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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) 
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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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    Nubrella is a hands-free umbrella, worn backpack-style, the project is currently on Kickstarter website. We have reported it before.
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    The hilarious series of food art installations are created by German artist Peter Pink from vegetables. Sunglass-wearing potatoes and cucumbers are positioned throughout various public spaces and venues, necessitating an audience reaction.
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    This myType keyboard is a flexible Bluetooth keyboard that is designed to be the most convenient keyboard to take with you on the go while also providing the efficiency of a full-size keyboard when you need it.
    “The myType Keyboard is designed to be the most comfortable and convenient keyboard to take with you on the go while also providing the efficiency of a full-size keyboard when you need it. When folded, it fits comfortably in a pocket. It is lightweight, ultra-slim and compact allowing you to easily take it with you just like you take your smartphone or tablet.
    When it’s open, it provides a laptop/desktop feel and efficiency. And it is perfect for any normal work environment, school or travel, offering completely wireless Bluetooth technology and a long battery life that connects quickly and easily to smartphones and tablets. With the myType Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard, you can increasingly use your smartphone or tablet as a replacement for your laptop.”
    The myType Keyboard project is currently over on the Kickstarter looking to raise enough pledges to make it from concept to production.
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    The Malaysian artist / architect Red Hong Yi has developed a collection of images in which she depicts exotic birds rendered in flower petals, herbs and twigs.
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    Kii is a compact charger-connector that fits on a keychain allowing you to plug in to charge or sync devices from any computer without having to carry a charger or tote around a cable connector
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    The Hibermate is a Kickstarter project, by covering your eyes and ears and enveloping you in a quiet cocoon, and by looking so conspicuous that anyone around you will get the hint that you’d like to be left alone to sleep. The cozy luxury eye mask is coupled with removable ear soft, medical grade silicone with sound-reducing memory foam inserts on the ear muffs.
    The Hibermate is a " super-comfortable sleep mask with removable ear muffs. It’s perfect for side sleepers and back sleepers!"
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    Sandra Denneler has transformed a watermelon to look like a miniature barbecue grill, the tutorial for the Watermelon Grill, here
    Ingredients and supplies:
    1 round watermelon
    3 celery stalks (soak in cold water in the refrigerator overnight to stiffen)
    Blackberries (for the "charcoal")
    Assorted fruits for kabobs
    Small cucumber or zucchini
    Wooden skewers
    Toothpicks
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    The Design Miami/Basel 2013 show highlighted hip designs in the Swiss city of Basel. Several designers found new purposes for old gondola lifts from the ski resort town of Verbier. Baker Wardlaw's 'vending machine' displayed at this event. Baker Wardlaw turned one into a huge vending machine that dispenses toys, Cool.
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    Among Illustrator and art director Adrien Noterdaem's impressive art projects is the Tumblr account Draw the Simpsons, on which he posts “Simpsonized” renderings of everyone from Tom Cruise in Oblivion to Ryan Gosling in Drive, as well random contributions from other artists.
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    This is the “normal” Barbie artist Nicholay Lamm created with the help of a 3D printed model of a normal woman. This white model was made using measurements that match up closely with CDC measurements of the average 19 year old woman in America. The end result is what Barbie would look like if she was a healthy, beautiful, 19 year old woman. As you see, she's not as tall or skinny as the real Barbie. Personally, I think she looks great! You can check out more angles of the realistic Barbie Doll after the break.
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    Designer Amy Radcliffe has developed an odor-capturing "camera" based on technology developed for the perfume industry. Her device is called Madeleine. "The Madeleine works in much the same way as a 35mm camera," Radcliffe writes. "Just as the camera records the light information of a visual in order to create a replica The Madeleine records the molecular information of a smell."
    Here’s how it works: the source of the scent or odor is placed inside the glass dome that’s connected to the main part of the Madeleine. A pump pulls the scent molecules out and captures them in a resin trap. That trap can then be sent to a lab for analysis and to be re-created, like a perfume component.
