Awesome Stuff: Cool Product Designs

from the design-matters dept

For this week's awesome stuff, we've got three different projects that just caught my eye for being different and interesting in a design sense.
  • I don't know about you, but I've had a few too many experiencing having to try to inflate an air mattress of some kind or another, and realizing what a freaking total pain it is using regular valves (not to mention the inevitable annoying emptying process as well). So I have to say that the Windcatcher project definitely piqued my curiosity. I don't understand the mechanism behind it, but it certainly looks like an air mattress that you can fill with 4 or 5 breaths -- and all without having to put your mouth on anything. It looks kind of like magic, so check out the video.
    These guys still have a bit of a way to go on the funding front, having raised only about a quarter of the $50,000 they're seeking, but the product definitely has that neat design factor going for it.
  • There's been something of a hipster revival in pinhole cameras lately, it seems, but the ONDU Pinhole cameras are definitely the nicest design I've ever seen. A nice wooden box with no exposed screws. A backplate that's held on by magnets. It just looks cool. Also, bonus points for the cool music in the video (apparently this is the musician.
    This project has already surged past its goals, so it's definitely going to get funded, and with another 25 days to go, it'll likely end up much, much higher.
  • Finally, there are times when someone designs something and you wonder why no one else has done it before -- or even why such things aren't common. That was the feeling I got after seeing the Nuplug, which is basically an extension cord/surge protector/outlet that attaches to furniture. So, rather than having your outlets on the wall and behind furniture, you can connect them in a more convenient way. Given how much stuff folks are charging all the time these days, I could definitely see how this could be handy for many people.
    The one thing holding me back on this one, frankly, is that it's a bit on the ugly side -- in that it really stands out. Seems like something a little more subtle would be cooler. Maybe future iterations. This one also has a pretty ambitious $75,000 goal, and they're only a little past halfway there with 18 days to go.
That's all for this week...


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    horse with no name, May 18th, 2013 @ 11:41am

    FTFY

    For this week's advertising...

    FTFY.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 18th, 2013 @ 4:01pm

    WOW World changers

    These are going to change the way people do..... freaking NOTHING !!!..

    Is this honestly the calibre of the things people want investment money for from Kickstarter ??

    Are they the best examples you can find ?

    Must be time for another Aaron Swartz article, or have you realised that no one cares about him either ?

    Oh well, I guess it's just Masnick doing his best.....

    I don't understand the mechanism behind it,

    Don't worry Masnick, we understand, you do not have much of an understanding of most things. Cant expect you to understand. We know "things" confuse you.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, May 18th, 2013 @ 5:07pm

      Re: WOW World changers

      OK Mr. Troll. If these things make people happy then they improve their quality of life. If people have happier more fulfilling lives they in turn treat others better and are more inclined to help out. They also won't go around bitching at people as much.

      So yeah, that's better for society in general. It also puts money in the hand of creators and thinkers that will in turn spend it in their local economies to help their production as apposed to hoarding it.

      Even if you don't care about those scenarios it made Masnick happy to hear about them so that's good for him. Just like being a hyperbolic asshole makes you feel better about yourself as you attempt to push his buttons to feel that fleeting moment of control in your life.

       

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      Anonymous Coward, May 18th, 2013 @ 8:51pm

      Re: WOW World changers

      Shatner moment little fellow?

       

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    Anonymous Coward, May 18th, 2013 @ 5:01pm

    One of the guys in the Windcatcher video said they use a phenomena called "entrainment" a quick search brought this up: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entrainment_%28hydrodynamics%29

    And this diagram is probably similar to how their product works. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eductor-jet_pump

     

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      Anonymous Coward, May 18th, 2013 @ 8:09pm

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      A very cool phenomena that is used in a lot of things like for example painting guns, sand-blasting and other stuff.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, May 19th, 2013 @ 12:52am

    Masnick, ur a fag. Get a real job

     

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      Anonymous Coward, May 19th, 2013 @ 1:44am

      Re:

      Get a real job. Like the consulting business that he does with Techdirt on the side, right? You're on a site he does because he wants to, not for income.

      Might, in the future, try to get a life. Ciao.

       

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        horse with no name, May 19th, 2013 @ 4:43am

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        You're on a site he does because he wants to, not for income.

        Oh come off it. Two things here, first off if it wasn't for money, there wouldn't be any advertising or paid posts. It's a business.

        Second and more important is that the site is part of building brand Masnick, which means that even if he isn't selling it here, he is still selling because of it.

         

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          Anonymous Coward, May 19th, 2013 @ 6:21pm

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          he sells crystal balls and T-Shirts !!! that's something I guess.

           

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        Anonymous Coward, May 19th, 2013 @ 6:20pm

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        Masnick consulting business, HAHAHAHAHAHA,, oh mercy!!!

         

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      Anonymous Coward, May 19th, 2013 @ 6:24pm

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      don't call him a fag, that is an insult to all the fags out there.

       

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    A confused passer by, May 20th, 2013 @ 2:24am

    Eh?

    What's with the hate here?
    These are genuinely useful gizmos that I'd not have known about otherwise why the senseless abuse?

     

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    Ninja (profile), May 20th, 2013 @ 5:01am

    MUST HAVE WINDCATCHER! *RAWR*

    Most useful invention EVER.

    Ahem. Nuplug seems awesome too but I projected my outlets to fit my needs and to be smart at home. So it's not really usefull for me. As for the design... It's an outlet.. I just think it should be available in other colors.

     

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      dennis deems (profile), May 20th, 2013 @ 6:19am

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      I agree, the windcatcher looks amazing. My days of going camping are behind me, but man it would have been nice to have one of these along.

       

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    Diego, May 29th, 2013 @ 2:46pm

    Pre-validation

    I found that a lot of the successful kickstarter projects do a lot of pre-marketing to create a momentum at the time they launch. Pages like www.prefundia.com are awesome at helping with that process.

     

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