Category: Offbeat

British company unveils the world’s most advanced bionic arm

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It is not everyday we gizmo freaks get to see the real life counterpart to the exalted ‘Terminator-esque’ limb. However, Leeds based company prosthetic company RSLSteeper has certainly kicked up a few notches when it comes to bionic technology. According to them, their scientists have created the world’s most evolved bionic hand. And, the beneficiary of this fascinating contrivance is the 53 year old Nigel Ackland, a smelter who lost his arm in a industrial bending machine accident.

Designer conceptualizes robot that can be worn on a wrist

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It may come as a bit of a shocker, but the above pictured conception is not a wristwatch, or rather not only a wrist watch. In fact, it is a wearable robot. Yes, a full fledged robot that can perform all the managing tasks of the owner’s life (much like Apple’s voice software Siri). However, this ‘robot’ can offer a much more personalized and varied service, given that it can comprehend the owner’s individual psychological framework (unlike Siri).

Bloke who lost his finger creates in-expensive prosthetic fingers for the amputees

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There’s an old saying that, “Out of the blue comes a new ray of hope”! A very good example of this is Mr. Richard Van, a South African craftsman, who lost nearly all the fingers of his right hand in an industrial accident. Out of pain and sorrow of losing his fingers; Richard came with an idea of developing prosthetic fingers to regain the functions of his real fingers and their mobility. To help himself develop his imaginations and ideas into reality, Richard asked for the technical help from Washington based Mr. Ivan Owen, whose mechanical hand prop had impressed...

Apron Alert allows your cooking apron to tweet!

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The quirky trend of odd wearable emanating odd tweets still continues with the Apron Alert. Based around a scientific project that involved improving our kitchen experience, this gear was contrived by some designers at the Smart Design’s Interaction Lab. The basic set up comprises of an apron that remarkably tweets just when the preparation for your meal has started and when it has finished.

eSSAGE: Bodysuit allows you to get a refreshing massage over Wi-Fi!

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There is absolutely no doubt that wireless technology has changed our lives in ways that we could not have imagined. Add to that the wide array of handheld devices in the form of smartphones and tablets and the world now seems to be constantly ‘on the go’. If everything else is available at your fingertips and swipe of the screen, then why not a relaxing and comforting massage offered by a person on the others side of the globe? That is precisely what designer André Cofield thought when he designed the eSSAGE.

Wearable balloon dresses: A fashion statement making way from China

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Balloons are best for a kitty party celebration or a birthday bash, but balloons for a dress? Well even I’m still trying to digest! These shouldn’t come as a surprise though, we’ve seen dresses made of condoms come out of extra-creative China. These wearable balloon Cheongsams (traditional dress for Chinese women) by People’s Association Balloon Sculpturing Interest Group, does seem like the next fashion statement making way from the East. The balloon cheongsams are made in collaboration with the National Museum of Singapore’s “In The Mood for Cheongsam” where it is displayed by sexy models on their attractive bodies. Sadly,...

Recycled PET bottles stuffed with human hair makes good seating poufs

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Designer Ola Giertz Bare designed two odd seating poufs stuffed with human hair, which were collected from the hair salon.  The project is called Bare Hair Project and was designed for Studio Västra Sandgatan, a Swedish hair studio in Helsingborg, Sweden.  It’s not only about recycling hair, but even the poufs are made from recycled PET bottles.

Get along your giant spoons to lick on the Melting Ice Cream Truck

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Very few design houses have actually managed to gain repute in creating engaging and dramatic sculptures, which have really appealed with the masses and The Glue Society is one such name. Glue Society’s Melting Ice Cream Truck sculpture that won them $5,000 in prize money at the annual Sculpture by the Sea Exhibition is an installation that’s taken The Glue Society to a new high. At first however, to my critic eye the Melting Ice Cream Truck seemed waste, but then I look at my giant spoon, I thought, why not! Is anyone of you coming?

Pooping Good Boy and Good Puppy dog floor lamps are offensive!

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There are only a few designers who don’t mind taking things to the weirdest stance possible. Whatshisname is just one of them, and his freakin’ Good Boy and smaller Good Puppy – dog floor lamps are creations to affirm. Both his lamps were made-up to be part of London’s Art Below exhibition, unfortunately they were deemed offensive and banded from the exhibition. Wondering why, well the lamps require you to turn them on or off by stepping on dog turd (fake yes, but offensive)!

The exquisite Montegrappa N.S. Virgen de Guadalupe Limited Edition Pen

Montegrappa N.S. Virgen de Guadalupe Limited Edition Pen

Anyone who’s fond of luxury defining writing instruments would know about Montegrappa, yes, the famed Italian writing instrument brand that’s delivered some of the finest luxury pens out there. And to celebrate first 100 years of Montegrappa, the brand presented Pope Benedict XVI a Montegrappa N.S. Virgen de Guadalupe Limited Edition Pen as a souvenir of affection from the people of Mexico. The creation to commemorate 480th anniversary of the appearance of the Our Lady of Guadalupe, patron saint of Mexico and Latin America on the Cerro del Tepeyac hill.