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Tweenbots

They’re robots made of cardboard that only know how to walk in a straight line and their objective is to reach a certain point in the city. Will people on the streets be willing to help?

Lend him a hand if you run into him. He’ll need it.
Lend him a hand if you run into him. He’ll need it.
  Tweenbots are robots that walk around New York all by themselves. They’re made of cardboard and always have a smile on their faces. They can only walk in a straight line and a they have a flag tagged on that gives instructions and explains their objective: to reach some point in the city with the help of passersby.

This robot, for instance, had to make it from the northern corner of Washington Square Park to its southern-most edge.

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 on 13 Apr 2009 by Marta Reig in Art, design and architecture Comments Send this to a friend

THE END, Film Endings

A group of Web surfers has been gathering images of final credits from old films. The collection has over 700 photos.

"Executive Suite", a film by Robert Wise
"Executive Suite", a film by Robert Wise
  The End: thanks to the movies, these are the first two English language words many non-native speakers learn as children. It’s sad but filmmakers have gradually begun to abandon the custom of finishing their films with this legend.

That may be why graphic designer Dill Pixels wanted to start a collection of old film endings. "The End" is the name of the group he started on Flickr so he could share his finds with the rest of the world.

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 on 08 Apr 2009 by Marta Reig in Art, design and architecture Comments Send this to a friend

Little Thinkers Dolls

Little Thinkers is a collection of plush felt dolls inspired by great philosophers, politicians, artists, thinkers, and other historical figures.

Obama and Picasso, two very popular stuffed dolls
Obama and Picasso, two very popular stuffed dolls
  Teddy bears are clearly no longer fashionable. In the last few years, we’ve witnessed how a bunch a designers have put their imaginations, creativity and skill to use creating all sorts of stuffed dolls: organs in the human body, giant reproductions of microbes, stuffed dolls representing comic book characters, soft guitars , and other plush felt dolls that reproduce food items such as sushi or succulent cuts of meat.

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 on 07 Apr 2009 by Marta Reig in Unusual gifts Comments ( 1 ) Send this to a friend

Mugen Kan Beeru

It’s the latest Infinite Toy from Bandai: a keychain/toy that simulates the act of opening a can of beer. It’s useless yet fascinating.

Keep yourself entertained by opening countless cans of beer
Keep yourself entertained by opening countless cans of beer
  Its official name is Mugen Kan Beeru and it’s another of Bandai’s Infinite Toys or Mugen, those incredibly absurd, and entertaining, Japanese toys that reproduce trivial moments of everyday life just for fun.

First came Puchi Puchi, the keychain that simulates the act of popping bubble wrap and has had worldwide success. In fact, it’s the only Mugen available outside Japan, we have it at Curiosite.

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 on 06 Apr 2009 by Marta Reig in Unusual gifts Comments Send this to a friend

Animal Friendly "Spider Catcher"

Don’t squash any more spiders, use this clever invention to catch them and take them out to the garden. You won’t even need to touch them. They’ll be grateful!

You want one, don’t deny it!
You want one, don’t deny it!
  There are so many web sites and blogs dedicated to publicizing the latest inventions, designs, and ideas, that it seems almost impossible to find something that’s truly surprising. But, fortunately, sometimes this still happens. The Curiosite team was surprised to find this truly bizarre invention on the Internet: Spider Catcher, and "ecological and animal friendly" spider trap. The "Spider Catcher" was developed by Irishman Tony Allen who spent years trying to catch spiders using vacuum cleaners and folded newspapers.

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 on 03 Apr 2009 by Marta Reig in Unusual gifts Comments Send this to a friend

Al Fondo a la Derecha

That’s the title of this WC Book, a book/object that includes a compilation of symbols, icons, and pictograms from public bathrooms from around the world.

The book is full of pictures like this one
The book is full of pictures like this one
  -Pardon me, where are the restrooms?
-Down the hall to your right


It’s almost a rhetorical question, since that’s where the bathroom is in 90% of cases. And that’s precisely why the book is titled, Al Fondo a la Derecha, in other words, "Down the hall to your right". It’s actually a WC Book, a book that compiles pictures of public restrooms from around the world; not the interior, though, just the symbols, icons, and pictograms that identify bathroom doors in several different countries.

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 on 03 Apr 2009 by Marta Reig in Art, design and architecture Comments Send this to a friend

Doraemon’s Sad Story

Doraemon talks about his past on a Japanese TV program and explains why he’s lost his ears and how he turned blue.

This is how Doraemon used to look: he was yellow and had ears
This is how Doraemon used to look: he was yellow and had ears
  Did you know that Doraemon was once yellow and had ears? He looked just like he does in this photograph. The video clip bellow shows Doraemon being interviewed by Tetuko, a very famous Japanese TV host, on her show, Tetuko no heya (Tetuko’s room), which has aired every weekday for the past 30 years. Tetuko interviews very well known people and, although it’s very odd to have a cartoon character as a guest, this time it’s Doraemon’s turn.

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 on 02 Apr 2009 by Ayumi Nakai in Japanese videos Comments Send this to a friend

Very realistic packaging

These fruit juice cartons imitate the look and feel of the fruit they contain. Provocative, popish, and, above all, very realistic.

When you finish the juice, you’ll want to eat the container
When you finish the juice, you’ll want to eat the container
  Surely at some point you’ve had the impulse to buy something just because it looked interesting. A book, a CD, some cereal, or even detergent... And some claim what matters is on the inside. Any fan of cool packaging – and that includes anyone who’s ever committed the sin of buying on aesthetic impulse- would definitely buy these juice boxes that look and feel like the fruit inside as soon as they saw them on the supermarket shelf.

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 on 01 Apr 2009 by Marta Reig in Art, design and architecture Comments Send this to a friend

NY Garbage for Sale…

...carefully packed in see-through boxes. Justin Cignac, a 25-year-old who walks around looking at the ground, collects the garbage himself.

Inside the box, there are plastic spoons, napkins, tickets...
Inside the box, there are plastic spoons, napkins, tickets...
  "I sell garbage. I scour the New York City streets picking up trash. After filling bags with subway passes, tickets and other NYC junk, I carefully arrange plastic cubes full of the stuff. Each box is unique and won’t leak or smell. The cubes are signed, numbered, and dated, making them perfect for anyone who wants their own piece of the NYC landscape.

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 on 31 Mar 2009 by Marta Reig in Art, design and architecture Comments Send this to a friend

Singing Egg

This new gadget will teach you how to boil an egg and have you dancing around the kitchen while you cook.

While the other eggs die, this one has a grand old time
While the other eggs die, this one has a grand old time
  Those of you who’ve never managed to tie on an apron can stop eating frozen dinners for a few days and make yourself a proper boiled egg. Presenting BeepEgg, a plastic egg that’s the perfect invention to make your time in the kitchen seem like a little less of a drudgery.

It’s just a yellow egg-shaped timer that you put in the pot along with the real eggs you want to cook so it can let you know when they’re done.

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 on 30 Mar 2009 by Marta Reig in Unusual gifts Comments Send this to a friend
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