With its latest project called Timelapse, search giant Google has found an interesting and visual way to show us how different parts of the earth have changed during the past 28 years.Read More
A recap after a month’s publishing, we’d like to share with you our favorite posts, check them out below!Read More
How to make plain, reusable jars simply look awesome? With Cuppow ($8). This brilliant little tool acts like a coffee cup lid, working with most normal wide-mouth canning jars to turn them into efficient, eco-friendly, reusable and spill-free travel mugs. Cuppow is made from BPA-free and phthalate-free food grade polypropylene, and comes in different sizes. ..read more..
The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) has partnered with technology company Control Group to bring subway commuters the “On The Go” interactive touchscreens. The new 47-inch displays will deliver real-time station directions including transfers and line alerts, countdowns until train arrival, and service updates, and will also include video cameras, microphones, and Wi-Fi. The MTA will ..read more..
By now I think it’s pretty clear that 3D printing is the future. Using this method, we could create buildings, furniture, cars and even clothing, on a way greener level. Below you can watch a test drive of Urbee 2, the successor to the first 3D printed car in the world. This hybrid 3D printed car, created ..read more..
Italian designer Harry Thaler is all about re-inventing everyday objects to make something new and exciting. His new lamp called gives a perfect example, just put a nail in the wall, and the lamp is ready! Harry’s “Hang It On The Wall’ lamp responds to the phasing out of the iconic Edison lightbulb. The shape ..read more..
If nature, astrology and stargazing out in the forrest is your thing, the “Elqui Domos” will most probably appeal to you. Located in the Elqui Valley of Pisco, surrounded by the Andes Mountains in central Chile, the magical hotel is perfectly situated for a spectacular view at the night sky. The hotel combines stargazing and specialized astronomic tours with night-time horseback ..READ MORE..
The wait is over! H&M’s new high-end label & Other Stories finally launched it’s first-ever store in London’s Regent Street. Like COS, & Other Stories is owned by H&M but designed and produced independently, aimed at a more fashion savvy shopper. Over thirty-five designers, many from established style brands like Acne and Sonia Rykiel, have ..read more..
Investing in a fantastic office chair is about the best thing you can do to preserve a good posture and comfortably sit behind the computer all day. Yet, in these modern times, smartphones and tablets play just as big of role in our “sitting behavior.” Therefore American professional furniture producer Steelcase undertook a global posture ..read more..
Life Magazine certainly knows how to bring us the better goods with yet another breathtakingly beautiful series called ‘Love letter to New York’. For ‘Love letter to New York’ Life Magazine collected their best New York City photography that had been taken between 1940 and 1972. This collection delivers beautiful black and white images of ..read more..
Our instinctive need to design for adaptation in (unpredictable) climates, made it possible for us to survive (unlike the Neanderthals) and shape the modern way in which many of us live today. Yet, there are still so many solutions that can be implemented into our architecture to help us continue our journey. For instance, the ..read more..
The wonderful #followmeto series has been created by the young Russian photographer Murad Osmann. The story began in Barcelona, Spain 2011 when Murad Osmann’s girlfriend Nataly Zakharova had enough of his incessant photo clicking on their vacation. “Nataly was a bit annoyed that I was always taking pictures of everything, so she grabbed my hand and ..read more..
The amazing duality of New York City’s urbanism and naturalism became the center of inspiration for Lena Steinkühler’s animation and motion graphics short, New York Biotopes. The New York Biotopes deal with abstract plants and creatures, which change their forms because of insufficient living space and adapt themselves to the surroundings of the metropolis New York ..read more..
TOTAL Greek Yoghurt and Dutch London-based fashion designer Maarten van der Hors (the guy responsible for bringing back the Hawaiian shirt) joined forces to create a limited edition of 100 custom design Black + Blum lunch pots, serving handy for today’s fashion-conscious woman and men on the go. The new lunch pots look colorful and playful, bringing ..read more..
