Category: Technology

Art

HoloLens will bring together artworks and buyers in mixed reality at The Armory Show 2017

Do you want to know how a painting looks on your wall before you even bring it home? Do you wish to pore over different artworks in a gallery without actually being there? The Armory Show can make that possible. Online art resource Artsy is teaming up with Microsoft this year to mount the fifth iteration of the annual art fair in order to bring a mixed-reality experience to art lovers and collectors. Happening at Piers 92/94 in New York from March 2 to 5, The Armory Show will bring works by different artists to buyers with the help of technological innovations, particularly Microsoft's HoloLens, touted to be world's first self-contained holographic computer. "By bringing art online and experimenting with the latest technology, including VR/AR, Artsy connects a global network of collectors and art enthusiasts to art from thousands of galleries, museums, auction houses and art fairs located around the world," said Elena Soboleva, Artsy's curator of special projects. ...
Design

TYLT’s Energi PRO is super comfy and built for charging on-the-go

A portable power bank is a must-have for tablet and smartphone power-users these days and if it's built right into your bag, wow! TYLT has been making top-notch power banks for a while and they recently launched the Energi PRO Power Backpack with a built-in 20,800 mAh battery. And I've been using it for two months now because if I'm carrying a laptop, a smartphone, and a tablet, the last thing O want is a jungle of wires. With ultra-strong, 210D polyester, this thing can not only withstand heavy loads with its 12 internal pockets, but it's built to endure rain, shine, and even blizzards (I live in Canada, eh?). USB-C? Check! Quick-charge three devices at once? Check! No cables in sight? You got it. The best thing about the Energi Pro, however, is its near-perfect distribution of weight throughout. When its sitting on your shoulders, the foam padding makes it feel extremely light. TYLT's newest backpack is powerful, comfortable, and definitely...
Art

This galactic keyboard design looks good, but can you type well with it?

Massdrop is now selling the "GalaxC Keycap" keyboard set, now at $58. The purchase will only include the keycaps, without an actual keyboard, so you'll probably have to use the one you have. It is technically a set of mechanical keyboard caps that look like a galaxy. Now, this can be so much fun to look at. It will be exciting and unique, for sure, but once you actually use it, it can be quite a hassle. From the design point of view, it's absolutely stellar. But for functionality? We're betting you're probably going to pass on this one, unless you can type without looking at your keyboard at all. Otherwise, it may take you hours to finish a simple paragraph. So is it worth it? We'll leave the judging up to you. See some photos of this novelty keyboard below, with some closeup images, too. ...
Art

Introducing the intriguingly awesome world of styled photogrammetry

Have you ever heard of styled photogrammetry? If you have, then you're probably a whiz at different software and tools for visual arts. If you haven't, don't worry. Most of the artists who primarily condone this overly advanced way of creating art have turned out to be fans and followers of the technology. In fact, such is the case for Craig Schwartz, who has even created a Facebook group for styled photogrammetrists and fans of the artform. He invites anybody who is interested and has a passion for it to join in and share their thoughts and ideas, as well as past successes and failures. Craig says that it's completely normal to be 'scared' and intimidated by the tech, but reassures everybody who is interested that it's quite easy, in fact. It's all basic clicking of buttons, adding images, and voila - you're done. Check out some screen stills from the actual software below.  ...
Culture

Los Angeles-based photographer merges 19th century with modern technology

Back in the 19th century, circuses and theater halls were filled with top hat-wearing, corset-fitted ladies and gentlemen looking to see exhibitionists, and hear romantic poetry and music. Nowadays, this form of entertainment can easily be fulfilled at literally a touch of a fingertip. From tablets to Bluetooth headsets, modern technology has evidently made everything accessible for the modern Joe and Jane. But can you imagine if the extravagance of the 19th century converged with the minimalistic advancements of the 21st century? Qiangjian Meng, a photographer residing in Los Angeles, had this in mind when he created Gold Rush – a photo series depicting a “dialogue between generations.” The collection shows men and women dressed in classic 19th-century fashion interacting with the modern technologies of today such as an Apple watch, a Playstation controller, and even a drone. Meng started his career working with photographers in the fashion scene and...
Art

Learn how to create anguished character faces in four surefire steps from this tutorial

