Not a Halloween costume either. I had to see it to believe it. Reuters posted video yesterday, calling it a novel way to address personal safety:

Aya Tsukioka’s Coke-machine dress allows the wearer to quickly change appearance to that of a vending machine – blending into the urban landscape.

A Japanese man says in the report that he thinks women would be better off running than pulling up a skirt to blend in as a fake soda machine.

Tsukioka also has a manhole cover bag — when a mugger approaches, you put your money in it and toss it on the ground. And for kids a backpack that transforms them into a Japanese-style fire hydrant.

This story has been going around for a while. The NYTimes — citing Japanese fondness for oddball ideas and inventions — CokeMachine.pngfeatured her work in an urban camouflage slideshow in 2007:

Ms. Tsukioka said her idea of the vending machine disguise was inspired by a trick used by Japan’s ancient ninja, who cloaked themselves at night under black blankets.

She can’t be serious, can she? Snopes has nothing on her.

Via Wait Wait… don’t blog me.

JOE WINDISH, Technology Editor
Leave a replyComments (3)
  1. roro80 November 10, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Wow…what kind of rape culture does one have to live in to necessitate this sort of product? No mention of a version for men. Probably not a coincidence.

  2. Web Design Lexington November 10, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    An innovative way to attract buyers? Hmmm, quite appealing but not accepted by majority.

  3. Father_Time November 10, 2009 at 6:49 pm