Google’s New ‘Project Soli’ Gesture Sensing Tech Looks Like Magic

Google just released a new video of their Project Soli, a interaction sensor that uses radar technology. Simple gestures like pinching your index finger and thumb together, or rubing them together at different speeds can now control a device with surprising accuracy. It really looks like magic.

Mad Max: Fury Road. Before and After the Visual Effects

If there’s one film getting talked about right now, it’s Mad Max: Fury Road. The exceptionally well received spectacle is an absolute feast of complex visual effects that barely pause for breath during the film’s entire running length. If you’ve seen it and are wondering how those epic scenes looked before hitting the computer, here’s a peek at some impressive before and after shots showing what the film’s VFX crew started with, straight from the camera.

Play the Daily Weather Forecast in a Box on Your Desk

Working in front of a computer (or any inside job) can really detach you from the world outside, so how about putting a bit of the outdoors on your desk? Ken Kawamoto has created the Tempescope, a device that simulates weather conditions for the daily forecast, playing it back inside a translucent box. Like taking a scoop from the air outside, the Tempescope is able to create environments from sun to rain, and fog to lightning.

TGIF!! Here Are a Bunch of Tiny People Who Are Totally Over It

Oh Friday… what would we do without you? That’s certainly what these tiny people are feeling as they navigate the big world of office life.

Derrick Lin works in advertising, a career he admits can be chaotic and unpredictable. Channeling the challenges of daily work life, he creates miniature scenes of people venting their (and often his) frustrations, then posts them to Instagram and Tumblr. Perhaps you can relate.

Sydney Opera House is Transformed into a Fantastic Cartoon Animation

The Sydney Opera House is an impressive piece of world architecture, but for the past week it’s been an even greater spectacle. Universal Everything (previously), in collaboration with over 20 different animation studios worldwide, have created a living mural on the side of the iconic structure. I saw it in person last night, and it’s truly magical.

What Percentage of Your Life has the US Spent At War?

The Vietnam war was known for its length, but today the War on Terror has far surpassed it – stretching on for more than 13 years. For kids born in late 2001, there has never been a day when the United States wasn’t at war.

That sobering fact is clearly revealed in this excellent graphic created by The Washington Post. Here they chart the years in living memory that the US has been engaged in war, showing the percentage of people’s lives lived during times of war and peace.

Charming Animated Illustrations from Japanese Artist Maori Sakai

Japanese illustrator Maori Sakai has been drawing charming scenes of those special moments in everyday life, then animating them with a lively happiness that’s simply infectious. Many of her drawings have positive messages that flash through their moving scenes and remind us to focus on the simple and good things in life. “Happiness is by your side” or “Take it easy”.

Tesla’s ‘Drive for Free’ Superchargers are Sprouting Up Around the World

“Drive for Free. Forever. On Sunlight.” That’s what Tesla promised in 2012 when they announced their revolutionary Supercharger program. Using just solar power, they promised to build a network of electric car chargers that would allow owners of their award-winning Model S to drive many places for free. What’s more, they said each charger could top up your car in just 30 short minutes – way faster than the car chargers that came before.

A quick look at Tesla’s latest Supercharger maps reveal they’ve been VERY busy installing Superchargers all over the world. For drivers in the US, a free cruise up and down both coasts is now pretty easy. You can also zip through the center of the country with ease.

HULA Paints in Abondoned Places from the Side of His Paddleboard

Hawaiian artist and surfer Sean Yoro (aka HULA) has been living in New York. What to do when there are no waves around? He’s been grabbing his paddleboard and using it to access hard to reach places and paint. Yoro has a talent for painting beautiful women, and recently they have been finding their way to the walls of abandoned, water filled places. Their bodies seem to emerge from the quiet waters below.

Daniel Rozin’s ‘PomPom Mirror’ Reflects Your Body In Pixelated Fur

You don’t need glass to make a mirror. Artist Daniel Rozin has created one that reflects objects in faux fur. It’s entirely bizarre and almost magical.