11.11.15 by Staff

Invention of the Day: Shape-Shifting Robotic Line

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Experimental, interactive technology from MIT’s Tangible Media Group. Led by Professor Hiroshi Ishii, TMG is concerned with Tangible User Interface (TUI) and bridging the gap between the physical and digital world. In less complicated terms, LineFORM is basically a robotic line that can change shape! Check out the video below to see some cool potential uses for this technology!

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09.11.15 by Staff

Delightfully Absurd Ultra Thin Line Table by Nendo

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Japanese studio, Nendo, takes minimalism to the next level with this insanely thin table design called the “Border Table. Part of a solo exhibition at “Eye of Gyre” gallery in Omotesando, Japan for Tokyo Designers Week 2015, this piece is pretty much the perfect blend of functionality and optical illusion! See more images below!

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04.11.15 by Staff

Genius Invention of the Day: Computerized Tape Gun Turns Adhesive Tape into Building Material

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Kinda like a highly-advanced tape gun, only one that gives you a sense of how furniture will look/feel in your home before you go to the hassle of installing it. Video of the Protopiper by German tech university Hasso Plattner Institute’s The Human Computer Interaction Lab below!

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27.10.15 by Staff

“Chocolatexture” by Nendo

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Emerging from the belief that texture influences taste, design studio Nendo has come up with 9 different types of chocolate all made from the same “raw materials” and according to the same size (26 x 26 x 26 mm) but varying in things like roughness, smoothness, hollowness etc. Each is also named after a specific Japanese expression related to texture. Check out more images from this insanely meticulous project below!

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26.10.15 by Staff

Satisfying Video of the Day: Curb Roller Smoothing Rough Cement

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Not much else to say. There’s just something so satisfying about watching this curb roller do its thing. Click below for the full video!

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23.10.15 by Staff

Kickstarter of the Day: Mini Museum 2

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If you’ve ever dreamed of owning your own piece of “Martian Atmosphere” or 19,551 year old “Mammoth Meat,” this Kickstarter is for you! Hans Fex, creator of the first Mini Museum, has just announced another hand-crafted, limited-edition collection, filled with curiosities that are truly out of this world! More images and video below.

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22.10.15 by Staff

Bicycle Casts Elephant Shadow

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Another bike-based projection project, this time by Swiss coder and graphic designer, Michael Flückiger. Made using “a speedometer, a projector, a car battery, an iPad mini and OpenFrameworks,” Flückiger’s bicycle casts a projection made to look like the shadow of an elephant walking and/or galloping (depending on how fast he peddles).

Wait… Do elephants gallop? Is “stampeding” inaccurate if there’s only one?

Watch the video and feel free to weigh in on the whole “galloping” thing in the comments below!

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15.10.15 by Kimi Hamada

100 Years of Typewriter Art

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Marvin and Ruth Sackner are responsible for the largest collection of visual and concrete poetry in the world and they now have a book featuring the work of 200 typewriter artists. The Art of Typewriting will be released by Thames & Hudson later this month.

The unique compilation appeals to a nostalgia for “mechanical imperfection” and working within technical constraints. It includes the first known piece of typewriter art (a butterfly of brackets and dashes by British secretary, Flora Stacey, from 1898) and other images that can’t be replicated with the slick and seemingly limitless technology of today. See more images from The Art of Typewriting below.

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14.10.15 by Staff

Keyboard Modification Allows Typing with the Flair of Handwriting

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After receiving a dozen handwritten letters from his grandmother, French designer Nicolas Nahornyj came up with a way to bring back the personal flair of handwriting to computer-based word processing.

Nahornyj’s setup involves moveable palettes that allow users to purposefully distort their typeface as they go, effectively producing their own personalized font. Watch Lazy Pen in action below!

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