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Ever get home to find your laundry wash finished hours earlier, your favourite shirt a creased, wet ball of musky cloth? A company called Berg have just the thing to help. Cloudwash is a prototype washing machine that lets you set up wash loads and order detergent through your phone.
You can set the machine to send you an alert before its final rinse and spin cycle. Then tell it exactly when to finish. Buttons also let you set reminders for when you need more detergent or conditioner.
(No one has ever pressed all three buttons together, but myth has it that Cloudwash will then go on to iron and fold your clothes.)
See it on Vimeo:
How do you bring wok-cooking to life visually? Resisting the urge to splatter the walls in soy sauce, a fast-food restaurant in Boston has rebranded ‘in the style’ of its wok-fired, Asian food.
Using bold brush strokes, overlapping signage and a strict colour scheme, Kigo Kitchen has created a frenetic, vibrant environment reminiscent of a bustling food market.
Drop in for a stir-fry if you’re in the area. Or see the full rebrand in all its glory here: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Kigo-Kitchen/13532809
Are you a Times New Roman junkie? An Arial addict? You might not think it matters, but choosing the right font is an important decision – as the US government found out recently.
A precocious 14-year-old says he can save them millions of dollars, just by changing their font. Suvir Mirchandani from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, came up with the idea as part of a science fair project. His aim was to cut waste and save money for his school. But rather than reducing the amount of paper used, Mirchandani simply changed the font to save ink.
He then applied his formula on a larger scale, and the results are staggering. If the US government switched their font to Garamond on all their documents, they could save around $400 million. (They could probably save $500 million by using Comic Sans, but that’s not even an option.)
Long distance relationships just got a lot more exciting. A new product from Durex means you can send your partner a Daily Poke from wherever you are in the world – and not like the one you’re reading. Fundawear lets you send your touch via an app over land and sea and right into your partner’s pants.
The range includes knickers, bras and underpants that have sensors concealed within the woven bamboo fabric. Once on the app, you’ll be able to touch an image of what your partner’s wearing. And they’ll then be able to feel the place and intensity of wherever you’ve chosen to touch. Just don’t leave your phone lying around unlocked.
A motel in New Zealand is marketing itself as the perfect place to cheat. They’re not talking about your love life, though (before you whip off your wedding ring and book a flight). Burger King has set up shop in an Auckland motel where they want burger fans to ‘cheat on beef’.
As part of a campaign to promote their new chicken burgers, motel rooms have been kitted out with ‘BK booths’. There you can develop a new, profound lust for chicken in secret. After your sordid affair is over, you can then tell the world all about it using the hash tag #MotelBK. Best hope you don’t have any cows following you on Twitter…