A balancing act suggests two sides to an axis, two sides to a flip, white and black, large and small, empty, full, young and old, us and them, good and evil, life, death, humans, earth. What if this is a lie? What if there really is only one side? No divisions, only wholeness? The dual nature of reality assumes a position of separateness. Western thinking along with its mechanistic interpretation of the world has conditioned us to believe separateness as a fact.Read More
By now I think it's pretty clear that 3D printing is a big part of the future. Using this method, we could create buildings, furniture, cars and even clothing, on a way greener level.Read More
Who designed the “@ symbol,” what was the very first search engine? If you have ever wondered how the internet came to be, The Big Internet Museum will give you a tasteful interactive tour through the ever-growing existence of the “World Wide Web.” Aside from that it’s a museum like any other, with curators READ MORE
Google has finally learned how to show instead of tell. Shot from the point of view of the Google Glass wearer, the video below, shows skydivers, ice skaters, ballerinas, skiers and pilots enjoying all of the augmented-reality and photo-capturing goodness of the glasses. Also, images on the Google Glass website show more uses for the READ MORE
These photos might seem like the surfaces of Mars, Venus or any other (undiscovered) planet, but in reality, they are far from. Christopher Jonassen, a Norwegian photographer shot these beautiful and otherworldly series called ‘Devour of frying pan bottoms’, which are visually similar to the craters on a planet. By removing the handles, Christopher brings READ MORE
The Lumino Kinetic and Beyond media project explores the properties of light and perception of space. The project has been presented at the digital media installation event IDAS (hongik university and has been developed by Japanese designer Yuri endo. Yuri developed the project for the final phase of his thesis project, elaborating on the previous experimentation, ‘luminous specimen‘ which READ MORE
While poorly made infographics are being called the “plague” of the internet, its awesome to see artists like Paul Marcinkowski (AKA Kaplon) create something truly original. You might remember the famous 1999 Stefan Sagmeister poster where the designer carved text into his own body with an X-acto knife. Needless to say, his unconventional method is READ MORE
The future of space travel is closer than most of us think and last night, at the “future of space travel” conference in Amsterdam, scientists Gerard ‘t Hooft, Bas Lansdorp en Michel van Pelt all gave us amazingly clear explanations on how we will be returning some time soon. Nowadays several space agencies are taking second looks at historical READ MORE
As drones, facial recognition technology, and cellphone snooping are starting to affect the broader culture, the New York-based artist Adam Harvey has designed a line of high-tech garments made with sophisticated fabrics that can block signals and thwart cameras. Set to launch next week in London as part of a collaborative project with fashion designer READ MORE
These creatures aren’t some futuristic insect-bots developed by the government or some shadowy conspiracy group to infiltrate our homes. No, they’re little sculptures put together by London photographer Luca di Filippo, using pieces of electronic waste for his series, “Daily Contaminations”, in which they have been posed with food and photographed. These bugs with their READ MORE
Im loving this Publicis Switzerland campaign “For Any Hair Type” for Garnier Fructis, as between many boring or overly edited advertising photos this definitely finds some originality, shampoo that features guys with long beards that aren’t really beards and aren’t really attached to the guys. With the ad Garnier is responding to the fact that shampoo is for both READ MORE
Google has finally learned how to show instead of tell. Shot from the point of view of the Google Glass wearer, the video below, shows skydivers, ice skaters, ballerinas, skiers and pilots enjoying all of the augmented-reality and photo-capturing goodness of the glasses. Also, images on the Google Glass website show more uses for the frames, including voice translation, voice messaging and live directions, among other cool features.
Google will officially launch the "Google X Project" mid 2014. But if you want to get your hands on one at their early testing stage, you've got to be a “bold and creative” individual and use Google+ or twitter to tell them what you would do if you had the glasses. Starting with the hashtag #ifihadglass
Your application must be 50 words or less You must include #ifihadglass in your application You can include up to 5 photos with your application You can include a short video (15 secs max) Be sure to follow us on Google+ (+ProjectGlass) or Twitter (@projectglass) so that we can contact you directly You must be at least 18 years old and live in the U.S. to apply
Perfect for techies, content junkies or social media addicts. Watch it in action below. via.
Techies will never stop and they are all about making phones smarter and smarter. In the near future, an even smarter/interesting device will hit the market, one that has a complete transparent body.
Taiwanese manufacturer Polytron Technologies has just released an incredible working concept of the world’s first transparent smartphone that will be out by the end of this year.
In the video above, the man wearing a Samsung shirt goes through the hardware of the phone. He shows that a micro-SD card is visible in the phone as well as the battery. He then assures that those will be covered in the final product so it is not an eye-sore.
