A Kinetic Light Installation Dances on the Ceiling of St. Petersburg’s Leningrad Center

St. Petersburg’s historic Leningrad Center has a new and luminous ceiling for its main theater. Above the audience is a matrix of dancing multi-color LED lightbulbs hanging from nearly invisible cords that whisk them up and down in mesmerizing patterns. One moment the field of lights look like gently flowing waves and the next they form a geometric pyramid – each new form is made with smooth and precisely choreographed transitions.

The only problem here? People might be so captivated by the lights that they miss the show itself.

A 3D Printer for Just $179? This Changes Everything.

You know what I want for my birthday? A birthday present that can make me more birthday presents. The Tiko is a simple, unibody 3D printer currently crushing its funding goal on Kickstarter, and for just $179, I might get my B-day wish.

The Tiko has been called the cheapest 3D printer out there, and for that price, it’s highly likely. What’s more, for creatives with an inventive streak, this makes 3D printing highly accessible, even if they haven’t yet hit the big time.

Could Drones Plant Billions of Trees Around the World to Combat Deforestation?

Drones get a lot of press for spying on our daily activities or carrying out warfare, but what about a drone designed to reforest the world? That’s what BioCarbon Engineering has in mind for their unique tree planting drones – and they plan to plant no less than one billion trees per year.

Google X Is About to Test Kites That Will Generate Renewable Energy

In 2013, Google X bought the groundbreaking and innovative company Makani Power, which developed high flying kites that were able to generate clean renewable energy through wind power. The kites, which are a new type of wind turbine altogether, are comprised of lightweight electronics, advanced materials, and smart software that generate energy at a lower cost than the common windmill turbines. Now, Google X has announced that it will be finally testing the innovative kites this month in various parts of the Bay Area.

Product Design Teams Switch Roles For Yamaha’s AH A MAY Project

For many people, work can be boring, but by the sounds of it, that’s not the case at Yamaha. Recently, they had a clever idea for a fun experiment. As you may know, Yamaha creates both motorcycles and musical instruments and each of those categories are normally handled by their designated design department. For a project called AH A MAY (“Yamaha backwards”) the bike design team was asked to make musical instruments, while the musical instrument design team tried their hands at motorcycle design. Teams competed to see who could do a better job outside of their areas of expertise. The bike department came up with this amazing spherical drum set that would be the perfect compliment to Lady Gaga’s keyboardist’s circular rig.

Facebook’s New HQ has a Massive 9-Acre Garden on the Roof

When Facebook approached famed Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry to design their new headquarters in Menlo Park, California, they asked for a simple building without a heavy design. And while the building might look pretty conventional from down below, 70-feet up on the roof is something light on the environment and the spirits: a gigantic 9-acre garden.

Eat Dots at the Taj Mahal: Google Maps Becomes a PAC-MAN Maze for April Fools’ Day

This might be the best Google hack yet. For April Fools’ Day you should be logging into Google Maps where you’ll find that the streets can be transformed into a playable PAC-MAN maze. The whole game’s there, from Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde the ghosts, to cherries and strawberries, and all the classic digital sound effects. Good luck being productive with the rest of your day.

Without 3D Printing, This Rocking Chair Would Be Impossible

You might be looking at the future of furniture. The Durotaxis Chair uses 3D printing to produce a unique structure impossible to create with traditional methods. The geometric structure of the chair uses complex math to create a lattice which scales in size, density, color and rigidity throughout its form.

In 1939, Pontiac Built a Transparent Car from Plexiglas

For the 1939-1949 World’s Fair in New York, Pontiac had a special surprise in store. Working in collaboration with chemical company Rohm & Haas, who had just developed a new product called “Plexiglas”, they created an entire body shell for a 1939 Pontiac Deluxe Six. It was soon dubbed the “Ghost Car.”

For the First Time Ever, Streaming Music Tops CD Sales

It had to happen sometime. Last year, for the first time ever, income for streaming music from services like Pandora and Spotify was higher than sales for CDs.

That’s according to a report released this month by the Recording Industry Association of America, which represents the major recording companies. To be fair it was a pretty dismal year for music sales in general, but that follows the downward trend we’ve seen for years. With the near unlimited selection, and low (to no) cost for streaming services, it was only a matter of time before CDs had to face the music.