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3D Sculpt in Virtual Reality With an Oculus Rift, Then 3D Print It

Wednesday 11.26.2014 , Posted by
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The ultimate dream for many designers is to quickly make objects with their hands, but the real world has some real limits. Enter VRClay, an application that lets you sculpt in the air using an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and Razer Hydra gaming controllers. Just like building something with tools, this software would allow intuitive 3D model creation in a building space, almost like real life. It’s a fantastic leap into the future of creativity. [Read more…]

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This Was “The Phone of Tomorrow” in 1956… and They Got Almost Everything Right!

Monday 11.24.2014 , Posted by
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It’s not too often that old technology predictions come true… I mean, I still haven’t seen an amphibious battleship… but an article from the September 1956 issue of Modern Mechanix got just about everything right when they talked about “Your Telephone of Tomorrow”. The opening line: “Future may bring push-button dialing, videophones, direct calls anywhere on earth and pocket-sized sets.” Hey, that sounds a lot like my latest smart phone. It took almost 5 decades to make the article’s predictions come true, but hey, they even predicted that right! [Read more…]

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A Radical Wooden Roadster Built from Plans (in 1959)

Thursday 11.20.2014 , Posted by
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If you were “the least bit handy with ordinary tools and not afraid to get your hands dirty” you could build the car in these pictures, read an article in the September 1956 issue of Mechanix Illustrated magazine. We’re pretty sure you’d need to be more than “the least bit” skilled to build this from the minimal plans, but we won’t fault the author on his choice of interesting cars. The extremely low-slung roadster was built like a boat, out of materials people would be familiar with: plywood panels covered with mahogany. Now that’s different. [Read more…]

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Is This How Millennials Will Save the World? It’s Beautifully Simple, and Incredibly Lazy.

Thursday 11.20.2014 , Posted by
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They’ve been called the “selfie generation,” lazy, entitled and worse. But as this beautiful video explores, maybe there’s more to millennials. They’re “digital natives,” born into the first generation that grew up surrounded by digital technologies with no need to adapt. Able to harness the power of the online world in ways unimaginable be previous generations, they look to social media and high-tech solutions to make the biggest difference with the smallest effort. And while people may accuse them of being lazy, time and again the data has shown that they value social good over personal profit. [Read more…]

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Watch This Swiss Cyclist Absolutely Crush a Ferrari on a Rocket-Powered Bicycle

Thursday 11.13.2014 , Posted by
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Forget pedaling. Swiss cyclist François Gissy hit a blistering 207 MPH on his rocket-powered bicycle, setting a new world record. He performed the stunt November 7th at Circuit Paul Ricard in France, running a number of test laps on his lightly modified bike before going for top speed. His time to reach it? Just 4.8 seconds! [Read more…]

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Inspired by Van Gogh’s Starry Night: A Glowing Bike Path from Studio Roosegaarde

Wednesday 11.12.2014 , Posted by
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Riding on a bicycle can really feel like flying, and this new starry bike path will convince you that it’s true. A project from Studio Rosegaarde (who made their name for creating the world’s first glowing Smart Highways) the glowing Van Gogh-Roosegaarde bicycle path opened today in Neunen, Netherlands. The kilometer-long path is covered in swirling patterns that glow in the dark, inspired by the towns one-time resident, Vincent Van Gogh, who lived there from 1883 to 1885. Here his Starry Night comes to life using the power of the sun to charge photo-luminescent paint and a solar array for embedded LEDs. [Read more…]

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Wild View From Inside A Water Bubble In The Microgravity of Outer Space

Thursday 11.06.2014 , Posted by
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If you spent your childhood dreaming you would grow up to be an astronaut and didn’t, this video will make you want to take out a loan to get one of those 20 newly available reservations on the first Virgin Galactic space flight. This past summer 2014, on the International Space Station during Expedition 40, astronauts recorded their exploration of water surface tension in microgravity. Pushing a Go-Pro Camera into a softball sized ball of floating water, they got a view from inside the bubble as well. They also recorded the wild phenomenon with a 3-D camera, another version you can view here if you have stereoscopic red/blue 3-D glasses. [Read more…]

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This New Acoustic Instrument Sounds Like a Digital Synthesizer

Tuesday 11.04.2014 , Posted by
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This new stringed instrument from Turkish musician Görkem Şen bridges the gap between the unplugged goodness of acoustic instruments, and the space aged sounds of a synthesizer. But don’t be fooled, this is purely acoustic – no electricity is involved.

He calls his creation the Yaybahar, and plays it with a variety of methods from striking and stroking the horizontal springs with a mallet, to percussion techniques on the two round drum-like membranes, or plucking, strumming and using a bow on the vertical strings. The Yaybahar provides such a wide range of sounds – from beautiful to grating – that we could see it creating all sorts of compelling new music. [Read more…]

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Building an Innovative Maker Space in Post-Disaster Philippines

Tuesday 10.28.2014 , Posted by
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Typhoon Haiyan tore a path of destruction 100 miles wide through the Philippines last November, affecting 14 million people and displacing 5 million. Almost a year later, the people of the Philippines are still recovering from the massive disaster. Many homes were destroyed and while Filipinos have the motivation to rebuild again, they often lack the tools and resources to do so. [Read more…]

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Half-Solid, Half-Shadow: Moto Waganari 3D Prints Wireframe Sculptures

Monday 10.27.2014 , Posted by
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“I wanted to create something that never existed before. Something that will amaze us because it is not feasible by human hands,” says German artist Moto Waganari. From the realm of 3D printing a new genre of art is emerging, and Waganari’s work is a prime example. Creating wireframe-like sculptures of humans and animals, his final piece is both solid and intangible – designed to interact with light and create a partnering shadow. [Read more…]

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