The hardware is made from Polytron’s “Polyvision Privacy Glass”. According to the company, the display utilizes liquid crystal molecules to display things. When powered off, molecules are scattered and the display is opaque. But the phone amazingly transforms on powering up. The electricity lines up the molecules to form text and images, the light passes through instead of reflecting and the phone looks clear.
If you thought losing your phone now was a pain, imagine when it’s transparent.
Polytron definitely has some big dreams as they are looking to have fully working prototypes up and running and by the end of the year...
Who designed the "@ symbol," what was the very first search engine? If you have ever wondered how the internet came to be, The Big Internet Museum will give you a tasteful interactive tour through the ever-growing existence of the "World Wide Web."
Aside from that it’s a museum like any other, with curators, a diverse permanent collection, temporary exhibitions, different wings, donations and more, the Big Internet Museum doesn't have a building. The museum is an online-only resource, highlighting the many internet milestones.
The museum has been created by TBWA\Neboko in cooperation with Mediamonks and is definitely a nice way to jog your memory about things you’d forgotten about. Also for the younger generation who weren't around for the earliest years of the Internet, this is a nice introduction.
How the team describe themselves:
We seek to educate and inspire visitors from all over the world with an ever-growing collection about the Internet and the World Wide Web. Not only for this current generation, but also for generations to come. Remember the sound of a 56K dial-up modem? Your children probably don’t. In fact, chances are they don’t have a clue what a loading bar is.
We’re not in it for the money. The museum is a tribute to all the pioneers who made the Internet and the World Wide Web what it is today. Undoubtedly, the best is yet to come.
http://youtu.be/k_okcNVZqqI With the help of a RED Epic camera, a Canon 100mm macro lens and Adobe's Premiere CS6 software, Jacob Schwarz has brought us the amazing sight of blue and yellow blobs of ink crashing into a slow-motion explosion of green, with the cranked up resolution of a mighty 4096 x 2304! Jacob also put together three minutes of stunningly detailed footage of ink drops diluting and intermingling in water with a lovely atmospheric soundtrack by Tony Anderson.
For those who are aren't aware of Ultra High Definition resolution (4,096 × 2,304), here is a diagram that will explain it pretty simply.
The future of space travel is closer than most of us think and last night, at the "future of space travel" conference in Amsterdam, scientists Gerard 't Hooft, Bas Lansdorp en Michel van Pelt all gave us amazingly clear explanations on how we will be returning some time soon.
Nowadays several space agencies are taking second looks at historical exploration scenarios, for instance: "Mars One" a project by the Dutch Bas Lansorp, wants to land four astronauts on the Red Planet in 2023. Along with the idea he also came up with a creative way to fund this ambitious undertaking.
The Netherlands-based nonprofit plans to stage a global reality-TV event that follows the colonization effort from astronaut selection through the settlers' first years on the Red Planet. Mars One thinks revenues from broadcasting rights and sponsorships will cover most of the one-way mission's estimated $6 billion cost.
The cameras will be turned on soon. Mars One released its basic astronaut requirements earlier this month — you must be at least 18 years old, intelligent, in good mental and physical health and committed to the project — and the televised astronaut-selection process will kick off later this year, officials say.
Yesterday Lansdorp talked about Mars One's business model, the major challenges facing the project and its long-term goals, which include landing new crews on the Red Planet every two years after the first pioneers touch down.
Human exploration is inspiring and romantic and useful when it comes to scientific understanding. Advances in (robotic) technology means there are few things an astronaut can't do in space. Lets hope that they will succeed.
As drones, facial recognition technology, and cellphone snooping are starting to affect the broader culture, the New York-based artist Adam Harvey has designed a line of high-tech garments made with sophisticated fabrics that can block signals and thwart cameras.
Set to launch next week in London as part of a collaborative project with fashion designer Johanna Bloomfield, Harvey’s line of “Stealth Wear” clothing includes an “anti-drone hoodie” that uses metalized material designed to counter thermal imaging used by drones to spot people on the ground. He’s also created a cellphone pouch made of a special “signal attenuating fabric.” The pocket blocks your phone signal so that it can’t be tracked or intercepted by devices like the covert “Stingray” tool used by law enforcement agencies like the FBI. And if that’s not enough, Harvey has also made what he calls an “XX-Shirt,” which uses material designed to “protect your heart from X-ray radiation.”
