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A device that tells your devices STFU with their annoying notifications!

A device that tells your devices STFU with their annoying notifications!

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You might be thinking, can’t you just turn your phone off, or put it on silent? Well that might mean missing out on the really important stuff, like an exciting conversation with a new love interest, or on a notification regarding your approaching takeaway order… Who would want to block that out?

So tell the annoying, nagging notifications from work and your health apps to STFU and let all the exciting conversations flow through!

Would you use a device that kept your electronics quiet?

– H.F.G.

Does Your Love Life Need Some focus? Maybe Headphones Could Change Your Fortunes…

Does Your Love Life Need Some focus? Maybe Headphones Could Change Your Fortunes…

the romance is gone

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sushi train

putting on headphones

linked head phones

possible endings

end of the date

What’s got your attention? Could intervention in the form of a specialized product be a realistic solution to people’s inability to give others their undivided attention?

Then again, there is some comfort in knowing that you can whip out the ol’ phone when your date turns out to be a bit of a fun sponge.

– H.F.G.

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If Fast Fashion Became Obsolete, Would We Start Scavenging For Our Textiles?

If Fast Fashion Became Obsolete, Would We Start Scavenging For Our Textiles?

It’s all about fast fashion right now. Clothes are produced on a massive scale so that we can update our wardrobes with a tap of the plastic and without a second thought.

inside a clothing store

But what if the era of fast fashion ended?

a derelict H&M storeWith no market for mass produced textiles people might have to turn to more traditional, low-tech methods to make their clothes. They might even start to get creative, experimenting with found fibres like hair or pet fur to make their own textiles.

Collecting dust and hair from the floor and a hairbrush

Checking a strand to see if it is any good to use

This slower approach to fashion might even be more more friendly to the environment. Some people are already experimenting with spinning and knitting with pet fur.

spinning materials together to make a yarn

The idea of clothes made out of scavenged fur and hair might sound a bit gross, but on the other hand, we would know exactly where our clothes came from.

wearing a jumper made out of collected and spun human hair

And whose to say that these fibres need to come from animals. Maybe we’ll take inspiration from the lotus silk weavers of Inle Lake, Myanmar, experimenting with the natural features of different plants, growing them in local gardens to make beautiful textiles.

lotus plants

If fast fashion died, what would you be wearing?

– H.F.G.

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Technology Will Advance, But What About All The Crap Robots Left Along The Way?

Technology Will Advance, But What About All The Crap Robots Left Along The Way?

As technology improves old appliances and early robots inevitably become obsolete. Gadgets and electronics tend to pile up, filling counters, cupboards and even entire rooms. It’s fair to say that all this electronic clutter can be a bit of a problem…

too many appliances

You thought that the automatic pancake flipper was the perfect purchase. A timeless device that you would keep forever… then once it started throwing your delicious pancakes at the wall it lost it’s prime position next to the stove.

stupidest robot ever? (It flips your pancakes)

Then there was the 3D food printer. The quick printed steaks and pork belly bakes seemed great for a while, but the texture was never quite right. So that was another appliance quickly relegated to the far corner of the kitchen.

food printer prints gross food

The robotic vacuum cleaner that you bought to save time on chores languishes in the corner, piled away next to the automatic cat feeder that you still haven’t bothered to get rid of after your sweet little Flufferbutt passed away.

automatic vacuum cleaner and auto cat feeder abandoned in the corner

All these stupid gadgets are cluttering up your life! You kick that wretched Folloflix robot out of the way. It was meant to predict what you wanted to watch and follow you around the house providing customized entertainment, but now it just traipses up and down the hallway playing all 21 seasons of The Real Trophy Husbands of Cooma on an infinite loop.

Kicking your 'Folloflix' because it's annoying and won't stop playing dumb shows

Do you throw them all away? Or do you throw them in a closet and shut the door until the day that you might ‘need’ one of them again?

what am I going to do with all this dumb crap?

Do we need to think more carefully about what we buy and use? Or do designers and manufacturers need to hold off on the making and re-think the usefulness of the products that they put out to the world? Or maybe it’s a bit of both…

– H.F.G.

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Blissful Utopia or the Smallest Room in the House? Bathrooms of the Future

Blissful Utopia or the Smallest Room in the House? Bathrooms of the Future

Imagine if everyone’s bathroom was a gadget free zone… Would it end up as the smallest, dingiest room in the house?

daggy bathroom

Or the most luxurious and relaxing space you could possibly imagine?

Future floor plan

If none of your electronics worked in the bathroom you might need to look elsewhere for some entertainment and perhaps your toilet would become your library.

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Do you think you’d end up spending all your spare time avoiding the bathroom so you can use all your gadgets, or would you start embracing this Internet free zone and pursue other interests in the comfort of your palatial bathroom?

luxury bathroom

Maybe you’d start having bathroom parties with your friends, spending time with them without the distraction of phones and computers.

tub party

Or perhaps you’d use your bathroom to truly relax, hidden away from frenetic pace of digital life.

relaxing

What would you do? Install a massive bathroom and spend all your time there, or just get the basics and avoid it at all costs?

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