Google’s Arts & Culture team partnered with CyArk to travel to over 25 sites across 18 countries, using drone imagery and 3D laser scanners to capture intricate portraits of each place. You can explore the story and 3D model of each historic location—from Syria’s Al-Azem palace, to the Temple of Eshmoun in Lebanon, to the Mayan city of Chichen Itza—on the site.
Heh—this crazy project provides an extreme close-up on the incredible craftsmanship & patience of the creators of Germany’s famous miniature world. The team writes,
Street View cameras have floated on gondolas in Venice, ridden on camels in the Liwa Desert and soared on snowmobiles on Canadian slopes. But to capture the nooks and crannies in Miniatur Wunderland, we worked with our partner at Ubilabs to build an entirely new—and much smaller—device. Tiny cameras were mounted on tiny vehicles that were able to drive the roads and over the train tracks, weaving through the Wunderland’s little worlds to capture their hidden treasures.
Heh—it’s often fun to see the gap between what products are designed (or at least marketed) to do, and how they’re actually used. Saturday Night Live delightfully skewered yoga pants in this pitch for “Pro-Chiller Leggings,” which can be worn as “pants, pajamas, and a napkin” (reminding me of “a floor wax and a dessert topping!”). Now “just sit the hell down and chill”:
You’re the puppet now, dog: Designer, illustration, and natural-born showman Dave Werner does his best Strongbad (or is it Triumph?) impression in this altogether charming (and Bronie-tastic) live demo of the latest from Adobe Character Animator:
If & when Dave does Trogdor, my life will be complete. [YouTube]
A dog (clear favorite), UFO, heart, basketball, and spider join the dinosaur, chicken, alien, gingerbread man, planet, and robot. The latter six stickers have been slightly rearranged, while the new ones are at the beginning of the carousel.
Enjoy! And let us know what else you’d like to see.
As I mentioned the other day, Moment is Kickstarting efforts to create an anamorphic lens for phones like Pixel & iPhone. In the quick vid below, they explain its charms—cool lens flares, oval bokeh, and more: