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LO (me): “Actor’s name” can you take place? I want to verify something.

Actor: No problem!

… 5 minutes later…

Actor: Do you always need me?

LO: What? you still there? I’ve done 4 minute ago!

*Submitted by rstarneault

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Dorothy

Wearable tech concept by ISL lets users trigger instructions to your phone using gestures made with your feet (for example, ordering a taxi or triggering a fake phone call to get out of a situation) - video embedded below:


Have you ever been stuck in an awkward situation, praying your phone would ring so you could politely extract yourself?  Of course you have.  That’s why we made Dorothy, a physical trigger that makes any dumb shoe smart. Dorothy consists of the “Ruby” (a small connected device that slips into your shoe) and a mobile App that allows you to trigger a call to your phone from a fake contact (your “boss”) whenever you tap your heels together 3 times. Dorothy can also send text messages to your contacts with a custom message and your current location, letting them know exactly where you are. Soon, we’ll be working toward summoning an Uber.

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islmobile have a Tumblr blog here

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This fictional advertising campaign is a dystopian take on a future with room only for those able to afford their own body parts. The campaign idea and the products have all been designed and illustrated by Chantal Sherif, with art direction from Tarek Abdelkawi.
  I used olympic athletes as an inspiration and a metaphor for physical superiority in the posters, and I translated sports and movements into organs.

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Teen Starts Company To Make Low-Cost Printers To Help Blind People

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — In Silicon Valley, it’s never too early to become an entrepreneur. Just ask 13-year-old Shubham Banerjee. The California eighth-grader has launched a company to develop low-cost machines to print Braille, the tactile writing system for the visually impaired. Tech giant Intel Corp. recently invested in his startup, Braigo Labs.

For behind this incredible technology go here. 

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For an ongoing project entitled Rainworks, Seattle-based artist Peregrine Church creates awesome works of street art that are only visible when it rains. It’s a particularly wonderful concept for a city renowned for its rainy weather Church uses a superhydrophobic coating to stencil images onto ordinary pavement. On a dry day the pieces are completely invisible, but when the surface gets wet, darkening the untreated concrete, the treated areas repel the moisture, which causes the stenciled images and/or text to appear. Depending on the amount of foot traffic the treated surface receives, Rainworks will last anywhere from 4 months to a year.

Watch this video to learn more about how Peregrine Church creates his dissapearing-reappearing artwork.

Want to try making Rainworks of your own? There are a variety of superhydrophobic coatings currently available, including a handy kit by Rust-Oleum.

Visit the Rainworks project page for additional images and information.

[via Vandalog and Rainworks]

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Anti-Paparrazzi Collection

Fashion project from Chris Holmes and Aaron Koblin to develop clothing which is resistant to flashing cameras:

After wearing reflective clothing to several performances, I noticed that photos from the shows always looked odd because the flash that bounced off my clothing would wash out the rest of the photo.

While I wasn’t thrilled that many of these photos were ruined because of my clothing, it gave me the epiphany that perhaps I could use this technology for a greater purpose. That’s what lead me to create the Anti-Paparazzi Collection, which uses reflective threads to render paparazzi-shot photos worthless — perfect for those who don’t want their picture taken.

More at BetaBrand here

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New Printing Tech Allows the Blind to Touch Priceless Paintings

Visitors aren’t touching the original paintings themselves, exactly. They’re touching an extremely high-resolution replica of each painting. The exhibit at Madrid’s Prado Museum, called Hoy toca el Prado, or Touch The Prado, is the product of a new printing process invented in Spain called Didú. Developed by a printing studio called Estudios Durero, Didú produces physical objects a bit like a 3D printer would—except using a completely different chemical process.

The process begins with a high-resolution photo of the painting. The employees at Durero select textures and features that make sense to enhance for the blind. In this aspect, small details, which may appear insignificant at first sight, can be fundamental in understanding the composition or the theme developed in each image. After around forty hours of work on each image, the volumes and textures are defined and printed with special ink. Then a chemical method is applied that gives volume to the initially flat elements. On these, the real image with the original colours is printed, at a suitable size so that it can be touched and reached with the hands.

Via: Gizmodo

Touching the Prado. Didú from Estudios Durero on Vimeo.

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Ka-Pow! Watch These Fish Cannons Shoot Salmon Safely Over Dams

Salmon have serious swimming skills—some travel thousands of miles to return to their original homes to breed. But even though they can jump as high as 12 feet in the air, they can’t manage to get over massive concrete dams that we have built to block their journeys back to their homes. Now one new idea could give them a boost. The plan involves whisking the fish through a long vacuum tube at speeds up to 22 miles per hour and then shooting them out the other end like a cannon.

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Fuschia Game Boy Pocket ⊟

This attractive modded handheld comes from Katie (modded by JoeBleeps). Love the custom backlight and buttons! I wonder if it’s distracting at all to play something on a Game Boy with one of these colored backlights?

Oh, and remember that hdmyboy device we posted about, which lets you run Game Boy games through HDMI to your HDTV? It’s on Kickstarter now!

BUY Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire, upcoming games
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HEBOCON

Japanese robotics fighting contest where the makers have no technical skills and the robots have to be as crappy as possible - video embedded below:

Hebocon is a robot sumo-wrestling tournament for those who don’t have the technical skills to actually make robots.
31 pseudo-robots that don’t even move properly came together to go head to head.
The robots in this tournament are nothing like what their builders initially imagined them to be, robots are forgotten on the train, the strategies made with careful planning only result in failure, and the entrants who enter the ring brag about their robot’s secret moves that don’t really exist.
This is the heated battle between crappy, but lovable robots.

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Generally speaking, it’s not a good idea to try licking a cactus or any bacteria-coated surface. That is, unless they’re actually tasty popsicles. This colorful series of Dangerous Popsicles, frozen treats shaped like cacti and viruses, are the work of San Francisco-based designer and artist Wei Li.

"Dangerous Popsicles create a unique sensory experience. Before tasting with your tongue, you first taste with your eyes and mind. The popsicles are nothing but water and sugar, but ideas of deadly viruses and the spikiness of cacti are enough to stimulate your senses, even before your first taste."

The popsicles are made with two and four-part silicone molds which were created using shapes that were first designed using 3D software and then 3D-printed using an Objet Connex 500 3D printer.

Visit the Dangerous Popsicles website and Instructables page to learn more about this awesome project.

[via Design Taxi]