Mention was made in the office the other day of Claude Shannon (topics of sporting failure and celebrity chat having been exhausted), and up came mention of the Ultimate Machine. Intrigued, I headed to YouTube optimistically hoping to see such a machine in action… and bingo! (I believe the device below was part of a Claude Shannon Exhibition at the ...
Room had to be found on Made By Monkeys for this eye-catching demonstration of 3D printing. Professor Gershon Elber at Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology, has analysed M. C. Escher’s famous images – for example the looping staircase in a tower that is always going up – and found a way to replicate, in a physical 3D model, the ...
When I first read “Infinity Desk“, I thought of infinity pools melding into the sunny horizon and was pulled up slightly short… but the dark, bottomless look is quite cool, if vaguely unsettling (“a TRON version of the Sarlacc pit” as someone writes below.) Thanks to ObviousWinner.com for highlighting this (It’s all over the Internet, but the site is almost ...
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 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).
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!
Here's a bit of fun, and we haven't had an Impossible Object for a while... How about a table with just two legs?
What this blog really needs is an "illusory axonometric timepiece". And here it is: the latest Impossible Object comes courtesy of the Australian architects and designers Clarke Hopkins Clarke .
What is it with upside down houses? I've come across this theme a few times before, but credit to this blogger for drawing some examples together. And note these houses are apparently complete inside, they're not just empty shells.