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Bot & Dolly | Box

Bot & Dolly | Box | Matmi Staff finds... | Scoop.it
See Bot & Dolly's creative applications of robotics and automation in film, television, and stage.
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Amazing short film made with 3D projection. Mind blowing stuff!!


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CREAMLAPSE

Short experimental film made up of over 3500 photos of ice cream. Music: Bobby Vinton - "Mr. Lonely" Camera: Canon 5D markII Canon 24-105mm
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I never thought I'd be able to relate to melting ice cream... Until now.

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Stoic: Apple is frustrated with App Store pricing

Stoic: Apple is frustrated with App Store pricing | Matmi Staff finds... | Scoop.it
The Banner Saga dev claims that Apple shares concern about the dominance of free games
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Apple disapprove of the price of apps on the App Store- and the consumer demand of something for nothing.

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But What Does Lorde Think of The Oculus Rift?

But What Does Lorde Think of The Oculus Rift? | Matmi Staff finds... | Scoop.it
Calling Zuckerburg and Lucky: if you ever need a box quote for the Rift's commercial launch, you are all set.
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I tend to agree with pretty much everything Lorde says because she is great, but I genuinely second the Oculus Rift rollercoaster experience. We tested it out with The Smiler and although it was extremely cool, I almost threw up on myself... All in all a pretty authentic rollercoaster experience!

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Snapchat Adds Filters That Unlock Art Based on Your Location

Snapchat Adds Filters That Unlock Art Based on Your Location | Matmi Staff finds... | Scoop.it
Snapchat just added a collection of geo-filters to its popular app, allowing users to add fun labels to their snaps based on wherever they're located.
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The 8 Most Annoying Things Your Phone Does in Summer

The 8 Most Annoying Things Your Phone Does in Summer | Matmi Staff finds... | Scoop.it
Summer's in full swing, and with it comes cellphone problems and dangers. Here are tips and tricks for annoying things your phone does during the summer.
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Major first world problems here but all of these things bug me SO MUCH. 

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The beautiful surreal worlds of Erik Johansson

The beautiful surreal worlds of Erik Johansson | Matmi Staff finds... | Scoop.it
Photographer and retouch artist Erik Johansson produces some remarkable illusions. If you are curious about how his latest image--entitled Landfall--was put together then this video has a lot of the answers as Erik takes us through the process from concept to completion.
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Brilliantly surreal Photography and Photoshop retouching. The 'Behind the scenes' video gives a little bit of insight into his process.


Check it out.


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Edit Post ‹ Sturdy Games — WordPress

Edit Post ‹ Sturdy Games — WordPress | Matmi Staff finds... | Scoop.it
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Here at Matmi we are quite fond of Unity- a lovely 3D development system. This post by one of our developers explains one of the lesser known bottlenecks in Unity and just how much of a performance increase you can get out of avoiding it. If you use Unity, this is a quick but worthwhile read.

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The Scribble Pen: Scans Colors, then Reproduces Them

The Scribble Pen: Scans Colors, then Reproduces Them | Matmi Staff finds... | Scoop.it
Back in 2010 we showed you designer Jinsun Park's nifty Color Picker concept. The idea was that a magic marker would be loaded up with both a sensor and RGB ink cartridges, allowing you to instantly scan a color—and draw with it on paper. Here's one of her original renderings: Jinsun Park Now a new company called Scribble may be bringing us what Park originally envisioned (though it's unclear if she's involved). Their soon-to-be-posted-on-Kickstarter Scribble Pen operates exactly like
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I'm not sure I've ever thought to myself 'man I wish I had a pen that could write in exactly the same colour as everything around me' - until now! Pretty cool stuff.

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Nike Football: The Last Game ft. Ronaldo, Neymar Jr., Rooney, Zlatan, Iniesta & more - YouTube

'The Last Game' is a story about risky football versus safe football. The scientist and the clones want to prove that riskless football is more effective. Ro...
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Beautiful short animation from Nike. Love the style of the characters especially (apart from the dodgy impersonations).


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Chinese man invents suitcase scooter to solve travelling woes - Telegraph

Chinese man invents suitcase scooter to solve travelling woes - Telegraph | Matmi Staff finds... | Scoop.it
An unusual sight has hit the roads in Changsha City in China as a farmer-turned-inventor has created a motorised suitcase
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Vintage Photos Transformed Into Trippy, Hilarious GIFs

On the list of things the Internet loves, vintage photos and GIFs both rank near the top -- making it practically inevitable that someone would think to bring them together. That person is Cari Van...
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I don't know why but I keep going back to the guy on the bike. So good!

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Google Changed Its Logo This Weekend and You Didn't Even Notice

If you were browsing the internet at all this past weekend, there's a good chance you came across Google's ubiquitous logo at some point during your travels. What you didn't notice, however, is the fact that Google adjusted the letters in its logo ever so slightly—and it actually makes a pretty huge difference.
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Artist Creates Elegant And Intricate 3D Art Pieces From Porcelain - DesignTAXI.com

Artist Creates Elegant And Intricate 3D Art Pieces From Porcelain - DesignTAXI.com | Matmi Staff finds... | Scoop.it
UK-based artist Katharine Morling is an award-winning artist specializing in ceramics.

Her works are incredibly detailed and look like...
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I can't help admiring the stripped-back design style employed in these intriguing porcelain sculptures. The emphasis moves from the texture of the object to their forms and the way the light interacts with them.


If employed in the gaming field, this level of minimalism can be very effective. By placing emphasis using a strong contrasting colour against this minimalism would make them clear and intuitive things to avoid, paths to walk, things to collect. There's a present urge in game development, be it AAA titles or smaller indie efforts, to impress through the inclusion of as much complex visual effects, scenery assets and character design as possible but this often comes at the expense of clear art direction.


