4moms has announced its forthcoming Origami stroller, a $850 baby transportation unit that uses wheel-mounted dynamos to charge batteries that power an electronic chair-folding/unfolding system, as well as a pedometer, running lights, a kid-in-seat sensor, and other instrumentations. I've never understood the hostility towards strollers ("Make your kid walk! Carry your kid! Carry your kid and all the associated junk and your shopping! Forever!"), and it's certainly true that folding and unfolding strollers can be hard, especially when your arms are busy, and yeah, that is a really cool little actuator-and-solenoid transformation to watch. But leaving aside the affordability question ($850 is a lot of dough!), there's the fact that a $850 stroller is a serious potential liability: would you feel safe checking this on an airline or leaving it in a train's luggage area? How about parking it at the playground and walking away from it for a play-session?
4moms | Origami
SOG’s $60 Sync II “wearable belt buckle” multitool isn’t the only multitool/buckle on the market, but it does add a couple very sensible innovations, like a clip-on/clip-off base that lets you use your tool without taking off your belt, and a squared-off form factor (like a pair of folding travel sewing scissors) that adapts the […]
This week on Cool Tools’ Maker Update: Kitty Grabs Gold, a beer cooler that follows you, the Circuit Playground Express, Adafruit and Microsoft, Other Machine Co. and Bre Pettis, Tinkercad Lego export, a great kit for gadget and toy hacking, and Maker Faires. Our featured Cool Tool is the iFixit Electronics Tool Kit. Check out […]
The mechanical Royal Kludge keyboard (Update: in stock here) seems to do well with Amazon reviewers, but there are no guarantees you’ll receive one with the coveted OFF/NO switch.
Boasting an IPX6 waterproof rating, the Trakk Bullet Ultra Compact Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker resists dust and heavy rainfall. It’s currently available in the Boing Boing Store.The Trakk Bullet offers the same wireless convenience as other portable speakers, but few are built as tough as this one. Its utilitarian construction is designed to be a totally low-maintenance […]
The Ticwatch 2 Active Smartwatch is a simpler take on an active wearable that raised over $2m dollars on Kickstarter and is currently offered in the Boing Boing Store.Somewhere in between the single-day battery life and platform-specificity of the Apple Watch and Android Wear devices, there exists the Ticwatch. Instead of trying to shoehorn another […]
Loot Crate is a subscription service that delivers a box of curated pop culture goods to your doorstep. To sample their geeky wares, you can order a single mystery box exclusively from the Boing Boing Store.Each month Loot Crate sends you 6-7 unique items and apparel, including collectibles, books, and t-shirts. Pulling inspiration from all […]