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A 1000-Piece CMYK Color Gamut Puzzle (With Each Piece a Different Hue)

Monday 12.15.2014 , Posted by
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If you’re obsessed with colors you’re in for a treat. It has been called “part objet d’art, part meditative practice,” Clemens Habicht’s puzzle consists of 1000 pieces, all with an individual hue from the CMYK color gamut. [Read more…]

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This Platform Can Balance Things Way Better Than You Can

Sunday 12.14.2014 , Posted by
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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: [Read more…]

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Genius Guy Wears A Mistletoe Contraption at A Christmas Market in Chicago

Sunday 12.14.2014 , Posted by
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Everyone feels more giving at Christmas time and YouTuber Blake Grigsby took this well known fact to his advantage. He created a mistletoe dangling contraption and wore it around the Christkindlmarket in Chicago to collect kisses from strangers. This free outdoor market is a Chicago Christmas staple and attracts many locals and tourists every year. It was the perfect setting for this playful experiment and Grigsby’s video is sure to make you smile. [Read more…]

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Don’t Trim Your Beard With Scissors. Trim It With Holiday Cheer!

Sunday 12.14.2014 , Posted by
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Winter is here and that means it’s beard season! While you decorate your home for the holidays, why not decorate your beard too? Beard Baubles are tiny beard ornaments that make your face festive. All of the proceeds will be donated to Beard Season, an organization that promotes growing beards to spread the word about melanoma. [Read more…]

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WikiGalaxy Allows You to Explore Wikipedia Like An Astronaut Navigating Space

Friday 12.12.2014 , Posted by
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Studying computer science in Paris, engineer Owen Cornec is not waiting for the completion of his master’s degree to begin creating the projects he dreams about. In his free time, outside of his curriculum, he has produced several unique interactive data visualizations. In WikiGalaxy, he invites you to explore Wikipedia as a “galaxy of articles and links”, where you can fly through the uncharted territory and land on Wikipedia searches you might have never thought of. It turns research and learning into a game and a data visualization. It’s easy and fun to get lost in the endless possibilities of WikiGalaxy. [Read more…]

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15 Famous Authors Paired with Shelter Dogs That Look Just Like Them

Thursday 12.11.2014 , Posted by
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Mark Twain once famously wrote, “The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog.” We guess he’d be more than happy, then, with Italian photographer Dan Bannino’s dyptichs comparing famous authors to canines which have a striking resemblance. Bannino adopted his dog, Rothko, from a shelter about a year ago, and was soon inspired to create a series to give his shelter companions a voice. He calls the work “Poetic Dogs.” [Read more…]

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Would You Mind If I Photograph You In This Tiger Suit? AKA The Most Brilliant Photography Project of The Year

Thursday 12.11.2014 , Posted by
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If you want to see the best of someone’s personality upon first meeting them, you might want to do what photographer Adam Rabinowitz has done. The 28 year old photography student was curious to see if he could get strangers to pose in his tiger pajamas. Well, he did and the results are as fantastic as you would imagine! Nothing strips away the ego like the chance to be a tiger on camera. With hundreds of willing participants, Rabinowitz shares not only the photo but also highlights from their encounter. [Read more…]

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A Stop-Motion Animation Made from 10k Nuts

Thursday 12.11.2014 , Posted by
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Using 10,000 hex nuts and a big slab of concrete, director Will Lemke and his team created a stop-motion animation that pays tribute to the rhythms of mechanics and industry. Animated in one contiguous shot, the nuts transform from sound waves, to factories, and the tools used to build them. The entire process took 2 weeks, working 12 hours a day. [Read more…]

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Light Art Installations Take Us to Infinity

Wednesday 12.10.2014 , Posted by
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Chul Hyun Ahn’s entrancing light art installations can take a viewer on a mesmerizing journey of contemplation as they seem to float through space. The installations are large and mysterious, creating a view similar to those in a science fiction movie where someone pushes the lever to go into hyperdrive. Ahn plays with the infinite in his works, which utilize light, color and mirrors to create a visual representation of infinite space. Look inside, and you will find no end in sight. [Read more…]

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3-D Printed Plastic Fabric That Flows: New Software Is Making 3-D Technology Wearable

Wednesday 12.10.2014 , Posted by
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Many designers have created 3-D printed pieces for futuristic fashions, but until now the process has produced stiff pieces that wouldn’t make much sense off the runway. Aside from the overwhelming discomfort, the pieces required additional piecing together after each print, which takes away the convenience of printing your wardrobe. But the design studio Nervous System is changing the future of fashion with their new innovation to create movable, wearable plastic fabric that prints in a single piece. Using a software program called Kinematics, the team created a folded model of this dress, designed by Jessica Rosenkrantz, with hinging triangles, so that it could be printed in one piece then unfolded to reveal the full form. The result is a beautiful flowing design that moves and breathes. [Read more…]

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