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The Augmented Reality Sandbox

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The Augmented Reality Sandbox toys sand kids device augmented reality

While I truly appreciate the need for any kid to get dirty in a sandbox or let their imagination run wild in a field of mud puddles (something I was doing myself only an hour ago), I love to see how technology like a Kinect 3D camera can create new interactive environments and games. Case in point this new augmented reality sandbox designed by Oliver Kreylos out of U.C. Davis that projects a real-time colored topographic map complete with contour lines onto the surface of the sand while you manipulate it. The system even allows you to pour virtual water on your creation and interact with it in real time. It’s not hard to imagine switching the entire system to volcano mode, or using the projection in some sort of three dimensional toy battlefield. Gah!

According to Krelos’ YouTube page, the project was funded by the National Science Foundation with the hopes of installing these systems as exhibits at science museums like the Lawrence Hall of Science or the Tahoe Environmental Research Center. See another demo of this 21st century sandbox here. (via reddit)

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Ridiculously Imaginative Playgrounds by Monstrum

Ridiculously Imaginative Playgrounds by Monstrum playgrounds kids Denmark

Ridiculously Imaginative Playgrounds by Monstrum playgrounds kids Denmark

Ridiculously Imaginative Playgrounds by Monstrum playgrounds kids Denmark

Ridiculously Imaginative Playgrounds by Monstrum playgrounds kids Denmark

Ridiculously Imaginative Playgrounds by Monstrum playgrounds kids Denmark

Ridiculously Imaginative Playgrounds by Monstrum playgrounds kids Denmark

Ridiculously Imaginative Playgrounds by Monstrum playgrounds kids Denmark

Ridiculously Imaginative Playgrounds by Monstrum playgrounds kids Denmark

Ridiculously Imaginative Playgrounds by Monstrum playgrounds kids Denmark

Danish firm Monstrum, founded by Ole B. Nielsen and Christian Jensen, are responsible for some of the most brilliant playscapes I’ve ever seen. From life-size blue whales, giant serpents, and wobbly castles, any one of these would have been my dream come true as a child. See many more examples in their project gallery. (via super punch)

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One Boy, a DIY Arcade, and the Most Uplifting Flashmob of All Time

One Boy, a DIY Arcade, and the Most Uplifting Flashmob of All Time kids games flashmobs

One Boy, a DIY Arcade, and the Most Uplifting Flashmob of All Time kids games flashmobs

This is the story of a nine year old boy named Caine who built an elaborate cardboard arcade inside his father’s used auto part store. A dollar gets you four plays, and two dollars gets you a five-hundred turn FUN PASS. Business was slow until independent filmmaker Nirvan Mullick spotted the arcade and plotted to change Caine’s life forever. Watch the short film and if you feel as weepy and joyous as I did, head over to his newly established scholarship fund. And can I just say, what an amazing dad to support, encourage, and allow his son to pretty much overtake his storefront for the sake of fun and creativity. (via mefi)

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This is What Happens When You Give Thousands of Stickers to Thousands of Kids

This is What Happens When You Give Thousands of Stickers to Thousands of Kids stickers multiples kids installation color

This is What Happens When You Give Thousands of Stickers to Thousands of Kids stickers multiples kids installation color

This is What Happens When You Give Thousands of Stickers to Thousands of Kids stickers multiples kids installation color

This is What Happens When You Give Thousands of Stickers to Thousands of Kids stickers multiples kids installation color

This is What Happens When You Give Thousands of Stickers to Thousands of Kids stickers multiples kids installation color

This is What Happens When You Give Thousands of Stickers to Thousands of Kids stickers multiples kids installation color

This is What Happens When You Give Thousands of Stickers to Thousands of Kids stickers multiples kids installation color

This December, in a surprisingly simple yet ridiculously amazing installation for the Queensland Gallery of Modern Ar, artist Yayoi Kusama constructed a large domestic environment, painting every wall, chair, table, piano, and household decoration a brilliant white, effectively serving as a giant white canvas. Over the course of two weeks, the museum’s smallest visitors were given thousands upon thousands of colored dot stickers and were invited to collaborate in the transformation of the space, turning the house into a vibrantly mottled explosion of color. How great is this? Given the opportunity my son could probably cover the entire piano alone in about fifteen minutes. The installation, entitled The Obliteration Room, is part of Kusama’s Look Now, See Forever exhibition that runs through March 12.

If you liked this you’ll also enjoy Roman Ondak’s Room of Heights and Karina Smigla-Bobinski’s helium-filled kinetic drawing sculpture.

The first four images courtesy Queensland Art Gallery and photographer Mark Sherwood. Additional images from Stuart Addelsee and heybubbles.

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Ross Gilmore

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While going through the personal work of photographer Ross Gilmore, this image really stuck out. Hilariously creepy.

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Children’s Book Characters Arm Themselves for the Looming Fairytale Apocalypse

Childrens Book Characters Arm Themselves for the Looming Fairytale Apocalypse war sculpture metal kids cartoons

Childrens Book Characters Arm Themselves for the Looming Fairytale Apocalypse war sculpture metal kids cartoons

Childrens Book Characters Arm Themselves for the Looming Fairytale Apocalypse war sculpture metal kids cartoons

Childrens Book Characters Arm Themselves for the Looming Fairytale Apocalypse war sculpture metal kids cartoons

Childrens Book Characters Arm Themselves for the Looming Fairytale Apocalypse war sculpture metal kids cartoons

Childrens Book Characters Arm Themselves for the Looming Fairytale Apocalypse war sculpture metal kids cartoons

Childrens Book Characters Arm Themselves for the Looming Fairytale Apocalypse war sculpture metal kids cartoons

As if loose pages from an old Disney script were accidentally left on the set of Terminator 3, these children’s book and cartoon characters including Whinnie the Pooh, Piglet, Daffy Duck and others have clearly armed themselves for the looming fairytale apocalypse. These welded stainless steel plate sculptures are by Korean artist So Hyun Woo, many of which are from his July exhibition at Song Eun Art Space aptly titled Cruel Fairy Tales 3. My hunch is that among regular readers of Colossal, for all the people who find these unbelievably wrong or plain weird, there will be an equal sized group who finds them juuuuust right. (via song eun art space, art hub, and staart)

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Glow-In-The-Dark Day and Night Poster Reveals Crime, Sex, Guns and Zombies

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Glow In The Dark Day and Night Poster Reveals Crime, Sex, Guns and Zombies zombies posters and prints kids humor city apocalypse

Glow In The Dark Day and Night Poster Reveals Crime, Sex, Guns and Zombies zombies posters and prints kids humor city apocalypse

Glow In The Dark Day and Night Poster Reveals Crime, Sex, Guns and Zombies zombies posters and prints kids humor city apocalypse

Jason Dean’s (previously) latest print appears to depict a quaint little town, but flip out the lights and a slick glow-in-the-dark treatment reveals a city crawling with criminals, arsonists, prostitutes and, yes, zombies. This is a hand-pulled 9-color screen print including two different layers of phosphorescent inks printed on 100 lb. white stock, signed and numbered in an edition of only 60. See more images and pick one up for yourself here. (thnx, jason!)

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