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Exquisite Laptop & Phone Cases Inspired by Photography

Ukrainian artist Elen Rocks is a professional photographer who possesses a passion for beauty. Rocks loves to immortalize the beauty from the outside world in her art. When a friend taught her how to use her work to creates phone cases, she eagerly decided to open her Etsy shop called Real Design Rocks.

With the use of high-quality materials and unique pattern designs, she creates handmade cases with the use of real photographs. You can find her work in her Etsy shop.

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Galactic Watch Depicts Time Through Orbiting Planets

The Midnight Planetarium Timepiece is an astounding show of watch craftsmanship created by the brand Brand Van Cleef & Arpels. The incredible astronomical watch depicts time through orbiting planets in real time! Each planet is represented by a precious gem of a different colour, and the watch is made from 18 carats worth of gold. A shooting star indicates the hours and the Sun is at the centre of the watch bedecked with flecks of shimmering stars on an engraved blue surface.

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Wearable Planters & Geometric Bike Planters Help You Carry a Piece of Nature Wherever You Go This Spring & Summer

Colleen Jordan from Wearable Planters (previously featured here) showcases her adorable, ingenious home-made organic jewelry. By combining jewelry and gardening, Jordan displays a range of earthy and modern designs. Created in a variety of small geometric pots made with different types of flowers, shapes and colors, Jordan’s main purpose is to find a convenient way for a person to carry plants with them.

Her miniature plants are generated from a three-dimensional printer, which are later designed by hand by the artist. Jordan also instructs her buyers on how to prolong survival of the tiny plans they purchase by informing them on what type of plants grow best in the small vases and how to keep them alive. Jordan’s creations are perfect for nature lovers. They are not limited to jewelry design, she also makes bike and home decorations, as well as brooches and lapel pins. Find her entire collection in her Etsy shop!

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True Size Atlas

The True Size of … is an interactive website that allows you to drag countries and continents around the Mercator projection and discover just how big they are (or aren’t). It is hard to represent our spherical world on flat piece of paper. Cartographers use something called a “projection” to morph the globe into 2D map. The most popular of these is the Mercator projection.

Every map projection introduces distortion, and each has its own set of problems. One of the most common criticisms of the Mercator map is that it exaggerates the size of countries nearer the poles (US, Russia, Europe), while downplaying the size of those near the equator (the African Continent). On the Mercator projection Greenland appears to be roughly the same size as Africa. In reality, Greenland is 0.8 million sq. miles and Africa is 11.6 million sq. miles, nearly 14 and a half times larger.

This app was created by James Talmage and Damon Maneice. It was inspired by an episode of The West Wing and an infographic by Kai Krause entitled “The True Size of Africa”. We hope teachers will use it to show their students just how big the world actually is.

PS Last image is Puerto Rico, we have “small country complex”, the solution would be to place it just above Greenland in the map!

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Kitchen Safe on Amazon..

Put food, toys, gadgets or any other thing that you want to have so badly right now but you shouldn’t have it, set the timer by a rotating button (it can be set to periods ranging from one minute to ten days), and that’s it. You have only five seconds to change your mind, and after that, the container stays sealed and cannot be opened until the countdown is over.

Ingenious Shazam-Like Device for Typefaces Can Capture and Identify Any Font & Color in the World

Avid designers and creators have a knack for identifying fonts and impressively colors as well! But once in a while, they come across a font face, which they love, but can’t pinpoint. Designer Fiona O’Leary  has created a device called the Spector, which accurately determines fonts and colors with a click. Think of the device as Shazam for artists. 

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Today the Department of Mesmerizing Zoetropes is enjoying the work of PinShape contributor KitCameo, who turned a bicycle wheel into zoetrope depicting a little white robot walking along the inside of the wheel:

The robots (18 of them in total), were 3D-printed and attached to the spokes of the wheel. When the wheel is spun and viewed through a digital camera lens (like on a camera phone) or using a strobe light in the dark/at night the little robots start a-walkin’.

Head over to PinShape for the free download of this whimsical design.

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Floating Fields in a Small Urban Park in China

Floating Fields by Thomas Chung is premised on a vision for ‘Re-Living The City’, speculating on a place-based bio-social urbanism. It aspires to an alternative, organic living based on reinvigorating post-industrial architecture by creating enjoyable public space through a productive edible landscape, at the same time reviving the roots of the polyculture ecology (multiple agri + aqua-cultures) that once defined the unique territorial landform of the Pearl River Delta. The project forms the major landscape piece for the Shenzhen Hong Kong Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture UABB (SZ) 2016.

The series of connected ponds holding various aquatic functions create a complete ecological water cycle that wraps around the old dormitory, a linear block which has itself been converted into a multi-use learning resource centre with exhibition, roundtable space, library and a café restaurant. A contemporary version of the dyke-pond cultivation is combined with low-tech aquaponics; mulberry trees are grown to feed cocoon-spinning silkworms inside a pavilion; the waterway inspires a corridor of filtering ponds with water-cleansing plants and grasses for fish feed; and colourful micro-algae is expertly cultivated and harvested to enhance the water purification and produce fish feed.

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NEW!  PowerUp 3.0 Smart Paper Airplane

What this awesome little device does is turn your paper airplane into a flying drone which you can then control with your smart device.