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PrintSnap: A Home-Built Camera That Prints on Receipt Paper (and Almost for Free)

Thursday 12.18.2014 , Posted by
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Holding a physical photograph is a rarity in this age of digital photography, but Seattle-based electrical engineer Michael Ciuffo has come up with an unusual way to put lots of images on paper for very, very little cash. He’s using an ordinary roll of receipt paper as his instant film. [Read more…]

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Now Derby the Dog Can Run With 3D Printed Legs

Thursday 12.18.2014 , Posted by
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Derby the dog was born with significantly deformed front legs, but that never stopped him from having a happy attitude or the tenacity to move around in the world. Until recently, that meant uncomfortably hobbling around on his short front legs, or using an awkward cart that limited his mobility. That was until Tara Anderson, director of 3D Systems came to the rescue. Using their ProJet 5500X, the team has created a set of custom tailored prosthetic legs perfectly suited to Derby’s condition. Just look how he gets around now [Read more…]

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Every World Traveler Needs This Amazing Device

Wednesday 12.17.2014 , Posted by
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If you love to travel to foreign countries and charge your devices while you’re there, then you’ve probably accumulated quite a collection of international outlet adapters. Well with this amazing invention by Skross you can give those all away. This little Pro Plus USB World Adapter can transform to fit the outlets in over 150 countries on all of the continents. With a slider system that includes 6 different country plugs, you can bring this device anywhere you travel. [Read more…]

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Bridges on Euro Banknotes Were Fictional, But This Dutch Designer Built Them Anyway

Wednesday 12.17.2014 , Posted by
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In designing the new Euro banknotes released in 2002, Austrian designer Robert Kalina purposely created fictitious bridges to represent architectural styles through European history. It was deemed a good idea to keep things generic and not show favoritism for any member country in the EU’s newly formed Eurozone. Now, Dutch designer Robin Stam has turned that idea on its head.

“The European Bank didn’t want to use real bridges so I thought it would be funny to claim the bridges and make them real [Read more…]

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A 1000-Piece CMYK Color Gamut Puzzle (With Each Piece a Different Hue)

Monday 12.15.2014 , Posted by
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If you’re obsessed with colors you’re in for a treat. It has been called “part objet d’art, part meditative practice,” Clemens Habicht’s puzzle consists of 1000 pieces, all with an individual hue from the CMYK color gamut. [Read more…]

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WikiGalaxy Allows You to Explore Wikipedia Like An Astronaut Navigating Space

Friday 12.12.2014 , Posted by
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Studying computer science in Paris, engineer Owen Cornec is not waiting for the completion of his master’s degree to begin creating the projects he dreams about. In his free time, outside of his curriculum, he has produced several unique interactive data visualizations. In WikiGalaxy, he invites you to explore Wikipedia as a “galaxy of articles and links”, where you can fly through the uncharted territory and land on Wikipedia searches you might have never thought of. It turns research and learning into a game and a data visualization. It’s easy and fun to get lost in the endless possibilities of WikiGalaxy. [Read more…]

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3-D Printed Plastic Fabric That Flows: New Software Is Making 3-D Technology Wearable

Wednesday 12.10.2014 , Posted by
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Many designers have created 3-D printed pieces for futuristic fashions, but until now the process has produced stiff pieces that wouldn’t make much sense off the runway. Aside from the overwhelming discomfort, the pieces required additional piecing together after each print, which takes away the convenience of printing your wardrobe. But the design studio Nervous System is changing the future of fashion with their new innovation to create movable, wearable plastic fabric that prints in a single piece. Using a software program called Kinematics, the team created a folded model of this dress, designed by Jessica Rosenkrantz, with hinging triangles, so that it could be printed in one piece then unfolded to reveal the full form. The result is a beautiful flowing design that moves and breathes. [Read more…]

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Data Visualization 101: Bar Charts

Wednesday 12.10.2014 , Posted by
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In our Data Visualization 101 series, we cover each chart type to help you sharpen your data visualization skills.

Bar charts are a highly versatile way to visually communicate data. Decidedly straightforward, they can convey the message behind the numbers with impact and meaningful clarity, making complex data easy to understand at a glance. [Read more…]

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“Merry Christmas Honey! I Got You a Vacuum!” 16 Awkwardly Vintage Christmas Ads

Tuesday 12.09.2014 , Posted by
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They sure don’t make ‘em like they used to… especially when it comes to Christmas advertisements. They were sexist, weird and even downright unhealthy. So grab your matching family pajamas, light up a few smokes, and take a trip down memory lane with these gloriously bad mid-century ads. [Read more…]

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Real Estate Broker Gives Tours of House… From a Hand-Built Roller Coaster

Monday 12.08.2014 , Posted by
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If you thought buying a house had its ups and downs, this real estate broker will really give you a ride. He built a miniature roller coaster through a house he’s selling in Ermelo, Netherlands, giving potential buyers a thrill filled tour of the house complete with recorded highlights of its features. They do say people buy on an emotional high… [Read more…]

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