Bicycle bag with built-in lights.

We get quite a load of e-mail every day. Surprisingly many come from businesses in China, Korea or Taiwan. Firms that must have harvested the internet for addresses to sites they think will have an interest in their products. Mostly the mails are about stuff we have already written about (that is probably how they found us) but the other day was an exception, and we learned about a product we had never heard of before. A bike bag with an integrated light. The red parts seems to be something we in lack of a better term will venture to call flat LEDs. Batteries are kept inside the bag, of course. We do not know if, and where, these bags may be available for purchase, but we like the idea enough to post it anyway. The factory that makes the lighted bags (and a lot of other stuff) is apparently the Mustang Industrial Corp.brbr

The original stash sandal. And a stash sneaker.

At least that is what Matt Potts of Archport claims, and he does have a patent (US Patent 6,094,844) to back up his claim. Matt’s e-mail was probably prompted by our previous post on the stash sandals. If Matt’s company was indeed the first to incorporate a hidden pocket in shoes, it seems that someone liked the idea so much they decided to make their own version. And if that is not the ultimate praise, we don’t know what is. And besides, Archport makes stash sneakers, too. The Archport sandals and sneakers are available in different colors (tha sandals) from Archport or from Amazon at USD 42:45 (sandals-) and USD 79:95 (sneakers-).brbr

Socket Pocket for charging cell, PDA or iPod.

We have stumbled upon a n number of ideas for a holder for a charging mobile, PDA or iPod lately. For example these charging cradles who both are supposed to be attached to the actual wall power outlet. Or the Mobil Pit that does the same thing, but takes up more space. Today’s find looks to us to be a bit smarter still, since it lies flat to the wall. The Socket Pocket will replace the standard wall socket plate using the same screws. It is USD 15:- on Get Organized.brbr

Hopefully non-lethal prison pen.

Prisoners, at least in the US, seems to have a tendency of killing each other off for different reasons. The power of imagination when it comes to designing improvised weapons seems to have no limits, which has led prison authorities and designers to try to create everyday objects and tools that can not be transformed into weapons. One example is the no-shank toothbrush we have mentioned earlier, and here is another; the bending pen. The pen is supposed to be impossible to make into a weapon, and it is USD 10:- on the Spycatcher webshop.brbr

Braked wheelbarrow.

This wheelbarrow has to, as far as we can see, pretty unique characteristics and we have given the first one away in the headline. It has a hand brake. This is the first time we have ever seen a wheelbarrow with a brake, but we can see the benefits. The brake will help you keep the, possibly heavy, load under control in a downhill and it will also serve as a parking brake since it is lockable. The other, equally unique property, is the name. Those with keen eyesight have probably already spotted the little yellow sticker. For the rest of you; the barrows name is Jeep, which was news for us. On closer scrutiny, we find that the wheelbarrows are not actually manufactured by Jeep, but the name is used under license. But anyway, don’t you agree that it would be kind of cool to park this wheelbarrow on the driveway next to the Wrangler?brbr

Q-drum. Smart water mover for the third world.

With the persistence of fools, we keep arguing that water, or rather the shortage of clean water, is one of the top health hazards in the world. We also think access to drinking water will be a major reason for war and conflict in the not-so-distant future. If more people could be given access to clean water, innumerable lives could be saved. We could present one idea for a simple transport system for water already in November of 2005; the Hippo-Roller water barrel. Here is another idea along the same lines, one that may be a little simpler to implement, but maybe harder to move. The Q-drum has been designed by P.J. and P.S. Hendrikse as a cylindrical barrel that can be rolled or pulled along the ground and has room for up to 75 liters (about 20 US gallons) of water. Q-drum is one of many smart ideas exhibited at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York as part of the Design for the other 90% exhibit.brbr

Sock saver II.

The fact that socks disappear in the laundry seems to be global phenomenon. It probably occurs everywhere where there are washing machines and tumble dryers. There are also different ideas on solving this problem; we wrote on one the Opair sock saver a couple of years ago, and now we have found the Sockpro. Sockpro is a small rubber disc with star shaped hole in the middle where you stick your socks before washing and drying them. The little rubber disc keeps the socks together during laundry and drying, and makes sure they do not get lost. The Sockpro is USD 19:96 for a pack of 80 in four different colors.brbr

Lemon ball. Juice without the mess.

And we loved our citrus trumpet so much. But this thing is very smart, too. With the added benefit of (almost) mess-free operation. The lemon ball is called Squeeze-Me and it is designed by Jaime Mark Antoniades. It is available on Generate for USD 27:-. A bit on the steep side, maybe…brbr

Folding guitar. An airline pilot’s contribution to music.

Swedish airline pilot Fredrik Johansson had a problem bringing his guitar on trips. He tested different guitars, and he frequently asked for folding guitars in music stores. The answer was always that such a thing was impossible. This prompted Fredrik to spend a few years of his spare time designing his own folding travel guitar. And now it’s in production and fore sale. It is not exactly cheap (EUR 2,600:- or USD 3,370:-) and it is not easy to get ones hands on, as luthier Leif Jakobsson will have time to finish no more than 300 of them this year. But it is quite unique.brbr

Dell launches hard drive free laptops.

Besides the fantastic 100 dollar laptop (now unfortunately priced at USD 175:-) Dell is the first manufacturer (we have heard of) that seems to make a serious attempt to market laptops without the usual hard disc drives (HDD). Instead they offer a 32GB flash memory or solid state drive (SSD) in two new products just launched. The flash memory in the Dell machines is the same as in music players and USB memory sticks, only bigger. The advantages are obvious; no moving parts, no spinning fan(?), quicker start-up and access among others. But 32GB? We have 120GB right here and we are longing for more… The new laptops are priced at USD 549:-, but they are so far only available in the Americas.brbr