44 posts tagged Technology
44 posts tagged Technology
Let’s pay a visit to the Department of Awesome Antiquities and take a look at a 17th century pocket watch, courtesy of Columbia University. This astonishing device is a sort of sundial called a diptych dial, used for telling time by the light of the sun or the moon. They were produced by exceptionally skilled craftmen, most often in Nuremberg, Germany, from the 1500s through the 1700s.
"When opened, the string gnomon—the raised device that creates a shadow—is drawn tight. On some more sophisticated models, the string can be adjusted to account for different latitudes. Typically the top section would be used to determine the time using sunlight and the bottom section would be used to learn the time with moonlight."
This exquisitely beautiful Diptych Dial was created by Hans Trvschel in Nuremberg in 1603. It’s made of ivory, with a string gnomon horizontal dial and pin gnomon for the vertical dial.
French sculptor Pierre Matter beautifully combines biological and mechanical elements to create awesome large-scale sculptures that are as impressively grand as they are surprisingly tender.
"Many of Matter’s sculptures examine humanity’s relationship with both animals and machines, portraying these creatures and devices as beasts of burden, caretakers, religious symbols, and medical devices."
"He works mostly with bronze, however he also uses recycled and scrap materials, to build his hybrid sculptures. His imaginative artwork is a continuation of an ongoing dialogue concerning human existence and changes brought about by advances in technology and the sciences."
Visit Pierre Matter’s website to view more of his amazing sculptures.
Here’s your daily reminder of just how awesome science is:
Meet Buttercup the duck. Buttercup was born in a high school biology lab with a backward left foot. This meant that walking was all but impossible for him, so the school gave Buttercup to the Feathered Angels Waterfowl Sanctuary. Sanctuary staff decided the best option for Buttercup was to amputate his backward foot. Even though it would create an awkward limp, he would then at least be able to walk. But wait, that wasn’t the end of Buttercup’s story:
"Several months later engineers at Novacopy stepped in to help the sanctuary develop a permanent fix. Advances in rapid prototyping technology allowed for a mold of the bird’s left foot to be printed in about 13 hours, after which a silicone prosthesis was formed and perfectly fitted to Buttercup’s leg.”
This past weekend Buttercup was fitter with his pretty new prosthetic foot, which has distinctly improved his mobility. Instead of walking with a limp, Buttercup now walks (and runs!) normally and he seems pretty pleased about it.
Follow Buttercup’s continued progress over on Facebook.
Many of us start the day with at least one cup of coffee. For those of us who get that coffee on the go, you might get your name scribbled on the side of your cup or, if you’re lucky, a coffee artist will turn your caffeinated beverage into a work of art. But what if you could combine those two things?
Let’s Cafe, a small coffee kiosk located in Family Mart convenience stores across Taiwan, has found an awesome way to stand out from other coffee purveyors: They print customer’s faces on their coffee.
How’s it work? Customers upload photos to the Let’s Cafe machine, which is outfitted with a printer that “prints” (sprinkles, really) the images on a hot cup of java.
British photographer Nick Veasey uses X-ray imaging to create awesome photos like the ones seen here. Look closely at the chicken at the top of this post and you’ll see she’s about ready to lay an egg. From Nick’s Artist Statement:
"We live in a world obsessed with image. What we look like, what our clothes look like, houses, cars… I like to counter this obsession with superficial appearance by using X-rays to strip back the layers and show what it is like under the surface. Often the integral beauty adds intrigue to the familiar. We all make assumptions based on the external visual aspects of what surrounds us and we are attracted to people and forms that are aesthetically pleasing. I like to challenge this automatic way that we react to just physical appearance by highlighting the, often surprising, inner beauty."
For one of Nick’s most recent series, entitled Man and Machine, he uses x-ray images to depict people interacting with the machines we create.
"In the image above of passengers sitting on a bus, it’s interesting, if slightly morbid, to learn that everyone on the bus is actually the same person – and that person is a dead body, moved around and posed by a willing undertaker."
