Bi-Directional Model Train Spiral

August 13th, 2015 | Robot

Youtuber, James Risner, has built this mesmerizing spiral train setup that looks pretty amazing to view in endless GIF format. I’d like to see a similar video with different colored trains that could synch up in different ways through the train’s passage.



Robot Bricklayer Can Build a House in 2 Days

July 22nd, 2015 | Robot

Robot Bricklayer

This impressive robot is named “Hadrian” after the ancient Roman emperor who built a wall in Northern Britain. Mark Pivac is the Australian aeronautical and mechanical engineer who has been designing the machine, which is expected to hit the market sometime around 2017. Reportedly, the robot can lay up to 1,000 bricks per hour and build the brick frame of a standard house in one to two days, 20 times faster than a human brick layer.

Well, enough with the build-up, here’s the machine in simulated action:

I guess if you are thinking about going into bricklaying for a career, you’re out of luck. Otherwise, it seems like great news all around.

You can find more info at Fast Brick Robotics company.


Demiurges – Project by Serial Cut & Bartholot

July 21st, 2015 | Space

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Serial Cut, a design studio based out of Madrid, worked in collaboration with art director, Bartholot, to create these stunning images for “OFFF Unmasked” — a new art book celebrating the 15th edition of Barcelona’s OFFF festival. The series depicts mysterious figures, each with their own yellow object of unknown significance.

Demiurges, the title of the work, means an “artisan-like figure responsible for the fashioning and maintenance of the physical universe”. So I suppose the figures are some sort of artistic deities. It all comes off rather cultish, but it’s a cult I’d probably like to join.


360° Video by Samsung

July 17th, 2015 | Robot

360° Video by Samsung

Check out this 360° video made as a demo by Samsung. If your internet speed can handle it, I recommend watching it in the full 4K resolution. It will be pretty amazing to hook up the Oculus Rift to video like this and get the fully immersive experience.

Use the ‘W, A, S, D’ keys to control direction on a computer.
Use the + and – keys to zoom.

I think you have to move your phone around if you are watching on mobile. But again, the real experience is to watch this type of video with an immersive virtual reality headset. FYI: you can cheaply get this experience with something like Google Cardboard and your mobile phone.


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