BioLite’s Portable BaseLantern

A Bluetooth-connected flatpack lamp doubles as a mini smartgrid and even has a few party tricks

Portable energy brand BioLite (perhaps best known for their CampStove and its continued developments) is no stranger to Kickstarter. Two years ago, they successfully funded and delivered upon a campaign that raised over a million dollars for their fire-to-electricity stove. They return to the crowdfunding platform today with another innovation that will help campers everywhere. The BaseLantern is more than a sandwich-sized flatpack lantern. It …

Mushroom Lamp and iPhone Dock

An ambient, portable light that also charges your device

While there’s no shortage of iPhone chargers and docks in the world, not many combine extra uses, portability and a cute design. The Mushroom Lamp—currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter—promises to charge your phone and provide ambient lighting, at the same time. A joint venture between design start-up ZISION Studio and IDMIX, who have experience working on products with Apple MFi (aka Made For iPod, iPad, iPhone—which …

Altor’s Foldable, Titanium Bike Lock

An engineering student crowdfunds a lightweight, convenient and secure option that clips onto your bag or belt

Manufactured out of Bethlehem, PA is a new alternative to the heavy steel U-locks that cyclists carry around grudgingly. Users seeking convenience in most cases have to sacrifice security, but Altor’s folding bike lock hopes to appeal to both. Made from Grade 5 titanium and weighing 560 grams (about 1.23 pounds), it has a patent pending three-piece joint that counteracts one of the biggest weaknesses …