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New work from Nick Gentry

New work from Nick Gentry street art recycling painting computers

New work from Nick Gentry street art recycling painting computers

New work from Nick Gentry street art recycling painting computers

New work from Nick Gentry street art recycling painting computers

Four new portraits and a video by London artist Nick Gentry (previously) who paints on old computer disks.

Digital Paintings by Alex Andreyev

Digital Paintings by Alex Andreyev painting computers

Digital Paintings by Alex Andreyev painting computers

Digital Paintings by Alex Andreyev painting computers

Digital Paintings by Alex Andreyev painting computers

Digital Paintings by Alex Andreyev painting computers

Digital Paintings by Alex Andreyev painting computers

Digital Paintings by Alex Andreyev painting computers

Artist Alex Andreyev works and lives in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. His incredibly surreal paintings of floating people and objects are digitally painted using Photoshop and Corel. The first thing I thought when discovering this series was that this man needs to animate a movie, and sure enough on his website he mentions that he’s currently working on an animation project called Kin-Dza-Dza. Yes!

Hold a building in your hand: augmented reality on a postage stamp

Hold a building in your hand: augmented reality on a postage stamp technology stamps computers architecture 3d

Hold a building in your hand: augmented reality on a postage stamp technology stamps computers architecture 3d

Hold a building in your hand: augmented reality on a postage stamp technology stamps computers architecture 3d

For the past several years Chicagoans have been following the debacle of the Chicago Spire, a 150-floor spiraling skyscraper designed by Santiago Calatrava that would have towered above every other building in the Western Hemisphere. Though due to mismanaged finances, an awful housing market, and the overall impact of the 2008 financial crisis the spire was never meant to be and all we got was a glorious 76-foot-deep hole (previously).

Recognizing this global trend of failed/experimental/never-to-be-built architecture, the Netherlands Institute of Architecture has teamed up with the Dutch postal service (TNT Post) to honor these architects and their unrealized designs in an incredible sheet of stamps. But these aren’t your normal postage stamps. Each is printed with a unique QR-code that when placed in front of a webcam erect 3D buildings in the palm of your hand. Via Aaron Betsky:

The postage-stamp-size exhibit consists of five buildings. As a bonus, if you hold up a whole sheet to the camera, you see an image of the NAI itself. Moreover, the stamps are paired with an Augmented Reality App called UAR (Urban Augmented Reality) that lets you place this and other unbuilt structures in meatspace by holding your iPhone up to the site.

I’m not a huge fan of QR codes and in fact I don’t think I’ve ever used one, however this strikes me as a pretty amazing idea. Head on over to the project site here but you’ll need some postage stamps in-hand to make everything work. Any Dutch Colossal readers wanna help a blogger out? (via notcot)

Felt Computer Mouse

Felt Computer Mouse fabric computers

Felt Computer Mouse fabric computers

Felt Computer Mouse fabric computers

Felt Computer Mouse fabric computers

Designer Joey Roth has constructed a pretty sexy prototype for a felt mouse made of wool felt, teak, and aluminum. The prototype will be on exhibit at the American Design Club’s show “Use Me” from May 13-16. (via coudal)

Engrain Tactile Keyboard

Engrain Tactile Keyboard wood computers

Engrain Tactile Keyboard wood computers

Engrain Tactile Keyboard wood computers

This gorgeous tactile keyboard was designed by Brooklyn-based Pratt student Michael Roopenian. After testing several different surfaces including stone and sand he arrived at this wooden key solution that’s cut from a single piece of sandblasted lumber. Anybody need an incredible industrial designer? He’s for hire. (via core77)

Be Your Own Souvenir

Be Your Own Souvenir toys museums kinect interactive computers

Be Your Own Souvenir toys museums kinect interactive computers

Be Your Own Souvenir toys museums kinect interactive computers

Be Your Own Souvenir toys museums kinect interactive computers

Be Your Own Souvenir toys museums kinect interactive computers

Be Your Own Souvenir toys museums kinect interactive computers

Be Your Own Souvenir toys museums kinect interactive computers

So you’re at the museum, and deep down in the sub-basement right next to the restrooms you happen to discover an enormous machine that looks like it was pulled from the Aliens II movie set. And then you notice you can insert a dollar, and suddenly the machine whirs to life and pipes hot, neon green plasticine into a mold in front of your very eyes as you inahale noxious fumes. Within moments you’re in the possession of a bona-fide neon green submarine, a memento of your visit to the museum that smells strange for days. Be Your Own Souvenir by Barcelona-based blablabLAB is just like that, except a trillion times more awesome. Using custom software developed using openFrameworks and openKinect, visitors film themselves in front of 3 kinect sensors for a full 360-degree scan and within moments a 3D printer known as a RepRap machine spits out a little army guy version of themselves. Every museum in the world should have one of these in their sub-basement, though they can probably install this by the front door. (via vimeo)

Computer effects without the computer

Computer effects without the computer string light computers

Computer effects without the computer string light computers

Computer effects without the computer string light computers

Computer effects without the computer string light computers

A new video from Denmark-based Lasse Andersen and Rune Brink of Dark Matters uses lights, string, and other tricks to simulate computer special effects. I absolutely love this.

Junkyard Jumbotron

Junkyard Jumbotron technology iPhone computers

Junkyard Jumbotron technology iPhone computers

Junkyard Jumbotron technology iPhone computers

The Junkyard Jumbotron is a system that allows laptops or phones in close proximity to be ganged together to form a large display. The idea is actually pretty simple: enter a unique URL on all the devices which displays a QR code on each device, then photograph the resulting array of screens and email it to a special address and that’s all the system needs to slice and orient images on your new jumbo display. The whole projected was designed by Rick Borovoy at MIT and there’s a beta version for you to start tinkering with.

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