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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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Is This the Future of Movie Posters?

Sunday 05.18.2014 , Posted by
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What if every advertisement you saw jumped to life and let you interact? That’s certainly not a new idea – and plenty of malls now have large digital screens featuring moving ads – but could that also be the future of the movie poster? These animated examples of famous movie posters were created by an anonymous Imgur user, and capture the futuristic possibilities of cinema advertising while predicting possibilities for an exciting new industry standard. [Read more...]

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Star Trek: Into Darkness- Movie Poster Remix

Tuesday 05.21.2013 , Posted by

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After the great results of their World War Z movie poster competition earlier this year, Blurppy challenged artists once again, this time with a Star Trek: Into Darkness theme. Another great success was had as artists stepped up to the challenge and let their creative juices flow. If these designs were available to producers, it’s hard to say which poster we would be seeing on movie theater walls. [Read more...]

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Graphic Shows How Google Glass Works

Wednesday 04.10.2013 , Posted by

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By now you’re familiar with seeing fantastic videos filmed while people use Google Glass. From sharing sunset moments on top of skyscrapers to skydiving while streaming live video, the glasses-like device looks poised to revolutionize the way we both experience and interact with the world. But, among so many other questions about the system that we don’t know yet, how does Glass work? Although we’re treated to video based mockups of the clever looking UI seen on the tiny glass block the devices sport, there isn’t much mentioned about how you actually see the picture. Artist Martin Missfeldt recently pulled together documents on Glass’ design – including the patent itself – and has made a revealing infographic explaining how it focuses the picture on your eye. [Read more...]

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Vintage Predictions of Life on Other Planets

Thursday 03.28.2013 , Posted by

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In 1939, we knew much less about our solar system, so much less that these illustrations by Frank R. Paul may have really made people wonder about what strange life may be living on other planets. His drawings were some of the first images seen by science fiction writers Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, and Forrest J Ackerman, making him one of the greatest influences on the early pieces in the genre. Using what little knowledge scientists had about the compositions of each planet, Frank R. Paul drew his predictions of what humans might find should they try to inhabit the other planets. [Read more...]

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Nature vs Man: Cross Section Diagrams of the Future

Tuesday 03.05.2013 , Posted by

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Most of us have heard the thought-provoking words by Environmentalist Terri Swearingen, “We are living on this planet as if we had another one to go to.” Some are moved to make changes; others just shrug thinking “They’ll figure something out.” But what if scientists are right and the polar ice caps do melt and cause the seas to flood the lands? What might the world look like? Oregon based artist Josh Keyes shares his predictions in a unique, textbook diagram style. His paintings show cross section slices through possible future scenes with land animals wading through water next to an octopus, 3 headed tigers, and circus animals roaming the graffitied streets. [Read more...]

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Collages from Our Wildly Beautiful Universe

Tuesday 03.05.2013 , Posted by

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Welcome to a strange world where the ordinary laws of physics hold no ground and the imagination is free to conjure fascinating scenes of wondrous beauty. Galaxies seem to hide in ribbons of unknown wavelengths, doors open in familiar terrestrial objects, and Newtonian gravity is non-existent. Such is the impression I get while viewing the fantastic collages of Bryan Olson, an artist from North Carolina who dissects vintage paper-based imagery and reassembles it into the mysteriously foreign yet familiar worlds you see here. [Read more...]

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Millionaire Space Tourist Plans Mission Around Mars

Friday 03.01.2013 , Posted by

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A rich space tourist who earlier payed $20 million to visit the International Space Station, is now working to promote an even more ambitious project – a manned flyby around the planet Mars in 2018. Much like the Apollo 10 mission which proceeded the famous Apollo landing, this mission would be only intended to make a quick flyby of the red planet, in fact only spending about 10 hours at its closest point 100,000km above the planets surface. [Read more...]

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Never Built: Los Angeles’s Never Realized Architecture

Thursday 01.17.2013 , Posted by

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Los Angeles is perhaps most famous for two things: its prolific creation of movies, and its massive urban sprawl. The city is unique for having almost no geographic center, instead being spread between districts like Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley (which are city sized in their own right). Now Los Angeles’s A+D Architecture and Design Museum is asking the question “What if?” What if the area’s many proposed architectural projects from the past had been realized? Never Built explores ideas that were never to be, looking at futuristic projects ranging from ideas for massive public institutions, to cantilevered outdoor recreation spaces and extensive rail-based public transportation. It’s an exciting look at the future that could have been… one that is daring the City of Angels to dream big again. [Read more...]

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Will this be Apartment Living in 2080?

Monday 01.14.2013 , Posted by

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The future of the human species always seems to hang perilously between excitement and destruction. Excitement for the future of technology, and the improvements it can bring to our lives; and destruction, because every week there seems to be another disaster. Our hope and determination to survive against all odds will bring about an exciting new way of life. As technology continues to advance, will we begin to see all types of changes come our way, transforming our living spaces into scenes out of 60s retro futuristic drawings? Imagining what apartment living in 2080 will look like is a great way to daydream about the future. [Read more...]

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