Small enough to fit into any bag, but powerful enough to rival your barista’s espresso-making setup, this is COFFEEJACK… A pint-sized coffee machine that has a patent-pending micro-hydraulic press inside it that can pump out coffee at a magical excess of 9 bars of pressure, rivaling any professional-grade espresso maker.

COFFEEJACK comes from the folks at Hribarcain, famed for their great work in the EDC department. Now, they’ve set out to shrink the coffee machine to a form factor so small, you might as well carry it around everywhere you go along with the rest of your belongings. The COFFEEJACK works with any coffee-grind, enabling you to have your favorite espresso anywhere you go, while also reducing your dependence on those earth-polluting Nespresso and Keurig pods. Just add your coffee grind to the lower chamber and COFFEEJACK’s in-built tamper will level the grounds and pack them tightly. Open out the pump and pour hot water into the upper chamber and you’re ready to go! The espresso maker’s manual pump matches the high-pressure output of most coffee machines, giving you an espresso that is as deliciously thick and even has that layer of flavor-packed crema on top, just like the one your barista makes with professional equipment.

The patent-pending hydraulic pump at the heart of the COFFEEJACK is what sets it apart. Unlike your domestic french-press or pour-over setup, COFFEEJACK creates the 9-10 bars of pressure needed for a great espresso. Your pour-over and french-press don’t exceed 1 bar of pressure, while the Moka pot and Aeropress peak at roughly 3-4 bars. COFFEEJACK’s high-pressure internal pump, coupled with its ridiculously small size gives it an advantage on all fronts, keeping it as portable as your Aeropress, affordable as your domestic setup, as top-notch as the coffee machine your local café uses, and a whole lot more eco-friendly than those pod-based coffee delivery systems, because the COFFEEJACK is made 100% out of recycled plastic!

Designers: Ashley Hribar-Green & Matthew Aston Cain

Click Here to Buy Now: $99 $146 (46% off). Raised over $1,800,000.

COFFEEJACK- The Pocket Sized Barista

COFFEEJACK is factually the smallest espresso machine on the market (only 100mm high) while producing coffee shop quality coffee.

COFFEEJACK has a patent-pending micro-hydraulic press inside it that can pump out coffee at a magical excess of 9 bars of pressure, rivaling any professional-grade espresso maker.

Why Espresso?

Espresso is the main brewing method for professional coffee shops/baristas as it can be made into any coffee variety and is richest in flavor. However, it is also the hardest and most expensive process due to the high pressure required for the extraction.

COFFEEJACK is able to produce espresso coffee at low cost, high quality and complete portability.

Great Coffee in Three Simple Steps

1. Add your favorite coffee.

2. Fill with hot water.

3. Pump approximately 8 times for a perfect espresso extraction.

Details

Completely portable. Can be used anywhere from your desk to the top of a mountain.

Unique automatic tamper system. Essential for the best espresso extraction.

Bespoke Filter System.

COFFEEJACK can be used to make coffee varieties like: Flat White, Americano, Latte, Cappuccino, Mocha, Espresso and Macchiato.

COFFEEJACK uses shatter-resistant borosilicate glass.

16 BILLION coffee cups are disposed every year with harmful plastic laminates and lids. COFFEEJACK = No disposable cups, up to 85% saving and the same great taste.

Click Here to Buy Now: $99 $146 (46% off). Raised over $1,800,000.

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Everyone is veering towards sustainability! Living sustainably, consciously, and considerately has become imperative now. And traveling shouldn’t be an exception! We all love jet-setting off on holidays, and it’s now our moral duty towards the environment to vacation as sustainably as possible. From staying at hotels and resorts that support eco-tourism to using travel products that are sustainable, there are many minor steps we can take that will contribute to a major change. In this spirit of green traveling, we’ve curated a collection of product designs that promise to make your next trip as eco-friendly and sustainable as possible! These are products that are not only conscious of the environment but also capable of catering to your needs as efficiently as possible. These unique designs could completely transform how we travel and vacation. Enjoy!

PriestmanGoode’s sustainable inflight meal service has completely transformed the conventional meal tray we are so used to receiving on a flight. “We’ve used a wide range of materials for our design concepts,” says Rowan. And they’ve kept their word. Each element is either partially edible, reusable, soluble, or biodegradable. They’ve ditched plastic meal trays for partially edible ones made from coffee grains and husks mixed with a lignin binder. The miscellaneous food containers that fit into the tray have been made from wheat bran. Banana leaf or algae have been combined with rice husk to create lids for side dishes like salad. Whereas a wafer has been used as a dessert lid, hence the materials symbolically reflect the food. Instead of having several pieces of single-use cutlery, the handy ‘spork’- a combination of a fork and spoon- made from coconut wood has been adopted. The usual plastic containers for milk or sauces have been abandoned in exchange for edible pods created from soluble seaweed.