Michelle Hoefener teaches us how to draw and create characters that have an anguished expression on their face. She tells us that in order to show believable emotions in characters' faces, there are certain elements that must be taken into consideration. These include posture, expression, setting, storytelling, color, mood, and composition. The first step is to find real human references (photos of anguished people), and you'll soon recognize that there are close similarities to physical pain (furrowed eyebrows and screwed-up eyes). In doing these faces, it's best to try your best in telling the story of why the anguish is there. The other steps are laying out the pose, adding line work, and blocking in color. Below you'll see these final three steps in photos. To read more of her tutorial, check out the original illustration post by Hoefener on Creative Bloq. Soon enough, you'll be creating realistic expressions on your characters' faces. ...
Art

5 digital artists are reinventing what it means to paint, draw, and create art

Take a look at these five digital artists, who are constantly challenging the norms by coming up with new ways to draw, paint, and create - from using algorithms to drawing on the latest devices in the market. See the photos below, following the chronological order of the list of artists. 1. Petra Cortright From LA, she is a wizard of post-internet art. She loves creating chaotic and sensual jpegs, vibrant GIFs, viral YouTube videos, and mesmerizing webpages. 2. Harm van den Dorpel This artist seems to be working with A.I., looking at how he is able to produce intricate and multiple layers of digital paintings. And this easily could be the case, since he designed the software he's using himself. 3. Michael Manning Micheal's art exists in two different worlds: the physical and the digital realms. He is able to create both forms of art simultaneously, making him as impressive as can be. 4. Louisa Gagliardi Her work relies heavily on Photoshop. Hailing from Zurich, this artist...
Art

Fête du Graphisme 2017 showcases the rich, diverse, and dynamic culture of graphic design

With three successful Fête du graphisme events behind us, a new festival is coming in hot this year. It will be a free festival event for everyone. Co-produced by D’Days and Artevia, the celebration will put graphic designers and their work on the spotlight. They will showcase how dynamic, multi-faceted, rich, and diverse this form of art is. To many people, graphic design is simply the fine print and colors on books, posters, and advertisements. But beyond these, graphic design has become part of all of our lives. You can see it on the Internet, on magazines, academic books, marketing and advertising, signages, packaging of virtually all products and services, and even in industries like textile and fashion. Without a doubt, graphic designers play a huge, vital role in how society and culture is shaped every day. It has crept not just into public spaces, but across private and intimate requirements as well. The Graphic Design Festival will run until February...
Art

More artwork for canceled Star Wars ‘Darth Maul’ game emerges, courtesy of artist

Way back in 2014, rumors were flying in the online world that a new Star Wars game was in the works. It was said to be developed by Red Fly Studio (which is now known as Gaming Corp Austin). There was even some footage of the game's early prototype gameplay, as well as concept art and designs. The vision for the game was to have a much darker and gorier third-person game compared to its predecessor, the Force Unleashed game series. However, the game was canceled and never got to hit the consoles because of financial and legal issues. Recently, however, new never-before-seen artwork for the game has emerged online, which gives a glimpse of what the canceled game might have looked like. The art comes from the lead artist himself, Thomas Szakolczay. See some of the artwork below. You can see more of the unearthed art on Art Station, where the artist also has an account. To see more of Thomas Szakolczay, check out his Instagram, DeviantArt, Behance, or Facebook. Or you can go...
Design

The Nomad Key is an incredibly-designed minimalist charging cable

Nomad Goods has got a very impressive portfolio of top-notch smartphone accessories featuring everything from leather wallets to iPhone cases. And their philosophy of "owning fewer things, being resourceful and working hard together," really shines through with the Nomad Key for iPhone & Android. Crafted out of ultra-rugged polycarbonate and rubber, this space-saving little thing replaces that tangle-prone charging cable you've got lugging around. Thread in your keys into the provided keychain and you're good! Now, I was skeptical about the Key's durability at first - considering some awful past experiences - but this has held up surprisingly well in the last month. The rubberized USB to smartphone connection lets the Key bend at 180-degrees without issue and thanks to some clever design choices, the smartphone end points away from the keys. This is my go-to charging cable now! In the future, I'd like Nomad to create an extendable...
Design

Kinsa’s Smart Stick is the world’s smartest thermometer and it’s crazy fast!

