Category Archives: Design

Design: SNL nails the real use of “athletic wear”

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”:

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The Bionic(le) Man: Kids literally arms himself via Lego

Weak side: Complaining about doing push-ups.
Strong side: Being born with a partial arm, saying F it, Imma build myself a Lego arm & do push-ups on that

Ever since he was a kid, David Aguilar was obsessed with Lego. He spent his childhood building cars, planes, helicopters, and eventually, his own prosthetic. Born with a deformed arm, the self-named “Hand Solo” decided to take his Lego-building skills to the next level. At age 18, he perfected his designs with the MK2, a prosthetic arm with the ability to bend and pick up objects with a pincer-like grip. Now, he’s the coolest kid on the block.

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[Vimeo] [Via Maria Brenny]

1,760 LED screens dance in Coke’s epic 3D billboard

A new drink awaits you in the off-world colonies! A chance to imbibe again…

Atlanta Inno writes,

Coca-Cola unveiled the six-story digital advertisement in August, winning two Guinness World Records titles: “The Largest 3D Robotic Billboard” and “The First 3D Robotic Billboard.” The company has featured an advertisement in Times Square for more than 97 years and the latest sign features 1,760 independently moving LED screens, creating a multisensory experience for the audience, according to a news release.

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Google visualizes thousands of bird sounds via AI

This thing is pretty cool! Cornell researchers worked with Googlers to use machine learning in order to fingerprint the songs of various birds, then lay them out in an interactive visualization:

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Built by Kyle McDonald, Manny Tan, Yotam Mann, and friends at Google Creative Lab. Thanks to Cornell Lab of Ornithology for their support. The Essential Set for North America sounds are provided by the Macaulay Library. The open-source code is available here. Check out more at A.I. Experiments.

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Sculpting in VR, casting in bronze

Artist Jonathan Yeo used Google Tilt Brush + 3D scanning to create his latest self-portrait, which he then cast in bronze. He tells Wired,

“It’s an incredible 3D sketch book,” says Yeo, 46. “The thing about VR that I think is really powerful is that you can draw freely in space. You don’t have to shape things like stone or clay. You can make these sweeping movements, like painting. It’s a hybrid of painting and sculpture, which is something that would have been impossible to do before.”

In this behind-the-scenes video, he explains how he used these new tools to create the sculpture.

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