Grove's Bamboo iPad Case Is Typically Nice, Typically Spendy

Wooden gadget accessories appeal to a certain kind of dweebus—I am that dweebus. And Oregon's Grove has been among the best for years. Now they're making iPad cases. Are they worth it? » 5/12/14 3:00pm 5/12/14 3:00pm

These Bamboo Micro-Homes Would Turn Abandoned Buildings Into Villages

As China designs a roadmap to bring 100 million rural citizens into cities over the next five years, it and other booming east Asian countries will confront a problem that's been around since the 1980s: The massive housing shortage and the illegal dwellings that result. Two architects think they've found a temporary… » 4/09/14 11:00am 4/09/14 11:00am

This Soaring Openair Cafe Is Made From Giant Bamboo Fishing Baskets

In Vietnam, it's common to use bamboo baskets to catch fish and eels. Less common? To find the same type of bamboo structures supporting an entire building. This open-air beauty is the Kontum Indochine Cafe, in central Vietnam, and it looks like it's supported by 15 giant bamboo fishing baskets. » 6/19/13 6:20pm 6/19/13 6:20pm

8,000 Sheets Of Rice Paper Can Organize Into Art

I know you're all wondering how many sheets of rice paper is a lot. And I'm going to tell you. 8,000. When I think of a lot of rice paper I am thinking of 8,000 sheets of rice paper. » 4/07/13 11:00am 4/07/13 11:00am

Minimalist Bamboo Desk Set: The Wood Makes It Good

Most people don't really care if their stapler matches their pencil sharpener, or if their tape dispenser matches their USB hub. But that's because they haven't seen Yu Jian's gorgeous bamboo desk set that incorporates various office-related accessories into hollowed-out bamboo trunks. » 4/05/13 9:33am 4/05/13 9:33am

A Tiny Wacom Stylus Is a Perfect Phone Companion (If You Don't Lose It)

This stubby little stylus might look more like a crayon than something you'd usually use with your tablet, but it could be just the thing if you only occasionally need to ditch your digits for something more precise. » 4/02/13 8:44am 4/02/13 8:44am

This Beautifully Engineered Bamboo Table Holds Itself Together With…

Like a giant version of one of those wooden puzzles you have to figure out how to disassemble, J.P. Meulendijks' bamboo Lock table is cleverly held together in a manner that will have your dinner guests scratching their heads. » 10/23/12 7:00pm 10/23/12 7:00pm

This Island Tiki Hut Hides A Lot of Money

You see that phone booth-sized tiki hut made of bamboo, stone and glass? That's a specially made building that houses the only ATM in a village. On top of that, it's completely solar powered, naturally designed for its island and holds a whole lotta cash. » 7/02/12 11:20am 7/02/12 11:20am

Eat From Bamboo Cutlery So Graceful, It Looks Like It Was Designed by…

Designer Makoto Koizumi might not be an aeronautical engineer, but the organic flowing curves of their bamboo Minotake cutlery set look makes it look like they started life as a revolutionary new propeller design. » 6/20/12 7:40pm 6/20/12 7:40pm

The 6 Things Your Friends and Family Should Have Gotten You From Urban…

You probably think that Urban Outfitters is for lomography-obsessed, ironic-canvas-bag-toting, paper-thin-dress-wearing hipsters like the ones above. And you're more or less right! But that doesn't mean they don't carry some kickass gadgetry. » 12/30/11 4:00pm 12/30/11 4:00pm

Completely Negate the Thinness of Your iPad or Macbook with These…

Well done! You bought a Blackbox case, crafted from bamboo, for your Apple device and now you're eco-friendly and green, and sustainable and so on and so forth. But now your Apple whatever is also wonderfully bulky. » 9/07/11 1:09pm 9/07/11 1:09pm

The Bamboo Water Bottle's Secret Ingredient Is Way Better than Bamboo

Bamboo bamboo bamboo. I get it. It's written on this damn bottle four times. I know, it's gonna save the world. I'm not against bamboo, but I'd rather focus on a far more important component of this water bottle: air. » 6/22/11 4:30pm 6/22/11 4:30pm

Show Your Green Credentials Off With a Bamboo Laptop Briefcase

Ignoring for a second just how heavy and cumbersome this bamboo MacBook case would be (not to mention you can't squeeze a power cable or your sandwich in there), these SILVA Limited cases are simply stunning. » 4/13/11 1:00pm 4/13/11 1:00pm

There's No Use Snapping Retro Photos if Your iPhone Doesn't Look Retro…

For $35 you can snap up a one-of-a-kind iPhone 4 case, carved in either bamboo, walnut or zebra wood. Most of SigniCase's cases have retro cameras on the backs, but there are some plain designs (and an Eiffel tower) as well. [Etsy via @WhatKatieDoes] » 3/30/11 10:00am 3/30/11 10:00am

The School from the Beginning of Serenity Actually Exists in Indonesia

Sunlight. A tropical breeze blowing across your hands as you take down notes. The Green School is a far cry from the windowless, prison-like schools that I attended growing up. I bet this school churns out creative, telepathic geniuses. » 10/14/10 1:20am 10/14/10 1:20am

Inside the Secret Science of Packing Material

We gadget freaks obsess over gear, big and small: cameras, phones, notebooks, desktops, home theater speakers, HDTVs, and much more. But how often do we pay attention to the technology surrounding our gear, the packing material that keeps it safe? » 9/17/10 9:20am 9/17/10 9:20am

Apple Magic Trackpad: The Beginning of the End for Mac OS X

The $69 Apple Magic Trackpad is nothing new. The Wacom Bamboo Touch has offered the same multi-touch functionality for almost a year. Its true relevance is in what it heralds: The end of Mac OS X as we know it. » 7/29/10 10:02am 7/29/10 10:02am

Bamboo Earbuds Are an Exercise in Simple Technology

Gadgets don't always have to be chockablock with high-tech innovations. Sometimes, a clean, simple design is perfect. Especially when it matches these beautiful bamboo iPhone 4 cases. Just $24. [Reveal via LikeCool] » 7/02/10 8:20am 7/02/10 8:20am

Bamboo iPhone 4 Cases Show Your Green-Leaning

If an iPhone 4 has arrived on your doorstep, you'll probably be sizing-up potential cases already. You don't want to end up with a scratched iPhone, so rather than spring for an overpriced Bumper, check out these stylish bamboo cases. » 6/24/10 5:05am 6/24/10 5:05am

Vers Handcrafted Wood iPad Case Beautifies Your Bezel, Props Your Pad

Now that you know you'll have your sweaty hands on an iPad on April 3, you can start fussing over the other stuff you'll need for your shiny new gadget. This Vers case is pretty and has one of those..um... » 3/06/10 1:30pm 3/06/10 1:30pm