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Detroit’s Rapid Decline Captured in Past Google Street Views

Monday 06.16.2014 , Posted by
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Once famous as the prosperous hub of automobile manufacturing in the US, Detroit is now far better known for its precipitous fall into dilapidated ruin. Nothing makes that more apparent than a look back through Googles recently released Street View “time machine” feature. Here we can cruise the streets of Motor City in years past, marveling at how alarmingly quick the city has crumbled. [Read more...]

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Say Hello to Van Gogh’s Famously Severed Ear… Grown From DNA and Displayed as Art

Wednesday 06.11.2014 , Posted by
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This goes down as one of the more technically advanced pieces of art I’ve seen. A team of scientists in collaboration with German artist Diemut Strebe has grown an ear “identical” in shape to the one van Gogh famously severed during a psychotic episode in 1888… and it includes actual genetic information from the artist. [Read more...]

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Harvard Students Create a Printable Self-Assembling Lamp

Monday 06.09.2014 , Posted by
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If you’re a child of the ‘80s, you might remember the Spielberg produced movie *Batteries Not Included. The imaginative film featured tiny, spaceship-like mechanical life-forms that could reproduce (and help rebuild decrepit apartment buildings). Now, it finally seems the age of self-assembling machines is upon us… or at least self-assembling lamps. [Read more...]

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A Look at Apple Prototypes from the 1980s

Wednesday 06.04.2014 , Posted by
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With Apple, it’s always been about the inspired and iconic design – and that was certainly true even in the early days. Keep It Simple: The Early Design Years of Apple is an insider’s look at those formative years as told through the eyes of designer Hartmut Esslinger. Working side-by-side with Steve Jobs in developing Apple into a global brand, their minds created the look and feel of the Apple IIc and Macintosh. These are the thoughtful concepts that surrounded those world changing products. [Read more...]

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Google Sent One Man to a Deserted Japanese Island… to Map It

Monday 05.26.2014 , Posted by
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Forget roads. Google is more and more frequently found mapping the entire face of the planet, often with their 360 degree recording, backpack-based Google Trekker. In one recent adventure, they sent one man to document abandoned Hashima island off the coast of Nagasaki Prefecture in Japan. With buildings deteriorating so quickly that it’s reported you can hear concrete collapse when the wind blows, it could be the Trekker’s most dangerous foray yet. Don’t worry about wearing a hard hat though – you can now tour the island from the safety of your screen. [Read more...]

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Kittyo: Play with Your Cat When You’re Not at Home (and the Internet Rejoices)

Thursday 05.22.2014 , Posted by
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Ok Internet, this changes everything. Yes, I know you spend most of your hours stuck at your job, but what you really want to be doing is playing with your cat. Now, thanks to a revolutionary devise about to be massively funded on Kickstarter, you can work and play (with your cat) at the same time.

Kittyo is a one-of-a-kind product that lets you remotely interact with your cat while away from home, right from your smart phone. [Read more...]

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This 3D Printed Flower Bouquet on Kickstarter Will Blow Your Mind

Tuesday 05.20.2014 , Posted by
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Launched recently on Kickstarter, Joshua Harker has created the most astounding 3D printed flower bouquet. Made up of 12 different re-arrangeable flowers, a lotus lilly pad and a vase that beautifully imitates ripping water, the combined shapes are composed of a massive 1,918,416 different triangles. The wild thing is, these are just his Kickstarter “thank you” gifts. [Read more...]

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Addicted To Your Phone? Try These Signal Deflecting Clothes On For Size

Monday 05.05.2014 , Posted by
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In an age dominated by likes, tweets, and a constant flow of texts, it can be tough to take a break from technology. However, Japanese conceptual fashion designer Kunihiko Morinaga comes to the rescue with modern clothing that will force you to tear your eyes away from your iPhone. Morinaga’s newest garment collection, FOCUS, is crafted from fibers that deflect electromagnetic waves and thus render your phone completely unusable.  [Read more...]

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LIX: Draw in the Air with the World’s Smallest 3D Printing Pen

Tuesday 04.29.2014 , Posted by
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LIX is a 3D printing pen launched yesterday on Kickstarter and already funded by nearly 300%. Apparently this is going to be big. LIX is unique in the new market of 3D printing pens (including the 3Doodler) for two reasons: because it is very small and the fact that it can run off of a USB 3.0 port. If it works as advertised, those two factors will combine to make this one of the most useful and portable examples on the market – not to mention something comfortable enough in the hand to do some serious 3D sketching. [Read more...]

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These Friends Built a Floating Mobile Sauna

Tuesday 04.08.2014 , Posted by
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When life finds you in the grips of the far north, the best way to put a smile on your face is with a warm sauna. The next step is to take a plunge into a cold body of water… but you don’t want to run too far. This group of friends from Joensuu, Finland has the right idea: they built an altogether awesome mobile sauna in the form of a boat – complete with hammocks for summer use, a top deck to jump off and style galore. If this is sailing, sign me up! [Read more...]

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