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Apple prototypes of the 80’s unveiled

Apple prototypes of the 80’s unveiled

The designer known as Hartmut Esslinger has revealed an amazing treasure trove of never before seen designs from the Apple archives this week in a book by the name of "Design Forward." This book was launched this week at the opening event of an exhibition by the name of "German Design Standards - from Bauhaus to Globalization" and was delivered first to the folks at Design Boom where they've been allowed to display many of the images within. What we're being shown here is a set of Apple products designed - at least in part - by Hartmut Esslinger himself during his time with what would become one of the most iconic hardware companies in history.

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Galaxy Note II glows powerful in massive water art project

Galaxy Note II glows powerful in massive water art project

It's time to bust out the fabulously gigantic smartphone known as the Samsung Galaxy Note II to bring on a rather impressive bit of interactive water art. Artists and designers at Steak Studio have used the Galaxy Note II and its build-in S-Pen to create a pool of water that blasts forth waves wirelessly, showing all manner of designs in the wetness. This project took 10 days to create and was made to cross-promote Samsung's device and the group that's working with it to create beautiful splashing letterforms.

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SlashGear interviews Futura 2000 on Samsung and the power of cross-branding

SlashGear interviews Futura 2000 on Samsung and the power of cross-branding

The artist / designer known as Futura 2000 has executed a rather interesting set of collaborative projects in his lifetime, painting a portfolio of historically significant cross-overs that's lead him straight to Samsung. The folks at Samsung took the opportunity very recently to team up with Futura for the first time to present a unique use-case for the Galaxy Note 10.1 (tablet with S-Pen stylus) and its major potential in the hands of this creative icon and legend. In our interview we found that though Samsung presents this man as a larger-than-life hero here in their second collaboration (here using the Galaxy Note II as a central device), he's actually quite the down-to-earth conversationalist, and has shown his approach with the Galaxy Note device series to be made with the same intrigue as your everyday average gadget enthusiast.

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Beck “Song Reader” album cuts out the music

Beck “Song Reader” album cuts out the music

This week it's been announced that the musical artist known as Beck will be releasing an album comprised of 20 pieces of sheet music called "Beck Hansen's Song Reader". This is 20 pieces of music that are not recorded by the artist, instead intended by the artist to be played and recorded by whoever so wishes to do so. Licensing issues and future recordings by associated artists aside, we applaud Beck's ability to have so much cash on hand that he experiments with each new release.

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Kinetic Rain sculpture makes art in mid-air

Kinetic Rain sculpture makes art in mid-air

Airport terminals can be soul-destroying places at the best of times, with little to distract you as wait for your connection, so we can only hope we end up killing time at Singapore Airport's Terminal 1 on our next trip. The refurbished terminal has a new "kinetic sculpture" called Kinetic Rain by ART+COM, consisting of 1,216 individually controlled copper droplets that can be moved to create ephemeral shapes, waves and more.

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Wacom announces Cintiq 22HD and Cintiq 24HD touch

Wacom announces Cintiq 22HD and Cintiq 24HD touch

So you want a Wacom tablet but need something a little bigger than average? The company has two new products that you might be interested in, the Cintiq 24HD touch and Cintiq 22HD. The Cintiq 24HD has a large 24-inch display with multitouch support, capable of displaying 1.07 billion colors while also covering 97% of the Adobe RGB color gamut. The tablet features physical controls as well for menu selection and access to program shortcuts.

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Death Star ping-pong ball isn’t a moon

Death Star ping-pong ball isn’t a moon

I can't say that I've ever seen a ping-pong ball that I would look at and think, "that's pretty cool." However, a Japanese artist has created what is undeniably the coolest ping-pong ball in the history of ping-pong balls. This thing started as your typical orange table tennis ball before he worked his geek magic and turned it into an incredibly detailed replica of the Death Star from Star Wars.

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Genius EasyPen M610XA tablet shipping for $169.99

Genius EasyPen M610XA tablet shipping for $169.99

If you’re looking for a pen-based graphics tablet that isn’t made by Wacom, why not take a look at Genius? The company has revealed its latest entry into the tablet market, the EasyPen M610XA. The tablet comes with a 6-inch by 10-inch working area that easily connects via USB to your computer., and features a 4000 LPI resolution along with a report rate per second of 200.

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Wacom shipping Bamboo Splash for $79

Wacom shipping Bamboo Splash for $79

Wacom has introduced a new budget pen and tablet combo into its line, the Bamboo Splash. The company says that the Splash includes the same pressure sensitive technology found across its whole range, and that this new combo is aimed at those wanting to create digital art on a budget. The hardware comes with a software bundle that will include ArtRage Studio and SketchBook Express.

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Famous cave paintings in Spain could be from Neanderthals not humans

Famous cave paintings in Spain could be from Neanderthals not humans

Some of the most famous cave paintings in the world are on the walls of the cave in El Castillo, Spain. The paintings include what's called the Panel of Hands that shows where ancient humans held their hands up to the cave wall and painted around them. Or at least, the hand art has long been believed to have been created by ancient humans.

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Glove One: Talk to the hand, ‘cos the Nokia ain’t listening

Glove One: Talk to the hand, ‘cos the Nokia ain’t listening

If you've ever held your hand to your head, thumb and pinkie outstretched, and mouthed "call me" across a crowded room, then Glove One is the phone for you. The handiwork of Bryan Cera, and resembling a cross between a Michael Jackson stage costume and Iron Man's suit, Glove One builds a voice-only phone into a glove with buttons along the inside of the fingers.

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Google unveils the Nelson Mandela digital archives

Google unveils the Nelson Mandela digital archives

Google has today announced that the Nelson Mandela multimedia archive has gone live. The archive was part of a $1.25 million grant to the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in order to bring photographs, recordings, and documents to the web. The Centre is based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and is dedicated to thoroughly documenting Mandela.

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