Watchmakers MB&F have unveiled their latest timepiece, the HM3 Frog Zr. The Zr in the name stands for Zirconium, and element much like Titanium, but only tougher. As MB&F proudly says, Zirconium is a key element in modern jet engines, allowing them to take on the high temperatures and stress. A watch isn’t ever likely to face the same setting as a jet engine, but having the same element does feed a sense of uniqueness, which is what this timepiece is all about. It has a black PVD zirconium skin, 22 carat purple gold for its rotors, and of course, the frog look we’ve come to love in MB&F watches. Only 18 pieces of the timepiece will be made available for retail.
This creation by Ben Caulkin is so full of win. One, it is life-sized wearable Master Chief armor. Two, it is made out of Legos. And the combination of the two means this armor pwns everything. Caulkin says getting the helmet done was the most difficult part in creating the armor that makes use of a lot of Lego bricks, and a lot of velcro.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.