Photo credit: Marc Teyssier
Researcher Marc Teyssier collaborated with Marion Koelle, Paul Strohmeier, Bruno Fruchard and Jürgen Steimle at the Saarland University Human-Computer Interaction Lab to develop Eyecam, a design prototype that explores the potential future of sensing devices. This is not a standard webcam that only looks like a human eye, but one that actually blinks, looks around and even observes you.
Tokyo-based company Kamenya Omoto specializes in masks, and their latest offering is quite creepy to say the least. The store is offering to pay $340 USD to the rights to your face. Should you accept, they’ll use it to 3D print a hyper-realistic mask, which will then be sold for $940 USD. If customers frequently purchase your mask, the store will then offer to pay a percentage of the sales. The project is officially called “That Face” and has already proven to be a hit.
The “Saved by the Whale’s Tail” sculpture, built in 2002 at De Akkers station in Spijkenisse, a city just outside Rotterdam, saved a metro train after it went off the tracks. Rather than crash 30-feet to the ground below, the tail managed to save the day, albeit with some minor damage. Thankfully, only the train operator was the only person aboard at the time, but there is still no clear reason as to why it didn’t stop in time.
Ben Workman, a man from Utah was tired of using an actual key fob or smartphone to unlock his Tesla. So, he decided to surgically implant the key directly into his hand, thus enabling him to simply wave to unlock his vehicle. That was just the start, as now he can unlock his car, work doors, log on / off the computer and share contact information by simply waving.
Photo credit: Hotel Costa Verde
Hotel Costa Verde, located in Manuel Antonio National Park, Quepos, Costa Rica, has one of the most unique accommodations you probably never knew about. This Boeing 727 didn’t crash land in the jungle, but rather is an old fuselage that was refurbished into a suite of sorts. Should you be lucky enough to stay here, there’s also a restaurant housed in another plane, a “Cockpit Cottage” made from an Aéropostale aircraft, and a railroad car restaurant.