The clothing is primarily intended to spark a dialogue about the rapid advance of surveillance across society. Though they are pieces of concept art, at the same time they do have a genuine practical use and are being manufactured for public sale. Harvey hasn’t pinned down exactly what the cost of the garments will be yet—and he admits they’re not likely to be cheap, due to the expensive materials involved. But it doesn’t take a genius to predict that activists and other privacy-conscious individuals will be among his first customers. The “fashionably paranoid market” is his target demographic, Harvey jokes.
These creatures aren’t some futuristic insect-bots developed by the government or some shadowy conspiracy group to infiltrate our homes. No, they’re little sculptures put together by London photographer Luca di Filippo, using pieces of electronic waste for his series, “Daily Contaminations”, in which they have been posed with food and photographed.
These bugs with their motherboard bodies and wiry legs are di Filippo’s statement on “the invisible electronic traces we leave in our daily activities.” Like the unseen insects that invade the darkest places of our houses and apartments, these traces surround us even while we remain oblivious to their presence.
In our hectic modern tech-filled lives we leave so many electronic traces around and perhaps the most intangible, but also the most pervasive, is the trail we leave in cyberspace every time we log on to the Internet or perform a simple act like having our debit or credit card swiped. Yet, the sketchy aspects of the electronic age is not just limited to our data trails, our favorite gadgets can also leave harmful toxins in your food, on your skin, and even in the air you breathe, just like cockroaches or flies leaving germy footprints in your jam.....
In all di Filippo does a great job at raising a fun kind of awareness with his tiny creations, and besides there awesome looks, this project definitely looks like it could make a pretty good Spielberg flick if you ask me!
Using gestures to create music isn’t really a new concept, but integrating a MIDI controller in wearable clothes certainly is. Machina, as the developer of the wearable MIDI controller jacket is called, is a team composed of 8 people from all over the globe (an Egyptian fashion designer, an irreverent preacher of freedom of speech, a trend-hunting fashionista, an insecure graphic designer, the king of the tailors, a great builder, revolutionary cineast and a Pakistani legend).
The concept includes the following components: four flexible sensors that can determine the positions of your fingers, one accelerometer, a joystick and 4 hardware buttons. (To get a better idea about how all these are used and exactly what type of music can be created, watch the video below.)
According to the developers, the MJ v1.0 jacket is part of The Wearable Machines project, a series of 6 pieces of clothing. MJ v1.0 connects to Ableton live wirelessly, via a VST plugin. iOS and Android apps would also be created, if the concept takes off. The developers will also create a hackstore for app developers, also providing, at the same time, the entire code used in the creation of this jacket. Presumably, in the future, such a jacket could be used for controlling the iPod, mixing video, adding extra sensors and interacting with Kinect.
The concept is currently featured on Kickstarter, and provided it raises $74,500, it will make the jump from a concept to production. Upon successful funding, all of the early birds (the ones who backed the project with $285 or more), as well as the ones who pledged $400+ will receive a MIDI controller jacket. Various bonuses are added for larger amounts.
The jacket without the MIDI controller costs $70, but the other materials, as well as the research and development, determine the final cost to be $400. It should be noted that the developers included technology that still makes the jacket wearable. On top of that, the jacket is handmade, yet not bespoken. The box the jacket comes in doubles as a speaker when MJ v1.0 is connected.
http://youtu.be/Ye6WosH9r3A By now we all know that Ashton Kutcher looks the part of a young Steve Jobs, but how well will the actor portray the late Apple co-founder on the big screen? The first clip i've seen from jOBS (courtesy of Entertainment Weekly) provides some indication of what moviegoers can expect when the film opens nationwide April 19th.
In a minute-long segment set in Hewlett Packard's parking garage, we find Jobs in the midst of an intense conversation with Steve Wozniak (actor Josh Gad) as he attempts to convince Woz that his "profound" operating system invention could revolutionize computing. "You can see what you're working on while you're working on it," he says, astonished with a concept that Wozniak largely seems to be brushing off. "This is freedom to create and to do and to build as artists and individuals," he insists. Woz, still dismissive, retorts "nobody wants to buy a computer." Yet Apple would ultimately pursue the idea with the Apple I, and by now you're familiar with where the story goes from there. jOBS will be screened at the Sundance Film Festival, and our own Ross Miller will be on hand to bring you impressions of the film.
I’m not gonna lie, I’m pretty excited to see how this turns out!