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Nothing Says “Happy Birthday!” Like a Transforming Optimus Prime Cake
Nothing Says “Happy Birthday!” Like a Transforming Optimus Prime Cake

Through the power of 3D printing (and plenty of inventiveness), Russell Munro surprises his son with a "robot in disguise"

Every child wants to have a birthday their friends will talk about for weeks. Father and YouTube video maker Russell Munro, has managed to do exactly that. He made a birthday cake in the shape of Transformer Optimus Prime, one able to transform into a standing robot with a humanoid chassis.

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To Ensure Sound Fidelity, A Company Tests Its Products Against Honeybees
To Ensure Sound Fidelity, A Company Tests Its Products Against Honeybees

Playing back pre-recorded sounds from a bee hive, Bowers & Wilkins's T7 speaker attracted a swarm of honey-makers

Renowned high-end speaker maker Bowers & Wilkins used the busy buzzing of bees to show off how good their Bluetooth speakers are. Set in a bee farm in provincial England, Field Experiment #1: Bees studies the sound living of bees.

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Put Your Middle and High Schoolers on the Fast Track to Pixar Success
Put Your Middle and High Schoolers on the Fast Track to Pixar Success

Khan Academy now features a free online resource exploring the academic concepts behind Pixar Animation Studios' creative process

A new collaboration between Khan Academy and Pixar Animation Studios has launched to give people a free resource to learn about the studio’s creative process. Pixar in a Box is a set of online academic tools, sponsored by Disney, that includes video lessons, interactive exercises and hands-on activities.

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Edible Cinema is a Treat for the Tastebuds, Eyes, and Ears
Edible Cinema is a Treat for the Tastebuds, Eyes, and Ears

The next immersive installment in Edible Cinema's series of sensory adventures will feature a unique menu corresponding to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Edible Cinema is a series of movie screenings enhanced with treats for the tastebuds as well as the eyes and ears. The multi-sensory adventures were first thought up by Soho House’s members events manager Zoe Fletcher and Polly Betton from the unusual event specialists Teatime Production. A cinematic food experience was created, providing audience members with trays of small numbered containers that hold a canapé-sized serving or a mini cocktail.

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Projection-Mapped Sculptures Blink and Breathe
Projection-Mapped Sculptures Blink and Breathe

Do these Studio BK projections bring existing aspects of the sculptures to life, or are they something new completely?

Maybe you’ve read the ecstatic words of an archaeologist or art historian who learns some crucial piece of information that “brings the sculptures to life.” Or maybe you’ve just seen Night at the Museum. Either way, living sculptures have been a fantasy for ages, and now expert projection mapping by French digital production company Studio BK has made it happen at The Fine-Arts Museum of Lyon.

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200 Courses. 24 Hours. Go!
200 Courses. 24 Hours. Go!

Bompas and Parr are all set for The 200 Club, a food extravaganza where one course is served every seven minutes and 14 seconds

Why settle with a dozen courses to taste if you can enjoy 200 unique courses in a day-long food tasting event? For some, it sounds outrageous but culinary aficionados in London are more than happy to join this rare food culmination. A creative agency known for pushing the envelopes when it comes to the culinary world, Bompas & Parr organized The 200 Club, an unmatched food tasting event comprising of 200 courses served within 24 hours.

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Machine Generates Cotton Candy at 60 MPH
Machine Generates Cotton Candy at 60 MPH

If there is one storm you'd like to ravage your home, it's the one the Whirlwind produces through a wind vortex

Lick Me I’m Delicious, noted food innovators, have built a machine that spews out cotton candy at 60 MPH. The device is labeled Whirlwind and it uses a wind vortex to spin the stringy candy toward unsuspecting but all-too-happy adults.

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Smartphone Time-Lapse Tripod Made From a Kitchen Timer
Smartphone Time-Lapse Tripod Made From a Kitchen Timer

Hobie is an inexpensive, battery-free smartphone tool that will stabilize your time-dependent videos

Smartphone cameras have been getting some powerful photography software and firmware these days. Take the iPhone’s time lapse feature, for example, which allows you to create exciting videos of very slow-moving objects by filming them over a long period of time. Without a tripod, such videos will be very shaky, and depending on the angle, you might not be able to just rest your phone on a stable surface like with your old point-and-shoot camera. This is a job for special smartphone tripods like the new Hobie, a ring-shaped device developed by Overlab‘s Mattia Ciucciarelli that your phone can sit in while it holds it steady and rotates around.

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From Vacuuming Robot to Abstract Expressionist Painter
From Vacuuming Robot to Abstract Expressionist Painter

A Japanese artist turned a Roomba into a painting robot that creates abstract splatter paintings, not unlike the works of Jackson Pollock

Meet Mr. Head: the robot artist behind abstract, Jackson Pollock-esque splatter paintings. He’s a 15-year-old robot, and he’s undergone a serious career change. He began his life as a house vacuuming, cleaning assistant. In October 2014, with the help of human HYdeJII, he transitioned to his new life a a working artist.

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A Graphic, Musical Book That Could Change the Art of Content Creation
A Graphic, Musical Book That Could Change the Art of Content Creation

H8 Society incorporates fiction, crowd-sourced music, and original graphics—and it could be the first in a new wave of creative collaboration across mediums

Soundtracks aren’t just for movies and video games anymore—they’re in a book now too. H8 Society, a digital experience released in May, combines music, art and literature into a multi-sensory work you won’t find on a bookshelf anytime soon.

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