Visual Futurist Syd Mead (Blade Runner, Aliens, Tron) reflects upon the nature of creativity and how it drives the future. Photographed in P2 High Definition, this featurette provides insight into the fascinating mind of one of the most influential artists of modern cinema and automotive design.
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This is brilliant, transform your iPod Nano into the world’s coolest multi-touch watches with TikTok and LunaTik by Scott Wilson and MINIMAL.
The idea to use the Nano as a watch was an obvious one ever since the product was announced. But we wanted to create a collection that was well designed, engineered and manufactured from premium materials and that complemented the impeccable quality of Apple products. Not just clipped on a cheap strap as an afterthought.
The project has raised over $390,000 on Kickstarter.com from over 5000 backers and there are still 20 more days to go.
Update 17/12/2010: The total amount raised is under a million ($941,558) dollars from 13,510 backers which is a record on Kickstarter.com. Interestingly the goal was to raise $15,000.
You can pre-order one here.
Shoe design isn’t something that is discussed here quite often unless done by an architect!
Julian Hakes, an award winning London based architect, first released early images of the elegant and minimalist design for a new ladies fashion shoe back in September 2009 on a design blog where it became a viral and picked up by several leading online blogs resulted into generating media and fashion industry interest.
The Hakes Mojito is a unique shoe design concept. It is a single wrapped geometry which starts under the ball of the foot, sweeps over the bridge, then down below the heel before twisting back on itself to provide the support for the heel and ankle.
Credo E-Bone, a brainchild of Peter Simon for his industrial design degree project at the University of West Hungary, is an environmentally friendly and sustainable public transportation solution. The concept bus is powered by hydrogen fuel cell technology with four in-wheel motors. The bus shell is made of lightweight composite plastic which is a bone-like material composition with varied density close to joints. The lightweight construction makes the concept energy-efficient.
The organic design is quite supplemental to the overall bus concept that catches attention immediately. It would be interesting to see such concepts becoming reality to make public transport greener.
I must admit that I’m starting to like HDR videos. The effect somehow looks even better in motion than stills.
Patryk Kizny shot these two short films (below) featuring a combination of time-lapse photography and HDR videos. Patryk Kizny’s method of creating HDR video is frame by frame which is different from Soviet Montage’s, who actually shot over and under exposed videos with two Canon EOS 5D cameras simultaneously. Both methods might have their pros and cons but the stuff below is simply beautiful.
He also put together his timelapse post-production workflow here just in case if you are curious.
Very innovative use of iPad by Dentsu and BERG in this iPad light painting video ‘Making Future Magic’:
This film explores playful uses for the increasingly ubiquitous ‘glowing rectangles’ that inhabit the world.
We use photographic and animation techniques that were developed to draw moving 3-dimensional typography and objects with an iPad. In dark environments, we play movies on the surface of the iPad that extrude 3-d light forms as they move through the exposure. Multiple exposures with slightly different movies make up the stop-frame animation.
This wearable head-mounted display concept is not new but projecting something directly onto the retina sure is. Brother’s AirScouter wearable Retinal Imaging Display (RID) prototype, shown at the Brother World Japan 2010, creates a mysterious effect, making it look as if there’s a 16-inch screen floating one meter in front of the eyes, and the scenery behind the screen seems transparent as well.
This display uses the ‘persistence of vision’ effect to project pictures onto the retina. It does this by shining a light, at a level of brightness that’s safe for the eyes, and moving the light at high speed. The images projected on the retina are recognized by the visual sense, making it seem just as if they are floating just in front of the eyes. Learn more
Amazing piece of technology, just that how one would look making a video call on this once Smartphone connection is possible or using an iPad style app in public? I never used a Bluetooth wireless headset (and will not either) having seen how people look while talking and staring at walls (or sometimes at you) in the middle of a corridor or sitting alone at a table in a restaurant or in a bus. Apologise to those who love wearing these – it is just that I can’t.
Although I’m not a big fan of HDR photography but sometime you get to see something really awesome such as this HRD video by Soviet Montage. This seems to be the first ever attempt to create HDR video and the overall effect is intensely dramatic and comic … may be it is meant for videos!
This video highlights several clips we’ve made using our new High Dynamic Range (HDR) process. Video is captured on two Canon 5D mark II DSLRs, each capturing the exact same subject via a beam splitter. The cameras are configured so that they record different exposure values, e.g., one camera is overexposed, the other underexposed. After the footage has been recorded, we use a variety of HDR processing tools to combine the video from the two cameras, yielding the clips you see above.
This groundbreaking NRDC documentary explores the startling phenomenon of ocean acidification, which may soon challenge marine life on a scale not seen for tens of millions of years.
Acid Test was made to raise awareness about the largely unknown problem of ocean acidification, which poses a fundamental challenge to life in the seas and the health of the entire planet. Like global warming, ocean acidification stems from the increase of carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere since the start of the Industrial Revolution.