Art and Design
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!