Living in a studio or a loft-style apartment can be a pretty effective way to save some money when renting, but if there's one major put-off it's that your bedroom quarters are visible to every Tom, Dick or Harry that comes to visit.
Some designers in France have solved that problem with the invention of the Moving Bed Cube, which is mounted on casters and can be shifted in any direction according to the space you have. The cube contains a double bed and a bedside lamp. One side is open, but this can be turned to the wall when you have guests over.
Coke vending machines in Singapore have been going down a storm by offering a free can of the drink to anyone who 'hugs' them. The pop-up Coca-Cola Hug Machines proved so much of a success that there are now plans to roll them out across Asia. This type of marketing comes hot on the heels of Hollywood's 24 hour cake dispenser.