In lieu of some plain old design, this building in Lithuania opts for a very attractive exterior: a 1000 banknote. It uses a special enamel paint that changes to ceramic during the process, allowing the print to last forever. The architect of the building is Rimas Adomaitis of RA Studija. A massive effort must have gone into creating the building, and it looks totally worth the effort.
twfg, 1000lt and Notcot
The taste of wine depends on a number of factors, and last time I checked, the lunar cycle wasn’t one of them. Not so anymore, at least according to some UK wine sellers. A bizarre superstition is gaining ground, a superstition that divides days into four categories: root, leaf, flower and fruit, according to the lunar cycle. Root and leaf aren’t the best days for wine, while flower and fruit go very well with the drink. The wine sellers keep track of these days, and only invite critics on favorable days. I’ll borrow a line from BoingBoing here “Horoscopes for wine — now that’s a whole new kind of dumb.”
I could use a robot arm that’s smart enough to change a lightbulb, but Festo didn’t stop with just that. They also have robot dolphins and robo penguins. These robo animals, they say are good enough to beat their “natural” counterparts at some tasks. Hell, the robo penguin can fly! Watch the video on youtube.
The Super Mario theme is something all of us remember from our childhood, and the music sounds pretty cool coming from a laser cutter as well. Step motors of the cutter have been arranged to play the music, and they do the job fairly well.
The 12 Gauge Shot Glasses look like good company with drinks. The design of course is the best and most innovative part. They come in sets of 4 and cost $19.21.
The D:light bracelet from Swarovski comes in the usual jewelry format, you get to choose from a stainless steel ($1500) or golden ($1700) bracelet covered in 171 Swarovski crystals. The good part: the bracelet displays time at the simple click of a button. It’s a lot more bling than the faceless watch, and good looks come for a much higher price.
Understanding gestures and emotions is still a far cry for robots, but this robo created by Hirota Lab at the University Of Tokyo can pave the way. The robot is only a pair of eyes, but it can express itself amply with just those eyes. Ability of the robot to communicate with eyes will make it good at understanding non-verbal communication, and once researchers add the planned speech synthesis and recognition program, it will be able to communicate verbally as well.
Takahashi, a Japanese guy in his sixties has spent nearly 11 years of his life building this giant eleven-meter long 15 tonne robot. The remote controlled robot is shaped like a rhinoceros beetle, a beetle big enough to kick some rhino and elephant ass.
Kyocera’s EOS Concept looks good, has a flexible OLED screen that can go into folds, shape memory buttons that appear on the clear surface when you need them (neat!) and it uses kinetic energy to generate its power. That means every single motion charges up the device and you won’t possibly ever run out of juice.
Text-ile Concept from Dante Bonuccelli looks innovative, cool and to some degree, even environment friendly. It is made of discarded keyboards and while the idea sounds appealing, I guess it will not be something you’d want to rest your hind on.