The world wide web has made our world a lot smaller. It has also made our lives a lot more-searchable, and benefits aren't always as beneficial to us.Read More
Watch Japanese Macaques as they enjoy the steaming hot spring baths and play in deep snow. It is filmed in the Jigokudani Monkey Park (Jigokudani Yaen Kōen) near Nagano.
Long before Hollywood became the glamorous cinema city of today, it was a simple agricultural town filled with citrus groves and fields. These pics, compiled by the Los Angeles Public Library and California Historical Society, show you just how amazing the transformation from then to now has been.Read More
Ian, a filmmaker for Zeppelin Films in Porto Alegre, is usually seen directing big brand advertising campaigns, however, with Gabrielle, he has created some of his most captivating work. Combined with her eye for beautiful scenic shots and lighting, Ian’s post-production genius creates stunning visuals and this shows in this flawless tale of New York’s hipster mecca.
Williamsburg (before the young and tattooed moved in, was home to a large Italian population) has turned into a neighborhood of artists, students and people who go out at night. They demand good food at fair prices and, above all, think they are different from the sophisticated, arrogant, money-driven Manhattanites.
If you ever feel cramped living where you live, chances are, after seeing these homes in Hong Kong, you may feel a bit better about your situation...Read More
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.
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.
2013 will still be a year of turmoil, however full with possibilities for new start-ups!Read More
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 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.
http://vimeo.com/51691017 For years now, LEDs have given us the blinking red light technology on our camcorders and answering machines. From their first usage in low intensity electrical components in the early 60s, today the LEDs have made it to our street lights, traffic signals, televisions, and lighting systems.
As more LED lighting technologies become available, it might even be time to start associating LED’s with an even closer adaption.
Philips newly developed the self-dubbed" "world’s smartest LED bulb.” The iOS application-controlled lightbulb will be available only in Apple retail stores. The hue app features what Philips has called “LightRecipes,” which are four pre-programmed lighting settings based on the company’s research regarding the biological effects that lighting has on the body. The scenarios adjust bulbs to the optimum shade and brightness of white light to help users relax, read, concentrate or energize.
With an iOS application, hue allows users to remotely control their home lighting, and personalize settings such as timers. Philips also says that its bulbs are upgradeable and future-proof, as more features can be downloaded in the future.
Other features of Philips hue, according to the company, are:
- Save your favorite light scenes for each room or time of day and recall them in an instant
- Use any photo on your phone as a color palette to paint your room with light and bring your memories back to life
- Tune white light from warm candlelight to vibrant, cool white light
- Create ambience or complement your decor with the colors of the rainbow
- Control and monitor your lights remotely when not at home for security and peace of mind
- Set timers to help manage your daily routine
- Let light wake you up refreshed or help your loved ones fall asleep
Priced at $199 for a starter pack with three bulbs of 600 lumen and a hue bridge to connect the bulbs to a home network.Each bob offers all shades of white and a variety of color, and they use 80 percent less power than a traditional light bulb while providing the equivalent of a 500 watt bulb.
“Philips continues to redefine the possibilities of LED technology, and hue pushes the boundaries even more, not only in offering great light quality, but in how lighting can be digitized and integrated with our world to further simplify and enhance our lives.”
…Said Jeroen de Waal, head of marketing and strategy at Philips Lighting.
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.
If the prospect of waking up to a GLaDOS-esque-yet-cheerful voice speaking over catchy piano music sounds intriguing to you, then I’ve got an app to recommend. UNIQLO Wake-Up claims to provide a more peaceful rousing from bed by using calming vocals and music influenced by the weather.
When your alarm goes off, the UNIQLO Wake-Up app queues some light piano music. The actual tracks played depend on a number of factors, though, as the app accounts for day of the week, time of day, and current weather conditions in generating its tunes. This all sets the stage for a computerized voice to greet you with a “good morning” and read out the time and weather.
The music here is worth touching on a bit further, as there is a secret to its catchiness: Uniqlo (a Japanese clothing company using this app for brand marketing) brought in famous anime composer Yoko Kanno to lay down the tracks. If you are a fan of the genre, like me, you may recognize Kanno as the composer for such shows as Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, and Macross.
Check out this YouTube video to get a preview of what the morning actually holds: