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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.
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.
Similar to a dating site, users can create a profile detailing their talents – from cooking Hungarian food and flower arranging to joinery and alternative medicine. Once listed, users can charge other users for one-to-one tutoring, or organise evening classes for a fee.
Despite reaching retirement age, Baby Boomers account for 70% of all disposable income in the US. Brands, take note – they still have a lot to give!
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.
With single-item menus, no cooks and almost no wait times, Momentum Machines’ proposed restaurant is ruthlessly efficient. At just 24 square foot, their miraculous machine can push out 360 burgers an hour and is set to ‘revolutionise’ the fast food industry. Smart or sinister? You decide.
The ‘craft and graft’ trend is everywhere nowadays, from trendy shops to artisan beer and hipster hiking boots. And now, finally, it’s reached perfume.
It begins with a bearded guy who hikes into the wilderness, lights a campfire, deeply inhales and is one with nature – the epitome of manliness. Just when you think that he couldn’t be manlier if he tried, the same guy wakes up from his daydream and finds himself in a dull open-plan office, wearing a headset and staring at a pile of burnt sticks. What evoked this daydream is, of course, Campfire Cologne, a perfume that releases its smoky scent not by spray, but by simply lighting a match.
Created by Antler & Co, the beardy men’s perfume promises to be the ‘true scent of your best summer ever’ and ‘a nostalgic ode to the unending days of youth’. Mmm, tempting!
FlightCar in the US aims to put vehicles left in airport parking lots to good use, by offering them up for short-term loans.
Where similar car-sharing companies aim to link owners with those requiring one-off loans, FlightCar takes advantage of the fact that most people driving to airports will be leaving the country for a fair amount of time. (Thanks, Zoe)
Once a transaction is agreed, the car keys are handed to a FlightCar representative who cleans the vehicle before transferring them to the renter. FlightCar includes an approval process for both parties, thorough driving licence checks and is insured against damage and theft.
According to the company, customers can expect a 20 to 50% discount compared to traditional rental routes, while owners receive 65% of the agreed fee – making the concept beneficial for everyone involved.