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Alarm Clock Doesn't Stop Until You Shoot It With a Nerf Gun

People have been re-imagining alarm clocks for years in an attempt to find something that keeps you from repeatedly hitting the snooze button—whether it be a device you step on or one that launches you out of bed. Now you can add this to the list of unusual attempts: a quirky alarm clock that can only be silenced when you shoot it with a Nerf gun.

Christopher Guichet of Normal Universe spent every weekend for three months building the device. Using a piezo crystal, he created a special sensor that reacts to the vibrations of Nerf darts being shot from bed. Because of that, the LED alarm will continue to make a high pitched sound until a dart successfully smacks its surface. The idea is to stimulate your brain and get you to at least sit up, making falling back to sleep less likely.

And if you're interested in making your own version, Guichet offers a detailed tutorial in the video above.

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Fabric Maps Highlight the Regional Embroidery Styles of South Asia
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Fashion in South Asia is known for its brightly-colored fabrics woven with beads and elaborate stitches. Vibrant, handcrafted garments are a common theme throughout Pakistan and India, but if you examine the areas closely you’ll find distinct patterns and styles that are unique to each region. One way to illustrate these nations’ regional textiles is by quilting them into maps.

These maps, spotted by My Modern Met, represent different regions using swaths of the materials that are native to them. In the below map of Pakistan, which comes from the Pakistani fashion company Generation, you can see examples of detailed embroidery techniques from 15 parts of the country.

The second map was published by the Indian clothing retailer Craftsvilla, and it highlights different woven and stitched patterns as well as many of the silks the country is famous for.

South Asia has been influencing global fashion trends for centuries. Paisley, for example, first appeared in India 2000 years ago before spreading to Europe in the 1700s. To learn more about India’s iconic textiles, read Craftsvilla’s breakdown of each style on their blog.

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This Font Changes Shape As You Type
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Writing with the Futuracha Pro font isn’t just about creating a finished product. Each letter reacts to what you type by lengthening and curling around its neighboring characters, making the act of writing itself an interactive experience.

According to The Huffington Post, Futuracha Pro is the brainchild of graphic designer Odysseas Galinos Paparounis of the Greek branding agency høly. As a design student, he was inspired for the idea of a changing typeface while observing the movements of Caribbean cockroaches for an illustration class. The insects' sweeping antennae and prickly feet inspired him to superimpose these elements onto his favorite font: Futura.

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The name Futuracha, which combines the words Futura and cucaracha ("cockroach" in Spanish), is a nod to the project’s quirky origins. After sharing his concept with fellow graphic designers, Paparounis sought to make a version of the font that’s accessible to everyone on an open source basis. He launched an effort to crowdfund Futuracha Pro on Indiegogo earlier this year and closed the campaign after raising $86,431. You can download the font for your computer from the høly website with prices starting around $29.

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