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Anyone Can Now Fake Alien Invasion Videos With Spaceships Using This AI Tool

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There have been a plethora of fake videos about alien invasions out there in the interweb. While some are easily distinguishable as spoofs, others are realistic enough to prompt a second look. Now, you can simply generate a believable clip of extraterrestrial spacecraft and otherworldly objects in the sky through artificial intelligence.

AI researcher Zhengxia Zou from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor has created a program to execute “sky replacement and harmonization” to smoothly product realistic and over-the-top sky backgrounds using AI.

The program uses neural networks that study relevant patterns from a large sample database to generate the aerial phenomena in videos. Basically, the AI has learned how skies look like in videos and attempts to identify and monitor it. Then, it can be replaced with a new “sky” that fits well with the lightning and backdrop,

The AI only needs a source video to add spaceships or anything else you’d like into the original video. The program can be found here.

[via Nerdist, cover image via Shutterstock] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412473/Anyone-Can-Now-Fake-Alien-Invasion-Videos-With-Spaceships-Using-This-AI-Tool/

adidas Is Turning Vintage Preloved Clothes Into A Range Of Furniture

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adidas has released it’s very own app called Confirmed, which keeps users informed on the brand’s insider stories and latest drops. To encourage people to adopt the app, the sneaker brand is giving away upcycled furniture made out of vintage adidas apparel next month.

adidas tapped designer Darren Romanelli, famously known as DRx, who partnered with the co-founder of vintage brand Round Two Sean Wotherspoon, to create 10 pieces of furniture from adidas’ preloved clothing, including windbreakers, jersey cotton sweatshirts, ripstop shorts, T-shirts, and adidas EQT apparel.

The duo will give away the furniture collection, consisting of eight custom upcycled lounge chairs and two loveseats, to users who download the app from now till 6 December 2020.

View the pair at work below.

[via Input Magazine, cover image via adidas] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412465/adidas-Is-Turning-Vintage-Preloved-Clothes-Into-A-Range-Of-Furniture/

UNIQLO x JW Anderson Exude Winter Outside The City With HEATTECH Holiday Wear



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UNIQLO and JW Anderson are warming up what is expected to be a physically—and socially—cold festive season with their new holiday accessory collection invoking travel outside the city.

This year’s theme is ‘A Cozy Countryside British Cottage’, and will feature cottagecore British motifs to get your spirit out of the cold metropolis. Think warm argyle and honeycomb prints, check patterns, mod colorblocking, and classic heathered emblems.

For more snuggle-worthy feels, the collection of socks, hats, gloves, neck warmers are built with UNIQLO’s famous HEATTECH system. The technology converts water vapor from your skin into heat to keep you warm all season.

The nostalgic accessory line is slated to arrive on 3 December. Preview some knits below.



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[via Town & Country, images via UNIQLO] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412475/UNIQLO-x-JW-Anderson-Exude-Winter-Outside-The-City-With-HEATTECH-Holiday-Wear/

Apple Is Rumored To Be Working On An Advanced ‘M1X’ Chip



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Apple has recently unveiled its innovative M1 chip to replace Intel chips in its MacBooks. Now, it seems like the tech juggernaut might be working on the followup, allegedly dubbed the ‘M1X’.

Apple’s current M1 chip is touted to offer five times more graphics performance and up to 11 times faster processing for machine-learning tasks compared to the brand’s Intel predecessors.

Twitter account LeaksApplePro suggested that the new version will upgrade from an eight-core configuration to a 12-core configuration. There might be eight high-performance cores and four efficiency cores in the alleged edition, boosting the power and speed of the chip.

The ‘M1X’ moniker isn’t official yet and may change if the company ends up releasing the rumored chip.

The Twitter post also quoted a source claiming, “if you think M1 is fast, you haven’t seen M1X.”

As exciting as it sounds, the company hasn’t hinted the advanced M1 chip yet, so you’ll have to wait for a bit for the possible good news.

Apple M1X:

-12 Cores.

– 8 performance cores.

– 4 high efficiency cores.

– Coming first on a MacBook Pro
16” unveiling as a press release.

– According to a source who used a prototype, “if you think M1 is fast, you haven’t seen M1X”.

