One area Japanese manufacturers continue to excel in is that of hardware, perhaps the best recent example embodied in the new Cool Leaf interface devices. Developed by Minebea Co. Ltd. in collaboration with Osaka University’s Kazuo Kawasaki, when powered off the surface looks like a mirror.
But when the surface is touched the interface blinks into life and displays the characters that will allow you to manipulate your digital devices. Composed of a half mirror-type film along with a capacitive touch panel, the keyboard repels dirt and dust to bring us all one step closer to that sci-fi [...]
Grown-ups can play with dolls — especially if they’re Munny dolls, those blank vinyl toys from Kidrobot that can be the basis for a variety of decorations. Artist Marcus Tremonto has shined the light on the Munny doll in a whole new way. His use of electroluminescent lighting and the plain white dolls is so creative and whimiscal, in a super-cool kind of way.
No word on if the artist will be selling these any time soon, so we might have to get our own creative juices flowing. Let us know what you’ve created from a Munny doll, and which one of these is your fav?
Lightbotz via [...]
Designer William Gerwin’s headphones certainly don’t need any help standing out, what with their furry earmuff style and all, but he’s decided to go ahead and slap a camera and a projector on there anyway. To what end, you ask?
Gerwin’s set of headphones are part of one of those “record your life” projects. The camera keeps a record of the delightfully mundane, and then the projector puts it out there for the world to see. The headphones also hypothetically have wireless, so you can back up your photos as well as share them online. I dig it and all, but personally [...]
Attach these kooky graphics to your garage door, and you can turn a mundane portal into a spectacular trompe d’oiel. The weatherproof photo tarpaulins attach to your garage door with Velcro. Style Your Garage, the hypercreative company that offers such things, is going XXXL, soon rolling out four new sizes for double-wide garages.
So far, the company’s release just a single teaser for these new wide garage graphics, pictured above. Until they show us the rest of its new XXL designs, check out the gallery below with a variety of its spectacular and creative creations, ready to go if [...]
Japanese fashion designer Kosuke Tsumura has experience knitting with wool and traditional fabrics, sure. But for the “MODE less CODE” exhibition at the Nanzuka gallery in Shirokane, Tokyo, he chose to use a stranger material: cables.
Yep, he knitted huge sculptures out of cables ranging from power strips to iPod cables to ethernet cables. They probably wouldn’t keep you warm and comfortable if you tried to lie underneath them, but I guess that’s not really the point, is it? Art!
Japan Trends via Gizmodo
The PLAY MP3 Player asks you to do an interesting thing to control it: you fold it up every which way. While it’s not the most practical idea, it is a rather interesting study of form. For instance, instead of hitting “play,” you fold the player into a triangular shape mimicking the button. To fast forward, you slide the player to resemble two triangles, and to stop all play you simply leave it as a square — the usual sign for stop.
The PLAY MP3 Player is a joint effort by designers Jun Pyo Kim, Keun Sol Kim, Sung Mi Kang and Joo Hee Park. Check out the diagram below for [...]
Designer Yuji Fujimura’s concept for European automaker Peugeot comes in the form of a bubble for one. While you probably wouldn’t see a car like this on a highway (or want to — it’d probably pop like a bubble), it’d be great for tighter squeezes such as city streets and amusement parks. The odd bubble does beg the question, though: do you get to watch the world, or does the world get to watch you?
Check out more of Fujimura’s gorgeous design in the gallery below.
Yuji Fujimura, via LikeCool
Here’s the craziest thing you’re going to see all week: a Rube Goldberg machine that spans the breadth and width of a whole house. It starts out rather humbly with an alarm clock and a rolling ball, but then all at once it incorporates golf clubs, a dizzying amount of tubes, darts flying between rooms, and a cellphone setup that — well, I won’t spoil it for you. It’s absolutely awesome.
Sadly we can’t embed the video, but you can check it out in action here
Chilloutzone, via Boing Boing
They’re not using some ordinary flaming stick for the Olympic torch. The talisman of the 2010 Winter Games, carried all over Greece and Canada since October 30, 2009, is literally way-cool. Its flame burns at the lowest temperature of any Olympic torch in history, thanks to its fuel mixture of propane and the refrigerant isobutane.
It was designed by the 2010 Winter Olympics design director Leo Obstbaum and built by jetmaker/high-speed train manufacturer Bombardier. There were 12,000 of these gorgeous torches hand-assembled in Montréal, one for each carrier. We especially like that vent [...]