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http://vimeo.com/58626695 The Stardust film was inspired by the death of Dutch graphic designer Arjan Groot, who died aged 39 on 16th July 2011 from cancer. The movie is about Voyager 1 (the unmanned spacecraft launched in 1977 to explore the outer solar system) and envisions the journey of V1 as it moves ever farther from our sun and continues beyond the lifespan of humanity. The story centers on the idea that in the grand scheme of the universe, nothing is ever wasted and it finds comfort in us all essentially being Stardust ourselves.

From a creative standpoint, director Mischa Rozema wanted to explore our preconceived perceptions of how the universe appears which are fed to us by existing imagery from sources such NASA or even sci-fi films. By creating a generated universe, Rozema was able to take his own ‘camera’ to other angles and places within the cosmos.

Objects and experiences we are visually familiar with are looked at from a different point of view. For example, standing on the surface of the sun looking upwards or witnessing the death and birth of a star, not at all scientifically correct but instead a purely artistic interpretation of such events.

Rozema says, ‘I wanted to show the universe as a beautiful but also destructive place. It’s somewhere we all have to find our place within. As a director, making Stardust was a very personal experience but it’s not intended to be a personal film and I would want people to attach their own meanings to the film so that they can also find comfort based on their own histories and lives.’

The movie looks stunning and represents the memories of our loved ones and lives that will never disappear beautifully. I really wish that we had more SF space flicks with imagery just as vivid.


by Miryam Muller in ,

Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman is famous for extraordinary large-scale sculptures that he usually creates with a healthy amount of humour. This time, he undertakes to enlarge a typical pictogram of an industrial zone and turn it into a three-dimensional habitable structure. Titled Little Factory, this object is situated right in a developing industrial zone in Drachten, Netherlands.

As the author describes, this work aims to criticize the architecture of business parks and the way they use their sites. However, the most distinguishing feature of this art object is a visual effect and element of humour that it adds to the urban environment. Wrapped in black corrugated steel roof sheets, this 5 x 12 x 14 metres building is not only an art object; the author suggest using it as a studio for an artist. We only add that it would be great if the building housed some small manufacture one day to make the image complete and for the best correlation with the name.

Little Factory by Florentijn Hofman


Little Factory by Florentijn Hofman

Little Factory by Florentijn Hofman

Little Factory by Florentijn Hofman

Little Factory by Florentijn Hofman


Solar Harvesting Bonsai Charges Gadgets Through Induction

by Miryam Muller in , ,

http://youtu.be/mzyCQqaBji8 Kickstarter is definitely on a continues roll in opening doors for some of the most awesome projects! Their new feature Electree+ Solar Charger is among them.

This new futuristic solar charger is basically a sculptural bonsai tree with 27 solar cells for "leaves." The tree's branches can be adjusted to catch the rays just right, and its internal battery will store enough electricity to charge an iPhone nine times over, a Galaxy seven times, or an iPad twice.

French designer Vivien Muller stated: “Nature has selected over millions of years the most efficient structures to capture solar energy. The tree’s shape is thus the best means to take advantage of solar energy. While studying fractals, I realized that one could draw a tree by repeating and transforming a basic pattern.”

After the electree+ team worked out all the details with a batch of prototypes last year, the group ran into some issues with their contracted Chinese manufacturers, which he says has given them the experience they need to do things right. This time it's being fabricated locally in the United States, where they can keep it practical, personal, and keep tabs on quality control.  Vivian Muller says; “Working locally is more personal,” "You know the people and they are all invested in the project".

In order to fully charge, electree+ needs around 36 hours of sunlight. In other words, to charge an average smartphone, the solar bonsai will need about 4 hours of exposure to sunlight. Because of the tree its humble yet cool design, I'm sure people will like having an electree+ around, especially since they will also be able to save energy this way. The charger will have two sets of USB ports: one with 1A, adequate for smarphones, and one with 2A, which should used for charging tablets.

At the moment, 54 backers pledged $10,792, out of the $200,000 goal. However, the project will be featured for 36 more days on Kickstarter, so maybe the developers will get the necessary support, so that electree+ enters mass production.

The electree+ has an optional Qi wireless charging zone compatible with most modern smartp...
If completely depleted, the electree+'s internal battery can be recharged fully in less th...
The electree+'s internal 14,000 mAh battery charges devices through two USB ports
Inside view showing the electree+ branches' connection mechanism, which directs energy fro...
The Electree City concept would combine sculptural beauty with renewable solar electricity
The electree+ has an optional Qi wireless charging zone compatible with most modern smartp...


by Miryam Muller in ,

I love this time lapse video of planes approaching London’s Heathrow Airport. It’s sped up 17 times faster than normal, and the result causes the planes to look like little toys bouncing on string.

The video shows just how short the distances between approaching planes at the airport are, but it also reveals the interesting effects of air currents on the descending aircrafts.




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Household energy consumption is on a pretty big rise, yet there is no dearth of energy monitoring devices available on the market today. The reason could be the fact that users of energy consumption monitoring devices mostly show figures, which most people don’t really relate with nature and the environment. Designers Loove Broms and Marie-Lousie Gustafsson are aiming to change the way people interact with energy monitors and relate them to the environment with the Energy Plant.

The Energy Plant is a conceptual energy monitoring LCD display that shows the electricity consumption of a household in the form of a growing digital plant. The device is connected to the electricity meter of the home and each month the user can plant a new “digital seed” for the type of the digital plant they wish to grow. In a household where energy isn’t really being wasted and the energy consumption is low, the plant thrives fast and in case of heavy consumption the plant withers away.

The designers say that the display can be placed near a window just like an ordinary plant for a more realistic look. The designers believe that our love for gardening and plants can encourage people to conserve even more energy and since the monitor doesn’t actually display a set of numbers depicting the present energy consumption, the plant’s condition is all the users have to check.