Adidas have commissioned an audio-video installation using dancing ferrofluid, which will go on show at Milan Design Week 2009. The handiwork of Felice Limosani, Liquid Story incorporates two cones between which a magnetic field is created, causing a 10 liter pool of iron-enriched resin to map out music with hypnotic spears.
Video demo after the cut
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
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
Who cares about polygons - this is what gaming should look like! Having taken some classic retro gaming scenes, artist Orioto has reworked them as if the title was in high-definition, hence the lush The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past shot here and others - including Sonic and Mario - in the gallery after the cut.
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.
Some of us oldies may have a hard time adapting to the new advances in technology. Those of us who are holding onto old devices with a death grip wont necessarily have to let to in order to be with the times, we all just need a little upgrade.
A snow globe is old tech. An iPhone is new tech. Put them together and you'd think you'd get broken tech, but if you're Daljit Singh then you actually end up with the Digital Snow Globe. Sensibly avoiding water, the project is basically an elongated snow globe housing an iPhone; when you shake the globe, the iPhone displays the weather from a randomly-selected city.
Design studio GOGO believe you should work for your consumer goods, rather than expect something perfectly-formed dropping off the production-line. Their latest item, called "Log Radio", is pretty much exactly as the name might suggest: a length of wood with radio hardware installed and the buyer left to saw off their new gadget.
These papercraft sculptures have been around for some time now, but there's nothing like a little hand-cranked hypnosis for kicking off a Tuesday morning. The work of Paper engineer Haruki Nakamura, it was actually submitted to an art contest back in 2005.
Check out the hypnotic Gear's Heart video after the cut