Google Maps: Pokémon Challenge

“Dozens of wild Pokémon have taken up residence on streets, amidst forests & atop mountains throughout Google Maps. To catch ‘em all, grab your Poké Ball and the newest version of Google Maps for iPhone or Android. Then tap the search bar, ‘press start,’ & begin your quest.” — Google

Bookmark and Share

LG Bets On An OLED Lamp?


Several companies offer smartphone-controlled LED light bulbs these days, but LG Electronics is trying to advance the state of lighting with another approach, too: an OLED table lamp. The Korean company, which already has a strong home-appliances business, unveiled its OLED Table Lamp on Monday at the Light+Building 2014 trade show in Frankfurt. Instead of using conventional light-emitting diodes (LEDs), its light source is the organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology that can be formed into a sheet.” w/ photos

Bookmark and Share

Drums On Fire

“Drummer Tyler Williams of the Beau Hodges Band taps, rolls and grooves in a ring of fire. FirePixels from LiveSpark are flame effects that can be choreographed to every touch of the drumstick. From the slightest brush to the hardest hits, every nuance of his performance is reflected in a circle of flames that surround him. Each drum is connected to a MIDI trigger, capable of sensing how hard and where it was hit. The LiveSpark Controller maps these inputs to FirePixel display patterns: kick drum on the left, snare on the right, high hat at the top, toms alternating flames, and the rim shot driving the LiveSpark AfterBurner in the middle.” — Livesparkfirepixels

Bookmark and Share

The Floating Display

“AIRR Tablet (Aerial Imaging by Retro-Reflection Tablet) is a system that can display information in the air and is operable with your hands just like a usual tablet. The system performs a floating transparent large tablet screen with a wide viewing angle using AIRR technology developed by Prof. Hirotsugu Yamamoto of University of Tokushima. No special glasses are required and it can be perceived from multiple viewpoints simultaneously.” — Ishikawa Oku Laboratory

Bookmark and Share

JetFAST Cereal

“To keep things exciting at breakfast time I like to warm the milk but losing heat is a big worry so I figured the jet bicycle could help. The reason for this video was to show the power of the pulse jet as it can be difficult to judge. So by eating behind it you can get a metal picture of what it would be like to stand behind the jet bicycle. This was about 50-60% throttle as full throttle is only achieved once jet is glowing hot but at 0mph the gas bottle and vlves plus he tyres etc would start to break up melt and basically get in a bit of a mess.” — colinfurze

Bookmark and Share

First Asteroid-Like Object Discovered With Rings


Meet (10199) Chariklo. It’s an asteroid-like object that’s a little more than 90 miles in diameter. It orbits the sun between Jupiter and Neptune. And like its giant gas neighbors, it has rings. Asteroids have rings, too! This is the first time any object besides a Solar System gas giant — Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune — has been found to have rings. Chariklo is technically a centaur, one of many centaurs that orbit between Jupiter and Neptune and have both asteroid-like and comet-like properties, which makes them a bit of a mystery. Asteroids and comets are distinguished by where they were formed and what they are made of; Chariklo, the largest of the centaurs, happens to be is more asteroid-like.” w/ photos

Bookmark and Share

World’s Largest Cardboard Box Castle

“Blake Grigsby and other local community members build the world’s largest cardboard box castle with over 3,200 boxes. It’s an official Gunniess World Record and attempt. We couldn’t have done it without the support of our community and a grant from the Chicago Awesome Foundation. But that is not all, we also open a restaurant indoors and put on a family friendly improv show on inside that night. Best of all, all the profits go to American Cancer Society! Stay tuned, we will uploaded the show on YouTube soon! As many know, due to the high winds we had to move indoors which was thankfully scheduled as Plan B.” — Blake Grigsby

Bookmark and Share

Daylight & Night Bike?


Pimping your person and your ride with reflective materials, bright lighting or glow-in-the-dark paint jobs to be as visible as possible to motorists at night can mean the difference between getting home safely or saying hello to a world of pain… or worse. Inspired by passing highly-reflective street signs during daily rides and wondering why such technology couldn’t be applied directly to bikes, the folks at San Francisco’s Mission Bicycle Company have developed Lumen. During daylight hours, the city bike looks pretty much like any other, but when night draws in, light from car headlights hitting the city bike’s retro-reflective frame and wheel rims is returned directly back to its source.” w/ photos + video

Bookmark and Share