Inspired by Mythbusters’ slow-motion videos but thwarted by high-speed cameras that were too expensive, Vancouver-based electronics engineer David Kronstein decided to create his own! Chronos 1.4 shoots 720p at 1,500fps starting around USD $2,499 (cameras with similar features currently sell for around $25k). Click here for more details on the camera and watch the short Kickstarter video below!
London-based designer Fiona O’Leary’s graduation project from the Royal College of Art is a nifty little device that captures and identifies typeface and colours — beaming the samples directly to a nearby computer or storing the information for later.
While it’s merely a prototype, Spector is basically a dream tool for graphic designers and creatives who often encounter inspiration in the real world. Wired referred to it as “Shazam for fonts” but also pointed out that one major obstacle in its development may lie in its ability to aid in design theft. Check out the video below!
We recently featured Bratislava-based web designer Slavomier’s social media warning label mock-ups (click here for previous post). Well New York-based artist Chino Kim takes things a step further with Screeners — basically a pair of glasses that become opaque (effectively blinding the wearer) when in view of a computer, smartphone or television screen. A webcam is used to identify the offending screen and trigger the glasses to respond.
While the project emerged from a personal desire to combat the overwhelming amount of technology that surrounds us, Kim started to take things more seriously after enrolling in a course on machine learning and dabbling with the idea of a machine not only being able to recognize itself, but help save us from ourselves! Learn more about Kim’s project over at Motherboard.
This one may excite all you digital illustrators out there! BrushKnob is a device designed to make the creation of your digital artwork more intuitive. Developed while working as a concept artist at a production company in Tokyo, Wataru Kami’s invention is simple to use and incredibly streamlined. With only two functions — a knob to control brush size and a switch to transition between the brush and eraser tools — it operates like an extra keyboard and can be used with any application (not just Photoshop) using the same keyboard shortcuts assigned.
More images and information about how to support Kami’s project below!
A clever little invention by a company called Smiirl lets you display your FB page’s likes as a physical flip-board. Kinda silly but I could see boutiques using the novelty to increase their following. Watch the video below to see it in use!
oobject is like ffffound (what’s with all the websites with repeated letters these days, haha sheesh), if ffffound were organized by a really anal person. Actually oobject is one of several “curation” sites that are becoming really popular. You suggest images, they curate and compile. 16 giant bucket excavators. 10 ski jumps. 12 ejector seats. 18 tiny projectors. 10 luxury trains. 20 classic 8mm cameras. The images below are from a list of craftsy weapons.
The traffic on the site continues to climb, so a giant thank you to all of you who are spreading the word! Business is boooooooming! This could be why a box arrived at my doorstep the other day containing a brand-spanking new Zune. Apparently 300 bloggers across Canada are receiving these 8GB flash Zunes and Microsoft is hoping for some good old fashion word-of-mouth text-on-blog advertising. As I opened the box I said a little prayer for the Zune: “Please God, let the Zune be a decent product because I am going to be blatantly honest about it, and if it’s bad… this review could get ugly.”