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Furoshiki Shoes Wrap Around Feet

Even if you buy the right size, many shoes do not fit perfectly, that is unless...you're wearing Furoshiki. Vibram, best known for their military footwear, has come up with an ingenious solution that's based on Furoshiki, the traditional Japanese wrapping cloth used for transporting goods - first used in the Edo period to carry clothing while at the public baths. They have no laces, but rather wrap directly around your feet, and are secured by velcro strips. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Pearl Skulls

Photo credit: Shinji Nakaba

Tokyo-based jewelry designer Shinji Nakaba has been fine tuning his skills since 1974, and everything he creates is wearable, including these tiny skulls carved from real pearls. "I just want to bring brand new life to something that has no value. I use not only precious metals and stones, but also everyday things, such as aluminum beer cans, plastic bottle, or even garbage," said Nakaba. Continue reading to see more examples of how he used these skulls to create wearable jewelry.

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Star Wars NFL

If professional football existed in Star Wars, this is what the team helmets might look like, or so John Raya thinks - a designer who re-imagined every NFL team's logo. As you can see, the project retains each team's color scheme and basic visual identity. Our favorite would probably be the Tauntauns Hoth (Denver Broncos), mainly because of the cool mascot. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video on the science behind the Lexus hoverboard.

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Ferrofluid Clock

Your eyes aren't playing tricks, nor is this computer-generated imagery, just Zelf Koelman's latest project: Ferrolic. This alarm clock, which looks like a Rorschach test, relies on magnetic ferrofluids - a liquid that becomes strongly magnetized in the presence of a magnetic field - to display the time. "A few years ago I fell in love with the magical characteristics of a little black 'blob' in a bottle. One could manipulate the position and shape of a floating drop of Ferro Fluid with a magnet. The dynamics and shape of this liquid body was much like a living entity. I decided to allow this entity to live its own life and have a function. A year of research and engineering eventually resulted in Ferrolic," said Koelman. Tired of just seeing the time? You can use a web app to display texts, images and more. Continue reading for two more awesome ferrofluid videos.

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Cosmos Sleep Pod Bed

Created by Russian designer Natalia Rumyantseva, the Cosmos Bed was designed to give you the ultimate sleeping experience, all while recreating the starry night sky above. It's shaped like a giant pod, and has been equipped with a high-tech LED lighting system , audio system, and even aromatic dispensers. Those who have tried the bed said it takes just minutes to fall asleep, thanks to the combination of light, sound and smells. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a magical frosting machine that can decorate a cake in seconds.

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NYC Superdesk

Forget tiny cubicles, Clive Wilkinson Architecture has come up with the ultimate 175-person desk, called "Superdesk." Built for the Barbarian Group in NYC, this desk spans their entire 4,400-square-foot creative office, complete with twists and turns throughout. There are also areas where the table extends upwards, and these seating areas (for up to 50 people) are used to help promote collaborations within the space. Continue reading for another video and more pictures.

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Ferrari 340 Competizione

Built to pay homage to the limited edition (3-units worldwide) 1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico, the 340 Competizione is a one-off vehicle that began its life as a Ferrari 456 GT. It keeps the 470hp, 5.4L V12 and six-speed manual while gaining new aerodynamics bits, a revamped suspension, upgraded brakes, a beautiful interior that draws inspiration from the340 Mexico while retaining some modern niceties. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Solar-Powered Finolhu Villas

Yes, these over-water bungalows actually exist, and can be found at the Finolhu Villas resort on Kaafu Atoll in The Maldives. They were designed by Yuji Yamazaki to have as little impact as possible on the pristine and breathtaking environment that surrounds it. The 5-star resort is not only set on a 13-acre island, but is entirely solar-powered. The panels generate about a megawatt of energy per day, with excess stored for inclement weather. The island also boasts a desalination tank that yields a self-sufficient water supply. Continue reading for an aerial drone video of the resort, more pictures and additional information.

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Shipping Container Home Utah

Real estate broker Jeff White always wanted to transform shipping containers into affordable housing, so he took action. Laughed at by the first architects he approached, work began on his first concept using a 40' long, 9'6" tall and 8' wide container in the driveway of his Salt Lake City home. After two years of work (planning, groundwork and permits), the shipping containers became a modern 672-square-foot house. "I spent 40 thousand dollars for the lot and then the infrastructure underneath it, getting the sewer, water lines, probably an additional 25 thousand dollars. So you can see where I'm at, the house is still coming in at 55 to 60 thousand dollars," said White. Continue reading for a video of another beautiful shipping container home in the Redwoods.

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Jane Long Photo Vintage

Photo credit: Jane Long

Australia-based artist Jane Long has revealed the latest additions to her "Dancing with Costica" series, in which she digitally restores, colors, and manipulates black-and-white photos captured over 50 years ago. This series all began after discovering the Flickr archive of Costica Acsinte, a Romanian war photographer who documented WWI and passed away in 1984. "I wanted to bring them to life. But more than that, I wanted to give them a story. I wanted people to see these figures as real people, more than just an old photograph. Adding color completely changes our perception of images. I wanted to change the context of the images. Photographic practices at the time meant people rarely smiled in photos, but that doesn't mean they didn't laugh and love. I wanted to introduce that to the images," said Long. Continue reading for more images.

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