-Name isn’t final though. pic.twitter.com/tpBhXpDCad

— LeaksApplePro (@LeaksApplePro) November 22, 2020

[via Creative Bloq, cover image via Apple] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412467/Apple-Is-Rumored-To-Be-Working-On-An-Advanced-M1X-Chip/

Send A Cutout Of Yourself To Attend Family Events For You This Holiday Season



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This year, you might not be able to attend your family or friend’s Christmas party due to the coronavirus pandemic. To make this a possibility, Tequila maker Jose Cuervo is creating a cutout version of yourself to be present at gatherings in your stead.

The brand is launching ‘Doppeldrinkers,’ which are basically life-sized cardboard cutouts of people who aren’t able to visit different places physically this year. As the name suggests, the cutouts will show the person holding onto their favorite drink.

The fun campaign allows people to still be close to their friends and family through the giant cutouts. To see if you can get one, head to Jose Cuervo’s official website and upload an image of yourself holding onto a drink. You will also need to enter the place you want to send your ‘Doppeldrinker’, as well.

If you can’t be with your family for the holidays IRL, be there as a #CuervoDoppeldrinker. Make yours now and enter for a chance to send it home at https://t.co/BM8PhZEMBv. pic.twitter.com/8JTNRmCzCP

— Jose Cuervo (@JoseCuervo) November 16, 2020

We sent him a Doppeldrinker. He posted these. We have lots of Doppeldrinkers who are ready to go home for the holidays – one of them could be yours. Enter at https://t.co/BM8PhZEMBv. pic.twitter.com/wyqfqeNzBz

— Jose Cuervo (@JoseCuervo) November 20, 2020

[via Thrillist, cover image via Jose Cuervo] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412474/Send-A-Cutout-Of-Yourself-To-Attend-Family-Events-For-You-This-Holiday-Season/

Apple Shows How Its HomePod Mini Can Upsize Your Spirits In Latest Holiday Ad

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Apple has dropped its holiday ad and it features its HomePod mini, rapper Tierra Whack and a mini version of herself.

The clip opens with Whack looking rather gloomy. She appears to be having a rough day while singing to an original track, Feel Good, despite feeling quite the opposite.

When she arrives home, she is greeted by her normal-sized HomePod. She then tells Siri to turn her HomePod “way up.” The device suddenly transforms into a HomePod mini—Apple’s brand new smart speaker. A mini Thierra then steps out behind it, ready to lift up her spirits as they sing another song together titled Peppers and Onions.

The ad is a collaborative effort with creative agency TBWA\Media Arts Lab and was directed by Prettybird’s Calmatic.

[via B&T, cover image via Apple] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412463/Apple-Shows-How-Its-HomePod-Mini-Can-Upsize-Your-Spirits-In-Latest-Holiday-Ad/

Meet ‘Pivot’, A Bed That Transforms Into A Gym Complete With Pull Bar

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The coronavirus pandemic has forced many gyms to close temporarily. Not everyone has gym equipment at home due to the constraint of space. But what if you could get your daily workout done without ever having to leave your bed?

Meet Pivot, a bed that has an entire gym underneath it all. Designed by Colin Montgomery, the Pivot Bed includes the mattress and a set of workout equipment when you flip it up. The bed gives people the opportunity to keep fit despite living in small spaces.

Montgomery said that the idea came when he had to stop exercising at home because he did not have the space. After a few sketches, the Pivot Bed was born.

The bed features the standard mattress, the pull-bars, weights and a gym mat. Due to its strong struts, you can easily switch between the bed and the apparatus within seconds.

The bed also has a power rack module, which you can install at the bottom of the bed frame if you fancy strength training. There is also space for an exercise bike or even the rowing machine.

“Pivot was created to help you achieve your fitness goals at home, whatever your space,” said Montgomery’s business partner, David Middlemiss.

“Because of the pandemic we’ve all had months of being cooped up in small spaces, trying to work with the added demands of kids and home-schooling. It’s stressful, and we know we need exercise to balance all of this out. We believe this bed will really help people to care for their physical and mental health,” another partner, Robin Feeley explained.

The bed is on Kickstarter mode, and you can find out more about it here.

