Mion is the ultimate in amphibious footwear, combining performance, comfort and versatility with unique, artistic yet functional styling. The shoes offer a custom fit, are water-compatible and lightweight, and provide superior traction ideal for sailors, kayakers and any other athlete on or around water. Designers utilized a unique repertoire of environmentally sensitive materials, including a corn-based film for the morphic effect on the exterior.
This spill-proof, insulated straw cup with handles helps children learn to use a straw without worries about spills. Many young children prefer to drink from a straw, but cups with straws are often too large and cumbersome for them to hold, often leading to messes. The Cupsicle offers easy-to-grip handles, a retractable straw, an anti-tip base and spill-proof construction. In addition, gel crystals captured between the inner and outer walls keep the contents cold longer—they even look like ice, just like adults use.
Made from high-quality porcelain with Palisander rosewood chopsticks, the "Sushi Time" Sushi Plate is a sushi and sashimi serving piece for two. The wide outer rim is generously sized and slopes inward toward the center “dipping dimple.” Recesses along the rim secure the chopsticks when not in use. In addition to being highly functional, the design is refined enough to be displayed on the table or shelf when not in use. Since its release, sales have been robust at such high-end design retailers as the Museum of Modern Art’s Design Store.
The BikeBoard is a pioneering a new category of wheeled recreational products. It functions similar to a scooter but maneuvers like a surfboard, snowboard, skateboard or BMX bike. Three models fit different aged users: the Tyke model for ages 4 and up, the Mini for ages 7 and up, and the Cruiser & Freestyle for ages 10 and up. The design team created a frame that acts as a lever to flex the rear suspension for amazing maneuverability. It is easy to assemble, and learning to ride it is simple.
In the latest fusion of technology and lifestyle, Burton active wear integrates Motorola communications and Bluetooth wireless technology for the ultimate in hands-free mobility for snow sports enthusiasts. The jackets feature integrated stereo speakers in the hood, a microphone and battery compartment embedded in an inside pocket and a control panel on the sleeve that allows remote operation of a phone and iPod. There is also a headset jack on the chest for more private interactions.
Solo combines audiophile sound quality normally found in three to four separate devices into one sleek unit. The user interface is simple and intuitive and includes some useful touches, like extra-large graphics to display volume and a dimming feature for varying light conditions. It also has a sophisticated iPod interface, which allows the iPod to be controlled by the Solo remote and displays the iPod data on the Solo screen. Its simple indented controls are easier to read, and the slightly muted silver color is less brash.
Wanting a design targeted to the general public, these swimming goggles needed to combine comfort, affordability and adaptability to various face sizes and shapes in one model. Key to the fit is the adjustable nose bridge, which makes it easier to adjust the width of the goggles for adapting to the maximum number of face shapes. The strap widens toward the back to increase stability, and the enlarged clip is easy to adjust with wet fingers. The numbers and the notches on the strap make it easy for users to locate their favorite setting.
The first major innovation in the tennis industry in recent years, the O3 racquet helps players improve their game. By transforming the ordinary pin-sized string holes into large O-ports, the sweet spot expands by up to 54 percent, helping players to hit consistent shots more often from more places on the racquet more often. The aerodynamic, futuristic O-ports also enable a faster, more explosive swing speed without having to enlarge the racquet head, increase its length or add weight.
This household fuel cell cogeneration system simultaneously generates electricity and hot water from city-supplied gas. As concerns over diminishing fuel resources and global warming rise, this system offers a solution to the need for abundant, clean power generated in an environmentally sensitive manner. It is also a solution consumers can participate in. Controlled by a remote with a user-friendly interface that provides voice prompts, homeowners can easily program the device. Its sleek, streamlined styling also differentiates it from typical outdoor utility appliances.
For emergencies, this flashlight is ready to go in an instant. And because it is able to be powered by D-cell, AA or AAA batteries, users have ultimate flexibility with what’s on hand. Inside, three battery compartments are coupled seamlessly allowing, it to function like a single-battery flashlight with the simple click of a switch. Its smooth curved white surfaces complement, rather than detract, from a room’s décor, encouraging users to keep the flashlight accessible rather than in a drawer or closet.