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Little Pocket French Fry

Photo credit: Dong Jiang via Bored Panda

Sometimes, less is more, especially when it comes to food-related inventions. For example, the "Little Pocket" by designer Dong Jiang gets rid of the mess associated with ketchup and other condiments used to dip french fries in by integrating a small pouch into the front. Simply squeeze the packet into the pouch, and you'll be ready to dip. Continue reading for more creative design winners from the 2017 A' Design Award & Competition.

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Modpool Shipping Container Pool

Modpool Shipping Container Pools may not be the most stylish around, but they are easy to set up and can be moved in a jiffy if needed. They can be configured with side windows, or a divider could be added for a quick pool and hot tub combination. Its powerful heater boosts temperatures up to 86° in just one hour, making it perfect for a winter dip, while an Ultraviolet system keeps the water clean. The company also has a companion smartphone app that lets you control the heater, jets, and lights remotely. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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LEGO bricks can be found in all shapes and sizes, but rarely do you find use for them outside of display purposes. However, these creative geeks aim to change that with these custom creations, like this key / cable / accessory holder. Simply put, all you need is to secure a small base plate onto a table or other flat surface, attach a few minifigs and / or bricks onto a keyring, and you're set to organize. Continue reading for more geeky ways to use LEGO bricks. Click here for a few bonus images.

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LEGO Tape

LEGO fans rejoice! Nimuno Loops is basically flexible, LEGO-compatible adhesive tape that can be cut into any size and stuck onto any flat surface. That's right, it transforms surfaces, like walls, refrigerators, even your shoes, into brick-building plates. Right now, you can pre-order two rolls of tape 6.5 feet in length for $11, while xix rolls (two red, blue, and green) sets you back $34. Continue reading for another video, more pictures, information, and the Indiegogo page.

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Straw Camera

Artists Mick Farrell and Cliff Haynes teamed up to build what could quite possibly be the world's first and only "Straw Camera." This analog machine creates fragmented images, as the camera box itself is filled with 32,000 drinking straws. To be more specific, rather than produce an image from a single point perspective, this camera provides a multi-point perspective from an array, with each individual straw collecting light and recording it onto photosensitive material. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Subway Recycle Machine

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Beijing decided to implement an ingenious idea to encourage people to recycle more by installing 34 "reverse" vending machines inside subway stations throughout the city. When an empty plastic bottle is inserted, a sensor scans it to assess the value of the plastic - anywhere from 5 to 15 cents - and turns that into public transportation credit or extra mobile phone minutes. The reward is commensurate with the quality and number of bottles being fed into the machine, while tourists who don't need the rewards can insert bottles anyways. Continue reading to see more ingenious solutions to everyday problems. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Renaissance Paintings Photo

Photo credit: Alexey Kondakov

Digital artist Alexey Kondakov extracts renaissance characters from various works of art and seamlessly blends them into modern photos for his "Art History in Contemporary Life" series. These modern photos were taken at locations scattered around Europe, with some featuring a cool neon glow, while others are situated inside subway trains. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Bronze Hand Tree

Photo credit: Giuseppe Penone via Bored Panda

Giuseppe Penone didn't use Photoshop to create this bronze hand squeezing tree installation, but rather the Italian artist actually attached the sculpture onto a tree at the Nasher Sculpture Center in 1968. The hand, called "Continuera a crescere tranne che in quel punto" ("It Will Continue to Grow Except at this Point" in Italian) was cast from the artist's actual hand and lower arm. Afterwards, it was attached in onto a sapling, thus causing the tree to thicken around the metal over the years. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Locker Vending Machine

I built a vending machine inside my school locker

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Blake Hawkins, a senior at Valley Center High School in Kansas, aspires to become an electrical engineer, and spends his free time inventing things, like "The Soda Locker". Some of the parts he used to create this locker-sized vending machine include an Arduino chip, LCD display, a coin acceptor, and a reed switch. "After that, I was on a roll. I decided to sell two different kinds of pop in order to fit the machine into the locker. I hooked up two arcade buttons to buy the pop, two servos, and added the reed switch to give myself an admin access page. My plan is, if I get approval to move it to the Student Council room, I'll use it as a fundraiser for Student Council, selling healthier choices like lemonade and orange juice," said Hawkins. Continue reading for

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Michael Paul Smith Cars

Photo credit: Michael Paul Smith

Canon's PowerShot SX610 HS is a great camera, but in the hands of artist Michael Paul Smith, it becomes a magical tool. He's spent the past 28-years creating Elgin Park, and it's unlike any other city you've seen, as he takes miniature models, diorama sets and photographs them using forced perspective to create the historical scenes. Being a professional model maker by trade, his models are intricate enough to be photographed up-close without issue. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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