03.12.14 by Jeff

Video of the Day: Hebocon – Absurd Japanese Sumo Wrestling Robots Battle To Be Crowned ‘Crappiest’

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This video makes me proud to be Japanese. Hebocon was a contest held last year in which 31 “technically ungifted” Japanese people built robots and pitted them against one another in a sumo-style tournament. The crappier a robot was, the more respect it was given. One girl forgot her robot on the train, on her way to the tournament, and went and had a beer instead. She was praised for her ” act of supreme crappiness”.

Robots that made it to the venue to battle were actually penalized if they were deemed too high-tech, and there was a trophy, designed by a third-grader, for the most low-tech robot. The winner of the tournament ultimately felt ashamed for trying too hard. Watch the video below, at the end you can see all the robots in action (I love their names).

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03.12.14 by Jeff

Giveaway: 5 Risograph Calendars by J.P. King

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I’ve got 5 Risograph Calendars to give away again this year, courtesy of designer J.P. King. If you want one of these puppies, tell me your favourite month and why in the comments below! We’ll pick 5 winners on December 17th.

 

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02.12.14 by Jeff

Booooooom Reader Submissions / December

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Here is this month’s submission post! Thanks to everyone who submitted work to the November Submissions post. Nearly 1200 comments on the post, so I’m definitely still going through all the good stuff shared there.

This is the best way to submit your work to be considered for a post on Booooooom. Thanks again to everyone for up-voting work you like and leaving the positive comments to each other, it really pumps people up, and helps me see what work you like. I encourage you to share your work here because these posts get a lot of traffic and even if your work is not a fit for Booooooom it still gets seen, and definitely sends traffic to your own websites.

Please share your work here this month. The comments allow images to be attached so make sure post an image along with a link to your website.

 

Submission guidelines:

1. Please don’t flood the comments with a dozen images, just post 1 image that represents your best work along with 1 link.

2. If you see good work posted by someone upvote it so it appears at the top. This is not just a nice thing to do, it helps me see what work you actually like.

3. You can/should also encourage people who are sharing good work here! Comment on their posts and let them know you like what they’re doing. I really want to foster a community here, and this is a simple way you can connect with other people making work.

4. Keep in mind your post may not show up right away because it has an image attached. It may need to be manually approved first so don’t freak out and post a million times, once is enough.

 

 

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27.11.14 by Jeff

Momentum: Interactive Tool Generates Sound and Visuals Based on Body Movements

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Designers Schnellebuntebilder and Kling Klang Klong used a Microsoft Kinect 2 camera to create a tool that generates interesting sounds and visuals based on body movements. Found via our November Submissions. Watch the video below.

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17.11.14 by Jeff

Best of Kickstarter: Folding Electric Bike That Fits Inside A Backpack

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Introducing the world’s smallest folding electric bike that actually fits inside of a backpack! The “Impossible” was just launched on Kickstarter and has already more than tripled its funding goal. It can travel up to 12.4 mph for 45 minutes or at normal speed for up to 15.6 miles. Watch the video, to see someone actually riding the bike, below.

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12.11.14 by Jeff

Future Technology: World’s First 3D-Printed Laptop (And You Build It Yourself)

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Pi-Top is a Raspberry Pi powered laptop that you build yourself! The 3D-printed computer is the first of its kind, aiming to teach people how to create their own hardware. The Pi-Top has nearly doubled its crowdfunding goal on the IndieGoGo campaign page, with more than two weeks still to go.

Watch the videos below.

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11.11.14 by Jeff

7 Years of Daily Drawings in a 2500 Page Book by Artist Ruben Steeman

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For seven years artist Ruben Steeman posted one drawing each day to his website. After reaching the incredible milestone of 2,500 drawings he decided to put all of the drawings in one book. Various publishers told him it would be impossible to produce his book but he remained determined, crowdfunded it and eventually found a book binder to make it happen.

The result is 2500 Days of Rust an enormous 2,508 page book, weighing in at a healthy 3.5 kilograms. He points out that if you were to look at each page for 10 seconds it would take 7 hours to go through the entire book.

Take a look at more images of the book below as well as a video clip of the accompanying installation showcasing all 2,500 drawings on a 19m wide wall.

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07.11.14 by Jeff

Future Technology: “Nixie” Wearable Selfie Drone Camera

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The days of having to hold a camera, or anything, in order to snap a selfie are numbered. Introducing Nixie, the wearable drone quadcopter that just won Intel’s $500,000 Make It Wearable prize. The product is still in development but the video below demonstrates how users will be able to wear a drone around their wrist and simply let it fly whenever they want to take a selfie. The quadcopter will lift off, snap some photos, and return.

Watch the video below.

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