Tech savvy parents, this one is for you. The Smart Stick by Kinsa Health is a thermometer that hooks up to your iOS (or Android!) device's headphone jack to provide accurate temperature readings. The device carries a slim form factor is made out of a soft, rubbery material so that it stays put. It can be used orally, rectally, and of course, underarm. Simply fire up the fun-looking app, choose how you want to take the reading, and there you go! Floating bubbles that the app makes you pop while you wait is a nice touch. I was amazed at how fast the readings are! When you're done, it tells you if you have a fever and lets you log any symptoms you may exhibit. Record-keeping of your past readings is big here and the fact that it's all integrated via Apple's Healthkit makes glancing at your past symptoms a cinch. Now, considering the now-diminishing headphone jack, I'm sure a wireless, Bluetooth-enabled version is on its way! The Smart Stick joins Kinsa's amazing line...
Design

This LED bulb lets you set the perfect ambiance at the flick of a switch

Dimmable lights may not be quite as important as light temperature, according to international survey data from Ipsos, which says that 55% of people want the right light for each task. Philips has the answer to that with the innovative SceneSwitch, an LED bulb that combines three light scenes into one. Simply install and flick the light switch on/off to cycle through different temperatures including bright light (blue), natural light (soft white), and warm light (a calm, orange hue) perfect for bedtime reading. Luckily, yours truly has had some hands-on time with it and thinks it's a phenomenal step forward for traditional, non-connected lighting. The bulb remembers your last setting to save you the inconvenience of having to cycle through each time. And it's stupendously bright! Check out the video below to see it in action. The SceneSwitch is available pretty much everywhere now! ...
Design

Spire tracks mindfulness, activity, and is the most elegant wearable ever!

Spire is perhaps the most elegant wearable I've ever seen and it actively tracks your breath. Coated with a luxurious sandstone texture, the Spire comes in the form of a small pebble. Pair it to your phone via bluetooth, clip it onto an article of clothing closest to your stomach or chest, and now you're able to view your respiratory rate in real-time through a gorgeous app. The device charges wirelessly when sitting atop an included, beautiful, metal plate. You can even charge your phone through that same charging base. I was floored when I saw it in action. It really is a complete package for someone who is into meditation, yoga, or anyone looking for an activity tracker that isn't wrist-worn. The free app comes with a number of mindfulness exercises that help you achieve a state of calm during a streak of tense minutes. One caveat, though, is that the Spire does not track sleep. This is something I'd like to see in a future iteration given that you...
Art

Planetarium show becomes art exhibit as it shines light on ‘sun’light

In The Sun Placed in the Abyss, an art exhibit currently underway in the Columbus Museum of Art, the main star (pun intended) is the Sun. Through various films and photographs, the sun is depicted in both direct and indirect ways. But this is more than just an artsy move - the collection aims to go deeper into the social, historical, and even technological implications of the sun in terms of photography conditions and human interest. The museum also partnered with COSI to provide the programming of the exhibition. Over 50 artists participated in the project, all focusing on very powerful images of the sun. The collection explores the "science behind the sun" - how it influences all life on earth, as well as its influence in our art and culture. The exhibit is in the form of a planetarium show, now available to be seen at COSI. It will run until January 2, 2017. ...
Design

Philips’ Hue Go makes colored smart-lighting portable and affordable

Philips has been in the smart lighting game for a while now and the Hue Go is a just another brilliant way they're working to solidify their place in the market. The Hue Go is a portable lamp that carries the power of Philips's 16-million-color connected, vibrant-as-heck, LED light bulbs within its bowl-shaped form. There's a groove at the bottom that lets you set the lamp up at 45-degrees. And since the on/off switch is located underneath, keeping it tilted is the better option. That same button is used to cycle through colors and scenes, so it can be problematic at times. To compensate for that, you have the option of pairing the Go with a Hue Bridge. This lets you play around with Philips' awesome scenes with your phone. You can go wireless, but for some reason the Go only lasts three hours on a charge, leaving that Netflix binge session in the dark, unless of course, you're not big on portability. Now, I will say that for $79.99, this...
Design

