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Monthly Archives: June 2013

Would You Wear A Tiny Plant Around Your Neck?

We’re not sure what kind of person loves plants so darn much as to wear them around their neck, but we’re thinking at least one: whoever conceived of this product. That being said, the Wearable Planter seems like the kind of object that’s just quirky enough to interest at least a few of our readers, if only so you can wear it and have people go “wtf is that on your neck?” at you. It’s 3D printed in acrylic and hand finished for smoothness, and costs all of $37. There are instructions on how to get your plant in there, but it doesn’t come with one.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Incredible Things ]

Amazing TARDIS Dress Is Amazing

Hey, Dr. Who fans out there, check this out: it’s a great TARDIS dress. It’s bigger on the inside!

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Worley Lightworx Flat Flashlight Could Fit In Your Wallet

The nice thing about most modern smartphones is that they can double as flashlights when you don’t have a bigger, brighter one around. But believe it or not, it’s not everybody that carries a smartphone around these days. Don’t you have a grandpa, or uncle that just swears by his old Nokia feature phone? We bet they would like this Worley Lightworx Flat Flashlight. It’s 3.5mm thin and barely bigger than a credit card, so it might fit it a standard wallet (or at the very least, unobtrusively in your back pocket), and it uses LED-based technology similar to the backlighting in a cellphone to illuminate continuously for up to 10 hours.

It’s the kind of present you buy someone for whom you care about, but just not that much. And if you want yours, it’s $25 on pre-order at Kickstarter.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ DamnGeeky ]

The Fantastic, Mind-Bending, Anamorphic Art Of Jonty Hurwitz

The South African artist Jonty Hurwitz is having a moment on the Internet. And why not? Have you seen this stuff? Among other things, Jonty creates wonderful sculptures that at first appear like deformed blobs, but when viewed through their reflection on a central metal cylinder, reveal their intended nature. He uses complex 3D modelling software, and spends months conceiving just how to create the perfect illusion, finally assembling copper, steel or even resin in a piece that doesn’t fail to boggle the mind. It’s called Anamorphic Art:

For the anamorphic pieces its an algorithmic thing, distorting the original sculptures in 3D space using 2πr or πr3 (cubed). Much of it is mathematical, relying on processing power. There is also a lot of hand manipulation to make it all work properly too as spacial transformation have a subtle sweet spot which can only be found by eye. Generally I will 3D scan my subject in a lab and then work the model using Mathematica or a range of 3D software tools. I think the π factor is really important in these pieces. We all know about this irrational number but the anamorphic pieces really are a distortion of a “normal” sculpture onto an imaginary sphere with its centre at the heart of the cylinder.

We’ve embedded a couple more of Jonty’s pieces after the jump, as well as a couple of videos that do an even better job at communicating the artistry in Jonty’s work. But you should also visit his website where many more pictures await.

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Heavy Metal Hero: Fan-Made Iron Man Gauntlet Can Shoot Real Lasers

Have you ever felt so passionate about something that you just wanted to break out the tools and make something to that thing you’re so passionate about? Well, I never did, since I’m not really good with the DIY stuff, but Patrick Priebe is–and he’s showing the rest of the world just how awesome he is at it by making this Iron Man gauntlet.

The gauntlet isn’t all for show. It can actually shoot high-powered lasers that have the capacity to burn stuff (ouch!) and pop balloons. He didn’t do any tutorials or post any in-the-making images so you won’t be able to replicate this at home, unless you do so with your own resourcefulness and ingenuity.

Hit the break for a video of the gauntlet in action.

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Crocheted X-Wing Pilot Helmet Hat

Last time we wrote about something that was made crocheting, we were looking at the Panzer tank slippers, and you guys loved them. And that’s even taking into account that all that was actually available was a PDF of the pattern, so you could make some for yourself. This particular hat however come fully made, to order, and looks sort of like the helmets the X-Wing fighter pilots were wearing in Star Wars.

You too can be outside braving the cold, all the while sporting a Luke Skywalker-about-to-blow-that-Death-Star-up look. It’ll just cost you a pretty hefty $60.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Technabob ]

Because Laughter is the Best Medicine: Two Whole Minutes of People Falling Off Segways

If you carry your Monday blues through to Tuesday, then here’s a hilarious clip that’ll chase them away, at least for the next two minutes. To some people, the Segway is a godsend, a transportation device that takes them where they want to go while making good time. To others, it’s a nightmare just waiting to happen (or rather, just waiting to run them over, in the case of the kid at the 0:15 mark.)

Personally, I have nothing against Segways, although I think they should carry a warning advising people who have absolutely no balance or coordination to not get them because they’ll only be setting themselves up for ridicule, embarrassment, and a whole lot of bruises.

VIA [ Gizmodo ]

The Ketchup Presser Helps You Get the Most Out of Each Ketchup Packet

Ketchup Presser

I like how they package ketchup into packets so you can take some of the condiment with you on the go or have some with your take-out fries. The slightly annoying thing about it is that you have to roll the packet up and squeeze with all your might to get every bit of ketchup out. Well, here’s some good news: There’s a new design out for French fries containers that comes with this little tab on the side that can help you with your ketchup packet woes.

All you have to do is insert the packet into the slot and press on the tab while pulling the packet out onto the other end to get all of the ketchup out and onto the cardboard container. No excessive squeezing and no need to roll anything up. Plus the fact that it’s just ‘built into’ the fries box makes everything a lot more convenient.

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This Is How Keys Work

We always look at lockpicking tools and rank them right up there alongside magician’s tools; it’s hard to understand how they work if you don’t get how locks themselves work. And then a little GIF comes by and suddenly it all makes sense. Oh, we’re not saying we’d be any more able to pick a lock now that we’ve seen this animation, because knowledge doesn’t equal skill, but we’re sure happy we finally get it. Aren’t you?

VIA [ Gizmodo ]