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Bizarre Tech: Sandfrogs, Sand Traxx and Lagu beach blanket

This month I went on a short break to Cornwall to visit friends. When I got home I found a whole beach in my car! So I looked for technology related to sand. Let’s see what the world has come up with.

Sand Frogs

Not made of frogs or sand. Unfortunately.

This is not just any sandal. This is a Sandfrog sandal. The ‘first of its kind’ all-terrain beach sandal is apparently designed to enhance your swimming skills while in the water. It is also said to provide protection, support, comfort and performance. M’kay.

You can use SandFrogs in and out of the water as they have the “amazing” ability to acclimate between the two environments. So they are like swimming fins so you don’t look like a penguin when you conquer the sand.

Sweet? SandFrogs “look great” – okay! – and protect your feet from sharp stones (blunt stones destroy them of course), broken glass and hot sand. Das Labs, the company behind the sandal, says it works like a snowshoe, but with sand.

Sand shoe. Zand al. Who is Al? The team’s production costs about $15 for a standard pair and $29 for designer (whatever that looks like), producing molded products from “all kinds of plastics,” apparently associated with the landscaping and building products industry. Love me a few buzzwords.

According to the makers of the footwear, an average of more than 1,000 people worldwide drown every day, the majority of which are children. The mission is “to make SandFrog’s swim aid 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 partnering with manufacturers and outreach organizations around the world, the company hopes to maximize the distribution of its swim aid sandals to impoverished and at-risk communities. Sweet idea. Let’s hope the campaign gets the ball rolling.

Sand Traxx

 Have some futility. Continue. To make. My. Day.

So apparently a dude named 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 thought that idea was okay at the time, but “it would be nice if someone could personalize his message”.

This is all on the campaign page by the way. Anyway, he thought about it for several years, told his idea to a friend, and then they went to manufacturers to make Sand Traxx. One of the campaign’s lines reads:

“So with your help, we can help those who want to make a statement, say it without saying a word.” Good gracious. Each flippy floppy has Velcro on the sole in a recessed area, and you can paste up to 10 characters any way you want. I can think of a few choice sentences.

Sand Traxx flip flops are made of leather, have a non-slip sole, arch supports and are seemingly super 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 1,&,#,$,? and two hearts. How about ‘I H8 THIS!’? Wait, I need an 8 for that. Damn. Sand Traxx comes in US men’s sizes 8-13. And the ladies who of course want to participate? The characters you receive are mirrored and thus will be read correctly in the sand. Mine will say ‘F#&? THIS’. No? What about ‘GET BENT’? haha. This is fun.

The footwear also comes with a cotton bag so you can carry extra letters and switch it up if you’re feeling cheeky on the beach. When they raise $20,000, they add medium brown Sand Traxx to the mix. Because that’s what we all want

Lagu beach blanket Do you like sand?

Lagu has been keeping sand out of our nooks and crannies for nearly a decade and now the first printed collection is launched, complete with sand-resistant fabric (they called it ‘repellant’ in the campaign).

They advertise that sand repellent is what it does, but they can’t even spell it correctly. Sheesh.). The beach blankets cost $25 each and are 71 x 178 cm in size and come in three collections: marine animals, tropical birds and plants, also known as the Pintados Collection.

If they get enough funding, the company can start mass production and “take advantage of marine conservation groups doing important work for the environment and endangered marine animals.” Every Pintados purchase helps Lagu’s partner organizations, such as Balyena.org, which support the conservation of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) in the Philippines.

The Lagu towel repels sand so you don’t get it all in your bits. Apparently, it also has quick-drying properties, keeping it fresher for longer. This seems like a pretty good product and there’s a gap in the market, especially now that we’re finally getting out of our house.

Staycation, anyone? All 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 doesn’t trap sand or other small particles. Do you think it could work with tiny, annoying people… I mean, particles?