The iBum looks like most any other piece of modernist furniture except for its flat, shiny seating surface... and the soft hum that emanates from within when somebody happens to sit on it. No, it's not the world's first electronic whoopee cushion chair - unfortunately. Tomomi Sayuda has created a chair that snaps a pic of your posterior. Whether you like it or not.
Says Sayuda, "In this project, I would like to reveal the visual of this less popular part of body without notice." So would most red-blooded guys, except we'd worry about being arrested. Maybe things are different in Japan, however, and this rather "cheeky" chair just proves it.
Check out this video of the posterior photocopy chair in action and notice how amused the participants are. Now imagine how unamused your mother-in-law or parole officer will be:
Tomomi Sayuda learned Industrial and Craft Design at Musashino Art University in Tokyo and graduated from London College of Communication in 2009 with a BA in Graphic and Media Design, so she knows a thing or two about modern design. Mayhaps she should have taken a law course as well but that's just my 2-cents worth.
In any case, the so-called "iBum" is what it is: a glorified ninja rear-view scanner with a higher purpose. "The chair reveals human unconsciousness and reality," explains Sayuda, because "The a$$ is the window of the soul." Well now I'm satisfied, knowing that everyone has an a$$ soul. (via OhGizmo!)