The ZumZum all-terrain balance bike is the coolest bike around for kids, with an ergonomic seat and natural suspension for safe and fun riding experience. We are offering you a chance to win one for your little tot just for following our Inhabitot’s Pinterest page. Click on the link below to read the rules and get your kiddo one seriously sweet ride.
Winters for the homeless can be an incredibly difficult time, so Carnegie Mellon University challenged its students to create temporary, economically viable shelters for people living on the streets. In response, a student team created the “Satellite Shelter,” an insulated sleeping bag that can also transform into a tent. The set-up also includes wheels and arm straps, so it can travel wherever it is needed.
Many of us are completely unaware of the delicious edible plants that surround us, especially in urban environments, but did you know that there are a multitude of tasty plant species right in your own neighborhood park? No matter where you live, foraging is a free, fun culinary activity which requires only a keen eye, some plastic bags and a sense of adventure! It’s easier than one might think to uncover nutritious natural edibles, from medicinal herbs, to edible flowers, brain-boosting nuts and exotic salads. We followed NYC’s famed foraging experts Wildman Steve Brill and his daughter Violet Brill to discover six abundant and delicious plants nestled within the urban forestry of Prospect Park, right in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. Watch the video and read on to learn how to identify these forageable plants, from field garlic and ginkgo biloba to black walnuts and sassafras. Some of them could even be growing in your own backyard!
You can learn more about foraging for these delectable plants (and many more) with Wildman Steve Brill’s new Master Foraging App, now available for iPhone, iPad, and Android systems.
Gummies aren’t just for bears and worms anymore. Tokyo’s FabCafe in Shibuya offers customers the chance to create a 3D-printed gummy version of themselves! Using the café’s 3D body scanner, customers can make colorful gummies of their bodies for White Day—a Japanese follow-up to Valentine’s Day.
Bambootec, a consortium from Yucatán, Mexico, has created a bamboo bicycle that turns pedaling into electricity for charging mobile devices. The bike also has a navigation dashboard in the handlebars, which measures distance and time, and a bluetooth connection. It’s an impressive piece of engineering—particularly if the designs are simple enough to be built by hand by individuals in areas where rolling blackouts are a part of daily life.
Losing mittens and other personal possessions isn’t a modern-day woe: it appears that our Stone Age ancestors misplaced their personal belongings just as often as we do. An archaeological team working in Oppland County, Norway, has been doing research among the melting glaciers, and discovered hundreds of discarded or lost items now revealed by the receding ice.
French startup Rollkers SAS is coming to the U.S. to unveil their unique shoe accessory that could seriously put some spring in America’s step. The Rollkers undershoe is described as a “transportation accessory that increases a person’s average walking rate up to 7 miles per hour” by affixing wheels to the soles of their shoes.
Christian Schallerton has retrofitted a tiny apartment up with a vast view of Barcelona into an incredible transforming home that packs a lot of living space into a tiny footprint. Inspired by boat design, Japanese homes, and Zen minimalism, the 258 square-foot apartment 90 steps above the street is a multi-functional space that can transform from a kitchen to a living room, bedroom, or dining room with some clever built-in furniture.
Do you love the smell of freshly-fallen rain? If so, you’re one of many who love that earthy smell, reminiscent of the first days of spring or putting your hands in newly-turned soil. In case you ever wondered, that smell has a name, Petrichor. Now, scientists at MIT may have figured out just what releases that smell — and other aerosols — into the air. And they have managed to captured it all on video.
Did you know that writing things out by hand keeps your brain cells active, and even helps you retain information? It also improves hand-eye coordination, and has a soothing, meditative effect on your entire body. January 23rd is the third annual National Handwriting Day, and people around the country (and beyond!) are celebrating by writing tweets, blog posts, Facebook updates, and even Instagram posts by hand. Join people like Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, Katie Couric, and countless other folks as we celebrate the pen and all that’s wild and wondrous about writing by hand. Those who tweet or post with the #HandwritingDay and #mHDay hashtags will be featured in Moleskine’s realtime gallery, and people can also win Moleskine products like pens, notebooks, and sketchbooks by submitting handwritten pieces here.
Israeli architects, Ron Shenkin and Adva Ben have turned trash to treasure in this renovation that saw the architects turn an abandoned storage building into a modern and cozy home for themselves. Their renovation of the 645-square-foot abandoned storage space created a singular space that can change function. Partitions, wardrobes, bed and couches were designed to move and transform this once-dilapidated building, into a modern-day architectural chameleon.
If you’re looking for a unique Valentine’s gift for someone special, check this out: you can download plans on Thingiverse for a 3D-printed steampunk-style gear heart to give as a fun, weird little present. The different sections interlock like puzzle pieces (like you and your sweetheart click together? Awww…), and take just a few hours to print on a standard 3D printer. Each heart measures approximately 10cm across, so they’re just a big bigger than the average human heart. If you don’t have access to a 3D printer, you can also purchase pre-made hearts on Etsy—just order soon if you’d like to get yours in time for V-day!
On January 1, Architecture for Humanity (AFH) quietly closed its doors in a move that took the design world and AFH’s own global network of over 20,000 volunteers by surprise. Problems appeared to have been brewing for months and many of those in contact with headquarters could tell all was not well – but staff in international field offices and 59 volunteer chapters were left largely in the dark. But as the dust begins to settle, leaders of many of AFH’s volunteer chapters have come forward eager to continue the organization’s mission.
Designed by Studio Archom, the Yogananda Library at Shoolini University in Solan, India, is a four-floor concrete structure bathed in natural light. Its voids and volumes broaden to the terrace and become natural containers of light that also help control temperatures and climate inside the building.
Timothy Oulton timber Dome Homes are nestled unobtrusively in the middle of a beautiful lychee garden in Gaoming in southern China. Inspired by traditional Chinese architecture, the architect created an entire village made up from these completely self-supporting, ultra-low energy shells built to German Passive House standards.