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Slap Bracelet-Notepad Hybrid Is the Perfect Tool for Forgetful '90s Kids

Wemo
Wemo

If you own a fancy smart watch, you can access directions, grocery lists, and other notes you write by glancing down at your arm. But blowing a few hundred bucks on a high-tech wearable isn’t the only way to keep your notes where you can see them. As Co.Design reports, the Wemo bracelet is a notepad for your wrist, and it only costs around $11.

Wemo (short for wearable memo) should look familiar to anyone who grew up in the 1980s or '90s. The oblong-shaped, silicone band wraps around your wrist like a slap bracelet. Lines or a bullet journal-style dot grid act as the template for your notes, which you can jot down with either a marker or ballpoint pen. The writing stays clear even if you’re working in the rain or underwater. When you're ready to wipe away what you’ve written, an eraser or a few quick rubs with your finger will do the trick.

Designers working for the Japanese brand Kenma were inspired to create the product after seeing nurses write notes directly on their skin. Emergency medical technicians, police officers, and construction workers may also need to write and access notes quickly while keeping their hands free. But even if your job doesn’t require it, Wemo may be a smart option if you’ve ever found yourself writing a brilliant idea on some scrap of paper you were bound to lose when you didn’t have a notebook handy.

Bracelet standing up and wrapped.
Wemo

Bracelet on a person's wrist.
Wemo

Colorful bracelets.
Wemo

The bracelets are available to purchase in green, cream, and light blue from Amazon.

[h/t Co.Design]

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A Cartographer Is Mapping All of the UK’s National Parks, J.R.R. Tolkien-Style
Peak District National Park
Peak District National Park
Dan Bell

Cartographer Dan Bell makes national parks into fantasy lands. Bell, who lives near Lake District National Park in England, is currently on a mission to draw every national park in the UK in the style of the maps in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, Kottke.org reports.

The project began in September 2017, when Bell posted his own hand-drawn version of a Middle Earth map online. He received such a positive response that he decided to apply the fantasy style to real world locations. He has completed 11 out of the UK’s 15 parks so far. Once he finishes, he hopes to tackle the U.S. National Park system, too. (He already has Yellowstone National Park down.)

Bell has done various other maps in the same style, including ones for London and Game of Thrones’s Westeros, and he commissions, in case you have your own special locale that could use the Tolkien treatment. Check out a few of his park maps below.

A close-up of a map for Peak District National Park
Peak District National Park in central England
Dan Bell

A black-and-white illustration of Cairngorms National Park in the style of a 'Lord of the Rings' map.
Cairngorms National Park in Scotland
Dan Bell

A black-and-white illustration of Lake District National Park in the style of a 'Lord of the Rings' map.
Lake District National Park in England
Dan Bell

You can buy prints of the maps here.

[h/t Kottke.org]

All images by Dan Bell

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The North Face's New Geodesic Dome Tent Will Protect You in 60 mph Wind
The North Face
The North Face

You can find camping tents designed for easy set-up, large crowds, and sustainability, but when it comes to strength, there’s only so much abuse a foldable structure can take. Now, The North Face is pushing the limits of tent durability with a reimagined design. According to inhabitat, the Geodome 4 relies on its distinctive geodesic shape to survive wind gusts approaching hurricane strength.

Instead of the classic arching tent structure, the Geodome balloons outward like a globe. It owes its unique design to the five main poles and one equator pole that hold it in place. Packed up, the gear weighs just over 24 pounds, making it a practical option for car campers and four-season adventurers. When it’s erected, campers have floor space measuring roughly 7 feet by 7.5 feet, enough to sleep four people, and 6 feet and 9 inches of space from ground to ceiling if they want to stand. Hooks attached to the top create a system for gear storage.

While it works in mild conditions, the tent should really appeal to campers who like to trek through harsher weather. Geodesic domes are formed from interlocking triangles. A triangle’s fixed angles make it one of the strongest shapes in engineering, and when used in domes, triangles lend this strength to the overall structure. In the case of the tent, this means that the dome will maintain its form in winds reaching speeds of 60 mph. Meanwhile, the double-layered, water-resistant exterior keeps campers dry as they wait out the storm.

The Geodome 4 is set to sell for $1635 when it goes on sale in Japan this March. In the meantime, outdoorsy types in the U.S. will just have to wait until the innovative product expands to international markets.

[h/t inhabitat]

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