CG artist pwnisher challenged his followers and fellow artists to come up with a short render based on a basic template that he provided. 125 artists responded, each offering their own very different take on the provided source image of a character walking toward a mountain.
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Nature photographers John Downer Productions flew a realistic, robotic hummingbird deep into a forest packed with hundreds of millions of monarch butterflies. The drone captured amazing footage of the swarm as they awoke from their long winter’s nap in Mexico. From the BBC Series Spy in the Wild.
Computer scientists from Google, MIT, and UC Berkeley have developed incredible image correction software that uses artificial intelligence to remove or soften unwanted shadows and harsh highlights from faces without affecting other naturally-occurring shadows. Read more about the tech on the project’s website.
Artist Roman Booteen is a master at modifying vintage coins, engraving intricate details and augmenting them with added depth. His most impressive design is this 1921 U.S. Dollar coin with a mechanical hand that grips a sword in its center when a hidden button is pushed. He also makes some amazing lighters.
Nursing homes have been on a lonely lockdown for months. Robert Speker, activities coordinator for the UK’s Sydmar Lodge care home, decided to entertain residents by recreating famous LP covers with their photos. All funds from their GoFundMe campaign benefit Alzheimers Society, Age UK, and Dementia Friends.
Not too long ago, Colin Furze built himself an incredibly rad, incredibly capable homebrew screw tank. But one thing that it couldn’t do that some military-grade screw tanks can do is float on water. So he’s back to make some mods to improve the balance and buoyancy of his ride, in an attempt to make it seaworthy.
As we learned previously, Dalibor Farný is a true master of the craft of making nixie tubes. In this clip, he shows off the process of making a large, custom tube, that instead of displaying digits, glows with the logo of his client, Keysight Technologies. We want one with The Awesomer logo now!
Korean artist Hoo’s Mini World is an expert at creating sculptures using a 3D drawing pen, along with sanding and carving. In this in-depth video, watch as they build an insanely detailed motorcycle model, which took about three months to complete. More images on Instagram.
Builder Colin Furze shows off one of his craziest vehicles ever, a hydraulic tank that moves across the earth using giant screw threads. It’s the great destroyer of lawns, and makes a horribly muddy mess, but is surprisingly agile and powerful. Check out Colin’s build videos here.
LEGO Technic machine expert The Brick Wall created an amazing working sawmill that turns long logs into individual pieces of firewood. The wood is delivered on the back of a LEGO truck, then the factory cuts the wood into smaller logs, then splits them into quarters, ready for lighting.
When an airplane encounters just the right weather conditions, its wingtips and propellers can generate visible patterns in the air. Redditor cburnett shared this wild footage of the patterns made by the four props on a Hercules C-130. A google search for “propeller vortexes” turns up more incredible images of the phenomenon.
While Antiques Roadshow was visiting West Fargo, ND’s Bonanzaville, a U.S. Air Force veteran stopped by with a Rolex Oyster Cosmograph watch he purchased in the 1970s for about $350. While that was a lot of money back then, his investment truly paid off, especially since he never wore it, and saved all of the original paperwork.
Hyperspace Lighting’s amazing lamp has a structure made up of full-color LED light strips, set into a cube of one-way mirrored acrylic panels. The result is the coolest infinity lamp we’ve ever seen. It works with a companion mobile app to adjust its lighting effects, and has a sound-reactive mode. Comes in 10″ and 15″ sizes.
Foosball is usually played by 2 to 4 players. But with this ginormous custom table, up to 10 people can play at once. This truly unique game table is built by Coeur d’Alene, Idaho’s Howards Woodshop. It has a metal base, a wood playing field, and comes with a pair of scoreboards. The centerfield logo can be customized.
Builder knexpert06 shows off an incredible creation made using K’Nex construction toys. The 141 foot-long roller coaster has dual tracks so two coasters can race side by side. It took nearly 500 hours to build, but a full lap of the coaster takes just under a minute.
YouTuber Papierfliegerei made a significantly better version of his playful gun. The portable paper plane factory now has a modular construction for easier repair, and is more durable and more powerful. It can make and fire up to 120 paper planes in a minute.
It’s a well-known fact among auto buffs that Formula 1 pit stops are the fastest in racing. And now, thanks to the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing F1 pit crew, we now have the fastest of the fast. Watch in awe as they complete a tire change on driver Max Verstappen’s car during the 2019 Brazilian GP in just 1.82 seconds.
So when you’ve got to dry dock a big ship, you need to get it out of the water somehow. Watch in awe as Boskalis show off their BOKA Vanguard, the world’s largest heavy lift sea vessel. Measuring over 900 feet long, it’s capable of lifting even the enormous Carnival Vista cruise ship.
Artist Bert Hickman creates amazing organic works of art by firing a multimillion volt electron beam into acrylic. The powerful electrical jolt creates lightning bolt patterns inside the plastic. In addition to flat art, he also makes cubes, spheres, and even guitar bodies.
Science and math-based design company Nervous System presents a duo of generative art puzzles inspired by spiral-shelled creatures. Both the 117-piece Ammonite and 307-piece Nautilus puzzles are laser cut from birch plywood, and incorporate a handful of unique pieces that resemble other living organisms.
Hollywood Collectibles Group (HCG) presents an awe-inspiring, life-size replica of the Queen xenomorph from Aliens, as she bursts forth from Level 5 of the starship Sulaco ready to take on Ripley in one final epic battle. The handmade fiberglass sculpture measures 37″h x 32″w x 20″d, and is sure to terrify all who face it.
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