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The double shower curtain rod.
The really strange thing here is that it took so long. Showers have been common for at least 50 years, and the problem what to do with the towel must have been around at least as long. But here it is. The double shower curtain rod. The Duo from Polder, Inc. Design Robyn Kaminski and silver winner in IDEA Awards 2006.

4 July 2006



Readers on the self-erecting tent.
Our post on the self erecting tent the other day has brought some comment, and some new information. First from Dick H., who writes:

"These tents have been available in the USA for sometime. I have a two person model. Surprisingly well made. And yes - you just throw it the air to set it up. Folding it up is a little trickier but not bad after you do it several times. Like folding band-saw blades. I would use it more often but the folded diameter makes it awkward to carry - even for car camping."

Right after Dick's mail, there was one from
Andreas S., who recently saw the tent here in Sweden (our translation and edit):

"...Just thought I'd say that there were quite a lot of those self erecting tents on this year's Hultsfred music festival. The first 400, I think, got one for free. Check out the Hultsfred festival's forum and maybe you'll find someone to review it. I'm very curious, too, on how long it takes to fold it. I also seem to remember that it is really small and gets quite crowded with one person and a pack."

Thanks to Dick and Andreas for the mails. We'll see if we can find a guest review of the tent

4 July 2006




Plug-in, the simpler wall socket
A simpler wall power socket.
When you think about it, it is embarrassingly simple. We could have come up with this one ourselves. And you too, most likely. But alas, we did not, and neither did you. Julia Burke did, and we love her for it. As we are sure everyone who has ever bent over double to reach a wall power socket will agree. It is called PLUG-IN, and for now it is a design concept for the University of Notre Dame. But ideas of this magnitude does not usually stay concepts for very long, so now we are just waiting for the European version. Julia Burke won a silver award in the Student Design category in this year's IDEA Awards.

3 July 2006




A.self-erecting two man tent..B.self-erecting two man tent..C.self-erecting two man tent

Self-erecting tent.
Smart Stuff reader Magnus I.B. drops a mail to let us know about the Two Second Tent, the self-erecting two man tent, that uses fiberglass loops to spring into shape in two seconds flat. You take the folded tent out of its storage bag, you throw it into the air (A), thus releasing the loops (B) which erects the tent by the time it reaches the ground (C). The tech seems to resemble the one used in the reflex screens photographers use. Magnus writes (in our translation):

"... Seems clever, but I have not tested it. I'm not ready to accept the statement that you take it down in 15 seconds. Rather expensive, I reckon the cost including shipping from the UK would be about (SEK) 1,200:-"

We have not tested it either, but we can add that the tent comes from Cuechua, and that it recently received a gold in the consumer products group in the IDEA Awards 2006. It is also available in a three person version that erects itself in three seconds. Design by Decathlon France. Thanks, Magnus, for the tip!

2 July 2006




A.Stain-eraser..B.Stain-eraser

C.Stain-eraser..D.Stain-eraser

Stain-eraser.
We will admit right from the start that we did not believe in this product. Not one bit. How could something erase stains (A)? But the thing was pretty cheap, and our sand colored shorts just got some stains in the butt (B), so we might as well give it a try. So we got the Fläck-suddare (literally Stain eraser) out and started working on the smaller stains in the top right of picture (B). And much to our surprise, the stain remover delivered (C). As soon as the small stains were gone, we went to work on the whole area, and even though it did not get the stains out to a hundred percent (D), the results were good enough to save the day. And that is what we think this thing is; a day saver when you are traveling or just out of the house. It is small and practically weightless, so there will be no trouble bringing one. The Stain-eraser is made of melamine and apparently the fibers of the eraser are small enough to get into the grooves of the cloth and get the dirt out. It comes from Be:son Gross in Varberg. It was SEK 12:- (approx. USD 1:60) for a two pack at Gahm's near Hemse in Gotland.

..1 July 2006




Thank you for your patience.
We're back after some really nice days in Gotland. It's really a different place from the rest of Sweden; nature, buildings, weather; everything. If you have not been, do yourself a favor and go some day. You won't regret it. /Ed.

..1 July 2006



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