Bizarre Tech: Sandfrogs, Sand Traxx and Lagu Beach Blanket
This month I took a short trip to Cornwall to visit friends. When I got home, I found a whole beach in my car! So I looked for technologies related to sand. Let’s see what the world has come up with.
Not made of frogs or sand. Pity.
This is not just any sandal. This is a Sandfrog sandal.
The “first of its kind” all-terrain beach sandal is apparently designed to increase your swimming ability while in the water. It would also provide protection, support, comfort and performance. Okay.
You can use SandFrogs in and out of the water as they have the “awesome” ability to acclimate between the two environments. So these are like swimming fins that won’t make you look like a penguin when you conquer the sand. Soft?
The SandFrogs “look awesome” – okay! – and protect your feet from sharp pebbles (blunt pebbles will obviously destroy them), broken glass and hot sand. Das Labs, the company behind the sandal, claims it works like a snowshoe, but with sand. Sand shoe. Sand al. Who is Al?
Costing around $ 15 for a standard pair and $ 29 for a designer (whatever that looks like), the team’s manufacturing operation produces products molded from “all kinds of plastics,” which seem relate to the landscaping and construction products industry. Love me some buzzwords.
According to shoe makers, an average of more than 1,000 people around the world drown every day, the majority of whom are children.
The mission statement is to “make SandFrogs swim assist sandals accessible and available to as many children and communities as possible as quickly as possible”. Pretty cool concept, especially if it ends up saving lives. By sharing its intellectual property and working with manufacturers and advocacy organizations around the world, the company hopes to maximize the distribution of its swim-aid sandals to impoverished and high-risk communities. Sweet idea. Hopefully his campaign gets the ball rolling.
Have a pair of worthlessness. Keep on going. Make. My. Day.
So apparently a guy called Jeff Wagener came up with this after watching an episode of ‘Shark Tank’. One person had flip flops with a saying embossed on the soles. Wagener then thought that idea was OK, but “it would be nice if a person could personalize their message.” By the way, it’s all on the campaign page.
Anyone, he thought about it for several years, told a friend about his idea, and then they went to the manufacturers to create Sand Traxx.
One of the lines in the campaign reads: “So with your help, we can help those who want to make a statement, say it without saying a word.” Lord.
Each flippy floppy has Velcro stuck to the sole in an indented area, and you can stick up to 10 characters however you like. I can think of a few choice phrases.
Sand Traxx flip flops are made of leather, have a non-slip sole, orthopedic arch support and are apparently very comfortable. All that still doesn’t convince me, mate. Sorry.
Each pair will apparently come with two sets of alphabets, eight spaces, as well as two of each of 1, &, #, $ ,? and two hearts. What about “I H8 THIS! “? Wait, I need an 8 for that. Thin.
Sand Traxx will be available in US men’s sizes 8-13. What about the ladies who will obviously want to participate?
The characters you will receive are a mirror image and will therefore be read the correct way around in the sand. Mine will say ‘F # &? THIS’. No? What about “GET BENT”? Ha. It’s funny!
The shoes also come with a cotton bag so you can carry extra letters and change them when you’re feeling sassy at the beach.
If they raise $ 20,000, they’ll add medium brown Sand Traxx to the mix. Because we all want it.
Lagu beach blanket
Do you like sand?
Lagu has kept the sand out of our nooks and crannies for nearly a decade, and now their first print collection is launched with anti-sand fabric (they spelled it “repellant” in the countryside. They advertise that repelling the sable is what it does, but they can’t even spell it correctly. Sheesh.).
Costing $ 25 each and measuring 71 x 178 cm, the beach comforters will come in three collections: sea creatures, tropical birds and plants, aka Pintados Collection. If they get enough funding, the company can go into mass production and “benefit marine conservation groups that do important work for the environment and endangered marine animals.” Every Pintados purchase helps Lagu’s partner organizations, such as Balyena.org, which supports cetacean (whale, dolphin and porpoise) conservation in the Philippines.
The Lagu towel repels sand so it doesn’t get everything in your pieces. Apparently, it also has quick drying properties, so it stays fresher for longer. It seems like a great product and there is a gap in the market, especially now that we are finally allowed out of our homes. Stay, anyone?
All of the blankets are sewn in a sewing community in Biñan, Laguna, Philippines, and the fabric used is polyester and is apparently woven in a way that does not trap sand or other small particles.
Do you think it could work with irritating little people … I mean, particles?
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