Healthy Home Coach is an air-quality monitor that’ll make you a good parent

An Internet of Things-infused home isn't incomplete without a smart air quality monitor. And Netatmo's Home Coach is my favorite. We've covered Netatmo before (previously) and now they're out with the Home Coach, a Homekit-compatible air-care device that actually tells you how to improve it. It sophisticatedly monitors temperature, noise levels, air quality (measured in CO2 ppm), and humidity. You can even dial back in time to see how your environment has changed via a nice, clean app. In addition, you can set different profiles, so if you've got one installed in a baby's room, the device will adjust its metrics. A space-saving design makes it an elegant showpiece of sorts. For now, it's only available in rose-gold and that's the only gripe I have. I'd love to see a space gray or silver version! At $99.99, the Netatmo Home Coach pays for itself within days with its intelligence, elegance, and relevance for today's smart-home builders. Check it...
Design

Eero blankets your home in speedy, reliable WiFi through an elegant form factor

Considering the many WiFi range-extending devices out there, Eero takes the effort out of the equation and replaces it with simplicity and reliability. The Eero WiFi system can be placed throughout a large apartment or multi-story house to ensure internet access inat every corner. An intuitive companion also lets you set up, update, and manage all Eero units easily. Personally, I'm not only impressed by how effective it has been during my last few weeks of usage but more so how unobtrusive it is from an aesthetic point of view. From no angle does it look like a modem, thanks to a slick form factor. I will say, however, that Eero is most effective when it replaces your current system completely. This is critical for smart-home enthusiasts because you don't want your smart lights not responding because of internet-issues. All in all, the designers behind this system have thought of it all and have reached a WiFi solution that caters to all and not just the tech-savvy....
Art

French artist uses projections to shed light on Amazon deforestation

Philippe Echaroux has been using his skills in transmedia art to shed light on the rapid deforestation of the Amazon forest. The French photographer and street artist projected the faces of Brazilians indigenous to the area onto foliage, establishing the deep connection that exists between the rainforest and its inhabitants. The tribe, Suruí of Brazil, led by Chief Almir Surui Narayamoga, invited Echaroux to help bring to light the issue amidst government efforts to replant sections of the forest wiped out by logging and animal agriculture. Photographed pieces of the works will be part of an exhibition called, “The Crying Forest” at Galerie Taglialatella in Paris from Nov 11 - Dec 15, 2016. Check out video featurette below and find more of Echaroux’s work on his website, Instagram, and Facebook.  ...
Digital

Tron-like bikes leave behind trails of neon lights in fantastic video

Imagine whizzing about on a bike leaving behind streaks of light straight out of Tron. Filmmaker Mike Gamble and VFX artist Tom Wood took that idea and brought it to life in an amazing two and a half video titled, "Light Cycles." They rigged up a few mountain bikes with LEDs and went to town with their filmmaking and visual effects skills. The final video is an amazing compilation of live action and post-production effects in which the bikes leave behind neon light streaks in 3D space. Check it out below! ...
Digital

Nanoleaf’s “Ivy” lights offer unique design and controls for connected homes

Smart lighting is an essential part of a connected home and with a plethora of them in the market, it can be difficult to decide which one is right for you. I stumbled upon startup Nanoleaf's Smart Ivy connected light bulbs recently, and their unique aesthetic immediately caught my eye. They look like puzzles fit together with LEDs protruding from each pentagonal surface. The lights easily pair with the provided 'smarter hub,' which is compatible with Apple's HomeKit platform. This means you can control the lights via Siri and the 'Home' app. Each bulb is not only dimmable but amazingly bright at 100% with a life of approx. 27 years. I've been using these for a couple of weeks now and they've turned me into a believer in the connected home movement. If you're looking for smart lights with an extra 'oomph!', this is it! [caption id="attachment_72768" align="alignnone" width="950"] The Nanoleaf app lets you easily set up the 'smarter hub' and pair additional...
Design

Gamevice turns your phone into a sleek handheld gaming console

Mobile gaming is huge and with Nintendo revealing their latest console, Switch, it's obvious that portability is key. Another player has just been introduced to the game of handhelds with Gamevice! There are lots of gamepads out there for mobile devices but Gamevice stands out from the crowd thanks to its phenomenal design choices. It's compatible with iPhone/iPad and snaps into the devices' lightning port. The two halves simply snap and lock onto each side. It's lightweight, sturdy, and feels great in the hand. The only apparent design flaw that I can see is it feeling uncomfortable after a few hours of continuous play since there's little to no curvature at the bottom. Aside from that minor hang-up, the device features an array of sleek features such as shoulder and action buttons, triggers, analog sticks, a handy D-pad, and of course, a pause button! Also, there's a built-in battery, so if your phone's plugged in, both devices charge simultaneously!...
Industrial design