[via Tyla, cover image via Pivot Fitness] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412472/Meet-Pivot-A-Bed-That-Transforms-Into-A-Gym-Complete-With-Pull-Bar/

Paramount Pictures Unveils ‘Clifford The Big Red Dog’ Film Teaser, And Well…

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The famous children’s book Clifford the Big Red Dog is getting a live-action remake, and the latest teaser trailer for the movie isn’t sitting right with many people.

For those who aren’t aware of the classic book, it is basically about a giant red dog named Clifford. Though the character seems lovable in the book series, the live-action version is being described by readers as a “nightmare.”

One user even joked about the dog’s red fur in a tweet reading, “Clifford is already drenched in the blood of his enemies and he isn’t finished.”

Some other users also came to the dog’s defense, claiming that the dog appears the way he was described in the books.

Clifford, directed by Walt Becker, is set to release in 2021. It will star Darby Camp, Jack Whitehall, Kenan Thompson, Rosie Perez, and Sienna Guillory.

Watch the teaser below. Do you think he as friendly as depicted in the books?

clifford is already drenched in the blood of his enemies and he isn't finished. pic.twitter.com/pb4TWe22KV

— a sinkhole of rats (@Kathriller) November 25, 2020

I get it's supposed to look 'realistic' but why his fur look like hair dye after a couple washes. ion like det https://t.co/FHEB3hzc5i

— Tarek Ali (@itstarekali) November 25, 2020

I'm grateful to be free of any professional obligations which previously would have prevented me from telling this movie to its face that it looks like a nightmare and I'll never watch it. #GiveThanks https://t.co/YNh3acJipY

— Eric D. Snider (@EricDSnider) November 25, 2020

If you think Clifford looks bad or scary, you’re stupid pic.twitter.com/MjyprTZju5

— 👻Arach-Fett🕷| The Clifford stan (@FettSpider) November 25, 2020

“Clifford looks weird”
“I don’t like it, why is it realistic”

ITS LITERALLY A BIG RED DOG pic.twitter.com/7K51YmPqs1

— alvinshotjuicebox (@Liltoomuchdrank) November 25, 2020

[via Complex, cover image via Paramount Pictures] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412468/Paramount-Pictures-Unveils-Clifford-The-Big-Red-Dog-Film-Teaser-And-Well/

IKEA’s Bizarre Christmas Ad Has Your Food Waste Returning To Haunt You Massively

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IKEA Russia has released an important advertisement to encourage viewers to be more mindful of waste this Christmas season.

There’s always the temptation to be wasteful after indulging in good food during the festive season. To encourage people not to be careless in their behavior, the flatpack company’s latest spot shows just what happens if you discard your excess food carelessly instead of properly storing it in containers.

Directed by Great Guns’ Ilya Naishuller, the ad begins with a young boy playing in the snow, surrounded by Christmas trees and beautiful lights. While playing, he suddenly notices a giant pineapple falling from the sky, crushing a nearby snowman.

A variety of food terrorizes the neighborhood, including Swiss cheese and a tangerine the size of a car. The boy begins to run and dodge these festive foods, with the iconic Christmas song Carol of the Bells playing in the background.

Upon reaching home, he notices his mother discarding the leftovers from their Christmas dinner, oblivious to the destruction outside. After looking out of the window, she decides to pack their excess food into containers.

The commercial concludes with a voiceover that says, “What if nature returns everything we throw away during the holidays? Don’t let your celebrations go to waste.”

Speaking about the spot, Naishuller said, “The idea for this spot was to provoke the viewer to question how much they really need to cook and to look into saving food via IKEA’s affordable plastic containers.”

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to be able to make something fun and enjoyable for the viewer that also has potential to make a little bit of a positive change,” he continued.

IKEA – Waste from Great Guns on Vimeo.

[via LBB Online, cover image via Great Guns] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412469/IKEA-s-Bizarre-Christmas-Ad-Has-Your-Food-Waste-Returning-To-Haunt-You-Massively/

Google Launches App Where You Get Paid To Take Photos & Complete Tasks For It



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Google has launched Task Mate, an app that allows users to earn money for completing certain tasks.

Users will have to fulfill gigs like taking a photo of shop fronts, recording a spoken sentence, or transcribing sentences posted by businesses.

According to a report by 9to5Google, there are two broad divisions of tasks in the platform—sitting or field tasks. Field tasks require you to go out and complete them, while sitting tasks are things you can complete from the comfort of your own home.

