Mac’s petit inventions: merging concepts

Mac’s Petit Inventions

Mac Funamizu shares with us his design ideas. He looks at everyday things and envisions their future.

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I like merging completely different things into one, stealing a fun aspect of one item and adding it to another. Or even better, I love finding a solution to a problem from something that seems totally different from it. Thinking seriously of how to solve a problem (sometimes) leads me to the most fun moment of concepting. That’s why I can’t stop creating weird things, no matter what others say.


Anyway, this is a fountain + iPhone speaker stand + projector kind of fusion. Place your iPhone in the doc and use it as a faucet to run photos, songs and music as water. You can have fun with them on this transparent touch screen, but to have more fun, tilt the stand to spill the images on the floor (or just turn up the faucet). The projected images on the floor look as if they were spilled from the dish.

When you play music, you can see the visualizer working. Spill the visualizer on the floor and you see “full-screen” projected visualizer!

PMS Toaster

Another crazy combination is this toaster. I thought there should be a toaster like this: no matter how long/short it takes to toast a slice of bread, I don’t care… just toast it until it becomes my favorite color.

You just choose your favorite color first before toasting. Then it automatically stops toasting when the bread becomes the specified color.

Mac Funamizu

Mac is an in-house web/graphic designer working in Tokyo, Japan. In his free time he invents new products and interactions.

3 comments on this article

  1. reinko on

    well done — interesting stuff.
    Do you add food colouring for fuchsia or navy toast? I’d love to eat some different colours.

  2. I love the iAcqua idea. Especially since it creates a conscious layer between sharing and keeping things for yourself. When you want others to see, you start pooring the content out. Nice.

    My wife was a direct fan of the PMS toaster. Maybe that is because my bread always has PMS black…

  3. Lettie on

    This is way better than a brick & mortar establismhnet.