Normally, electronics require circuit board, electricity, and various other parts in order to function. So I can say with 100% certainty that gadgets made from concrete will not function no matter how much you want them to.
Has work got you down? Is it too boring sitting at your cubicle, banging that keyboard and clicking that mouse all day long? I hear ya. Time to take a break and get creative. Mini Materials’ miniature cinder block building set is all you need to get a miniature construction site going at your desk.
It’s no mystery what happens when you drop a huge concrete block onto a car. The car gets completely obliterated and smashed. It is one of those destructive things that is oddly satisfying and a guilty pleasure to watch.
Etsy store Anson Design Co. makes decorative items made of wood and concrete, including these cute planters based on famous Star Wars ships. They even come with a low maintenance air plant.
The Millennium Falcon planter comes in two sizes.
Like most Mario video game characters, Thwomps are bad guys, yet are still somehow cute. These spiked cinder blocks have personality. Sure, they are trying to pulverize you, but you still have to love them.
While one could definitely argue that the lo-fi images you can capture with a pinhole camera are an acquired taste, it’s still pretty cool that you can capture images on film with such a simple mechanism.
Imagine if we had robots that could not only tear a building down, but also recycle it. Large building projects would go much faster and they would likely be cheaper and safer too. This new concept in robotics may just improve the efficiency of building demolition and recycling.
If you love stuff that looks like it came from another celestial body, then you’ll be over the moon with the Luna iPhone skin. If they look particularly moony to you, then its designers were able to have it manufactured well then, because that’s what inspired its creation.
German design studio Docstone loves making concrete-based furniture. It showed off a pair of its newest creations at the recent 2013 iSaloni exhibit. The Mister Boom and Little Miss Dynamite are both lamps that look and work like traditional explosives.
With the exception the occasional lighting fixture at IKEA, most cool modern lights are ridiculously overpriced for what they are. Here’s a case where you can get your hands on a cool accent light that looks amazing, and costs just 20 bucks.
Concrete is an interesting material, but I’ve never thought about using it to make watches. Paris-based designer Dzmitry Samal has launched a series of watches, with frames made out of the durable material.
I tried lying down on the concrete road once for a school project, and let me just say that my back was sore for close to a week afterwards. Obviously concrete isn’t made for comfort; it’s made to be strong and hard and long-lasting so we don’t end up with horribly cracked roads and structures.
We were just talking about some speakers made out of stone, so it’s just a coincidence that this iPhone/iPod dock made out of concrete popped up on my radar screen on the same day.
But unlike those limestone speakers, this sturdy dock is made from cast concrete.