It’s been awhile since the last Watch This post, so I thought I’d revisit the series with this Hot Wheels entry. Essentially the wrist strap is comprised of the Hot Wheels orange modular track that was popular in the 70’s and 80’s, and features some miniature cars that traverse said track.
The watch would work if the cars were static, but I think it’s possible to have them loose and affixed to the track, like beads to a thread. A flick of the wrist would have the card race around.
This layout has the cars entering and exiting the watch face, however they could remain outside. You could even have a lone car enclosed in the watch face doing an eternal loop.
Breaking Bad has been my favorite drama these past 4 years. I happened to stumble upon the debut episode during the scene where Walter White takes down the bullies in the clothing store, and I’ve been hooked ever since.
Sick of zombie video games? Well I have one idea that I hope is the mother-of-all zombie games: an open world (think Grand Theft Auto) zombie game, where it’s you in a decaying city filled with zombies.
If I were to open a car dealership the first order of business would be a sign, one that is essentially a giant Hot Wheels package containing an actual car.
Not only would it serve as eye-catching signage, but it would also serve to highlight a particular car – much like dealerships do when they place a single car on a ramp or display stand to make it stand out from the lot.
This sign would also illicit smiles from those who see it because it triggers feelings of nostalgia, particularly the experience of car shopping when you were a kid. Because back then all the cars were in card packages sitting on pegs.
This type of signage makes it clear the car is a purchase item, and also implies the car is really cool and fun to drive.
It would only work for car brands that had a few cool models in their lineup. Seeing a Mustang or Challenger enclosed in the sign is appropriate. A compact or a station wagon, not so much.
UPDATE (June 10th/2015): well this idea has since been used several times (2013 onwards), so you’re welcome, auto shows/auto dealers.
Given the opportunity to make a special edition for this film, I would make a ‘Max Fischer Yearbook Edition’, which would copy the book seen early in the film.
This is a similar design to the Princess Bride book + Blu-Ray combo from a few months back, but I added a slipcase to it. Seeing as this addition is a sort of jacket, I made it look like a Rushmore-crested jacket from the film.
There has been much hoopla these past 24 hours regarding the announcement of Nike’s Air Mag shoe, which is an official Back to the Future licensed shoe. They are based on those futurustic ‘power-lace’ shoes Marty McFly wore in BTTF II. Read more about them here.
Sadly, the shoes do not feature power-laces, probably due to cost of motors needed to execute the lacing gimmick. This has soured some people on the product.
I’d like to propose an automatic lacing system that does not require any motors. How it works:
Gravity does the heavy lifting. Place your foot in the shoe, which presses down on a spring-loaded platform (the spring doubles as foot support!). The platform locks into a clip located by the back heel, allowing the shoe’s wearer to walk or run around without issue. The platform is connected to a bunch of drawstrings – the type you’d find in a hoodie or sweatpants – which fasten the ‘ankle belt’ snugly. The shoe basically fastens as you insert your foot.
Here is the best part: that clip is accessible from the back, so to get your foot out of the shoe you step on the clip with your other foot to release the platform. It is exactly like how you take your shoes off now, only this clip triggers the removal instead of the back of the heel.
The drawstrings would be embedded into the shoe lining, so it wouldn’t feel like stepping into a net.