Archive for the 'Neat Inventions' Category


vending machines

Okay, so these aren’t exactly inventions (more like art projects) but both so cool I couldn’t resist posting them. The first is the Graffomat, a graffiti art supplies vending machine designed to “supply you with all of your favorite state of the art graffiti supplies.” You can even buy gloves and a ski mask. Do I see a design patent in their future (or maybe a trip downtown…)?

Anyway, next up is the Art-O-Mat, retired cigarette vending machines that have been converted to dispense art. There are almost a hundred of these machines around the country, including Omaha come summer 2010.

Maybe someone will put the two side-by-side and we’ll get an Art-O-Mat filled with graffiti. Or covered in it.

Ever wonder who invented the first vending machine?


Sharp-dressed man

I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these beard caps. You get to keep your face warm and look like a pirate–what’s not to love? The original design is a collaboration between Icelandic design team Vik Projonsdottir and knitwear manufacturer Vikurprjon, made from sustainable 100% Icelandic sheep wool and guaranteed to keep you warm, dry and looking like a Viking all winter long. For a cheaper American copycat check out Beard Head–their hats are mostly acrylic but they do have an interchangeable mustache option.

And if you’re really short on cash? You can always make one or grow one.

1) Beard Head Tailgate Collection in Blue/Grey, $33

2) The Beard Cap by Vik Projonsdottir, $78

3) Beard Head Pirate Edition, $33

4) DIY Crochet Pattern on, free


Patents a la Jackson

Ever wondered how Michael Jackson did that cool lean move in Smooth Criminal? Well then, ladies and gentlemen! For your reading pleasure, I present: Michael Jackson’s patent on the “method and means for creating anti-gravity illusion.” Just another little bit of genius from the King of Pop Patents.

I guess this means you should check with your lawyer before taking that MJ act on the road.

Sarah Gupta, MD

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