31 July 2012

A Sofa With A Built-In Tunnel For Cats To Play In

Korean product designer, Seungji Munhas designed a sofa that is not only comfortable for humans, but it will also keep your cat happy and entertained for hours.

Called the ‘Cat Tunnel Sofa’, it is a sofa with a long connecting tunnel built into its design.

The tunnel functions as an armrest, back support and a play toy for the cat to explore, take a nap or run around in.

According to Mun’s website, the cat tunnel sofa was designed for both cats and their owners and its structure was designed after “analyzing and observing cats’ habits and behaviors through experts’ opinion and sufficient research”.

[via Seungji Mun]

An iPad Email App For Your Kids

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Maily is an iPad app that lets kids send personalized emails to their parents, grandparents and close friends securely.

The app, especially designed for kids 4 years and older, lets them create their own emails by drawing, or adding photos, backgrounds and stickers.

The app is safe for kids as their personal contact list would be restricted.

It also comes with built-in parent control feature, that lets parents check on who their children communicate with, and approve or reject messages that are sent or received by their children.

The free app can be downloaded from the iTunes store.

[via Maily]

Ads Proclaim: Hipsters And Cat Lovers ‘Deserve To Die’

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In a provocative ad campaign for non-profit organisation Lung Cancer Alliance USA, features controversial statements declaring that hipsters, cat lovers, crazy old aunts, the smug, genetically privileged “deserve to die”.

But in fine print, the ads write: “…If they have lung cancer. Many people believe that if you have lung cancer you did something to deserve it. It sounds absurd, but it’s true. Lung cancer doesn’t discriminate and neither should you. Help put an end to the stigma and the disease.”

The ads created by Laughlin Constable were meant to be polarizing, to breakdown the stigma barrier and promote awareness on the matter.

According to Lung Cancer Alliance, the biggest obstacle in lung cancer survival has been “the common misconception that those who suffer or die from lung cancer deserve their disease because they brought it upon themselves”.

“We relied on the extreme reactions to start the conversation about the absurdity that certain people may actually deserve to die,” Denise Kohnke, Senior Vice President for Strategy at Laughlin Constable, said in a statement.

“Every ‘type’ we featured had a real, pre-existing bias… That’s why the backlash often was intense and personal.”

[via No One Deserves To Die Of Lung Cancer]

Japanese Company Creates Robot That You Can Ride And Battle In

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Japanese robotics expert Wataru Yoshizaki of Suidobashi Heavy Industry and artist Kogoru Kurata have created a robot that you can ride and battle in.

The robot called ‘KURATAS’ weighs about 4,500kg (4-tons); measures 4m-high (13 feet), 3m-wide and 4m-long; and costs about US$2.37 million.

Users can control KURATAS via their iPhones, or sit in its cockpit to pilot the robot.

The robot also has weapons, and has a function that lets users shoot their targets by smiling.

Currently, the 'weapons' are safe for humans, as they fire airsoft BB rounds that might not hit their targets.

Is this a step closer to the science fiction movie Real Steel?

[via Gigazine]

The World’s Smallest Gun

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SwissMiniGun produced the smallest revolver in the world, as a collector’s item.

It has all the same features found on a real-size revolver, except that it does not exceed 2.16-inches (5.5 cm).

The fun-sized pistol can fire 2.34 calibre bullets (the smallest rim fire ammunition in the world) at a speed of 270mph, that’s powerful enough to kill at close range.

[via SwissMiniGun]