Imagine a pair of high heel shoes that can change appearance to match your outfits. Featuring an e-Ink display and a Bluetooth module, they can change their look to some degree at the touch of button. Just… connect your shoes to your smartphone and pick from any of the available patterns that might best suit your outfit that day. It’s a really cool concept, but one that will cost you a $249 pledge with a December delivery date. Cool project on indiegogo. "The Volvorii is streamlined, has an embedded flexible electronic paper display, a Bluetooth LE module with battery wireless charging, elegantly positioned fastener accessory anchors both on the front and back of the shoe."
Chinese artist Ren Ri works with honeybees in creating intriguing wax sculptures that live in transparent geometric containers. This project called Yuansu I: The Origin of Geometry, he transformed honeycomb into map of various countries around the world.
Artist Roger Chouinard uses metal scraps, old tools, and other found objects as the basis for whimsical drawings. The project which is part of an artist picture book called "PLAYBOOK Fun with Found Objects", incorporates an array of old , used or discarded objects that he finds along the beach , in back alleys, or from friends who know his devotion to the oddities of life. More images after more.
Edible Growth is an ongoing project by Eindhoven-based food designer Chloé Rutzerveld that has created a 3D-printed edible morsel using a combination of technical and natural processes. The morsel is grown inside a 3D-printed edible structure, with plants and fungi sprouting out after about five days. Once printed, it takes a few days for the seeds and mushrooms to germinate after which they start to poke out of the small holes on top. All that’s left to do is pop it in your mouth. Rutzerveld’s design is currently just a concept and would involve several years of research, namely around 3d printing technology and issues of food safety.
It can take blows from baseball bats, machetes and punches. Made with kevlar and silicone molds, this suit is ready for action. Industrial Design student Jackson Gordon came up with the concept for a badass Batsuit, and after a successful Kickstarter campaign he was able to build the armor and survive a simulated stabbing.
"Hidden under a cap on the bottom of the umbrella's handle is where you'll find the actual Bluetooth electronics and a replaceable watch battery that should keep it running for about a year or two, depending on how often you need to carry an umbrella. It's designed to maintain a constant wireless connection to a smartphone with a range of about 30 feet, and when that connection disappears, users will get an alert on their phones reminding them they may have forgotten it behind. It's a simple but effective way to make it easier to justify spending a few more bucks on a nice umbrella." This umbrella is funding up on Kickstarter.
The Smart Wallet is a wallet features a Wallet App and a Bluetooth LE Connection that you will never lost it. It is currently up for funding on kickstarter. "Navigate your way back with the distance meter, which tracks your proximity to the wallet. Activate Where’s Wallet’s audio sensor to locate it quickly. "
Bookniture is a coffee table book that folds out to make a coffee table. Just a flip, you will open a table(seat). Using a combination of traditional book-binding techniques and a paper honeycomb structure, the Bookniture can actually support up to 375 pounds so it can be used as a portable stool. But at 13-inches tall it's still compact enough to fit inside most shoulder bags designed to accommodate a laptop. And if you bring along multiple copies you'll be able to build yourself a complete portable office suite since the Bookniture can be stacked to create everything from tables, to desks, to seating. The project has already reached its Kickstarter goal, so if you contribute $60 or more, you’re guaranteed to receive one for your very own.
A new smart bracelet called Tago, it has already raised more than its $40,000 goal on Indiegogo. Why? See, you can easily swap the design on the Tago Arc's e-ink screen, and since that screen takes up most of the accessory, you're effectively changing the jewelry's whole look. You can create your own designs to come up with a unique bracelet for each outfit, but you can also buy images from the accompanying app for around $1 a pop. You'll need to use an NFC-enabled Android phone to transfer each image, though, and iPhones are a no-go for now, since their NFCs are still locked to Apple Pay. The device also absorbs any power it needs via NFC while linked to your phone, and since it has no other features and uses a low-power e-ink screen, it doesn't need batteries to work. At the moment, it still takes quite some time (15 seconds or so) to transfer a picture.
Louise Low Seok Loo, a Malaysian artist, uses thousands of bra cups to form sculptures and cover other objects. She had hoped to draw public curiousity and attention to her mission by displaying her ‘Bra Art’ on cars, motorcycles, bicycles, trishaws and hawker bikes. “With such striking contradiction, I believe it will challenge the preconception of the general public towards women. It also questions the stereotype of women in their positions and stimulates women to rethink their roles in the society,” she said.
'Aposematic Jacket' by Shinseungback Kimyonghun, is a wearable camera for self-defense. The lenses on the jacket give off the warning signal, “I can record you”, to prevent possible attack. When the wearer pushes a button under threat, the jacket records the scene in 360 degrees and sends the images to the Web.