We’re not big on the robot-apocalypse thing, but perhaps as an afterthought of perverted imagination, this ball catching robot makes us uncomfortable. Justin is an iPad controlled robot that uses stereo cameras as eyes. As the video demonstrates, the robot can move and see quick enough to catch two balls thrown at it. Researchers add that the robot can do other tasks as well, like making coffee. Our thoughts may be totally unrelated and baseless, but we can’t ever be comfortable around a robot that loves to grab balls.
I’d absolutely love to drive a Ferrari. Except of the part that I don’t earn enough to even buy foot mats for the supercar. Anyways, there is some solace in watching videos and images of the car, like this video primer of the 458 Italia’s in-vehicle systems. The video shows a dash of tech that goes into making a vehicle with a prancing horse badge, and the sheer amount (and complexity) of operations and systems that can be available to the driver at the touch of a finger.
Toasters, our gateway to the most important meal of the day. And what better way to liven up things with a dose of cute. Unless you already have Hello Kitty overdose and can’t bear any more of that cute kitty that seems to spawn everywhere, this toaster would warm your innards. Okay, it won’t do anything magical, but some may find Hello Kitty imprint on the toast quite appetizing. Costs $94.
Classic cars always manage to stand a class apart due to the sheer elegance of their design and the inherent beauty of these wonderfully sculpted pieces. Photographer Ken Brown highlights the beauty of these classics in his work, not by simply photographing the entire car, but by abundantly playing with lights and parts of the car. The results are wonderful.
Japanese student Takayuki Hori printed skeletons of four endangered species on translucent paper, and folded them into these stunning origami creations. When laid flat, the print on paper looks like a collection of scattered bones, but when folded into the proper origami shape, the bird comes to life. With the creation of these 3D skeletons, Hori intends to draw attention to endangered species of birds.
We call it an interesting world that’s working so hard to make peeing fun, and giving us excuses to play with our willy. Every chance we get, we do take the opportunity of creating piss patterns, snow is especially suited for that; urinals, not so much. At least that was the story before th thermocromatic urinal burst onto the scene. And it has the added advantage of colors on the canvas. We like this thing. There aren’t any details except the photograph, but we guess the wall changes color depending on the temperature of the urine.
Furniture that has lived out its life only has the trash bin to look out for. Enterprising minds however, can convert these dilapidated objects into useful and curiously attractive pieces. Designers Peter Bottazzi and Denise Bonapace introduced a line of old furniture recycled to be used as planters. Called Da Morto A Orto meaning ‘from redundant to abundant’, the line makes use of discarded old furniture, combining them with other parts to make them come back to life as these intriguing planters.
Porsche has taken wraps off its new car, the 911 GT3 RS 4.0. To be made in a limited edition run of 600 units, the racecar-styled sports car is powered by a naturally aspirated 4-liter V6 engine that pumps out 500 horsepower and has a torque of 339 lb-ft. Going quick as lightning, the car completes the zero to 62mph run in just 3.9 seconds. And of course, it is a Porsche, so the looks have to be drop dead gorgeous.
Space tourism undoubtedly is going to be the next big thing, and many entrepreneurs are vying to get a piece of the cake by going innovative and further deep into space. Virgin Galactic will be the first on the commercial scene with its low Earth orbit flights, but obviously, as the market expands, there will be many more. A company called Space Adventures has recently announced its plans for taking tourists into a trip that would include orbiting the moon. The details are scarce, and the plan is of course more of a vision than a substantial idea, but it is probably going to be true sooner or later; Space Adventures will probably get a space shuttle right after they get a decent web designer. We cannot be sure.
I do have the habit of fiddling around with the watch if I am wearing one, but I’d look at the Kaleidoscope watch a million times for entirely different reasons. Created by GRO Design, the concept watch has three color gradients on its face. All these continue changing patterns like a Kaleidoscope, giving our eyes a treat and killing time simultaneously. Also, did I mention it is freakin’ cool to watch?