A team of designers created RHITA – a suitcase that is super easy to assemble and disassemble which makes it easier to repair or recycle. “Every year hundred thousand of discarded luggage caused by damaged wheels, handles, shells or shells that are deformed or damaged by collision, hard to be repaired or disassemble for recycling, bringing great impact to the environment. Hence, design for assembly and disassembly allows the suitcase easy to repair or recycle, reduced parts by simplifying the structure and minimized material used, downsize shipping volume to decrease carbon footprint boosting sustainability,” says the design team. RHITA’s simplified structure reduces the number of parts used in production by 70% when compared to traditional suitcases. Even the space needed for transportation has been reduced by 33%. It features an innovative hinge system and a unique installation method – no glue or rivet for fixation, no sewing of the inner lining, maximizing the space inside as well as a quick fasten and loosen wheel mechanism.

The Green Box is an innovative solution that aligns hotel stays with your sustainable lifestyle choices! It is an amenity kit designed to help hotels to transition to a circular economy and avoid the waste generated by tens-of-millions of amenity kits are thrown away by hotel chains – we use them once but they last forever on our planet. Green box is made from compostable plastic which will let hotels industrially compost and organically recycle the items in a controlled environment. The design goes beyond providing functional value and also aims to educate guests about the material and its impact to encourage better choices even after the vacation ends. Each box comes with a disposable bin for the room to familiarize guests with the new kind of waste stream. The guests will sort materials as compostable and non-compostable by simply following the color grading – green for compostable and white for general waste.

PANGEA’s Bamboo Adventure Towel 2.0 is carbon-negative – they pull more carbon out of the atmosphere than they put in, leaving the earth in a better condition than it was before. Unlike most travel towels which come made from plastic microfibers, the Bamboo Adventure Towel 2.0 has absolutely no plastic used in its construction. As its name suggests, it comes crafted from 100% bamboo fibers, dyed with natural dyes, and woven into a waffle pattern for effective absorption and exfoliation. Designed for the outdoors, the towels are up to thrice as absorbent as your average microfiber towel and are naturally hypoallergenic and anti-bacterial. In fact, the towels even come with reinforced slits on the corners, so you can suspend them and use them as makeshift sunshades, or even wear them as cloaks or ponchos.

It’s no secret that washing your derriere with water is more efficient, hygienic, and sustainable as compared to toilet paper. After all, you don’t wipe your dishes clean with a tissue after eating in them, so why use tissues on your behind? I’ll admit, it’s a culture-shock changing how you clean your behind, but given that the US alone uses more than 6 billion rolls of toilet paper annually, it’s an ecological crisis we can’t ignore. Besides, ironically enough, toilet paper takes tons of water to produce. Using a battery-powered motor and an internal water tank that you can top off before you head to the loo, Sonny generates a micro-shower to help you clean up after your business, effectively, hygienically, and sustainably. With an easy-to-use interface, Sonny comes with normal and high-spray settings that shoot water for anywhere between 25-40 seconds (depending on the spray intensity), enough to clean your behind. Besides, much like a bidet, Sonny can even be used on your nether regions too, to keep things hygienic and fresh.

This gives a completely new meaning to the word ‘papercut’! Say hello to the Paper Razor, a sustainable alternative to the disposable plastic razor. The Paper Razor, as its name suggests, comes with an all-paper body and sports a metal blade-head on top. Designed to be flat-packed, the single-use razor comes completely unfolded and can easily be put together in a matter of seconds by merely folding in the sides and the top to create a rigid, ergonomic razor with a grippy handle. Its origami-inspired design gives it as much strength and maneuverability as a plastic razor, while minimizing the use of plastic by as much as 98%. The result? A razor that can be easily flat-packed and shipped, used, and then disposed of… safely, of course. It’s perfect to carry around and use on your work or leisure trips!

Designed to be a reusable travel cutlery set with a difference, the Cliffset doesn’t just focus on portability, it focuses on maintenance too, by being perhaps the only cutlery set I’ve seen that comes with its own cleaning tool to clean up after you’re done eating! Everything fits in a portable pouch that’s small enough to fit in your pocket or slip into a backpack, and is designed to be carried everywhere you go and be cleaned and reused over and over again, giving you the comfort of knowing that you’re using your OWN cutlery (as opposed to using cutlery in restaurants) made from reusable materials, which you don’t need me to tell you is a much better option compared to the use-and-throw plastic cutlery that pollutes our planet and oceans.

