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    Nick Homer and Stewart Clyde, two Brigham Young University students, has built a motorized couch and started driving it around campus:
    "Two twelve volt car batteries power the broken wheel chair moving the couch. It’s a pretty stable ride and the BYU students who made it have been riding in comfort through Provo. But, they aren’t getting a warm welcome from BYU campus police. Motorized vehicles are banned on campus."
    This Portrait Projecting Ring made by Tamrakar, the ring was created for the wedding of Luke Jerram and Shelina Nanji.
    In a darkened room, light from a candle or LED passes through the ring to project a series of portraits. A selection of miniature slides were made of different family portraits and inserted into the edge of the ring for projection. As Jerram's family grows, photos of his children can be added to the ring. The ring was inspired by 19th Century Standhopes.
    At $8,000, you can get a DIY satellite and sent into orbit, check out the TubeSat Personal Satellite Kit. Interorbital Systems (IOS) says it can deploy 32 tiny satellites simultaneously from a rocket launched from the Pacific island of Tonga. The price, yes, only $8,000.
    "Planet Earth has entered the age of the Personal Satellite with the introduction of Interorbital's TubeSat Personal Satellite (PS) Kit. The new IOS TubeSat PS Kit is the low-cost alternative to the CubeSat. It has three-quarters of the mass (0.75-kg or 1.65-lb) and volume of a CubeSat, but still offers plenty of room for most experiments or applications. And, best of all, the price of the TubeSat kit actually includes the price of a launch into Low-Earth-Orbit on an IOS NEPTUNE 30 launch vehicle. Since the TubeSats are placed into self-decaying orbits 310 kilometers (192 miles) above the Earth's surface, they do not contribute to the long-term build-up of orbital debris. After operating for a few months (the exact length of time on orbit is dependent on solar activity), they will safely re-enter the atmosphere and burn-up. TubeSats are designed to be orbit-friendly. Launches are expected to begin in the first quarter of 2011.
    A TubeSat is designed to function as a Basic Satellite Bus or as a simple stand-alone satellite. Each TubeSat kit includes the satellite's structural components, printed circuit board (PCB) Gerber Files, electronic components, solar cells, batteries, transceiver, antennas, microcomputer, and the required programming tools. With these components alone, the builder can construct a satellite that puts out enough power to be picked up on the ground by a hand-held amateur radio receiver. Simple applications include broadcasting a repeating message from orbit or programming the satellite to function as a private orbital amateur radio relay station. These are just two examples. The TubeSat also allows the builder to add his or her own experiment or function to the basic TubeSat Kit. "
    Adi Marom's iPhone controlled robotic elevators shoes that makes you a few inches taller when you need.
    Wow, many, many GPS devices, a video installation with GPS sets by artist Garvin Nolte:  
    "The video installation "crossroads (what to do)" deals with the influence of others onto one's own path of life in an abstract way."
    If you want Google Juice? Johannes has made a mysterious Google. Johannes writes: 
    "Recently I was able to distill the mysterious Google Juice, the etheral substance that floats between web pages. Get your bottle, but beware, it is addictive!
    One of the key factors of search engine optimization that is clouded in secrecy is the mysteries Google Juice. It is ment to be an ethereal substance which flowts between web pages via their hyperlinks. The amount of Google Juice flowting around a page thus reflects how well connected it is.
    After a long quest I was able to catch the myth-enshrouded liquid and to precess it for mass consumption.
    Currently you can buy Google Juice only at the German discounter Netto
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    This Hyundai Giant vuvuzela is cool, here is its sound test, are you ready for it?

    The picture is a handy mobile pay phone on a boat in Uganda. Image source

    Power Laces inspired by 'Back to The Future II', this project by Blake Bevi, who hooked a micro-controller on to the back of a pair of sneakers.
    "Operation is quite simple- step into the shoe and a force sensor reads the pressure of your foot and activates two servo motors, which apply tension to the laces, tightening the shoe. A touch switch reverses the servos.
    this project is less 'Practical' than 'Proof of Concept', but hopefully it'll tide you over until Nike comes out with something more polished. " Bevin writes.

    Mouseless is an invisible computer mouse that provides the familiarity of interaction of a physical mouse without actually needing a real hardware mouse, a project by Pranav Mistry of the MIT Fluid Interfaces Group.
    This project forgoes the physical device we think of as a mouse, replacing it with an infrared laser and webcam pair that allow you to mimic the gestures you would normally make with your button-adorned friend. The project includes an Infrared (IR) laser beam (with line cap) and an Infrared camera, the laser projects a line across your workspace, and the camera uses blob tracking to figure out where your hand is, and when you lift up a finger. The prototype only only cost them $20 to build, cool.


