Pin Lights Prevent Tripsies at the Campsite

Pin Lights are a design study by Kim Jung Su, Kim Dong Hwan, Yoon Ji Soo and Yoon Jae Sun. I don't believe there are any plans for production, but there should be. They're a little large and awkward, but with a little tweaking, Pin Lights could be a very functional addition to any campsite. I don't know how many times I've tripped on my guy lines and/or stakes, so having a warning light built...
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Odorico Pordenone: A Stylish, Functional Expanding Camper

A camper that looks like a stylish piece of modern architecture, the Odorico Pordenone is the brainchild of student Jakub Novak. Unlike the average pop up camper, this modular design includes hard surfaces that spread laterally via crank to offer a living room, kitchen and a bedroom. The expanding flanks reveal a large window that provides views to the wilderness just outside. It sleeps up to four. Unfortunately this modern, stylish, award-winning camper design is...
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Handy Camping Tool? Bottle Opener With Integrated Garbage Bin

  I don't know how many times I've laid down on the couch only to shower myself and my upholstery with a hailstorm of bottle caps from a recent camping trip or BBQ outing--or maybe just from sitting on the couch two minutes before. You see, nine out of 10 times, I don't have a garbage bin handy when I'm popping a beer. Sure, I could get up and throw the bottle cap out, but...
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Outdoor Design Triumph or Fail: Inflatable Sleeping Coat

The Inflatable Sleeping Coat is a recent design by Tsui-Wei. The coat functions as a traditional wind/waterproof jacket and can also be extended into a full-body raincoat. When the sun disappears, the coat is capable of being inflated into a camping mat/sleeping bag and used for sleeping. Unlike the JakPak, you'll need to bring your own tent if the weather is questionable because this offers very limited rain protection and insulation. The add-on rain skirt can also...
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The Spokeless Bike Wheel

This proof-of-concept design was undertaken by a group of nine mechanical design students from Yale. As a project for class, they set out to prove that a spokeless wheel was possible--and they did just that. The design doesn't look that practical for real-world application, but it certainly looks cool. The designers envision using the empty space to house a motor or basket. The bike is a single-speed configuration and looks to house internal gearing inside...
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"Opera" Camper Is a Stunning Piece of Backwoods Luxury

  Looking decidedly more like artwork than the rugged trailer you'd want to take into the backcountry, this is "Opera", designed by Belgian architect Axel Enthoven. The captivating camper takes design cues from the iconic Sydney Opera House and adds plenty of comfort and luxury inside. Some of its features include two electrically adjustable beds that can combine into one, a wine cabinet, espresso bar and a ceramic toilet. When not in use, it folds...
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Introducing the ICON Flashlight

If you value form as much as function, you'll love the new ICON LED flashlights. Ergonomically designed, the ICON has an 'open-architecture' construction, which means your hands stay cool and dry when you use it. Made of aerospace-aluminum, it can take abuse, and if you drop it in a lake or stream, no worries. The ICON's o-ring seals make it waterproof. It's available in several models, including the Rogue 1 (4.5" long), which requires 1...
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Student Invents Bicycle Which Folds Into 26-Inch Wheel Circumference For James Dyson Prize

Check out this cool folding bicycle developed by an English design student. It folds up into the space of the bike wheel's 26 inch circumference, and rolls along for easy transportation:   LINK
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Concept Survival Gear: Reborn Survival Kit

Although most of us probably won't find ourselves fighting the perils of the choppy seas, just in case, here's an interesting piece of concept gear that would be invaluable. The Reborn Survival Kit, designed by Xue Zhichao, folds up like a baton and contains all kinds of gadgets that would come in handy should you find yourself looking out at an ominous ocean, with no clue of how to get home. Open the kit to...
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More Concept Camping Gear: Camplite Aduro Stove

The Camplite Aduro stove designed by Rob Prickett may look a bit bulky, but when you study the design further you realize it offers a major advantage: it requires no fuel canister. Pull the cap off the leg and fill it directly with fuel and you're ready to cook. Details like weight, fuel type and how much fuel it holds haven't been provided, but it certainly could be a handy design. Currently, the stove measures 11.2" by 3.4", but...
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Concept Camping Gear: Self-Heating Thermos

  We've all seen those crank-powered flashlights at campsites and in home emergency kits. How about a crank-powered thermos that heats your food, potentially eliminating the need for a separate stove? The Vertigo, designed by Nicolas Bernal is just that. The self-contained, heating thermos includes a dynamo top that you crank to create electricity to heat the food held within the thermos. It takes about 3 minutes of cranking to heat up your meal. The shell...
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A Modern Tepee.

Got $2,200 lying around? Snag this modern tepee, designed by Dave Ellis, for Design Within Reach. "For adventurers of all ages, the classic Tepee (2008) is a simple solution for spending time outdoors with minimal impact on the surrounding landscape...[The tepee] provides proper ventilation, flame resistance and reinforced stress points. What’s also unique about this design is the sewn-in floor liner that allows proper air flow, while ensuring that nothing accidentally leaves or enters the...
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