design: September 2010 Archives

275x250.jpg For cyclists who are fed up of feeling the squeeze from other traffic, this could be the ultimate bike -- it's got a flame-thrower built into the handlebars.

But that's not all, the BOND (Built of Notorious Deterrents) Bike also features an ejector seat which can be activated if the bike is stolen.

Created by after they quizzed cyclists about what makes them angry there's also a caterpillar track for smooth riding over pot-holed roads.

As far as we can see there is only one problem with the bike… it's not going to be available to buy.

275x250.jpgVisitors to a Las Vegas hotel claim they have been left with burns and singed hair -- because its design creates a powerful 'death ray'.

It's said the concave shape of the plush Vdara hotel is reflecting sunlight into a powerful beam, which is directed at the swimming pool area.

The beam - which moves along the poolside as the sun moves - can increase temperatures by around 20 degrees.

One guest said the design of the building acts 'like a magnifying glass' and another cliamed it has melted plastic bags.

A spokesman for MGM Resorts said they're aware of the issue and designers are working to come up with a solution. It's worth noting they are not too keen on the 'death ray' name.

275x250.jpg The Apple iPad is the latest must-have high-tech gadget… but that doesn't mean it can't look like a retro 70s toy.

Makers have revelled a protective iPad case which makes the tablet look like an original Etch A Sketch - complete with the little white knobs.

But while the £25 case has the look of the classic toy which sold over 150 million units, there isn't currently an Etch A Sketch app.

And more to the point, many Apple iPad owners are too young to remember the Etch A Sketch from their childhood anyway.

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