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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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Moscow to Get Futuristic “Batmobile” Trams That Run 50km on Batteries Alone

Tuesday 07.15.2014 , Posted by
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Already dubbed the “iPhone on rails” and the “Batmobile,” Moscow streets may soon be rolling with these highly futuristic new trams called the Russia One, or R1. Debuted last week by tank and train maker Uralvagonzavod, or UVZ, the next-generation tram looks to bring an ultra-modern transportation system to thousands of miles of Soviet-era tracks. [Read more...]

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An Out-of-Body Experience, in Real-Time – Using an Oculus Rift and GoPros

Tuesday 07.15.2014 , Posted by
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You’re probably familiar with the 3rd person view in all sorts of video games… even Mario Kart used it. With a viewpoint placed just behind and above the character you’re playing, it gives you a clear understanding of where you are in a virtual space – something a first person view doesn’t always communicate so clearly. Now, two Polish designers have created that unusual perspective in real life – thanks to an Oculus Rift, and two GoPros mounted high on a custom backpack. [Read more...]

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Air Type: Introducing a Keyboardless Device for Tablets

Monday 07.14.2014 , Posted by
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If you are tired of having to carry an extra keyboard for your tablet, there is a new device in development for keyboard free typing. It is called Air Type and is basically a cuff-like design that attaches to the top of each hand. Ingeniously, it wirelessly translates your finger movements into readable type. [Read more...]

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You Won’t Believe What This Ship Can Lift…

Thursday 06.26.2014 , Posted by
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When it comes to transporting large things at sea, sometimes the very best option is to move it in one piece. But what if that thing is an entire oil rig?

Enter the Heavy-Lift Ship: a specially designed vessel which can partially submerge to allow other ships, yachts, oil rigs and drilling platforms to float over its massive, flat cargo deck. The ship lowers itself into the water using a series of ballast tanks which can be flooded. Then, after the cargo has been floated over the deck, air is pumped back into the tanks and the massive ship lifts its cargo aboard. [Read more...]

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Kittyo: Play with Your Cat When You’re Not at Home (and the Internet Rejoices)

Thursday 05.22.2014 , Posted by
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Ok Internet, this changes everything. Yes, I know you spend most of your hours stuck at your job, but what you really want to be doing is playing with your cat. Now, thanks to a revolutionary devise about to be massively funded on Kickstarter, you can work and play (with your cat) at the same time.

Kittyo is a one-of-a-kind product that lets you remotely interact with your cat while away from home, right from your smart phone. [Read more...]

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Addicted To Your Phone? Try These Signal Deflecting Clothes On For Size

Monday 05.05.2014 , Posted by
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In an age dominated by likes, tweets, and a constant flow of texts, it can be tough to take a break from technology. However, Japanese conceptual fashion designer Kunihiko Morinaga comes to the rescue with modern clothing that will force you to tear your eyes away from your iPhone. Morinaga’s newest garment collection, FOCUS, is crafted from fibers that deflect electromagnetic waves and thus render your phone completely unusable.  [Read more...]

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LIX: Draw in the Air with the World’s Smallest 3D Printing Pen

Tuesday 04.29.2014 , Posted by
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LIX is a 3D printing pen launched yesterday on Kickstarter and already funded by nearly 300%. Apparently this is going to be big. LIX is unique in the new market of 3D printing pens (including the 3Doodler) for two reasons: because it is very small and the fact that it can run off of a USB 3.0 port. If it works as advertised, those two factors will combine to make this one of the most useful and portable examples on the market – not to mention something comfortable enough in the hand to do some serious 3D sketching. [Read more...]

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