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This Platform Can Balance Things Way Better Than You Can

Sunday 12.14.2014 , Posted by
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As part of their senior project, two Mechanical Engineering students at San Jose State University designed a platform that is more than a little good at balancing a steel ball bearing… even when someone tries to push it off. Tyler Kroymann and Robert Dee built the platform as a proof-of-concept for their impressive 6 degree-of-freedom (DOF) platform to simulate driving motions in racing games. Using a 6 DOF platform controlled by model airplane servos and topped with a resistive touch panel mounted on the platform as input, they used PID control algorithms to teach the system to balance. Yes, it’s quite complex, but the way this machine behaves looks deceptively simple: [Read more…]

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An Insanely Detailed Boeing 777 Airliner Made from Only Manilla Folders

Thursday 12.04.2014 , Posted by
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Ever since he was a junior in high school, San Francisco-based designer Luca Iaconi-Stewart has dreamed of owning a Boeing 777… only his will be made out of cut manilla folders. Most paper models are pretty simple, but Luca is creating something so complex it boggles the mind. The jets body opens to reveal what you’d expect – seating for business through coach replicated down to the tiniest detail. But that’s just the start of the realism. Landing gear retracts, pivots and has all the hydraulic pistons you’d see on the real thing. Jet engines have realistically shaped fan blades and transform for reverse thrust on landing. Unbelievably, that’s all on a model built to 1:60 scale. [Read more…]

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Inspired by the Big Bang, This Installation Is Gorgeous Times Infinity

Thursday 12.04.2014 , Posted by
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Japanese watch maker CITIZEN and Paris-based architecture firm DGT reimagine time pieces as art materials in their installation LIGHT is TIME. The duo suspended over 65,000 base plates–the foundation behind a standard watch face–to create a sparkling, golden galaxy. [Read more…]

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How Obama’s 3D Printed Bust was Created

Thursday 12.04.2014 , Posted by
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There has been a presidential portrait for every US president, but never before has their exact likeness been recreated in 3D. As part of the White House’s first-ever Maker Faire, the President sat for a moment surrounded by 50 LED lights, 14 cameras and handheld 3D scanners which captured every one of his details – from textures to skin tones. The White House video below details the process, but begins with an explanation of an old-time (and far less fun) counterpart for presidential replication – the death mask. [Read more…]

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Fashion Photographer Asks: “What If Guys Were Social Networks?”

Wednesday 12.03.2014 , Posted by
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Fashion photographer Viktorija Pashuta asks the question: what if guys were social networks? Her latest series sees models dressed in the colors and fashion you might associate with each network… and if you ask me, she nailed it. [Read more…]

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Ferguson: The Numbers Behind The Decision Not to Indict

Wednesday 12.03.2014 , Posted by
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After the controversial grand jury decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown, the streets once again filled with outraged protesters – an action echoed across the nation from Oakland to New York. Sparked by the shooting in August, the issue of police brutality has been a hot topic, and the recent decision only underscores questions about racial inequality and a systemic bias.

Looking at the numbers behind who made this decision is eye opening [Read more…]

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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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