    Amy calls this concept as “scent-ography” and envisions this as an alternative way of recording memories, saying: “From manipulating our emotional well-being through prescribed nostalgia, to the functional use of conditioned scent memory, our olfactory sense could take on a much more conscious role in the way we consume and record the world.”
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    The Atlas sock is a performance dress sock made from cotton, polyester and carbonized coffee. Carbonized coffee? Yes, it helps filter and absorb sweat and odor. The main attraction is its odor control. The Atlas sock literally uses carbonized coffee that is "reclaimed from coffee roasters and shops, and is processed through a pharmaceutical process to remove the coffee oils (so it won’t smell like coffee!) and is then infused into our recycled polyester yarns." If you want a new pair of socks and/or want to donate to their Kickstarter or want to read more about the Atlas sock, here.
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    These swallows are made from assembled typewritter parts by artist Jeremy Mayer.
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    Developed by ShopBot Tools, the HandiBot is a portable CNC machine. Use it to cut, machine, drill and carve using a mobile app, tablet or PC. You want to cut holes, and nothing else? You can have a simple app where you just have to enter a diameter or radius, and press “Cut”. You want to make complex 3D carvings? No problem, you can have another application with intuitive 3D CAD software to help you draw whatever it is you’re after. At the moment, there’s a Kicstarter campaign where a $2,400 pledge will get you one if you’re willing to wait until the second batch, or $2,700 if you’re in a hurry. Delivery starts in September.
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    Called the Cortex, the 3D printed cast pictured above is a concept and prototype designed by a Victoria University of Wellington graduate with the suspiciously awesome name Jake Evill, the Cortex cast is lightweight, ventilated, washable and thin. Made from a complex honeycomb structure, it allows for air and water to circulate, as well as making it possible to scratch and clean your skin. Sounds wonderful. Made out of polyamide, the casts take about 3 hours to make, while regular plaster casts take 3 to 9 minutes. With advances in 3D printing technology however, we may see the Cortex in hospitals within the next few years.
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    To celebrate the 110th birthday of George Orwell, surveillance cameras in the center of the city of Utrecht were decorated with colorful party hats. By Dutch art group FRONT404.
    "George Orwell is best known for his book ‘1984’, in which he describes a dystopian future society where the populace is constantly watched by the surveillance state of Big Brother. By putting these happy party hats on the surveillance cameras we don’t just celebrate Orwell’s birthday. By making these inconspicuous cameras that we ignore in our daily lives catch the eye again we also create awareness of how many cameras really watch us nowadays, and that the surveillance state described by Orwell is getting closer and closer to reality."
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    2013 is the 50th anniversary of DOCTOR WHO. A group of Doctor Who fans have put together a successful Kickstarter project to send a TARDIS-shaped satellite into Earth’s orbit. Good idea! The TARDIS satellite has already been built and will be equipped with a GoPro Hero 3 so that it can capture the view from above the world. The Kickstarter campaign has about one more day to go, but it has already surpassed its funding goal of $33,000. The launch is being planned to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, which is on November 23, 2013.
    "The TARDIS is built. That's right. We've completed the satellite. The satellite is constructed from really light weight aluminum (because weight is a huge issue) and it is a scaled-down version of the actual TARDIS. Our satellite is only about 1 foot tall - because again, weight is a major factor. However, the light on top functions (powered by solar cells in the windows.) And that means that when we put this thing in space, there will be a TARDIS with a blinking light orbiting the Earth. SWEET!
    But then we thought, what if we put some other stuff inside? So, we did. There is a camera, a GoPro Hero 3, regularly recharged by the solar panels, which will take photos of the Earth from orbit. It's not the Hubble or a spy telescope, but it should give us some pretty sweet pics. A magnetic, passive attitude control system is in place which will keep the TARDIS's camera pointing toward the planet
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    Stairway Cinema by OH.NO.SUMO takes inspiration from the site and its inhabitants. Short movies previously shared online, are projected for the public to enjoy. The individual experience is exchanged for the communal and social, leading to a shared, fun and architecturally framed experience.
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