According to the app’s description, it works in three basic steps: finding tasks nearby, completing them to begin earning, and cashing out the earnings. DIY Photography notes that while Google pays for the work you do, the pay rate isn’t high. Based on the screenshots, you will earn US$0.20 for recording 10 spoken sentences, and US$0.50 for transcribing 10 lines.

Google, however, has not stated how it will use the data, though 9to5Google notes that it will “help improve mapping services and bring businesses in your local area online.”

The app is currently in beta, and new users will only be able to join if they have the referral codes.

[via DIY Photography, cover image via Task Mate] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412470/Google-Launches-App-Where-You-Get-Paid-To-Take-Photos-Complete-Tasks-For-It/

Apple Files Patent For MacBook Touch Bar That Lets You Navigate On ‘Force Touch’



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Apple has filed a new patent application showing a revamped version of the Touch Bar, which hints at Force Touch technology capabilities.

The document, published in the US Patent & Trademark Office, was noted by Patently Apple. The report stated that the patent was filed in May 2019, which showed a new Touch Bar made sensitive to touch pressure. This could mean that the tech giant might feature Force Touch in upcoming laptops.

Apple first introduced Force Touch sensors for its first-generation Apple Watch, and then later for its MacBook trackpad in 2015. The technology allowed the Apple Watch to execute different actions according to the touch intensity. It also enabled MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar to function without a mechanical button.

In the same year, the iPhone 6s came with 3D Touch, though the function is no longer integrated into the latest iPhones. The Force Touch technology was also discontinued for the new models of the Apple Watch.

As of now, details on how the feature would work on Apple’s laptops are scarce. You can view the filing right here for more information.



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[via 9to5Mac, cover image via Apple] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412464/Apple-Files-Patent-For-MacBook-Touch-Bar-That-Lets-You-Navigate-On-Force-Touch/

Fujifilm Remakes Iconic GFX100 Camera To Expose Hidden Clues Of Counterfeiting



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Fujifilm has rethought its 100-megapixel flagship GFX100 camera to be even smarter, eking out details previously unseen by the human eye. The new GFX100 IR is designed to help photographers with “forensic, scientific and cultural preservation applications” by scouring work for hidden pigments or signs of counterfeiting using infrared.

According to PetaPixel, the medium-format infrared camera is able to discover clues invisible to the naked human eye, or regular digital cameras, to not only identify counterfeit documents, but also simply processes for cultural preservation by uncovering degraded pigments in artworks or historical artifacts.

The camera is built with a number of IR filters to wring out different wavelengths of light for extra clarity, Engadget reports. Additionally, a new Pixel Shift Multi-Shot function allows the camera to shoot at 400 megapixels with “little to no color fringing,” aside from the usual 100 megapixels.

“For those working in the archival or cultural preservation fields, these new functions are especially valuable to photographers documenting historical artifacts or large works of art, because they can be preserved digitally at 400 megapixels,” Fujifilm explains.

However, the GFX100 IR won’t be available to the general public. Retailers will require a special license to stock it.

Everyone else can still benefit from Fujifilm’s brand new Pixel Shift Combiner feature, which combines 16 RAW images from the 100-megapixel GFX100 to create ultra-high-res 400-megapixel images.



Regular shooting (left) VS infrared shooting (right). Images via Fujifilm



Regular shooting (left) VS infrared shooting (right). Images via Fujifilm

[via Engadget and PetaPixel, images via Fujifilm] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412471/Fujifilm-Remakes-Iconic-GFX100-Camera-To-Expose-Hidden-Clues-Of-Counterfeiting/

If Your Password Is In This 2020 List Of Breached Accounts, Change It Quick



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Everyone knows that creating a password is key to protecting your personal information online. However, people are still using simple passwords like “Password” and “123456,” according to a study by proprietary password manager Nordpass.

The company scraped 200 passwords and collated them in a database full of breached online information. The most predictable combinations found in the list were “password” and numerical arrangements like “12345678,” “111111” and “123456.” These passwords reportedly took less than a second to crack.

“123456” and “123456789” were listed as the top two passwords of 2020, and both contenders also topped the list in 2019. It’s time for a change, seriously.

Only 44 percent were unique passwords that appeared only once in the list. There were also 78 new passwords, including “naruto,” password123,” and “starwars” listed as the 112th, 120th, and 151th respectively in the comprehensive list.

