Art and Design

Chinese Chess Is Finally Accessible To Blind And Visually Impaired Persons

Chinese chess (Xiangqi) is centuries old; some historians date the game back to 400 BC. All this time, blind and other visually disabled persons have been unable to play one of China's most popular games.  But last year, design professor Michael Siu, of Hong Kong Polytechnical University (PolyU), created a Chinese chess set  for blind persons and others with varying levels of visual impairments. The set  has opened up a new sport to millions of vision impaired persons that allows them to be included in a very popular national game.

 

Samurai Sword Handle Umbrella Provides Cutting Edge Rain Protection

The Samurai Sword Handle Umbrella protects you from post-atomic black rain, gushing founts of enemy blood, storms of fire arrows... and the occasional mild drizzle.  

Travel to the Tombs of Ancient Egypt with Musée de la Civilisacion

Musée de la Civilisacion, as you may have guessed, translates from French into "Museum of Civilization" and is located in Quebec, Canada.  Their latest exhibit takes you back to ancient Egypt to learn about the process behind mummification, and the significance of the rituals these desert dwellers engaged in to secure a blissful afterlife.

The Haramaki: Samurai Fashion Turned Winter Wear

Following an ancient samurai fashion tradition is the Haramaki. Once used to protect the stomach and kidneys from sharp swords, this fashion item is now used to protect against much less harsh elements; namely the weather. Read on and decide if the Haramaki is a fashion statement for the future, or if it should have gone extinct with the Samurai's.


Eight Surgical Masks to Survive Swine Flu in Style

Got your mask on? Due to the deadly Swine Flu outbreak people in Mexico are wearing surgical masks like they're going out of style - except they're not, just the opposite in fact. Here are the top ten weirdest variations on Japan's (and now the world's) most healthy fashion accessory, the personal surgical mask.

High Fashion Octopus Dress: Unique Clothing For Women Who Never Have Enough Hands

High fashion doesn't always appeal to the masses, but fashion that hits the international runways often finds itself a major topic of conversation. Memorable, modern and mystic, the Octopus Dress finally gives women the opportunity to live out their fantasies; while most girls dreamed of being the Little Mermaid, there are some fashion lovers out there who had darker tastes and lusted after Ursula.

Fun Facial Hair: 10 Most Weird And Wacky Moustaches And Beards!

On May 23, 2009, the annual Beard and Moustache Championships competition will be taking place in Anchorage, Alaska. Inventor Spot first introduced this strange sport to readers in the "Top 10 Sports From Around The World", and in honor of this strange competition rolling around again, we're counting down the most weird and wacky moustaches and beards from the Beard and Moustache Championship photo gallery!


Giant Cell Phone Building Calls Out for Attention

When Japan's Bic Camera wanted their electronics store in Tokyo's Ikebukuro ward to really stand out, they made a few calls on their cell phones... and got the idea for a memorable building everyone can recall.

Show Your Employer The Economy Is Putting Your On Edge With A Funny, Yet Morbid Fashion Statement

With the state of the economy, employers can bring a little humor to the workplace to show that they're feeling on the edge using a less than professional fashion statement. Not recommended for wear in those offices where superiors don't know how to loosen their ties and have a laugh, this morbid necktie is a fashion accessory to die for.


Carbon Fiber Jacket: Hot Fashion With Adjustable Temperature For Any Season

Spring is in the air, but depending on where you live the hot weather isn't quite here yet. Looking for a lighter weight jacket that delivers enough warmth for those cool spring nights? Try the carbon fiber jacket with adjustable internal heating that allows you to make sure the heat setting is appropriate for what the weather's doing outside.

Smelliest Shoe: Geeky Gadget Sniffs Out To Detect WIFI Connections

Ever found yourself walking around wondering whether there's a WIFI connection and just how good it may be? Well stop wondering, and start sniffing with the Nike Shoe prototype that identifies WIFI signals as you go about your daily business. This wearable geeky gadget will inspire you to bust out your laptop and get online.

Fishy Mother's Day Gifts And The Coolest Fish Bowls Too

While writing about the best aquarium ads the other day, it struck me how relaxing it is just to watch one or two fish in a bowl; it's a very zen like experience that always seems to relieve stress. I thought why not buy a fish bowl and a small fish for my mom this Mother's Day, and do that for myself as well. I'll share the cool fish bowls I found in my search.

10 Ads That Will Make You Totally Queasy

Humans are organic machines.  Instead of oil, we have blood.  Instead of engines we have organs.  And internal organs are just... well, nasty.  They're all floppy and gelatinous and squirt out all matter of fluids.  So leave it up to the marketing guys of the world to utilize internal organs for a (mostly) positive effect. Take the ad to the right. If that's not positive, I don't know what is...

RockDex: A Measure for Bands Effectiveness on Social Media

Social media is one of the cheapest, most effective ways of branding.  And for musicians, branding is what it's all about.  An artist can spend time developing social media accounts and multimedia promotions to get their name out there, but how can they tell if it's effective?  Well, unless you have big money to spend on market penetration assessments, you can use RockDex.

Survival Straps: Paracord Fashion For The Paranoid Survivalist

Everywhere we go, my husband always feels that he should have at least 6 feet of rope on hand "just in case". What that just in case is, I can never be sure, but I roll my eyes and tell him not to be ridiculous because rope just isn't something that's convenient to pack and carry with us. Someone has been listening in, because now a line of jewelry, called Survival Straps make sure that you always have a sufficient amount of paracord to handle any survival situation and they're awfully fashionable!