Metal Subway Map Cuffs Are Perfect for the Stylish Traveler

Nothing says tourist like holding a giant map while you try to find your way around a new city. But Designhype wants you to look stylish and confident while you’re exploring the world. They have created a brilliant metal cuff that combines fashion with function. Featuring subway maps of major metro cities, it’s a collection that every traveler can appreciate.

Stunning Sand Mandalas Appear Before Your Eyes

After practicing medicine for several years, scientist and artist Bruce Shapiro become obsessed with the art of motion control. He was so impessed with the infinite possibilites of designs and images that could be created via computer programs. With awesome visual installations at science centers throughout the world, he has used art to turn science into something everyone can appreciate. The Sisyphus Machine is his take on a modern Zen Garden. Appopriately named after Sisyphus, who in Greek mythology received the punishment of pushing a huge boulder up a hill for all of eternity, the kinetic drawing machine uses magnets to push a steel ball through sand, leaving behind beautiful mandala-like patterns.

Disharmony of Our Planet Shown Through Yin Yang Illustrations

In Chinese philosophy the yin yang represents the complementary nature of all things. Light and dark are not opposing forces, rather interconnected and necessary to maintain harmony. Creative Director Dalip Singh uses this motif to design in depth illustrations of the Earth. The images show the dual forces of destruction and nature’s beauty at the same time. The illustrations feature the elements Land, Water, and Air. The light side of the yin yang is clinging for survival as the darkness covers the majority of the image, showing the horribly skewed imbalance of the Earth that humans have caused.

Pierre Cerveau Imagines What the iPhone Would Have Looked Like if Jobs Made It In the 80’s Instead

Remember the gigantic Zack Morris cell phone of the early 90’s? Apple would never create something so hideous. But what if Steve Jobs had visualized the iPhone 20 years earlier? The Macintosh Phone is what we would have had. Pierre Cerveau designs the concept of this retro awesomeness along with ads that might have lined the billboards of 80’s NYC. With a rotary phone dial, bulky pixelated screen, and 512kb of space, this would have been hipper than hipsters.

You Make My Heart Race: Visualization of A Man’s Heart Rate As He Proposes to His Girlfriend

No matter how long you’ve known and loved your girlfriend and no matter how sure you are that she will say “yes”, popping the question will still make your heart tremble. Redditor jakeinfusino decided to wear a heart rate monitor as he built up the confidence to ask his girlfriend to be his wife. He fed the data through Particular/ Form and used After Effects to create this awesome visualization. Although it took 40 minutes to pop the question and let his heart rest again, this 90 second video shows the highs and lows as he gained the courage to ask that magic question.

New Origami Robot Can Fit in The Palm of Your Hand, Walk, Swim and Degrade

If you thought Wall-E was cute, wait til you see this teeny tiny robot by some of the brilliant minds at MIT and TU Munich. At ICRA 2015 in Seattle, a team consisting of Shuhei Miyashita, Steven Guitron, Marvin Ludersdorfer, Cynthis R. Sung, and Daniela Rus presented “An Untethered Miniature Origami Robot that Self-folds, Walks, Swims, and Degrades.” And the tiny bot does even more than that, lifiting twice its mass, moving through objects, and moving things around via magnet. The itty bitty bot can move at speeds of 3 and 4cm/s.

3D Street Art Made From Recycled Trash

In Portugal’s capital city, a local artist is using garbage to make people think. Arturo “Bordalo II” uses discarded auto parts, scrap metal, and garbage to create colorful, larger-than-life 3D murals of animals. The animals represent the habitats humans have destroyed in their accumulation and discarding of stuff. He wants to raise the awareness of the way humans are destroying the environment and polluting the Earth. Bordalo II creates animals that have suffered a loss due to destruction by humans.

Fangirls Travel The Globe to Find the Locations of Their Favorite Scenes

Good things come to those who follow their joy. In 2013, a group of 3 Finnish “fangirls” decided to travel the UK scouting out the scenes from their favorite movies and TV shows. 2,000 miles later, the girls accomplished their mission and had an amazing time doing it. Rather than printing out pictures to contrast them with the backgrounds as many have done in the past, the girls used their phones and tablets to show the original scenes. They documented their journey on their website FangirlQuest.com and gained much love from the internet.

Drone Captures Unique Birds Eye Views of Famous Landmarks

Everyone loves aerial photography, that’s why the airplane window shot is such a popular tradition on Instagram. But photojournalist Amos Chapple captures some views that an airplane passenger can’t. In his stunning series “Air”, the New Zealand-based artist used a drone to catch bird’s eye views of architectural landmarks. He was on the forefront of drone scouting before it was banned and captured quite a lovely collection of famous building from this unique perspective.

Hyperrealistic Stone Sculptures of Everyday Objects

Traditionally hyperrealism is done with oil paint. Shiny cans, shoes, fruit, junk food, etc. that look like they could be held in your hand are painted on a 2D canvas. But Robin Antar just took hyperrealism up a notch. She has been working with stone for nearly 40 years and has found a way to replicate everyday objects in STONE! For her series, Realism in Stone, she carves the stone into the shapes of condiment bottles, cookies, paper bags, toothpaste, and other things, then paints them to look just like real life.