Artist and experimental musician Graham Dunning’s Mechanical Techno Demonstration is exactly what it sounds like! Dunning demonstrates his incredible hand-made method for making techno music: layering locked records, analogue synths, even mechanically triggered percussion. Watch how it all comes together below!
After numerous prototypes, Kelli Anderson perfected a sequence of cuts and folds that could turn an ordinary piece of paper into a fully functional camera. The Book is a Camera is the ultimate pop-up experience: a book that not only explains how cameras work but actually becomes one!
The coolest part is you can support Kelli and purchase the book here but she specifically designed her pinhole camera under a Creative Commons share-alike license so you can also download the template yourself, build it, examine it, and use the knowledge to even make your own variant!
Kelli and I both spoke at Blend here in Vancouver and her talk was one of my favourites. She spoke about a wide variety of her past work including her counterfeit New York Times newspaper (she produced hundreds of thousands of copies and distributed it on the streets of New York), her amazing stop-motion tribute to the Eameses’ iconic film “Power of Ten” using images sourced from Google Images, and her paper record player/wedding invitations.
She’s the kinda person it’s almost hard to write about because she’s doing so many wildly different things. She’s currently working on a music video so stayed tuned for that!
More images and a video of her book/camera below!
This doesn’t exist as a real product (yet) but let’s hope it moves from the prototype phase soon! Designed by Ben Bengler and Fiore Martin, the Collidoscope is a double granular synthesiser. Basically it lets two people play together at the same time (facing each other). Microphones and instant playback features would also allow sound to be manipulated in real time and in all kinds of ways. Really cool! Check out the demo video below!
Old-school video games fans, prepare yourselves! Analogue Nt is a modern Nintendo Entertainment System constructed from a solid block of aluminum. It will play any original NES and Famicon cartridges and connect to any original controllers because it’s built on the same cpu and made of the original Nintendo hardware.
Before you get too excited it should be noted the Nt might run you more than the cost of a PS4, with a price tag of $499 plus $79 if you want the HDMI upgrade to see every crystal clear pixel of Mario upscaled to 1080p. This is definitely targeted at a very special kind of nerd. More images below!
How does one build a clock that will last 10,000 years? Well, “the golden boy of MIT” Danny Hillis and his team of engineers/generational thinkers have some answers. In fact, The Clock of the Long Now is already under construction and is set to be placed in the West Texas mountains. English musician, Brian Eno, has helped with a 10 bell arrangement that will chime a different sequence each day for 10,000 years.
Aside from those technicalities though, the project addresses larger questions about the world and our place in it. Especially in light of recent events, this project demonstrates a refreshing optimism toward the future and celebration of our capacity to take on the most insurmountable problems. Watch the short video portrait below!
Delightful animation of Paris-based illustrator Ugo Gattoni’s imaginary horse city slash scarf design for Hermès! Watch “Hippopolis” below!
For the past year, IKEA and Rebel Agency have secretly been developing an external innovation lab called Space10 and tomorrow this future-living lab and exhibition space is opening its doors in the heart of Copenhagen. The project is the brainchild of Torbjörn Lööf (the CEO of Inter IKEA Systems), Carla Cammilla Hjort and Simon Caspersen; their mission is to explore solutions for a smarter and more sustainable living through a series of labs which each involve workshops, pitch nights, design residencies, exhibitions, and collaborative projects.
The first Space10 exhibition “The Fresh Living Lab” will, among other things, showcase the works by a group of emerging designers who were invited to create 6 prototypes of everyday objects that would encourage better choices for the environment or your personal health. Among the designs was a table that charges your phone by turning heat into electricity, and a chair that rewards you for exercising.
Have a look at some images of these prototypes as well as images of the space and a video below!