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PrintSnap: A Home-Built Camera That Prints on Receipt Paper (and Almost for Free)

Thursday 12.18.2014 , Posted by
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Holding a physical photograph is a rarity in this age of digital photography, but Seattle-based electrical engineer Michael Ciuffo has come up with an unusual way to put lots of images on paper for very, very little cash. He’s using an ordinary roll of receipt paper as his instant film. [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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This Was “The Phone of Tomorrow” in 1956… and They Got Almost Everything Right!

Monday 11.24.2014 , Posted by
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It’s not too often that old technology predictions come true… I mean, I still haven’t seen an amphibious battleship… but an article from the September 1956 issue of Modern Mechanix got just about everything right when they talked about “Your Telephone of Tomorrow”. The opening line: “Future may bring push-button dialing, videophones, direct calls anywhere on earth and pocket-sized sets.” Hey, that sounds a lot like my latest smart phone. It took almost 5 decades to make the article’s predictions come true, but hey, they even predicted that right! [Read more…]

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Is This How Millennials Will Save the World? It’s Beautifully Simple, and Incredibly Lazy.

Thursday 11.20.2014 , Posted by
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They’ve been called the “selfie generation,” lazy, entitled and worse. But as this beautiful video explores, maybe there’s more to millennials. They’re “digital natives,” born into the first generation that grew up surrounded by digital technologies with no need to adapt. Able to harness the power of the online world in ways unimaginable be previous generations, they look to social media and high-tech solutions to make the biggest difference with the smallest effort. And while people may accuse them of being lazy, time and again the data has shown that they value social good over personal profit. [Read more…]

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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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