Somehow some of the simplest solutions to our most persistent problems, like getting a good night's sleep, have remain unsolved until enterprising geeks started putting their thinking caps on and making their way to Kickstarter to present their concepts and turn them into reality.
Elecom, Japan's masters of multiple function household swag, have done it again by splicing the design DNA of data storage devices with our most enduring analog office tool, the common paperclip.
3D printers have been around long enough for prices to gradually decrease enough to allow independent shops to harness them for a myriad of innovative uses. One tiny shop in Tokyo has now decided that one of those uses should be getting a head start on creating mechanical replicas of ourselves.
Despite various takes on the perfect mode of eco-friendly city transport, the truth is that the ultimate green machine will not only be human-powered, but will be made of recycled materials like the Frii prototype plastic bike.
Our phones and cars are evolving, so there's no reason why simple things like our bicycles shouldn't become appropriately futurized as well....
Evoking images of a Leonardo da Vinci old world invention that was far ahead of its time, the Situationist Drawing Device is a very real device that was invented to literally map our 21st century reality.
So, you want a lamp that's got a bit more character than your standard-issue lighting source. Well, it doesn't get much more unique than this stunning Nuke Lamp.
Aside from having a cool name reminiscent of the God of Thunder, Thorunn Arnadottir's neatest trick is combining influences from several cultures to harness the power of QR codes in fashion.
It's a myth that smart phone users are all teetotalers. In fact, you more likely to see an iPhone at the local pub now more than ever. And now someone has finally acknowledged this intersection of beer connoisseurship and smart phone culture with what may be the best iPhone case ever made.
Fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld is known for his Twitter quips like "I envy Zaha Hadid's ability to sketch on computers," but in his latest show he manages to harness to technology to his own ends with great effect.