Friday, 30 November 2012 20:41

The Answers Lie in Sierra Leone

KelvinDoe This will put you to shame, couch potato. This fifteen year old prodigy from Sierra Leone is a selt-taught engineer, and he's learned to invent objects simply from collecting old junk from the trash. His astounding achievements were noticed by a PhD student at the Massachusetts Institude of Technology, who funded a three week trip for him to come to America. Kelvin Doe, or as his friends call him, DJ Focus, wants to promote innovation and ideas among young people in Sierra Leone.

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We can finally say goodbye to all those useless greens we have sitting around the house. This electric bonsai, or "Electree" takes in sunlight to perform functions such as charging phones, charging tablets - well, charging in general. Designed by Vivien Muller, this attractive hybrid of technology and art has been in the works since 2008. The project hopes to be completed with the help of Kickstarter.

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Do you like birds but feel that you can never get close enough to them? Want to see their soft feathers and shiny little eyes without having to go outside? Then this is the perfect gift for you. Entrepreneur Bryson Lovett is raising funds on Kickstarter to create this compact bird feeder that doubles as a photo-booth. So check it out - because your friends won't let you watch them eat, but birds won't even know it.

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As screens become smaller and microchips smarter, we're shifting through media faster than we can keep up. The floppy disk, which was commonplace in my childhood, is now laughable. It became obsolete -- but then doesn't all life? Nick Gentry, a British artist based in London, collects technological detritus and converts it into haunting portraits of cyber-people. 

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Tuesday, 20 November 2012 20:04

An Ocean of Slow Motion: Droplets at 5000fps


WaterdropThe "Slow Mo" guys perform high-tech wizardy to make liquid collide at 5000 frames per second.

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What will they think of next? The savvy Danish folks at Scanomat have invented a coffee-making machine that can create whatever type of brew you lust for, and it responds to the simple click of an iPhone App. No more having to grind beans, change filters, boil water or even get up. Just lay in bed and spend the day sipping coffee.

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Friday, 16 November 2012 20:51

Photos in the Palm of Your Hand: Projecteo!

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Soon you'll be able to see a slideshow of your iPhone photos. Project your prized instagram moments through this tiny gadget onto any surface and use App "Projecteo" to release your images from your phone. Designed by Benjamin Redford and Mint Digital.
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Dot

From the creators of Dot:

What is it?

Dot is a stylish, durable and downright pocketable 360º (panoramic) lens attachment and app for the iPhone 4.

What does it do?

Dot lets your iPhone capture immersive, fully navigable, panoramic video in real-time - and share with friends on your phone, as well as on Facebook and Twitter, or streamed online using our awesome panoramic video web platform and player.

Cool, right?

We're excited too. Why? Because we're uber lazy, and we'd rather put down the camera and enjoy the party. We're making a bet you will too. (Not that we think you're lazy...)

But seriously, our secret beta testers have already had a lot of fun taking it to concerts, the park, on moped rides in Italy, and showing cramped apartments to mothers halfway around the world.

So?

Well, up until recently it took major moolah and hefty gear to make a decent panoramic video. Now all you need is your phone and the world around you.

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( The above image was created by Paul Butler, who had access to Facebook's Apache Hive database and its 500m records. Through a series of carefully constructed steps, he was able to create this image. More details on how he did it here. )

"Artist Aaron Koblin takes vast amounts of data — and at times vast numbers of people — and weaves them into stunning visualizations. From elegant lines tracing airline flights to landscapes of cell phone data, from a Johnny Cash video assembled from crowd-sourced drawings to the "Wilderness Downtown" video that customizes for the user, his works brilliantly explore how modern technology can make us more human. Watch his TED Talk below." 

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