Skip to main content

Thylacine: a modular, customizable sleeping bag fit for any season

kammok thylacine modular sleeping bag screen shot 2013 12 19 at 9 39 43 am
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Sleeping bags are a tricky piece of gear to buy. Ideally you’d be able to buy just one and use it for every season, but unfortunately it doesn’t work like that.

Gear experts will generally recommend you buy a bag rated for the coldest weather you think you’ll encounter, which means if you camp in the colder seasons of the year, you need a bag rated for zero or sub-zero temperatures. If you get one with such a low temperature rating, however, it’s often far too toasty for fair-weather camping. On the flipside, if you get a sack rated for warm weather, it won’t be good for anything other than spring/summer trips. Up until now, the only solution to this problem was to buy two or more sleeping bags – one for cold weather and one for fair weather, and maybe even one in the middle if you can afford it. But now there’s a better solution.

Kammok, the gear manufacturer who popped onto the scene last year with the Roo backcountry hammock, has developed a modular sleeping bag system that allows the user to add or remove insulation depending on the level of warmth needed.

It starts with a shell designed with Kammok’s patent-pending “variable warmth technology,” which is basically a system pockets of designed to accommodate interchangeable baffles. Baffles are little pockets of insulation, and while they’re commonly used in traditional sleeping bags, the ability to remove and change them is an entirely new concept.

By stuffing Thylacine with different types of insulation (baffles can be filled with down, synthetic down, or a hybrid mix) and different fill levels, you can optimize the bag’s warmth and weight to best suit your needs. It also features a special locking system to keep the baffles properly positioned and prevent cold spots, and to help you manage extra fabric when the bag isn’t completely full, it’s even got a cinching system to ensure it’s always snug.

Kammok is currently raising money for it’s first large-scale production run on Kickstarter. Backer prices range from $200 for the most basic model, up to $650 for the most decked-out version with tons of extra baffles. Find out more on Kammok’s website.

Drew Prindle
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Drew Prindle is an award-winning writer, editor, and storyteller who currently serves as Senior Features Editor for Digital…
AI turned Breaking Bad into an anime — and it’s terrifying
Split image of Breaking Bad anime characters.

These days, it seems like there's nothing AI programs can't do. Thanks to advancements in artificial intelligence, deepfakes have done digital "face-offs" with Hollywood celebrities in films and TV shows, VFX artists can de-age actors almost instantly, and ChatGPT has learned how to write big-budget screenplays in the blink of an eye. Pretty soon, AI will probably decide who wins at the Oscars.

Within the past year, AI has also been used to generate beautiful works of art in seconds, creating a viral new trend and causing a boon for fan artists everywhere. TikTok user @cyborgism recently broke the internet by posting a clip featuring many AI-generated pictures of Breaking Bad. The theme here is that the characters are depicted as anime characters straight out of the 1980s, and the result is concerning to say the least. Depending on your viewpoint, Breaking Bad AI (my unofficial name for it) shows how technology can either threaten the integrity of original works of art or nurture artistic expression.
What if AI created Breaking Bad as a 1980s anime?
Playing over Metro Boomin's rap remix of the famous "I am the one who knocks" monologue, the video features images of the cast that range from shockingly realistic to full-on exaggerated. The clip currently has over 65,000 likes on TikTok alone, and many other users have shared their thoughts on the art. One user wrote, "Regardless of the repercussions on the entertainment industry, I can't wait for AI to be advanced enough to animate the whole show like this."

Read more
4 simple pieces of tech that helped me run my first marathon
Garmin Forerunner 955 Solar displaying pace information.

The fitness world is littered with opportunities to buy tech aimed at enhancing your physical performance. No matter your sport of choice or personal goals, there's a deep rabbit hole you can go down. It'll cost plenty of money, but the gains can be marginal -- and can honestly just be a distraction from what you should actually be focused on. Running is certainly susceptible to this.

A few months ago, I ran my first-ever marathon. It was an incredible accomplishment I had no idea I'd ever be able to reach, and it's now going to be the first of many I run in my lifetime. And despite my deep-rooted history in tech, and the endless opportunities for being baited into gearing myself up with every last product to help me get through the marathon, I went with a rather simple approach.

Read more
This bracelet helps you fall asleep faster and sleep longer

This content was produced in partnership with Apollo Neuroscience.
Have you been struggling to get the recommended seven hours of sleep? It's always frustrating when you get in bed at a reasonable time, then toss and turn for a hours before you actually sleep. The quality of that sleep is important too. If you're waking up multiple times during the night, you're likely not getting the quality REM cycle sleep that truly rejuvenates your body. If traditional remedies like herbal teas and noise machines just aren't helping, maybe it's time to try a modern solution. Enter the Apollo wearable.

Now we understand being a little skeptical. How can a bracelet on your wrist or ankle affect your sleep patterns? Certainly the answer to a better night's sleep can't be so simple. We considered these same things when we first heard of it. We'll dive deeper into the science behind the Apollo wearable, but suffice it to say that many people have experienced deeper, uninterrupted sleep while wearing one.
A non-conventional approach to better sleep

Read more