Archives for category: Technology

TomnodMalaysianFlightHeaderAs dozens of ships and aircraft from 10 nations scour the seas for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, Tomnod, a US-based satellite imaging company has launched its own search effort with a crowdsourcing campaign to locate the Boeing 777. Already 3,200 square kilometres of imagery has been made available for volunteers to search online, with more images expected to be released over the next 24 hours. Users are encouraged to zoom in on each satellite image and drop a pin if they see anything that they believe could be wreckage.

Thanks to Erin Lovett for today’s fodder.

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MuwiLawnMowerHeaderFour South Korean designers came up with a new concept for a lawn mower. The Muwi is an innovative lawn mower that calculates the size of the lawn and automatically cuts the grass., similar to how a Roomba operates. As the grass cuttings accumulate inside the machine, the Muwi constructs and compresses them into cylindrical blocks. The blocks can become balls for children to play with or discs that can be combined to make a chair. After the blocks are used, they can be left to return to nature. Read the rest of this entry »

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Thanks to a couple of foodie entrepreneurs and a Michelin-star chef, London is now home to Zero Carbon Food, the first bomb shelter turned underground farm. The cavernous bunkers near Clapham North Underground station once housed up to 8,000 Londoners during the World War II, now hosts a  hydroponic garden full of peashoots, arugula, radish, and more. The soft purplish-pink LED light and the extremely minimal travel distance to local restaurants and markets makes the initiative’s carbon foot print nearly nonexistent. Other environmentally impactful benefits include price stability, year-round availability and no agricultural run-off.

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Hungarian singer Boggie has created a music video in which she is digitally retouched from normal girl into glamorous pop star. Through a combination of CGI trickery and seamless editing, the video for “Nouveau Parfum” is so attention grabbing, it’s hard to look away. The on-screen effects come in such subtle doses that it doesn’t draw attention away from the song.

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Documentary director Jeremy Seifert’s GMO OMG takes a deep look into the quality of food in the United States. Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) account for the majority of food that Americans eat daily with the long term effects on the individuals and the environment ultimately undefined. Seifert approaches the subject as a father concerned for the future of his three young children–attempting to inform viewers of the current state and ignite action for sustainability.

Thanks to JR Harris for today’s fodder.

ZachKingHeaderLos Angeles-based video artist Zach King has made a name for himself with his quick-cut style Vines, even making it to the semi-official Best Vines of 2013 compilation clip. Now you can watch and be baffled for seven straight minutes as King pulls kittens from computers, jumps through walls, and fries a ping pong ball like an egg, among dozens of others tricks.

Thanks to Bill Litfin for today’s fodder.

ChinoOtsukaHeaderJapanese London-based photographer Chino Otsuka has created a series of nostalgic and heartwarming photos that combine two different worlds–the past and the present. In “Imagine Finding Me,” Chino digitally inserts herself into old photos, so that she is standing next to her younger self. The concept is simple and her digital manipulation of the photos is done so well it makes it seem she is a time traveler.

Thanks to Kelly Keirn for today’s fodder.

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WiredInteractivePrintAdHeaderIn the latest edition of Wired magazine, you’ll find the very first interactive print ad courtesy of T+Ink Technology. Inside of 150,000 copies (mostly Chicago and NYC), readers will be able to design their own Motorola Moto X phone by pressing on colored buttons to change the color of the smartphone’s case. The ad plays on the concept that the Moto X is the first customizable smartphone offering over  2,000 unique combinations.

So now we can customize our own phones in a magazine, we love you already, 2014

Shapify.MeHeaderEven after the holidays, the console wars wage on–Xbox One or PS4. With cutting-edge applications like Shapify.Me, Xbox might have tipped the scales in their favor. Shapify.Me is a technology that lets you scan yourself using a Microsoft Kinect, and get a 3D figurine of yourself. Simply download the app, hold an awesome pose for a minute while your image scans, approve the 3D rendering on screen, and order your 4″ tall action figure, all for just $59.

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BearAndTheHareHeaderUK department store chain John Lewis has become well-known for the high production value of their annual holiday commercials. This year’s festive ad, The Bear & the Hare, could have been produced using standard animation, but the creative team opted for a much more complex and time-consuming hybrid of hand-drawn animation converted into stop motion animation. The making-of video is almost more impressive than the actual commercial.
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