While debate rages in the U.S. over drone surveillance of its citizens, drones were pressed into service over London on Saturday for a less contentious purpose: To promote the upcoming Star Trek movie. Ars Electronica Futurelab, an Austria-based media art lab, collaborated with German quadrocopter manufacturer Ascending Technologies to give Paramount Pictures publicity via “spaxel.”
Thirty autonomous, LED-equipped “Hummingbird” drones took to London’s evening skies, then self-assembled into the Star Trek logo, which then rotated as a whole. If that sounds simple, it sure ain’t; Futurelab’s software has to keep the drones from crashing into each other while they take off and find their positions, and the matter was complicated by both wind and snow, the former affecting the navigation and the latter affecting the drone-to-drone communication. Nevertheless, they were able to pull it off:
Designer Benjamin Rollins Caldwell, of BRC Designs, is known for creating furniture in unusual materials and I’d say stained glass fits in that category. Mosaic Chair 02 references mid-century design with its low, angular frame, a frame that looks like a stained glass window.
Inspired by “the abstract nature of stained glass windows,” the faceted chair is made up of half inch frosted tempered glass that is inset into a black, auto paint-covered steel frame. The goose down cushions are covered in lamb shearling that’s dyed red.
The hard angles of the frame are balanced out with the softness of the cushions, making this one functional piece of art.
At SXSW, Bre Pettis, founder of MakerBot announced the new MakerBot Digitizer, a 3D scanner that allows you to scan just about any object and create a digital 3D version to manipulate and print on a MakerBot.
This is really exciting! This moves into the world where we’ll be scanning and printing things on our own at home. Not only is this great for design professionals, but imagine the possibilities for the rest of us? It’s a great step into the future.
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What do you think of the MakerBot Digitizer? Would you use it? If so, what would you scan + print first?
The next generation of coffee making machines is here. I am talking about the portable espresso maker named Handpresso Wild Hybrid. The company responded to fans’ wishes and created this machine which will provide versatility and easy use.
This chair isn’t just named the Maserati chair, it’s actually a Maserati chair. Designed by Italian design firm Zanotta for the car brand Maserati, for a cool $5K you can say you own a Maserati. In your living room, that is.
Part of Maserati’s lifestyle brand and one of the initial products in their new Home and Office collection, it expresses the “made in Italy” spirit and values: a sign of style, comfort, craftsmanship and state-of-the-art materials and shapes, which never loses sight of the tradition of timeless elegance.
The lounge chair pays homage to the new Maserati Quattroporte. Ludovica and Roberto Palomba of Zanotta conceived the project by analyzing and reinterpreting the harmonious and slender lines. The look of the leather is inspired by the traditional “capitonné” technique with a modern twist, without buttons, to obtain an extremely soft and comfortable surface.
Looks comfy. I could sit cross-legged in this chair and watch a TV marathon for sure. Pass the popcorn.