Doctor Strange definitely needs this NERF blaster – a gun that generates animated spells out of thin air. This truly is wizardry. This cool hack comes from a Japanese cosplayer, and it is able to achieve the effect by using a spinning LED wand.
I’ve always been enamored of end-grain wooden cutting boards that are made of cubes of wood. They just look really great, and it’s clear that a ton of labor went into their creation. This particular cutting board is especially impressive, using its blocks to form a 3D depth illusion.
The board was created by Andrei Muntian of MTM Wood using a carefully arranged series of wood strips, cut into alternating blocks of maple and walnut wood.
I grew up hearing the words “Incantus pulcher imperium” and seeing a little 2D sprite launch a fireball at Irenicus or some hobgoblins or Sarevok shortly afterwards. As a result, I really, really wish I could do that.
Artist João A. Carvalho has created some very cool artwork on pages that look like standard notebook paper. The art has so much depth that it looks like it was created using some sort of embossing machine, but it is actually completely flat on a plain sheet of paper.
Are you a shop owner looking for an eye-catching advertising platform? Perhaps you have a design firm and you want a flashy way of presenting your concepts? Or maybe you’re a genius, billionaire, playboy and philantropist who already has plans for an armored suit but not the extravagant display worthy of your grand schemes?
Remember that holographic illusion of 2Pac? It actually wasn’t a hologram, but it was done using projectors and an angled surface with both reflective and transparent properties. Now you can recreate this illusion in miniature, using nothing more than your tablet, and an inexpensive device called the i-Lusio.
Aside from its functional uses, mirrors come in pretty handy when you’re trying to achieve some cool optical illusions. A good example of this is the classic infinite effect. It looks like a pretty complicated effect, but it’s easily achievable and only requires a mirror, glass, and a light source.
Just how many ways can one guy use the video capabilities of his mobile devices to entertain us with? Well if you’re tinkerer Mark Rober, I guess the answer is “plenty.” After amusing us with his iPad Halloween costume and Gorilla Cam, Mark is back with another fun hack – the animated ugly sweater.
A couple of years back, a cool device came out called the Holocube. This unique display creates the illusion of a 3-dimensional moving image with a tremendous sense of depth. Now, an updated version of the Holocube has been released with improves brightness and a new trick up its sleeve.
The 2012 Holocube is illuminated by a bright 1600 cd/m² LED backlight, which allows the display to be used in just about any lighting conditions.
If there’s one thing that the Internet has forced companies to do is to get a little more creative with their marketing. Instead of crappy old TV commercials, vendors are vying for our attention with publicity stunts they hope will go viral online.
I think that once there is more content on TV in 3D and the tech in 3D TVs and glasses gets cheaper we will see a bunch of folks moving to 3D sets. I think the tipping point will be when all sets are offered with passive glasses and sets needing no glasses start trickling out.
The first time we saw the Holocube, the thing had a 20-inch screen that could show small “holograms” that looked really cool. The system has since been upgraded with a larger screen that can handle images that are the size of a 6-foot-tall adult.
Researchers at BAE systems are hard at work on a system that uses E-ink and a hoard of sensors to render tanks almost invisible to the naked eye. The system is dubbed e-camouflage and would project the landscape around the tank onto the surface of the tank to make it very hard to see.