View the full list here.

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— Hussein Nasser (@hnasr) November 18, 2020

As @Forbes suggests, our latest research of the most common passwords reveals 200 excellent reasons to use a password manager.

Read more: https://t.co/4PPAsgHRzV

— NordPass (@NordPass) November 24, 2020

[via Vice, cover image via Shutterstock] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412461/If-Your-Password-Is-In-This-2020-List-Of-Breached-Accounts-Change-It-Quick/

Xfinity’s Festive Ad Imagines Santa Struggling In The Pandemic With Steve Carell

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Steve Carell is a stressed-out Santa in a holiday ad titled The Greatest Gift for telephone service company Xfinity.

In the clip, Carell—who’s in a red suit getup and white beard—gathers his elf colleagues via video conference to help come up with new gift concepts as he’s “out of ideas” this year.

“Ho ho ho ho! Good morning every—you know what, I can’t even fake it,” Carrell’s Santa Claus says. “Look, after the year we just had, the usual gifts just are not going to cut it. We have to find something else and fast.”

The elves begin to brainstorm new gift ideas that are worthy of ending 2020 on a high note. One elf picks up a copy of a newspaper with the headline, “Santa out of ideas.” When he looks up, a bunch of elven kids are happily engaging in a fun snowball fight. It then hits upon him that the theme of this year’s Christmas should be the gift of “togetherness” for the holiday season.

Santa’s little helpers then get to work by boxing up the different holiday moments—from the “smell of grandma’s cooking” to “auntie’s cheek squeezes.”

At first, Carrell isn’t too convinced, but he is reassured when he sees everything come together with the help of drones to deliver the festive packages to his sleigh.

“This year has been harder than ever,” he declares at the end of the ad. “And somehow, you all found a way to pull it off. You reminded us it’s not all about the toys, the ornaments, it’s about the little things.”

[via Mashable, cover image via Xfinity] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412460/Xfinity-s-Festive-Ad-Imagines-Santa-Struggling-In-The-Pandemic-With-Steve-Carell/

‘Cybershoes’ Make You Feel Like You’re Actually Walking Around A VR World

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With the technological advancements in virtual reality, people can simply don a headset, travel to imaginary lands, and battle other players. Soon, you can also physically walk around in virtual reality with a new product called Cybershoes.

The new startup is essentially a VR footwear that lets you walk around in games and more. It is compatible with virtual-reality headsets to give you the full experience of actually moving in video games.

The user has to sit on a tall rotating stool and put on the footwear to experience a replicated sensation of strolling in the places they are seeing through their VR headset.

The company encourages gamers to exercise, and burn calories while gaming through physical movements. It even tracks the user’s physical activity for details on their movements.

Watch the Cybershoes in action below.

[via Core77, cover image via Cybershoes] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412458/Cybershoes-Make-You-Feel-Like-You-re-Actually-Walking-Around-A-VR-World/

IKEA Encourages You To Live Sustainably Through Eco-Friendly Assembly Guides



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IKEA’s assembly instruction sheets have served as an inspiration for advertising agency Ogilvy in its latest green initiative.

Instead of announcing promotions for Black Friday, the Swedish flatpack giant draws attention to its sustainable initiatives. The Green Guides appear in the form of its famous instruction sheets and feature sustainable products compatible with its eco-friendly goals.

These guides include a chair made up of renewable wood and recycled plastics, reusable containers to take advantage of food scraps, and LED Christmas lights to save energy.

The campaign will be showcased across IKEA’s social channels in the US and shared by influencers.



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Image via IKEA

[via Ads of the World, cover image via Gints Ivuskans / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412462/IKEA-Encourages-You-To-Live-Sustainably-Through-Eco-Friendly-Assembly-Guides/

Botched Art Restorations Now Arrive As Keychains In Toy Capsule Machines



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If you buy cheap art from these toy capsule machines in Japan, you will get what you paid for, and you will not regret it.

As spotted by SoraNews24, a Japanese company called Rainbow has started dispensing keychains featuring some of the most infamous art restoration jobs in the world through gacha vending machines in the country.

