Monthly Archives: December 2012

Creatures of the night

Smirnoff Vodka have created a series of urban murals on buildings including the Brazilian Museum of Sculpture. The catch is, these special creations can only be seen at night.

 

 

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Hot stamped!

Ever wonder how long that loaf of bread has been sitting on the bakery shelf? Minimart Pressbyran (kind of like the Swedish equivalent of 7-Eleven) have developed a clever way to show customers just how fresh their hot buns are – by stamping the time of baking directly onto their bottoms.

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Eggs, milk, insurance…

Next year, the Affordable Care Act will come into effect in the US. This Act will help to protect consumers – providing new coverage options and giving them the tools they need to make informed decisions. Facing stiff competition, UnitedHealthcare, HealthPartners, Blue Cross and Blue Shield are all opening retail sales locations at malls and pharmacies around the US, with the hope of attracting new customers in a different way.

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Smoke on the water

How about a nice, tall, refreshing glass of smoked water? Yes, really. British chef Heston Blumenthal has developed this bonkers concoction for his restaurant The Fat Duck, to be used in stocks, soups, rice and pulse dishes, or frozen into ice cubes for cocktails and whiskies. Look out for ‘Halen Môn Oak-Smoked Water’ in supermarkets near you!

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War-torn toy

Massoud Hassani’s extraordinary ‘Mine Kafon’ is a giant, wind-powered, bamboo-framed, toy-inspired sphere which – with the aid of GPS – rolls over unexploded landmines and tracks the clear, safer paths that it leaves behind. Hassani developed the piece after reflecting on his childhood in Kabul and the toys that he played with, which were often blown by the wind into dangerous areas known to contain landmines. (Nice find, Alex)

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Pre-internet shoe

Diesel is trying a bit of reverse psychology by asking fans to refrain from posting on social media sites and sharing on Instagram. The prize? A shoe from 1993 which the brand proudly promotes as low-tech. To win it, fans have to go cold turkey on Facebook posts for three days or quit Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for two days. Twenty fans will win the shoe.

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New year, new you

If you’re worried about looking a little porky after your Christmas binge then stress no longer – we have a solution. These Japanese beauty gadgets promise to tone your face and give you a nicer profile – whilst providing your family and friends with endless amusement in the process.

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Plugg Radio

Created by Norwegian design duo Skrekkøgle, Plugg is a DAB radio that’s controlled by a cork. Out for sound, in for silence. Produced using hacking electronics, 3D printing and laser cutting, the simple device explores the loss of tangibility in our electronic equipment by focussing on the physical interaction required to use it.

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The Amazings

A record number of Baby Boomers are currently reaching retirement age in the UK. As this generation leaves work, their skills and talents could be lost, if it wasn’t for The Amazings – an online market place where Britain’s post-retirement Baby Boomers can share their skills.

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Robo-burger

Imagine your ultimate burger. A succulent, handcrafted patty? Yes! Lovingly topped with all the extras? Of course! But wait. Now, thanks to San Francisco-based Momentum Machines, you can enjoy a burger created by robots – in the world’s first ‘no chefs’ restaurant.

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