With a vision to uplift the mundane, designer Bryan Schultz set out to take ordinary products and transform them into eye-catching mechanical marvels. The result? The Fractal Belt, or what I would assume a belt would look like if it was designed by Lamborghini.
The Fractal Belt buckle’s angular design looks edgy, and authoritative. Pair it with full grain leather and you have a solid melange of tough leather and a brushed metal, both evoking a sense of raw power. The buckle works on a style/mechanism developed and patented by Bryan. It snaps easily in place, and opens with the press of a quick-release lever on the bottom. The buckle doesn’t allow the belt’s other end to pass through, but rather makes it tuck inwards, preventing an overhang, and making sure your belt looks seamless.
The belt is made from full-grain leather sourced from Milwaukee, and comes in four colors that complement the buckle perfectly. The buckle (in its eye-grabbing glory) is fully metal, and available in two styles, a full-distressed stone finish, or a half-stone half-jet black finish. It snaps onto a metal disc that rests inside the belt’s size-holes, making sure that the holes don’t get damaged from constant insertion and removal. You can even grab your hands on a special edition Fractal drawstring travel bag with a graphic that echoes the belt buckle’s edgy, chiseled style!
Designer: Bryan Schultz of Obscure Belts
BUY NOW: $85.00
The Fractal has a simple one-button quick release to open and close. Unscrew the sizing stud by hand to change your size.
Jet finish Fractal options.
Stone finish Fractal options.
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Named after the verb, the Chuck drone is literally designed to be chucked! Made to be your floating photographer, the drone instantly switches on and stabilizes in mid air when thrown. The UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) has an inbuilt camera, and an algorithm that allows it to catch its subjects at the best angles from its unique aerial perspective. Once done, you can summon the Chuck to come and land on your palm.
The Chuck looks different from all drones, given its integrated design. Made for moderately rough use, the Chuck creates a framework that encloses propellers inside a perforated aluminum cage of sorts, making sure it doesn’t collide with anything. The dual camera on the front along with a dual flash give it the power and versatility of a floating smartphone camera that grabs videos and images hands-free, at virtually any angle you choose. You can even use your phone’s screen as a viewfinder for Chuck’s on-board cameras to get the desired angle for that perfect photo!
Plus, with its enclosed propeller design, it won’t be so powerless to confetti cannon attacks…
Designer: Joba Design
You know what blows up? Lithium Ion Batteries. You know what doesn’t? A Solar Panel. Safer, much more eco-friendly, and a whole lot more cheaper than an external battery, a solar panel may take slightly longer to charge your gadgets, but it does so with clean energy that’s free of cost.
The Solar Paper by Yolk literally fits two high-efficiency solar panels into a product the size of your phone, but just a dazzling fraction of the thickness. Thin enough to be used as a bookmark (although it comes with a rather beautiful leather pouch of its own), the Solar Paper can harness the sun’s energy to charge your devices. The two-fold design can even be made to expand by magnetically plugging in more panels. The Solar Paper comes with a hub on the top with a seven-segment LCD panel that measures electrical current. The device even comes with its own auto-shut and auto-resume feature in case the sunlight gets temporarily obstructed by a cloud or any other object.
The Solar Paper charger is clean, conscientious, and card-thin. It also doesn’t need periodic charging, like that clunky old power bank of yours.
Who wouldn’t want to attend a university as deliciously Wes Andersonian as this? Designed by french architecture group Périphériques and photographed by Ludwig Favre, the atrium of the Jussieu University of Paris is literally a splash of colors. With each floor being color coded with pastel shades, the colors end up serving as guidelines, becoming not just interior decoration, but also a solid way-finding system to guide students as well as outsiders. Not to mention with a school building looking this uniquely attractive, its beauty would probably help boost the attendance of students!
For a university of science and medicine, this place sure looks the opposite of intimidating!
Designer: Périphériques architectes
Image Credits: Ludwig Favre
Component deformation… force transmission… nanotechnology… these are just a few fancy terms for describing this far-out twist on the robotic arm. Until now, gripper arms have only been composed of complex structures and hydraulic motors which are prone to complication. The Magnetic Transformation Structure reimagines the robot and uses an intelligent, unique and globally applicable principle to make things simpler and more precise.
The principle of this structure begins with parallel sequential segments that are arranged on a flexible material. In the center of each segment is a metal core, which allows a magnetic field to be specifically generated via electrical current in each individual segment. The adjacent segments that are magnetized to have like magnetic poles will repel each other. With unlike magnetic poles, they attract each other. Since the segments are bound to the flexible plate only at the base, the magnetic forces generate a torque that naturally bends the plate.
The result is more economical production, faster reaction times as a result of targeted force transmission, uncomplicated deformation of mechanical components and more flexibility than the hydraulic systems this tech aims to replace.
Designer: Emami Design