Date rape drugs are a problem faced by men and women all over. Detecting whether a drink has been doctored with drugs like Rohyphnol and GHB can be almost impossible, but one undergraduate team at North Carolina State University is working on a product that could help. Undercover Colors is a nail polish that changes color if it comes into contact with either of the two date rape drugs mentioned above. All you have to do to test a drink is dip a finger into the liquid. They’re currently in the research and development stage and accepting donations. From the Undercover Colors Facebook page:
In the U.S., 18% of women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. That’s almost one out of every five women in our country. We may not know who they are, but these women are not faceless. They are our daughters, they are our girlfriends, and they are our friends.
While date rape drugs are often used to facilitate sexual assault, very little science exists for their detection. Our goal is to invent technologies that empower women to protect themselves from this heinous and quietly pervasive crime.
For our first product, we are developing a nail polish that changes color when it comes in contact with date rape drugs such as Rohypnol, Xanax, and GHB. With our nail polish, any woman will be empowered to discreetly ensure her safety by simply stirring her drink with her finger. If her nail polish changes color, she’ll know that something is wrong.
Through this nail polish and similar technologies, we hope to make potential perpetrators afraid to spike a woman’s drink because there’s now a risk that they can get caught. In effect, we want to shift the fear from the victims to the perpetrators. We are Undercover Colors and we are the first fashion company empowering women to prevent sexual assault.
I hope they get funded and gain wide distribution. Ideally, I’d love to see a product like this stocked at bars and made available for free to anyone who wants to use it.
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So, you’re ready to take on the Titans, huh? Well, if you’re going to line up with the rest of the Scout Regiment and volunteer to become walking finger food, then you’re going to have to look the part. I suggest pre-ordering these AOT Scout Regiment Juniors Leggings (shipment slated for November). As an added bonus, these leggings are actually bite-proof too.
Just kidding! No, you’re probably going to get bitten in half.
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This incredible makeup is the work of Laura Jenkinson who is a London-based makeup artist. She used her talents to turn her mouth into different cartoon characters. It’s surreal and amazing because the characters are so well-done, and look more than a little freaky when you take them in with the rest of her face.
See more pictures after the break.
Summer will soon be over and when the weather turns you’ll be glad you have these Attack on Titan Survey Corps snuggie-style blankets to keep warm. You can choose either a male or female version, complete with cape. If you’re feeling like causing trouble, you can opt for the colossus version instead. Preorder now for delivery in November.
See the female version after the break.
Projecting computer graphics onto surfaces isn’t anything new, but the technology is becoming more and more precise. Nobumichi Asai and his team have managed to create a system called Omote to track the movements of a human face and project images and makeup upon it to look realistic. It’s amazing that the graphics can fit over the curves and lines of a face and look natural.
Though Asai has worked with CGI projection mapping in the past, his focus has typically been on objects like buildings and cars. Omote is a new challenge, and I can’t wait to see how it develops.
Watch the technology in action in the video after the break.
On Sunday the second annual Geekie Awards took place in Los Angeles, celebrating geek culture with 12 different categories. This year a new category was added that focused on the growing area of geek fashion. The Fashion and Armor category, presented by Vanichi Magazine, was added after awards creator and showrunner Kristen Nedopak saw the fashions people wore on the red carpet at last year’s event.
“As a female geek, I’ve never hidden the side of me that embraces being a woman, and that means dressing up or down when I please. ‘Geek Couture’ has grown tremendously in the last few years, and more women are realizing they can still be geeks and look beautiful too!” Nedopak told Fashionably Geek. “We’re seeing designers getting creative with the art of fashion in these genres, and we wanted to honor that in this year’s show.”
There were five nominees in the category specializing in armor, steampunk, corsetry, and more. The winner will receive a full feature fashion spread in an issue of Vanichi Magazine.
Find out who won and get a glimpse of all the nominees’ stylish, geeky products after the break!
Harley meets Batman for this fun pair of earrings from Hot Topic. The harlequin diamonds on the bat logo really do kind of work. I wonder what Mistah J would have to say about that?
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Ever heard of belly warmers? I’m guessing most of us haven’t. The accessory, also called a haramaki, looks like a corset, but it’s design is intended to keep your stomach warm. It used to be worn under clothes, but Japanese company Hobonichi has been treating the garment as a fashionable piece of clothing. And now, they’ve gone geeky with them! They’ve teamed up with Nintendo to make belly warmers featuring Super Mario Bros. and Mr. Saturn. I think they look cozy.
Check out more photos of the belly warmers after the break.
Ready to hit the road in a black car and fight monsters across the United States? Yeah, I’m not either. But, I am prepared to support the Winchesters by wearing these cool Supernatural leggings by Etsy seller Radioactive Nerd. The polyspandex blend features the Impala, the anti-possession tattoo, and a couple other symbols to ward off evil.
Check out more pics of the leggings after the break.