Print your own Google Glass and look the part Han Solo, Honest Abe, and even Aristotle are just a few of the people who look absolutely fantastic wearing their Google Glass computers. But unless you're a deep-pocketed developer from the US, chances are nil of getting anywhere near the audacious $1,500 spectacles. So why not do the next best thing and print a pair? That's exactly what Sander Veenhof and Klasien van de Zandschulp did, whom I discovered this morning in an Amsterdam cafe cheerfully muttering nonsense into their oblivious eyewear. The 3D printed glasses share all the notable design flourishes of the Google originals, including a small transparent "display" that had to be cut and affixed manually.
'Devil Baby' Prank Scares The Bejesus Out Of New Yorkers Hear a baby crying in an unattended stroller on the street? Of course you should investigate it. Just be warned that said baby might be part of a viral marketing stunt that will scare the living bejesus out of you. The folks at Thinkmodo rigged this remote-controlled stroller with a demonic animatronic infant, replete with the ability to headbang, vomit, and just look downright possessed: When the Thinkmodo team took their creation to the streets of New York, many a Good Samaritan fell victim to the devilish prank, and the reactions are priceless. (Our favorite reaction is at the one-minute mark.)
Sci-Fi Device Lets Men And Women Swap Bodies Talk about going on a gender bender. A new machine created by a Spanish design collective combines virtual reality with advanced neuroscientific techniques to let men and women swap bodies with each other. Called The Machine To Be Another, it's all done in the hopes that body transference will help scientists explore and quantify concepts like sexism, gender identity, and bias. Based in Barcelona, Be Another Lab is made up of Philippe Bertrand, Daniel Gonzalez Franco, Christian Cherene, and Arthur Pointea, a collection of interdisciplinary artists whose fields range from programming and electronic engineering to interactive system design and neuro-rehabilitation.
ABOUT RACING TO ZERO The goal is ZERO. ZERO garbage going to landfills. We want to change our relationship to garbage. Where the Torture Never Stops by JEFFREY ST. CLAIR It was shortly after five o’clock on a Saturday morning last April. The prisoners in the communal cellblock at Camp 6 in Guantanamo Bay Prison had just gathered for morning prayers. Suddenly the overhead lights went out, the cell doors slammed shut and tear gas canisters exploded in the room. Architects are starting to 3D print houses—but without a house-sized printer A couple of months ago, Dutch architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars announced that he was building a curvy, loopy and for some reason, largely see-through building, to be made with the help of Enrico Dini’s D-Shape 3D printer. The project would cost up to 5 million euros ($6.4 million) and be completed in 2014. Janjaap Ruijssenaars’s twisty, loopy 3D-printed building.
Happy Birthday, Louis CK! 23 Timeless Truth Bombs He Gave Us Today is Louis C.K.'s birthday. Louie's had a good year: He decided to take a well-deserved break from his brilliant show "Louie" to recharge his batteries, and got a role in a Woody Allen movie. The importance of vacation and rest is just one of the lessons Louie has taught us over the years. Here are some of our favorite wisdom nuggets he's delivered that are true no matter what age you are. Also on HuffPost:
New Wave Architecture Designs Rock Gym for Polur In response to the climbing potential of Polur, Iran, New Wave Architecture has designed a new rock climbing hall within the rocky lands of Mazandaran. Overlooking the country’s highest peak, the “fragmented mass” invites nature and landscape to “visually creep into the building” to offer daylight and establish a strong connection between climbers and the surrounding landscape. Within the “boulder-like walls,” which were inspired by the geological process of the large-scale movements of the earth‘s crust and its tectonic forces, programs include a dynamic climbing hall, temporary accommodation zone, fitness gym and maintenance areas.
CIA and Mandela: Can the Story Be Told Now? Back in 1990, FAIR (Extra!, 3/90) noted that the media coverage of Nelson Mandela's release from prison failed to mention there was strong evidence that the CIA had tipped off South African authorities to Mandela's location in 1962, resulting in his arrest. So with coverage of Mandela's death dominating the media now, can the story of the CIA's role in Mandela's capture be told? Mostly not. The link between the CIA and Mandela's capture--reported by CBS Evening News (8/5/86) and in a New York Times column by Andrew Cockburn (10/13/86)--was almost entirely unmentioned in media discussions of his death.
3D-printed car saves money, energy A 3D-printed electric car that is about to go into production boasts an ultra-strong, ultra-light chassis that can take on the rigours of the highway with ease. It wasn't long ago when 3D printing was a really cool concept that we liked to daydream about. Now, it's gearing up to change our lives. We've seen 3D-printed buildings, portraits, organs, prosthetics, food, couture, a moon base and even a pen for all your creative and repair needs. What's missing?
Gorbachev Threatens 'Daily Show' Reporter For Asking Him To Rebuild Berlin Wall The Sochi Olympics have done little to improve the uneasy feelings many Americans have felt towards Russia since the Cold War. But as Jason Jones of "The Daily Show" discovered during a recent visit to Moscow, there's a certain nostalgia that comes with our countries' shared history, and he intended on reclaiming that -- even if it meant having an unexpected tangle with Mikhail Gorbachev. "It turned out this place looks a lot like America, just with a f***ed up alphabet," Jones declared, as he walked around the streets and saw establishments like Shake Shack and Dunkin' Donuts. Russian citizens on the street balked at his outdated comparisons of their people to Russian stereotypes like Boris and Natasha, and Ivan Drago from "Rocky IV." He sat down with Vyacheslav Nikonov, a Russian official who happened to be the grandson of Stalin's right-hand man.
Google Autocompletes The World's Opinion Of Women Here's one easy way to determine how rampant sexism is across the globe: run a Google search. To prove that masses of Internet users have worrying opinions on what women should--or cannot--do, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) tested the search engine's autocomplete feature. Type in the words "women" and "shouldn't" or "women" and "cannot," and you'll get a litany of despicable options: drive, vote, speak in church, box, have rights...you get the point (interestingly, here in the U.S., when you type in "men shouldn't," you get a more innocuous list: wear flip-flops, wear shorts, marry). The ads were created by Christopher Hunt at Ogilvy & Mather Dubai. Each one includes a line of small print, listing the date on which the search was run. Why not give autocomplete a try and see what pops up when you type "women can" into the search bar.
Travel photography Singapore Singapore Last month I spent a few days in Armenia. I have to admit that January is not the best time of the year to visit the country. It was freezing cold, around minus fifteen degrees. Despite of the cold weather I was able to enjoy the capital of the country and a few other towns in the area. People call Yerevan a 'true jewel of early Soviet architecture’ and I guess this describes city very well. White House withholds thousands of documents from Senate CIA probe, despite vows of help WASHINGTON — The White House has been withholding for five years more than 9,000 top-secret documents sought by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for its investigation into the now-defunct CIA detention and interrogation program, even though President Barack Obama hasn’t exercised a claim of executive privilege. In contrast to public assertions that it supports the committee’s work, the White House has ignored or rejected offers in multiple meetings and in letters to find ways for the committee to review the records, a McClatchy investigation has found. The significance of the materials couldn’t be learned.