a familiar composition, only arranged upside-down, giving the Reno 12 Pro a distinctive look. Unfortunately, this design has one rather critical flaw, the glossy part will always be where your palm rests, which means it will always have oils and smudges whenever you hold it.

The phone’s flat edges give it a modern look and its reflective surface gives the impression of a metallic nature. It is, however, a sleight of hand, given how the material is actually a new proprietary alloy that OPPO promises has the same durability but with less weight. All in all, the OPPO Reno 12 Pro definitely has a striking presence that’s almost on par with more expensive flagships.

Ergonomics

Given the phone’s large size, it’s almost shocking that the OPPO Reno 12 Pro weighs only 180g. Part of that is probably thanks to the absence of “real” metal in the frame, utilizing OPPO’s High-Strength Alloy Framework instead. On the one hand, this gives the phone a lightweight body that lessens the strain on your hand. On the other hand, no pun intended, it sometimes makes the phone feel a bit flimsy, lacking the substance you’d find on premium handsets.

Smartphone designs these days either go for flat edges or the more traditional curved screens, but the OPPO Reno 12 Pro finds a rather curious middle ground. Its sides are quite flat, but the screen isn’t exactly the same. It has a very minimal curvature not only on the left and right sides but also top and bottom but never goes over the edges. OPPO says this design delivers that same immersive viewing experience without the accidental touches that curved screens are notorious for. Along with more rounded corners, this design offers comfort and confidence in your grip, making for a more pleasurable smartphone experience.

Performance

The OPPO Reno 12 Pro isn’t exactly new but it is only now making its way to global markets. That journey, however, seems to have taken a toll on the handset, and OPPO decided to use a custom MediaTek Dimensity 7300-Energy. This variant of the processor is geared towards more efficient battery use, but it’s still based on a rather mid-range silicon line. Fortunately, the phone still performs admirably, especially with 12GB of RAM, though you might see some stuttering or dropped frames in more intensive games. In exchange, however, OPPO gives the Reno 12 Pro a feature that’s all but gone from smartphones these days: a microSD card slot sharing space with the second SIM card slot.

Like any other smartphone these days, OPPO takes great pride in the Reno 12 Pro’s imaging system, and for good reason. It boasts two 50MP sensors, one for the main wide shooter and another for telephoto. These high-performance cameras produce impressive images, even on overcast days, bringing rich detail and accurate colors to every shot. These two cameras also work together to deliver beautiful bokeh effects in portrait mode, creating an accurate separation of foreground and background and giving the latter a pleasant blur. Sadly, the 8MP ultra-wide camera barely holds a candle to these two, but it thankfully still gets the basics right. Even more impressive, however, is the 50MP front-facing camera that not only has autofocus but can even take videos in 4K UHD quality.

Given that the main selling point of this generation of the Reno family is AI, we definitely have to say a few words about it. At the time of this writing, the rollout of some of the features is still ongoing or scheduled, but the complete set is definitely something worth waiting for. You have a combination of generative AI features across the board, from intelligently handling the performance of the phone to tweaking your photos to match a certain appearance with the AI Studio. Leveraging the power of Google Gemini, The Reno 12 Pro features an AI sidebar that can analyze the content displayed on the screen and offer relevant tools for it. It can, for example, summarize a long article into a few bullet points, recommend a text to post on social media, or even speak out the contents of a website. This is just the tip of the iceberg for the AI features that OPPO is bringing to everyone who can afford it, and the Reno 12 Pro’s price point makes sure of that.

Sustainability

While OPPO has had strong advocacy for the use of sustainable processes and materials on its phones, it’s not easy to see that on the OPPO Reno 12 Pro, at least not directly. It doesn’t mention any use of recycled materials, for one, and its new alloy material is unsurprisingly a big secret. It wouldn’t be surprising, however, if it had a considerable amount of plastic in the mix, which would be on par with most mid-range phones.

Instead, the company focuses more on the durability and longevity of its design, ensuring that the phone won’t meet an untimely end that quickly. It uses the latest Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2 protection for the screen and boasts an IP65 dust and water resistance rating. Curiously, OPPO also talks about a biomimetic cushion for internal parts inspired by the structure of a sponge, further protecting sensitive components from bumps and falls. That said, only a proper teardown will reveal the true nature of that new protective layer.

