Testing is a recurring theme of the blog, and this is an interesting example of testing in extremis. Check out FLIP, the “Floating Instrument Platform”, which can change from a horizontal to a vertical orientation.
Aesthetically pleasing, maybe, but functional? The biker in the office, took one look and said it won’t handle corners, “no lateral stiffness – the wheels will just fold over, like Pringles crisps.”
It’s stretching the category definition a bit, for an Impossible Object, but this one made me smile on a grey Monday morning. Take a look at a Stone Age era Swiss Army Knife.
Thanks to the excellent Techeblog for highlighting these – Top 5 Coolest Bookshelves for Geeks. They include the eye-catching Invisible Bookcase…
It’s the FLIZ bike – as in ‘flies’, presumably – which ‘represents an expansion of urban mobility for different users’ (I am Google translating from the original German).
Apparently it took four weeks to complete. If you want to see it in person you can find Schwesterstraße here.
“An alphabet made entirely of “undecidable” figures, two-dimensional objects that look like 3-D projections but, on closer examination, are geometrically impossible.”
It’s the work of Seattle-based artist Scott Garner, who has done the hard work behind a simple idea – a “Still life” picture where the subject moves in line with the orientation of the frame. Tip it up and things slide/fall over!