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Power-Generating Rocking Chair Charges Your iPad

Power-Generating Rocking Chair Charges Your iPad | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it

Zurich-based design company Micasa Lab is developing a power-generating rocking chair, which charges your iPad as you rock.

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The Chillon Project - Pix4D

The Chillon Project - Pix4D | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
[The] Chillon project demonstrates the accuracy, feasibility and efficiency of image based 3D modelling for very complex architectural objects - using drones and regular DSLR camera footage
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Pushing the boudnaries of modelization
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CrystalFrame - Interactive Glass

CrystalFrame - Interactive Glass | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
The Crystalframe is a high-definition, transparent video membrane or interactive glass. A revolutionary tool with infinite possibilities.
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impressive tech

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Android Wear preview: this is how Google makes a smartwatch

Android Wear preview: this is how Google makes a smartwatch | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it

After months of teases and previews, including yesterday's demo-mode units at Google's I/O developer conference, we've finally gotten the chance to try out Android Wear for ourselves. 

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According to The Verge review, it doesn't pretend to to do it all like the Galaxy gear, but what it does, it does it the right way - cool. It's all I'm asking for :)

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All Our Patent Are Belong To You | Blog | Tesla Motors

All Our Patent Are Belong To You | Blog | Tesla Motors | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
Yesterday, there was a wall of Tesla patents in the lobby of our Palo Alto headquarters. That is no longer the case. They have been removed, in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle technology.
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Once again paving the way to 21st century industrial shift to smaller, more optimized and bolder companies.

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Inventaire. DIY design blog

Inventaire. DIY design blog | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
great resources for DIYers
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just scrolling down the content is such a refreshing activity, boosting your own creativity.
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A New Geo-Tagged Storytelling Site Might Be The Ultimate Travel Tool: Hi

A New Geo-Tagged Storytelling Site Might Be The Ultimate Travel Tool: Hi | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it

From the outset, Hi works like Twitter or Instagram. You start by posting a "sketch"-a photo and a caption-which gets geo-tagged and published to your stream. You can leave the sketch the way it is, if you'd like, and never add anything more, but this is where the community part comes in [and] nudge you to expand upon your sketch by tapping the "Tell me more" button. Now you can expand your photo and caption into a story, or "moment," which can be a paragraph or thousands of words. Instead of likes or thumbs up or hearts, you can simply thank a person with a one-line note.

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social media at its best... real people, real experiences, real interaction

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Latest Invention: 'Triton Oxygen Respirator Extracts Air Underwater'

Latest Invention: 'Triton Oxygen Respirator Extracts Air Underwater' | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it

A brilliant invention yet a revolutionary. A new invention looks set to change Scuba and diving in general. It's shocking task lies in the idea of microscopic, nano scale 'artificial Gills', can effectively separate the Oxygen from the water while diving, on demand. A series of tiny threads or strands have microscopic holes along their width, which are smaller than water molecules

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if it works, then it is a dream come true for scuba divers :)

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Heart-Monitoring Horror Game That Gets Tougher As You Get Scared

Heart-Monitoring Horror Game That Gets Tougher As You Get Scared | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
Horror games can be scary enough on their own—do we really need one that measures our heart rate and gets harder as we get more scared? Maybe we do. Maybe. We. Do.
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Google Buys Nest for $3.2 Billion in Cash. Wired.com

Google Buys Nest for $3.2 Billion in Cash. Wired.com | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
Google now owns a little piece of Apple. Today, Google announced that it's spending $3.2 billion to acquire Nest, a successful home hardware tech startup founded by Tony Fadell, the father of the Apple iPod.

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Google extand its reach in your home - and will probably reshape the aging domotic concept on the way.

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wow... following reading Wired article on her, best line in this story:

 

'...with Google’s support, “Nest will be even better placed to build simple, thoughtful devices that make life easier at home, and that have a positive impact on the world.”'

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Einstein’s Camera  — Matter — Medium

Einstein’s Camera  — Matter — Medium | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it

ADAM MAGYAR IS A computer geek, a college dropout, a self-taught photographer, a high-tech Rube Goldberg, a world traveler, and a conceptual artist of growing global acclaim.

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The guy deserves credits. Merging tech and art in very beatutiful way.

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This Is The Prima Ballerina Of Robots

This amazing cube can walk jump and stand on a tip!
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not sure if useful but definitely cool :)

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Google Adds to Its Menagerie of Robots

Google Adds to Its Menagerie of Robots | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
Boston Dynamics and its animal kingdom-themed machines bring significant cachet to Google’s robotic efforts.
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It is the 8th robotic company that Google is buying. They will have to come up with something big!!!

Having agile robots and strong localization capabilities is definitely a direction worth investigating. Can't wait to see what they come up with :)

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The Insanity Of Bitcoin, Explained

There's no better way to appreciate the trippiness of the digital currency Bitcoin than this hallucinatory animated video.
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"This video makes learning about Bitcoin as fun as dropping a tab and hitting the planetarium for a Pink Floyd laser show."

