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16 DECEMBER 2014

Breathing Friend: stress relief ball by Czech industrial design student

Diploma Work created by industrial design student Kateřina Pražáková at the Czech Technical University, Prague in 2014.

"Tento malý přítel je určen jako dárek pro ženy trpící stresem. Může se pro nás stát blízkým tak jako hračka v dětství či pouze nástrojem, který nás nenásilnou formou dokáže uklidnit. Povrch si každý může vytvořit sám podle svých sympatií a tím se stává osobnější. Při uchopení tohoto křehkého dýchajícího stvoření můžeme příjemně relaxovat a na chvíli zapomenout na chaos kolem nás. Díky svojí velikosti jej můžeme mít stále u sebe."

And as translated from Czech to English using Google Translate: "This little friend is designated as gift for women suffering from stress. It may become for us so close like a toy in childhood or just tool that nonviolent us form can soothe. Surface everyone can create by himself their sympathy and becomes personal. In this gripping brittle breathing creature we can relax and moment, forget the chaos around us."

(Kateřina Pražáková, 2014)

[The project set out to address the problem of everyday stress through creating a stress relief ball called Breathing Friend. In doing so various materials were considered because of their significance for the target user group. The project has an anthropomorphistic aspect through its use of subtle vibration and physical warmth.]

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2014animal resemblancesanthropomorphismanxietyArduinobioelectronics • Breathing Friend (project) • calming effect • chestnut • Czech Republic • Czech Technical University in Prague • design process • embryo • emotional involvementergonomic designhaptic interface • hemisphere • industrial design • Katerina Prazakova • lifelikemechanical animal • mechanical creature • Miroslav Macik • motherhoodnatural materials • neurohumoral response • palm • pebble • polyurethane foam • product design • psychological distress • psychological perception • purring • selection of materials • siliconesimulation • soothing • stress • stress ball • stress relief • student projectsubstratestoytraumavisceral • wadding • wellbeingwool

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Simon Perkins
10 MARCH 2013

OBJECTIFY THIS: Female Anatomy Dissected and Displayed

Historically, female anatomy has been represented in medical illustrations predominantly as a variation of the male form in terms of reproductive organs and surface anatomy. There are a multitude of societal, cultural, and religious reasons that have established this ideal, in addition to the fine line between female anatomy and eroticism. This show will compel viewers to question the objectivity surrounding 'female anatomy' and define–or re–define–their own perceptions through the art, perspectives, literature, and live burlesque performances featured during the opening event."

(Vanessa Ruiz, 07 August 2012, Street Anatomy)

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2012 • Amylin Loglisci • anatomical artanatomical illustration • anatomical undress • anatomybodyburlesque • burlesque performance • Chicagocorporeal • Danny Quirk • Design Cloud Gallery • dissecteddissection • Emily Evans • eroticismexhibitionfemale • female anatomical illustration • female anatomy • female bodyfemale form • Fernando Vicente • graphic representationgroup exhibitionhuman anatomyhuman bodyillustration • Jason Levesque • Jennifer Caviola • ladybot • male form • man machinemechanical animal • medical illustrations • medical illustrator • Michael Reedy • objectification of women • Pole Ka • realistic representation • reproductive organs • speculative sciencestylised forms • surface anatomy • Tristan des Limbes

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Simon Perkins
05 NOVEMBER 2009

Mechanical animal reproduction - Patent 6695673

"According to the present invention, a mechanical animal simulating structure comprises a head and a tongue carried by the head, wherein the tongue includes at least one duct issuing within the zone of the tongue tip into at least one first orifice. An end of the tongue away from the tip issuing into at least one second orifice is connected to a liquid tank. A selectively driven suction device sucks liquid through the first orifice into the duct. The tongue is displaceably supported at the head and connected to a drive system that selectively displaces the tongue to extend from, or retract into, the head.

The invention offers the advantage of imitating in a life–like manner by mechanical simulation the actions carried out by real animals. The simulated mechanical animal of the invention includes an additional function, namely accepting liquid such as water from an external container, for instance a cup, to provide a greater range of playfulness and hence a greater play value. The user can bring a container, for instance filled with water, near the mechanical simulator, or reversely the simulated mechanism can approach the water–filled container, in such manner that the first orifice on the tongue tip dips into the water. By activating the suction device, the water is then sucked from the container through the first orifice, the duct and through the second orifice into the liquid receptacle of the simulated animal, thereby giving the impression that the mechanical animal is slurping or splashing water to reduce its thirst."

(FreePatentsOnline.com)

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Andreas Stadbauer • bodyconstructiondevicedogdrinkingengineering • FreePatentsOnline • industrial designinnovationlifelikemechanical animalmechanism • orifice • patentproduct designrobotsimulationsolutionsystemtechnologytongue

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Simon Perkins
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