Watch fifty disco balls create a room full of beautiful static mapped out with 3D modeling | The Verge.

Kyle McDonald and Jonas Jongejan’s Light Leaks. Projectors shine on disco balls, and a camera maps where the reflections are in 3d, allowing them to program full-room projections.

How and what else.

I love the idea of breaking pixels apart. It’s like DLP smashed. Now, what if instead of mirrors you used prisms? Instead of discrete dots, how about smeared light, i.e. vectors?

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Disney’s Aireal lets you feel the imaginary | The Verge.

Puffs of air (like smoke rings) create a tangible interface for you and your video games. (It’s more sophisticated than I make it sound.) From Disney, with video.

Also from Disney:
Disney Research » Computational Design of Mechanical Characters.

A (relatively) simple tool to replicate complex 2D motion with cranks and gears. It’s so smooth it made me sit upright so I could see the rotating ellipses better. The implications? You can 3D-print gears to create toys that move as naturally as you want them to. Yes, there’s a video demonstrating this.

And just for good measure, if you haven’t seen the game Disney Infinity, go take a look now. It’s probably unlike any video game you’ve seen before. (There’s Wikipedia, for those of you who want the quick read.)


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Ikeas new AR app superimposes furniture into your empty room | Digital Trends.

Very clever, using the catalog cover as the reference point to determine view angle and scale. Watch the video.

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Boil Up.

Robert Hodgin continues to amaze me. He created this simulation of a bait ball for an exhibit at the Auckland Museum (New Zealand), called Moana, My Ocean. Here he explains his process.

Pretty great.

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Incredible Time-Lapse of Graffiti Artist Sofles Covering a Warehouse in Street Art.

Incredible indeed. Very clever bit at 2:50.

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“aboriginal landscapes of fabulous hybrid creatures” | MetaFilter.

All the links you need to be blown away by Marguerite Humeau and her working reconstructions of extinct creatures’ vocal tracts.

If you only have time for one click, go to this interview.

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WikiHouse, open-source cutting files for CNC machines, to build new cities barn-raising style, without architects and without developers. Uses SketchUp for now. Open invitation to join in the project.

TED Talk

HuffPost with video interview (Alistair Parvin)

It’s an interesting approach, clearly born out of academic studios. It requires access to a host of expensive, first-world things, namely a CNC machine, computers that can run SketchUp, and plywood of reliable quality. It’s an architecture student’s “raw materials”–chipboard and laser cutter–scaled up, and tasked with a noble mission. Honorable, but you have to wonder whether this is really an efficient way to bring housing to the masses. If you follow the production path from chopping down trees to making plywood, to CNC milling it, and then reassembling the whole thing into a house, it brings to mind making a casserole out of canned food.

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The sound of your voice splattered on a wall with light, by Chevalvert, 2roqs, Polygraphik, and Splank. [If you can’t tell, those are names of French studios.]

A pretty visualization. I like the illusion of slowing audio down so that you can see it transmitted along a cable.

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Texas SkyScreamer Unveiled at Six Flags Over Texas |

This is ridiculous and has caused all the blood to leave my feet. A 400-foot tower that you spin around in a swing, held by, y’know, a couple chains. Watch video.

Compare: imaginary rides.

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Watch lasers track bubbles to the beat of Daft Punk | The Verge.

I love that the simple addition of bubbles make this fully 3d, and with refraction.

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