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Video Shows How the Desk Changed in 30 Years (and What Apps Replaced Each Tool)

Friday 10.03.2014 , Posted by
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We’ve gone from fax machines and a rolodex, to PDFs and Facebook in a few short years. It wasn’t long ago when desks were completely covered with the tools needed to get work done. A stapler, paper clips, a phone book, and a whole lot more needed to fit in that space. In contrast, today’s desk is one that largely features a few choice items: a laptop, a smart phone and a big cup of coffee. This clever video from the Harvard Innovation Lab explores that desktop evolution from the early ‘80s through today, visualizing each tool as it is recontextualized into the app-based equivalent we use now. [Read more...]

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A Wearable Drone that Flies Off Your Wrist, Snaps a Photo and Flies Back

Friday 09.26.2014 , Posted by
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It sounds so bizarre. Why in the world would you want a drone with a camera strapped to your wrist? Then you watch the video below and… Aha!… it’s completely brilliant. Nixie is a concept for a wearable camera that pops off your wrist, turns into a quadcopter drone, and takes video or snaps pictures of you from the air. Put it in “boomerang” mode and it flies right back. Very cool. [Read more...]

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12 Streamlined Rides from the Age of Art Deco

Friday 09.26.2014 , Posted by
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From the ’20s to the ’50s a streamlining craze swept the world. Inspired by the rise of the airplane and driven by the need for more efficient vehicles, automakers and dreamers around the globe began sculpting cars into aerodynamic forms with beautifully sweeping lines. Here, we’ve rounded up 12 of our favorite designs from the golden age of streamlining. [Read more...]

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This Satirical Facebook Art Is Pure Genius

Monday 09.22.2014 , Posted by
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Facebook. It’s a name that has come to represent many different things, and Polish artist/cartoonist Pawel Kuczynski has hit on most of them in his satirical series featuring the site’s iconic lower-case “f”. Far from hopping on the usual “invasion of privacy” bandwagon, Pawel explores the positive sides of the social media site too – from how convenient it makes connecting with people, to its use as a tool for social justice. In each of his images the blue “f” is present, acting as an integral character in the story Pawel is telling. [Read more...]

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Why Did This Woman Use Photoshop to Convince Her Family She Went on a Trip To South East Asia?

Thursday 09.11.2014 , Posted by
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Most people that plan a trip to South East Asia… actually go. But not Zilla van den Born. She skipped out on all the travel to create a highly provocative school project that’s making waves around the internet. Why did she do it? [Read more...]

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Watch This Time-Lapse of the Amish Raising a Large Barn in Just 10 Hours

Thursday 09.04.2014 , Posted by
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This is seriously impressive. Penny Miller made a time-lapse video of an Amish barn raising in rural Ohio, capturing the gracefully efficiency required to put up the structure and nearly complete it in just 10 hours, 3 minutes and 30 seconds. Here we see it compressed into a three and a half minute video. [Read more...]

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Bikerlapse – A Ride Through Melbourne is Further Proof that Instagram’s Hyperlapse is Awesome

Tuesday 09.02.2014 , Posted by
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It’s been out just a week, but already people are flocking to Instagram’s astounding Hyperlapse app… and this new video, Bikerlapse, does a great job showing you why. Nathan Kaso spent a day bicycling around the streets and waterfront of Melbourne Australia, using one arm to steer and the other to film. As he points out, the video quality isn’t perfect, but the video stabilization technology is seriously impressive. All video here is straight from his iPhone, with no post stabilization or effects [Read more...]

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Unreal! 75% of IKEA Product ‘Photographs’ are Actually Computer Generated

Thursday 08.28.2014 , Posted by
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Next time you look through an IKEA catalogue remember this: 75% of those photos aren’t even photos. That’s right, from the incredibly natural looking interior ‘photographs’ to the product images themselves, many are actually very well done CGI renderings. Perhaps this is why their images look so impossibly perfect. [Read more...]

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Forget Body Painting: This Video Shows Real-Time Face Tracking and Projection Mapping

Monday 08.18.2014 , Posted by
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As one commenter on Vimeo said: “Someone get this technology to Björk immediately!!” Japanese producer Nobumichi Asai and Omote have created a perfect synergy between real-time face tracking and projection mapping – and the results are far out.

This video demonstrates the real-time transformation of a woman’s face from completely normal (besides some tiny tracking markers) into something shockingly different. In quick succession, her face changes from its natural state, to covered in thick makeup, and then to things far more psychedelic. [Read more...]

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Windowless Jet Concept Gives Unparalleled Views of Outside World

Wednesday 08.13.2014 , Posted by
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You don’t hear many people complaining about jets having too many windows. The row of tiny peepholes they call windows are a poor view to the spectacular world outside, but Technicon Design – France has hit upon a stunning business jet concept that would really change that.

For their IXION Windowless Jet Concept they’ve completely eliminated windows in the cabin, instead imagining an interior lined with curving video screens. Using fuselage and wing mounted cameras, an unparalleled real-time panoramic view of the outside world would be displayed for passengers. Even Superman would be jealous of this luxury. [Read more...]

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