Fully Charged: Flappy Bird gets the virtual reality treatment, and why insect paste could be your new favourite food

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Would you wear a skirt made out of Nokia phones?

Well, would you? Of course you wouldn’t, and there are a million good reasons why – but if you work in the fashion world none of them apply or matter. These people are going to make a garment out of 80 Lumia 1520 and 1020 phones and consider it some kind of statement about, um, the way mobile technology is no longer the preserve of Dockers-wearing poindexters but something a cool fashion person might use every day (well, maybe not a Nokia phone, but you know what we mean).

Setting aside our cynicism for a moment, designer Fyodor Golan has come up with reasonably interesting “feature” on his Lumia skirt: the phones’ screens change colour and shimmer in a unified way when the wearer moves; a special app uses the handsets’ location data to synchronise the movements and the shimmering. 

Nokia, who collaborated with Golan and creative design house Kin on the skirt, call it a step in exploring “the possibilities of smart technology and fashion coming together”. We call it “probably really uncomfortable to wear”.

[Source: Luxury Launches]

Oculus Rift puts gamers in Flappy Bird’s feathers

Flappy Bird may be gone to the great home for insanely difficult games in the sky, but it just keeps on giving us silly stories to write. An event where programmers were invited to create games based on Dong Nguyen’s original came up with one huge standout: Floculus Bird.

Using the Oculus Rift VR headset, gamers can get a, er, bird’s eye view of the side-scrolling flap ‘em up: rather than watch as we guide a hapless bird fly into pipes again and again, we now fly into those pipes ourselves. In 3D. If that’s not some kind of metaphor for life right there, we don’t know what is. Click the image above to see a gif of it in action.

Should you possess an Oculus Rift and a masochistic streak, you can get hold of Floculus Bird here (it’s free).

[Source: PSFK]

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Yum! This 3D printer makes snacks out of mashed-up insects

3D printed food isn’t a new concept, but researchers and designers from London’s South Bank University have come up with a variation that’s a lot more interesting than printing chocolate treats or even a pizza – food made from insect paste.

Yes, you read that right: snacks made out of creepy crawlies that have been pulped into a substance that can be pumped through a 3D printer’s nozzle and made into intricate shapes. Insects are high in protein and important minerals, you see, and many predict that with meat due to become an expensive rarity in the not-too-distant future, bug-paste could prove an important food source.

The problem? Most people don’t like the idea of eating insects. And pretty-looking 3D printed creations made of insect flour and water are somewhat more palatable than a plateful of sauteed crickets. But don’t expect to be chewing on shaped bug snacks particularly soon: the substance will probably find a use as animal feed in the medium term while food regulators get their heads around the idea.

[Source: 3D Printer]

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Captain Birds Eye gets #social with Mashtags

If the idea of munching on cricket paste doesn’t appeal to you, maybe the idea of eating emoticons and “social media symbols” made of potato will. And Birds Eye is here to help with Mashtag, frozen potato shapes designed to appeal to the Facebook generation. There’s a hash, an asterisk, an @ symbol and two smilies, so combine them with Alphabites (can you still buy those?) and you can create and eat tweets. We don’t know why you’d want to do that, but you can. Mashtags will be available from 23rd February at Sainsburys for £1.75, and will arrive at other shops from March.