Absurd But Genius Inventions By Dominic Wilcox

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Bed made from a template of Dominic Wilcox’s body.

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Tea cup with inbuilt cooling fan.

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Finger nose stylus.

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Finger nose stylus.

Dominic Wilcox is a British artist whose works balance on the margins of bizarre, yet somehow very logical and poignant at the same time. His cutting-edge inventions vary from unbelievable tech-wizardry (GPS shoes), to everyday objects that would actually find a place in our household (tea cup with a fan). Despite often humorist approach, Wilcox crafts his devices until they look and work like intended.

When asked, what is it that he does, Wilcox hesitates: “If I had to title myself, I would say I’m an artist/designer/thinker.” He says he loves innovation, creativity and finding conceptual surprises hidden in the banal, mundane things that surround us everyday. Thus, most of his concepts are light, direct and with a pinch of witty intention. Artist isn’t afraid to be the lab rat for his works. For example in the Switch project (below), he was wearing the metallic toggle for nearly a month, day and night.

Besides actually making these crazy inventions, Dominic starts each idea with a sketch. To pay tribute to all the unaccomplished ideas, he has published a book titled “Variations on Normal”. Full of insightful illustrations, this book may give you some inspiration on your next invention, say… a family poncho or a machine that strengthens handshakes.

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24ct gold leafed Luxury Skimming Stones complete with individually made to fit leather belt pouch.

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An on/off switch is attached to Dominic Wilcox’s head.

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No Place Like Home, GPS shoes.

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No Place Like Home, GPS shoes.

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Truth, honesty and the deepest form of sincerity are close at hand with these Honesty Stamps.

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Gloves made using a cast of Dominic Wilcox’s hand.

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Gloves made using a cast of Dominic Wilcox’s hand.

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A computer keyboard with a single Escape key in the center.

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A computer keyboard with a single Escape key in the center.

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A calendar made with cod liver oil tablets. Pop out a tablet every day for a healthy life.

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A calendar made with cod liver oil tablets. Pop out a tablet every day for a healthy life.

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Dominic Wilcox’s fingerprint is recreated in a shoe’s rubber sole.

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Dominic Wilcox’s fingerprint is recreated in a shoe’s rubber sole.

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A cage made to exactly fit a bird.

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Pre-Handshake Handshake Device.

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Pre-Handshake Handshake Device.

 

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