Wearable Boom Box

San Francisco artist/software engineer Joe Andolina is actually calling this wearable audio system a ‘Speaker Vest,’ but from everything I can tell, it’s really more like a backpack, just built into a vest. Whatever it’s called, you’ll definitely draw attention walking down the street with this booming audio system strapped to your body. It’s actually constructed from a Dainese Gilet Cali Tessuto vest, with a Boss audio Bass900 subwoofer strapped to the back. I like the two little satellite speakers that sit over your shoulders while wearing this thing. Power is supplied by a 10-cell rechargeable battery belt.” w/ photos

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Wacky Laundering

“Adulthood can be a challenging time filled with worries, responsibilities and, perhaps worst of all, household chores. Clever Kingston University design MA student Lee Wei Chen has clearly realised this, and has come up with a perfect solution to liven up the depressing, yet necessary ritual of laundry. Bringing the childhood charm of video game arcades ino the dull, domestic sphere of adulthood, Chen’s amusement washing machine puts an entirely new, well, spin on laundry.” w/ photos

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World’s Largest Ball Of Paint

“The idea of applying thousands of layers of paint on a baseball stuck with Michael Carmichael through the years, and on January 1st, 1977 he had his eldest son, who was three at the time, paint over another baseball. That was when the world’s largest ball of paint was born, and over the years, it just kept getting bigger, a lot bigger. Although he claims there were periods of time of up to a year when he didn’t paint one layer on his ball, it still numbers well over 20,000 coats of colored paint, and weighs over half a ton. At first he only intended to apply only 1,000 layers to the baseball, then cut it in half to see what it looks like, but his family encouraged him to keep painting it, and he hasn’t stopped since.” w/ photos

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World’s Tallest iPod Dock

You need a ladder to install your iDevice in the 11-foot-tall AeroDream One, which makes it a little impractical if your iPhone happens to ring while it’s plugged in. But when you consider that it costs as much as a really nice house, I expect most potential owners will have no problem springing for a separate iPod just for their AeroDream One. The 870 pound monster doesn’t skimp in the audio department either. With five drivers including an 18-inch subwoofer, and 10,000 watts of power on tap, it should do a pretty good job of filling just about any space with sound.” w/ photos + video

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Jesus Toaster

“Normal toasters are tamed and subdued by unfortunate limitations; but great toasters rise above them all.”

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World’s First Post-Apocalyptic Sport?

Two teams of five players battle each other trying to get a dog’s skull into the goal of the opponent. Instead of a real dog skull they use one made of thick cellfoam, and instead of deadly weapons they use well-padded clubs, and plastic chains with softballs at one end. Players try not to hit their adversaries too hard, opting for quick touches. If you manage to hit an opponent in the legal strike zone (the torso and upper arms and legs) he has to get down on one knee with a hand behind his back for a few seconds, before rejoining the game. Each team has a runner, called ‘Qwik”, who doesn’t carry any weapons but is the only one who can touch the dog skull and place it in the opposing goal. Although it’s most popular in Germany, Jugger is quickly growing in popularity all over the world. In Australia, they’ve been playing Jugger since 2000, and there are teams in Spain, Denmark, Ireland and even Costa Rica.” w/ photos

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Water Purification Rain Coat?

Designed by CIID students Hyeona Yang and Joshua Noble, Raincatch is a rain coat that transforms collected rain water into purified drinking water. The collar of the coat captures the rain which is then passed through charcoal filters and a chemical purification system. The purified water is then stored around the shoulders and pockets of the coat. Tubes woven into the raincoat allow the wearer to drink the collected water.” w/ photo + video

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