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This Needs To Be Made: Finger Cookies


Let’s get the bad news out of the way first: these don’t actually exist. Or at the very least, they can’t be bought right now. The Finger Cookies are a design by Paolo Ulian, and they allow you to do pretty much what the picture already tells you. You put the thimble-shaped cookies over your fingers and dip them in any delicious liquid you want. Rinse and repeat. It’s a genius idea, and one that really shouldn’t be too hard to bring to market. Now… let’s get someone on this case, shall we?


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Is The Akrapovič Full Moon The Future Of Bikes?


No… It probably isn’t. Bike people like to make fancy one-offs for shows, and the Akrapovič Full Moon is just one example of this. It’s one of the more outlandish and futuristic looking bikes we’ve come across, and we’re impressed it comes from the Slovenian exhaust maker. Considering how deeply integrated the rear of the motorcycle is to the exhaust, we imagine the entire project is a fancy way to showcase their bread and butter.

December 6th was reserved for the spectacular unveiling of a secret project that took over 800 hours to complete, set to coincide with the full moon. Following the trail of Morsus and Mashina, the latest addition to this radical family wowed the crowds with its immense thirty-inch front wheel, as well as its equally outrageous body that forms an integral part of the Akrapovič exhaust system, making the bike itself essentially an exhaust.

There’s no word on what exactly happened with the bike after the show, whether it was sold or kept by the company to show off again at a later date. Either way, we decided to write about it because we like bikes and think this is some sweet eye candy.


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Solar-Powered System Extracts Drinking Water From The Air


There’s water all around you, and lots of it is in the air you breathe. Getting it out of there and into drinkable form, however, takes a bit of effort. Austrian design student Kristof Retezár has come up with an ingenious device called Fontus, which uses solar power to extract moisture from the air and funnel it into a bottle. It’s meant to be attached to a bicycle, and uses the passing wind (from the forward motion of the bike) to accelerate the extraction process, reaching speeds of 0.5L an hour. This means you could drink a standard bottle of water every for hour you cycle, given the right climactic conditions. The extraction is accomplished through the use of a Peltier Element, which features two metal plates of opposing temperatures, one hot and one cold. Running warm moist air through the cold element condenses the humidity, which then just needs to be collected.

It’s just a prototype at the moment, and there doesn’t seem to be any plans for commercialization. But the product could be very interesting for outdoors enthusiasts who might want to venture out, away from the grid, for extended periods.


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Fake Ad Campaign Mashes Up Pop Culture Characters Into Fake LEGO Minifigs


Remember being a kid and cherry-picking superpowers from different characters in order to create your very own super superhero? That was fun. Clearly, mashing things together is something we’ve been doing since childhood, and Argentinian art director Alexandre Tissier hasn’t lost his touch. Pictured are his renditions of what some pop culture characters would look like if they were mashed together and turned into a LEGO Minifig. Homer and The Wolverine as a mining? Behold ‘Homerine’. James Bond with Spiderman? ‘Spider Bond’, of course.

It’s for a fake ad campaign, and it’s not a product, or anything. Just Alexandre having some fun. We thought you might enjoy.

Hit the jump for two more pics, and links.


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Ambulance Drone Could Save Your Life One Day


It’s estimated that out of the roughly 800,000 people who suffer a cardiac arrest in the EU each year, only about 8% of them survive. That’s in large part due to how long it can take emergency services to reach the patient. While 10 minutes may not seem like much, brain death occurs in 4 to 6 minutes so every second counts. That’s why a device like Alec Momont Ambulance Drone could save lives. It would carry a defibrillator, travel up to 60 mph, and be able to reach its target within one minute. The patient’s exact location would be communicated via their smartphone’s GPS, and as long as someone is nearby to administer treatment, survival rates could easily increase to 80%

The drone is a graduation project at the moment, and isn’t in the process of getting to market. However, Alec intends to pursue its development and hopes to see a viable product within 5 years.


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This Belt Turns Into A Scooter


Ah yes, we’ve always wanted to keep our pants up with a 4 pound belt. Who hasn’t? Although to be honest, if it meant that we could just whip it out and ride around in a neat scooter, we might actually consider it. But then of course our pants would fall off, which means the belt is just decorative, which makes you wonder why you’re going through so much trouble in the first place. Ádám Török, from Hungary, decided as part of his product design graduation project in 2013 that in the future most transportation methods will be portable, and that seems to be good enough a reason for him. He created this Belt Scooter to demonstrate his point. It does seem functional, but is most likely a one-off project. Whether it’s available for sale anywhere is anyone’s guess, but it’s nice to know what sort of things can be made with a bit of ingenuity and creativity.


Hit the jump for a bunch of pics.

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Suitcase Turns Scooter Turns Suitcase!


Dragging suitcases about has always been a hassle for most of us; but now, things are about to take a dramatic turn. He Liangchai, a Chinese entrepreneur, has come up with a unique concept of a suitcase that can be transformed into a scooter. The scooter, which is capable of transporting two people, is a multi-functional commuter that is equipped with features like a GPS navigator, a horn and even a burglar alarm. The handle of the suitcase is the scooter’s handlebar, which, when pulled up, allows drivers to use it as a steering input, brake and throttle. It features a built-in lithium-ion battery that can cover a maximum distance of 37 miles at 12 miles per hour. When it hits the market, the price estimate is between £380 (about $640) and £2,800 (about $4,700), depending on the type of model.


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Concept Speaker Sticks To Your Window, Cancels Outside Noise


You’re probably all familiar with noise-canceling headphones, like those from Bose. They work by listening to ambient noise, and generating an inverse wave to cancel as much of it as they can. It works reasonably well. And now you could bring the same principle inside the home, to silence passing traffic and other outdoors noise. The concept is called Sono, and consists of a stick-on device that you apply to your windows. It then listens to what’s happening outside and uses your entire window as a speaker to cancel that noise out. It’s a brilliant idea and we’re a little sad that it hasn’t been turned into a product you can purchase yet. As it stands, it’s a finalist for a James Dyson Award and if the stars align, you might one day be able to enjoy peace and quiet at home, even if you home happens to be built right on top of an interstate.

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New Fast Food Bag Tech: Genius? Or Overkill?


There’s something to be said about the above concept, we’re just not sure what. In case the animation doesn’t play or you’re unable to see it, you’re looking at a piece of cardboard with strategically cut holes that allow you to carry a burger, fries and a drink in one hand. Now, some of you are going to ask “what’s wrong with a regular bag?” Or, “how would this work if you try to put it down on a car seat?” We hear you, but hey, any way you slice it, the fact remains that with this method, you retain the use of one hand. Is it better than what we have now? We suppose it depends on your needs, but having more options is generally a good thing and we’d be delighted to see this being used alongside regular bags. Unfortunately, we don’t have any more info than what you see so we can’t tell you if there are any plans to ever put this into circulation. Heck, maybe it already is?

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