Value

The OPPO Reno 12 Pro is quite a looker and it boasts plenty of AI features you’d only hear about on premium flagships. At the same time, it delivers a decent performance, especially for one that has the marks of a mid-tier market smartphone. The question, however, is whether all of these are worth the price OPPO is asking for.

To be fair, it isn’t asking for much, depending on the market. The Pro model goes for 599 EUR, roughly $650, which is far below the latest high-end offerings. That said, it isn’t the only player in this particular field, and OPPO is even up against the venerable Google Pixel 8a. The question then becomes one of availability as well as preferences, especially when it comes to the custom OPPO ColorOS Android experience. At the moment, though, the Reno 12 Pro is one of the few mid-range phones to offer such a variety of AI-powered features, but that number will only grow in the months ahead, giving OPPO plenty of competition in this space.

Verdict

There’s no escaping AI, at least for now, and it isn’t just in powerful PCs or the Web. Smartphones are the next arena for AI, whether you like it or not, but only if it’s something that more people can obtain and, more importantly, enjoy. Phone and chip manufacturers are naturally more interested in flexing their muscles to showcase powerful hardware to support advanced AI processes, but these won’t land in most people’s hands that easily.

The OPPO Reno 12 Pro represents a new breed of smartphones that is making AI more accessible to the masses with more wallet-friendly options. But it isn’t just its AI prowess that sets this phone apart. Its striking design is definitely a head-turner, and its promise of durability increases trust not only in the phone but also in OPPO’s brand. It definitely has some tough competition ahead, but at least for now, it is leading the pack with its combination of power, gracefulness, and, more importantly, price.

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Oza Sabbeth Architects creates Montauk house with cedar cladding

Montauk beach house design by Oza Sabbeth

New York-based design studio Oza Sabbeth Architects has wrapped an L-shaped beach house in cedar and topped it with a standing seam gabled roof in Montauk.

Known as Osprey’s Landing, the Long Island home measures 5,500 square feet (510 square metres) on a 1.3-acre (5,396-square metre) grassed property surrounded by trees. It was completed in 2023.

“The design of the home was founded not only in the strengths of the location but also the liabilities,” Oza Sabbeth Architects lead designer Peter Sabbeth told Dezeen. “We sought to design a home that flourished from its challenges.”

Montauk home exterior by Oza Sabbeth
Oza Sabbeth has designed a cedar-clad beach house in Montauk

Located near Montauk Highway, the team arranged the house and lawn where natural barriers and lush vegetation would create a sense of boundary, reduce the sight and noise of passing cars and provide a textured wall of privacy.

Originally, the team considered a six-bedroom, two-storey house to maximise the site, but quickly realised the upper level would be exposed to the road and opted for a one-storey, ranch-style house arranged in an L-shape formation around a rectangular pool.

It features various wood patterns on the exterior that give way to exposed beams and double-height vaulted ceilings on the inside.

Montauk home swimming pool area by Oza Sabbeth
The Long Island home is arranged in an L-shape around a rectangular pool

The team wrapped the house in natural Alaskan yellow cedar shakes, applying it in narrow horizontal modules to break the facade into vertical sections.

On the gabled ends, the cedar is turned vertically, disappearing into the roofline in a solid wall or separating into a thin wooden screen over the porch.

The wood-clad house in a variety of natural wood tones is topped with a slate-grey, standing seam metal roof.

“The length of the house along the highway acts as a sound-blocking wall for potential future parties either at the residence or nearby,” the team noted.

Montauk home metal roofing by Oza Sabbeth
Natural wood-toned cladding is topped with slate-grey standing seam metal roofing

At the end of a gravel driveway is a detached garage, designed like a smaller version of the house.

The primary entrance is an inset glazed volume placed within a wall of wood. It leads to a corridor that opens up to the patios and breezeway of the back of the house.

Directly across from the entry is a glazed corner surrounding a gravel garden bed. To the left of the entry sits the kitchen and dining area which look out on the porches.

A double-sided fireplace separates the dining room from the large living area, complete with white walls and a tall, gabled ceiling.

