No Keyboard, No Problem

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Yes, that’s right, you’re seeing a BlackBerry phone that doesn’t have a keyboard. Who thought we would ever see the day. With the advances being made on all sides from Samsung and iPhone, it seems like the only move forward for a smartphone is to ditch all its features that make it unique and distinguishable. Albeit there are distinguishers, like the finger scanner on the back of the Google Pixel, the conflicting bezel on the top of the iPhone X or the edge-to-edge curved screen on the Samsung S8 – the new BlackBerry Motion removed the keyboard that used to make the BlackBerry so unique. If you’re looking for that keyboard you’ll have to get your hands on the KEYone, effectively the same phone but with the addition of a keyboard. And I know we’ve seen a keyboard-less BlackBerry before in the form of Aurora, but that was only available in Indonesia, making this the only keyboard free model they have for wider markets. Could this be the beginning of a shift towards keyboard-less for BlackBerry? I hope not.

Designer: BlackBerry

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Non-violent Non-silent World War Pen!

Inspired by an era embroiled in war and espionage, by a time that saw the birth of incredible tactics and technology for military purposes, the GP1945 Bolt Action Pen pays tribute to humanity and its evolution post World War II. Made from memories of an undeniably violent past, the GP1945 was actually envisioned to be a recreational tactical device that one could enjoy but also use to save lives.

A strange cross between tactical and recreational, the GP1945 is a pretty remarkable pen. Made entirely from machined titanium, the pen features a bolt action mechanism that is reminiscent of the loading of a rifle. Putting its past aside, the action of the pen almost feels like an addictive fidget toy today, that’s highly entertaining to play with. Plus, with its titanium construction, the mechanism will never break or fail and promises to last a lifetime.

Also built into the pen, giving it its tactical edge, is a military rescue whistle that comes with a multi-tone mode. On sliding your finger up and down the pen’s body, it modulates the pitch of the whistle, making it sound almost like the shrill call of a wild bird. The military rescue whistle can penetrate any kind of wilderness, alerting people far and wide. Built into the body of the GP1945 is another tool to get you out of sticky situations. Acting as a cap that screw-fits right over the mouth of the whistle is a tungsten-steel glass breaker. With the capacity to break its way through almost all kinds of glass (with the tungsten-steel head at the very tip of the glass-breaker), the pen can be a rather valuable tool when trapped inside or even outside a building or a car, i.e., somewhere a whistle wouldn’t necessarily work.

Part tactical, part recreational, and completely desirable, the GP1945 is a marvellous piece of EDC that works as your go-to pen and much more. Even designed to serve as a measuring tool, the knurled grip on the pen comes in 1 inch and 1 cm thicknesses, camouflaging a nifty piece of functionality in its design detail. Available in even Aluminum and Steel variants with stellar build quality being the common factor, the GP1945 is made for everything from cashing cheques, to calling for help, to even cracking through glass!

Designers: Haoyu Feng & Dan Xiong

Click here to Buy Now: $32.00 $59.00

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Made of tungsten steel, the super compact glass breaker is on top of the GP1945 Pen. Different than the regular window breaker pen that has a narrow front.

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A traditional whistle produces a monotone high pitched sound to grab attention from the rescuer. However, a monotone sound can easily get lost in the wind. The GP1945 pen is integrated with a loud, up to 100 dB PRO whistle which is uniquely designed to produce a variety of tones to attract.

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Refining the bolt action mechanism, they prototyped rounds and rounds to integrate the right amount of force, smooth turn-around corners to secure the tip in the pen instead of all over your pockets. Center bolt placement is addictive and fun to fidget in 2 different holding positions.

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Having passed a 4500 lbs Jeep Wrangler road test, the GP 1945 Bolt Action Aluminum Pen is tough built for lifetime use. The Titanium version is extraordinarily tough, stronger than gold. On top of it, the TC4 Titanium we hand-picked has much higher strength than the commonly used TA1 Titanium.

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For the Explorer.

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For the Workhorse.

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For the Photographer.

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In black aluminum.

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In silver aluminum.

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In titanium.

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A Smart Solution for Transfusion

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Most IV systems utilize gravity infusion to deliver blood and medicine, but this solution lacks viability in certain cases. Designed with this in mind, the PIVS or Portable IV System features a smart pressure mechanism to squeeze existing solution bags. The amount and speed of the injection can be controlled directly on the device to accommodate different dosing and medicine specifications. Portable, lightweight and ready for use in just seconds, it’s perfect for IV therapy in the home or in a healthcare setting but even more so at emergency sites or even on the battlefield.

Designers: Park Yongwoo & Kim Gyua

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This Could Be the End of Personal Vehicles

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Altern isn’t quite a bus, but it’s not quite a train! Instead, this transportation hybrid takes the best qualities of both to maximize the existing urban architecture within cities. Specifically, the system runs on roadways as buses would with intermittent stops at designated locations. However, the autonomous, electric system consists of multiple passenger units (similar to a train) than can automatically join together to make more room for passengers.

Depending on the time of day, traffic, and demand, the smart-linked system can adapt to accommodate demand for faster, more efficient rides! It’s likely that something like this could altogether replace personal vehicles within cities.

Designers: Mikolaj Nicer, Blazej Bacalski, Jakub Maciejczyk & Grzegorz Szczupal

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This Could Be the End of Personal Vehicles

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Altern isn’t quite a bus, but it’s not quite a train! Instead, this transportation hybrid takes the best qualities of both to maximize the existing urban architecture within cities. Specifically, the system runs on roadways as buses would with intermittent stops at designated locations. However, the autonomous, electric system consists of multiple passenger units (similar to a train) than can automatically join together to make more room for passengers.

Depending on the time of day, traffic, and demand, the smart-linked system can adapt to accommodate demand for faster, more efficient rides! It’s likely that something like this could altogether replace personal vehicles within cities.

Designers: Mikolaj Nicer, Blazej Bacalski, Jakub Maciejczyk & Grzegorz Szczupal

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