It’s a surprising story of cultural evolution, one which travels a loop and comes back to its origin. Philipp Artus has created two beautiful animations, both titled Snail Trail, which follow the evolution of a snail as it invents the wheel, goes on an exciting evolving journey and returns to its terrestrial beginnings. This isn’t any normal animation though: Artus tells the captivating story using deceivingly simple wire-frame illustrations and a complex laser for illuminating the scene. [Read more...]
Nando Costa is burning his way toward the perfect Kickstarter. He’s making a unique animation using a laser engraver to precisely cut each frame of a film on a piece of wood. Temptingly, people that give to his project will get a unique piece of art from him and if you give $70 you will receive a one of kind engraved wood frame from the film. Costa has been directing animation for over 10 years and we enjoy his clean style, so we are looking forward to seeing the movie. You can see examples of his work at nandocosta.com, then head to his Kickstarter project where the more is donated the longer he can make the film [Read more...]
Transforming graphite oxide (GO) into a full-fledged supercapacitor turns out to be a simple process, but until recently, was anything but obvious. Scientists already knew that the heat of a laser could convert GO—the oxidized form of graphite, or carbon-based pencil lead—into electrically conducting reduced graphite oxide (RGO). [Read more...]
The fine people over at Marcansoft.com have generously created a new open-source set of software called OpenLase to control DIY laser projectors in real time… and the results are top-notch.
Using an audio card to control the lasers movement, the applications for this software are almost limitless. Below you will find videos showing experimentation with real time gaming, audio visualization and even an interactive 3D harp that is playable, all displayed by a $270 projector.
As of yet there is no documentation for the software, but should there be enough interest there is the possibility that a manual or at least support will be offered. To find out more about this project or to get your own copy, check out marcansoft.com.
Using high intensity projectors for paint and handheld laser pointers as brushes, artists create temporal, multi-story nighttime murals in an ad campaign for Green Tomato Cars. [Read more...]