Montauk home dining area by Oza Sabbeth
The spacious interiors are separated by white walls and a tall gabled ceiling

“To avoid a formulaic design where cost-effective decisions compromise long-term liveability and charm, we placed wall-to-ceiling windows to frame the backyard view since the house was oriented to the pool – like a reflection pond flowing out of the living room, a chic and private threshold with seamless indoor to outdoor passage,” the team said.

Crossing over to the other side of the entry, the bedrooms are lined up along a corridor that runs parallel to a sun deck outside.

“Overall, spacious but restrained interiors with broad wall-windows give way to glowing natural light and open breezeways punctuating the house’s flow with green space,” said the studio.

Montauk home porch by Oza Sabbeth
Thin wooden screens and broad windows give way to the house’s porches

The popularity of cedar siding is evident in recent Long Island designs.

Nearby in East Hampton, Oza Sabbath Architects also designed a house wrapped in cedar shingles, but topped it with a series of asymmetrical pyramidal roofs, and Brooklyn-based Desciencelab overhauled an elevated Montauk cabin with grey cedar cladding in long boards across the façade and roof.

The photography is by Alan Tansey.


Project credits:

Builder: Mitch Winston of ELGNY
Interiors: Edna Winston
Engineering (structural + septic engineer): Dilandro Andrews

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This Little Cabin In Prague Features A Facade That Can Be Lifted Up To Open It To The Outside

Dubbed the Garden Pavilion, and designed by BYRÓ architekti, this cozy retreat looks like a simple little shed when you first look at it. However, located on a garden plot in Prague, the home is equipped with a clever space-saving layout. The retreat’s front-facing facade can be raised, opening up the cabin to the outdoors! How cool is that?!

Designer: BYRÓ architekti

The pavilion was constructed on the foundation of what was once an old wooden cottage. Greenhouses and other small cottages are located next to it, which function as storage spaces for gardeners. The retreat was designed to merge with its surroundings while allowing the residents to immerse themselves in nature and enjoy the greenery.

“We thought about how to connect the building as closely as possible to the surrounding garden, and we ultimately came up with the idea of a folding panel that allows one side of the house to completely open,” said BYRÓ architekti. “This way, the interior seamlessly transitions to the outdoors, with the garden penetrating the building, creating a kind of paraphrase of a garden loggia, which was our fundamental architectural inspiration. When open, the polycarbonate wall also functions as an outdoor roof, expanding the covered space where one can stay during rainy weather. The panel folding mechanism consists of steel cables, pulleys, and counterweights, making it easy for one person to open the entire facade.”

The retreat occupies a minimal footprint and measures 3 x 5 m. It has a finish of charred wood which was created using the traditional Japanese technique of Shou Sugi Ban. This technique involves burning wood to preserve the home and keep bugs at bay. The interior of the home is 20 sq m, and it features two floors which have been designed like a tiny home. The ground floor includes an open living area which has plenty of shelving for books and CDs. It also contains a dining table and seating.

The upper floor can be accessed via a fixed wooden ladder and this section doesn’t have to have a lot of headspace. This floor includes the bedroom – some shelving, a double bed, and a skylight. The retreat doesn’t contain a bathroom, which is quite inconvenient, but also implies that it may not be intended for long stays. The Garden Pavilion is better suited for spending time during the day, or for an occasional overnight trip.

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Students taking part in New Designers present ten design projects

A photograph of a person standing to the side wearing a grey, beige and red piece of clothing.

Dezeen School Shows: a portable stool made from welded mesh and steel that is designed to encourage social interactions is included in this school show by New Designers.

Also included is a fashion collection that is 3D printed and a chair crafted from solid ash created as a tribute to the Arts and Crafts movement.


New Designers

School: New Designers

Statement:

“New Designers has been showcasing the work of emerging design talent for nearly 40 years.

“Founded in 1985, the event has become the UK’s leading exhibition for up-and-coming designers, providing a platform for thousands of graduates to showcase their work and connect with industry professionals.

“Over the years, New Designers has helped to launch the careers of many successful designers, and has established itself as a must-attend London showcase for anyone interested in the future of design.

“Whether you’re a seasoned industry professional or simply passionate about design, New Designers is the perfect place to discover new talent, spot emerging trends, and be inspired by the creativity and innovation of the next generation of designers.”