These cork headphones are another great addition to that list and show us that gadgets can also go green – you would be surprised to know how much plastic goes in making a simple pair of headphones. Weighing only 64 grams  (0.14 lbs) these headphones are super light! Cork is a versatile material that is being explored to design sustainable products. It is non-allergic, resilient, sound insulating, moisture-proof, and soft to touch. If you are an everyday headphone user, you know that there is a lot of wear and tear that happens and instead of repairing, we usually just upgrade which increases our plastic consumption. Cork headphones are easy to repair and dismiss thanks to an assembly based on the compressibility of the material. There is no glue, no upholstery, no screws involved – just cork, simple electric parts, steel, and foam. These are perfect for listening to your favorite tunes on those long travel journeys!

The ClickStraw addresses the inherent flaws of the straws before it. Plastic straws are an environmental hazard, paper straws become soggy, bamboo straws end up developing molds, and metal straws are difficult to clean. Made from high quality and sustainable TPE, the ClickStraw is designed to be used multiple times, and moreover, is easy to maintain. Its hollow, tubular structure can be opened out completely, allowing you to rinse the inner surface of the straw, giving it a deep clean. The ClickStraw’s innovation lies in a ziplock-bag-style snapping fixture and a live-hinge that run along the length of the tube. To clean the straw, slide your thumb in and it opens up. Once you’re done, click it shut like a zip-lock bag and you’ve got yourself a spanking clean straw that doesn’t degrade, get dirty, or worse, corrode like your metal straws. You can now carry your own reusable and sustainable straw whenever you travel, instead of using those pesky single-use plastic straws!

There’s a certain, undeniable convenience to the plastic bottle. It’s easy to just take off the shelf, drink from, and then throw away once you’re done. You don’t need to worry about carrying a bulky bottle along with you that occupies the same amount of space, even when empty. The convenience of plastic is addictive, but it comes at a price. There’s a garbage island the size of Texas floating around in the pacific sea, COVERED with plastic bottles we used and threw away without batting an eyelid. Plastic bottles are preferred because they’re more convenient than carrying your own bulky empty bottles around with you, but the Origami Bottle may have a solution to that convenient problem. Designed to be reusable, but more importantly, be collapsible, the Origami Bottle folds down to 20% of its original size when not in use. Small enough to easily fit into any bag without occupying much space, the Origami Bottle neatly folds down to a nice, portable puck that’s easy and convenient to carry around. When you need to fill it up, the bottle opens up to a full size of 25oz (750ml).

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Seems like our Jetsons future isn’t too far off. Meet the ASKA eVTOL, the world’s first consumer-ready eVTOL being made available to the general public. It’s about the size of an SUV, and can be driven around like a regular car on the roads too. It seats about 4 people inside its cockpit and comes with wings that fold right into the eVTOL’s design when you’re on the road. If you ever find yourself stuck in traffic and you get that common feeling of wanting to levitate and escape gridlock by flying off, the ASKA actually gives you that option. Its wings fold out sideways to reveal 6 propellers that allow the ASKA to jet off into the sky… although, for obvious reasons, the makers of the ASKA prescribe that you transition to flight mode on designated vertical take-off and launching pads.

The ASKA isn’t being pitched as some billionaire’s fantasy toy… its focus is mainly towards your more-than-average customers who can afford the eVTOL’s $789,000 price tag. The eVTOL’s big enough to be parked in your garage (you’d need decent overhead clearance) or even on the street or in parking lots. It drives pretty well as a car, relying on in-wheel motors to really give you a precise, controlled drive albeit with a top speed of 70mph. When you want to take off to the skies, the vehicle transforms both externally as well as internally. The wings fold out and propellers arrange themselves in a hexagonal fashion, while on the inside, the car dashboard transforms into a more information-dense flight-style cockpit with maps, gauges, and meters galore. In its flight mode, the ASKA can hit speeds of 150mph with an airborne range of 250 miles on a full battery charge, and even safe landing protocols built in to keep the passengers safe.

It’s worth noting that the ASKA isn’t a concept or vaporware. The vehicle actually comes with certification from the FAA and EASA as a street-legal eVTOL. To make the experience consumer-friendly, the ASKA even comes built with semi-autonomous technologies that make operating it relatively simple, although you’re expected to have pilot training before operating the vehicle. NFT Inc., the company behind the eVTOL (not to be confused with non-fungible tokens) is expecting have the vehicle ready to deliver as soon as 2026, and if you’ve got $5,000 to spare, you can place a pre-order right now while you figure out how to make up for the remaining $784,000 it’ll cost when the vehicle’s ready 5 years from now!

Designer: NFT Inc.

