gadgets
Wacom’s Digitising Notebooks Are Better Than Ever

Taking notes on a computer or phone is never going to be as easy as taking notes with a pad and pen. Especially if you used to be a policy debater or ever learned shorthand. You have a method for speedily jotting down all the relevant stuff that’s just light years faster than predictive type and whatever the hell gadgets like the Note 7 promise you can do with a stylus. It’s what makes Wacom’s Bamboo Spark incredibly appealing. It’s a pad and paper that effectively digitises all of your notes, giving you the beauty of the cloud without all the hassle of hunt and pecking on your phone. Read More >>

diy
Making a Fishing Rod from Bamboo is Legitimately Impressive

There are over 150 steps in making a bamboo fishing rod which involve nearly 60 hours of work to actually complete. That’s a lot of work. You can sneak a peek at how it gets done — the carving, the burning, the shaving, the glueing — in the video below by Michael Herman. In it, you get to follow fly fisherman Nick Taransky around as he meticulously makes a bamboo fishing rod. The fun part is trying to figure out what the next step in the process is because it’s not nearly as simple as cutting a strip out from the bamboo. Read More >>

reviews
Review: Grove’s Bamboo iPad Case is Typically Nice, Typically Spendy

Wooden gadget accessories appeal to a certain kind of dweebus—I am that dweebus. And Oregon's Grove has been among the best for years. Now they're making iPad cases. Are they worth it? Read More >>

architecture
These Bamboo Micro-Homes Would Turn Abandoned Buildings Into Villages

As China designs a roadmap to bring 100 million rural citizens into cities over the next five years, it and other booming east Asian countries will confront a problem that's been around since the 1980s: The massive housing shortage and the illegal dwellings that result. Two architects think they've found a temporary solution in bamboo. Read More >>

architecture
This Soaring Open-air Cafe Is Made From Giant Bamboo Fishing Baskets

In Vietnam, it's common to use bamboo baskets to catch fish and eels. Less common? To find the same type of bamboo structures supporting an entire building. This open-air beauty is the Kontum Indochine Cafe, in central Vietnam, and it looks like it's supported by 15 giant bamboo fishing baskets. Read More >>

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8,000 Sheets of Rice Paper Can Organise Into Art

I know you're all wondering how many sheets of rice paper is a lot. And I'm going to tell you. 8,000. When I think of a lot of rice paper I am thinking of 8,000 sheets of rice paper. Read More >>

design
A Tiny Wacom Stylus Is a Perfect Phone Companion (If You Don’t Lose It)

This stubby little stylus might look more like a crayon than something you'd usually use with your tablet, but it could be just the thing if you only occasionally need to ditch your digits for something more precise. Read More >>

design
This Island Tiki Hut Hides A Lot of Money

You see that phone booth-sized tiki hut made of bamboo, stone and glass? That's a specially-made building that houses the only ATM in a village. On top of that, it's completely solar powered, naturally designed for its island and holds a whole lotta cash. Read More >>

design
This Bamboo Globe Is As Gorgeous As It Wants The Planet to Be

If you want to raise worldwide awareness about the environment through your design, you should probably do so in an environmentally friendly way, right? And if you want to save the Earth, you might as well put it on display. Read More >>

phones
UK Student Launches World’s First Bamboo Android Phone

A Middlesex University student, Kieron-Scott Woodhouse, designed his fantasy Android mobile, making it a little more interesting than many of the black slabs out there by wrapping in a bamboo case. After posting his concept online, a "technology entrepreneur" came forward to help get it made and sold. Read More >>

bicycles
Bamboo Bicycle Baffles Birmingham

You could soon get yourself the ultimate in eco-friendly bicycles -- one built in Yorkshire from bamboo. Read More >>