A photograph displaying a product on a table that aids people with ADHD, it features beige coloured wood and different colours of blue, yellow, pink and green.

Tot·m by Quentin Bachelot

“An estimated 2.5 to 3 million adults in the UK suffer from ADHD, a neurodivergence which can strongly impact their ability to maintain focus or manage their time, emotions and stress.

“Tot·m is a customisable fidgeting-based tool for young adults with ADHD, intended to help them combat overwhelm and plan their time more effectively.

“The user can build a Tot·m representing their tasks for the day, using a range of materials, textures, forms and colours, which allows users full control in how they associate tasks with them.

“Carrying Tot·m throughout the day and fidgeting with it will serve as a soft reminder system, with the calming benefits associated with fidgeting.”

Student: Quentin Bachelot
School: University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art
Course: BA (Hons) Product Design


A photograph of a ceramic vase against a grey backdrop, featuring colours of blue, red, lilac and grey.

Untitled by Victoria Ackers

“Victoria Ackers captures the messaging and guidance of her unconscious mind through her work.

“She creates large urns that depict emotionally impactful dreams that mark key moments of her life.”

Student: Victoria Ackers
School: Cardiff Metropolitan University
Course: BA (Hons) Ceramics


A photograph of a dark brown chair on a wooden floorboard, with blurred people passing by it.

Karl and Rita by Alex Radivan

“The Karl and Rita loveseat is a tribute to timeless design and craftsmanship, created for longevity with a focus on narrative storytelling.

“Its angled seating design encourages intimate conversations, inviting individuals to share family histories.

“The inclusion of a hidden compartment doubles as a memory box for cherished mementoes.

“Drawing inspiration from Arts and Crafts influences, the design features a woven back and seats.

“The chair is crafted from solid ash with an ebonised finish, with touchpoints such as the arms and backrests to develop character over time, revealing the chair’s history through the patina of the finish.”

Student: Alex Radivan
School: Nottingham Trent University
Course: BA (Hons) Product Design


A photograph of a person wearing a purple and pink piece of clothing, against of a pink background.

Textural Terrains by Ella Goldsmith

“The automotive industry remains very male-focused with a gap in the market for women – inspired by the contrasting visual aesthetics of Ferrari and Land Rover Defender, this collection aims to challenge this concept targeting all designs and visuals towards high-end womenswear.

“A feminine approach has been utilised through a vibrant colour palette, consisting of smooth contours and sleek fast-moving marks derived from both iconic vehicles.

“This collection explores the extreme contrast in track and terrain associated with each brand, for example the remote Scottish Highlands for Defender and the urban roads of Italy for Ferrari.

“The project investigates natural landscape, formation and all the textures involved: the Defender side challenges ways to show texture, through processes like collage and stitch to incorporate earthy, rustic and neutral tones that mimic the cold and harsh conditions, while the Ferrari collection is purely digital, combining vibrant blues and reds, relating to a warmer and more fast-paced environment.

“These designs communicate through a sense of beauty and escapism, empowering women with confidence – a combination of digital to hand-crafted collages has enabled one to discover the true personality and nature of Land Rover Defender and Ferrari.”

Student: Ella Goldsmith
School: University of Leeds
Course: BA (Hons) Textile Design


A photograph of printed images on plastic squares, laid on a white background.

Untitled by Tazmin Baldwin

“Tazmin Baldwin explores light, colour and psychology through glass.

“Tamzin considers glass to be a dynamic medium that allows for endless artistic expression.

“Tazmin’s work captivates viewers with its vibrant interplay of light and intricate designs based around memory and personal narrative.”

Student: Tazmin Baldwin
School: Swansea College of Art, UWTSD
Course: BA (Hons) and MDes Design Craft


A photograph of a necklace against a white background, featuring silver and blue jewels.

Rhino 7 by Eve Avis

“Eve created her hero piece on Rhino 7.

“She skilfully mounted each casting and then completed the task of setting each individual stone by hand to create this stunning suite you see here.”

Student: Eve Avis
School: Birmingham City University
Course: HND Jewellery & Silversmithing


A visualisation of an interior space featuring tables and chairs with people in the sapce.

