Panoramic drone-flight over Prague

Jeffrey Martin sez, "I’ve spentthe summer getting up to speed with quadcopters, floating above the rooftops in the early, early morning in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities: here is the result."
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Goat-inspired prosthetic leg is designed to give rock climbers better footing

For all the neural-controlled, bluetooth-enabled and sport-specific prosthetics humanity has designed over the years, one thing remains constant: most of of them are lousy for climbing rock faces. Design student Kai Lin learned this while researching artificial limbs in a prosthetic-design class at Pratt Institute — traditional leg prosthetics don’t have enough grip or articulation to facilitate effective climbing. Lin’s solution to the problem is almost elegant in its simplicity. He designed a prosthetic leg inspired by one of nature’s best rock climbers: the mountain goat.

Why a goat? Well, aside from the amazing YouTube videos one can find of the creatures scaling near vertical rock faces, Lin found that the cupped surface of the goat’s hooves create natural suction on hard surfaces. Better still, the hard outer shell gives the animals stable footing on steep rocks. Inspired by the hoof, Lin created three prototype stilts to help him refine the footing for his prosthetic design, eventually settling on a mid-sized foot with a hoof-like sole.

Does it work? Unfortunately, we don’t know just yet. Lin is still in the design phase, and hasn’t reached the point where he’s comfortable producing a working prototype. When he does finish the design, he plans on calling the prosthetic Klippa — Swedish for "cliff." You can check out the student’s design work at the Pratt Institute link at the source link below.

[Image credit: Kai Lin, Pratt Institute]

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Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact launches in Asia

The Z3 Tablet Compact will also be available soon in the region, alongside the budget-friendly Xperia E3 and Sony’s range of wearable devices.



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Beautiful glass sculptures transform light into beautiful color shapes

Beautiful glass sculptures transform light into beautiful color shapes

Chris Wood loves glass. So much she’s dedicating her life to the study of its properties, creating these beautiful installations in which light and color become a quasi-three-dimensional object.

Beautiful glass sculptures transform light into beautiful color shapes

Beautiful glass sculptures transform light into beautiful color shapes

Beautiful glass sculptures transform light into beautiful color shapes

Beautiful glass sculptures transform light into beautiful color shapes

Chris Wood is a designer and artist interesedt in light and the physical and visual qualities of glass. She studied Glass at the Royal College of Art, where she worked on architectural scale projects dealing with issues of light and space.

You can follow her work in her website.


This is part of a series in which we are featuring really cool sculpture and concept prototypes. If you are an sculptor or concept designer with high quality work, please drop me a line here.


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An Organization Wants to Send You to Space For Free (Maybe)

An Organization Wants to Send You to Space For Free (Maybe)

Always wanted to go to space, but put off by Richard Branson’s beard (or the hundreds of thousands of dollars he also wants)? A US not-for-profit might be able to get you there on the cheap — but better get crossing those fingers.

Spaceship Earth Grants’s business model is very simple: fork over a bit of cash (between $15 and $90, dependinvg on your country), and you get a 1 in 50,000 chance of winning a ticket to space on something like Virgin Galactic. Applicants aren’t chosen at random, though — you have to complete a mini-CV explaining how going to space would enhance your life, making kiddies happier and puppies cuter, etc. The final choice is made by an illustrious panel of space-people, including former NASA astronauts.

Although on the face of it, this seems like a pretty good deal — 90 bucks to go to space! — the cost/reward ratio isn’t great: if everyone pays an average of $50 to enter, that means that Spaceship Earth Grants are getting $2.5 million for every 50,000 applicants, while they only have to provide one ticket to space for that. Given that a Virgin Galactic ticket will currently run you $250,000, that’s not such a great deal.

So, if you’ve got the mother of all sob stories — or you want to send other people to space! — apply away. The rest of us are probably better off waiting for those space elevators to become reality. [Gizmag]

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Dropbox suspends auto-upload feature in its iOS apps due to an iOS 8 ‘compatibility’ issue

Dropbox has “temporarily suspended” the auto-upload feature that syncs photos and videos in its primary iOS app, and the iOS version of its Carousel photo sharing app, following an issue with iOS 8. The company said in a blog post that it has run into problems with the latest version of iOS, which lead to some users’ media not being auto-uploaded as they expected. That’s a big problem if they then delete it from their device thinking that it is safely stashed in Dropbox’s cloud. “If you upgrade to iOS 8, don’t delete photos or videos from your devices until you’re sure that…

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Lefsetz Letter ” Blog Archive Guy Oseary/U2


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Check out the first unboxing video of Apple’s iPhone 6

Check out the first unboxing video of Apple’s iPhone 6

The first unboxing video of the iPhone 6 is here, featuring the device’s packaging and everything inside it.

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If nobody owns these cool animal selfies, we should give them the money

If nobody owns these cool animal selfies, we should give them the money

This animal selfie compilation got me thinking: If the courts say these photos can’t be owned by humans because they are taken by animals, shouldn’t there be some kind of international legal mechanism to make the people who use the photos pay some money to protect each species? Makes sense to me.

If nobody owns these cool animal selfies, we should give them the money

Above: My dog Amos taking a selfie with an special iPad application. We pay him in treats, food, cuddles, and health insurance.

If nobody owns these cool animal selfies, we should give them the money

If nobody owns these cool animal selfies, we should give them the money

If nobody owns these cool animal selfies, we should give them the money

If nobody owns these cool animal selfies, we should give them the money

If nobody owns these cool animal selfies, we should give them the money

If nobody owns these cool animal selfies, we should give them the money

If nobody owns these cool animal selfies, we should give them the money

If nobody owns these cool animal selfies, we should give them the money

Above: Not a selfie, but a photobomb.

And since we are at it, I’m all for a wild animal photo tax. Seriously. So many people taking photos of these beast and nobody really giving them anything in exchange.


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Cool Websites & Tools – Screen Dimensions, Secure Web, & View Algorithms

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Dimensions – is a tool for designers to measure screen dimensions. Measure between the following elements: images, input-fields, buttons, videos, gifs, text, icons. You can measure everything you see in the browser. You can also set a keyboard shortcut in the Extension Settings to quickly enable and disable Dimensions. Places – has been designed to offer a totally secure and private alternative of the Web. It uses the highest encryption standards available. Therefore, your content is securely encrypted on your device before it even goes on the Internet. Open source and currently free, Places is in beta. Just apply to…

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