An Optimus Prime sculpture made out of recycled scrap metal. It does not have any transformation capabilities, but manages to look like the prime, which is achievement enough.
While the world is thinking of mind controlled robots and computers, it is obvious the technology will also find place in some weirder and previously never thought of applications. Who knew someone wanted mind controlled cat ear add-ons like these from Japanese company Neurowear. The ears go erect when the wearer is focussed on something or thinking intently, and relax as soon as the wearer relaxes. Yes, that’s about all the action, but do not underestimate the power of kitty ears, for something tells me that they will sell well.
In a mashup of two famed franchises, artist Nathan H. Boyd has brought classic Disney characters into the world of Star Wars. Donald Duck, apparently is much suited for the Star Wars universe. Also, Donald seems to like wearing pants in Star Wars, something he rarely did in the world of Disney.
We’ve long since given up hopes of seeing flying cars in the near future; the logistics simply don’t add up. But that doesn’t stop us from wishing to live in the classic vision of the future(flying cars, space travel, robots, sex with hottest women on the planet). Flynano isn’t a flying car, but the tiny aircraft does bring the idea of the fun of flight. Available in versions that may be powered by petrol or electricity, Flynano has a lightweight construction that makes liberal use of carbon fiber composites, and a top speed that may reach 140 kph. Displayed at the Aero 2011 in Friedrichshafen, Germany, designers hope to take the flyer into commercial production soon, with a price tag of €25,000 to €27,000 ($36.7k to $39.7k).
There’s only a little scope of playing with the design of conventional incandescent light bulb, without messing with the light. Design company AlessiLux got on to the job of reinventing the light bulb, using three young designers to recreate the bulbs in various shapes and sizes. The result comes in the shape of these creatively shaped bulbs, though we cannot exactly be sure if they are quite as good for actual lighting purposes, or just showy glowing pieces.
Bread Spoons from designer Siren Elise Wilhelmsen play the concept of spoon, making the cutlery itself edible. They do look really interesting, and I can already think of a long list of food items this cutlery will go exceptionally well with.
Color cupboard keeps your selection of books in a color coded circular shelves, much like a color wheel. Yeah, cool stuff, but nowhere near as good as the walking bookshelf.
Available in styles like the Samurai Sword and Wise Wizard, this shoulder strapped weapon will keep you filled with the most important of all necessities: beer. The insulated sling can hold five cans, while a place in the shoulder strap offers room for another, taking the total to six cans. Yep, that should work good enough. Costs $20.
Untitled Motorcycles is a group of three guys in London making custom motorcycles. Each of the designs is elegant, done with classy styling and quality mechanics. Untitled says the idea isn’t about power, but about motorcycles that speak the soul. They start off with old motorcycles and bring them back to life with classic looks.
Landmines are responsible for scarring thousands of lives across war torn countries, and they still continue to wreak havoc. To get people’s attention to the plight of landmine victims, UNICEF orchestrated a creative campaign. They placed “landmine stickers” with self-adhesive tops in front of booths, and when people unwittingly stepped on these stickers, they saw the sticker’s reverse side drawn in the shape of a landmine. The action reminded people that such simple strolls could prove deadly to thousands in many countries. UNICEF says the campaign turned out successful, with increased donations and visits.