The Morpher Bike Helmet Folds Flat to Fit in Your Bag

Morpher, Indiegogo
Morpher, Indiegogo

There's no excuse for not wearing a helmet when you're riding a bike. In a crash, a helmet can reduce the cyclist's chances of serious head injury by nearly 70 percent. But for many riders, lugging a bulky piece of safety gear around with them after they reach their destination doesn't seem worth the hassle. An inventor from the UK realized this, and came up with Morpher, a helmet that offers a more convenient alternative.

According to CNET, Jeff Woolf developed the product after surviving a bike crash. He owed his life to the helmet he'd been wearing, and he wanted to give more cyclists that same protection. The idea behind Morpher is that more riders will be willing to wear a helmet if they have a place to put it before and after their journey. When collapsed, the headgear is about as thick as a textbook and can slide easily into backpacks, messenger bags, laptop cases, and other carriers that bikers may have had with them anyway. When they're ready to get back on the road, they can snap it back into a helmet that's just as safe as the traditional accessory.

Morpher is built with patented folding technology. Just like a conventional helmet, the item is made from protective foam and hard plastic. The foam is held together by a network of flexible links inside the crown. When the helmet's not being worn, the links work like the spine of book and allow the segmented plastic to fold flat. Internal magnets keep the collapsed helmet fixed in place until it needs to be popped back into its wearable form.

Following a successful crowdfunding on Indiegogo in 2013, Morpher is now retailing online for $149.

Check out the pitch from the creator in the video below before deciding if you want to make it part of your commute.

[h/t CNET]

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
Allwood/Amazon

If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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More Than 38,000 Pounds of Ground Beef Has Been Recalled

Beef-ware.
Beef-ware.
Angele J, Pexels

Your lettuce-based summer salads are safe for the moment, but there are other products you should be careful about using these days: Certain brands of hand sanitizer, for example, have been recalled for containing methanol. And as Real Simple reports, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) recently recalled 38,406 pounds of ground beef.

When JBS Food Canada ULC shipped the beef over the border from its plant in Alberta, Canada, it somehow skirted the import reinspection process, so FSIS never verified that it met U.S. food safety standards. In other words, we don’t know if there’s anything wrong with it—and no reports of illness have been tied to it so far—but eating unapproved beef is simply not worth the risk.

The beef entered the country on July 13 as raw, frozen, boneless head meat products, and Balter Meat Company processed it into 80-pound boxes of ground beef. It was sent to holding locations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina before heading to retailers that may not be specific to those four states. According to a press release, FSIS will post the list of retailers on its website after it confirms them.

In the meantime, it’s up to consumers to toss any ground beef with labels that match those here [PDF]. Keep an eye out for lot codes 2020A and 2030A, establishment number 11126, and use-or-freeze-by dates August 9 and August 10.

[h/t Real Simple]