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The Tiniest Drone in the World is MINUSCULE

Friday 01.30.2015 , Posted by
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It wasn’t long ago that we were amazed by any kind of drone, but now our jaws are dropping for another reason – the amazingly small size of the latest quadcopters. As if following the exponential improvements dictated by “Moore’s law”, we’re seeing these flying machines shrink to ever more impressive scales. The SKEYE Nano is just the latest, and smallest, of the quadcopter evolution. Measuring just 4.0 x 4.0 centimeters (1.57 x 1.57 inches), it is small enough to take off and land on the palm of your hand. [Read more…]

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Leatherman Creates a Wearable Multi-Tool Bracelet You Can Take on an Airplane

Monday 01.26.2015 , Posted by
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You don’t know how useful a tool is until you start carrying it everywhere. Like grandpas who never left their pocket knife at home, or women who have a multi-tool in their purse, it’s amazing what a few simple tools can do to save the day. That’s why the design for Leatherman’s new Tread is so very cool. They’ve managed to pack 25 very useful tools into the form factor of a watch band, making a tool that is almost impossible to forget. With an optional watch face, it’s surprisingly stylish too (then again, I almost always think smart utility is stylish). [Read more…]

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This Guy Turns Grandma’s Afghan Crochet Blankets Into Funky Party Pants

Saturday 01.24.2015 , Posted by
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We all have, or rather the lucky majority have, at least one grandmother or great aunt who showed her love by crocheting blankets for every occasion. If you were a child of the 70’s or 80’s then you’ve likely gotten cozy beneath one of these colorful yarn works of art, with your favorite movie was playing on your box TV through the VCR. But now you can bring back the nostalgia and take it with you everywhere you go with the fashionable stylings of Schuyler Ellers AKA Lord von Schmitt. [Read more…]

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The New Canadian Passport Is a Big Party Under Black Light

Monday 01.19.2015 , Posted by
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The new Canadian passports look completely normal to the uninformed. There’s an information and photo page, along with the typical numbered pages covered with softly shaded Canada inspired imagery. But put the new passports under a UV light and everything changes. [Read more…]

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Data Visualization 101: Area Charts

Monday 01.19.2015 , 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.

Like the mountains that they resemble, area charts are a representation of change over time. Whether you’re looking to chart net earnings for individual departments month to month or examining the popularity of music genres since the ‘50s, there are few chart types that communicate time-series relationships so well. Let’s see how area charts can work for you. [Read more…]

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Creepy Couture: A 3D Printed “Spider” Dress That Senses and Reacts to Motion

Monday 01.19.2015 , Posted by
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3D printing is being explored in many different ways, and Dutch artist Anouk Wipprecht isn’t afraid to use the technology to push the limits of fashion. Her latest creation is the “spider” dress, which is outfitted with six customized legs that spring out when it senses motion nearby. [Read more…]

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How Much Does It Cost to Live In Each of the World’s Countries?

Sunday 01.18.2015 , Posted by
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How much does it cost to live in Sweden? How about Morocco or Japan? You can’t just compare exchange rates to figure that out. You need people on the ground reporting on how much they pay for a loaf of bread, an apartment or a glass of beer in Stockholm, Fez and Tokyo. That’s what Numbeo has been doing for years, creating a cost of living database with a lot of help from people all around the world. Movehub recently took that information and created a fantastic series of maps comparing how expensive it is to live in all the world’s countries. How does yours measure up? [Read more…]

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Get Polygonized With This Awesome New Twitter Bot

Saturday 01.17.2015 , Posted by
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Turn oridnary pictures into abstract works of art by simply tweeting them to Mario Klingemann’s Lowpoly Bot. Klingemann, who also goes by the name Quasimondo is a coder and artist based in Munich. The bot converts normal images into geometric images via hashtag commands like #subdivision, #shuffle, or #triangle. Or if you’re brave, you can let the bot do it’s thing without any direction. Some people even resubmit lowpoly images that the bot has given them to get something different. [Read more…]

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The Sparkle Palace Cocktail Table: A Rainbow Colored Glass Table That Puts All Other Tables To Shame

Friday 01.16.2015 , Posted by
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Art isn’t just for the walls and shelves, when you find clever pieces of furniture like this one. A beautiful work of art by Minneapolis-based designer, John Foster, this sculpture also doubles as a cocktail table. With colorful geometric prisms reflecting light all over the room, the “Sparkle Palace Cocktail Table” is sure to impress you and your guests. And with a price tag of just $12,000 on Fancy you can get one in every room! [Read more…]

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Mexican Restaurant with 10,000 Animal Bones for Decor

Friday 01.16.2015 , Posted by
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If bones are your thing, then you need to get down to Guadalajara and check out ‘Hueso’, the classy new restaurant that features over 10,000 different bones adorning its walls. Hueso (which translates to Bone in Spanish) is the brain child of Mexican architect Ignacio Cadena. [Read more…]

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