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Tuna Knobs add physical dials to your touchscreen

There are many music making apps and mixing software that you can download on to your mobile phone or tablet but they just aren’t the same as twiddling with the dials on a proper mixer when doing music production or mixing. But now this could change thanks to the Tuna Knobs. These are knobs that you can stick on the display of your touchscreen device to use along with your DJ mixing software. [Image Courtesy of Tuna DJ Gear] The Tuna Knobs attach on the top of the virtual knob of your favourite DJ music app and gives a “real feel” […]

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Images of 17 million colours have no two pixels the same

Hungarian programmer turned artist József Fejes has created a computer program that will generate images using nearly 17 million different colours with no two pixels the same colour! [Image: József Fejes] He created the image as part of the allRGB project where the object is to “create images with one pixel for every RGB color (16777216); not one color missing, and not one color twice.” Some people have accomplished this editting well known images such as the Mona Lisa or the classic photo of Einstein with his tongue out. Fejes however wrote a code and let that do the generating and […]

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Unused London Underground lines could become bike paths

There are a network of unused London Underground lines and tunnels and one project proposal from architecture firm Gensler to convert them into pedestrian and bike paths that also harvest kinetic energy from people’s steps has just won the London Planning Award for ‘Best Conceptual Project’. [Image Courtesy of Gensler] The London Underline project looks to convert the disused Piccadilly Line branch from Holborn to the abandoned Aldwych station along with a lengthy stretch from Green Park to Charing Cross to create subterranean commute routes for pedestrians and cyclists. Rental bikes will be on offer for those in need and the […]

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Check out these beautiful human made mechanical calculators

We take calculators for granted these days. Maybe you have a dusty plastic calculator in your drawer or you just use an app on your smartphone. However, before the digital revolution calculators were a mechanical affair and were incredibly complex and beautifully crafted machines. Often with an incredible amount of moving parts, these human made mechanical calculators required immense skill to be designed and manufactured. Marvel at some of these retro-futuristic calculators of the past: The calculating machines of Johann Helfrich Müller [photo credit] This beatiful device was the brainchild of Johann Helfrich von Müller (January 16, 1746 – 1830) who was “an […]

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Cool hexagon wall tiles that absorb sound and insulate

These hexagon wall tiles by ‘Form Us With Love‘ not only look pretty damn cool on your wall, they have good heat-insulating, heat retaining and sound-absorbing properties, and are made from an environmentally-friendly material. The design collective based in Sweden teamed up with Träullit, Sweden’s only manufacturer of ‘wood wool’ cement board. [Image Courtesy of Träullit/Form Us With Love] Wood fiber (in this case, more specifically, Spruce) is binded with cement to create a pretty cheap material with desirable thermal properties; the cement also providing strength, moisture resistance and fire protection. They’re manufactured pretty easy by cutting wood slivers from logs, mixing them with water and cement, and […]

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Jasta offers e-ink keyboard with symbols that change

Many keyboards today offer shortcuts and customisable keys that can help speed up things when working on the computer. The downside to this is thatt it can take time to memorise them and become accustomed to them. The Jaasta e-ink keyboard looks set to change this as the symbols change depending on how you use the keyboard. [Image Courtesy of Jaasta] You know how when you’re typing in an email address on your smartphone and the keyboard changes so that things like ‘@’ and ‘.com’ are readily available. Imagine a hardware version of that and you’ve got yourself the Jasta. E-ink […]

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The URWERK UR-110 Eastwood designed in tweed and wood

THE UR-110 luxury watch arrived in 2011 and it was described as being a masterpiece. Since then many special editions have been released and this year is to be the last new edition that we will see of the watch. To commemorate it, URWERK have released the UR-110 Eastwood watch. [Image Courtesy of URWERK] URWERK have designed the luxury watch in a bezel made from hardwood and have given it a complicated mechanical movement with indicators for the time shaped like torpedoes and topped it off with a tweed watch strap. The watch looks like something that might be at home […]

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Crazy glass box over French Alps not for the faint hearted

This crazy glass box is built over a 3,395 feet (1,035 meters) drop on the uppermost terrace of Europe’s highest mountain peak, the Aiguille du Midi in the French Alps. In an idea resembling the glass skywalk in the Canadian Rockies, visitors can enter the cube and experience a breathtaking panoramic view of the mountain range as never seen before. As the ol’ saying goes, “don’t look down!” But of course the whole point of this project is to look down as you won’t often come by a chance to walk on glass in such a spectacular and thrilling setting. ‘Pas Dans Le […]

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