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Animation software used by Studio Ghibli goes open source

Animation software used by Studio Ghibli goes open source

A prominent piece of software used by Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli is about to go open source for independent animators. Known as Toonz, the software has played an important part in the development of several Studio Ghibli films over the years, as well as being used in popular animated TV series like Futurama. As part of an acquisition deal, Toonz's creators are releasing the previously enterprise-only software as open source on March 26th.

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AxiDraw personal writing and drawing machine writes for you

AxiDraw personal writing and drawing machine writes for you

I can remember back when graduating high school my mom insisted that I handwrite and sign thank you notes to everyone who sent gifts. I can understand now why she did that, but at the time I thought it was some sort of punishment. I'm not a big fan of writing out anything and most folks likely use digital means to type out all their notes and messages these days.

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Toyota all-wood Setsuna concept to appear at Milan Design Week

Toyota all-wood Setsuna concept to appear at Milan Design Week

Japanese car makers have been on a roll lately with concepts or art projects that combine their vehicles with unusual materials — Lexus made a car entirely out of cardboard, then another had wheels made of ice, while Nissan went with a life-size origami model. Now it's Toyota's turn, and they're not coming up short. They've just announced their Setsuna concept, a car made from wood, which will be revealed at Milan Design Week in April.

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iPad Pro Review for artists, illustrators, and designers

iPad Pro Review for artists, illustrators, and designers

I don't use most of the advertised features of the iPad Pro. I haven't activated the split-screen multitasking feature more than a couple of times - just to see how it worked. I haven't used Siri. The iPad Pro for me hasn't been about engaging with all the bells and whistles it seemed I was meant to be excited about back when it was first revealed by Apple in September. Instead, I've been using the iPad Pro for sketching ideas and illustrating pictures, and because of this, I find myself enjoying the platform as a tool for the first time in a long time.

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MacBook Selfie Sticks are an absurd reflection on self-photography

MacBook Selfie Sticks are an absurd reflection on self-photography

Selfie sticks — they’re responsible for dozens of deaths, numerous museum incidents, and maybe a bludgeoning or two. They’re not all bad, of course, unless you’re adhering to the bigger is better philosophy — as the Macbook Selfie Sticks show, some things really are best in small packages. The Macbook Selfie Stick is exactly what it sounds like: a real MacBook mounted onto the end of a long, thick stick with the webcam facing the person holding it.

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Tweet NASA your artwork and they’ll send it to an asteroid

Tweet NASA your artwork and they’ll send it to an asteroid

If you've ever thought of your artwork floating among the star, NASA has the opportunity for you. The space agency has launched a campaign dubbed "We The Explorers," where their OSIRIS-REx will be traveling to the asteroid Bennu and back, carrying art from anyone sent in via Twitter. It's basically a public time capsule that's being sent into space and deposited on an asteroid, where it will remain for all time.

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NASA’s latest travel posters tease Mars and more

NASA’s latest travel posters tease Mars and more

Early last year, NASA released some images styled after retro travel posters, each of the three presenting artistic representations of alien landscapes and the activities one might do in those places. They were a big hit with the public, with space enthusiasts and dreamers alike having them printed as posters. Thanks to Invisible Creatures, we've been graced with three new posters, each of which the studio had created for NASA as part of an internal project.

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Facebook and Instagram pics have an ASCII art secret

Facebook and Instagram pics have an ASCII art secret

The folks behind Facebook's image upload software are revealed to have been translating images into ASCII art automatically. While we're not certain how web standards enthusiast Mathias Bynens happened upon this bit of code sorcery, we are sure that he's discovered something magical. To find the ASCII magic in a Facebook image or an Instagram image, the user has only to append ".html" after that image's ".jpg" marker. It's that easy, really.

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Air Bonsai is a floating planter that grows in mid-air

Air Bonsai is a floating planter that grows in mid-air

You may have heard of Japanese Bonsai before. These plants are typically in little planters that sit on a tablet or bench. A cool new type of Bonsai has turned up on Kickstarter that creates a floating plant base for you to put whatever you want into.

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Mickeyphon is a music visualizer that looks like Disney

Mickeyphon is a music visualizer that looks like Disney

If Daft Punk and Mickey Mouse had a love child, it would be the Mickeyphon. The Mickeyphon device is an orb with big mouse ears attached that looks like Disney's famous mouse. It does appear to be affiliated with Disney and the mouse Disney made famous inspires it.

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Geek creates Edge of Tomorrow exosuit from household items

Geek creates Edge of Tomorrow exosuit from household items

The awesome exosuit you see here looks like a prop from the set of the Tom Cruise film Edge of Tomorrow. It’s not though; it's a creation from a guy named Peter Kokis. The man's day job is security for a big company, but by night, he creates cosplay items and does an incredible job of it. This suit got its start when Kokis saw the trailer for Edge of Tomorrow and watched it "thirty times."

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This hairy “mirror” is both fascinating and unnerving

This hairy “mirror” is both fascinating and unnerving

If you have issues with clumps of fur or hair that seemingly move on their own, now would be a good time to look away. Otherwise, proceed at your own risk and be mesmerized, or revolted, by this one of a kind mirror. Not only does it not accurately reflect objects placed in front of it, it actually doesn't have any reflective material at all. Instead, it creates a silhouette "reflection" made up of only two colors and created by an array of 928 faux fur pom poms.

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