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The Aluminum Airship begins flight testing following FAA certification

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After a 70-year absence, it appears that a new rigid frame airship will soon be taking to the skies over California. Aeros Corporation, a company based near San Diego, has received experimental airworthiness certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to begin flight testing the Aeroscraft airship, and it appears that the company has wasted no time getting started. This fully rigid airship, dubbed the Aeroscraft.The Aeroscraft has been under development by Aeros Corp, since 2006, and the US Government has contributed some $35M for research, along with expertise in aerodynamics and control systems from NASA. The Aeroscraft's is made of aluminum and carbon fiber—and maintains its buoyancy with a series of gas-filled bladders. And unlike hybrid airships, the Aeroscraft doesn't require forward momentum to generate lift via a set of wings. It's all helium power. At 266 feet long and 97 feet wide, the Pelican prototype is just about half the size of what a full-scale Aeroscraft will be. If completed the Aeroscraft will measure more than 400 feet long and be capable of lifting 66 tons or more. The Aeroscraft is equipped with a series of pressurized helium tanks. When the pilot wants to increase altitude, non-flammable helium is released from the tanks through a series of pipes and control valves, into internal gas-bladders called helium pressure envelopes (HPEs). This increases the amount of lift the helium generates, reduces the craft's static heaviness, and allows it to rise. When the pilot wants to descend, the process is reversed. This allows the Aeroscraft to easily land and take on cargo or passengers without having to be tied down or add external ballast. Additionally, the Aeroscraft will be equipped with a trio of engines—one on each side and a third on the belly—and six turbofan engines to provide thrust and augment the COSH's lift, as well as aerodynamic tail-fin rudders and stumpy wing control surfaces, for high speed travel—that is, above 20 mph.
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Street art: Adding Eyes and Teeth Brings Everything to Life

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Street artist Aidan Glynn turned urban fixtures into living creatures by adding eyes and teeth to an object it instantly gives them so much character.
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Jody Steel's Leg Drawings

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Boring lecture? Many of us doodle in class, but artist Jody Steel eschews paper and uses her body as canvas instead. Her leg drawings were so impressive, she says, her professor at Emerson College in Boston hired her to illustrate a novel. You'll see why when you see her leg drawings - they're so good that they're often mistaken for tattoos.
"I really started because honestly, I didn't have any paper around," she told HuffPost Weird News. "I was drawing a lot in class, and people began to notice ... I'm just really pale and my skin is most equivalent to paper."
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Typography Portraits by Sean Williams

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Alberta-based designer Sean Williams creates these amazing portraits of celebrities using the lyrics from popular songs by each subject.
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Ring Clock

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The Ring Clock($185+) could be real. Made from surgical-grade, allergy-free stainless steel, this ring shows the time using either blue or orange LEDs when you spin its face. Charging would be done wirelessly, by placing it on the included dock. The company is seeking $287,400 in funding. Features:
 Ring body material: 316L surgical stainless steel (allergy free)
Light source: 144 energy safe ultrathin mono-color LED
Light color: blue or orange LED (optional)
Lighting time: 1 minute time display after the ring rotation
Battery specs: 6mAh, ultrathin rechargeable lithium polymer battery
Running time: 1 week with normal use (15 times activation per days) or 2 hours constant use.
Battery lifetime: 3 years (battery is not replaceable)
Charger: Qi wireless power charger pad (with universal 110-240 AC DC USB charger)
Charging time: max. 2 hours
Time setting: by the setting buttons on the Qi charger pad
Water-resistant
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Chiu Chih’s Survival Kit for the Apocalyptic Future

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The project is called “Voyage on the Planet” by designer Chiu Chih. A backpack of fresh air provided by a lone plant stored in the clear backpack. Clearly the series (and the design) is more on sending a strong message rather than proposing an actual thing that might be produced in the future.
"The design responds to a sense of curiosity towards this ever-changing environment – where old buildings are demolished and new modern ones continue to rise. Society and culture modify from one moment to the next, which in some cases Chiu Chih believes renders people hopeless, while for others it brings about hope and new expectations."
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Here’s a wristband that records everything!

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Kapture is a wristwatch that combines our love of timepieces and having our every word on tape. Oddly, the device can only actually hold 60 seconds of sound. It continuously erases itself, though it appears as though you can tell it to preserve a certain number of seconds, until you hit that 60.
"Here’s how it works: The device is always on but stores no more than the last 60 seconds of sound, in much the same way that many CCTV cameras overwrite their recordings after a set period. The point is not to have an exhaustive record of every sound ever encountered (which if you live in urban areas would consist largely of traffic and sirens) but to preserve something immediately after the fact.
What might such a device be used for, other than bar humor? Kapture’s founders suggest several occasions on which it might come in handy:
The reaction of a child experiencing something for the first time
The unexpected interactions of daily life
A humorous anecdote from your family reunion
The birth of an inside joke with friends
A solitary epiphany during your drive home
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It will go live on Kickstarter on next month.
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The Suitcase Is Made From Recycled Carpet

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Developed by New Zealand designer Daniel Mclaughlin, Terracase is a hard shell suitcase made from a heady mixture of recycled carpets and bio resin derived from rapeseed oil. Designed using CAD, with the shell of the luggage tested using an FEA analysis to simulate a drop and handling. The project has won £5,000 from the James Dyson Foundation to help make it a reality.
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Semester Bike; Bamboo + carbon fiber composite bicycles

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Semester Bike: Bamboo + Carbon Fiber bicycle on Kickstarter. Cool idea.

