Graeme Kelly writes:
Spotted on Great Strand Street [Dublin 1] this morning…
‘Screw You’ launched at Dutch Design Week 2013 is a series of 3D printed shapes that allow PET bottles to be screwed into place, creating new functional and/or decorative designs.
The ‘vase-maker’ above is €129, excluding bottles and flowers. Superb value, you’ll no doubt agree.
Viscous liquid condiment lovers – the era of bottle-pounding is at an end.
Behold – LiquiGlide™
MIT PhD candidate Dave Smith and his team of mechanical engineers and nano-technologists at the Varanasi Research Group spent two months devising LiquiGlide, a ‘super-slippery’ coating which makes the insides of the bottle so frictionless that the sludgy goo inside just slides out like water. The results are astonishing – and any burger and chips fan out there should prepare to be amazed.
The manufacturer calls it the Top Gear, presumably imagining that its operation mirrors the shifting into fifth of a gear stick.
It also imagines you’ll pay ¥12,600 (€118) for one of the 100 limited edition pieces.
A gorgeous example of over-engineered steampunk: inspired by the eccentric drawings of W. Heath Robinson and made from 250 found objects by mechanical sculptor Rob Higgs.
The corkscrew was built over the course of three years and originally launched back in 2009, when a limited production of 100 units went on sale.