Thus far, there have been six priceless variations from the Restoration Fail Acrylic BC, which would be remiss not to include the all-powerful Ecce Homo painting of Jesus Christ. For understandable reasons, the accidental masterpiece is one of the most recognizable internet memes and has even earned the nickname of Ecce Mono (Behold the Monkey).

Joining him are the Tintin-looking statue of St George, the unfortunate dual makeovers of the Virgin Mary in Bartolome Esteban Murillo’s Immaculate Conception of El Escorial, and more. The company even added newer repairs, one for a painting of the Lamb of God and the other of a statue of a smiling woman.

On the other side of the keychains, collectors can find the original versions of the artworks, before they were augmented to biblical proportions.

The randomized keychains are priced at ¥300 (US$2.87) each. Like many restoration projects, you’ll never know what you’ll get.

”なんでやねん?!修復失敗アクリルBC”は、今週14日頃から順次皆様のもとにお届けできると思います…!お楽しみに😍どうしてこうなった?!とつっこみたくなる商品です🎉 pic.twitter.com/UP9vGUco1N

— 【公式】レインボー (樹脂粘土ミニチュア他ガチャ商品メーカー) (@rainbowrising03) November 11, 2020

修復失敗アクリルキーBC2
緊急発売決定🤣
最新のアレももちろんラインナップ!
1月発売です😇 pic.twitter.com/suM26A2JDQ

— 【公式】レインボー (樹脂粘土ミニチュア他ガチャ商品メーカー) (@rainbowrising03) November 20, 2020

[via SoraNews24, images via various sources] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412457/Botched-Art-Restorations-Now-Arrive-As-Keychains-In-Toy-Capsule-Machines/

NSFW: These ‘Magical Pornaments’ Are Here To Put You In A Naughty Festive Mood



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Designer Anissa Kermiche has created a series of magical pornaments that will catch your relatives off guard when they admire your tree.

Meet the Boobles—a series of baubles featuring female body parts specifically the vagina, bum and breasts.

“We wanted to bring a bit of fun to the classic Christmas decoration,” Kermiche said of her collection. “We love the idea of a bum or a breast hanging among the pine needles. Given the year we’ve all had, the baubles are the perfect thing to bring some laughter into the home at Christmas.”

The Boobles are sculpted, cast and moulded carefully in clay before they are hand-glazed and fired up. They are then painted in gold, silver or an iridescent shade. “They will fit in nicely amongst the other, more demure and bashful baubles,” Kermiche added.

These cheeky ornaments cost £95 (US$126.71) for a pack of three, and they can be purchased here.



Image by Anissa Kermiche and featured with permission



Image by Anissa Kermiche and featured with permission



Image by Anissa Kermiche and featured with permission

[via British Vogue, images by Anissa Kermiche and featured with permission] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412437/NSFW-These-Magical-Pornaments-Are-Here-To-Put-You-In-A-Naughty-Festive-Mood/

Vibrator Made For Men Is Designed To Take On Erectile Dysfunction



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MysteryVibe, a sexual health company that fuses design and technology to create sexual vibrators for men, has released a new toy to help treat erectile dysfunction and desire disorder.

Meet Tenuto, a wearable sex toy that comes with 16 vibration intensities that aim to treat delayed ejaculation.

MysteryVibe’s chief medical officer Professor Prokar Dasgupta said, “Vibration is a proven, non-medicinal solution for sexual health issues in men including erectile dysfunction, delayed ejaculation, desire disorder and general pain relief.” Vibration is also a better alternative to oral treatment as such products may cause unwanted side effects, he added.

Dasgupta shared that vibration is effective at improving erectile dysfunction in individuals who suffer from spinal cord injuries.

The US$192 Tenuto is flexible and adaptable to the body, and it can be controlled manually or through an app. It is also water-resistant and chargeable for two hours of wireless use.

“Orgasms are medically proven to help with better sleep, improve immunity and reduce stress,” MysteryVibe’s CEO Soumyadip Rakshit said about sexual pleasure and its health benefits.

“We see the future of sextech as one where sexual health becomes widely accepted as an integral part of our general health, and normalized akin to daily practices like meditation or yoga,” he added.

For more information, please head here.

