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Art and Design

KDDI's Concept IIDA Smartphone Features a Manual Analog Clock

Look Ma, hands! Japan's KDDI is showcasing a curiously retro smartphone that's a real blast from the past. The phone's bezel features a manually-wound analog clock, thus creating a fusion of elegance and technology.

Singapore Coke Machines Give Out Cold Drinks for Warm Hugs

If you think machines have no compassion, you've either been watching too many Terminator movies or you haven't visited Singapore lately. The Southeast Asian city-state is where you'll find The Coca-Cola Hug Machine: you supply the hugs, it provides the Coke.

Icon Watch Design Echoes Early Computer Graphics

With the Icon Watch the time's always eight... eight-bit, that is. This ultra-minimalist, battery powered wristwatch was inspired by a computer icon and as such, is a true sign of the times.

Nerdy Keyboard Sandals Show Off Your Geek Sole

Nerdy “types” out there will want to step into these keyboard  sandals, artfully imprinted to soothe the geek sole... er, soul. Even the skinniest 98-pound weakling will get a kick out of these cheap flip-flops as they're ideal for a trip to the beach - sand kicking by bullies optional but likely inevitable.

Melty Chocolate USB Lamp Pours Out Calorie-free Illumination

Hot chocolate just got hotter... and lighter, too! The Melty Chocolate USB Sweets Light pours out warm, comforting, calorie-free light while avoiding what would appear to be a sticky mess in the making.

Android Espresso Cup Jump-Starts Your Personal Operating System

Google's Android is a Linux-based operating system run by mobile devices like smartphones and tablet computers. Espresso is a concentrated, caffeinated beverage prized for its effect on sluggish organic digestive and cognitive systems. The limited edition "Robopresso" delivers the latter in a cup inspired by the former.

Enigma: Puzzling Wooden Floor Design By Jamie Beckwith

Floor tiles have moved up a few notches since the vinyl foam tiles first lined the nursery.  And, though these tiles may remind you (somewhat) of those jigsaw like EPA pieces, nowhere have I seen floor tiles so elegant that they must be the center of attention in any room they are laid - the hand-crafted wooden puzzle floor tiles of Jamie Beckwith.

An Old Simple Gadget Made New By Biomimicry

The thumbtack, or 'drawing pin' as it was first named by the British, was invented more than a century ago.  It  is so simply designed, it's hard to think of how it could be improved... unless you happen to stick a few fingers into a box of these pins to try to pick one out just one from the pack. Ouch! 

 

Toilet Brush Designed with Input from 200 Housewives Rates a Royal Flush

The “Brand New Toilet Brush” from Marna is designed to eliminate everything you hate about toilet brushes and improve upon every possible function. If it were a hand in a high stakes poker game, this new standard in toilet brushes would be a royal flush.

Folding Shoes from Timberland Japan Zip Up & Clip On

Radler Trail “Camp” shoes from Timberland Japan take portability to the next level. A built-in zipper running along the upper flange of the sole allows the shoes to be folded, zipped and hung by a carabiner clip when not being worn.

Solid Gold C-3PO and Solid Silver R2-D2 Celebrate Star Wars' 35th Anniversary

Bite my shiny metal... actually you don't have to bite these officially licensed, limited edition Solid Gold C-3PO and Solid Silver R2-D2 figurines to know they're real: they are, and they're spectacular!

Fill Your Energy Up with the IV Drip Bag USB LED Light

Want to add some “House” to your home? The IV Drip Bag USB LED Light from JTT Online Shop plugs into your laptop, PC or a standard wall outlet, filling your personal space with soft, diffused light as you nurse that important report towards completion.

Tower of Power: Tokyo Sky Tree Officially Completed on Leap Day 2012

Tokyo Sky Tree, the world's tallest free-standing broadcasting tower, was officially completed on Leap Day of 2012. The 2,080 ft (634 meter) tall tower soars almost twice as high as the 1958-built Tokyo Tower and will take over most of the orange & white downtown landmark's digital broadcasting duties.

Cosplay Cyclops Anime Girl Rocks Tokyo Wonder Festival

Teenage mutant Leela's girdle? The Cosplay Corner at the Winter 2012 “Wonfes” sported someone (or some thing) so shocking, disturbing and, er, cute it deserves a blog post to try to explain it... and the more you know, the more disturbing it gets.

Darth Vader Alarm Clock Helps Prevent Snore Wars

With the Darth Vader Alarm Clock you'll never wake up on the wrong side of the bed again... you'll wake up on the Dark Side! This Official Japan Licensed Lucas Films product plays the main theme from Star Wars to help “force” you out of bed each morning.

Hand Grenade Key & Coin Case Blows (Up) Your Cover

The frighteningly fashionable Hand Grenade Key & Coin Case from Motif comes in your choice of 6 cool colors, any one of which will garner the owner oodles of attention... from the TSA, at least.

Driving Colorblind? See This New LED Traffic Signal!

Red light, green light, what light? That's the question a growing number of colorblind people are asking when confronted by new LED traffic signal lights. Since up to 10 percent of the population suffers from red-green colorblindness, an answer is needed pronto... and Professor Taro Ochiai of Japan's Kyushu Sangyo University thinks he's got one: a redesigned LED traffic light easily visible by everyone.

Panasonic Eneloop Batteries Celebrate Walt Disney's 110th Anniversary

Panasonic's popular Eneloop rechargeable batteries are showing their “LoveLove” for the late Walt Disney. Officially approved, limited edition battery designs in red, white and black honor the award-winning animation pioneer by celebrating the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Louis Vuitton Belt Buckle Cell Phone: Call it Garish

Show me the money? In modern China it's more like “show YOU the money”, and what better way to tell the world you're rich and successful than with the Louis Vuitton Belt Buckle Cell Phone?

Sing-a-Long Tongs: Microphone Tongs that Rock the Kitchen

Reckon you're the chef of the treble clef? Then you'll love Sing-a-Long Tongs, microphone tongs that rock the kitchen! They may not improve your cooking but at least you'll be burning water in style.