Brought to you this week by a four-headed turtle dove devouring a spaghetti squirrel in a rum-soaked muffin tree, be sure to check out the all new episode of Cool Tools of Doom n’ Stuff! By the way, we love our SolidSmack readers! Have something cool you’ve come across and want to share it on SolidSmack? Don’t hide it in your neck skin! Send it on in to firstname.lastname@example.org. Kick it!
Pans and pans, stacks and stands of them. The old shopkeeper smiling out from their tops had a new hat. A red one, seven feet tall covered in pockets and hands with flutes and pot scrubbers, all preparing for these links.
Simon Stalenhag – New work from Simon. Small bots, salvage yards and urban settings in a convincing future world.
ring juggling – Mesmerizing. Lindzee Poi with Eight Rings, demonstrating how they work to provide the illusion. No video magic here.
James Fennell – Has a way of capturing the size and grandeur of interiors from around the world.
Omega – A stop-motion animated short has us follow a mechanical creature through a wasteland, searching. Interesting landscapes and even more interesting creatures.
World’s fastest workout – A graphic that breaks down the World’s fastest workout–how it works, what it benefits and how to do it. App included.
Car UX – The inside front console of cars, lots of cars, from Audi to VW. A nice set of concept images as well.
Action Bill – More stop-motion. This time it’s Lego, a time-travelling William Shatner in a robot on the hunt for William Shakespeare.
Brand it – A free branding mock-up, with all you need to make that mark standout. Hi-res .psd and more on the site.
Sick edit – Weekend project. Make a sick mountain bike edit. Go.
We’re always talking about the future of design, the future of technology, the future of MAKING. In a world where LEGOs have become a prototyping tool for building robots in your living room, a world where you can carry a 3D printing pen in your pocket, how do we find the next big thing? MakerGalaxy is a show that explores the crossroads of Design, Technology, and the Future of Making.
This week we talked with Mr. Brooks Myers, CEO and Founder of the mobile 3D scanning company Knockout Concepts. After a short career in the Time-Based Media field in Los Angeles Brooks returned to his industrial design roots to create a mobile 3D scanner that allows everybody from casual users to professional designers to capture the world around them. We’ll talk with Brooks about everything from how working in a different industry helped him rediscover his roots as a designer, how he even even began the process of creating a 3D scanner, to why he thinks we’re on the cusp of a 3D scanning boom.
When the 3Doodler launched on Kickstarter a little over a year ago, it was met with enthusiasm to the tune of a little over $2.34 million USD. While it certainly broke the mold of what a 3D printer ‘could’ be, it was also met with certain limitations ranging from size to filament options…but that didn’t seem to slow down sales. With a height of 6.45 inches and a diameter of just over a half inch, the LIX 3D Printing Pen is everything that makes the 3Doodler great…in a minimalist’s sleek aluminum package.
Most everyone has watched The Jetsons at one point or another. One of the most iconic moments of the show was the opening where George’s space vehicle folds into a briefcase when he gets to work (those 9-hour work weeks were murder). While we don’t yet have flying cars that can fold into luggage, we will have a smartbike that can fold down to a compact 3ft X 2ft size for easy portability. Tech startup Gi has designed an electric-assisted inner-city bicycle that sports some innovative features such as its ability to be folded and unfolded in a mere 3-seconds for compact storage.
Been tinkering with some science fiction-inspired car designs in your spare time? Local Motors has just announced their 3D Printed Car Design Challenge with $10,000 in prize money if you think you might have the next great 3D printed car idea. Also known as the Direct Digital Manufactured Vehicle (DDMV), the challenge aims to eliminate the expensive tooling process in bringing a car from a napkin sketch to the road. If you’ve been waiting to let your inner-Daniel Simon out, this just might be the perfect opportunity to put those crazy ideas out there.
Can you make a robot do your bidding by the mere movement of your hands? The answer is yes. Can you make a robot use a motion controller to control itself? While your brain capillaries burst considering that, check out the nifty integration between the Leap Motion Controller and LEGO Mindstorm EV3 posted by the team at Leap Motion. German Vargas from the Math Department of the College of Coastal Georgia programmed it, linked it and strapped a laptop to his belly while walking around campus, shocking people as he controlled the bot by waving his hand about.
Released in 1950–and still just as relevant today as it was nearly 65 years ago–the classic Eames Shell chair was the world’s first mass-produced plastic chair. While the original design has gone through countless iterations (an example of Charles and Ray’s ode to constantly refining details), the general gist of the original design still stands with us today. Herman Miller ceased production of the fiberglass-reinforced models in the 1990′s due to sustainability reasons, however the company went back in time recently for an Instagram campaign to show us just how Charles and Ray managed to produce ‘the world’s first mass-produced plastic chair’.
This week’s Spotify-powered SolidSmack Radio Playlist brings an entirely new face-smack of great music to help propel you through those laborious, tedious design tasks for the next few days. This week we’ve put together some music discussed by former Talking Heads frontman and overall smart-guy David Byrne in his book How Music Works–certainly a book worth checking out if you care about music. We’ll start with ‘Wenlega – a Mossi Dance’ and work our way through a wide variety of iconic music ranging from The Sugarhill Gang and U2 to Nancy Sinatra and of course…Talking Heads.
When it comes to mechanical keyboards, users fall into one of two categories- they either love them or hate them, there is no middle ground. Some find the auditory ‘click’ of the keystrokes soothing, while others would rather undergo a root canal than listen to the incessant clacking of the keys. For those that fall in the former group, Metadot has joined forces with design firm d:e to bring the next iteration of their popular keyboard line, the Das Keyboard 4 Professional.