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”:
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.
[Vimeo] [Via Maria Brenny]
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.
I really enjoyed hearing about how designer Ruth E. Carter & her team wove traditional African costumes together with modern technology to create the costumes for Black Panther. Check out the NYT article & the short video below:
Before watching the video I was inclined to roll my eyes, but my friend Thushan’s brother & co. have created a bunch of really interesting innovations (e.g. a heating system that learns your preferences, and a Qi pad in the pocket that wirelessly charges your phone!) that I’ve never seen before. Oh, and they got more than $200k in pledges their first day on Kickstarter. Take a look:
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:
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.
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.
“I do love how Nintendo’s response to photogrammetry and photoreal 4k whatever is ‘Imagination,’” I saw tweeted the other day, and it’s true. Will the cardboard-based Labo, which extends Switch devices & their Joycon controllers (now “Toycons”!) be a hit with my kids & others? I have no idea—but I love that Nintendo has the guts & wit to try.
I love it when an artistic medium reaches a level of maturity & ubiquity that we need no longer fetishize every once-novel moment (say, “Bayhem” in VFX) and instead let the expression just be (say, the realtime, brutal, almost shrugging VFX of District 9). So it is with this augmented reality sculpture project:
[Vimeo] [Via Jeremy Lawrence]
An inspired homage from Pandora: