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Origami Meets Mathematics In These Unbelievable Hand-Folded Designs

Tuesday 11.04.2014 , Posted by
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Sometimes it’s hard for non-math people to understand how anyone could be so passionate about it, but these tangible examples of mathematical topics make it easy for anyone to see the complex beauty. Using math to understand the laws behind paper folding, Professor Thomas C. Hull has created some origami sculptures that seem impossible. The geometric work above, called Pleated Multi-sliced Cone, was a collaboration between Hull and world renowned origami artist Robert J. Lang. Lang used a computer program called Mathematica to design the concept and crease pattern, which artist Ray Schamp printed on elephant hide paper, them Hull spent around 20 hours, over the course of 2 weeks, folding it into the final structure. In the video below, Hull discusses the implications of origami to show mathematical concepts and projections for the future of origami. [Read more…]

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Projection-Based Interactive Jewelry Of The Future by Neclumi

Monday 11.03.2014 , Posted by
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Neclumi asks, “Are we willing to abandon atoms of gold for the waves of light?” A brilliant jewelry line created in the minds of Polish art collective panGenerator, Neclumi necklaces and watches will make the future brighter. Trading in heavy metals for a picoprojector, the interactive jewelry will be run through a custom app with 4 options for movement. Airo mode will react to a pedometer to move with you as you walk. Sono mode will react to the ambient sound and your voice. Roto will use the compass to react to the rotation of your body. Movi will react to your body movement to bounce with you. [Read more…]

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Nothin’ But Lines: The Digital Designs of Patrick Seymour

Sunday 11.02.2014 , Posted by
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With white lines on a black background, Patrick Seymour knows how to make an image pop. His creations appear to be 3D as he varies the thickness, curve, and direction of each line to achieve an astounding level of depth. From all corners of the animal kingdom to pop culture heroes and villains, each image features a perfect line of symmetry, further adding to the page popping contrast of the white on black. Seymour is based in Montreal, Canada where he works as the art director for PALM + HAVAS. [Read more…]

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Look Out Swiss Army Knife, There’s A New Tool In Town And It Doesn’t Require A Pocket

Saturday 11.01.2014 , Posted by
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You never know where you’ll be when the screw on your glasses comes loose or you need a wrench or a ruler, but you can be prepared for anything with this amazingly designed hair clip from Leatherdos. You don’t need the bulk of a Swiss Army Knife in your pocket to fulfill all of its functions, all you need is this little metal clip. You can use it to hold back your bangs or hold your kippah in place. And if you don’t have hair, you can just clip it to your belt loop. It’s so light you won’t even remember it’s there. Boasting a flat head Phillips screwdriver, serrated cutting edge, 8mm wrench, ruler, trolley coin, small and large screwdriver, this is one useful piece of metal. [Read more…]

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Adorable Anamorphic Chalk Creatures Make The Streets of Ann Arbor More Playful

Thursday 10.30.2014 , Posted by
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For the past 13 years, street artist and illustrator David Zinn has been making his neighborhood a little bit brighter with temporary art. His whimsical chalk art uses the sidewalk, brick buildings, and cement walls as canvases for his little creatures to come to life. Although there is only one angle that reveals the 3D nature of his characters, the people of Ann Arbor are often rewarded for looking down at the ground. His characters include fish, mice, monsters, a flying pig named Philomena, and a green alien named Sluggo, who boasts 3,409 fans on Facebook. [Read more…]

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This Guy Rode His Unicycle From Canada to Mexico to Fight Human Trafficking

Wednesday 10.29.2014 , Posted by
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As if the 2,755 mile Great Divide mountain bike trail from Banff, Canada to the Mexican border weren’t difficult enough, Gen Shimizu tackled it on a mountain unicycle! With a mission to raise money for Polaris Project and bring awareness to the modern day slavery that is human trafficking, he spent 88 days on the trail and documented his journal entries each night on his blog. Considering the fact that the profits from human trafficking exceed Google, Nike, and Starbucks combined, Shimizu’s efforts were much needed. From the contributions of people following the trip, Shimizu was able to raise $10,000 for Polaris Project. [Read more…]

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This Artist Uses Snapchat Doodling To Make Unsuspecting Strangers Look A Lot More Interesting

Tuesday 10.28.2014 , Posted by
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There is more to Snapchat than just sending selfies. A Norwegian Instagrammer who goes by the username @geeohsnap refrains from selfies and even people he knows. His Snapchat forte involves complete strangers. He uses the app to doodle colorful characters and accents into the scene, making the world a whole lot brighter. From giant bear hugs with cuddly pandas and grizzlies to koala bear ambushes and famous cartoon characters, @geeohsnap never seems to run out of new ideas. The doodles are also used to keep the unsuspecting strangers anonymous. [Read more…]

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Beam Me Up Soapy! Duncan Shotton’s UFO Abduction Soap Dispenser Is Out Of This World

Saturday 10.25.2014 , Posted by
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Traditional soap dispensers are not that much fun, but British designer Duncan Shotton’s UFO soap pump does for hand washing what the rubber duck has done for bath time. The perfect dollop of soap comes out of a UFO beaming down to abduct a cow or human. The tractor beam comes in yellow or blue and looks best with clear soap inside. These products will be launching at Designboom Mart in Tokyo from October 25th- November 3rd, 2014. You can pre-order now, but orders will not be shipped until after the launch event. [Read more…]

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Plants With Pants! It’s Domsai by Matteo Cibic

Thursday 10.23.2014 , Posted by
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Long days at the office in a cubicle can be very lonely. Now, instead of g-chatting your colleagues to feel more connected, you can place one of these stylish friends on your desk. A cactus is already a practical choice, requiring only a few drops of water each week to survive, but these ones have pants, so they can also keep you company. Domsai, produced and distributed by Italian contemporary publisher Monotono, is “a desktop Tamagotchi”. It’s an elegantly designed dwelling for a cactus or a succulent, featuring a glass dome with breathing holes on a pedestal of legs. It looks like an astronaut without a torso and some of the legs are even wearing socks! [Read more…]

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No Boys Allowed: Over 500 Women on Motorcycles Zoomed Through Joshua Tree For This Year’s Babes Rideout

Wednesday 10.22.2014 , Posted by
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Earlier this month, over 500 ladies on motorcycles took Joshua Tree by storm for Babes Rideout. From October 3-5th, they camped out in one of California’s most beautiful spots and hit the highways for a 160 mile rideout in the desert. One participant, Monica Semergiu, documented her experience through photographs and words on Exposure. She explained, “Babes Rideout is for women who ride motorcycles. They get together, once a year, at a given location, and men are not allowed. You may think it’s weird and reversed sexism, and I thought that too before I got there, but I was overwhelmed with the spirit of sisterhood and camraderie, the friendships that were made.” [Read more…]

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