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DIY Typographic Character Coasters

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A simple design project for font lovers: Single-character typographic coasters.

We started this project looking at some of the interesting variations amongst common fonts. Blowing them up to this size lets you start to see those differences more clearly than usual. Cutting them out as tangible forms takes it a step further– you can feel the curves.

Also, they make pretty good coasters.

The coasters above were laser cut from 1/8″ thick cork. The fonts represented include Times New Roman, Gill Sans, Courier New Bold, Futura Bold Italic, and Miso. We picked characters that seemed appropriate for making into single-piece coasters, and scaled them to size, assuming a 3″ diameter glass could be placed on top. For the caret, that meant a larger font size than for the octothorpe.

The 1/8″ cork sheets are from McMaster-Carr (9487K3), and are relatively inexpensive. They cut well with a hobby knife if you have a steady hand.

As we’ve mentioned before, these days it is straightforward to get parts laser cut for you. Local laser cutting shops are becoming more common and online services like Ponoko and Pololu make it easy to run small projects like these.

Source:  Evil Mad Scientist

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Ratchet Allen-Keys – A bent steel hex-shaped handle

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Ratchet Allen-Keys Available in Imperial & Metric sizes – Buy both & save
Where has this idea been all our lives? A bent steel hex-shaped handle (often called an Allen-key) is one of those simple tools we reach for repeatedly, yet using them can be very slow going indeed, because the end often needs to be reinserted again and again. This remarkably simple all-steel tool is a permanent solution. Left/right ratcheting, with a 360° rotating handle, it speeds your work, and allows you to get rid of those loose allen keys cluttering your tool box. Each set comes in 9 sizes, either imperial (5/34 to 1/4″) or metric (1.5mm to 6mm) sets.

Source: Garrett Wade

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No More Tripping Wires – Flat extension cords / tape

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No More Trippin Wires

The thing with extension cords is that they look ugly and the wires are a prime accident zones for tripping. There is nothing Elegant about them! Unless you’re looking at the “Post Line”, this one’s a gorgeous concept that makes full use of the circuit-printing technology and electrostatic paste material. Use it from point A (gadget) to point B (wall socket) by sticking it flat to the floor, and if it becomes less sticky and grimy, simply wipe it clean and its sticky flat extension cord tape again!

Source:  Yanko Design

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Portable and universal door lock – Genius design

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Introducing a portable and universal door lock with a difference – a simple lock for use by all – small enough to carry in a pocket, lightweight and inexpensive.

Whenever a degree of privacy or security is required, e.g. hostels, offices and student accommodation, in the home or while travelling you are not likely to find a more user-friendly lock to suit your purpose.

Although not intended to replace permanent locks, the Howsar Lock provides an additional basic barrier and deterrent protection against intruders.

  • Made of durable reinforced nylon – compact, sturdy, lightweight and inexpensive

  • Simple and quick to install and release – matter of seconds and no need for any tools

  • Adaptable to nearly all internal doors

  • Lock is inaccessible from outside the room - provides tamper proof security

  • Door will be secure even if someone has the key

  • Simple, uncomplicated design makes it less prone to fault

  • Ideal for travellers – small and lightweight with no metal parts to give problems at customs!

  • Easily carried in pocket or handbag – fits into palm of the hand.

Source:  Howsar Lock

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Watercone Solar Still – solar seawater desalination good drinking water

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Solar thermal desalination – front and forward technology to generate drinking water, based exclusively on salt water and solar energy.

The Watercone® is a solar powered water desalinator that takes salt or brackish water and generates freshwater. It is simple to use, lightweight and mobile. The technology is simple in design and use and is discribed by simple pictograms. With up to 1,7 liters (nearly 2 quarts) in 24h the Watercone® is an ideal device to cover a child`s daily need of freshwater. UNICEF: “every day 5000 children die as a result of diarrhea coused by drinking unsafe water”

Philosophy of the Watercone® concept:
„Many peripheral, de-centralized small units will ensure a better supply of freshwater than one central big generator. If the big one fails, there is no water generation for anyone. If a small one fails, the other ones still keep on working.“

Source:  Watercone

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