This augmented reality app from Signal-to-Noise lets you visualize the sounds that vinyl records produce. Aim your iOS device’s camera at a spinning record, and turn up the volume. Sonic analysis software generates a real-time graph of the waveforms overlaid on each disc as it turns.
Awesome Art & Design
After making a BB-8/Hulkbuster mashup, Adam of North of the Border imagines what it might be like if two of our favorite green characters combined forces. The figure features the muscular body of the Hulk with Yoda’s head, hands, and feet. Smash or do not smash. There is no try.
Ilya and Matt from That Works show how they fabricated an impressive historical weapon inspired by the game Outward Definitive Edition. They created the Italian Halberd from a 200-year-old wrought iron barn door hinge that they refined and forged into an elegant yet deadly axe with a spike on the end.
Fans of 1980s metal might recognize some of the crazy multi-necked guitars in this video by Rob Scallon. They’re part of Michael Angelo Batio’s extensive guitar collection. Batio is known as the fastest guitar player of the era, and Rob is like a kid in a candy store when gets hands-on with some of these wild instruments.
Taking a hike through the great outdoors can be a relaxing and serene experience. But if you’re squeamish about bugs and other wildlife, you’re better off staying indoors. Thanks to the Molski Brothers’ A Trail Tale, you can experience a hike along the Appalachian Trail without leaving the comfort of your web browser. (Thanks Rob!)
This clever video makes it look like a giant hand is manipulating the real world by making pinch, pan, and zoom gestures. This effect was created in-camera with the help of a precisely choreographed model and hand actor behind the camera. Though we’re not sure how he got the finger gun past the metal detector.
Esther Aular aka NEKI is an incredibly talented makeup artist, specializing in optical illusions. She creates her alter-egos with a mix of face paint and prosthetics. See if you can guess where her real eyes are hiding on each of the faces in this compilation video, and check out more of her surreal creations on TikTok.
Two Minute Papers shows off a computer graphics tech that can create 3D objects from 2D images. Developed by NVIDIA, the University of Toronto, and the Vector Institute, the tech can work with as little as a single reference photo to produce a 3D model, materials, and lighting. The longer the AI runs, the more detail it extracts.
LCDs and LEDs are everywhere, from smartphones to watches to TVs, to headlights. Musician and tech enthusiast Posy dives deep into one specific use of these technologies – displays which use segments to create numbers and letters. After a little history, he shows off some concepts for his own segmented designs.
A compact and more affordable version of the awesome looking HyperCube led light cube. The 5.5″ USB-powered cube offers 95 pre-programmed light patterns and can react to sound and music. It works with a mobile app to control its animations, and multiple cubes can be synced together.
After fabricating a miniature suspension bridge, Tiny World built a scale model of a railroad bridge based on the design of the CSX A-Line Bridge that spans the James River in Richmond, Virginia. To create the structure, they poured concrete into foam-core molds with wire supports inside.
Photographer Kien Lam has been traveling the globe for over a decade. He spent 343 days before the pandemic lockdowns of 2020 shooting this spectacular time-lapse video. In all, he visited 17 countries by plane, train, and bus, and shot more than 6200 images. You can follow Kien’s ongoing adventures at Where and Wander.
Not only did artist New Car come up with a design for an original concept car, but they also created a 3D sculpture of it using one of those filament pens that works like a free-form 3D printer. The most time-consuming part of the project was all of the sanding and smoothing.
This elegant drawing tool deserves a place on your desktop, not hidden away in a drawer. The brass and steel tool adjusts to create and measure circles from 3 to 70 mm in diameter and includes a walnut insert for centering. We also love their brass Stria folding ruler. (Thanks Richard!)
Artist DP Truong is always coming up with clever and different ways to draw portraits. This time out, they just used a pencil, but the trick is that it was covered with thorns on every side, making it incredibly difficult to grip and sharpen without causing pain.
North Drinkware makes these unique drink coasters based on the topography of mountains. Each laser-cut birch wood coaster features a shape and engraving inspired by famous mountain locations, from Oregon’s Mt. Hood to Vermont’s Camel’s Hump. Sold in sets of two. We also love their mountain glassware.
NeonIcons makes all kinds of cool wall art from LED neon for a bright glow without the fragility of traditional neon tubes. One of our favorite pieces is this pop art of Monopoly’s Rich Uncle Pennybags holding two sacks of cash and wearing a golden halo. Check out their shop for more awesome designs or to order custom art.
This 1st Edition deck from 52Kards features a mesmerizing optical illusion on the back that produces a sense of depth as you move them, making them perfect for showing off your cardistry moves. The symbols and face card designs echo the wavy line design, and they come packed in a matching tuck box.
The YouTube channel for Mr Custom Crafts is loaded with unique works of art created from metal. In this video, they show how they turned a metal rod and nails into the immensely creepy and crawly scolopendra gigantea, aka the largest centipede in the world. If you enjoyed watching that, check out the scorpion they made.
Geeky pillow maker Throwboy teamed up with the Mineola Knitting Company to create a colorful series of throw blankets inspired by classic Apple Macintosh imagery. The 50″ X 60″ throws are woven from recycled cotton and polyester, and feature images of the MacOS startup face, the iMac G3, and the 5th-gen iPod.
Artist Lorenzo Drago created this life-like environment using Unreal Engine 5 and Lumen for the lighting. The location is based on Etchū-Daimon Station and is a dead ringer for the real deal. In order to capture the greatest detail, he rendered it at 7fps then sped it up, but it can be rendered in real time with less detail.
Love to solve escape room puzzles? Ohm’s Quest is basically an escape room in a cube. It packs buttons, lights, wire jacks, an accelerometer, an RFID sensor, and a speaker to guide players through an interactive puzzle-solving experience. It comes with three games, and new games will be available via a subscription.