Now that we know Nick sometimes works with models who’ve shuffled off this mortal coil, it’s worth noting that, “when he’s working with live models, Veasey is cautious and limits himself to four X-rays of each male model and three of each female, to minimize their exposure to radiation.”
Head over to Nick Veasey’s website to view more of his fascinating artwork.
London-based photographer Luca di Filippo created an awesome photo series, entitled Daily Contaminations, which depicts insects made of components from discarded electronics skulking about our homes and investigating our lives.
"We never thought about what’s going on in our houses when we are out. They exist, they born from all the trashed electronic gadgets we used for years and years. Little "electronic creatures", very smart, harmless but curious, very curious. They roam around looking for informations about our habits. Nobody knows why. Someone thinks they sell data to the highest bidder. And any kind of pesticide can’t stop them."
[via Girls are Geeks]
Artist Florian Baron recently contacted us about not one, but two awesome creations, both called the Kaleidoclock. First there was an interactive video installation at the 2012 Ashigara Art Festival in Japan. It used video delay to create mesmerizing kaleidoscopic patterns of the viewers as they stood in front of the device. Click here to watch a short video of the Kaleidoclock in action.
Now there is a Kaleidoclock app for both iPhone and iPad that uses the same principle, only now the user’s phone or tablet is Kaleidoclock, which means you can transform whatever you see into a kaleidoscopic image that can then be downloaded and shared:
“KALEIDOCLOCK uses a circular screen that is divided into segments, similar to the face of a clock. The segments are showing footage of a camera facing the viewer. However, only one of them is in real time, and each successive segment has a time delay to the previous one. This setup lets the viewers playfully create infinite styles of visuals through combining - in one image - their present and their recent past.”
Visit the Kaleidoclock website to learn more.
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Why fly when you can wheel yourself around on a little blue buggy? Andrew Gray, a University of Florida electrical- and computer-engineering student, designed this incredibly awesome Bird Buggy for his parrot named Pepper, who cleverly steers it with a joystick held in his beak. This creation of this ingenious device came about because Pepper hates to be left alone and makes a great fuss whenever it happens.
"Our parrot, when he’s left alone, screams. It’s ear-piercing even if you’re several rooms away." To alleviate the squawking, Gray built a small cart Pepper can drive easily with his beak. It’s a distraction to give the grey plumed bird something to occupy his time. Sure enough, Pepper took to cruising around on four wheels, driving the small, boxy blue buggy by way of a beak-steered joystick control. Suddenly the bird is a whole lot quieter.
What’s more, the Bird Buggy uses cameras and a homing device mounted in its docking station, to park and recharge itself if Pepper decides to abandon his ride.
This video is one of the most beautiful and literally awesome things we’ve seen in a long while. Entitled Incendia and directed by Danny Cooke, this short, slow motion film gives the viewer an amazing look at both the perilous art of fire-breathing and the physics of fire itself. It feels like a dream in which we glimpse fire-breather Elliott Montello performing the dangerous rites of a secret nocturnal ceremony.
“With its organic nature, fire is a beautiful element to capture in slow motion. I performed this test as an experiment with the overcranking mode on the Sony FS700 camera (240fps/480fps) in order to directly compare the results to ‘Incendium’ where the slow motion was interpolated using Twixtor and shot on Canon 7D (60fps): vimeo.com/21919856”
These cute little sculpture versions of children’s drawings are the work of a company called Crayon Creatures. Pictured here are a Giraffied Llama and a Hamster on a Speed Boat, both of which are completely awesome.
The service is available to purchase online. After uploading a scanned image of your child’s drawing you’ll receive a 3D sandstone sculpture depicting the artwork by mail.
"Children drawings are weird and beautiful. Kids produce an immense amount of drawings that populate fridges, living rooms and workspaces of parents, family & friends. Those drawings are amazing, We love them. We will bring to life the kid’s artwork by modeling a digital sculpture and turning it into a real object using 3D Printing technology."
[via Laughing Squid]