Even the best Eagle Scout prefers to navigate during the day. The Vikings, apparently, would have laughed at such a preference—according to new research, the North Atlantic seafarers' sun compass was so advanced it even worked after dark, thanks to clever engineering and mystical crystals.
OK, I'll admit it: it's rare that I come across a do-it-yourself project that even for a moment makes me consider getting off my lazy ass to actually make something. But this compass-inlaid table points me in that direction.
When compasses and GPS fail the Catlin Arctic Survey expedition, they go with a low tech "gadget" to help them navigate the freezing wastes and find their bearing: A lacy pair of panties.
From the "now-why-didn't-I-think-of-that" department comes the compass coat, a coat that houses an integrated compass, lest you get lost in the woods again. It was designed as part of a research project that intended to get people more involved in the design process. North is indicated via this weird, plant-looking…
I didn't realize compasses were made for certain hemispheres. What can I say, I guess I just don't get out enough. But it seems that if you buy a compass for the Northern hemisphere and use it in the Southern hemisphere, you're gonna get lost. So, to make things easier for all of our wayward travelers, Suunto has…
So, I promised you'd get carpets under my reign here at Gizmodo. Here's a nifty one designed by a young UK designer.