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[via HYPEBAE, cover image via MysteryVibe] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412455/Vibrator-Made-For-Men-Is-Designed-To-Take-On-Erectile-Dysfunction/

‘The Mandalorian’ Macarons That Baby Yoda Ate Will Put You Out $50 In Real Life

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Fans oohed and ahhed when they spotted Baby Yoda sipping on a bowl of soup, but they’ll likely hem and haw when they realize just how expensive his favorite new macarons are.

In The Siege, the latest episode in Disney+’s The Mandalorian, The Child was like all of us during the macaron craze and stopped at close to nothing to have a taste of the space macarons a kid on Nevarro was savoring. The young student was hesitant to share his meringue cookies, so, in a sneaky fight between The Child and the child, Baby Yoda went ahead and stole them with his little critter hands.

Well, it turns out that Baby Yoda is one high-maintenance baby. Following the episode, Williams Sonoma has started selling the same treats, which it calls ‘Nevarro Nummies Macarons’, at an extravagant US$49.95 for a pack of 12. No wonder the kid was so hesitant to let the character have some.

The macarons’ description reads, “Inspired by a sweet moment when a young Nevarro student debated sharing his treats with the Child, 21st-century artisans in California have created these ethereal French-style almond macarons capturing the essence of this scene with Nevarro Nummies.”

The company says each cookie is “artfully hand-piped” with a vanilla cream filling “for authentic galactic flavor.”

It’s time to save up to see what you’ve been missing out on. Or just swipe them from a kid.



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Balenciaga Will Debut Its Fall 2021 Collection In A Full-Fledged Video Game



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Balenciaga is set to debut its Fall/Winter 2021 collection… through a video game.

Titled Afterworld: The Age of Tomorrow, the video game will be set in the year 2031 and will give an “in-depth look at the new collection and the projected future in which it is intended to be worn.”

Billed as an “allegorical adventure,” the game will explore the collection’s theme of human destiny through “mythological pasts” and “projected futures.”

According to WWD, the game will also feature a hero avatar that advances throughout distinct zones and is motivated by tasks and interactions.

The decision marks the brand’s latest departure from the classic catwalk event that has dominated fashion for the longest time, as brands strive to develop new visual strategies in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Balenciaga will present its collection on Afterworld: The Age of Tomorrow on 6 December at 2pm.

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Adidas x Karlie Kloss Drop Versatile Activewear Made From Upcycled Plastic



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adidas has partnered with Karlie Kloss to design a capsule of eco-friendly activewear that highlights the model’s non-profit organization Kode With Klossy.

The collaboration, which is inspired by Kloss’ background in sports, aims to deliver on the performance needs of the next generation while inspiring young women to harness the power of an active lifestyle.

The collection features a pair of fishnet mesh leggings, navy leggings, and bright orange sweats with buttons on the sides. The capsule also boasts a range of white and orange sports bras, navy jackets and pullovers. These pieces can be paired with streetwear garments for a more versatile look.

In an effort to minimize plastic waste, the collection also incorporates PRIMEBLUE and PRIMEGREEN—upcycled plastic waste collected from remote beaches.

Alongside the collection launch, adidas will partner with digital fashion house The Fabricant’s creators to design a 3D interpretation of the collection’s WIND.RDY Parka.

“Staying active is such an integral part of my physical and mental health, and I’ve learned so much about teamwork and community from participating in sports throughout my life,” Kloss spoke about the collection. “To design a collection with adidas is truly a dream come true. I hope this collaboration inspires the next generation of women to use sport to fuel their passions and achieve their ambitions.”

The collection will launch online on 1 December, followed by seasonal drops in 2021.

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Kleenex’s New COVID-Friendly Packaging Promotes Good Hygiene From A Distance



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People are now using medical products that were never in the mainstream before. It’s a scary time, so Kleenex is taking over as a “reassuring ally” to help consumers regain control of their health with a new range of products designed to encourage positive and simple hygiene habits.

Kleenex roped in London-based brand design agency Echo to work on packaging for its new Proactive Care series comprising necessities for 2020, including face masks, antibacterial hand sanitizers and wipes, and hand towels, that could help families face uncertain times with confidence.

Echo’s response was to eliminate anxiety by bedecking bottles and packets with approachable all-written labels and streamlined graphics, as well as rethink the medical industry’s approach to color.

The agency introduced a hand motif with an interlocking pattern to acknowledge “the importance of touch and its central role in personal and community wellbeing,” explained Tashi van der Waerden, Innovation Director at Echo.

