February 27, 2015

Arts & Design

After the Fall

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Chris Beckman's short film "oops" stitches together appropriated camera-drop pratfalls from uploaded videos to suggest a network of serendipitous mishap. Video after the jump. Read More »

E Ink strikes first with color e-paper display

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E Ink, the company whose displays power the Kindle and the Nook, is bringing the first low-power, ambient-light color display to market. Like its black-and-white reflective-displays forerunners, Triton promises weeks, not hours, of battery power. But the resolution of the new technology, at least for now, lacks the richness and resolution of its backlit LED competitors. Read More »

Writing Ball Typewriter: The Curvy Steampunk Word Processor

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The Malling-Hansen Writing Ball was originally unveiled in 1867, featuring a keyboard layout which has long since been buried in the depths of time. Did you know that QWERTY keyboards were originally designed to deter typewriter users from overburdening the keyboard with speedy typing, which would, in turn, jam the keys? But who cares. The star of the show is ... Read More »

The First Electric Lamborghini

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While Tesla is still the head of the class in terms of electric super cars, there are plenty of auto-enthusiasts and Lambo devotees who still don’t have an alternative green vehicle to add to their luxury car collection. Designer Andrei Avarvarii designed the Lamborghini Minotauro as a smooth and voluptuous green alternative to the angular and sharp design of the ... Read More »

Nespresso Capsules Used to Create Coffee Powered Batteries

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Vienna designers MischerTraxler, also of Automatic Cake Decorator fame, used 700 used Nespresso coffee capsules, coffee grounds, strips of copper and salt water to create these coffee powered batteries. The batteries were used to power clocks at the 2010 Vienna Design Week. Six of the batteries connected together are enough to power a tiny clock. The whole collection of batteries ... Read More »

Armchair / Bookshelf Become One

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While bookshelves might one day soon be a thing of the past, especially if projections made by eBook companies ever come to pass, today they still serve a purpose. Not quite everyone is sold on the whole books without paper pages thing. And for those people, there’s the Tatik, a Armchair / Bookshelf hybrid which provides a stylish nook to ... Read More »

The Guitar Tornado Plays Tunes via Robotic Fingers

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Thankfully not starring Bill Paxton or Helen Hunt, this tornado of rock barrels through anything in its path – especially disco. German artist Trimpin created the Guitar Tornado for the Experience Music Project in Seattle. But this tornado has more than form. It has function. Intermingled within the tornado is guitars connected to robotic musicians which play the guitar on ... Read More »

Guy Creates 1:1 Scale Model of the Starship Enterprise in Minecraft

Minecraft, where sex lives go to die. Unless your name is Hal Nicholas, also known as halkun, in which case you’ll have trekkies of all shapes, sizes and sexes bowing down at your feet in admiration and perhaps just a hint of unadulterated monkey lust. Halkun has done the impossible. He has created the framework for what will eventually be ... Read More »

Multiple-Choice Diary: The Quick Way of Logging Your Day

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Who has time to write in a diary these days? I understand that before the internet and before cellphones writing just for the sake of writing was the key to communication and creation, but these days, the options are so vast that it’s difficult to find enough time to sleep, let alone meticulously write your innermost thoughts in a diary. ... Read More »