Fractal Experience 2: GIFs That Maximize Creativity in a Tiny File

These GIFs may seem like simple eye candy, but they are actually complex arrangements exploring the relationship between geometric patterns, fractals and patterns in the space time continuum. This series is a continuation of Erik Soderberg’s first set of GIFs released in 2011, titled Fractal Experience. In contrast to his earlier work, these images move.

Digital Enlightenment? The Act of Levitation Through Brainwave Sensing Technology

Is the act of levitation possible? Whether it is the Tibetan monks high in the Himalayas or magicians in glitzy Las Vegas, some have claimed it is possible. Yet, one acclaimed artist has actually achieved levitation… that is, with a little help from his hacked toy brainwave sensor. Through the use of the sensor, some electronics and powerful actuators, artist John Slepian literally lifts himself from the ground and maybe that much closer to enlightenment.

Life Hack: How to Use Your Wallet as a Smartphone Tripod

Even with a self-timer added to most modern smartphone camera apps, getting a hands-free shot is not the easiest task. With their current thinner-is-better form factor, getting a phone to balance on anything but one tiny edge is a challenge, and even leaning them against an object isn’t too practical. Thankfully, Youtuber Bang Ong has a simple and smart life hack. Here he demonstrates how to use just your wallet to accurately aim your phone in all kinds of directions. Cool!

Somabar: A Robotic Countertop Bartender That Mixes Cocktails As Directed By Your Smartphone

How badly do you want this at your New Year’s party? Somabar is a robotic cocktail mixing appliance that connects to your smartphone via Wi-Fi and precisely mixes drinks on your kitchen counter – and it does it in under 5 seconds. Forget cocktail shakers and careful measuring to produce the perfect drink, this libation delivering servant does it right, every time.

PrintSnap: A Home-Built Camera That Prints on Receipt Paper (and Almost for Free)

Holding a physical photograph is a rarity in this age of digital photography, but Seattle-based electrical engineer Michael Ciuffo has come up with an unusual way to put lots of images on paper for very, very little cash. He’s using an ordinary roll of receipt paper as his instant film.

Now Derby the Dog Can Run With 3D Printed Legs

Derby the dog was born with significantly deformed front legs, but that never stopped him from having a happy attitude or the tenacity to move around in the world. Until recently, that meant uncomfortably hobbling around on his short front legs, or using an awkward cart that limited his mobility. That was until Tara Anderson, director of 3D Systems came to the rescue. Using their ProJet 5500X, the team has created a set of custom tailored prosthetic legs perfectly suited to Derby’s condition. Just look how he gets around now

This Platform Can Balance Things Way Better Than You Can

As part of their senior project, two Mechanical Engineering students at San Jose State University designed a platform that is more than a little good at balancing a steel ball bearing… even when someone tries to push it off. Tyler Kroymann and Robert Dee built the platform as a proof-of-concept for their impressive 6 degree-of-freedom (DOF) platform to simulate driving motions in racing games. Using a 6 DOF platform controlled by model airplane servos and topped with a resistive touch panel mounted on the platform as input, they used PID control algorithms to teach the system to balance. Yes, it’s quite complex, but the way this machine behaves looks deceptively simple:

An Insanely Detailed Boeing 777 Airliner Made from Only Manilla Folders

Ever since he was a junior in high school, San Francisco-based designer Luca Iaconi-Stewart has dreamed of owning a Boeing 777… only his will be made out of cut manilla folders. Most paper models are pretty simple, but Luca is creating something so complex it boggles the mind. The jets body opens to reveal what you’d expect – seating for business through coach replicated down to the tiniest detail. But that’s just the start of the realism. Landing gear retracts, pivots and has all the hydraulic pistons you’d see on the real thing. Jet engines have realistically shaped fan blades and transform for reverse thrust on landing. Unbelievably, that’s all on a model built to 1:60 scale.

Inspired by the Big Bang, This Installation Is Gorgeous Times Infinity

Japanese watch maker CITIZEN and Paris-based architecture firm DGT reimagine time pieces as art materials in their installation LIGHT is TIME. The duo suspended over 65,000 base plates–the foundation behind a standard watch face–to create a sparkling, golden galaxy.

How Obama’s 3D Printed Bust was Created

There has been a presidential portrait for every US president, but never before has their exact likeness been recreated in 3D. As part of the White House’s first-ever Maker Faire, the President sat for a moment surrounded by 50 LED lights, 14 cameras and handheld 3D scanners which captured every one of his details – from textures to skin tones. The White House video below details the process, but begins with an explanation of an old-time (and far less fun) counterpart for presidential replication – the death mask.