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‘a Boy and His Blob’ Comes to Life, My Worst Nightmare Realized

by chris h.

I have an irrational fear and hatred of “blobs” and blob-like creatures. Growing up, I used to watch a Saturday morning cartoon called The Herculoids, in which there were two gelatinous mounds named “Gleep” and “Gloop.” Hated them. To this date, I haven’t watched Irvin Yeaworth’s The Blob. And I have no intention to play A Boy and His Blob, despite how prettiful the visuals are.

"Funktionide" Hug

Blobs are my enemies.

And now . . . Now crazy German designer Stefan Ulrich has gone all fringe science on me and made a real blob. Well, real-ish. His blob, “Funktionide,” does actually change shape through the use of artificial muscle technology. At one point in the video below, the thing monster even looks like it’s breathing.

Honestly, I find this video to be pervasively sexual – and in the least sexy way. Does anyone honestly believe a gooey white mound could replace human contact? I guess in a very abstract “I need a hug” sort of way, but c’mon. Who wants to have an affair with something that looks like a giant glob of dough?

Don’t answer that.

[via The Wiire]

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Comments (5):

  1. void says:

    That’s introspective, emotive, and really almost sexual. That’s impressive and scaring.

    I like that… It rises the question about how technology is separating people.

  2. Sarreq Teryx says:

    While it would probably be abused by the anti-social, it could probably be a good therapeutic tool for those who can’t sleep without someone next to them.

    other than that, it’s good to finally see someone using polymer muscles in a potential product.

  3. Callisto says:

    Maybe it’s time for a “strange – wonderful” category.

  4. slashdotmad says:

    my first thought was “babies!” as strange as it might sound, I mean babies with severe abandonment issues, babies that were abandoned or the ones that were abused, I think this could definitely be a therapeutic tool. as weird as the blob is it’s hopefully just the beginning stage of something useful.

  5. WannaDev says:

    Um… You all realize that those are manipulated photo-stills right? That he’s just posed a giant ball of puddy, then stretch-morphed the pics to make it move? That it’s not a thing he’s created – right?

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