Raise your hand if you’ve ever avoided looking at your credit card bill (easier now, thanks to automatic payments) or bank balance? We’re oftentimes guilty of not managing our money as best we could, and we hate to use technology as the culprit, but you can’t deny that money
is becoming increasingly abstract with online banking. That’s an issue a group of MIT students address with a project that creates mechanical wallets to make you more conscious of spending. One wallet buzzes when you make a transaction, another inflates or deflates to reflect your bank balance, and one (our favorite) includes a hinge that becomes more difficult to open as you get closer to your monthly budget max. Check it out! [Gizmodo
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As much as Facebook, Twitter, and the internet are a part of our lives, they remain a weirdly invisible part. If you’re a die-hard Facebook fan, you should check out Gerry Mckay’s Adidas shoes design, which puts the Facebook brand front and center in your wardrobe (well, more like front and down … on your feet). Anyhoo. The designer’s concept is only a creative idea—these kicks aren’t actually available anywhere yet. But we’d bet that with the viral action he’s getting with these images, tech companies and Adidas are bound to notice, and possibly think it’s a good idea. Check out McKay’s Twitter shoe mock-up, after the jump! [Gawker] Keep reading »
As far as we’re concerned, risqué fashion is great, provided you can pull it off without any nip slips, crotch shots, or VPLs. (Unless, of course, you’re Lady Gaga, in which case you can wear a butt-less paper bag and people will still love you.) The “Intimacy Dress,” however, turns this logic inside-out. A creation of Dutch designers Daan Roosegaarde and Maartje Dijkstra (you’re on your own there with pronunciation), the garment is made of strips of “e-foils.” The foils react to motion, so that as someone approaches the dress, the material becomes more and more transparent, leaving you exposed to whomever is in the vicinity.
We’d imagine this dress would be a dream for exhibitionists, boys who always wanted x-ray vision just to see girls naked, or … Lady Gaga. In fact, we’re surprised she doesn’t already own one of these. Check out one more image, after the jump … [Fashioning Tech] Keep reading »
Pissed that their uber-expensive tech toys shut down in intense heat and sun, three iPad users are suing Apple for everything from false advertising to breaching consumer protection laws. The three plaintiffs — Jacob Balthazar, Claudia Keller and John Browning — have filed their complaint in Oakland, CA, and their lawyer hopes to turn it into a class action suit on behalf of all affected iPad users. With mounting reports of iPads shutting themselves down in high temperatures, we wonder if anything will come of this. Surely that’s an obnoxious defect, but the device’s instruction manual does warn that it won’t function properly above 95 degrees, so maybe Apple has managed to adequately cover its ass on this one. iPad users, have you been having any heat-related issues? [The Telegraph] Keep reading »
Hubby Stefan Magdalinski knew that his wife, Kay, wanted an iPad for her birthday. But like a wily scamp, Stefan did not want to make it easy on her. Instead of using the obvious Apple box, he wrapped her iPad in plastic and had his friends who run a London chocolate shop dip it in frozen chocolate carbonite! The result? A gift that for Kay looks like a giant chocolate bar, but is actually a dream toy for an “Apple nut.” Dude totally should have gotten a blowie after that one. See one more photo, after the jump … [Unplggd] Keep reading »