Graphic designer Scott Reinhard makes maps that look old and new at the same time. Each design consists of a decades-old topographic layer and a computer-generated elevation, complete with shadows. The resulting map looks like it’s in 3D.
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Located in Eastern Alaska, the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program is a research facility used to study the ionosphere. The Skyglow Project recently was granted access to the mysterious looking array of antennas, and caught the Aurora Borealis while shooting.
Animorphs’ book covers are more famous than the actual stories. Lazy Game Reviews got his hands on the software that artist David Mattingly used for his covers. But due to the software’s limitations, he painted about half of each cover to make them look, uh, better.
Etsy store Kit Atlas makes personalized portrait magnets. Send a photo of a face – even pets – and they’ll draw, color, cut, and turn it into a magnet by hand. You’ll approve the sketch before it gets turned into a magnet, and can order up to six magnets at a time.
In this promotional spot for CAD/CAM software developer Open Mind, they demonstrate how a 5-axis CNC mill can transform a solid block of metal into a replica of a basketball net, by gradually carving away bits of metal until only a woven net remains. Skip to 1:06.
For his latest project, metalsmith Shurap created a gigantic chisel using numerous layers of steel. The oversized tool is designed for woodworking, but is so beautiful that it could just be a work of art on a stand. Watch how the intricately-carved handle was made here.
Experimental band Hardcore Anal Hydrogen created a trippy and vibrant music video for their thrash metal track Jean-Pierre, created with the help of artificial intelligence tools like Deep Dream, Neutral Style Transfer, and DeepFlow. Read more about the project here.
Researchers at UC Berkeley have developed a 3D printing method called Computed Axial Lithography. It projects 2D slices of a 3D model into a cylinder of resin, creating an object in one go. It’s much faster than other 3D printing methods, which deposit material layer by layer.
“What if I don’t want a hand? What if I want a tentacle?” The Guardian spoke with amputees as well as experts about the present and future of prosthetics and bionics. Research on technology such as brain-machine interfaces raise both possibilities and dilemmas.
All in Pixel created this animated masterpiece for The Verge’s Better Worlds‘ project. Based on a short story by Justina Ireland, it’s a science fiction tale about a woman determined to leave Earth for a more hopeful future on a colony only attainable for the wealthiest of people.
Here’s something that all online shoe stores should have. Wannaby’s Wanna Kicks is an augmented reality app for iOS. It projects 3D models of commercially available sneakers on your feet. The models are sized to your feet and accurately change perspective when you move.
You don’t have to speak a word of Spanish to get the fire and enthusiasm of artist Porfirio Jimenez, who creates wonderful pop art paintings using spray paint and stencils. He may have talent, but his real super power is not getting any paint on his white t-shirt.
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