Bizarre gadgets that are every bit useful as they are useless

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Tuesday 23 June 2015

You thought you saw it all in terms of technology, but Japanese company Pantogram is back and they’re twisting our minds with their usefully useless gadgets in a new book that translates to ‘Parallel World Souvenir Notebook’.

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Famous art updated with 21st-century gadgets

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Illustration on Thursday 14 November 2013

Picasso? That’s so last century. Well, not anymore. Korean illustrator Kim Dong-Kyu has updated some famous artworks by the great masters, such as Van Gogh, Picasso, Manet, Renoir and William Blake, with ubiquitous 21st-century gadgets like smartphones, tablets, iPods and computers. Fittingly, Edvard Munch’s The Scream shows an iPhone with a cracked screen lying in […]

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So tell us: what’s your situation?

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Trends on Saturday 17 March 2012

‘Every real feeling or desire we possess has been bought, sold, or hijacked, debased or alternatively hyped into unreality, repressed or recuperated. Almost everything we care about has been turned into a commodity. But under our mountain of new gadgets and consumer items, in the midst of the ‘new leisured society’ and its cultural spectacles, we find ourselves cut off from real communication, frustrated and unhappy. Our isolation causes us to imagine that other people are happy and we wonder why such happiness eludes us’. Thoughts?

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The Ikeman Bank, offering compliments with savings

Casper Johansson Reader Find

By Casper Johansson in New Products on Wednesday 14 January 2009

With the global economy in ruin and savings having dried up under the excitement of an endless credit tap, this Ikeman Piggy bank could well be the answer. Once you make a small deposit into it, the LCD screen allows you to choose between five virtual characters, who interact with you every time it gets […]

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Gadget Orchestra

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in Video on Wednesday 7 January 2009

The song here is a little too ‘ambient’ for me, but this ensemble of portable devices (including the Kaossilator Touchpad Synthesizer that we posted about way back when) is pretty impressive. I want to say something about monkeys and typewriters here, but I can’t think of anything except that monkeys murdered the mayor of Delhi […]

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