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This Smartphone Cover Unfolds Into a Selfie Stick

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No matter your stance on selfie sticks, you'll find it hard to deny the convenience of this snazzy smartphone case hybrid. At first glance, Stikbox looks like a standard phone cover with a sleek, slatted metal back. But when the perfect opportunity to snap a selfie arises, users can unfold the telescoping aluminum to create a full-length selfie stick in seconds.

Most selfie sticks are already made to be collapsible, but they still leave you with the awkward problem of having to carry around two separate items that need to be assembled just to take a picture. This new product is both convenient and discreet. The selfie stick is an extension of your phone, and all 28 inches of the device fit naturally onto the back of it without arousing suspicion of its dual purpose.

Stikbox via Kickstarter

The project is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, and has until January 26 to meet its $49,676 goal. Backers can pledge $29 or more to receive a Stikbox of their own, available in blue, white, black, red, green, purple, and pink to fit all versions of the iPhone 6. Delivery is expected for May of next year.

[h/t: Gizmodo]

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The plant art of Montreal-based artist Raku Inoue goes way beyond flower arrangements. Inoue, who created the clothing brand Reikan Apparel, fashions intricate portraits of insects out of the plants that make up their habitats, as Laughing Squid spotted.

The series, "Natura Insects," includes butterflies made of flower petals, leaves intricately woven into moth wings, and black widows with rosemary legs. The results are delicate, innocent-looking bugs that no person could bear to squash. Inoue carefully arranges the pretty plant sculptures, then photographs them against a white background, resulting in an unexpected take on the traditional insect display cases seen in natural history museums.

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