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Tag Archives: Design

You’re Looking At A Rubber Band Race Car

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That’s right. That sweet looking locomotive construction is a remote controlled race car whose only power comes from a single elastic rubber band tightly wound into 8-inch (203-mm) loops, and stuffed into a carbon fiber tube that runs the length of the car. It’s called the Cirin, and is the creation of “students Max Greenberg, Sameer Yeleswarapu and Ian Cullimore at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. They created it to compete in the school’s Formula E Race, an annual event in which teams from around the world pit their custom-made rubber band-powered miniature cars against one another.” The Cirin’s body and frame is modelled after the internal structure of a bird’s wing bones, which allows it to withstand the high torsional forces created by the rubber band. The 6 ft (5 m) of looped elastic allowed it to travel 500 ft (152 m) at speeds of up to 30 mph (48 km/h), which is pretty impressive… but didn’t win the team the race. They did receive an award for best design, build, and approach, so it’s kind of hard to tell who ‘won’ in the end. It reportedly cost them $500 to make, but that doesn’t include the donated laser sintering, 3D printing job by 3D printing company SolidConcepts.

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Batmobile Baby Stroller: For Your Little BatBaby

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He’s your little superhero, and nothing anyone says will change your mind. Of course we’re talking about none other than your offspring because yes, parents can be biased that way.

If you happen to be a creative dad who’s up for DIY projects that’ll make your kid grin from ear-to-ear, then you can take a page from Tim Baker’s book. Obviously being a pro prop designer for Hollywood means that he’s got skills most dads don’t, but that doesn’t mean you can’t build your own little Batmobile stroller (but you might need the help of your able-bodied friends and SO, too.)

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Spine Optics Frame Hinge Brings Innovation To The World Of Eyewear

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Wearing glasses can be second nature for some, but that doesn’t mean their eyeglasses are perfect. No matter how well fitting they are, there’s always the possibility of forcing them too far apart, or of the hinge becoming loose after some time. The Spine Optics hinge pictured above is an innovation from Italian designer Guido Medana, and features a “5 vertebra design” that attempts to mimic the human spine in its flexibility and durability. Unlike traditional glasses, the Spine hinge creates a small tension that lightly hugs the wearer’s face, adapting to any size head. This means they won’t easily fall off during exercise, but won’t be uncomfortable in a wide range of head sizes. The hinge also closes the temples automatically when you remove the glasses, a function no one else has. There are no screws to tighten, since the mechanism of action is achieved thanks to two cables and springs, as well as precision parts manufactured with a process called Micro Injection Moulding.

Price and availability are unknown, although there is word that contracts have been signed for distribution with major companies throughout the US, the UK, and Canada.

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Play to Spend: Sony Playstation Wallet

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Why so serious? The Joker probably isn’t a character you’d go to for words of wisdom, but we could all benefit from living life according to his trademark line. The more humor you find in every day life, the better your well-being. If you take things less seriously, then you might end up with less stress at the end of the day, right?

You can start with your wallet. Sleek, thin, and black– that’s how it’s always been. But if you’re in the market for a new one and want something that showcases one of your hobbies, then pick up this PlayStation wallet. It’s an officially-licensed product and looks like a miniature version of the real thing. Made from PVC and polyester, this wallet will last through many all-night gaming marathons.

The PlayStation wallet is available for about $27.

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High-top Sneakers With Poop Emoji Pattern

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We are no experts on fashion, so we don’t know if we should be getting excited at the sight of shoes with a poop emoji pattern. But we are, and we’re unapologetic. These Poo Emoji Light Wing Franklin Shoes from Betabrand look like regular shoes from far, but look closely and you can’t miss everyone’s favourite ‘wtf emoji’.

– Lightweight Tyvek may look and feel like paper, but it’s also insanely strong.
– Poliyou rubber insoles provide superior support and comfort while fighting foot-odor-causing bacteria.
– Water-resistant, yet eminently breathable.

“TYVEK® is a flash-spun synthetic developed by DUPONT. It looks and feels like paper, but is insanely strong, super lightweight, water resistant, and not to mention breathable.

The coolest part about the material is the ability to print any graphic you want on it and send it through the printer. The only limit is your imagination on the graphics you want put on any of the LIGHT WING series shoes. This is the first release of the LIGHT WING FRANKLIN HIGH-TOP.” You can get a pair for $88, with worldwide shipping.

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Shake It: 35mm Film Canister Salt and Pepper Shakers

35mm Film Canister Salt and Pepper Shakers

Shake it, shake shake it, shake it like a Polaroid picture!

We’re not talking about those photos you’ve just taken with your Instax (you shouldn’t shake those, by the way) but rather, these awesome salt and pepper shakers created by Photojojo. They’re designed to look like the 35mm film canisters of yesteryears, which brings back fond memories of film photography.

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Crappy Shirt and Equally Crappy Pair of Sneakers Are Covered in Poop Emoji

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Would you wear a shirt that’s covered in poop? What about high tops smeared with crap? You probably wouldn’t, unless it’s the ones made by Betabrand. At first glance, the shirt and shoes look like it’s feature an intricate pattern but look closely and you’ll see that it’s the crappiest shirt in the world–literally in a figurative sense of the word.

Because while they aren’t really covered in poop, they are covered in poop emojis. Close enough?

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From Gym to Work and Back Again: DSPTCH Gym/Work Bag

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The DSPTCH is the one bag to rule them all. It’s a gym-slash-work bag that meets your need for one or the other, or both! The sleek black duffel has a slot inside to fit a laptop that’s up to 15 inches. It also has room for a tablet and for your other mobile devices, as well as a wet/dry pouch and a hidden security pocket on the bottom for your top-secret work stuff.

On the flipside, it also has a special compartment for your gym shoes. You don’t have to worry about smells getting trapped, as the compartment is ventilated.

The DSPTCH Gym/Work bag is available for $184.

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Anti-Paparazzi Collection Makes You Unphotographable

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You might not be as popular or sought after by paparazzi, but you’ll find the Anti-Paparazzi amusing, if not relevant, if you value your privacy. The collection currently includes a blazer, scarf, and hooded jacket, but creator Chris Holmes might add more types of clothing depending on the need or demand for it.

Basically, the clothing line uses reflective thread so it reflects light back from cameras, effectively ruining the photo in the process. Whether it’s a digital camera or a phone camera, these threads have got you covered.
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