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Haha so good

Haha so good


These beautiful geometric objects are 3D-printed sugar sculptures and they’re some of the prettiest pieces of candy we’ve ever seen. They were made by 3D Systems and The Sugar Lab. The latter is a micro-design firm created by Liz and Kyle von Hasseln, a husband and wife team dedicated to the awesome craft of creating bespoke, 3D-printed edible confections.

‘The overlap of technology, food and art is so rich, and the potential for customization and innovation is limitless,’ said Liz von Hasseln, cofounder of The Sugar Lab. Existing commercial applications for printable sugar include complex sculptural cakes for weddings and special events that are made possible only with 3D printing, and customizable confections for bake shops and restaurants. continued von Hasseln, ‘We see our technology quickly evolving into a variety of flavors and foods, powered by real food printers for professionals and consumers alike and we could not think of a more qualified partner than 3D systems to help make that a reality.’

3D Systems and The Sugar Lab introduced two food printing appliances at CES 2014, the ChefJet and the ChefJet Pro:

The ChefJet will deliver single-color prints; while the more advanced ChefJet Pro will dispatch full color prints. Both can produce either sugar or milk chocolate confections, in different flavors that include cherry, mint and sour apple, and will be available to the market later this year.

Click here to watch a demo of the ChefJet™ at CES 2014

[via designboom]



BMW Builds a Self-Driving Car — That Drifts

According to BMW, fully automated racing is closer than we think. From Autopia:

At CES, BMW is showing off a modified 2-Series Coupe and 6-Series Gran Coupe that can race around a track at the limits of adhesion, and slide around corners like a throttle-happy Formula Drift ace. Both cars are outfitted with a LIDAR system, 360-degree radar, ultrasonic sensors, and cameras that track the environment. Partnered with the electronic braking, throttle, and steering control that’s standard on all new BMWs, the prototypes can run through a high-speed slalom, perform precise lane changes, and slide around corners, without any driver intervention.

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Who are you? by Miki Asai

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Behold the awesomeness that is the Mantis Hexapod or Mantis Walking Machine, a hydraulic powered hexapod walking machine created by Matt Denton and his team at Micromagic Systems. After four years of design and development, the Mantis is the largest all-terrain operational hexapod robot in the world.

"Mantis runs off a 2.2-litre, 50 horsepower turbo diesel engine, and it stands 2.8 meters (9 feet) tall. It can be piloted directly or controlled via wifi. Functionally, it can manipulate objects (like pushing a trailer) or fold itself into a truck bed.

As of now, Mantis walks around at the achingly slow pace of 1 km/hr. Its navigational software has to rely solely on the information given to it by its legs as they touch the ground. Future versions will likely utilize visual systems, allowing Mantis to evaluate the topography of its environment in advance.”

If you’re looking to host a truly memorable occasion, considering a career in supervillainy, or simply want to scare the pants off your curmudgeonly neighbour(s), the Mantis is available for private hire, custom commissions, events, and sponsorships.

This video was shot during field tests in May and October 2012. Click here for more Mantis videos.

[via io9]


Here’s to 2013 | Beutler Ink

2013 highlights according to Beutler Ink and illustration artist Mario Zucca. Pretty tech-heavy.


3D printing watch a statue spring to life video (by Karina Karen)


New Toyota Concept Car Feels Your Emotions, Shares Them with Other Drivers

Toyota said the car-bike hybrid, which is a three-wheel, one-seat vehicle, "enhances the driving experience by connecting physically and emotionally with the driver, becoming more fun to drive the more it is used.”

So how, exactly, does the car forge an emotional connection with its driver? By reading voice and facial expressions, the FV2 can recognize moods and adjust accordingly. For instance, the windshield is equipped with a futuristic display that will change color depending on the driver’s mood. So if road rage is setting in, it will turn red to alert other drivers on the road of the mood shift. The windshield display will also report traffic conditions and safety information.

Since the car’s aim is to be an effective co-pilot, it even logs driving histories to better adapt to the performance of each driver. Even the light display on the windshield serves a dual purpose; Toyota said it isn’t meant to be distracting, but rather aims to help drivers focus, and keep them alert. What’s more, the FV2 even has a new way of steering. Modeled after horseback riding, drivers lean to steer. In fact, the car doesn’t even have a steering wheel or gas and brake pedals.

(via Toyota FV2 Concept Car Will Read Your Emotions [VIDEO])


He’s a sound sleeper.


He’s a sound sleeper.

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