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Osdin Shield unveils bullet resistant furniture collection

Ballistic furniture by Osdin Shield

With gun attacks and terrorist activities on rise across the world, one furniture company is offering bullet resistant furniture to offer protection in the time of danger. Osdin Shield, Glasgow, Scotland-based manufacturer of bespoke furniture is the firm behind world’s first “bullet resistant” sofas and chairs. Ideal for vulnerable places such as hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, museums, schools and homes, the furniture range comes embedded with ballistic material to offer protection to people. Well, this unique technology is hidden from view and does not compromise comfort and style of the furniture.

Wintergatan music machine uses 2,000 marbles to make music

Wintergatan Marble Machine
Thought wood is the only material that can produce harmonious sound? Think again! You’ll be amazed to see this intricate music machine that can make beautiful music using nothing but marbles. Martin Molin, 33, lead musician of Swedish band, Wintergatan has handcrafted the complex but mind-blowing wooden music box, which uses nearly 2,000 tiny marble balls to play music. Thus, aptly named as the Wintergatan Marble Machine.

Parisian artist +Brauer creates robots by recycling industrial parts

Parisian artist +Brauer creates robots with industrial past

Paris-based graphic designer and artist, Bruno Lefevre-Brauer (a.k.a, +Brauer) gives second life to old mechanical parts by converting them into luminous robotic sculptures. He has created a series of 14 handmade robot sculptures, which are entirely created using recycled industrial parts. Instead of working on technological features, +Brauer’s artwork emphasis on authentic and primitive forms of the robots.

Bel & Bel unveils new edition of Vespa Scooter Chair

Bel & Bel scooter chair

Bel & Bel, Barcelona-based studio-workshop is well known for designing exquisite auto-inspired furniture collection. Founded by artists and designers Carles Bel and Jesus Bel, the Scooter Chair based on the 1980’s legendary Italian Vespa scooter has been one of the coolest creations of the brand. These swivel chairs made by upcycling old Vespa scooters are nothing less than a treat for auto enthusiasts. Boasting a cool and classy design, these Vespa scooter chairs are perfect for home or office. To the delight of their fans, Bel & Bel has launched a new edition of Vespa scooter swivel chairs.

Express your love in a big way with the world’s largest roses

Arena Flowers World's Most Expensive Valentine's Day Bouquet

While most people will be hoping for a bunch of flowers or heart-shaped chocolates this Valentine’s Day, ultra-spenders will be looking for something extravagant like the world’s largest roses. Measuring 5-feet tall, these largest roses were grown nearly 12,500 above sea level in the Andes mountain ranges of Ecuador. Online UK florists Arena Flowers are offering 1,000 of these tallest roses in form of an expensive Valentine’s Day bouquet that will set you back a whopping £9,000 (US $13,000), making it the world’s most expensive Valentine’s bouquet.

Roman Catholic Diocese of Salford goes on wheels with Mercy Bus

Salford's Mercy Bus

As people are too busy in this digital era with their high-tech gadgets and portable smart devices, so it’s obvious that they don’t have any time left for God or to visit church. But now a ‘church on wheels’ is all set to reach people who do not go to church anymore. Roman Catholic Diocese of Salford has hired a double-decker bus named Mercy Bus to offer sermons, blessings, and confession to people who may have become disillusioned or disconnected with the Church.

3-in-1 shelter turns from coat to tent/sleeping bag in seconds

3-in-1 Syrian Refugee Wearable Shelter

To provide a convenient emergency gear to Syrian refugees, a group of design students from London’s Royal College of Art has recently unveiled a prototype wearable shelter that combines the use of clothing and shelter in one simple design. This is basically a 3-in-1 shelter that can transform from a jacket to a tent or a sleeping bag in mere seconds. Hence, offers cheap and sustainable solution to people bombarded by disasters.

Sherp ATV: All-terrain monster truck can be yours for $65,000

Sherp ATV by Aleksey Garagashyan

If you have ever dreamed of owning a monster truck, here is your chance to buy one for $65,000. Aleksey Garagashyan, a Russian mechanic has come up with a life-sized version of a toy truck that’ll definitely appeal to the child in you. Dubbed Sherp ATV, the odd-looking mini monster truck comes with huge 5.2 feet self-inflating tires that can take it almost anywhere. The two men all-terrain vehicle can glide through water, mud, sand and ice with ease.

Lego unveils first-ever wheelchair minifigure with hipster looks

Lego Wheelchair Minifigure

Following #ToyLikeMe equality campaign, Lego has finally created a wheelchair-using minifigure with hipster looks, and a helper dog accompanying the figurine. After creating numerous able-bodied Lego figures for 84 years, the company decided to create something to encourage disabled people as well. This wheelchair minifigure was showcased at Nuremburg and London toy fairs this week, depicting a joyful beanie-hatted person in a wheelchair.

James Hobson demonstrates homemade exoskeleton by lifting a Mini Cooper

Homemade exoskeleton by James Hobson

James Hobson, a Kitchener, Ontario-based inventor has built an exoskeleton and demonstrated its strength by lifting a Mini Cooper almost a foot off the ground. Inspired by Iron Man, the homemade exoskeleton lifted the Mini Cooper weighing 2,524 lbs in front of a German TV crew. The video posted on his YouTube channel The Hacksmith impressively showcases how the suit’s pneumatic legs use a set of pistons to lift the weight of the car. The legs of the exoskeleton are rated for about 700 kilograms, although lifting Mini Cooper’s rear wheels was just 360 kilograms.

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