Lexus has created what it claims is the world’s most advanced hoverboard. Engineers at Japanese car company Lexus have been working with experts in super-conductive technology to create one of the most advanced hoverboards the world has ever seen. The website states that “the Lexus Hoverboard uses magnetic levitation to achieve amazing frictionless movement. Liquid nitrogen cooled superconductors and permanent magnets combine to allow Lexus to create the impossible.” The prototype is being tested in Barcelona in the coming weeks. The sad news is, the Lexus Hoverboard is only a prototype, so will not be for sale. “It’s the perfect example of the amazing things that can be achieved when you combine technology, design and imagination,”said Mark Templin, executive vice president of Lexus International.
For “Vending Machine,” Switzerland-based artist Baker Wardlaw has transformed a classic ski gondola from Verbier, Switzerland into a toy vending machine. It was converted for the Vernier Mountain Climbers Exhibition, a project where these icons of Swiss culture have been “re-imagined and adapted into new, unique objects by seven of switzerland’s most recognized designers and artists.”
photo by Annik Wetter via designboom
Boston-based inventor Steve Hollinger has invented the Squito, a throwable ball-shaped camera that utilizes position and orientation sensors to capture and process 360-degree images over the course of its airborne trajectory by the three panoramic cameras. It uses orientation sensors to know when to take the images before stitching the multiple pictures together to create a single panoramic aerial shot.
Tendem designed by Kaspars Jursons is a sink and urinal combo that saves water and encourages hands washing. The clever design will also saves users the trouble of waiting to wash hands if all the basin are occupied since every user will have their own sink right in front of them. In some degree, it saves time, water and space.
Diesel Sweeties creator R. Stevens partnered with Philadelphia-based LympheDivas to design a stylish line of compression sleeves and gauntlets for people with cancer. Breast cancer survivor Lori Dorn explains how the sleeves help cancer patients, “Lymphedema is a condition that can affect anyone who has had a disruption in their lymphatic system. The use of a compression garment has shown to be useful in lessening the symptoms of lymphedema.” Xeni Jardin of Boing Boing talks about how she helped the collaboration between R. Stevens and LympheDIVAs come about. A portion of each sale of the sleeves benefits the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
ChinaSMACK is reporting that a user on China’s microblogging site Sina Weibo has invented “hairy stockings” as a way for young girls to fend off perverts. It’s hard to tell if these are real or imagined but given that some people in China have been putting dogs in pantyhose, these might just be the former.
Super sexy, summertime anti-pervert full-leg-of-hair stockings, essential for all young girls going out.
Vancouver-based artist and woodworker Colin Johnson has completed “The Emperor’s Cabinet,” a large handcrafted wet bar in the shape of an AT-AT Walker from the Star Wars films. This behemoth is decked out from top to bottom with brass trim and guns, a usable bar with shelves and a mirrored interior. Previously we wrote about Colin’s beautiful wooden AT-AT wet bar, when it was only partially finished.
High density plywood, mahogany veneer, solid brass trim, and glass. Drinks anyone?
Brian of Kotaku recently shared photos of the “Ripe Tomato” (“kanjuku tomato”), a cutting-edge hairstyle created by Hiro of Osaka-based salon Trick Store. He says the salon is “located the city’s hipster youth district, Amemura” and the hairstyle is “not mainstream,” at least yet. Check out more crazy ‘dos created at trendy Japanese salons at Kotaku.
image via Kotaku
This Predator 2 Helmet($780+) is a Predator 2 motorcycle helmet features a sculpted outer shell, a dreadlocks mullet, and even a tri-laser scope. Optional add-ons include a carbon fiber outer shell, tiny metal spears on the ends of the dreadlocks, and even a hyper-realistic airbrushed finish. Awesome! Features:
– Fiberglass, carbon fiber and polycarbonate
– Removable visor
– Weight: 3,9lb (1,8kg)
– 2хAAA Batteries
– Based on certified IXS helmet
3 red super bright LEDS
laser controlled aimer
smoke face shield
improved graphics: scars, engraving and symbols
top level airbrushing
carbon dreadlocks spearheads
carbon fiber shell
“You’ll love how your guests do a double take when it’s time for dessert and coffee.”
