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Wrapped

Wrapped

This award-winning short from Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg’s Animation Institute envisions a day in which nature reclaims the Earth from civilization. It’s a vision we’ve seen in films like I Am Legend, but here we see the process rather than just the end result.

Mac 128k Voxel Model

Mac 128k Voxel Model

Sketchfab contributor d0rkmushr00m used MagicaVoxel to make this awesome 3D voxel model of the original 128k Apple Macintosh. The exploded drawing shows the full innards and outards (is that a word?) of the classic Mac. Read how it was created here. (Thanks Brent!)

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Piezoelectric Motors

Piezoelectric Motors

Applied Science takes a look at an intriguing bit of tech that uses piezoelectric waves to move objects. This allows for low-profile, hubless, magnet-free motors and theoretically could create motors which aren’t round. The motor shown in the demo is from PCBMotors.

Miniature Rube Goldberg Machine

Miniature Rube Goldberg Machine

We’ve seen all manner of Rube Goldberg machines over the years, but never one as precise as this one from Seiko, that uses some 1200 watch parts and watchmaking tools in its design. It required a little human assist along the way, but it’s still pretty awesome.

Real-Time Facial Remapping

Real-Time Facial Remapping

An international team of researchers have developed Face2Face, an amazing technology which allows an subject’s face to be captured with a standard webcam, then remap their facial expressions onto another subject in a video in real time, with very convincing results.

The Drip Printer

The Drip Printer

It’s amazing all the cool things you can do with a simple X/Y motorized rig. Here, Rochester Institute of Technology’s Ted Kinsman shows how to create images using different sized droplets of colored liquid, like coffee, ink, or red wine, which then soak into the paper.

BRIXO Bricks

BRIXO Bricks

BRIXO is a new breed of LEGO-compatible building blocks which can create circuits within in your projects. The system will offer conductive chrome blocks, sensors, lighting and motors. The Bluetooth module will let you control your builds from your smartphone.

Wave City Dining Table

Wave City Dining Table

Designer Stelios Mousarris‘ second Inception-inspired table is much bigger than the first one, measuring 98″x 30″x 28″. Its continuous wood and steel sheet undulates to create a large crest and a tapered leg that support the glass surface.

Robin Body Paint Cosplay

Robin Body Paint Cosplay

Body paint artist Kay Pike has dressed herself in a number of incredible “outfits” made almost entirely from makeup. Her latest creation – the Boy Wonder himself. You can watch the design come together in her time-lapse video.

The Musical Marble Machine

The Musical Marble Machine

This truly amazing musical instrument was created by Swedish musician Martin Molin (aka Wintergatan). It uses an incredibly complicated mechanism to produce notes and rhythms using human input and the sound of 2,000 falling metal marbles. (Thanks Paul!)

The Cycloid Drawing Machine

The Cycloid Drawing Machine

Like a Spirograph on steroids, Joe Freedman’s Cycloid Drawing Machine uses a series of highly adjustable geared discs for create incredibly complex geometric images. Skip to 1:00 if you don’t care to hear how amazing the cardboard box was. Or skip to 3:31 to see it in action.

Ken Block R/C Truck

Ken Block R/C Truck

We’ve seen an R/C model of Ken Block’s Ford Fiesta. But this builder created something even more impressive – a working scale version of the 18-wheeler that transports Block’s car. Be sure to check out many other amazing R/C vehicles on monsterchannel24.

Handwriting Automata Clock

Handwriting Automata Clock

This incredibly complex timepiece comes from design students at the Tohoku University of Art & Design in Japan. The intricate wooden machine uses more than 400 precision components to move an stylus that writes, then erases the current time like an Etch-a-Sketch.

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Building a Tank from Scratch

Building a Tank from Scratch

A team of guys in Russia show off the build process behind their own homebrew tank. We’re assuming the plywood bits at the start were an earlier prototype, as the finished MS-1 tank appears to be made from sturdier materials like metal and rubber.

Run Baby Run

Run Baby Run

Animator Eran Amir created a series of 3D printed baby figurines then traveled through a variety of environments with the baby models on a rig, painstakingly snapping one photo at a time to create a seemingly around-the-world baby marathon. Making of video here.

Thunderstorm Time-lapse

Thunderstorm Time-lapse

Blue Dog Films used a Canon 5d Mk3 to capture this incredibly ominous and awe-inspiring time-lapse footage of a storm brewing over Maroochydore, Australia, churning away like something from the ark opening scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Ice Diamonds & Classic Cocktails

Ice Diamonds & Classic Cocktails

Munchies dropped down Ginza, Japan’s Bar High Five to get a look at owner Hidetsugu Ueno’s perfectly balanced and artful cocktails, and his ability to individually carve chunks of ice into glimmering diamond shapes. Ironically, Hidetsugu doesn’t even drink.

Mecanum-wheeled Robots

Mecanum-wheeled Robots

These unusual wheels have found their way onto fork-lifts and other machinery in recent years, allowing vehicles to maneuver in all directions, and in very tight spaces without a steering rack. Here, we see some Robotnik Summit XL OMNIs strutting their stuff.

You Sank My Batttleship

You Sank My Batttleship

Back in November 2015, Rosarito Underwater Park sank a former Mexican Navy battleship as the basis for an artificial reef. Photographer JP Ussel was on hand with a plethora of GoPros to capture the action from inside and outside the ship as it met its final resting place.

Building a Life-Size BB-8

Building a Life-Size BB-8

Angelo Casimiro wanted a replica of The Force Awakens’ rotund droid, but Sphero’s version wasnt’t big enough. Instead, he spent his Xmas break building his own full-size droid for just $120, with a paper-mâché beach ball body and an Arduino brain. More on Instructables.

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Aurora Borealis Paramotoring

Aurora Borealis Paramotoring

Acrobatic flyer Horacio Llorens recently combined two amazing bucket list experiences into one as he took on sub-zero temperatures in his motorized paraglider, against the brilliant blue-green backdrop of the Aurora Borealis in Trømso, Norway.

Win a Stern Pinball Machine

Win a Stern Pinball Machine

Our friends at Stern Pinball are pinball junkies a chance to win a brand new pinball machine. Just upload a picture of yourself and why you think you’re the ultimate pinball fan to social media with the hashtag #UltimateSternPinballFan to enter. (Ends 11/1/2016)

Chain Reaction

Chain Reaction

The amazingly talented pilots and aerial athletes of the Red Bull Air Force headed to the dusty desert of Moab, Utah, where they strung together a series of amazing stunts as a gorgeous and powerful Audi RS 7 sped by below. Go behind the scenes here.

High-Speed Milling Machine

High-Speed Milling Machine

A mesmerizing look at the dexterity and speed of a GROB-WERKE CNC milling machine, as it sculpts a solid block of metal into a precision part. The way it moves the object to meet the cutting blade is like a robotic ballet. More here.

Branded Dreams

Branded Dreams

Studio Smack envisions a future in which advertising goes beyond billboards, banner ads, and product placement, and brands devise a technology to invade our dreams with not so subtle promotions for their products. For some reason, we’re craving a can of Coke now.

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