fangmcgee writes: SexFit – because men need to know how well they’re performing in the sack. This latest in wearable health trackers isn’t about making sure your heart is in good shape, instead it is used to monitor and enhance your sexual fitness. We’re pretty sure this device came about when someone over at UK-based sex shop, Bondara wrapped a Jawbone Up around his dick and tried to see if it would track his sex life. While just a prototype now, the SexFit is a cock ring that measures calories burned, thrusts per minute, and has vibration modes to you know, enhance performance.
fangmcgee writes: Made locally in New York City, each shoe comprises at least 90 percent components manufactured on a small desktop printer. To maintain the premise—and promise—of rapid prototyping, hand-finishing is kept to a minimum. “Designing with 3D printing must not seek to merely replicate existing products, but to design better products than what is currently possible,” says Mary Huang, founder of Continuum Fashion.
fangmcgee writes: Underwear drawer in need of a pick-me-up? Sloggi wants you to wake up and smell the coffee. The skivvy-maker, a subsidiary of lingerie juggernaut Triumph International, has launched a new line of bras and briefs made with recycled coffee grounds. "Love Cafe," which the brand recently feted at fashion "flash mobs" in Singapore and Malaysia, is its fourth to boast sustainable credentials, following collaborations with the World Land Trust in previous years.
fangmcgee writes: Love is pain, and Spanish artist David Cata knows that feeling better than most. Not content to carry snapshots of his nearest and dearest around in his wallet, the 21-year-old has chosen to embroider their likenesses into the palms of his hands. Cata creates each portrait by gingerly piercing the top layer of his skin with a needle, then drawing a length of colored floss through to create a stitch. The entire process takes four hours to complete, after which Cata picks the threads from his hand to reveal the barest outline of each face—and surprisingly little blood. Others may wince at his technique, but Cata says the pain is only superficial and "no boundary."
fangmcgee writes: American model Lindsay Ellingson turned heads Tuesday night when she hoofed down the Victoria's Secret runway in a shimmering filigree costume created through the magic of three-dimensional printing. Designed by architect Bradley Rothenberg, and brought to life by New York City 3D-printing firm Shapeways, the ensemble comprised hundreds of interlocking nylon "snowflakes" that moved like fabric (in the case of the corset and bustle) or stood rigidly in the form of angel wings.
fangmcgee writes: If it wasn’t for a case of crossed wires, one of Doctor Who’s most iconic accoutrements might never have been. We’re talking, of course, about the Fourth Doctor’s impossibly long—and woefully impractical—striped scarf, which he claimed he received from one Madame Nostradamus. The real-life provenance of the garment, though a mite less fanciful, is equally intriguing. Commissioned by BBC costume designer James Acheson in 1974 for Tom Baker’s portrayal of the fictional Timelord, the scarf was designed to finish off the freshly regenerated Doctor’s “bohemian look,” modeled after that of a fin-de-siècle student in Paris. The final 12-foot product, however, was a happy accident.
fangmcgee writes: Strandagaldur, The Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft is home to what is possibly the oldest-known intact pair of “necropants,” made from a dead man’s skin sometime in the 17th century. The ghoulish trouser, known as nábrók in the native tongue, was believed to bring good luck and wealth to the sorcerer who wore them. The only catch? You needed the permission of a living man before you could pry his flesh off upon his passing. Such pacts between practitioners of the occult were all the rage in Iceland’s pre-industrial past, according to legend.
fangmcgee writes: Forget paper-pulp coffins, human-ash pencils, and "memorial diamonds"— Pia Interlandi's "Garments for the Grave" are how you shuffle off the mortal coil in eco-friendly style. The Australian designer and self-styled "death-wear facilitator" created developed the bespoke label after she struggled to dress her grandfather's body in a suit for burial. Interlandi realized that the clothes we wear in life are ill-designed for death. (The deceased have little use for zippers or buttons, for instance, or even shoes for that matter.) Neither do decomposing need the staying power of synthetic fabrics.
fangmcgee writes: Here's a name you didn't expect to find on the New York Fashion Week docket: MakerBot. Better known for producing consumer-grade three-dimensional printers that squirt layers of molten plastic in place of ink, the Brooklyn startup challenged designer Francis Bitonti to create a dress using its experimental "Flexible Filament," a biodegradable, plant-based fiber that remains pliable after it's extruded from the machine. "MakerBot Flexible Filament is different than traditional 3D-printing filaments that are solid and stiff after extrusion," says Bre Pettis, MakerBot’s CEO. "With its flexibility and suppleness, this could revolutionize 3D printing.”
fangmcgee writes: Researchers at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology at University College London have found that a collection of ancient jewelry is out of this world. The 5,000-year-old Egyptian beads, previously thought to be made from iron from Earth have been found to be made from hammered pieces of meteorite. Strung together with gold, gemstones, and other minerals, the beads pre-date iron smelting, showcasing the metalworking mastery of fourth millennium B.C. Egyptians.
fangmcgee writes: Prepare to be carded the next time you pick up nail-polish remover from CVS. Not only is the drugstore chain requesting identification from its customers, but it’s also limiting the number of bottles you can purchase. You can blame Breaking Bad’s Walter White and his real-life ilk for the new regulation, which was rolled out across southern New England over the past few weeks. Acetone, the clear, pungent, and highly flammable solvent found in most nail-polish removers, is a key ingredient in the production of methamphetamine, which is sold on the streets as “crystal meth.”
fangmcgee writes: Take a page from Tony "Iron Man" Stark. You don't need radioactive spiders or cosmic rays to develop superpowers of your own. From T-shirts that repel bullets to a bodysuit that gives you brain-tingling "Spidey sense," here are nine wearable technologies to help you emulate your favorite caped crusader.
fangmcgee writes: Take a page from Tony "Iron Man" Stark. You don't need radioactive spiders or cosmic rays to develop superpowers of your own. From T-shirts that bullets bounce off of to a bodysuit that gives you "Spidey sense," here are eight wearable technologies to help you emulate your favorite caped crusader.