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AI Video Object Removal

AI Video Object Removal

If you’ve used Photoshop’s content-aware fill, you know that it’s gotten easier to remove objects from still images. Doing the same in video is much trickier, but as Two Minute Papers explains, there’s new AI-based tech that’s really good at removing objects from moving images. It can also expand content into missing areas.

Art Artifact LED “Nixie” Clock

Art Artifact LED “Nixie” Clock

This retro-modernist alarm clock clearly gets inspiration from vintage Nixie tubes, but it uses LEDs instead. These red LEDs have big two advantages to Nixie: longevity and power consumption. The seven-digit display shows hours and minutes on its larger tubes, and seconds on the smaller ones. Note: Only supports 24-hour time.

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Portrait Shadow Manipulation

Portrait Shadow Manipulation

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.

How to Make 1-Bit Pixel Art

How to Make 1-Bit Pixel Art

Brandon James Greer is a master at creating pixel art. In this tutorial video, he explains some tricks and techniques for working with the most rudimentary of color palettes. 1-bit art embraces the limitations of a low-res monochrome image to focus on composition, patterns, and textures.

TokyoFlash Quasar LCD Watch

TokyoFlash Quasar LCD Watch

The Kisai Quasar has a deceptively easy to read display. Despite the geometric patterns covering its face, its digits are actually hiding in plain sight at the center of its hexagonal quadrants. It offers date, stopwatch, and alarm functions, along with electroluminescent backlighting, and 12-hour and 24-hour modes.

Sharpin Android Pinball Machine

Sharpin Android Pinball Machine

ETA Prime shows off an upcoming tabletop gaming system that plays digital pinball games like Zen Pinball and Pinball Arcade. It runs on Android, and has a 24″ full HD display that’s angled properly for gameplay. The machine will come in two versions with different levels of processing capability, and can also connect to a PC. Drops 3/2020.

3 Portraits

3 Portraits

Motion artist Colin Toupe presents a series of three digital portraits, each of which is a wild abstract image which morphs through a trippy landscape of color and procedural textures. The resulting video is like a crazy fever dream.

Deal: Holga Retro Digital Camera

Capture delightfully imperfect photos with Holga’s inexpensive digital camera. It features a retro-style body in black, black/silver, or multicolor and captures 8-megapixel images through its low-fi viewfinder and lens. Save 22% in The Awesomer Shop.

Beatbox DIY Drum Machine

Beatbox DIY Drum Machine

A fun DIY kit for musicians, electronics hobbyists, and just about anyone who likes cool gadgets. The Rhythmo Beatbox lets you build a MIDI controller and drum machine in a cardboard box. It’s got arcade-style buttons, built-in sounds, a battery, and speakers. Its companion mobile app enables sound customization.

Digital Foosball Table

Digital Foosball Table

Interactive system maker Realtime Department shows off a modern version of the classic foosball game where you never have to worry about losing the ball again. It features a 4K display and spinner style rod controls, and its virtual stadium and player uniforms can be customized.

Rapper’s Delight: Digital Edition

Rapper’s Delight: Digital Edition

The 1979 Sugar Hill Gang track Rapper’s Delight put hip hop on the map for many of us. Now enjoy a cover of the seminal rap track, as performed by the trio of Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant, courtesy of YouTuber Steven Rosenthal. It seems like Siri has the best sense of rhythm.

Seeing Through Walls

Seeing Through Walls

Engineers from the MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) developed a technology which uses RF signals and deep learning algorithms to approximate the movements of people as they go behind a wall or walk in a darkened room.

FlipDot Mechanical Digital Displays

FlipDot Mechanical Digital Displays

Most digital displays are completely solid state, with no moving parts. But check out these nifty (and noisy) Alfa Zeta 7-segment displays from FlipDots, which look digital, but use magnetic fields to change states. Check out more cool FlipDot demonstrations here and here.

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Digital Snowfall

Digital Snowfall

Make: author Caleb Kraft came across this nifty plaything by Mike’s Electric Stuff, which uses sensors and a cylindrical grid of LEDs that simulate falling snow or sand as it’s flipped end-over-end. Mike needs to turn this thing into a toy you can buy. He’d sell thousands.

Tesla Coil and Robot Orchestra

Tesla Coil and Robot Orchestra

One of the more entertaining robotic groups we’ve heard was built by FT Mechatronics, whose electronic band consists of a variety of stepper motors, solenoids, hard drives, oscilloscopes, a robot xylophone, nixie tubes, and a tesla coil. Here, it plays Hello by OMFG.

Lixie Digital Display

Lixie Digital Display

A slick new take on vintage Nixie tubes. The open-source Lixie display uses LED edge-lit acrylic sheets to display different digits. Unlike Nixies they can be any color, and don’t require high voltage to operate. Designer Connor Nishijima explains how it works.

Skagen Hagen Connected Watch

Skagen Hagen Connected Watch

An modern and minimal analog watch that packs digital integrations with your iOS or Android smartphone via Bluetooth. It offers activity tracking, sleep monitoring, and notifications, and battery life up to 6 months.

ZIIIRO Titan Pocket Watch

ZIIIRO Titan Pocket Watch

ZIIRO takes their unique LCD watch display and embeds it in a modern pocket watch. Made from a sturdy anodized aluminum, with a mineral crystal front, and EL backlighting. Comes with a black metal chain and matching carabiner.

Nixon Synapse Watch

Nixon Synapse Watch

The touchscreen Synapse can tell time in four timezones simultaneously, and looks cool doing it on its dot-matrix display. Available in black, gunmetal, gold and silver stainless steel finishes.

Circle Portraits

Circle Portraits

Previously featured for his pencil/photo mashups, artist Ben Heine has a unique new technique – creating entire portraits from a series of perfect circles with only Photoshop CS4 and his raw talent.

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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TS3

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TS3

Panasonic’s LUMIX DMC-TS3 camera is equipped with GPS and compass and features 3D Photo mode; it creates images by taking 20 consecutive photos and overlaying the 2 best for the final shot.

Polaroid GL30 Instant Camera

Polaroid GL30 Instant Camera

Hearkening back to Polaroid’s roots, the GL30 merges digital camera with ZINK portable printer to provide instant 3″x4″ digital prints. Not a high-end camera, but it could be good for creative projects.

Pixlr Image Editor

Pixlr Image Editor

Providing the type of sophisticated image editing you’d expect to find in Adobe Photoshop, this online image editor is a great no-cost alternative you can use anywhere you have a web browser.

Waiting for the End

Waiting for the End

While we’re not big Linkin Park fans, this music video directed by DJ Joe Hahn is definitely worth a watch. Created using laser scanning techniques, the video’s a real stunner. The song… meh.

Fujifilm Finepix Real 3D W3

Fujifilm Finepix Real 3D W3

With Fujifilm’s new digicam captures 3D video in 720p HD, and lets you view images on 3D TVs, develop 3D lenticular prints, or view them on the built-in glasses-free 3D LCD viewfinder.

Short Film: Tempus II

Short Film: Tempus II

Watch ordinary objects turn into spectacular flying projectiles in these incredible slo-mo shots captured by Philip Heron and James Adair with the high-speed Photron SA1.1 camera.

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