    Kiel Johnson and Klai Brown has made a Cool 8-bit costume for a Toshiba commercial. Called Gary. They cut the "large pixels" from sheets of high density foam and glued them to "an articulated cardboard suit structure". Kiel said:
    "I think I cut around 4000 pixels. Not all used for Gary... we are building two more characters for a video project." He's posted a posted a slew of terrific images from the build and commercial shoot. "
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    Weather Tests is an exploratory film project which is an attempt of exaggereting actions and physics of each season.


    The world's first solar blimp, built by et Sol’r - a collaboration between students at engineering and technical schools in France. This measures 72 feet long and 18 feet wide and has a nylon and polyethylene aluminum frame. And it features semi-flexible solar cells that can generate up to 2.4 kilowatts that keeps the blimp moving at 25 mph. It has two big red propellers, which in turn are expected to send the ship across the Channel in under an hour.

    Blue Boat by French artist Xavier Veilhan. Veilhan has worked with the 80-year-old Frauscher shipyard of Gmuden, Austria, to make it a reality. It is 6.9 meter, which is an eight-person boat powered by a MerCruiser 220 HP motor. "The Blue Boat is about as blue as it gets, covered in blue paint and upholstery from bow to stern, starboard to port. Every inch of Blue Boat is light blue in color, save for the dials that rest behind its steering wheel". It will be auctioned off at Hôtel Hermitage in Monte-Carlo by the Parisian Artcurial on July 20th., expecting to fetch upwards of about $270,000 USD.
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    Dutch designer Tomáš Gabzdil Libertiny made a sculpture of Jesus that was completed by 40,000 bees. He erected a sealed glass container with his mold inside. Libertiny then released 40,000 bees who worked on the honeycombed surface of the mold:
    "The small cabinet is a clean-room unit that has been constructed from custom aluminium profiles, glass sheets, rubber inserts and wooden beehives. the base plate of glass has been cut with a queen restrictor mesh, allowing worker-bees to access the encased structure from two hives hung beneath the cabinet.
    Over the course of the fair, 40 000 worker bees were released into the case to complete a wax honeycomb structure over the figure of a martyred christ rising out of the chaos, his weight seeming to be upheld by the mass strength of the swarm. the figure within the vitrine
    is made of a laser sintered framework in which the industrious bees created a honeycomb skin over before filling each cell with the honey they produce. then bees worked to remove the honey from the cells and return it to the beehive, cleaning the figure back to the wax cells they
    originally created. tomáš made the honeycomb a red-orange color to symbolize the cross.
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    Sophie Kirkpatrick's Duplex Workspace has the adjustable hood that 1) when lowered allows interaction with the surrounding envionment and 2) when raised povides privacy. It creates an adaptable space for working.

    Jem Stansfield builds a vortex cannon to try and achieve what the big bad wolf could not: blowing over a house of brick; [ Youtube ]

    "Instead of moving the tape over a play head, the tape is fixed stationary to a wall. As a participant, you wear a glove that has the playhead on your finger trip, allowing you to drag your finger over the tape to play the audio." Watch it in action!
    This interactive sound installation deals with exploring the physical connection between people and technology. A tangible user interface, taking the form of a glove is worn by the participant as they are invited to interact with an analogue tape surface. As the glove comes in contact with the tape, sound is generated and can be manipulated via touch and movement.
    The Analogue Tape Glove by Signal to Noise.
    The Avatar + Stormtrooper Helmet by Denise Vasquez for 501st TK Project.
    "Created by Denise Vasquez for 501st TK Project who also created the beautiful Brass Stormtrooper Helmet, this project really brings two Giant movie characters within one amazing looking helmet. The Na’vi may not be wearing any armor to shield their looks, but it doesn’t mean that the Star Wars helmet cannot be created to look like the Pandora creatures that have captured our hearts. "
    If you’ve watched any of the World Cup this year you’ll have noticed the drone of the Vuvuzela. A German engineer has created a Vuvuzela Filter that takes the ambient noise and removes it from an audio track. It look like an in-line hardware box for the removal of noise. If you can read the German, check out this project, here, english, here(google translate). 
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