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How Rad Were Old Game Graphics? The Real World Contrasted With Their Gaming Counterparts

Wednesday 03.12.2014 , Posted by
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If you were a gamer in the early ‘90s, you probably remember raving about the awesome graphics. It seemed like the future was right around the corner, about to pop into full color photo realism… I mean, just look at Jean-Luc Picard’s head!

To see how ‘real’ each of those games really was, Brother Brain (aka NYC artist John McGregor) has done movie/game mashups, showing us an animated look at how the old games measured up to reality… or at least a promotional picture. [Read more...]

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We Talk to Nick Pedersen About Ultima, His Fantastically Detailed Vision of the Future

Wednesday 03.05.2014 , Posted by
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Nick Pedersen has a vision of the future, and he’s revealing it to us through vast landscapes of a world after the “peak” of human civilization. His stunningly detailed works see humans in a not so distant time, surrounded by the ruins of society as we know it.

Here is a world filled with nuclear power plants long dormant; the rusting hulks of cruise ships that no longer sail; and even the remnant scribbles of street art no longer speaking. It’s not all bleak however – because despite the cold, nature has come back with abundance. [Read more...]

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Tired of Boring Selfies? This App Lets You Create a Pixelated 3D Printed Avatar of Yourself

Friday 02.21.2014 , Posted by
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It used to be good enough to take a selfie and pop it up on Instagram, but no longer: two French creative whizzes have created LEBLOX, a soon to be released app that will let you create a 3D printed, pixelated version of yourself. Let the 8-bit frenzy begin. [Read more...]

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Faceless “Watch” Vibrates Every 5 Minutes… All Day Long

Tuesday 02.18.2014 , Posted by
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Have you ever noticed that when you’re bored time seems to move more slowly and when you’re having fun it flies by? Durr is a new ‘watch’ device created to give you an enhanced perception of the rate at which time passes. This wristwatch-looking accessory gently vibrates every 5 minutes causing a perpetual hyperawareness of the speed of time. [Read more...]

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Purify Art: Art With Integrity

Friday 02.14.2014 , Posted by
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We live in a generation with an unprecedented ability to broadcast your message to the world. For passionate, talented artists this means that you don’t have to be starving anymore to devote your life to art, but creators are getting little to no royalties from Facebook, Spotify and Pandora. Not every artist has the time to keep up online profiles for art and music on multiple sites, but Purify Art provides an alternative. Purify Art takes out the middle man for a direct relationship between artist and fans. It allows users to find, share, and sell art and music in one place. The Ad-free platform maximizes the revenue media creators receive from online services and protects the users privacy and the content creator’s IP rights. [Read more...]

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Dreams of Burma: Explore the Country with this New App From National Geographic and Fotopedia

Monday 02.10.2014 , Posted by
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Burma is a country that, for many of us, only lives in our dreams. For years, it has been difficult for people to get into the country and experience its spectacular beauty.

Burma has long been known as a pariah state, isolated from the rest of the world with an appalling human rights record. From 1962 to 2011, the country was ruled by a military junta that suppressed almost all dissent and wielded absolute power in the face of international condemnation and sanctions. National Geographic Traveler and Fotopedia have set out to open our eyes with Dreams of Burma, an app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.  [Read more...]

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Modern Technology Captures Baby Animals in the Womb

Friday 01.31.2014 , Posted by
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It’s not often we get to peer into the world inside the womb, and none of us remember what it was like, but producer Peter Chinn is helping us understand a little bit more about what goes on before birth. His images, produced for a National Geographic documentary called In the Womb: Extreme Animals used real-time 4-D ultrasound images and computer models to create an astoundingly lifelike vision of animal gestation that is beautiful and even a little unnerving. [Read more...]

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Wearable Tech Game Changer? A ‘Scrunchable and Washable Digital T-Shirt’ That Displays What You Want

Tuesday 01.28.2014 , Posted by
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The idea of digitally customizable clothing has been around for a while now. From spiky LED covered fabrics, to a stunning liquid filled dress with alternating colors, most have failed in one important aspect: wearability. Who really wants to pull on a shirt strewn with chunky, uncomfortable LEDs? That’s where the latest version of tshirtOS looks to be a real wardrobe changer. Unveiled today in a collaboration between SWITCH and Ballantine’s Whisky, the makers claim that the shirt is not only programmable and washable, but also flexible enough to be scrunchable – which appears to make this customizable garment ready for the clubs and the streets. [Read more...]

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Momentage: A Community for the New Creatives

Tuesday 01.28.2014 , Posted by
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When we all saw the awesome new idea of Instagram hitting the scene like it did a few years ago, it has always been hard to imagine someone creating something to rival it. While some have ripped off the idea, designed it somewhat differently, and slapped a new name on it, feeling like they’ve added to the conversation, in reality, they may be missing the point. They’re just repeating the person who spoke before them. This is not the case with San Francisco based startup Momentage. Momentage is a community for the new creatives. [Read more...]

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Happy 30th Anniversary Macintosh! Celebrate with this Massive Chart of Apple’s Legendary Products

Friday 01.24.2014 , Posted by
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30 years ago today, a shaggy haired young man wearing a bow tie unveiled a product that would change the world – it was Steve Jobs and the now legendary Macintosh. After an insanely intense final push to bring the small computer to market, he lifted the first Mac out of its tan bag and turned it on for an ecstatic audience… and no wonder.

The Macintosh brought the graphical user interface and computer mouse to the mainstream, made computers more accessible to non-nerds, and did it all from one slickly designed package. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of this momentous event, we bring you Pop Chart Lab’s “Insanely Great History of Apple” – a poster that documents all of their products, successful or not, from the Apple I up to today’s iPads and iPhones. [Read more...]

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