360 Music Videos Are Here: Google Tech Puts You in Control

What if while watching a video you could look anywhere you wanted? We’ve all imagined it… and now that dream is here. Google recently introduced 360° video playback. Just move your phone around (or use arrows on your browser) and you’ll get a virtual reality panoramic view of the filmed world. It’s super trippy and we think it’s going to be a big deal.

We’re About to Visit Pluto For The First Time. Here’s an Incredible Video to Celebrate

Right now, a great milestone in human exploration is taking place. NASA’s New Horizons, the fastest spacecraft ever created, is speeding towards Pluto for a rendezvous on July 14, 2015. The visit will beam back images of the dwarf planet for the first time in over half a century of space exploration.

The Easy Way (and the Hard Way) to Make a GIF from a Video

Animated GIFs have been around since CompuServe introduced them in 1987. Since then they’ve been used for everything from MySpace glitter graphics (uggg…), to sweet dance clips, and some really refined cinemagraphs like the one above. While GIFs are everywhere, it’s only a small section of the internet that makes them – so let’s look at two ways you can make a GIF.

Western Films Are Brown and Dusty, Right? This Color Analysis Says We’re Wrong.

A little while ago Kevin Ferguson went on a western film viewing binge. When he was done he’d seen 50 of the classic cowboy movies, a whole lot of John Wayne and a lot of riding off into the sunset. His western obsession didn’t end there. Intrigued by the color in each film, he compressed its imagery into a single frame – an analysis of its form and light. Each of his ‘summed images’ reveal the color palette, mood and dominant framing technique that make a film’s running length.

This is One of the Most Beautiful Motion Graphics We’ve Ever Seen

What you’re about to see sounds like it could be the most boring motion graphic in the world: a 2-minute animation played at the beginning of the 2013 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) Keynote. But it’s one of the most jaw-dropping motion graphics we’ve seen in a while. Yes, it’s that damn good.

When Two Famous Hotels Meet: The Grand Budapest and The Shining’s Overlook Hotel

Perhaps the two most famous cinematic hotels are Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest and The Overlook from Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining.’ How fitting then, that this incredible mashup from filmmaker Steve Ramsden puts the two iconic places together like they were built that way.

This Time-Lapse of One World Trade Center was 11-Years in the Making

This 2-minute time-lapse from EarthCam has been in creation since October 2004 when construction began on One World Trade Center. It finally wrapping up this year on Memorial Day 2015… 11-years later. Just released as the official time-lapse video of the building’s construction, it begins with below-ground utility relocations, footings, and foundations for the new building. It completes as the structure is sealed by its highly reflective windows and takes its place as the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, at 104 floors and 1,792 feet tall.

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.

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.

A Gigantic 3D-Printed Zoetrope Based on Ruben’s Gruesome Painting, ‘Massacre of the Innocents’

British artist Mat Collishaw (previously) has built a huge 3D-printed zeotrope called All Things Fall. The highly detailed circular sculpture is populated by 350 different figures, environmental elements and architectural pieces which animate when the carousel is spun in front of a synchronised strobe light. In motion, a shockingly grisly scene is revealed.