Transportation

May 12 2006



The 2 photos above were taken at Volkswagen's new storage facility in Wolfsburg, Germany. The actual space that the facility occupies is approximately only 20% of a comparable facility with the traditional design that is used primarily in the US. Not only is the German structure less expensive to build, but vehicles are also "retrieved" in less time and without the potential of being damaged by an attendant.  Collecting your new car is an event in itself. "In a fully automated procedure, your new car is brought down to you from one of the 20-story Car Towers. Large signboards in the Customer Center show you when your turn has come. Then, you're handed the keys, your picture is taken, the glass doors open and your brand-new car appears. You're all set to go". Also, check out the transparent factory in Dresden by Bill T





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May 10 2006



The best ideas are often the most simple. This fantastic ad to discourage drink driving is a case in point. Used by the Hotel Marriott in India for patrons of its popular nightclub Enigma, this ‘personal stamp ad’ listing the phone number of the local cab company proved to be so effective the idea is now being taken up by the Mumbai police and is being adopted by other clubs. by Bill T

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May 3 2006

Always wanted a tattoo but afraid of what your boss will say? Thanks to a fascinating new technique you can cover yourself in body art and no one will be the wiser, unless they see you in the dark, which is the only time these tattoos are visible. The new technique uses blacklight reactive ink, which is reactive to UV light. It's kinda freaky but imagine the fun you could have after dark. by Bill T

Lifestyle

May 2 2006




Don't look now, but Old Man Winter is sneaking up on us and its just a matter of weeks before the outdoor landscape will be packed with frigid terrain. YAKTRAX aim to be a useful ally against the completely uncool action of slipping and falling in the winter months. Get YAKTRAX and get a grip! by Isla Verde

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Transportation

May 2 2006



For those who dream of a downtown residency without the associated cost of convenience, designer Michael Rakowitz has the solution.  By focusing on the purpose of public space, he developed P(Lot), which enables the rental of municipal parking spaces for alternative living. In this regard, anyone can put some change in the meter and lease their own temporary car shaped encampment.  His car cover canvasses are currently offered in the shape of a sedan, Porsche, and a motorcycle.  In case camping isn't your thing, the Rebar Group have come up with another ingenious way to use municipal parking spaces.  Their PARK(ing) initiative transforms parking spaces into strips of greenspace, complete with grass, a tree, and a bench. Passerby's are encouraged to feed the meter and enjoy this green refuge, while watching drivers search for an empty spot. by Harold C

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May 2 2006



Thanks to the success of US television shows like Extreme Makeover, plastic surgery is fast becoming the norm. The latest advertising campaign for Canadian surgery ‘Toronto Plastic Surgery’ takes it one step further. Ad agency DDB Canada dreamt up this clever idea - allowing consumers to test-drive a new nose shape while drinking their coffee. We love it. by Bill T

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May 1 2006
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MobMov has made the Sunday night ritual of watching a movie with friends a whole lot easier. No longer need you cram onto the couch in your tiny apartment living room. Thanks to MobMov (short for mobile movie) you can create your own private drive-in movie theatre in your local neighborhood. The concept was dreamt up last year by 25-year-old web developer Bryan Kennedy who gathered his friends (and their friends)  via mailing lists for movie nights. Kennedy's website tells you how to set the outdoor system up (using a DVD player and projector) so it's totally DIY. Movies in the neighborhood, now that's the community spirit. by Bily T via Springwise
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April 28 2006



Axe's men's knicker range cleverly demonstrates the stretchiness of its brand. "A sultry pouting brunette struts down a darkened corridor and begins to size up the muscular man before her. She tantalisingly allows her hands to explore his torso, her hands reaching further and further down, until with a raise of her eyebrows, she makes a discovery... His super-stretchy pants. She suggestively pulls on the front of the underwear for an obscenely long time, only to let them snap back, leaving her muscle-man smarting. Delightfully funny." Watch the video 

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April 26 2006


Inspired by Kubrick's famous ceremony scene of passion in the movie "Eyes Wide Shut", the Swiss Andrej Lorenc organizes Castles Events in the same vein. He rents castles and invites selected members of his club to spend a night of fantasies: garters, black underwear, wasp-waisted corsets, capes and Venetian masks are compulsory. Drink Champagne, feast your eyes on skin, dance to the sounds of well-known dj's, and give in to your erotic--or perhaps sexual--desires. Sexiness is also a prerequisite. Teased? Basically the parties are scheduled four times per year, mostly in Switzerland. The special of this year takes place during a weekend in an original glamorous Mediaeval Castle in the middle of France in September. For international guests there is an airport 20 kilometers away from the Castle. The exact place will only be communicated to exclusive members. The price varies according to the events. Price fee on this special event varies between $700 - $1000‚Ç for a couple or single men. Single woman pay $200. For 'High End' Guests, Castle Events provide an extraordinary comfortable Service Package, which includes your own Suite in the Castle - varies $2000 - $5000. Be aware there are only 20 rooms available. The address for temptation: www.castleevents.com.. by Yvan Rodic 
Offices

April 5 2006


The trend for private "boutique rooms" has spread from bars to all sorts of high end entertainment establishments. As we reported last month, the quirkiest of the current crop lot is London's, 'All Star Lanes' where patrons can enjoy a game of bowls in a private lane decked out like a super stylish bar. Set to topple All Star Lanes from its throne is the fabulous new Lucky Voice Private Karaoke. As the name suggests, the London establishment offers nine private rooms where patrons can sing their hearts out in a sleek space while sipping equally sleek cocktails. Go forth and live out your pop star dreams. by Lisa Evans

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