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Try These 5 Barefoot Running Shoes That May be Better Than Vibram

When you hear "barefoot" or "minimalist" shoes, you probably think of the Vibram FiveFingers. Vibram has been at the forefront of the barefoot shoe market since barefoot shoes became a household name. However, there are other barefoot shoes out there, and for those who still love running "faux naturale," despite recent scrutiny, check out these five alternatives to the big daddy Vibram.Perhaps one of them may work better for you?

Outdoorsman Invents A Sleeping Bag For A Dog: The Barker Bag

Barker's not just any dog; he belongs to Andy Storms, a Seattle softgoods designer and outdoorsman, who loves to hike and camp with his best pal.  Barker's a tough dog; he hikes trails with Andy and he can get down and dirty with the best of them, but when night time comes, he likes to be cuddly and warm at the bottom of Andy's sleeping bag.  Problem is that while Barker stays warm, Andy's feet freeze.

Generate Electricity By Playing With SOCCKET

"We combine play with innovative technology to address real-world issues in a meaningful fun way." That's what Uncharted Play's website says, and with a product like the SOCCKET Soccer Ball, the ball that generates energy and can charge small electrical devices, they're living up to that statement.

World's First Electric Wooden Bike Leads The Charge To Sustainable Cycling

Bough Bikes is a world leader in the field of handmade all-wood bicycles, having produced over 300 pedal-powered two-wheelers from sustainably harvested French Oak. Now the Dutch manufacturer is, ahem, branching out into electrobikes, showing off two prototype electric wooden bikes at this year's NYCxDesign.

Would You Use An Otteroo Baby Floatie?

Otteroo is a water floatie that fits around your baby’s neck and is meant to give her free range of motion while familiarizing her with water. By allowing your baby to move and float without restrictions, the designers of Otteroo believe their product will promote muscle strength, coordination, and give your baby confidence through independence. This product scares the bejesus out of me.

Grip + Case For iPhone Is Tailored For The Athlete

Are you an athlete? Do you like working out to your favorite songs? The Grip + protective case for the iPhone 5 and 5s could be exactly what you need. This product was developed with the athelte in mind and comes with features for the sports enthuiast.


Per4M Juke 360 Is A Simple Design That Can Help Improve Your Footwork And Speed

What could MacGyver do with a belt, bungee cord and safety strap? He could probably make some sort of slingshot with the ability to catapult a human over a 50 foot wall. What PER4M did with those materials was develop the Juke 360, a simple training device that can help you improve your footwork and speed.

Connect And Power Your Device With The Solar Ski Helmet

In the market for a ski helmet? How about one with built-in audio? How about one with built-in audio, a microphone, Bluetooth technology that can power all of these extras via solar energy? Well, you can't have this helmet just yet, but developers at Fraunhofer IZM are working with TU Berlin and TEXSYS to get this product out on the market.

SolePower Can't Recharge Busy Mom, But It Can Charge Her Phone With Every Step

SolePower is making it possible to charge your portable electronics by doing what most people do every day: walking. They are also feeding right into the feet of multitasking moms who never sit down. By using a power-generating insole, a portable Power Pack stores enough energy to charge a cell phone after 2.5-5 miles of walking, which is what the average person walks each day.

+ Pool Could Be The World's First Water-Filtering Floating Pool

How many people actually swim in the Hudson and East Rivers? Not many. New York City is surrounded by water, yet the water isn't the cleanest and that deters potential swimmers. That's where the + Pool comes in. This community pool will float on one of New York's rivers and filter the river water through its walls, making the water inside the pool clean and great for swimming.

Want This New Invention? Your Own Personal Solar-Powered Cloud

On a hot and sunny day there is nothing like a big, fluffy cumulus cloud to create a bit of relaxing shade. But, oh, they seem to move off all too quickly. Believe it or not, there is something you can do about this. You can have a Solar-Powered Cumulus Parasol. It is like owning your own little piece of the sky.

Smart Dives Into The Electric Bicycle Market With Its Smooth But Heavy e-bike

Electric bikes are becoming increasingly popular among urban commuters. They get you to work without the hassle of sweating out a ride, as you would on a traditional bike, or having to find parking, as you would in a car. Now, Smart, makers of the Smart fortwo cars, have dipped their toes into the electric bike market with their smooth but heavy e-bike.

Bossaball: An Extreme, High-Flying New Sport

Volleyball meets gymnastics. Throw in a little soccer and capoeira, and what do you get? You get a game played on a big air mattress with trampolines and a net. You get high-flying action, acrobatic shots, spiking, diving and kicking. You get bossaball.

Carry Your Goal In A Duffel With Goalrilla's Gamemaker

Training for sports is tough. Even tougher is training for a sport when the equipment is hard to come by--equipment like soccer goals. Not all soccer players have an eight foot tall goal in their backpack, but they could. That's right, they could have a soccer goal in their backpack with the Goalrilla Gamemaker.

Make Your Picnic Posh With The Picnic Trolley

No awkward, bulky coolers will do at a picnic where the Picnic Trolley is going! Made in Great Britain (Wales, in fact), "the mecca of high-end picnics," the Picnic Trolley is brought to you by the incredibly innovative Pro-Idee Concept Studio....

Onewheel Is A Self-Balancing, Electric Skateboard With Only One Wheel

Onewheel. The name says it all...or at least most of it. Of course, it says "one wheel," but it doesn't say "electric skateboard," nor does it say "self-balancing." But the Onewheel is all of those things--an electric, self-balancing skateboard with only one wheel.

X9 Follow: Golf Trolley That Follows You

Who wants to carry their own golf clubs around the course? That's what caddies and golf carts are for right? Well, now there's a third option. The X9 Follow is the first golf trolley that will follow you around the course. It's like having a R2D2 as a caddy.

Carry The Adhoc Canoe In A Backpack

Imagine hauling your canoe out of the water after a few hours on the river, stretching your legs on the bank, and then walking back to your canoe, folding it up, storing it in your backpack and going on your way. How convenient would that be? Well imagine no more. The Adhoc Folding Canoe is a real thing.

SwingEase Converts Traditional Park Swings Into Baby And Toddler Swings

Being at the park together is not really being together when you have kids of different ages. It’s rare to find enough baby or toddler swings at a park and it can be tougher to find them near the big kid swings and slides. SwingEase solves that problem by converting a standard park swing into a swing safe for babies and toddlers.

Chinese High School Holds Exams In A Forest To Prevent Cheating

Teachers at Chengfeng School in Jingzhou, China have come up with an innovative way to prevent plagiarism by students taking important mid-term exams: moving the students' desks outside and widely separating them within a nearby forest.