Excerpts from James Sullivan's story in USA Today follow. "This spring Hawaiian big-wave surfer Shane Dorian set a world record by paddling into a 57-foot wave off Maui. For the record, he wore a new inflatable wetsuit built by Billabong. Surfers are calling the suit's development a game-changer because it provides an element of safety. Though Billabong has no immediate plans to offer the patent-pending technology to the broader market, the suit will be available to some big-wave surfers. Dubbed the Billabong V1 — referencing its ability to bring a surfer vertically 1 foot above the surface — the suit has a back-mounted air bladder and a carbon-dioxide cartridge that inflates with a ripcord. The suit's inspiration came to Dorian after a scary incident last year. "I took off on the wrong wave and had a horrible wipeout," he said. "I almost drowned." After the close call, Dorian outlined his idea to sponsor Billabong, which set out to construct a prototype. After successful calm-water tests, Dorian brought the suit to the Cortés Bank — an open-ocean surf break 100 miles off the coast of Southern California. "I paddled into a really big wave and had a bad wipeout, got pushed under, and I thought, 'This is the perfect time to test this thing,'" Dorian said. "I pulled my cord, and I went from nearly panicking to being totally relaxed. I didn't swim, I just let the thing bring me up."
EDWARD basicly is a frame and suspension contained between two wheels, with a 5 point harness and can control the machine with a gaming joystick. Its inversion control even allows you to drive upside down (if you are that way inclined). "EDWARD(Electric Diwheel With Active Rotation Damping) by students in the School of Mechanical Engineering, the University of Adelaide involved the construction of a human operated diwheel called EDWARD. Many diwheels in the past have been human powered or powered by IC engines. This one is purely electric. It has additional functionality lacking in other models, including inbuilt dynamic lateral stability and slosh control to prevent "gerbiling" or tumbling in aggressive braking or acceleration maneuvers. The diwheel also incorporates a unique feature that allows the rider to drive the vehicle when "upside down" - keeping the vehicle in its unstable state"
The Cut Chair provides a stable place to sit, but creates an optical illusion that tells you otherwise. "A plate concealed by a thick carpet allows a robust cantilevered seat. Three well placed leg “stumps” and the chair looks as though it has just been magically sliced apart. "
Frederick McSwain used 13,138 dice to create this portrait of Wong(his friend artist Tobias Wong) called Die(died at the age of 13,138 days (35 years-old). It was part of the BrokenOff BrokenOff exhibition at Gallery R’Pure in New York City, which was a memoriam to the artist during New York Design Week.
The project by Sónia Lamêra . This alphabet was conducted in Typography class with another colleague, which would have to choose a material to produce the alphabet (we use old books), take photos and then submit it in printed form.
Love & Hate” by Nifer Fahrion of NifNaks, three full scale weapons rendered in wool felt: a fragmentation grenade, brass knuckles, and a Glock handgun, Each piece was painstakingly hand made from Merino wool, with no foam or wire structures underneath. "I spent hours upon hours stabbing the wool, watching as it compacted and distorted. Then I added more wool, continuing to stab and watch it form in unpredictable ways, and continued again… With such an intense focus with the intention of recreating these weapons realistically, I became intimately familiar with the objects. I was fully present in the experience of observing the subject of my gaze. Thus, these sculptures become only the documentation of my mindful meditation on them. "
'Papier Boy' has built this X-Wing Fighter for the 2011 Nazareth Adult Soapbox Derby, and the car also it includes a rotatable R2-D2 that's controlled by a re-wired NES controller. Cool! Papier Boy modded an NES controller to a styrofoam R2-D2 head. When the controller's A and B buttons are pressed at the same time, the little droid rotates for 15 seconds. And it also has an iPod with R2-D2 sound effects and connected it to a small portable speaker system. The whole entire thing only cost about $75 in parts (iPod not included)!
Researchers at Tokyo’s University of Electro-Communications have developed a concept to guide crowds of pedestrians to walk within buildings and stations where crowds may be disordered, using lenticular lenses to stimulate the visual field. This weird looking flooring is designed to end that problem, by subconsciously nudging people over so they walk on the right. The floor uses lenticular lenses like those cheezy postcards that change depending on your viewing angle, only in this case the tile sections shift from dark to light in a pattern that moves over towards the right. This tricks your brain into following the direction the pattern appears to be moving, over towards the right wall. [ Youtube ]
1-Bit Symphony by Tristan Perich. "Tristan Perich's 1-Bit Symphony is an electronic composition in five movements on a single microchip. Though housed in a CD jewel case, 1-Bit Symphony is not a recording in the traditional sense; it literally "performs" its music live when turned on. A complete electronic circuit—programmed by the artist and assembled by hand—plays the music through a headphone jack mounted into the case itself."