A stunning look at how the ASKA transforms from its driving-mode to its flying-mode. 6 propellers help it take to the skies, while two massive wings on each side help it steer the skies, making turns to help you navigate your new air-based environment (and even carefully calibrate your landing)

The two modes offer incredibly different and diverse interfaces on the inside. The ASKA looks a lot like your traditional car while you’re on the roads, with the dashboard displaying the road ahead of you, the map of your route, gauges like your speedometer and battery-level, and even entertainment and communication elements that let you do things like play videos, listen to music, or make phone calls. All that disappears when you toggle ASKA’s flight mode. The entire dashboard display immediately transforms to give you a more pilot-friendly interface, allowing you to get a sense of where you’re headed as well as what your altitude is and what the environment around you is like. The eVTOL even reportedly comes with semi-automatic technologies that make navigating your ‘flying car’ much easier. I expect they’d kick in to a greater degree in bad weather, and in the event of an emergency or a low battery, the ASKA is outfitted with safety protocols that ensure you’re safely back on land.

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Two things were certain during the pandemic– we all redesigned our homes and shopped online…a lot. While some of us took this time to peruse IKEA and design the home that we’ve been planning for years, the rest of us took a riskier approach and just bought what caught our eyes. To help mitigate the embarrassing effects of buying furniture without seeing how it fits in our room, IKEA in continued partnership with Apple has given their AR app, now called IKEA Studio, a complete overhaul.

Previously called the IKEA Place App, the augmented reality app allowed users to position furniture even outside of the bedroom – landing sofas and armoires in distant factory lots and busy city streets. Nowadays, retail brands across the interweb are implementing AR apps into their online shopping experience– from sunglasses to makeup companies, consumers are more aware than ever of what’s headed for their doorstep. While IKEA largely started the AR app trend four years ago, since more brands are catching on, the retail tech company turned to SPACE10 to transform IKEA Place App into IKEA Studio, a reenergized and sensor-oriented AR experience.

Still operating in beta, IKEA Studio relies on LiDAR sensors in the iPhone to register and analyze rooms, allowing iPhone users to completely redesign their living spaces. Relying on iPhone’s LiDAR sensors to capture physical spaces, IKEA Studio captures complete 3D plans of the user’s living space including the measurements and placement of every piece of furniture from the window sill to the loveseat. Replacing their current furniture with white boxes, users can furnish their virtual room with new IKEA pieces, redesign previous color schemes, and then generate the final rendering in either 3D or 2D to export and share with others. Similar to IKEA Place, IKEA Studio still does not have a shopping feature so users have to exit the AR app to purchase furniture online or just fill up their shopping carts with prospective purchases.

Those interested in following IKEA Studio to its final stages can sign up for beta testing and start the design process as soon as they get approved. While the AR app is currently limited to a mobile application exclusively built for the iPhone, designers at SPACE10 are also envisioning a future AR experience that replaces the mobile application with glasses that users can wear to envision and redecorate their home spaces as they see fit, literally.

Designers: IKEA, Apple, SPACE10

With help from the iPhone’s LiDAR sensors, IKEA Studio captures and registers every piece of furniture’s exact measurement and placement within the room.

Additional functions within the app include features that allow users to redesign previous color schemes of living spaces.

IKEA Studio works by replacing old furniture with blank white spaces that generate virtual space for newly chosen pieces of furniture.

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Until ‘bring-your-own-furniture’ becomes a thing, people living in small houses will always have problems entertaining large groups of guests. It isn’t really feasible to have a spare set of 10 chairs that you MIGHT need when guests show up, or even a larger table that you can pull out when you’ve got friends and family coming over. As apartments get smaller and social circles get bigger, it becomes increasingly difficult to have large parties in tiny homes. The Drop Leaf Table addresses this architectural challenge for flexible living. In its everyday configuration, the round table seats two people comfortably. When you need extra space for your laptop, or you want to seat more people, simply open up the table’s ‘leaves’ to expand it in size.

Designed as part of a renovation to a small 50 sq.m. (538 sq.ft.) apartment, the Drop Leaf Table was created for the homeowners who lived on their own, but wished for the ability to entertain a large group of guests during new years and special occasions. In its closed, round avatar, the table is perfect for two people. Ideally sized for a meal arrangement or just for teatime, the table easily fits the needs of just the owners. The table’s two wooden leaves allow it to expand either halfway (simply by lifting one flap) or fully. In its halfway setup, the table also comfortably accommodates a laptop and mouse, making it ideal to work on… while in its fully expanded format, it comfortably seats up to 6 guests at a time!

The Drop Leaf Table is a winner of the Red Dot Best of the Best Design Award for the year 2021.

Designer: tsai Design

The completely expanded table more than doubles its original size, allowing you to easily entertain as many as 6 guests at a time. The base of the Drop Leaf Table contains fold-out legs that pivot at the table’s center, acting as supports for the ‘leaves’ when you need them. When you’re done, the legs fold back in, and the leaf drops to the base, giving your table a lower partition of sorts.

“A mixture of CNC technology with traditional timber and metal craft is combined to make the table, coming together as a deceivingly complex yet elegantly simple piece of furniture”, says tsai Design, an Australia-based design studio who won a Red Dot Design Award for their creation.

Image Credits: Tess Kelly

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