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Augmented Tape Mapping on a 3D Animation Brings Futuristic City to Life

Tuesday 01.14.2014 , Posted by
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Looking at this video you would never believe that the skyscrapers of the futuristic city were 2 dimensional augmented tape art. This installation appears in the bar area of Generator, a new artsy hostel in Berlin Mitte. The project was created by Jaques-Andre Dupont, an audiovisual creative in Berlin. His vision for the future is “an invasive city, occupying every surface, forever growing on itself. A concrete and light saturation.” [Read more...]

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The World’s First 3D Food Printers Make Edible, Geometric Treats

Monday 01.13.2014 , Posted by
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If you’ve ever stepped foot in a candy store, then you are well aware that sugar can take on all kinds of shapes and colors. This is what makes it the perfect medium for the world’s first 3D food printers. 3D Systems unveiled the edible 3D printers called Chefjet and Chefjet Pro at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas last weekend. The printers create unique geometric shapes that look too good to eat and can print in milk chocolate or sugar in the flavors of mint, cherry, or sour apple. [Read more...]

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Is it a Buoy or is it a Ship? The Navy’s Oldest and Oddest Research Vessel

Thursday 01.09.2014 , Posted by
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If you just saw the image above, you might guess that the navy repurposed the front of a ship for the top of a buoy, or as many people have done, mistake it for a capsized ocean transport ship… the truth however, is far more interesting. You are looking at the US Navy’s oldest and most unusual research vessel. Appropriately called FLIP (Floating Instrument Platform), the 355ft long spoon-shaped ship is the world’s only vessel that can operate both horizontally and vertically. The ship performs its 28 minute transformation when 700 tons of seawater are pumped into the ‘handle’ of the ship causing it to lower into the water and the bow to rise. [Read more...]

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New App Fixes Your Flawed Personality… Don’t Take it Personally

Friday 12.20.2013 , Posted by
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Technology has improved our culture in many ways and this new app pushes the limits of how far we are willing to let tech intrude on our personal lives. The free app Us+ aims to improve upon your personally by abruptly pointing out flaws during your Google Hangout conversations. The App is a sarcastic interactive art piece that asks us how far we are willing to let tech guide our lives. [Read more...]

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The Wonderfully Designed Offices of Dropbox in San Francisco

Tuesday 12.17.2013 , Posted by
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In the midst of thousands of companies in the city of San Francisco, some particularly stand out with their workspace design – and Dropbox is definitely one of them. When the cloud-computing provider moved offices from the financial district to the SoMA district last year, they hired interior design firm Geremia Design to create something wonderful for their current 350 employees. In collaboration with architecture firm Boor Bridges, the team went to work. [Read more...]

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Drum Pants: the Drum Kit That You Wear

Friday 12.13.2013 , Posted by
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If you think about it, most of us have been playing drums our whole lives. Yeah, we might not have drum kits, but our legs and bodies work pretty well. Just a good song can get us slapping our thighs and feeling the beat. That’s why the new product DrumPants is so incredibly perfect: it’s a wearable sensor kit that attaches to your clothing, letting you play music or even control smartphone apps with the ease of drumming your body like you always do. [Read more...]

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Digging Up PlayStations: Modern Fossils from Christopher Locke

Tuesday 12.10.2013 , Posted by
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Today’s top of the line technology will soon be the relics of the past… and it all happens so quick. Your brand-new iPhone will be miles behind in 3 short years, if its fragile design even allows it to last that long. Christopher Locke’s project explores this societal fact by greatly accelerating time in his series Modern Fossils. Here we see the cutting-edge tech of the not-so-distant past transformed into rock-encased objects: from a PlayStation Dual Shock controller, to a truly obsolete 8-track tape. Each looks like it was dug up from a Planet of the Apes scenario in the distant future. [Read more...]

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What Lies Beneath: Diving Into the Neptune Undersea Observatory Project [Infographic]

Monday 12.09.2013 , Posted by

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On the surface, it would seem that new frontiers have been just about exhausted on Earth… but sometimes you just have to look deeper. The world’s oceans are vast, covering 71 percent of the Earth’s surface and containing 97 percent of the water… yet only about 5 percent of the ocean and its depths have been explored. The Neptune Canada project is aiming to change that. By filling us in with real-time video and data direct from the far reaches of the sea floor, the project launched in 2009 is already helping scientists understand mysteries of the deep – and they’re doing it with the help of people like you. [Read more...]

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Whooz iz it? Vinyl Labels for Your iDevice Chargers

Sunday 12.08.2013 , Posted by

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In families and shared households where most members are technologically savvy, there are often many white cords lying around. With iPods, iPads, and iPhones, USB chargers often seem to disappear and most of us have scooped up someone else’s by mistake only to realize it’s not ours when have discovered our original. You can avoid this problem forever with Whooz Iz It identification labels. The vinyl stickers transform your mundane white chargers into “little characters with big personalities.” Each set of Whooz comes with four different designs. In the iPod/iPhone collection, which comes with labels for the charger base, ear buds, and both sides of the USB cord. Choose from the Domesticated set where the characters are your favorite pets (shown here), the Freaks set with monsters, a skeleton, and a vampire, Superheroes, basic caricatures, or solid colors. [Read more...]

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What if Leonardo da Vinci Had a Smart Phone? Modern Mobile Devices in Classic Paintings

Friday 11.29.2013 , Posted by

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With the holidays upon us, it’s now a common sight: instead of circling around the glow of the fireplace, people are huddling in front of their glowing smart phones, tablets and computers. Lamenting this technological, and sometimes antisocial shift, there is talk of changing the wifi password to kick people off the net… or else conversations are probably revolving around Youtube videos and Facebook posts going viral. But as we know, it hasn’t always been this way. Kim Dong-Kyu, a Korean illustrator and graphic artist, has been imagining what classic paintings would have looked like if modern technology had been so ingrained in the lives of the past. [Read more...]

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