Best indie examples: "Rymdkapsel" - a space station simulator which, rather than employing detailed sci-fi graphics, opts for a clear and playable geometric aesthetic.


"Thomas Was Alone" - a game with multiple characters where instead of complicated character design or environments, square geometry is used with a variety of physical effects alongside clever narrative to deliver an immersive gameplay experience.


"Kentucky Route Zero" - Moody story-driven gameplay eschews heavy detail, opting for an impressionist view which serves to enhance the sense of isolation and tension.


And in console releases (since Mirrors Edge): No Comment.


So, exercise restraint, create beautiful art like Katharine Morling.


- MP

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Mighty Tactical Shooter : A Turn-Based Shoot 'Em Up

Mighty Tactical Shooter : A Turn-Based Shoot 'Em Up | Matmi Staff finds... | Scoop.it
An 80's arcade themed turn-based tactical shoot 'em up. It's your move. DEMO AVAILABLE!
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Like Shmups? Like tactics? You'll love this game- it's genius!

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Instagram may have leaked an image of its Snapchat competitor, Bolt

Instagram may have leaked an image of its Snapchat competitor, Bolt | Matmi Staff finds... | Scoop.it
Instagram seems to have accidentally posted a link to its new "one tap photo messaging app" Bolt inside Instagram for Android. Tapping the "free" button yields a dead end in the Google Play Store....
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Something tells me this could be a deliberate leak to build a bit of hype. Either way I'm looking forward to seeing whether this can compete with Snapchat!

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So you want to be a Unity3D game developer? | Dark Genesis | Dark Genesis

So you want to be a Unity3D game developer? | Dark Genesis | Dark Genesis | Matmi Staff finds... | Scoop.it
Unity3D has been making great strides of late, it’s has been one of the big go-to middleware engines for budding iOS and Android game developers and even
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Are casual indie games a thing? Interview with Jake Brikett - Video Game News, Tips and Reviews

Are casual indie games a thing? Interview with Jake Brikett - Video Game News, Tips and Reviews | Matmi Staff finds... | Scoop.it
Amongst all the AAA titles we sometimes forget about the little guys, the people that start off small and grow..
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A look into Casual Indie Games with my dev friend, Jake Birkett of Grey Alien Games.

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Kinect Sensors Used to Enhance Oculus Rift Experience

Kinect Sensors Used to Enhance Oculus Rift Experience | Matmi Staff finds... | Scoop.it
Kinect and Oculus work together for an even more immersive experience.
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Oliver Kreylos showcases a demo using both the Oculus and Kinect together to create an immersive virtual environment. We look forward to seeing this demonstration using the Kinect 2.

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Elegant, cheap, simple folded cardboard mount turns your phone into an Oculus Rift

Elegant, cheap, simple folded cardboard mount turns your phone into an Oculus Rift | Matmi Staff finds... | Scoop.it
Revealed at the Google IO conference, Cardboard is a scored, flat-pack box that you fold into set of cardboard goggles that hold your phone; an accompanying software package uses your phone's screen and accelerometer to create stereo-optical VR images in the manner of the Oculus Rift.
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Cool idea, be interesting to see how this works. We tried out the Oculus Rift with our Smiler game last year and although it made us pretty dizzy, we agreed it would be amazing if the technology was more accessible for people to try.

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Feline good: why video game developers love cats

Feline good: why video game developers love cats | Matmi Staff finds... | Scoop.it
They tweet about them, they post photos of them, they write games about them. But what does this love of cats say about the game design process? Keith Stuart
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Matmi friend Damien Sturdy was in this article about Game Developers and their Cats! 

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Matter Fisher

Full list of awards & screenings: Synopsis: A serendipitous journey in which a lone fisher is united with a form of estranged matter. Director: David Prosser Sound…
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Only just stumbled across this Bafta nominated short animation, about a lone fisherman who stumbles across some large ball of globulus form of matter.

It's unbelievably stunning — the atmosphere is perfect.


— Mat. 

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Watch This Roller Coaster Transformed Into 360° Tiny Planet Panorama | The Creators Project

Watch This Roller Coaster Transformed Into 360° Tiny Planet Panorama | The Creators Project | Matmi Staff finds... | Scoop.it
This video is not for the vertigo-prone.
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Love how these 360 degree cameras turn the footage into tiny planets.


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World's most delayed software released after 54 years of development

World's most delayed software released after 54 years of development | Matmi Staff finds... | Scoop.it
Xanadu, which began development in 1960, now has a working release, OpenXanadu. By Alex Hern
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Imagine trying to explain that sort of delay to a client.

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Rediscovering the Lost Art of the Typewriter : Observatory: Design Observer

Rediscovering the Lost Art of the Typewriter : Observatory: Design Observer | Matmi Staff finds... | Scoop.it
Typewriters are making a comeback and, as a wide-ranging new survey book shows, so is typewriter art.
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This is amazing! Rick Poynor looks at the lost art of typewriter art.


It's a little before my time typewriters in general — but there is something that I can totally associate with typewriter art. The Internet introduced me to ASCII art, which is the first thing that I was reminded of looking at these images.


There is something about the patience, almost sadomasochism, in working that way that gives your an appreciation for the work.


— Mat.

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Popped Culture: Disney's Game of Thrones

Popped Culture: Disney's Game of Thrones | Matmi Staff finds... | Scoop.it
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There's not much more to say about this other than; AMAZING! I need Disney's GoT in my life right now.

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