Critical Toys

Apr 17

prostheticknowledge:

Micro Robots

SRI International have developed incredibly small and fast robots that are capable of following building instructions - video embedded below:

SRI is developing new technology to reliably control thousands of micro-robots for smart manufacturing of macro-scale products in compact, integrated systems.

sriinternational have a Tumblr blog here


Apr 16
xoxogetdowngetfunky:

misterhippity:

I tried a 2-D printer once, and the paper jammed.
So now I just painstakingly re-create my paper copies by hand, like a medieval monk.

"I couldn’t do something that requires training and skill on the first try without any training or skill so obviously it is a scam: A White Male Story"

xoxogetdowngetfunky:

misterhippity:

I tried a 2-D printer once, and the paper jammed.

So now I just painstakingly re-create my paper copies by hand, like a medieval monk.

"I couldn’t do something that requires training and skill on the first try without any training or skill so obviously it is a scam: A White Male Story"

(via absurdhowl)


Apr 15
fayescarlet:

aibohphobia:

mr-egbutt:

thefurrynerd:

cutlerish:

thelynnfiles:

logically-devonian:

How the Geneva Drive (the mechanical step that makes the second hand on a clock work by turning constant rotation into intermittent motion) works.

Oh snap!

As an engineer, this makes me happy.

If only one loop of this gif were equal to one second…

easy peasy


watching this while listening to a clock tickingis the best decision i have ever made

Man this is rather fascinating.

fayescarlet:

aibohphobia:

mr-egbutt:

thefurrynerd:

cutlerish:

thelynnfiles:

logically-devonian:

How the Geneva Drive (the mechanical step that makes the second hand on a clock work by turning constant rotation into intermittent motion) works.

Oh snap!

As an engineer, this makes me happy.

If only one loop of this gif were equal to one second…

easy peasy

watching this while listening to a clock ticking
is the best decision i have ever made

Man this is rather fascinating.

(via absurdhowl)


Apr 14

prostheticknowledge:

AgencyGlass

Bizarre proof-of-concept tech by Dr. Hirotaka Osawa are glasses with small displays that give attention to others around you.

The idea here is that we have technology to help us work in areas such as physical labour and brainwork, but not “emotional labour”, the social face-to-face aspects of job roles. Video embedded below:

From IEEE:

Have you ever had trouble concentrating in the office as people walk by and glance at you? Do you come off as unfriendly or aloof, when you’re really just focusing on your work?

Dr. Hirotaka Osawa from Tsukuba University, in Japan, has developed a new wearable device to help us with something called “emotional labor.” His idea is that people could adopt cyborg technology to increase the emotional comfort of those around us. In this case, the device is a crazy pair of glasses that display eyeballs on their lenses.

The device’s virtual eyes naturally follow people and movement, making it appear as though you’re friendly and approachable, even if you’re too busy doing something else or too tired to actually look friendly and approachable.

"This emotional support reduces a user’s cognitive load for social manners," Osawa says.

More Here

(via kenyatta)


Apr 11


thisistheverge:

Here are some of the crazy phones you can build with Google’s Project Ara
Google is starting to show developers what they need to do to create swappable parts for its upcoming modular smartphones, currently called Project Ara. On Ara’s website, it’s just posted the Module Developers Kit, which contains the information that manufacturers need to get started on creating modular parts. “Ara’s success is predicated on a rich, vibrant, and diverse ecosystem of modules from a myriad of developers,” one document in the kit reads.

thisistheverge:

Here are some of the crazy phones you can build with Google’s Project Ara
Google is starting to show developers what they need to do to create swappable parts for its upcoming modular smartphones, currently called Project Ara. On Ara’s website, it’s just posted the Module Developers Kit, which contains the information that manufacturers need to get started on creating modular parts. “Ara’s success is predicated on a rich, vibrant, and diverse ecosystem of modules from a myriad of developers,” one document in the kit reads.


Apr 4

(via elmerseason)


Apr 1
The Land is a playground that takes up nearly an acre at the far end of a quiet housing development in North Wales. It’s only two years old but has no marks of newness and could just as well have been here for decades. The ground is muddy in spots and, at one end, slopes down steeply to a creek where a big, faded plastic boat that most people would have thrown away is wedged into the bank. The center of the playground is dominated by a high pile of tires that is growing ever smaller as a redheaded girl and her friend roll them down the hill and into the creek. “Why are you rolling tires into the water?” my son asks. “Because we are,” the girl replies. (via The Overprotected Kid - The Atlantic)

The Land is a playground that takes up nearly an acre at the far end of a quiet housing development in North Wales. It’s only two years old but has no marks of newness and could just as well have been here for decades. The ground is muddy in spots and, at one end, slopes down steeply to a creek where a big, faded plastic boat that most people would have thrown away is wedged into the bank. The center of the playground is dominated by a high pile of tires that is growing ever smaller as a redheaded girl and her friend roll them down the hill and into the creek. “Why are you rolling tires into the water?” my son asks. “Because we are,” the girl replies. (via The Overprotected Kid - The Atlantic)


Mar 29
1950sunlimited:

Space Cadet Helmet, ad detailSlay,Monstrobot of the Deep!

1950sunlimited:

Space Cadet Helmet, ad detail
Slay,Monstrobot of the Deep!

(via lutsanguisargilla)


prostheticknowledge:

Sakaki Kaoro

Independent Japanese manga figurine maker uses Zbrush 3D modelling software and 3D printing to create works from scratch.

The above character is from a game entitled ‘KanColle’, yet it is fascinating to see how pieces like this are put together. Sakaki posted at the Zbrush Central Forums and uploaded several high definition shots of the work and videos demonstrating how his designs are put together using the software (in three parts, each an hour long).

You can view the thread over at Zbrush Central here, and visit Sakaki’s website (Japanese) here


Mar 27
fastcompany:

Designed to rise 1,000 feet in the air and deliver electricity to the ground, the Buoyant Airborne Turbine is a blimp on a mission. - A Wind Turbine Inside A Floating Blimp Can Bring Power Anywhere

fastcompany:

Designed to rise 1,000 feet in the air and deliver electricity to the ground, the Buoyant Airborne Turbine is a blimp on a mission.A Wind Turbine Inside A Floating Blimp Can Bring Power Anywhere



The machines spit out about 120,000 objects a month, a tidal flow of design that runs from the mundane to the astonishing.

On a recent day, a quick search through the bins revealed a pair of pliable black-frame eyeglasses, a scale model of a biplane, an intricately detailed brass ring, enough plastic train cars to form a miniature railroad and a figurine of two tiny purple women on tiny purple trapezes. 

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/03/27/garden/bringing-3-d-power-to-the-people.html (via fred-wilson)

(via notational)


Mar 26

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