Untitled by Abi Newton

“The aim of this project is to create a reform centre for non-violent juvenile offenders.

“There are currently high re-offending rates and overcrowding in prisons, this reform centre will help reduce and prevent the amount of crime and create a safer community.

“The design concept was inspired by Claude Monet and his works, with the space itself encouraging growth and development – with art practice and agricultural training helping to reform behaviour and provide skills for employment.

“The focus of this project is to create an environment tailored to the users’ needs; as one does not fit all, a modular, multi-functional design provides options for how the different areas can be used.

“As aspects of the training will be physical, due to a kinaesthetic learning approach, different modular arrangements will help to ensure the space is being utilised efficiently.”

Student: Abi Newton
School: Bath Spa University
Course: BA (Hons) Interior Design


A visualisation of a space displaying a television, a chair and various objects surrounding them on a wooden floor, with block red at the edge of the image.

Another Day by Chenglin Wu

“I enjoy navigating the intersections of graphic design, animation and illustration; my fascination with comics has ignited a passion for visual storytelling, leading me to pursue illustration as a means of self-expression.

“My creative philosophy revolves around experimentation and playfulness – whatever materials or mediums I use, I find fulfilment in the process of creation itself.

“Inspired by gaming culture, I embarked on a challenging project that tested my skills and resilience.

“The resulting animated piece serves as a homage to diverse cultures and a repository of cherished memories – I aim to evoke smiles, joy and nostalgia, inviting viewers to engage with my work on a personal level.”

Student: Chenglin Wu
School: University of Westminster
Course: BA (Hons) Illustration & Visual Communication


A photograph of a person standing to the side wearing a grey, beige and red piece of clothing.

Untitled by Olivia Bodak

“Olivia explores 3D printing as a means of replacing conventional materials – observing that many traditional contour products are difficult to recycle due to their use of blended fibre fabrics as well as the presence of fasteners, wires and elastics.

“By producing garments made from a single, recyclable material, Olivia worked to develop a circular alternative for the contour sector, conducting in-depth research into types of machinery and filament and exploring 3D printed sustainable clothing and 3D printing on materials.

“Her work investigates the potential to change the supply chain system, designing materials and components through research and experimentation, considering practical requirements such as fit, support, ease and comfort as well as exploring new and exciting aesthetic directions.

“Olivia’s research and experimentation led her to develop diverse components such as soft, stretch lace and alternative support systems, creating statement pieces that represent an intersection of technology and fashion and that prove 3D printed wearables can look beautiful and delicate.”

Student: Olivia Bodak
School: De Montfort University
Course: MA Contour Fashion Innovation


A photograph of silver metal stools with blue and red legs, three are stacked on top one another and one stands alone next to them.

Every stool by Polly Jennings

“Every is a street stool designed to promote community and social interactions in the UK.

“The stackable, low-cost stool is easy to move and can be placed in parks, markets or communal spaces.

“The stools are made from welded mesh and steel rods with a protective zinc coating.”

Student: Polly Jennings
School: Kingston University
Course: BA (Hons) Product & Furniture Design

Partnership content

This school show is a partnership between Dezeen and New Designers. Find out more about Dezeen partnership content here.

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An EDC "Pop-to-Light" Keychain Flashlight

A company called Ysmart London is rethinking the interface for flashlights. Rather than the flashlight being something you pull out and click on, the company’s tiny MQ3X flashlight is meant to be worn, and has no external switch; instead it illuminates once you pull it free from its magnetic tether.

The company calls this a “pop-to-light” design.

Ysmart London targets the EDC market (surprise), and offers the MQ3X in that market’s preferred finishes:

The $50 MQ3X has been successfully Kickstarted, with 24 days left to pledge at press time.

The Convenience of Apron Chest Pockets, Without the Apron

Steady Bags, a softgoods company, designed this Overall Pack:

Targeted at artists, makers and bike mechanics, the thinking is to offer the convenience of work apron chest pockets, without the bulk of the actual apron.

I can see the utility; there have been times I’ve worn an apron for the on-body tool storage, but didn’t need the apron part, and in fact it was an impediment. (Fencing repair, when you’re doing a lot of squatting.)

The black and grey units run $100. The garishly-colored “Maker’s Choice” unit runs $125.