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Meet the Tritensil, a New and Improved Version of the Spork

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The spork and splayd (or sporf) are clumsy utensils at best. Whether they’re combining just a spoon and fork or throwing a knife in the mix, they’re never easy to eat with. But now, Map—a design consultancy based in London—has created what they think is a utensil that functions pretty well as all three: the Tritensil.

The utensil was created in collaboration with the 300-year-old department store Fortnum & Mason. According to Map’s website, Fortnum & Mason is credited with inventing the spoon-fork-knife combo, which was “first shown in Fortnum’s 1914 Christmas catalogue for Army officers.”

“It's inherently a compromise to combine three different utensils into one design, Map designer Scott Barwick told Fast Company. “If you have a spoon with tines, you can't eat soup with it; likewise, a round, concave fork isn't as good at spearing food as a regular one.”


The company analyzed the foods available in Fortnum & Mason's Hamperling picnic basket, and, according to Map’s website, “optimized the fork for salads, the spoon for desserts and the knife for simple cutting and for spreading the clotted cream and jam on F&M’s iconic cream teas.” Fast Company explains how the three-in-one utensil improves on the spork and splayds:

Holding the tritensil in your hand, the tines of the fork slant downwards, allowing you to pierce food with the edge. The serrated knife edge, meanwhile, faces in the opposite direction, and is part of the soup's bowl, unlike splayds where one of the tines is essentially a large knife. ... The serrations on the tritensil are also softer than a normal knife, making it nearly impossible to cut yourself on that edge.

The Tritensil is available in both bio-based plastic (for takeaway food) and stainless steel (as a picnic accessory) and in right- and left-handed versions. No, it's not the best fork, it's not the best knife, and it's not the best spoon. We don’t think it ever will be, Barwick told Fast Company. But the spork is a very difficult design problem, and we’ve tackled it as best we can. The result, we think, is a really strong design. Fortnum & Mason began handing out the new utensils in their cafes last week.

[h/t Fast.Co Design]

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