Polish designer Kina Gorska handcrafts the Fingers Mug, a white porcelain beverage mug decorated with three protruding human fingers which serve as its handle. The Fingers Mug is available to purchase at Gorska’s Etsy shop.
UK-based Tom Bingham, a 64-year-old retired printer, created an impressive collection of custom made electric guitars in the shape of various spaceships from Star Wars (Y-wing Starfighter, Millennium Falcon and B-wing fighter).According to The Sun, Tom spends approximately three months building his guitars and uses items that he buys fromcar boot sales.
“I saw a picture of a Millennium Falcon on the internet years ago and did my own version. I used a replica and attached a neck to it. With the Falcon I even put flashing LED lights in the back. It lights up blue in the dark, it gives it a hyperdrive look. The kids love it. The important thing is you have to make the body very rigid. I had to take the Millennium Falcon kits apart to their 140 odd pieces and rebuild it so it supports the neck I attached it to. It isn’t easy and took hours painstakingly building it every day.”
Artist Kate Jenkins makes elaborate crocheted food art in her studio in Brighton, UK. Much of her art depicts the local fare—fish and chips, bangers and mash, and so on—but a recent series, “Kate’s Diner,” focused on classic American food. We previously posted about Jenkins’ crocheted anatomical hearts.
Analogue Interactive, a site that sells beautifully designed wood Neo Geo consoles, has introduced the Black Label, a service which allows you to choose from hundreds of custom exotic woods. The Black Label sets comes with an Analogue CMVS Slim, two Analogue Arcade Sticks, solid brass Black Label tags, video and audio cables, and a power supply.
The “Sun & Cloud” is a digital camera developed by Japan’s Superheadz. Capable of shooting both videos and stills, the digital camera is the world’s first to self-generate energy for a full charge. Equipped with a solar panel on top of the device, the camera induces electricity automatically. It also can be manually charged with a hand crank via kinetic energy, or through a USB cable. The camera can do color image capture and black & white image capture. It comes in white and black.
Beginning in January, the City of New York hosted the Reinvent Payphones Design Challenge to redesign its network of over 11,000 payphones when vendor contracts expire in 2014. The contest received 125 submissions, and out of six finalists, NYFi by Sage and Coombe Architects won the public vote. The double-sided, smartphone-like touchscreens would act as multipurpose free wireless hubs, bus ticket machines, MetroCard dispensers, bicycle share stations, and payphones in an attempt to reduce the number of machines taking up valuable space on the street. The Beacon from Frog Design won for best visual design, Smart Sidewalks won for best functionality, and NYC Loop won for best in creativity. Windchimes, created by students at Parsons the New School for Design, and NYC I/O, created by Control Group and Titan, both won for best community impact. While no single design will be completely implemented, the city plans to use core ideas and features in its final design.
“As the City works to determine the overall future of the public pay telephone, we’re facilitating a number of pilot programs — at no taxpayer cost — which use existing payphone infrastructure to gauge public interest and feedback in the services offered,” NYC Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications Director of Communication Nicholas Sbordone told Wired. ”Each of these pilot figures as part of City’s strategy to garner broad-based feedback on what the public would like to see the future of the public payphone entail. We’ll take the results all of the ongoing efforts above — plus the best ideas from the recently-named Reinvent Payphones Design Challengefinalists, and then “bake” all of that into the City’s formal solicitation (known as a Request for Proposals, or “RFP”) for the future of the payphone. We’ll look to issue that RFP later this year.”
images via NYC Digital
This cool LoungePac combines lounger/chair, coolers, tote bag, pillow and backpack in one. Only 10 seconds is needed to open from luggage to lounger. No assembly is required. It is fully adjustable from seated to horizontal position and the face down hole can be used for reading on your stomach. Dimensions: Open 77″Lx23″Wx13″H Closed 32″Lx25″Wx12″H.
Designer Michael Schmidt and architect Francis Bitoni designed a fully articulated, 3D-printed gown that was modeled by burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese at the Ace Hotel in New York. The gown’s design was based on the Fibonacci sequence and the nylon dress was printed by Shapeways and decorated with over 13,000 Swarovski crystals.