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It’s a Matter of Darkness: Digging Into the Large Hadron Collider Project [Infographic]

Tuesday 11.12.2013 , Posted by

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You’ve heard about it before: the Large Hadron Collider, often referred to as “one of the great engineering milestones of mankind,” it is also one of the largest, encompassing a 17 mile circumference tube buried 330 feet under the border of France and Switzerland. But just what is it intended to discover? The behemoth project is tasked with unlocking the secrets of particle physics, giving us a look into what happened at the dawn of time by recreating the conditions when it all began.

This graphic – a collaboration between Microsoft Project and Column Five – looks at the massive scope of the experiments being undertaken and the equally massive implications to everyday life when we find out what’s really going on. [Read more...]

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Fun App ‘Seene’ Covertly Primes You For The 3D Revolution

Tuesday 11.12.2013 , Posted by

The current race to develop 3D technology is a little like the race to invent color television after an era of black and white. Our media is on the brink of coming full-circle, back into the third dimension after being trapped in a flat virtual world since 3D movies went out in the 60s. New 3D tech is being announced daily in the form of printers, scanners, TVs, glasses… what’s next? With every revolutionary innovation comes a beautifully pointless product (like Snapchat to temporary content). These trends can be ‘stupid’ on the surface but they can also function to assimilate foreign ideas into mainstream culture, paving the way for world changing tools. One such tool in the 3D tech world is a pointlessly-revolutionary app called Seene. [Read more...]

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The Worlds First 3D Printed Metal Handgun Makes Its Debut

Monday 11.11.2013 , Posted by

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Earlier this year 3D printed guns made quite a stir. First came the Liberator, a gun made almost completely in ABS plastic using 3D printing and an easily downloadable file. Now comes something that blows that gun away – a complete, 3D printed metal gun that has been fired over 600 times to date… and it’s modeled exactly after an iconic 1911 handgun design. [Read more...]

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Hovenring: This is the First Suspended Bicycle Roundabout

Wednesday 10.30.2013 , Posted by

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When a roundabout intersection in the bicycle loving Netherlands became too busy for cars and bikes to share space, the design agency ipv Delft came up with a beautiful solution to separate the two transportation forms completely: an elevated bicycle roundabout. Located on the border of Endhoven and Veldhoven, the bike path is fittingly called the Hovenring (yeah, we read that hover-ring at first too). The structure holds the distinction of being the first suspended bicycle roundabout in the world. [Read more...]

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Just Bolt it On: Smart, Powered Bicycle Wheels are on the Way

Thursday 10.24.2013 , Posted by

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NPR recently wrote about how, in almost every european country, bikes are outselling new cars – and that’s exciting news for anyone who wants to see bikes become a more dominant means of transportation. But, unless you’re a spandex sporting bike nut, most people don’t want to arrive at work dripping in sweat. Enter two exciting new, and funded, projects for powered bicycle wheels that are simply smart: the Copenhagen Wheel and FlyKly. How do you get extra power? Simply pedal like any normal bike. [Read more...]

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A Matrix-Style Photo Booth Comes to Los Angeles and New York

Monday 10.21.2013 , Posted by

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Qualcomm recently decided to go Matrix on Venice California and New York City, boasting about their powerful new Snapdragon 600 processors by creating a one-of-a-kind 540° bullet time photo booth using 130 HTC One smart phones. Yeah, your standard photo booth has nothing on this. [Read more...]

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The Aeromobil Flying Car Makes its First Flight… and it’s Seriously Sexy

Sunday 10.20.2013 , Posted by

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It’s official: the future is here. You might remember a few weeks ago when I asked “Where’s my flying car?!” I detailed many of the past and present designs that have tried to take the automobile skyward, but I missed one example that has just made its first flight – and it’s a seriously stunning machine! [Read more...]

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3-D Scanned & Printed Renderings of Classical Paintings

Wednesday 10.02.2013 , Posted by

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If you’ve ever dreamed of having more than just a print of a famous Rembrandt or Van Gogh painting in your living room, you may soon have a chance- and you won’t even have to win the lottery! 3-D scanning and printing technology has reached a point that it can reproduce some of the most beautiful classical paintings down to every last brush stroke. Dutch researcher Tim Zaman has developed an innovative 3D photographic scanning system and has been working with Kröller-Müller and Rijksmuseum in the Netherlands to capture some of their fine art in 3-D space. The scanning has revealed some amazing secrets, such as the movement of the original placement of one of the men in Rembrandt’s 1662 portrait of the Drapers’ Guild. Teaming up with Canon’s Océ Group, some of Zaman’s scans have been 3d printed, creating an identical copy of these classic works! [Read more...]

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Full Turn: Flat Screen TV Rotating at High Speeds Models the Third Dimension

Monday 09.23.2013 , Posted by

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Authors and Film-makers in the Science Fiction genre have been predicting hologram technology for over a century. Although most applications of this wondrous idea have involved lasers, this project by Benjamin Muzzin gives a holographic illusion. For his Bachelor in Media & Interaction Design at ECAL, Muzzin created Full Turn- an installation that spins a flat screen television around a central axis at high speeds, producing three dimensional figures which can be seen from all 360 degrees around the screen. The light forms look as though they are floating in mid air and change shape before your eyes. This video gives an idea of what the installation was like, but only shows one perspective. [Read more...]

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Where’s My Flying Car?! The Best and Worst Examples of the Last 100 Years

Wednesday 09.11.2013 , Posted by

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Sometimes life offers you some pretty fun compromises. When I was 14 my dad gave me an amazing offer: get braces, or get a pilots license. As many people would guess, to this day I have an awesomely crooked grin. Flying is a great pastime and gives you a new perspective of the world, opening up remote locations that would take hours or days to access by car… if you can get there at all. There is one glaring issue with flying however: once you land to that blazingly hot parking lot they call an airport, how do you get where you really want to go? Enter the flying car or roadable aircraft. [Read more...]

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