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Watching Virtual Creatures Learn How to Walk is Surprisingly Hilarious

Thursday 10.16.2014 , Posted by
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This is one of those awesome examples where good science is also hilarious fun. For his PHD thesis, Thomas Geijtenbeek taught virtual creatures how to walk, and even though his subjects aren’t real, their journey to moving forward followed a surprisingly lifelike path: face-plants galore. [Read more…]

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12 Victorian Predictions for the Year 2000

Monday 10.13.2014 , Posted by
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One of the most interesting things about looking back at old predictions, is seeing how they turned out when the future date finally rolled around. As a whole, people are pretty bad at guessing what the future will look like (and especially if top hats will be in fashion), but common desires and dreams are still sometimes fulfilled in surprising ways. This set of German cards from around 1899 or 1900 are an excellent and entertaining example.

“Life in the Year 2000” was created by Hildebrands, a leading German chocolate company of the time. Certainly inspired by what the next century would hold, one card from the series was placed in each of their boxes of chocolate. [Read more…]

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Video Shows How the Desk Changed in 30 Years (and What Apps Replaced Each Tool)

Friday 10.03.2014 , Posted by
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We’ve gone from fax machines and a rolodex, to PDFs and Facebook in a few short years. It wasn’t long ago when desks were completely covered with the tools needed to get work done. A stapler, paper clips, a phone book, and a whole lot more needed to fit in that space. In contrast, today’s desk is one that largely features a few choice items: a laptop, a smart phone and a big cup of coffee. This clever video from the Harvard Innovation Lab explores that desktop evolution from the early ‘80s through today, visualizing each tool as it is recontextualized into the app-based equivalent we use now. [Read more…]

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This Drone Flew So Close to a Volcano, The Camera Melted

Thursday 10.02.2014 , Posted by
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Not long ago, getting close-up footage of a volcano’s fiery caldera meant donning a silver heat protective suit and risking your life. Now, it only risks your gear. Drone company DJI recently sent their team to Iceland, along with director of aerial imaging, Eric Cheng. There he flew one of their Phantom 2’s so close to the erupting volcano Bardarbunga that the front of the camera melted. [Read more…]

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These Artists are Bringing Andy Warhol Back for a One-of-a-Kind Live Collaboration

Wednesday 10.01.2014 , Posted by
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Only icons stand the test of time, and this is one of them. 28 years ago, Andy Warhol collaborated with Absolut to create its Absolut Warhol painting. Now on October 1, Absolut will try to connect with him once again. [Read more…]

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Stop Capturing Moments And Start Living Them: 2 Powerful Videos That Will Make You Want To Deactivate Your “Anti”-Social Networks

Tuesday 09.30.2014 , Posted by
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The internet has certainly connected people more than ever before, but our social networks are also making some of us more anti-social to the people in the physical realm of our lives. In this first video, called ASPIRATIONAL, by Matthew Frost, Kirsten Dunst stars as herself in a realistic short with 2 starstruck millenials. Driving past the celebrity, 2 Generation Y girls stop their car to hop out and take some selfies, but it is evident they are more concerned with the Instagram likes they will receive than the fact that they just met a famous actress. They have nothing to say to her and although they are sharing the same space in the universe, they only look at her through the phone screen in selfie mode while they are interacting. This scene is a regular occurrence and people are starting to get fed up with the narcissistic society created by social networks, including Prince Ea, who does an impressive spoken word poem on the subject in the second video. [Read more…]

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A Handsome Bespoke Chair, Built Like a Bicycle

Tuesday 09.30.2014 , Posted by
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Inspired by the master bicycle builders of old, Andrew McDonald and Simon Taylor of Two Makers, have created a handcrafted chair built from bicycle parts. Using the traditional frame building techniques of cycling’s glorious past, the Randonneur Chair appropriates the time honed functionality found on classic bikes, applying it to a chair form that exudes bespoke British craftsmanship. Plus, finding ways to use the seat mounted ‘tool bag’ and bottle cages would be really good fun. [Read more…]

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A Wearable Drone that Flies Off Your Wrist, Snaps a Photo and Flies Back

Friday 09.26.2014 , Posted by
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It sounds so bizarre. Why in the world would you want a drone with a camera strapped to your wrist? Then you watch the video below and… Aha!… it’s completely brilliant. Nixie is a concept for a wearable camera that pops off your wrist, turns into a quadcopter drone, and takes video or snaps pictures of you from the air. Put it in “boomerang” mode and it flies right back. Very cool. [Read more…]

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12 Streamlined Rides from the Age of Art Deco

Friday 09.26.2014 , Posted by
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From the ’20s to the ’50s a streamlining craze swept the world. Inspired by the rise of the airplane and driven by the need for more efficient vehicles, automakers and dreamers around the globe began sculpting cars into aerodynamic forms with beautifully sweeping lines. Here, we’ve rounded up 12 of our favorite designs from the golden age of streamlining. [Read more…]

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Driver-less Cars of the Future Will Be So Safe That We Can Make Them Out of Glass

Thursday 09.18.2014 , Posted by
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At the recent London Design Festival 2014, a local designer named Dominic Wilcox revealed his beautiful conceptual design of the future. As driverless technologies are well underway in the R&D process, Wilcox took the thought a step further implying that cars of the future will be so safe that we can make them out of glass! He presented a beautiful life-size concept car design made of colorful stained glass. He called his creation, which was commissioned by Dezeen and MINI Frontiers for their exhibition on the future of mobility, Stained-glass Driverless Sleeper Car of the Future. You can take a nap while your beautiful, computer-operated car takes you where you need to go! [Read more…]

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