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This Trash Can/Vacuum Combo Makes Dustpans Obsolete

When I imagine hell, I think of an eternity of attempting to sweep tinier and tinier grains of dirt and grime off the floor into a dustpan using only a broom. No matter how vigorously I sweep those piles of household debris into the dustpan, there will always be that single line of grime left over, the unsweepable filth doomed to haunt my kitchen floor forever. 

Enter Bruno, a trash can that doubles as a vacuum to eliminate the need for dustpans. Just sweep everything right up to the edge of the trash can, and the compact little kitchen helper will do the rest. The integrated vacuum system activates when the broom comes close to the base of the trash can, sucking dirt up directly into the trash bag. It runs on batteries, and can run for 30 days per charge.  



Of course, you’ve got to buy Bruno’s custom-fitted trash bags, as well as deal with the very real possibility that some day your trash can may break—something that is a virtual impossibility with your average dumb trash receptacle. Such is the price of living in the future, where even your trash has an app of its own (in this case, one that will remind everyone in the house when it's trash day). 


Bruno may be a little more expensive than your average refuse bin, but the price of eliminating the sweep-sweep-dump-vacuum-sweep-again cycle of dustpan cleaning could be worth it. At least for those who haven't given up and pledged to live Pigpen-style. The high-tech dustbin is available on Kickstarter for $159.

[h/t: Co.Design]

All images courtesy Bruno.

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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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These Are the 157 New Emojis Coming to Your Phone
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Emojipedia

If words alone aren’t enough to express yourself while texting, there are now new emojis at your disposable. As Slate reports, the roster of flags, smiley faces, and random sports equipment just grew by 157 pictographs. After receiving the stamp of approval from the Unicode consortium, these emojis will soon be making an appearance on your keyboard.

The release of the redhead emoji has been long-anticipated, but this newest batch includes curly hairstyles as well for the many people without straight locks. Texters also now have the choice of gray hair or no hair at all when designing their emoji avatars.

Other human-related additions include superhero and super villain emojis in various skin tones and hairdos. There are 10 new animal emojis, including a badger, a peacock, a lobster, and a kangaroo, as well as six new food emojis, like a cupcake, a mango, and a lettuce leaf.

People who prefer classic smiley-face emojis will be happy to see the six new options in that category: cold face, hot face, partying face, pleading face, woozy face, and smiling face with four hearts. Along with these come plenty of new entries, like the dismembered leg, petri dish, abacus, safety pin, and lacrosse stick.

After announcing the initial designs on February 7, the emoji-standardizing team at Unicode will vote on the final versions in June before they’re made available to phone companies.

[h/t Slate]

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