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Fantastic Animatronics Reel by John Nolan

Posted in Animation, art, film by aldorf on May 31, 2011

Kudos John Nolan for an impressive reel here! This is incredible craftsmanship.

Imagination underpins every uniquely human achievement. Imagination led us from caves to cities, from bone clubs to golf clubs, from carrion to cuisine, and from superstition to science.The relationship between imagination and “reality” is both complicated and profound. (The Element).

Watch Reel Here.

The art of “Karakuri”.┬áJapan has always been on the forefront of cutting edge robotics. Its roots can be traced back 200-300 years during the Edo period when skilled craftsmen created automata (self-operating machines). Using nothing more than pulleys and weights they were able to make the Karakuri (Japanese automata) perform amazing tasks.
Japans modern day robots can be traced back to the Karakuri. Today Hideki Higashino is one of the few remaining craftsmen who is determined to keep the history and tradition of Japanese Karakuri alive. (video here)

c60 Redux – Touch Your Digital Music

Posted in design, innovation, Media, music by aldorf on December 21, 2010

by IDEO’s Design Director Martin Bone and Materials Scientist Kara Johnson.

The concept behind the C60 Redux is this: We’ve gone from handling vinyl, tapes and CD‘s to clicking on MP3’s, losing tactility in the process and making a casualty of the mix tape. Is it possible to bring that back in a digital way? Bone, Johnson, and a group of IDEO designers endeavored to do so by creating a music player built with RFID readers and some Arduino Mini Pros, all housed in a record player case. See for yourself.

(via Core77)

 

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