Censorship sunglasses

Inspired by the typical black band of censorship seen on images, these sunglasses claim tokeep the wearer protected from unwanted photography. It may be used as a get out of embarrassing moment free card, or just to keep street photographers at bay. The face blocking shades don’t seem to be effective either way, but what the heck, if you’re so touchy about photography, you might as throw 12 bucks at these glasses anyway.

Via: LikeCool

Pixels are so in fashion right now

Playing Super Mario as a kid, I would never have thought the pixelated 8-bit look could ever reach the world of fashion. Like most of my thoughts and beliefs at that time, this too has proven to be incorrect, thanks to Japanese designer Kunihiko Morinaga. The designer’s fall/winter line for 2011/2012 focuses heavily on the pixelated look. Colorful blocks on a variety of fabric, and sometimes even on the face, give the models the appearance of retro video game characters, apparently soon to be true on the streets as well.

Via: designboom

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Volkswagen’s incredible transparent factory which you must see [video]

Volkswagen’s “Transparent Factory” in Dresden, Germany is like the wonderland of factories. This place would fit a million adjectives like brilliant and mind blowing. Parts are delivered to the factory via mass transit and robots take them to the production floor. The floors themselves are made of Canadian maple, but manage to power rolling workstations cordlessly, via induction. Cranes suspend cars at appropriate heights and angles corresponding to the workers, and the power tools used count the number of bolts so workers know exactly where they are in the build. In fact, the process is so safe and well managed that even car consumers can try their hand at the assembly line and build their car.

Via: Core77

Your map to the land of knowledge [pic]

Knowledge and wisdom always appear to be elusive, so near and yet so far. This map to the Land of Knowledge by Marian Bantje may prove to be a bit helpful. But beware, go beyond the known, and you may have to battle monsters.

Via: swissmiss

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Characters drawn with the flair of Steampunk

These drawings by Georges le Mercenaire show what modern characters would look like, had they been imagined and created in the Victorian age. Of course, there’s the dash of Steampunk, with characters represented in Victorian sensibilities. Whatever you do, you don’t want to be on the wrong side of the Iron Gentleman or the Retrobocop.

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Devolution [pic]

Humans lost their tails somewhere in the evolution cycle. Still, most human embryos have tails that are mostly gone by the time of birth. But what if we never lost the tail? Seems weird thinking what we would actually do with it, but this image by lessthanhuman shows what the tail might really look like, in a bit of reptilian style.

Via: LikeCool

Call of Duty zombies reach real life, meet their fate anyway [video]

Logan Fulton and his friends used the Call of Duty zombie playing mode as an inspiration (or excuse) to go on a rampage, killing zombies in this live action fan film. Even though humans play the part, the film is quite a recreation of the game complete with on-screen prompts and weapon pop-ups.

Via: Kotaku

Life-sized Portal turret replica

A life-sized representation of the Portal turret, this replica has a red-laser eye, motion sensing sound bytes, and thankfully, no bullets. Made by Ryan Palser, the turret is a replica of the one found in the first Portal game, and looks quite faithful a representation.

Via: Kotaku

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Lego structures pop up in vacant neighborhoods in Valencia, Spain

Spanish studio Espai MGR created these conceptual images showing impossible Lego structures filling up vacant neighborhoods in the city of Valencia. The idea behind the project (and the super neat images) is to draw attention to the fact that a lot of space is left unused or underused in otherwise space-starved cities. Nothing like giant Lego bricks to fill up those space though.

Via: Dezeen

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Toyota makes a roller coaster with the 2011 Prius

Toyota teamed up with engineering crew Deeplocal to create a small roller coaster from the 2011 Prius. Engineers modified the Prius to create a coaster car, and bestowed it with a 70-feet track made out of steel. The coaster car is dropped from a 10 feet high platform, where it reaches a speed of 15mph. Braking system from the car generates current at 30amps for 200 Volts, giving a total power reading of 6000 Watts. This energy is enough to light real amusement park lights and signs, and the LEDs along the track.

Via: Notcot

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