Ingenious Mop Makes Filling the Bucket a Breeze

One of the biggest annoyances of cleaning could soon be a thing of the past thanks to this ingenious mop design by Snežana Jeremić called the Levko.

No longer will you have to deal with an unstable, heavy bucket as you fill it with your faucet. The mop is equipped with an opening handle which funnels water down its cylinder to an open spout below. Just place under the faucet and fill to the desired level.

The bottom spout’s Y-shaped design could even serve as a nice stabilizer to prop your mop up in between chores. A simple design with simple implications that could mean a huge ease on many of our backs! Take a look below.

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funnel handle mop

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mop funnel

funnel handle mop

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Car Will Park Itself, Then Come Pick You Up When You’re Ready!

Imagine dropping off your car at the entrance to a parking garage and leaving it to park itself, only for it to be pulling up just as you’re ready to head home. With a new remote valet system debuted by BMW during CES 2015 in Las Vegas, this may soon be a reality.

Using four laser-based scanners and navigation not reliant on GPS, the system allows you to use a smartwatch to arrange parking and pickup at your convenience. The scanners enable the car to maneuver through multiple levels of a garage while steering around unexpected objects such as poorly parked cars.

Once it arrives at an open spot, the car parks itself and calculates the time needed to arrive back to pick you up, then shuts off and locks. When you’re ready to go, simply signal for a pick-up using your smartwatch and your car will be pulling up as you arrive at the exit.

Navigation is made possible using digital site plans and algorithms specially designed for the obstacles, both expected and unexpected, which may be found in an underground garage. View photos of the concept vehicle, a BMW i3, below.

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BMW valet system

via BMW, Design Boom

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Man Makes His Own Hoverboard Using 4 Leaf Blowers

Man’s long quest to hover mere inches in the air, looking smugly down on the ground below may finally be within reach. Ryan Craven of Austin, Texas’s “Mr. Hoverboard” has brought him close to achieving his goal of building a hoverboard which is practical, affordable, and fun to ride.

After 12 iterations, Ryan believes the latest design finally meets those expectations. Powered by 4 Black & Decker leaf blowers mounted to a board deck, he recently tested it out at a local skatepark, gliding and spinning around the park while curious kids and teens looked on and even tried it out themselves.

He hopes to take even further steps in 2015, supplementing his own contributions to the project earned via a part time job at a restaurant through crowdfunding. If you’d like to help as Ryan rubs it in gravity’s face for all of us, you can contribute on his website. Watch his ride of Mr. Hoverboard below.

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