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 come…
So, I promised you'd get carpets under my reign here at Gizmodo. Here's a nifty one designed by a young UK designer.