The image above is a nice photo of a man standing on a street corner, except something is off, like his features are too flat, it’s hard to tell, but something isn’t right. That’s because what you’re looking at is a miniature, 3D printed model of a man which is only about 6 inches tall. That’s the crazy innovation coming from Twinkind, a Hamburg, Germany based company which can make a mini-me of you for only $300.
All you have to do is book an appointment, get scanned by their “custom-engineered photogrammetry 3D scanner” (which they liken to the technology that was used in The Matrix), then they touch it up in post-production, print it, and ship it. It’s pretty amazing that they can get the colors so perfect, that seems like some black magic to me, but based on all of the examples I’ve seen it looks totally legit.
Since 1925, Danish innovators Bang & Olufsen have been creating well-designed products that have filled a void in the drab world of consumer electronics. I remember the first time I came across B&O in the pages of Dwell magazine, and the first time I visited their physical store at Union Square in San Francisco. This was in the early 2000′s, and all I could think was, “Why aren’t all electronics built this well?”
Last week, Bobby tweeted: “‘Remember when images didn’t move?’ – Our grandchildren.” It’s exciting to imagine such a future; one where your grandkids’ friend would reply “What?!” with bewildered astonishment that people ever lived without moving images being the norm. So what does that mean for the billions of still images lying around? Who knows. But before theirs get too dusty, National Geographic is releasing a small trove of previously unpublished still images on a Tumblr simply called Found.
Earlier this week, we talked about a bee habitat designed by Architecture students in Buffalo, and now we are bookending the week with more about bees and the design of the world’s smallest flying robot. But what do bees have to do with tiny flying robots? A team of science folk from Harvard has spent more than a decade trying to build a swarm of tiny, biomimetic robots that are inspired by the industrious insects. And if bee populations continue to decline, we may one day depend on buzzing swarms of these mechanical wonders to pollinate crops.
If you’re looking for a fun place to hang out and interact with data (and who isn’t?) try the Teton County Library in Jackson, Wyoming. The library has a new addition built by Gilday Architects. And inside the new entrance lobby, you’ll find a stunning installation created by E/B Office. The New York-based practice has filled the lobby with five miles of fiber optic cable cut into a thousand segments.