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Going To Travel This Summer? Take A SunRocket!

Whether you are camping, picnicking, backpacking, or on a cross-country road trip there is nothing like being able to make a hot cup of tea or some instant soup for a quick pick-me-up or a hot meal to keep you going. You don't have to stop and build a fire anymore. You can set your SunRocket out and let the sun do the work. Once your water is hot the SunRocket also keeps your chosen liquid hot for hours.

Sand Castle Building For Dummies

I am a dummy when it comes to sand castles. I couldn't build one to save my life. So the idea of molds to help build them seems like a good one. I would have loved these as a kid. Heck, if I was into beach-going now I could have a lot of fun with them. These World Landmark and Architecture Sand Molds also have that element of education for the kids. It's a great way to augment a day of sun, surf, and sand.

The Gallery of Nature: Art of the Earth

It often seems that the modern generation of artists has become obsessed with using the most outlandish or unusual materials to create their work. Richard Shilling chooses to return to the literal roots of art and uses the elements of the natural world to inspire awareness and delight the senses.

Empire State Building Steals Show With First-Time-Ever Light Display On July, 4, 2013

They say it doesn't matter how long you live, the world will continue to provide with "first-time experiences." That adage apparently goes for landmark buildings as well. This year with the iconic Empire State Building celebrating its 82nd birthday,  its new LED lighting system lit up the skyline in syncopation with the July 4th fireworks on the Hudson River.

Light Up Your Life With FIREase

When it comes to starting fires for your camping trip or your summer outdoor entertaining it isn't always so easy to get that traditional wood fire going. Once you get it going it can take some work poking and prodding to keep it going and then carefully adding new wood as the fire burns down. FIREase has created the IncinerGrate to make fire starting and maintaining as simple as toasting marshmallows.

Japanese Sailor School Swimsuit Adds Class To Any Beach

The Sailor School Swimsuit from Japan's SchoolFiction turns any summertime siesta into an amusing expose of anime expression... not that there's anything wrong with that.

Camping In A State Of Suspension -- A Suspended Tent That Is

Look! Up in the trees! It's a UFO! It's a hammock! It's a tree house! No, it's a . . . tent? Yes, that's it. It is the Tentsile Stingray tent and it is designed to be used either on the ground or suspended in the trees. It is the brain-child of tree house designer Alex Shirley-Smith, in partnership with product designer Kirk Kirchev. The idea was to make a simple, lightweight, portable tree house using minimal materials. The result is an other-worldly looking design.

Unique Fire Pits Are Custom Art For Your Yard Or Patio

There is nothing like sitting around a fire on a summer night, talking with friends and family, and maybe toasting a few marshmallows. While this has long been common practice on camping trips, it is nice to be able to do it at home as well -- thus the invention of the fire pit. While these fire pits are nice, they can be so much more. Just ask Melissa Crisp. She won't just tell you, she will show you. She is an artist who is creating fire pits as works of art.

The Freeloader Keeps Parents On The Move When Little Legs Get Tired

The Freeloader is a child carrier with a twist. Unlike traditional carriers, which are made basically just for babies, the Freeloader can hold a child of up to 80 lbs. It fits on the adult like a backpack and has a lightweight, fold-down seat at the back.

Hello Kitty Baby/Child In The Car Sign Rocks & Rolls To Grab Drivers' Attention

The officially licensed “Hello Kitty Baby in the Car Sign” from Sanrio combines bright, contrasting colors and clever kinetic movement to ensure other drivers know your precious snowflake is riding shotgun. It also grows with your offspring, changing from Baby to Child when they do.

Crochet the Change You Want to See in the World

Pulling the strings of New York artist Olek will only give you more questions to answer. Her crochet-based installments and art are riddles wrapped in a mystery inside....well, yarn. She tries to untie the knots of society and unwind her own self-expression as an artist by weaving her journey into her work.

Lightning Charger Connector Caps Add Dash To iPhones, iPads & iPods

Is your iPhone, iPad or iPad bare and naked? Cover those unsightly holes with one of 5 Lightning Charger Connector Caps from the Bone Collection. Snapping snugly into your Apple device's Lightning connector slot, these cute character covers fit flush against the body while keeping the slot dirt-, dust- and debris-free.

Safety Nets Keep Pedestrians Covered When Beijing Manholes Aren't

Dropping out of sight through an open manhole might be funny in cartoons but in real life, not so much. China's capital city of Beijing is testing out a possible solution, installing safety nets under 1,000 manhole covers along with a reflective pylon that pops up if the cover is removed.

As Seen on TV: The Pocket Hose -- Product Review

The Pocket Hose is quite innovative.  I own one.  It was given as a gift by my girlfriend's mother.  And before your minds go into the gutter, let's take a look at the actual product...

Colorful Plastic Umbrella Hangers Make Your Parasol Stand Up & Stand Out

These small, strong and colorful Umbrella Hangers from Japan's Mabuworld have no moving parts but perform more than one function: they hang your umbrella virtually anywhere while marking it as your property.

Let The Sun Shine On Intersolar 2013’s Solar Powered Exhibition!

If the future of solar energy makes you all sunny and warm inside, there’s no hotter place to be than Intersolar North America in sunny San Francisco, California.

Zoomies -- Binocular Glasses. Stylish? Maybe... But Do They Work?

Zoomies.  Just the name inspires curiousity.  Essentially these things are binoculars that you wear like sunglasses.  Cool idea.  But do they work? Should you buy Zoomies? Here's my review.

Rising Stars In Action Sport Industries At The Agenda Trade Show! NYC, Long Beach, Las Vegas!

If you’re ready to see what the latest trends, innovations and fashions are about to hit skateboarding and streetwear, then it’s time to get pumped for Agenda!

Huge Inflatable Rubber Ducks Now Available Online In China

Rubber duckie, you're so... BIG! Inspired perhaps by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman's 16.5m (54ft) tall inflatable Rubber Duck currently afloat in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour, Chinese company KK Inflatable is selling similarly sized (and larger!) blow-up ducks online at Taobao.

RentAGoat.com: When Business Innovation Meets Low Tech

Using the internet to develop and market an innovative idea doesn’t need to be a hairy experience, but this green landscaping company is the exception to that rule! Let’s take a closer look at RentAGoat.com’s innovative business: