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Casttoo makes it cool to have a broken bone

Casttoo makes it cool to have a broken bone

I have never broken a bone despite the fact that I frequently jumped off the roof of my house as a kid and ran wild on a three-wheeler with no parental supervision at an early age. My cousin on the other hand could break a bone if he farted too hard. We are sort of like Mr. Glass and David Dunn from Unbreakable.

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Gesundheit Radio sneezes away the dust [Video]

Gesundheit Radio sneezes away the dust [Video]

One thing we didn't see when we visited Texas Instruments last week were the fruits of the company's Attenborough Design Group, the experimental research group who, in 1972, designed this Gesundheit Radio.  Of course, that's probably because there was no such group; the radio - which incorporates a set of bellows and sneezes periodically, so as to remove dust from the sensitive microprocessors - is actually the handiwork of design student James Chambers, who felt a comprehensive back-story could only help his project.

Video demo after the cut

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Tilt-Shift done properly: Bathtub IV by Keith Loutit [Video]

Tilt-Shift done properly: Bathtub IV by Keith Loutit [Video]

Tilt-shift takes the real world and, if it's done right, makes you wonder whether we're actually all tiny figurines.   Artist Keith Loutit is perhaps one of the best at it that we've seen, and his latest project - Bathtub IV, a music video starring the Sydney harbor and a whole flock of seemingly-minute people, boats and even a helicopter - is arguably his finest work yet.

 

Watch Bathtub IV after the cut

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DIY Wiremap: projected 3D object tutorial

DIY Wiremap: projected 3D object tutorial

Last year, Albert Hwang debuted the Wiremap, an array of tightly-strung cables that, with a projector, could be used to create visual 3D models.  Boiled down, the process relies on some carefully-spaced vertical strings that each align with a single column of projected pixels.  At the time, Hwang made the whole thing available under the Creative Commons licence; now he's back with an Instructable, just in case you'd like to make your own Wiremap.

Video demo of the Wiremap in action after the cut

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Creative camera lens packs calendar

Creative camera lens packs calendar

A typical manually focus camera lens shows focus distances and aperture values, but this innovative camera lens designed by Sharad Haksar, has adjustable ring elements to form calendar.

Sculpted from a single aluminum block into a lens shape, the front ring elements are marked with the year, month and date instead of the focus distance, shutter speed and aperture values you would normally expect from a camera lens. Each ring controls an aspect of the calendar to cue dates from 2008 to 2032. We aren’t sure if the calendar feature is powered electronically to keep data up to date, but we are pretty sure it doesn't come in F or EF bayonet mount.

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