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Third-Gen One Laptop Per Child Device Unveiled

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At $100, Fuseproject's XO-3 meets the call for a cheap, robust laptop for kids in the developing world

This week, Yves Behar's fuseproject studio unveiled the latest addition to the One Laptop Per Child project, which aims to provide cheap, durable computers to kids in the developing world. The OLPC XO-3, launched at CES 2012, is substantially thicker than the absurdly thin concept tablet shown in 2009. Unfortunately, e-paper tech hasn't advanced as much as the designers envisioned, so Behar and......read more

Mitchell Flexo

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Mitchell grew up in Redding, CA and graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2009 with a major in Global Studies and a minor in Spanish. He is a current Santa Barbara-ite and all around dilettante, working as a sustainable entrepreneur as owner of a vegetable gardening business and moonlights as a writer for SHFT. Mitch’s upcoming move to the eco-geek mecca of San Francisco in January of next......read more

Hotel Nowhere - KAMTCHATKA

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Nixon Surf Challenge, stunning Man vs Nature imagery

Each year, Nixon organise one of the wildest and remote surf contests on the planet.  Ten of the best European surfers are invited to an unknown surf destination, to battle against their own fears & human limits without the pressures of the public or the press. An unexpected quest, one where the only enemy is yourself and your best ally is nature, in its rawest, purest form. In June......read more

Slow Life by Daniel Stoupin

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Watch a mesmerizing macro time-lapse of exotic corals

Daniel Stoupin, a PhD student at the University of Queensland in Australia, combined macro, aquatic and time-lapse photography to create this hypnotic underwater clip. The video, titled "Slow Life," was assembled from over 150,000 close-up photographs of exotic corals, showing their secret lives under high magnification. "Corals and sponges are very mobile creatures, but their motion is only......read more

Marcus Lyon: Exodus

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A planet on the move

British artist Marcus Lyon [previously] continues his exploration of the shifting global environment and economy with Exodus, a series of composite images of people, goods and services on the move: Exodus is an exploration of the most significant migrations of the early 21st Century. As the ability of humans, goods and services to circumnavigate the planet increases exponentially we are left......read more

Fantastical Landscapes by Melissa Loop

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A Midwestern artist conjures exotic worlds in paint

Minneapolis-based painter Melissa Loop borrows from and subverts Romantic ideas about landscape art in these stunning, fantastical works that speak to the artificality of imagined paradises. The hyper-colored canvases present exotic locations as if conjured from some dystopian dream, complete with haphazard drips, neon spray paint and jumbled digitized shapes. From the artist: By using the......read more

Nanostriker XL by Exotac

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The perfect camping tool provides everything you need to start a fire -- in one tiny package $32.95

From its homebase in Buford, Georgia, Exotac makes innovative outdoors and survivalist products built to withstand the harshest of environments. The Nanostriker XL -- an evolution of Exotac's gamechanging Nanostriker -- provides everything you need to start a fire in one tiny package. The key firestarting component is a 1/4" ferrocerium rod that burns at 5500°F. An ultra-sharp tungsten......read more

Polystriker XL by Exotac

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Light it up with Exotac's innovative tungsten carbide firestarter $17.95

Exotac's affordable, durable ferro rod firestarting products have outdoors enthusiasts and survivalists fired up. The Exotac Polystriker XL updates the company's popular Polystriker tool, with the same innovative tungsten carbide striker design as the smaller Nanostriker. The ferrocerium rod, which strikes easily, even when wet, burns at nearly 5500 °F -- plenty hot to light a fire......read more

Safe Calculator by Lexon

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Retro-styled calculator with eco credentials to boot $49.00

Designed by Elise Berthier and Pierre Garner, the retro-looking Safe Calculator from Lexon has plenty of next-generation eco credentials, including a solar-powered battery and a bamboo and corn starch bio-plastic design. ...read more

Lexon Safe Travel Clock

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Solar/battery-powered clock in bamboo and bioplastic

The perfect travel companion. Made of bamboo and corn-based bioplastic, the pocket-sized Lexon Safe Travel Clock will run on either batteries or solar power....read more

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