Engineering Student Designs ‘Mobile Airbag’ That Deploys When Device is Dropped


Engineering student Philip Frenzel of Aalen University was recently awarded first prize in a national design contest in Germany for his ‘Mobile Airbag’ that automatically deploys when your device is dropped.

The winning bachelor thesis was selected by the German Society for Mechatronics and Frenzel has since registered his design for a patent. In addition to the video above, you can learn more about the project here.


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The Shirk Report – Volume 480



Welcome to the Shirk Report where you will find 20 funny images, 10 interesting articles and 5 entertaining videos from the last 7 days of sifting. Most images found on Reddit; articles from Facebook, Twitter, and email; videos come from everywhere. Any suggestions? Send a note to [email protected]



Let’s kick things off
Bon voyage!
“Don’t make me come back there” | Later that day
Cool pool
Coming Soon
This spoke to me
Walking contradiction
Placing a mirror in the forest
Challenging your friend
Warning sign FTW!
The longer you look the weirder it gets
I can vouch for this
Another joyful parenting moment
Better every loop
An epiphany
Geoffrey the Giraffe’s last day
The happiest place on Earth
Until next week



But, Seriously, Where Are the Aliens?
Why athletes need a ‘quiet eye’
‘Paramedic’ Ants Are the First to Rescue and Heal Their Wounded Comrades
The Unlikely Home of the World’s Smallest Desert
‘Cadillac Frank,’ ‘Ice Pick Willie,’ And The Nicknames Of American Mobsters
How Computers Parse the Ambiguity of Everyday Language
The Earliest Mammals Kept Their Cool With Descended Testicles
What Happened to the Winner of McDonald’s $1 Million Flexi-Disc Contest?
The Recycling Game Is Rigged Against You
Want to understand experience design? Eat popcorn with chopsticks















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Drake’s New Album ‘Scorpion’ Has Arrived, Stream It Here

At long last, Drake’s new album Scorpion has arrived. The rapper’s hugely-anticipated fifth studio full-length is available on all major streaming services. As indicated, it is indeed a double album, one half dedicated to R&B, and the other to rap. Give it a listen below.

Scorpion contains the previously-released singles “God’s Plan,” “Nice for What,” and “I’m Upset.” Featured guest artists include JAY-Z, Ty Dolla $ign, and – most surprisingly – Michael Jackson.

Revisit the visual for “God’s Plan” below.

If you haven’t peeped already, check out our ranking of every Drake album so far right here.

Dark Igloo’s book Centerhold celebrates the hand modelling of Playboy magazine (NSFW)


Back in the 1960s and 1970s, Playboy was having a moment. Yes, there were tits but there were also excellent writers (Doris Lessing, Vladimir Nabokov, Ray Bradbury) and interviews with the likes of Miles Davis, Malcolm X and James Baldwin. The rigorous attention afforded to its literary output also extended to its art direction, with set designers and stylists creating lavish Renaissance-style backdrops for its models to lounge in.

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