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An Out-of-Body Experience, in Real-Time – Using an Oculus Rift and GoPros

Tuesday 07.15.2014 , Posted by
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You’re probably familiar with the 3rd person view in all sorts of video games… even Mario Kart used it. With a viewpoint placed just behind and above the character you’re playing, it gives you a clear understanding of where you are in a virtual space – something a first person view doesn’t always communicate so clearly. Now, two Polish designers have created that unusual perspective in real life – thanks to an Oculus Rift, and two GoPros mounted high on a custom backpack. [Read more…]

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Air Type: Introducing a Keyboardless Device for Tablets

Monday 07.14.2014 , Posted by
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If you are tired of having to carry an extra keyboard for your tablet, there is a new device in development for keyboard free typing. It is called Air Type and is basically a cuff-like design that attaches to the top of each hand. Ingeniously, it wirelessly translates your finger movements into readable type. [Read more…]

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A Secret Sculpture Garden on Isreal’s Sea of Galilee

Tuesday 07.08.2014 , Posted by
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The Sea of Galilee in Israel is world famous for stories about Jesus and his disciples from 2000 years ago. Also known as Lake Kineret, it is a beautiful part of Isreal and provides 35% of the countries potable water. On the Eastern shore of the lake, there is a large Kibbutz community that was established in 1937. It is called Ein Gev and out of the 273 existing Kibbutz communities in Israel, it is one of the most famous. [Read more…]

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The World’s First Humanitarian 3D Printing “Make-A-Thon” is Underway in Israel

Monday 06.30.2014 , Posted by
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Tikkun Olam are two deeply meaningful Hebrew words which literally translate to “repair the world.” It is a core value of Jewish culture, and is manifesting itself in a beautiful and modern way this week in the city of Nazareth, Northern Israel. For a non-stop 72 hours that began yesterday, a 3D printing “Make-A-Thon” similar to Hack-A-Thons is underway; one where 120 of the top designers, engineers and makers from Israel and the world are bringing customized assistance to those with physical disabilities. It is an open-sourced event with hopes to make a huge impact to those who need help the most. [Read more…]

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You Won’t Believe What This Ship Can Lift…

Thursday 06.26.2014 , Posted by
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When it comes to transporting large things at sea, sometimes the very best option is to move it in one piece. But what if that thing is an entire oil rig?

Enter the Heavy-Lift Ship: a specially designed vessel which can partially submerge to allow other ships, yachts, oil rigs and drilling platforms to float over its massive, flat cargo deck. The ship lowers itself into the water using a series of ballast tanks which can be flooded. Then, after the cargo has been floated over the deck, air is pumped back into the tanks and the massive ship lifts its cargo aboard. [Read more…]

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Summer Camp for Adults: Unplug and Be a Kid Again at Camp Grounded

Thursday 06.19.2014 , Posted by
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How many hours per day do you spend staring at a screen? How many times do you scroll your Facebook feed? How many buzzing notifications on your phone interrupt your life? If you’re like most people, whatever number answers you responded with might be overwhelming. How did we become so reliant on technology and is it really making us more connected? Many of us could use a digital detox- and Camp Grounded is just the place to begin. In the beautiful California Redwoods, 200+ adults gather to disconnect from all devices including clocks, leave their identities, work talk and networking behind, and work on authentic connection- like they did as children. With healthy communal meals, yoga, games, creative workshops, stargazing, talent shows and more, to help adults remember what came so naturally to them as children. [Read more…]

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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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