We’ve always relied on duct tape to patch things, attach them together, and otherwise repair a variety of items in a jiffy. And it works great. Braeon is a thermoplastic ribbon that does the same thing, except it holds things together with a bond that, the outfit claims, is literally as strong as steel. This super plastic – in the form of a pure polymer ribbon – is capable of some pretty amazing things. With just the simple application of heat, this material can be turned into chain links, shoelaces, a vehicle tow rope, a knife handle wrap – honestly, the applications are nearly endless. It’s also unbelievably strong. In fact, a single ribbon can withstand over 2,500 pounds of pull-strength. It has even been used to tow a 5,000 pound truck up a 30 degree incline. And the best part is, it’s malleable enough that it can then be reformed and repurposed. Light as a feather, strong as steel, water resistant, and functional in extreme cold – Braeon super plastic can do it all.
A German startup called Noonee, in collaboration with Swiss design consulting firm Sapetti, have devised a seating apparatus that isn’t your traditional chair. They have developed an ergonomic, wearable “chair” that is designed to allow an individual to sit wherever and whenever they feel the need to rest. The chair is made of engineering plastics like polyamide, and attaches to the leg via a series of straps which automatically locks in place when a button at the top of the leg is pressed. Workers wearing the apparatus can then rest when needed while remaining the a convenient position for continuing the task at hand.
The ‘Chairless Chair’ has the potential to be applied to any industry that requires the workers to stand for long periods, but where a conventional chair would be an impediment. The most obvious example would be assembly line work or production lines, such as those for the automobile industry. By helping to assuage worker fatigue, the tool could increase efficiency while decreasing the likelihood of injury
Meet Gita, a mobile-carrier that follows people on the go. Gita encourages a mobile lifestyle for anyone who wants to move with ease, from millennials and parents to seniors and disabled individuals; it’s your answer for getting out the door without grabbing your car keys. Gita is built to carry up to 44 pounds of cargo and a volume of up to nearly 2,000 cubic inches (the equivalent of a case of wine, a loaded backpack, or two stuffed grocery bags).