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Tag: France

Sonic the Hedgehog is a Little Slower in France

Sonic the Hedgehog is a Little Slower in France
Sonic the Hedgehog, Sega’s longtime blue mascot, is a bonafide icon, representing speed (and poor choice in friends). So, clearly, if you want to associate Sonic with a car, you’d choose… a Smart car. Yep, there’s just something about those tiny, efficient vehicles that–no, you know what?

La Machine Street Theater’S Giant Robot Spiders: Japan Approves of These ‘Bots

La Machine Street Theater’S Giant Robot Spiders: Japan Approves of These ‘Bots
The Port of Yokohama in Japan is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, and what better way to celebrate the opening of a port than with a couple of giant robot spiders from France? The theater group La Machine terrorized performed at the Yokohama Bayside Area, bringing with them their 40 ft tall, 37-ton giant robot spiders.

LED Chairs Light Up Your Backside With Color

LED Chairs Light Up Your Backside With Color
Perfect for lighting up your drab living space, these Léon and Max chairs from French designer Philippe Boulet light up using color-changing RGB LEDs inside the seats, backs, and armrests. And best of all, they’re not tacky in the least.

Aquarium Phone Booth: Fish Gotta Make Calls Too

Aquarium Phone Booth: Fish Gotta Make Calls Too
Spotted on the streets of Lyon, France, where artists Benoit Deseille and Benedetto Bufalino transformed an old phone booth into an aquarium – complete with fish. Unfortunately, all of the calls just sound like blurble-blurble-blurble.

Space Invaders Dog Tags for People, Not Pets

Space Invaders Dog Tags for People, Not Pets
Nope, no matter how hard I try, I’m still not sick of Space Invaders. Now you can show that you’re an Invaders fanatic with these festive Space Invaders dog tags you can hang on all your stuff.

Smoon Ombrella Lamp Looks Like a Flying Saucer Overhead

Smoon Ombrella Lamp Looks Like a Flying Saucer Overhead
This funky modern lighting fixture might be named for its umbrella-like shape, but to me it looks like some sort of alien jellyfish is about land its spacecraft in your living room. Created by French furniture designers Beau & Bien, the Smoon Ombrella lamp gets its sculptural potato chip-like shape from custom cut Plexiglas.

The Candelabra Gets an LED Makeover

The Candelabra Gets an LED Makeover
The first thing that pops into my mind when I hear the word “candelabra” is The Phantom of the Opera. The second is Liberace. The third is an old episode of Scooby Doo involving a haunted mansion.

Decorate Your House With Own Your Body Parts

Decorate Your House With Own Your Body Parts
Paris design studio 5.5 Designers recently unveiled their series of household items based on your own unique body parts. My personal favorite among these oddities are the eyeball lamps, which are modeled after your very own peepers.

Plush Portables Possess Plenty of Panache

Plush Portables Possess Plenty of Panache
I was buzzing about over on the wonderful world of Etsy today, when I came across these absolutely awesome plush versions of popular portable electronic gadgets. French textile artist Kmila Rodz handcrafts these super special soft systems using felt, needle and thread, with a just a dash of love thrown in.

LED Gloves Put Lights at Your Fingertips

LED Gloves Put Lights at Your Fingertips
Just in case you’re still living in the early 1990s and heading out to a rave this weekend, you might want to add these to your outfit before you head out onto the dance floor. This pair of battery-powered gloves have a set of bright LEDs built into the fingertips.

Portal Technology in the Real World

Portal Technology in the Real World
Inspired by the mind-bending transportation technology in last year’s sleeper hit game Portal, this video clip uses digital augmented reality technology to produce a similar effect in the real world. Created by EmmanuelMFr of France’s Total Immersion, the illusions in the video really are reminiscent of those in the game.

Lexon Jet Clocks Tell Time With a Modern Flair

Lexon Jet Clocks Tell Time With a Modern Flair
I’m absolutely bonkers for these gorgeous new digital clocks from British industrial designer Theo Williams. The LEXON Jet series of clocks feature a bold electroluminescent backlit dot matrix display that’s really really easy to read. In addition to telling time, day and date, the Jet wall clock also features a temperature display and an alarm.

Lifetime Clock Slows Time to a Crawl

Lifetime Clock Slows Time to a Crawl
This clock tells time not in hours, minutes or seconds, but in years. It’s designed to very, very slowly make its way around the dial as you age. Each number on the dial corresponds to a 7-year period of your life.

Pac-Man Blocks Light Up Your Life

Pac-Man Blocks Light Up Your Life
The last time I saw such a brilliant blending of Pac-Mania and illumination was the amazing Pac-Man Christmas tree that showed up on the streets of Madrid over the holidays. Now you can have your own personal Pac & Pals light show thanks to these fun colored light blocks.

Lip Mystic Analog Watch: Watching the Wheels Go ’Round

Lip Mystic Analog Watch: Watching the Wheels Go ’Round
When I first looked at this watch, I was overwhelmed by the sheer number of numbers displayed on the face at once. But once I took a second to get my bearings, I actually thought it was pretty cool.

Pocket Tripod Perfect for Casual Photographers

Pocket Tripod Perfect for Casual Photographers
No, it doesn’t have three legs, so it’s not really a tripod, but it serves the same basic purpose. This ingenious little device screws into the tripod thread on the bottom of your camera, providing it with a stable platform for you to take impromptu photos from.