The mechanics of movement are explored in a series of works by Dukno Yoon, a Korean born artist who currently teaches metalsmithing and jewelry at Kansas State University. The body adornment pieces connect the kinetics of hand gestures to flying wings. Profoundly simple, the pieces celebrate the elegance of mechanics. [Read more...]
Modern technology is slowly reducing us to poking at small screens with blazing fast graphics. The modern mobile phone, for example, is quickly becoming a black rectangle with the biggest screen possible for its size. But what about all that’s tactile in the world? The Tangible Media Group of MIT Media Lab is pushing back, literally, with their project inFORM. Being billed as a Dynamic Shape Display, it allows you to interact with the world on the other side of the screen in a very tangible way. [Read more...]
You’ve heard about it before: the Large Hadron Collider, often referred to as “one of the great engineering milestones of mankind,” it is also one of the largest, encompassing a 17 mile circumference tube buried 330 feet under the border of France and Switzerland. But just what is it intended to discover? The behemoth project is tasked with unlocking the secrets of particle physics, giving us a look into what happened at the dawn of time by recreating the conditions when it all began.
This graphic – a collaboration between Microsoft Project and Column Five – looks at the massive scope of the experiments being undertaken and the equally massive implications to everyday life when we find out what’s really going on. [Read more...]
The current race to develop 3D technology is a little like the race to invent color television after an era of black and white. Our media is on the brink of coming full-circle, back into the third dimension after being trapped in a flat virtual world since 3D movies went out in the 60s. New 3D tech is being announced daily in the form of printers, scanners, TVs, glasses… what’s next? With every revolutionary innovation comes a beautifully pointless product (like Snapchat to temporary content). These trends can be ‘stupid’ on the surface but they can also function to assimilate foreign ideas into mainstream culture, paving the way for world changing tools. One such tool in the 3D tech world is a pointlessly-revolutionary app called Seene. [Read more...]
Earlier this year 3D printed guns made quite a stir. First came the Liberator, a gun made almost completely in ABS plastic using 3D printing and an easily downloadable file. Now comes something that blows that gun away – a complete, 3D printed metal gun that has been fired over 600 times to date… and it’s modeled exactly after an iconic 1911 handgun design. [Read more...]
Putting vanity aside, looking good can be a huge boost to your ego and make a big difference in your life. That’s the chance that Degage Ministries recently gave to homeless US army veteran Jim Wolf. After decades of dealing with poverty, homelessness and alcoholism, he volunteered last September to go through this physical transformation and have it filmed as a timelapse… what a difference a few minutes can make. [Read more...]
There are few things more appropriate for satirical critique that world politics and issues. Polish artist Pawel Kuczynski continues to enlighten us with his colored pencils, shedding light on the more confusing and contradictory elements of the world we inhabit. Often his work revolves around the issues of poverty, war, political honesty and wage disparity, each illustration giving us a chance to pause and ponder. [Read more...]
It’s common knowledge that smoking ages your body, right? But how do we really know that’s happening when we’re looking at individuals? Couldn’t their other habits, like not wearing sunscreen or drinking too much, have really been the culprit? Researches from the Department of Plastic Surgery at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio have put these questions to rest with their study Facial Changes Caused by Smoking: A Comparison between Smoking and Nonsmoking Identical Twins.
Over the four years from 2007 to 2010, the researchers attended Twins Days Festival in… ehem… Twinsburg, Ohio, and collected 79 sets of twins between the ages of 18 and 78. One criteria in their search? One twin had to have been a smoker for at least 5 years longer than their sibling. [Read more...]
Qualcomm recently decided to go Matrix on Venice California and New York City, boasting about their powerful new Snapdragon 600 processors by creating a one-of-a-kind 540° bullet time photo booth using 130 HTC One smart phones. Yeah, your standard photo booth has nothing on this. [Read more...]
Once upon a time, French street artist J R had a wish to use art to turn the world inside out, so he shared it with the world and in 2011 his wish was granted when he was awarded the TED Prize. Ever since he has been making his dream a reality with “INSIDE OUT: a large-scale participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work.” The project has been spread all over the globe empowering the people, transforming the cities, and spreading positive messages that vary from place to place. Rather than plastering advertisements around cities, these large scale black and white paste ups represent the real people in each community. The European Photo Booth Truck just spent a few weeks in London at the Somerset House & Waterloo Bridge racking up nearly 2,000 beautiful participants. [Read more...]