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Faster food

Faster food

“Wait a minute, I’ll just take a picture before you start.” If your food is forever going cold because your friends insist on snapping/filtering/Instagramming every meal you have, you need to book a table at The Secret Restaurant.

The idea is simple. Food is served on an industrial-style conveyor belt connecting the underground kitchen to the restaurant upstairs. If you don’t pick up your food instantly, it drops off the end and is lost forever.

Created by sculptor and performance chef Bob Dornberger, the pop-up restaurant has been specifically created to take a stand against the culture of sharing every dish on social media.

Can’t help but think that conveyor belt would look great with a Valencia filter though…



Pizza face

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Too tired to cook? Too weary to make a call? Too exhausted to type? Wow. You should see someone about that. And that someone is ‘Dom’, the new voice-ordering app that lets you order pizzas from Domino’s just by speaking into your phone.

Just like Siri, Dom responds to your questions with ‘humorous’ phrases like “My motherboard and fatherboard raised me right.” And of course, he also does useful things like taking your order, suggesting side dishes and finding coupons for the best deals.

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Question is, how are you going to get up off the sofa to answer the door?



Power in your hands

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Unlock your front door. Pay the bill after dinner. Share your contact details. Check your blood sugar levels. All with a touch of your hand.

They might sound like things only a superhero could do (although you’d hope they’d have more interesting uses for their powers), but turning your body into technology is fast becoming a reality.

Power in your hands 2

NewDealDesign has created a concept called Underskin, which involves smart digital tattoos being implanted into your hand. The tattoos would run off your body’s electro-chemical energy, interacting with everything you touch and sending out NFC signals to keep your data safe.

Time to start practising that Spidey flick of the wrist?



Off the page

Off the page

Ever found yourself tapping an image in a newspaper to try and make it bigger? Or sliding your thumb and finger apart over the small print in an ad? Or trying to flick through real pages with just a swipe of your forefinger?

Smartphones and touch screens are responsible for all sorts of crazy changes in our brains. But with tricks like C&A’s ‘Like Ad’ project in Brazil, you’d be forgiven for getting confused about the boundaries between the real and the digital. (Nice one, Jambell.)

The campaign invites you to tap ‘like’ on magazine ads, which then show up as digital likes on your Facebook page. As if that wasn’t enough, the likes for each outfit are also counted and displayed in real shops so everyone can see what’s most popular.

Be careful what you tap in future…



Bubble bath

Bubble bath

Milk? Nope. Chocolate? Try again. Gold? As if. According to Hungarian craft brewery Hedon, the most hedonistic substance to bathe in is good old beer.

They’ve chosen a little man submerged in the stuff for the brand’s logo, which is placed atop of some pleasingly simple bottle designs.

“This beer-bathing guy enjoys his life and lives for the moment,” said designers Flying Objects and Luca Patkós. So would you if you had beer coming out your taps.



Just what the doctor measured

Just what the doctor measured

Forget little brown bottles, injections or tubes of ointment. Thanks to a student from the Central Saint Martins Textiles Futures course, doctors of tomorrow could prescribe something as simple as a change of underwear.

As part of her ‘Material Pharmacy’ project, Sarah da Costa has developed a new fabric that releases drug treatments directly onto the skin. It uses a process called micro-encapsulation, which weaves particles of the drug into the fabric.

Her flagship creation is a bra that helps prevent breast cancer. Throughout the day, drugs are released through friction and moisture from leaf-shaped pieces of material. The reason for the shape? Foxglove leaves are the source of the active properties in Tamoxifen.

Smart on every level.



Feel-good shopping

Feel-good shopping

Eco-friendly. Upcycled. Community-focused. Artisanal.

No, we’re not playing buzz-word bingo. These are the four categories of product stocked in Nordstrom’s new shop within a shop: TMRW TGTHR. (That’s ‘tomorrow together’ for anyone who hasn’t used a mobile phone.)

The pop-up only stocks brands that create a positive impact, either through their materials, production process or the people who made them. For example, Krochet Kids is a brand of children’s clothing made by women in Northern Uganda and Peru. Black + blum creates water bottles with charcoal filters. And ECOALF makes coats from recycled fishing nets.

Shop the four categories here:

And feel a warm glow with every item you add to your trolley.



Goodbye ads, hello Ello

Goodbye ads

19 Signs You’re a Crazy Dog Person! 5 Steps To Getting A Six Pack Like Ryan! 22 Things That Shouldn’t Exist But Do! 14 Networks Run By Advertisers! If you’re a Facebooker then the 1 Thing You Really Need To Get Rid Of! is the increasing number of ads and sponsored links in your feed.

The same goes for pretty much every social media platform, and with Instagram announcing they’re now selling ad space, the backlash has begun with Ello. ‘You are not a product’ is the message at the heart of the new ad-free network, which was set up by a group of artists and designers who were fed up with the ‘creepy and unethical’ approach of the major networks.

“Every post you share, every friend you make and every link you follow is tracked, recorded and converted into data,” says their website. “Advertisers buy your data so they can show you more ads. You are the product that’s bought and sold.”

Sign up is currently by invitation only, but if you’re fed up with having your private life being turned into data, it’s definitely time to say Ello.



Another dimension for 3D printing

Another dimension

It all began in 1984 when Charles Hull (Chuck to his mates) created the first 3D printer. In the thirty years since we’ve seen toys, bikes, cars, prosthetic limbs and replacement hips run off the 3D production line. Someone’s even created a 3D printer that prints 3D printers.

As both the technology and the software behind the printers becomes more and more advanced, so brands are finding more and more innovative ways to use them. Normal is a New York-based start-up that has recently raised more than $5 million from investors for their range of 3D printed earphones – each pair printed to the exact shape of your ear.

And GE have recently partnered with Stratasys 3D to help crowdsource the next generation of 3D printed household appliances. Proof, if ever it was needed, that you can now print everything, including the kitchen sink.



Joined at the app


The cab’s waiting. That final Jaegerbomb is rapidly starting to feel like a bad idea. And you’re all ready to call it a night. But where on earth is Bob?

If your friends have an annoying habit of wandering off / falling asleep in a corner / getting lucky, then you need Buddy Check, a new app from Absolut Vodka. It uses A-GPS to pinpoint your friends’ exact location on a night out, and even sends an alert when someone crosses a virtual geofence.

To get started, everyone in the group downloads the app. With a simple tap of phones, the system connects you so you can see everyone’s location. Then throughout the night, the app asks you to do a ‘Buddy Bump’ where you have to find a specific friend before the timer stops and bump phones to get points.

Don’t worry, though. If the music suddenly swings from half-decent to 90s cheese, you can just press ‘leave’ to break the connection and make a sharpish getaway. Phew.


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