Ménage à Quatre is a new accessory for female self-pleasure, featuring a series of four rings made of silver and silicone, ergonomically designed to stimulate the clitoris and other pleasurable areas.
Electronics turn a person’s thoughts into commands for a robot:
Using a brain-computer interface technology pioneered by University of Minnesota biomedical engineering professor Bin He, several young people have learned to use their thoughts to steer a flying robot around a gym, making it turn, rise, dip, and even sail through a ring.
The technology may someday allow people robbed of speech and mobility by neurodegenerative diseases to regain function by controlling artificial limbs, wheelchairs, or other devices. And it’s completely noninvasive: Brain waves (EEG) are picked up by the electrodes of an EEG cap on the scalp, not a chip implanted in the brain.
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The Monkey Light Pro creates images and animations within a bicycle wheel with the use of 4 bars of LEDs. Once you’re rolling, the display fills the bike wheel and is visible from both sides.
The Monkey Light Pro has sensors to track speed, heads-up position and rotation direction. This allows the system to create stable, full-wheel images from 15 to 65 km/h.
The Toa Mata Band by Italian music producer Giuseppe Acito is a fully working music band made up of several tiny robotic LEGO figures, programmed to play various electronic instruments.
Each “member” of the band is constructed from LEGO Bionicle pieces rigged with rubber bands and pulleys. Their arms are controlled by an Arduino Uno connected to an iPad running Nord Beat, a MIDI sequencer app. The tiny bots essentially perform a MIDI sequence by hitting the instrument they’re facing when prompted.
Coral handled Venetian knife and fork from about 1600 from Supper With Shakespeare: The Evolution of English Banqueting exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
via ny times
Aluminum sheets and flexible PVC wires, weaved together using traditional techniques from Rwanda, from the Wire project by Israeli designer Maya Ben David.
Guillotine children’s toy made during the time of French revolution (ca. 1794), from the book: Children’s Toys of Bygone Days: A History of Playthings of All Peoples from Prehistoric Times to the XIXth Century by Karl Grober, published in 1928 by B.T. Batsford ltd.
“..the nineteenth century it was the custom in Italy to tie a string to the leg of living birds or big cockchafers and give them to children as a toy to play with. The custom was so universal that we even see such living playthings represented in the hands of the Christ Child, especially in pictures of the Italian Renaissance. A curious example of a similar kind was to be found among the usually so simple and harmless German toys, as a Nuremberg catalog of the eighteenth century proves (image bellow). These were comic figures with space inside to hold a bird which in its struggles gives to the figures all kind of motions. As the catalog says: ‘No one would imagine that a living bird was inside, but would suppose that it was clock-work which made the head, eyes, and beak of the bird move.”
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Accessories and objects made of antique small pieces, human prosthetics or broken porcelains from the Feeas series, by Spanish designer Remedios Vincent.
Cutlery made of pig skin creared by London based designer Cindy Strobach, as social experiment crossing the frontier of human perception and moral concepts.
It is all about decontextualizing of pig skin, including aspects of mass production and the throw-away mentality. Furthermore, the skin experiences a second revival, increasing its value through aesthetic and practical dimensions.
All vases are handmade by members of the Tiny Miracles foundation in Mumbai. The foundation brings people together that are living on the street out of poverty trough manufacturing small and useful handcrafted objects.
via mocoloco - photos: Annemarijne Bax.
Single flower vase by designers Castor Bours and Wouter Widdershoven of the Dutch studio Toer.
Previously: Spring lamp by Toer
Branch is a easy to set up suspended tent / bed by product designer Jan Kochański.
Branch doesn’t take a lot of space in your backpack. The user doesn’t have to take extra mattress because the suspension protects from moisture and cold. Setting up the tent takes few seconds. All you need to do is pick up the tree and put the rubber band around the trunk on high that you want to spend night on. The band tied on 225 cm from the ground (average range of hands) gives 50 cm from the bottom of the tent to the ground. After the band is tied up on the tree the base of the tent has to be prepared to suspend. All the construction parts are sew in the material so it’s easier to set it up. After the bed is done the tent has to be suspended on the band.
Previously: Backpack Beds by Tony & Lisa Clark
Light sculpture/ mirror designed by Japan-based design firm Nosigner, for the Taro Horiuchi fashion shop.
The diffused LED light is created by a special kind of aluminum foil which allows to reflect varying projections, so that you will never see the same light pattern on the wall. 22141231 is the title of this work, that was named after the perfect solar eclipse that will appeare about 200 years later
Previously: Olive project by Nosigner
The Soap Factory aka Fábrica de Jabón is a sustainable low consumption appliance, that transforms any used kitchen oil into biodegradable soap in a practical and safe way, avoiding water pollution and oil spills in the sink. Based on the traditional methods of making soap, FDJ may turn a liter of oil into 850 grams of soap, which can be used in various ways such as directly the wash dishes, or even used in washing machines or dishwashers if grated.
Fábrica de Jabón prototype is designed by industrial engineer Analía Blanco and Spain’s National Winner of 2011 James Dyson Award.