It took quite a bit of planning and engineering prowess, but the end result of Daniel Perdomo’s recreation of Atari’s arcade classic PONG as a game played with mechanical paddles and ball cube is quite impressive. (Thanks Philip!)
Puppet maker Barnaby Dixon shows off a proof-of-concept design for a new puppet that incorporates the use of his fingers to articulate its hands, feet and head. Combined with Barnaby’s solid puppeteering skills, its movements are impressively human. More here.
Mosevic creates its sunglass frames using resin-coated layers of denim, gathered from discarded and damaged jeans. The end result is not only a stunning design, but a great statement on sustainability. Each comes with quality Zeiss polarized lenses.
Deborah Cook (Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Boxtrolls, Coraline) is a costume designer who specializes in making clothes for stop-motion puppets. She spoke with the Oscars about what her job entails, the challenges of designing small scale clothing and more.
Trust us when we say you’ve never seen Minecraft quite like this. This trippy video called Minecraft Acid Interstate uses custom shaders to take us on a rollercoaster we only wish we could ride while wearing an Oculus Rift. The track is Half Awake Pt. 2 by Topaz.
This unique timepiece from Y. Kimura and Seahope Ltd. features a display which tells time using blobs of liquid metal. The metal moves freely, then magnets under its face pull them into place to display the current hours and minutes. Comes in silver, black, or gold.
Woouf!’s beanbag sofa harkens back to the era of analog synthesizers, offering up tons of cryptic knobs and a seating surface covered with keys. The only thing better would be if it played when you sat on it. Officially-licensed by Moog. Measures appx. 53″ x 31″ x 24″.
Artist Kyle Toth demonstrates the painstaking process of transforming boards of bocote and ash wood into an intricate donut-shaped sculpture. The finished work contains 2,340 individual pieces of wood, and took Kyle about 90 hours to complete.
Artists Prokop Bartoníček & Benjamin Maus created Jller, a fascinating machine that is capable of automatically identifying the geologic age of individual stones, then sorting and organizing them according to their era. Its slow and methodical approach is hypnotic.
Razik’s custom built bicycles feature a stunning frame design that brilliantly blends form and function. The Isotruss lattice frame uses carbon fiber and carbon nanotube tech to produce an extraordinarily lightweight and strong frame unlike any other.
Florida-based Saltwater Brewery came up with an edible, compostable and biodegradable alternative to plastic drink can rings which can harm animals. Made from byproducts of the company’s brewing process, the edible rings are just as strong as their plastic counterparts.
Another amazing LEGO creation from builder Talapz. This incredible mechanical construction starts out looking like a big book, but unfolds to reveal an intricate model of Japan’s iconic Himeji Castle. It looked a little precarious there when he went to fold it back up though.
Set up a classy Snake Mountain with this badass chesterfield chair by designer Gregory Besson. It has a leather seat cover while its skull-shaped body is made of fiberglass. You can customize the color of your order.
This nifty notebook from Suck UK doubles as a custom deck of playing cards. Each edge-bound sheet is made from real playing card stock, and offers a blank writing surface on front for your doodles or your own bespoke deck design.
LEGO enthusiast Nick Brick made an incredible life-size version of the M41 SPNKR, the classic rocket launcher from the Halo series. It’s 50.5″ long, weighs 24lb and is made of about 6,000 LEGO pieces. Its double barrel unit is detachable, just like in the games.
Artist Nemo Gould loves to make kinetic sculptures using found objects and handmade components. One of his latest works is Megalodon, a 192″-long robotic shark submarine that he made from an F-94 bomber’s fuel tank, nixie tubes, motors, and other bits.
Vania Heymann and Gal Muggia’s video for Coldplay’s single combines visuals of real world settings filmed at dramatically different distances. The result is a surreal world in which soccer is played on a sponge, volcanoes spew popcorn, and babies fly on airplane wings.
Docubyte took photos of some of the antique and historic computers at The National Museum of Computing. They worked with Ink to retouch the pictures and make each computer look brand new. Docubyte will sell prints of the resulting images soon.
Nowness inspects artist Tauba Auerbach’s oversized pop-up book set [2,3]. It consists of six separate volumes, each with one large, complex and arresting pop-up that somehow still folds flat when its folio is closed.
Engineers from the MIT Tangible Media Lab have improved upon their earlier tactile display system, adding the ability to control the perceived amounts of flexibility, elasticity, and viscosity. The result is a display that can feel like a variety of materials, from rubber to water.
You’re gonna need a bigger rocks glass. Brooklyn artisans Fess Wavy turn cocktails into deadly shark-infested waters their awesome laser-cut cocktail picks, made from tortoise-shell Lucite. Who knew sharks liked cherries and olives? (Lead image via The Gear Hound)
Kingspray is an upcoming virtual reality graffiti simulator for Windows and OS X that uses the HTC Vive. Choose from thousands of paint colors and go wild on realistic textures and locations such as walls, trains and trailers with no fear of jail time.
If you love Javier de Riba’s floor graffiti and prints, check out Nisnas Industries’ Rememory Pack. It’s a set of four paint patterns, each made of two recycled plastic stencils, based on antique tile patterns in Wadi Salib, Israel.
Veteran animated film artist, writer and director Brenda Chapman (Brave, The Prince of Egypt, Beauty and the Beast) spoke with the Oscars about her creative process, the idiosyncrasies of editing animated works, and her inspiration for Brave.
Japanese LEGO fanatic Nobu Tary creates amazing sculptures which make the plastic building bricks look good enough to eat. While the burger and bento box look tasty, it’s the slice of everything pizza with gooey LEGO cheese that has us salivating.