Netatmo’s AI security camera combines brains and beauty

Netatmo is establishing itself as a brand-name in the connected world and their latest  AI-powered surveillance camera cleverly called, ‘Presence,’ is phenomenal. In a market saturated by connected security equipment, the Presence stands out as an all-in-one package that is both affordable and has a few neat tricks up its sleeve. With a weatherproof build, Presence boasts a 120-degree field of view and is able to identify just about anything in its view including animals, people, cars etc. in real-time and in full 1080p HD. There’s even a floodlight that turns on when something suspicious moves in close. Its expandable storage is always being overwritten by recorded footage and can also be used to create a one-minute time-lapse of recordings in the last 24 hours. Head on over to here to learn more!    ...
Design

Med students design sleek hydration monitoring wearable

If you thought monitoring your heart rate was the most important part of fitness, LVL gives you a reason to think again. Medical student, Dustin Freckleton, MD, over at the University of Texas is trying to highlight the importance of staying hydrated with LVL, the first wearable that provides instant, real-time insight into the user's hydration levels. The wrist-worn device also triples as an activity, sleep, and mood tracker. Apart from its health benefits, LVL boasts a gorgeously-designed display that boils down health insights into perceptible icons bolstered by animations. Watch LVL in action below and back it on Kickstarter if you'd like!  ...
Creativity

Tile redefines bluetooth trackers by introducing thinnest one ever

Most everyone these days is a sucker for small but well-designed objects that can do big things. Tile's latest offering is just that! The San Mateo, California-based company defined what personal Bluetooth trackers can do for people who constantly lose things. And now they're at it again with the Tile Slim, which is "as thin as 2 credit cards," the company touts. The Slim connects to your phone via a handy app that will not only locate the tracker for you but also help you find your phone, should you happen to lose it, thanks to a pushable button in the center. The battery lasts up to a full year and replacements can easily be ordered through their useful reTile program. Check it out! ...
Design

Google enters AI market with gorgeously-designed ‘Home’

Artificial intelligence is undoubtably the highlight of 2016's final quarter, all thanks to Google. Google Home was announced recently by the California-based tech giant to applause from IoT (Internet of Things) enthusiasts. The smart-home assistant was big news in that it's first in a line of Google-designed tech introduced this year. With Google-themed animated lights on the top and a touch-sensitive surface, the demo showed off real-world scenarios to prove just how intelligent it is. The hub is set to compete with the critically-acclaimed Amazon Echo. Google's offering, however, is not only more aesthetically-pleasing, it has the world's most advanced search engine built right into it. Your move, Apple. Home hit shelves for $130 on November 4th, 2016. Check it out! ...
Creativity

A levitating cloud that plays music. What more could you want?

That's right, there's a levitating cloud out there that plays music, and it's amazing. Richard Clarkson Studio and Crealev teamed up for this fluff of awesome. It's a floating cloud that plays your favorite music and lights up in response to the beats to mimic a storm. The cloud called Making Weather is fitted with a Bluetooth speaker, LED lights, and a magnet housed inside of a polyester cloud. The device's mirrored base repels the magnet within making the cloud appear as if it's floating. Making Weather is currently in prototype form and will be available for consumers in the future. (fingers crossed!) ...
Architecture

Breathtaking projection of the universe adorns ceiling of Paris cathedral

Saint-Eustache Church in Paris is the setting for a fantastic light show by Miguel Chevalier. Created as part of Nuit Blanche 2016, the projection-based installation is housed inside the church in Paris and is called, "Voûtes Célestes." The light show cycled through 35 colored networks, lighting up the ceiling in a variety of patterns including a breathtaking sky chart with swirling universes. The backdrop is then accentuated by Baptiste-Florian Marle-Ouvrard's dreamy scores on the organ. Watch the production work below and find more from Chevalier on his website.  ...
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