Designer furniture is all too easy to knockoff—but Modern Ruins, a makeshift showroom by artist Stephanie Syjuco, makes art out of imitation. Each classic piece in her collection is made entirely from scavenged materials. These "shanty-life" reproductions look legit, but hint at the complex relationship between…
At first glance, this screen looks strangely familiar. The dock icons, the gray, rounded windows, the whole layout; it's Mac OS X, except not quite. The top-left icon is the giveaway. This ain't OS X, it's Red Star, North Korea's state-sanctioned operating system. And Version 3.0 looks very Mac-like.
Items directly related to life and death should not go on sale. Sure, the price of any product can be affected by market conditions, but you just don't want to be buying bungee jumping cords half off. You just don't.
According to highly suspect rumors website NowhereElse.fr, an industrious Chinese company has already copied the design for the iPhone 5—even before we officially know what the iPhone 5 looks like. Meet the Goophone i5, the bastard child of cobbled together rumors and unyielding ambition.
It will certainly help keep you cool at work, but if you were hoping to fool your co-workers into thinking you've got the latest and greatest Apple hardware, think again. Not even a toddler would mistake this iPhone 'shaped' compact air conditioner for the real deal.
Any random person on the street could easily spot Shelter Serra's silicone Rolex watches as being obvious knock-offs. But that's exactly their point. They're cool because they're so obviously fake—not only lacking the famous sweeping second hand, but any branded markings whatsoever.
You probably don't need another reason to avoid buying cheap knock-off electronics on the street or eBay. But in case you were tempted by a surprisingly sweet deal on a neck massager, here's an important PSA to stay clear of them.
So you left filing your taxes until the last minute, and it turns out that instead of getting a nice fat check in the mail in the coming months, you owe Uncle Sam quite a bit of coin.
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, this falsified Fortis watch is pure adulation. Bet you can't spot the fake.
After seeing the fake Apple Chinese store, I was pretty much prepared to see a knockoff store of anything. Who could they steal from next? Microsoft? Dell kiosks? 99-cent stores? Nope. Instead, they copied the pride (or bane) of Sweden: Ikea.
Turns out, Samsung had nothing to do with the knockoff Smart Cover. According to them, the accessory maker that made it, Anymode, didn't receive official approval from Samsung to do so. And plus, Samsung would never steal from Apple.
Just when you thought it was safe to come out of your cave, a new app puts the Java hit Minecraft on your iPad or iPhone. How did the developer do it?
Ok, so you'll have to import it from dodgy Chinese site M8Cool, but surely a gamble with your credit card security is worth the slight chance of getting a working Palm Pre, running iPhone OS?
We're so conditioned to retching whenever we see a knock-off, that I did a doubletake when I clapped eyes on this Adidas sneaker phone. Want to know the coolest thing? It's a clamshell. In this case, that's cool. You'll see:
With the iPad still not available overseas and demand high, it's not too surprising that there are knockoffs available in Shenzhen already. And hey, this one has three USB ports! Better than the original, amirite?
Is this yet another iPhone knockoff, a cosmetics mirror, or some super-secret prototype that proves Apple is getting into networked birth control case design? Shoot, how about all three?
A design patent, to be exact, meaning: You can't make a brazen copy of the iPhone and iPod Touch's "ornamental design," or else you'll get sued to death. Of course, this isn't just about crude knockoffs.