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Color Me …

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The idea behind the Color Me ____ art exhibit at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art by Andrew Neyer and Andy J. Miller. made me smile.
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Hello Kitty In Space

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Cornerstone Christian school 7th grade science project. 12-year old Lauren Rojas with some help of her father Rod, launched a Hello Kitty doll 18 miles into space.

Pont de Singe, A Bridge Suspended by Helium Balloons

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Pont de Singe” by French artist Olivier Grossetête is a bridge that is suspended by three large helium-filled balloons. Of course the bridge is not functional. Entitled Pont de Singe (Monkey Bridge), the bridge was designed for the 2012 Tatton Park Biennial in the UK.
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The Centrifuge Brain Project

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The "Centrifuge Brain Project" gives an insight on scientific experiments with amusement park rides. Wow!

Blown Away. VESTAS Sailrocket 2 truly smashes the Outright world speed sailing record

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24th of November,2012. This is the day that VESTAS Sailrocket 2 took speed sailing into a whole new era. Having already broken the existing Outright world speed sailing record by the biggest margin in the records history a little over a week earlier, the team took to the waters of Walvis Bay in strong winds to try and be the first to take the sport over the 60 knot average mark.

A Room With a View (From Above)

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Rooms seen from above. By photographer Menno Aden.
"I started photographing rooms of friends in Berlin, to make portraits of them without actually seeing them. Many of them had—or still have—an unpretentious life, which is quite typical in Berlin since rents have been quite low.”
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21 Swings

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"The result is a giant instrument made of 21 musical swings; each swing in motion triggers different notes, all the swings together compose a piece, but some sounds only emerge from cooperation.
The project stimulates ownership of the public space, bringing together people of all ages and backgrounds, and creating a place for playing and hanging out in the middle of the city centre
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Computer Board Table

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Built by David Maloney using boards and drives from old Intergraph 6000 series machines made in the late 80s early 90s.
"For years I've been throwing old computer boards into a box in the garage to someday recycle them into some sort of project. It finally popped in my head to create a table with them using some of the black walnut from a tree we cut down a few years ago and had milled in the yard with a portable mill.
It's basically two tables. One internal table to screw the boards to and another set of wood frames with glass that slide on top of the board table. It's basically a wood diorama. It will be very easy to swap out the computer boards with something else once we get tired of the look of the boards."
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BeetBox uses real beets to make music

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BeetBox is a simple instrument that allows users to play drum beats by touching actual beets. It is powered by a Raspberry Pi with a capacitive touch sensor and an audio amplifier in a handmade wooden enclosure.
Here's how it works:
    Inside the cabinet is a Raspberry Pi Model B computer hooked up to an MPR121 capacitive touch sensor. A Python script detects any touches on the beets, and plays drum samples using the pygame gaming module system. The sounds produced are fed to an LM386-based amp and on to a speaker located behind the holes in the wood.

Five Hours of Airplane Landings Condensed Into Under 30 Seconds

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A 25-second time-lapse video showing "all landings at San Diego Int Airport on Black Friday Nov 23, 2012 between 1030am and 300pm."
Created by photography and film professor Cy Kuckenbaker.
"To give the video a sense of temporal change as the planes fly by I did an 8 hour time-lapse under a bridge nearby shot at the same angle and composited it over the planes. Without it there’s no sense of time passing. I used an intervalometer to shoot about 800 images with the same exposure as the video. Once I had it posted as a regular video clip, I keyed the sky out of it as well. I put everything together in Adobe Premiere, which challenged my system since I needed 40 video tracks to stack all the airplane clips together."
He was inpired by a omposite photo of planes, taken by Korean Ho-Yeol Ryu at Hannover Airport.
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Fast Track, a  trampoline track in Nikola-Lenivets park

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Fast Track” is a 167 foot long trampoline track that was installed in Nikola-Lenivets park in rural Russia for the Archstoyanie art festival. It created by Estonian architecture firm Salto Architects.
"“Fast track” is a integral part of park infrastructure, it is a road and an installation at the same time. It challenges the concept of infrastructure that only focuses on technical and functional aspects and tends to be ignorant to its surroundings. “Fast track” is an attempt to create intelligent infrastructure that is emotional and corresponds to the local context. It gives the user a different experience of moving and percieving the environment."
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Model fighter made of recycled beer cans

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X-Wing fighter made from recycled Kaiser beer cans by Tamás Kánya.
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MechBass Is A Robot That Plays The Bass

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It is a wonderful bass player. MechBass(PDF file, design detail), a robotic contraption by New Zealand-based engineering student James McVay. The elaborate device is MIDI-controlled, and “consists of four string units on an aluminum frame with sliding pitch shifters that alter the pitch of the strings, which are then struck by rotating pick wheels." Watch the video!

Trotify

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The trotify is a wooden device that sits on your front wheel and makes your bike clop like a horse.
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Oru Kayak: the origami folding boat

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The Oru Kayak is a boat that folds out of a compact case.The Oru Kayak on the other hand is super light (25 lbs.) and ultra portable since it folds up into a 33″ X 29″ X 10″ case whenever you’re not using it.
"Each Oru Kayak is engineered of a single sheet of double-layered plastic. The single seam is sealed with a watertight rubber gasket. Solid ribs offer strength and rigidity.The corrugated plastic skin is extremely tough and durable."
"It’s full size (12' long), super light (25 lbs), and quick to assemble (5 min). On the water it’s fast, stable, and handles incredibly well."