Flic: Cute as a Button

A Swedish start-up designs a handy wireless shortcut to your favorite actions on your phone

It seems that nothing can stop the Swedish startup juggernaut at the moment, as another piece of tech by Shortcut Labs gets its crowdfunding launch. Unlike many hardware offerings though, Flic is a simple premise at a winning price point. Essentially it’s a cute little button that can be set to shortcut to a smart function, forming a little point of connectivity to your own …

Tens Filter Sunglasses

The creative UK trio adds an Instagram touch to stylish, unisex frames with sense-heightening lenses

Thanks to the ever-expanding world of social media photography, many of us have become a little filter obsessed. The ability to enhance or modify everything we capture means easily morphing reality into the prettiest versions technology can envision. With that in mind, Edinburgh, Scotland-based sunglasses company Tens has crafted lenses to do the same—only offline. Many buyers tend to focus on shape and style when …

WaterBean Filter

The portable water purifier aims to decrease bottled water consumption with the help of crowd-funding

While there are a plethora of water filtration containers on the market, from the popular Bobble to the elegant Nava by Kor or Eau Good, WaterBean proposes to do the same, without the bottle. On a fishing trip with his family, UK-born, Japan-based Graeme Glen observed a small island of plastic water bottles floating in the water—inspiring the package-designing entrepreneur to create something to target …