Duck Machine: rubber duckies in synchronized symphony

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By Rebekah Rhoden in Tech on Tuesday 20 May 2014

Here’s your mesmerizing video for the day. Electromechanical manufacturer Faz Elektrik had the challenging job to get ordinary people excited about, er…motors, so they enlisted the help of British artist David Cranmer to give their project an interesting twist. Together, they created ‘a programmable matrix of 49 ducks that appear to float gracefully on invisible […]

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The Cyanometer: a 225-year old contraption that gauges the sky’s blueness

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Tuesday 13 May 2014

How many shades of blue does the sky have? If this 225-year old measuring tool is to be believed, the sky has 53 shades of ‘blueness’. The Cyanometer is a device invented back in 1789 by Swiss physicist Horace-Benedict de Saussure and German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt.

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Onewheel: a Kickstarter project that brings us a step closer to the hover board.

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Thursday 8 May 2014

Our scientists better be hard at work developing the hover board so that Marty McFly will have something to ride on come 2015. Meanwhile, we can have the next best thing: the Onewheel. Part skateboard, part hover board, the 25-pound Onewheel lets you enjoy the feeling of getting stoked without having to exert any leg […]

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Adaptable 4D-printed material

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Thursday 1 May 2014

The United States Army Research Office has given university researchers a grant worth $855,000 to develop the next generation of 3D printing – that is, 4D printing. Very original and mind boggling name, I know. The trio of researchers from Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of […]

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Immortalize your witty tweets into commemorative plaques with this online service

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Wednesday 30 April 2014

It’s time to cash in on those witty tweets of yours! ‘Permanent140’ is an online service that immortalizes your favourite tweets by turning them into commemorative wooden or metal plaques. Timeless excerpts like ‘Pizza doesn’t need commercials. All they have to say is, “Remember pizza?”’ come with the tweeter’s name, username, and time and date […]

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Kittyo: a device that lets you play with your cat even when you’re not home

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Tuesday 29 April 2014

Being away from home doesn’t mean your laser pointer torture sessions with your cat has to stop. Introducing the ‘Kittyo’, a device that lets you interact with your cat from afar. Using the Kittyo app for iOS and Android, you can use the coffee maker-shaped device to speak to your cat, give out treats, and […]

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Trippy is what happens when a drone copter flies through a fireworks display

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Video on Tuesday 29 April 2014

So this is what going through warp speed looks like. So trippy. A Phantom camera attached to a helicopter drone flew through a fireworks display, capturing the stunning explosions up close and in slow-motion. Although the stunt gave us this cool video to gawk at, many are criticizing the pilot’s risky decision to let his drone fly near live fireworks.

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Social media giants all fight for the throne in this epic Game of Thrones sequence

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Wednesday 9 April 2014

The kingdoms of Westeros continue the struggle for the iron throne this week, as season four of the beloved and heart-breaking series kicks off. But it looks like they aren’t the only one fighting for supremacy. Social media management service, Hootsuite, created a promotional video that pays tribute to the Game of Thrones opening sequence. […]

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Sesame Street Fighter is now a video game

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By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Thursday 3 April 2014

If you ever wanted to get your hands on Sesame Street’s Bert or Elmo or Cookie Monster and beat them to a pulp – for whatever sick reason you might have – now’s your chance! ‘Sesame Street Fighter’ is now a free playable online game thanks to game developer Cocoalasca. This genius concept started with DeviantArt user gavacho13 when he illustrated ‘Sesame Street’ characters in the style of ‘Street Fighter’. The internet loved it, and now we can get back at Oscar for all his grouchiness through the years, by typing in the random words that appear on the screen.

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Piipshow: a live stream of squirrels and birds dining at a bird feeder that looks like a coffee shop

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Wednesday 2 April 2014

Do you ever get the feeling someone’s watching you? These birds probably do. ‘Piipshow’ is a three month long live broadcast of a bird feeder in Norway that looks like a trendy coffee shop. Instead of macchiato and cappuccinos, this café serves up nuts and seeds. Different customers come in during the day, most of them avian, including a Nuthatch, a Blue Tit (not THAT kind of tit), a great tit (not THAT too), and a Bullfinch. Sometimes the occasional squirrel thieves drop in too.

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An autopsy of classic video game controllers

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Saturday 15 March 2014

Ever wondered what the inside of a video game controller looks like? ‘Deconstructed’ is a series that shows you the pieces that make up the entirety of those gaming devices we all loved and button-mashed. Toronto-based photographer Brandon Allen performed an autopsy on classic video game controllers, laid out all the parts, and photographed them. […]

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A butt lamp that turns on and off by spanking or pinching it

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Products on Thursday 13 March 2014

The ‘Slap It’ lamp is a cheeky device that is shaped like a human butt. If that wasn’t amusing enough, it can be turned on (pun intended) and off by squeezing it or spanking it. The lamp was created by London-based artist Joseph Begley, who says it ‘simultaneously combines the stress relieving satisfaction of slapping a bottom, with the practical application of providing light.

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This Boeing Black smartphone self-destructs when tampered with

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Wednesday 5 March 2014

The Boeing Black is a smartphone that self-destructs when someone tries to tamper with its casing or files. But sadly, it’s not like those devices you see in Mission Impossible, where it blows up in a fiery blaze of glory. Rather, it deletes all its data and renders itself useless, making it anti-theft but also […]

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Scientists finally invent the lightsaber, sort of

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Friday 28 February 2014

We might just live out our fantasies of wielding a lightsaber in the not-so-distant future if science plays their cards right. Mikhail Lukin and Vladan Vuletic, physics professors at Harvard and MIT, respectively, clumped together particles to form a unique molecule by accident. They say that this new form of matter has the properties and […]

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Flappy Bird is back, but this time, in a cardboard box

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Thursday 27 February 2014

‘Flappy Bird’ may no longer be available as an app, but now it’s offered as a cardboard box. Thanks to young entrepreneur Fawn Qiu, the game that’s driven us all mad has risen from the dead in the form of a real-life game. By using three motors, an Arduino, a prototyping board, a magnet sensor, […]

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