This hammock transforms into a backpack that you can take anywhere

The ancient Japanese art of origami allows practitioners to take a simple piece of paper and transform it into any number of clever and creative things. Origami has also served as an inspiration for designers, as well, allowing them to create everything from folding kayaks to unique couches, and even robots.

Now, a new product that recently launched on Kickstarter uses the same folding techniques found in this art form to create a hammock that can quickly and easily transform into a backpack as needed.

The Nomad Hammock looks a lot like just about any other hammock currently on the market. It is made from soft materials that are stretchy, durable, and highly breathable. It can be set up in just a matter of minutes using a pair of heavy-duty straps that attach to two trees, allowing the Nomad to be used in both seated and prone positions depending on your mood.

The origami aspects of the Nomad’s design come into play when it isn’t being used as a hammock. After detaching it from the trees, it quickly and easily folds into a backpack that not only conceals its original purpose, but also allows users to carry all of their necessary gear and supplies for a day outdoors. In backpack form, the Nomad has a carrying capacity of 20 liters and features shoulder straps to make it easy to haul around. It also includes a rain cover for when the weather takes an unexpected turn.

Tipping the scales at 3.9 pounds, the Nomad is heavy for a hammock or a backpack, but isn’t too bad for combination of both. Those looking for a lightweight experience can still probably find a combination of the two that is lighter, but that won’t likely offer the same level of convenience found here. The Nomad is likely to appeal to a more casual crowd that isn’t looking for an overnight hammock-camping experience.

The designers behind the Nomad are hoping to raise $31,000 to get the hammock/backpack into production. If successful, they hope to begin shipping the finished product in June of this year at a price of $240. As with most crowdfunding experiences, nothing is sure thing however, and readers are always encouraged to exercise caution before investing.

Find out more on the Nomad Hammock’s official Kickstarter page.

Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Grow veggies indoors and shower more efficiently

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!

Your PlayStation 4 game library isn't complete without these games

Looking for the best PS4 games out there? Out of the massive crop of titles available, we selected the best you should buy. No matter what your genre of choice may be, there's something here for you.

Transport your Nintendo Switch in style with these nifty cases

The Nintendo Switch, which boasts both wired and handheld modes, needs a good case to ensure it doesn't get beat up while you're on the go. We scoured through dozens of Switch cases to bring you the best ones.

These 30 useful apps are absolutely essential for Mac lovers

There are literally hundreds of thousands of great software programs compatible with MacOS, but which should you download? Look no further than our list of the best Mac apps you can find.

REI slashes prices on The North Face, Columbia, and Nike clearance Items

It's never too early to plan your next adventure and REI is your one-stop shop to get you prepared. Now until February 18, REI is offering up to 50 percent off on camp gear, outerwear, winter boots, and lifestyle footwear. Find discounts…

REI drops prices on Suunto, Fitbit, and Garmin Fenix smartwatches

Looking for some great deals on outdoor and fitness watches? Garmin, Fitbit, and Suunto smartwatches have all been discounted for a limited time during the REI Winter Clearance Sale.
Emerging Tech

Tokyo 2020 is on track to create Olympic medals with recycled electronics

The committee behind the Tokyo 2020 Olympics revealed that it is on target to be able to forge all winning athletes’ gold, silver and bronze medals from recycled electronic waste.

Skullcandy turns to action sports with the Vert Bluetooth earbuds

The new Skullcandy Vert Bluetooth earbuds are designed with action sports athletes in mind, putting audio controls on a convenient dial that provides glove-friendly options to pause and play music, and adjust volume.

Uber’s bikesharing service is eating into its regular business

A bikesharing service acquired by Uber nearly a year ago is causing riders to take fewer car journeys with the company. It is, however, part of the plan as Uber looks to offer an integrated mobility platform for cities.

Keep the rain away and the bugs at bay with this hybrid camping hammock

The new Kammock Mantis hammock is a lightweight all-in-one solution that includes a rainfly, built-in insect netting, onboard storage, and tree-friendly straps to create a complete and comfortable camping system that is easy to set up.

These wireless earbuds use an A.I. to get you moving faster

The new Soul Blade wireless earbuds provide the ability to track your heart rate during a workout while an A.I.-powered coach gives advice and info on how to improve form and efficiency while exercising.

The Naseka electric snowmobile is built for kids, but you’ll likely want one too

The Naseka electric snowmobile is a vehicle built for kids, allowing them to have a safe and efficient ride on snow, with the ability to trade out the ski for a wheel for use in the summer too.

General Motors cycles into a new market with its first-ever ebikes

When General Motors launched a public campaign last year to name its new ebike brand, many wondered if Bikey McBikeface might win out. But it didn't. Instead, it's called Arīv, and the two bikes are up for pre-order this week.

Under Armour drops prices on Gore-Tex Jackets, Pants, and backpacks

The UA Outlet Exclusive sale is going on right now through Monday, February 18. During this time, you can get up to 40 percent off a huge range of outlet items, including Gore-Tex rain gear.