The team also gave the range a “vital green palette” to stray away from the “clinical blues,” the go-to theme for the healthcare industry. The fresh new color will hopefully nurture feelings of optimism and resilience, as well as help shift consumers’ perceptions from discomfort to proactiveness.

In line with the COVID-19 era, the thoughtful packaging design is deliberately designed to be legible from a two-meter (six-foot) distance. This means customers who are considering the products won’t have to touch them in order to determine the purchase.

Jessica Stevens, Design Lead at Kimberly Clark, explained, “The new Proactive Care range from Kleenex works as a reassuring ally. We engaged Echo to design for a category of products that, until 2020, was rarely seen outside of a clinical setting. Through design, they have created an approachable range of ‘everyday essentials’ for all the family.”



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Scientists Attempt To Replicate How Smelly 16th-Century Europe Was Using AI

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You might be enamored by historical architecture, but would you feel the same about how its surroundings smelled during its heyday Perhaps not. Whereas people’s senses are dominated by distractions of the sight and sound, 16th-century Europeans were actually chasing the scent.

Scientists from the €2.8 million- (US$3.34 million) funded Odeuropa project are now hoping to nail down, for real, what all the fuss was about. The team, made up of researchers from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, is developing an AI that will scan historical texts of seven languages and pick up on descriptions of odors to recreate a smellscape of the 1500s.

After which, they’ll compile an online Encyclopedia of Smell Heritage to help illustrate Europe’s olfactory past and the stories behind its odors, as well as work with chemists and perfume creators to replicate these scents, The Guardian reports. The funky bouquets might also be displayed in museums and other historical establishments.

No offense—your ancestors didn’t smell all that great, but this is what you’d expect from an era that didn’t have modern plumbing and such. Of course, Europe didn’t just smell like a giant toilet left unflushed; its fragrance was also defined by tobacco and religious scents like incense.

Dr William Tullett, a member of the research group and a lecturer in history from the Anglia Ruskin University, believes that the “hot, smokey, pungent” tobacco was “a central smell” in 16th-century Europe, evidenced by the copious printed texts that referenced it since 1500.

According to historical literature, people only started complaining about the smell of tobacco in theaters in the 18th century.

In the 18th and 19th centuries, you’d also get a mix of “smelling salts” for fits and fainting, and “stinky canal” in the air.

Caro Verbeek, one of the researchers and a scent historian at The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, interestingly detailed to Live Science that body odors only became frowned upon at the dawn of the 20th century. As late as in the 1900s, “animal manure was glorified by writers,” she noted, since it reminded them of the nostalgic countryside as compared to the “odorless” bourgeoisie. The industrial movement was when perfume and soap became more accessible for the lower social classes, so pungent BO became taboo.

Verbeek believes that scent can be a “much more intimate, direct and emotional way” to the past “than language and images.”

The project will begin in January and is anticipated to run for three years.

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Krispy Kreme Unveils Colorful Doughnuts To Make Your Christmas Sweeter This Year



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Krispy Kreme has unveiled its new holiday doughnut line, and it will make you salivate.

Dubbed the Nicest Holiday Collection, the doughnut line features two new holiday ones, along with a returning favorite.

The fan-favorite Santa Belly Doughnut features a chocolate kreme dessert dipped in red icing and granulated sugar. It is decorated with chocolate icing belt and buttons along with a sugar piece for the belt buckle.

The new Festive Tree Doughnut is a Red Velvet Cake Batter filled doughnut, dipped in cream cheese icing and hand decorated with a tree and star.

The Present Doughnut, on the other hand, is a Sugar Cookie Kreme-filled doughnut dipped in green icing and decorated with a ribbon and a “Nice” tag.

The Nicest Holiday Collection will be available in a festive limited-time holiday dozen box from 27 November until 24 December.

Krispy Kreme will also be offering a special treat for fans on Day Of Dozens, which is held on 12 December, where the company will offer a special price on its dozen doughnut box. It will also be releasing its Gingerbread Glazed doughnuts come 16 December.

[via Delish, cover image via Krispy Kreme] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412448/Krispy-Kreme-Unveils-Colorful-Doughnuts-To-Make-Your-Christmas-Sweeter-This-Year/