The Annoyinator

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It’s essentially a targeted loudspeaker of sorts for your iDevices. The Annoyinator was conceptualized by the Henry, who is the son of Caleb Crome, the Kickstarter project’s listed creator.
Henry:  Hey Dad, can you make a loudspeaker that aims only in one direction?
Dad: Well, sort of.  Because of the way sound works, you need a very wide loudspeaker to make it directional and 'point' in some direction.  For a reasonable size loudspeaker, you can make it very directional only at high frequencies.
Henry: Awesome.  Can I make something that attaches to my iPod Touch and aims the sound from the 'Dog Whistle' app?
Dad:  Yes, you can do that.
Henry:  That's what I want to make!

After working on the design, the first Annoyinator was 3D printed. The Annoyinator recently reached its funding goal on Kickstarter.
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OFF Pocket

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The OFF Pocket is privacy accessory for mobile phones that blocks wireless signals. Simply place your phone inside the case and close it. Your phone is now OFF. Untrackable. Unhackable. Undistractable. The OFF Pocket is available in 2 sizes and blocks frequencies between 800MHz – 2.4 GHz s well as CDMA/GSM/DCS/PHS/3G/4G and WiFi (2.4GHz), Bluetooth (2.4Ghz), and GPS (1-2GHz). The OFF Pocket project is currently funding on the Kickstarter website.
The OFF Pocket has been tested on all major networks, including Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. It is compatible with mobile phone hardware including iPhones, Samsung, Motorola, Sony, BlackBerrys, Nokia and all other modern phone hardware and operating systems.”
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The 3D Printed Car

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A Solidoodler in Auckland, New Zealand, named Ivan Sentch, who is building himself a replica for a 1961 series II Aston Martin DB4, using a Solidoodler 3D printer. He started his project in January, when we saw photos of his project in progress, it was a bit hard to believe that this was his first time using 3D printing or that anyone would undertake something so massive with a desktop 3D printer. You can find out more details about Ivan’s progress at his website, here. Cool.
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Mythbuster Adam Savage Builds Han Solo’s Blaster

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In the latest Jamie and Adam Tested video, Adam turns his attention to one of the most famous guns in the galaxy. After having made a Blade Runner pistol and an Indiana Jones revolver he sets out to make Han Solo’s DL-44 Blaster from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.  watch the video above!
"Fortunately, the makers at the Replica Prop Forum have thoroughly researched the details of this prop and have faithfully recreated the components needed to build it. Adam and Norm run through the blaster's signature details and then work together to assemble this iconic space gun."
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The Lomography Petzval Lens

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In the 19th Century, the vast majority of photos were shot with the extremely popular Petzval lens. The lens was invented by Joseph Petzval in Vienna in 1840, the company is launching a Kickstarter to aid in the development and manufacturing of a 21st century version of the lens complete with the Petzval's signature bokeh effect. The brand new Lomography Petzval Portrait Lens is designed to work with Canon EF and Nikon F mount cameras. The new model will be built by Zenit in Russia, and 85mm focal length, a maximum aperture of f/2.2. Kickstarter($500) 

The Ubuntu Edge Phone

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The Ubuntu Edge is a smartphone and desktop PC in one state-of-the-art device. They described the Ubuntu Edge as a device that will "dual boot Ubuntu and Android, and will transform into a PC when docked with a monitor—with the full Ubuntu desktop and shared access to all the phone’s files. For this it needs the power of a PC, so Ubuntu Edge will be equipped with the latest, fastest processor, at least 4GB of RAM and a massive 128GB of (SSD) storage."
Its technical specs:
- Dual-boot Ubuntu Edge into either Ubuntu or Android
- A fully integrated Ubuntu desktop PC when docked
- Fast and powerful device with multi-core CPU and at least 4GB RAM
- 128GB of Solid State Device (SSD) storage for photos, music, content
- A 4.5-inch 1,280 x 720 HD display with a pure sapphire crystal screen, the hardest natural substance after the diamond
- Cameras made for low-light, fast response and close up pictures: 8mp rear camera, 2mp front
- Faster connections all over the world with dual-LTE, dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4, Near Field Communication (NFC)
- Connect to HDMI TVs and monitors easily with MHL connector, 3.5mm jack
- GPS, accelerometer, gyro, proximity sensor, compass, barometer
- Stereo speakers with HD audio, dual-mic recording, Active Noise Cancellation
- Silicon-anode Li-Ion battery
- 64 x 9 x 124mm size.
The company is looking to raise $32 million in one month to build the device using crowdfunding website Indiegogo. You can read more about it here.
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