Be a breath of fresh air with the Catalytic Converter dress

You get to speak a lot on clean air if you happen to wear clothing that cleans the air wherever you go. Catalytic clothing is a collaboration between designer Helen Storey and chemist Tony Ryan, creating a dress that filters pollutants from the air. And when you have Erin O’Connor wearing it, the air seems to get so much more better. All that aside, this dress is probably going to be a b*tch to wash and care for.

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Bamboo speakers for iPhone: The iBamboo, obviously

Passive speakers and amplifiers for i-gadgets have their own special appeal, mostly because we can say things like look ma, no wires, or something like that. The fast growing bamboo has long been considered as the relatively eco-friendly material for products. iBamboo speakers are passive, and well, made of bamboo and claim to emphasize the full spectrum of music, giving a better sound. iBamboo is on Kickstarter, for those interested in the project.

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Karakuri: Traditional Japanese automata art [video]

Karakuri ningyo are automata / mechanized puppets that have been in Japan since the 17th century. Pulleys and weights are used to make the automata perform numerous tasks. From the video’s description, “Its roots can be traced back 200-300 years during the Edo period when skilled craftsmen created automata (self-operating machines). Using nothing more than pulleys and weights they were able to make the Karakuri (Japanese automata) perform amazing tasks.”

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Wonderful sculptures made squarely out of discarded objects

Italian artist Dario Tironi makes these impressive sculptures almost exclusively out of discarded objects. Thankfully, these sculptures are not made from random objects slapped together in some weird shape. Thought and finesse have gone into each sculpture, and it shows itself in somewhat smooth curves make themselves apparent, even though they’re just old barbies, plastic bottles, calculators, and whatnot glued together.

Thai sculptor makes Autobot sculptures from scrap

Making Transformer sculptures out of scrap has apparently become a hobby of the talented. Thai sculptor Anchalee Saengtai creates these super impressive autobot sculptures using scrap materials. Each of the sculptures can be 8-feet to 19-feet tall and have made appearances at several events. Decepticons probably get the punishment for being bad.

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Faraday tea set makes tea with induction

Faraday tea set is a concept that intends for making tea to be as much a social thing as actually consuming tea. Mostly, people have to leave their guests while they prepare tea. Faraday makes use of borosilicate glass, which works on making tea with an induction plate in the tray. This means water can be boiled at the table, and the host won’t have to leave to boil it up on a stove top. Faraday concept has been developed by Free Time Industries.

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