Switzerland based artists Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs have created a set of cameras that go way beyond the ordinary. The set features working cameras sculpted out of turtle shells, armadillos, horns and even books. Except that last one, the others do remind us of The Flintstones. Inspiration behind this is a simple one, as long as you can point and shoot, it is a camera, even if it be in the shape and housed in the most unlikeliest of units.
Fundawear is Durex’s way of bringing together long distance lovers through intimate touch, though they wouldn’t need a Durex for the act. The set includes men and women underwear that both parties where and can initiate the feeling of touch in the connected devices through a smartphone app. Controls for the vibrating underwear remain in the hands of your partner, and it seems the suggested companion would be a video chat. Fundawear isn’t commercially available, but there’s a testing program going on at Durex Australia’s facebook page.
Lens shape makes them fitting for a wide range of purposes. After the wave of lens cups and other accessories, we have now reached the cool furniture stage where the lens can be used as a stool. This one is based off the Canon 8-15mm fisheye zoom lens and is the work of Spanish studio Monoculo Design. Available on Etsy for ~$780.
Folks at Aatma Studios answered the nagging question that everyone had in their mind; how well do iPhones work as dominoes? The digital production studio used some of its digital wizardry to create the 10,000 iPhone 5 Domino. It has been basically developed as a third party spec ad for the iPhone 5 with NFC (Near Field Communications) that many people would probably like to see on the hotly rumored iPhone 5s.
Researchers at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed microbatteries that can charge a thousand times faster than common batteries and can easily power various gadgets. Researchers led by William King are now working to reduce the batteries to “credit card size” which sounds totally rad. The idea can be reduced to a design that dramatically increases the surface area of the battery’s anode and cathode, thus increasing its charge and discharge rate. They could theoretically charge a cellphone, or even jump start a car.
In this set, Japanese artist Maico Akiba imagines what contemporary objects would look like after a century. It seems the objects represented in the series are those that were comparatively well preserved, because we would imagine a lot of these things displayed here would be too utterly destroyed after a hundred years of facing corrosion and the vagaries of nature. Yet, putting our hypothetical debate aside, we do find the set called “100 Years Later” to be quite mesmerizing, if only because it gives us a vague window to look a hundred years into the future.
Coming straight from the world of ludicrous gadgets, the Bra Dryer as its name suggests, is a device made especially to dry bras. Seeing that bras get molested by clothes dryers, designer Alexander Farennikov gave them a savior in the shape of this dryer.
Devotec Fuel Micro Charger is a tiny emergency phone charger that can pump enough charge into the device to be good for 20-30 minutes of talktime. The tiny size and a shape similar to classic Jerry makes it quite adorable to go along its usefulness. Fuel is currently seeking backing on Kickstarter.
The two great time killers have finally been combined into one. Well, okay the iPhone might be a phone, but it is fairly established as something that can help you to while away time without using the basic functions of a phone. And keeping it company is the eternal bliss of bursting bubble wrap.
Designer Vincent Sall decided the world needed a camera to fit between the gap left between a full fledged DSLR and the smartphone camera, which we assume also includes point and shoot cameras. Anyways, the designer cooked up this ultra compact shooter that boasts of being a lovechild of the DSLR and a smartphone camera.