Coat hook with storage box.

We all have stuff we more or less always want to carry around with us (cellphone, keys, sunglasses, you name it), but few have any good place to put said stuff when you are at home. The hall furniture is probably in a similarly chaotic state in everybody’s house. This, however, is a rather clever way of creating some de-cluttering; a small storage box combined with a coat hook for the hall or entrance. This way everybody can have their own little box with room for their must-have-stuff. Designed by Luca Nichetto for Bosa Ceramiche in 2005.brbr

Single page cutter.

In the midst of our digital era, you might think that all information should be ones and zeros. This is of course far from the case. Information on paper is still just as important as it has always been, and even though we publish exclusively digital, we still rely on paper for much of our ideas for posts. And when you find something worth saving, you want to cut it out. In those instances one of these single sheet cutters is very handy indeed. It has a tiny ceramic blade that cuts through only one page at a time. You can probably find one in just about any stationer’s or business supply shop, but they are also available from the Levenger web-shop, where they are USD 14:- for two.brbr

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Umbrella with its own stand.

Umbrellas are always kind of difficult to put aside. Japanese designer Hironao Tsuboi has addressed this and created an umbrella with a built in stand. A foot, if you like. Available from the japanese 100% webshop where it is JPY 4,200:- (approx. USD 35:-). Choose between black or white.brbr

Building bricks from coal power waste.

When you burn coal in coal power plants, one by-product produced in the process is fly ash (Wiki). Most of this fly ash is collected by the power plants smoke cleaning gear, and the gathered ash can either be sold off as a component for the cement industry or, which is more common, be disposed of in landfills. This is a growing problem. According to calculations, hundreds of millions of tonnes of fly ash has to be disposed of in the world yearly. In India alone, fly ash landfills are now reported to cover 160 square kilometers (some 40,000 acres). But there may be a solution in the works. Henry Liu (above), a retired American engineer, has developed a method with which fly ash can be used to make building bricks. The fly ash brick, which is made under high pressure, becomes as strong as concrete, and compared to clay bricks, it has several environmental upsides. It requires no mining, no high temperature firing in kilns, and having fly ash in buildings is a lot better than having it in landfills. Henry Liu is now reported to be working on getting his bricks in production some time during 2008.brbr

Worldbike solves transports without gas or diesel.

Anyone who remember reports from the Vietnam war must still be pretty impressed by the way the NVA managed to bring up artillery, ammunition and supplies using bicycles on narrow jungle paths along the so called Ho Chi Minh trail. Incredible amounts of supplies could be loaded on ordinary bikes. The Worldbike project in Kenya has taken the bike transport idea to the next level with the Big Boda. With a specially developed extension kit, an ordinary bike can be loaded with lots of cargo. Or people. The advantage compared to regular three-wheeled cargo bikes is probably the fact that two-wheelers are easier to drive. The Worldbike extension is about 2,000 Kenya Shillings or approx. USD 27:-. More facts on Worldbike.brbr

Looking for waterfront property? Check this site first.

There are quite a few indications that the melting polar ice caps and glaciers will cause the sea level to rise. So if you are about to sign a contract for some sea-front real estate, you may be well advised to think it through one more time. One day you may end up with more sea than property. On the Flood Maps site they have used Google Maps and NASA’s topographical data to illustrate how the world’s coast lines will change with every meter of sea level increase. Living in Stockholm, we don’t seem to run the risk of getting our feet wet. But for those contemplating beach front property in the popular resort towns of Skanör and Falsterbo in the south of Sweden, a bit of caution may be advisable. The left map shows the present coastline. The right one the coastline after a 1 meter rise. And, if you live in Denmark, Britain or Holland you should really have a look…brbr

Non-sticky lemon squeezer.

We had a similar invention on the site a few weeks back. It was the Lemon Ball. But now that we have found this version, we think it is a lot smarter, mostly because it is made in just one piece. This lemon squeezer ball is made in silicone and comes from American kitchen stuff shop Sur La Table where it is USD 5:95, which sounds a lot more reasonable than the USD 27:- the other guys were asking for the Lemon Ball.brbr

The best on Smart Stuff in May.

It is always hard to pick favorites, but in retrospect some gadgets, inventions and ideas almost always seem to be smarter or more fun. Here are our 5 favorites from May 2007:

The clay pot fridge.
How to apply basic physics to help give people a better life.

DeVillain folding electric guitar.
Not because we play the guitar, but because it was so improbable.

Smart water barrel for third world countries.

Compacting waste bin.
Not just because it compacts the trash, but because it uses solar energy to power itself.

Sunlight in the basement.
A smart way of supplying sunlight (almost) everywhere you might want it.

How often do you change your toothbrush?

We cannot know how often you pull a new brush from its wrapper, but statistics suggest that we in general do it way too seldom. The average Swede, for example, only changes brushes once or twice a year. The toothbrush manufacturers are of course hard at work to remedy this, and are spending millions of ad bucks in the process. So far, however, none of the big budgets (as far as we know) have produced an idea as simple and clever as Patrik Ström Widmark at have done. He has set up a simple website where he sells tooth brush subscriptions. With such a subscription you get one or more new and fresh toothbrushes in the mail each month. The brushes are available in soft or medium, and they are SEK 24:90 (approx. USD 3:60) a piece plus postage. Now, so far Patrik sell his toothbrushes in Sweden only, but we thought the rest of the world might like the idea anyway.brbr