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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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The Solar Powered GoSun Stove: Cooking From the Future

Monday 09.09.2013 , Posted by

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You know that nauseating feeling when you realize that your ‘new’ computer is already outdated?  Today I feel that way about cooking. This new solar cooking device makes my traditional stovetop look and function like an antique.  The solar powered GoSun Stove simplifies cooking technology to a romantic state of powerless efficiency. This space-age looking oven boasts a meal in 20 minutes, up to three pounds of food, and a max temperature of 550 °F (288 °C). [Read more…]

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In Rock-Hard Focus: Make A DIY Concrete Camera

Friday 09.06.2013 , Posted by

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Move over, Holga. Images are quite literally set in stone with this concrete camera, made by New Zealand photography lover and Instructables user amuu. Through amuu’s charming tutorial, any budding photographer can transform ordinary cement into a fully-functioning pinhole camera, complete with tiny wooden shutter and film spool.  [Read more…]

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Only in Japan: Man Spends 11 Years Building Gigantic “Robot” Beetle

Thursday 09.05.2013 , Posted by

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When Hitoshi Takahashi was 50 years old, he decided he was old enough to do whatever he wanted… the result wasn’t your average “buy an RV and hit the road,” instead he spent the next 11 years creating a frightening 36 foot long, 12 foot tall mechanical beetle. Takahashi is the owner of a machine shop in Ibaraki Prefecture’s planned city of Tsukuba. The area is known for it’s many engineering colleges and scientific research centers… so perhaps that all had an influence on him. [Read more…]

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Print Black & White Photos at Home with a Smartphone Based Enlarger

Thursday 09.05.2013 , Posted by

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As you shoot photos with your snazzy new Samsung Galaxy or iPhone 5, do you secretly long for the days of darkroom printing? Do you almost exclusively use the Inkwell filter when posting on Instagram? Are you a Lomography collector? If you even remotely wanted to answer “yes” to one of those questions, than this potential new gadget could be your dream come true. Called the Enfojer, it’s an old/new school photographic enlarger that creates real-life black and white prints using only your smart phone as the light source. Simple. Brilliant. I want one. [Read more…]

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Inspired by a Frightened Armadillo: A Folding Electric Car

Friday 08.30.2013 , Posted by

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Small cars are a good idea for a lot of good reasons. Not only are they easier to drive, more maneuverable, and much more economical to drive; in congested cities like New York they are also a LOT more easy to park. Just try wedging your beastly SUV into a tiny parallel parking spot at rush hour. It’s not a matter of parking skills, it’s a simple case of “will it fit in that teeny tiny spot?” The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) recently unveiled a new electric concept car aimed at solving that problem by folding the vehicle at its center point… and it’s inspired by a threatened armadillo. [Read more…]

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Mind Control is Now a Reality: UW Researcher Controls Friend Via an Internet Connection

Friday 08.30.2013 , Posted by

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Okay… as soon as I wrote the title above I thought: “this sounds just like something from the cover of a doomsday supermarket tabloid.” But the thing is, it’s absolutely true. Here’s a rundown of the amazing thing that has happened: Rajesh Rao, a University of Washington professor of computer science and engineering, looked at a computer screen and played a simple video game with his mind. The game required him to fire a cannon at a target, but to do so he had to imagine moving his right hand to hit the fire button. To do all this he wore a fairly amusing cap covered with blue rings that read his brainwaves. Now here’s the amazing part. [Read more…]

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