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Sneaker Face Mask
Photo credit: WeWantMore
The designers at WeWantMore Studios realize that even as things start to reopen, a new normal needs to be defined. Nobody really knows what this entails, but it will most certainly include social distancing, mandatory face masks and contact tracing in the foreseeable future. So, they took this chance to take things apart, reinvent them and make them relevant again within the new normal, both figuratively, as well as literally. Read more to see a few additional examples.

Joe Doucet Face Mask
Photo credit: Joe Doucet
Simply put, face masks are designed with function over form in mind, that is unless…you’re talking about Joe Doucet’s new creation. This stylish face shield comes with an integrate shield visor so you won’t have to worry about sunglasses. The minimalist design is basically a curved transparent guard fitted with dark sunglasses lenses and arms. Read more for additional pictures.

SafeHandFish Soy Sauce Hand Sanitizer
You may have seen Oishiya’s fish-shaped soy sauce bottles in sushi boxes worldwide, but now, they are being repurposed with hand sanitizing gel to help the coronavirus pandemic relief efforts for their SafeHandFish campaign. Oishiya teamed up with Clear Electron to fill the bottles with CleanseEX, a natural antibacterial gel, to help speed up the process while also offering an efficient way of distributing their products. Read more for a video and additional information.

Samsung ECO-Packaging TV Cat House
Samsung’s new eco-packaging made from eco-friendly corrugated cardboard will be applied to The Serif, The Frame and The Sero TV sets, allowing customers to repurpose the boxes for creative reuse. The boxes feature a dot matrix design on each side that lets customers cut the boxes more easily and assemble them into various other uses, like small end tables or houses for pets. Read more for additional pictures and information.

MIT Sprayable Paint User Interface
MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) researchers have developed SprayableTech, an installation that lets users create room-sized interactive surfaces with sensors as well as displays. It uses airbrushing of functional inks, to enable various displays, like interactive sofas with embedded sensors to control your television, and sensors for adjusting lighting and temperature through your walls. Read more for a video and additional information.

Shark Fin Hair Dryer
Photo credit: Sangheum Park
The Dyson Supersonic hair dryer may increase hair smoothness by 75%, shine by up to 132%, and decrease frizz and flyaways by up to 61%, but it just doesn’t look as cool as this shark fin-inspired creation by Sangheum Park. The shark fin is the actual hair dryer, while the wireless charging pad resembles the waves you’d see in the ocean. Read more for additional pictures.

Facebook Oculus Quest Apartment Game
Programmer and UX designer at Unity Greg Madison knows that many are stuck at home under quarantine, but for those with an Oculus Quest virtual reality headset, your living space can become a game. Introducing the ‘Gamefied Real Estate’ project, which is essentially a custom-built room in Unity that was then synchronized with the actual living environment. Read more for a video of it in-action.

LEGO Wheelchair Dog
Gracie was just a newborn puppy when her previous owners threw her away because she was missing her front legs as a result of a birth defect. Eventually, she was adopted by the Turley family – a family who runs their own shelter of their own – and the biggest concern was about her mobility. Growing puppies aren’t eligible for a wheelchair fitting, so Dylan, a 12-year-old volunteer, came up with a brilliant idea. He decided to use LEGO, which can easily be readjusted with flexibility as Gracie continued to grow. Read more for a video and additional information.

Smartphones Wagon Virtual Traffic Jam Google Maps
Photo credit: Simon Weckert
Google Maps has evolved over the years to include many new tools, like traffic reports, Simon Weckert shows that these are easy to spoof, and he does so by using a basic wagon lugging 99 smartphones. This simple “hack” enabled him to create virtual traffic jams throughout Berlin. Yes, he even stopped by Google Berlin during his journey, and many times drivers were rerouted due to the red color coding of traffic. Read more for a video and additional information.

Photographer Selfie 20-Years
Photo credit: Peta Pixel
Photographer Noah Kalina captured a self portrait every day for the past 20 year, starting on January 11, 2000. This project began long before the concept of a “selfie” became popular, which meant he had to use cameras with flippable viewfinders so he could see himself before snapping each photo. To date, he’s missed just 27 out of 7,305 days, along with a handful of images from August 2003 that were lost in a hard drive crash. Read more for the time-lapse clip.