 

Well, ti does a nice job explaining what it is and what makes it a special currency.

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ATAP Project Tango

ATAP Project Tango | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
The goal of Project Tango is to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion.
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The people working on this are for real! What a bunch of great minds working together... It is ambitious, and in the age of wearable tech, Project Tango is a cornerstone to a better integration of these techs in the physical world.

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Tangible and Modular Input Device for Character Articulation

Tangible and Modular Input Device for Character Articulation | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it

A tangible way to do 3D animation in a 3D world. Thanks to an input device composed of interchangeable, hot-pluggable parts. Embedded sensors measure the device’s pose at rates suitable for real-time editing and animation. Splitter parts allow branching to accommodate any skeletal tree. 

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Interesting tool to speed the lengthy animation process!

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Google Gesture

This film is a concept, a submission for the student competition Future Lions in Cannes. It's completely fictional.

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I wish it was true though. How great that would be!!! Can't wait to find out if they eventually come up with the tech one day.

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UX of future telecom networks (5G) presented at Mobile World Congress

UX of future telecom networks (5G) presented at Mobile World Congress | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it

At the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in February, the UX Lab presented the research concept “Remote Control over Mobile Networks” that they’ve been working on lately. In the following video, Marcus Gårdman of the UX Lab presents the core of the concept:

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Never posted anything VR headset craze on the "Relevant Entertainment" ScoopIt topic I curate... I don't believe that much in VR for gaming, BUT I recently got my eyes open on its potential for 'presence'. Now in retrospect, I understand why Facebook bought Oculus Rift, and it makes me wonder why Cisco did not.

 

There is still a long way to go for this type of usage, but for a more casual type of "presence", it is doable with current network capacities.

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60 Minutes profiles Elon Musk, reveals struggles and successes at Tesla and SpaceX (video)

60 Minutes profiles Elon Musk, reveals struggles and successes at Tesla and SpaceX (video) | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
"If something's important enough, you should try it even if the probable outcome is failure."
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a 60minutes (sic) profile of my personal hero: Elon Musk.

 

 

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Green Chemists Use Rocket Science And Chicken Feathers to Create Cow-Less Leather

Green Chemists Use Rocket Science And Chicken Feathers to Create Cow-Less Leather | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
With heat and pressure, the feathers are combined with natural fibers and plant oil resins, which can be made soft or rigid.
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clever use of chicken feathers
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IPAD 7 - Insanely Powerful Arrow Driver

IPAD 7 - Insanely Powerful Arrow Driver | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
DIY crossbow design has always been such a callback.
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The Maker King

How Carl Bass, the CEO of Autodesk, is shaping the maker movement—from his garage.
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"Bass isn’t boasting. He has poured at least as much money into his workshop as other CEOs pour into vintage wine collections or boats, but his hobby isn’t about impressing anybody else. It’s just for him. He still spends every Saturday morning from 6 to 11 beavering away on various projects in pleasant isolation. And yet, his weekend work is having a profound effect on the maker movement.

A few years ago, Bass recognized that two powerful forces were poised to intersect: the rise of online sharing and the return to analog building in maker spaces. [...] Bass saw that Autodesk could fill a crucial niche by helping everyday people bridge the gulf between digital design and physical manufacture."

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Onewheel by Future Motion is a Self-Balancing Electric Skateboard that Lets You Glide Over the Pavement

Onewheel by Future Motion is a Self-Balancing Electric Skateboard that Lets You Glide Over the Pavement | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
The Onewheel is an electric, self-balancing skateboard that uses sensors to keep the rider steady on only a single wheel.
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Saw another version on a sidewalk recently, but the person had both feet pointing towards him. That one looks closer to a smooth skateboarding experience.

And generatiing power through regenrative braking is definitely the way to go when it comes to electric vehicles (such as bikes)

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Open source DIY electric car can be built in less than an hour

Open source DIY electric car can be built in less than an hour | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
Could this open source vehicle usher in a new era of DIY electric cars?
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Open source engineering hitting the road?! awesome

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AdrenaSuit - Bulletproof & Superpowered

AdrenaSuit - Bulletproof & Superpowered | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
wow. bulletproof full body armor with hormone diffusion system. superhero gear.
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Programming For Artists: Learn How To Code In An Hour And Expand Your Creativity | The Creators Project

Programming For Artists: Learn How To Code In An Hour And Expand Your Creativity | The Creators Project | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
This new step-by-step tutorial teaches you how to create fantastical art during your lunch break.
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After Obama's promo speech for CODE.org Hour of Code initiative, another take at the necessity to learn code in the digital age

 

Other related articles that popped up recently:

http://www.good.is/posts/if-a-90-year-old-can-learn-to-code-what-s-your-excuse

http://www.ea.com/news/code-org-win-an-ea-game

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