Archive for September, 2012
 
Posted in Cool Design of the Week, gift ideas by Courtney on September 26th, 2012
 

Grey shoes, with red stitching and laces. LED lights located on the tips of the shoes.

“There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home”.

Say this out loud, click your heels together, and you could be home faster than you realize with Dominic Wilcox’s new invention. We love this visionary design that was inspired by Dorothy Gale from the Wizard of Oz. And the shoes aren’t bad either! Via Discovery News:

Wilcox, a British designer, recently showcased his latest creation: GPS shoes “that will guide you home no matter where you are in the world.”

Simply program your destination into the GPS device and the dandy leather shoes will guide the way. The GPS receiver is located in the heel of the left shoe. On the toe of the left shoe is a circle of LEDs that light up, working like a compass to point you in the direction you need to walk. On the toe of the right shoe is a row of red LED lights that indicate how far you have to go. The closer you get to home, the more it lights up. Consider it the pedestrian version of the ‘hot/cold’ game.

“I thought about the Wizard of Oz and how Dorothy could click her shoes together to go home,” Wilcox explained on his website. “After uploading your required destination to the shoes via a piece of custom made mapping software and a USB cable, the GPS, which is embedded in the heal, is activated by a heal click.”

We think they’d be great for that avid traveller trying to find their way back to the hotel! When would you use them?

Looking for your own innovative design? Check out our unique portraits — DNA, and fingerprints, and kisses. Oh My!

 
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Posted in Inspiration, Inspirational Design of the Week by Courtney on September 25th, 2012
 

Handblown glass lamps

Ever wonder what poetry emulated in a lighting fixture could look like? We are always searching for new designs that inspire us, and designer Laurent Corio has done just that with the unveiling of his Fioriness Lamps. His designs manage to be both dreamy and modern at the same time, and are sure to create a romantic ambiance in any room they light up. Via laurent-corio.com:

In my imaginary world, Fioriness is the expression of a latin attitude where the word “flower” is the poetic link between french and italian: “fiori”, “fleurs”, “flirter” which means “to flirt”. The emotions and play of a candle light diner or august summer sunlight. These sparkles of light define the flower standing in its vase as the witness of a promising story.

Laurent Corio is a Paris-based designer who created this collection of hand blown glass lamps for design gallery Secondome. What do you think of Corio’s fuse of poetry and function?

 
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Posted in Art+Science, Just Cool, Science by Courtney on September 20th, 2012
 

Side by side images of Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein

Yes, you read that right! Pictured above are two famous portraits that were re-created using a special photo-printing method that actually involves the use of E. coli bacteria. The method was developed by former microbiologist Zachary Copfer, who can now add artist to his list of talents. Via PetaPixel:

Here’s how Copfer’s method works: he first takes a supply of bacteria like E. coli, turns it into a fluorescent protein, and covers a plate with it … Next, he creates a “negative” of the photo he wants to print by covering the prepared plate with the photo and then exposing it to radiation. He then “develops” the image by having the bacteria grow, and finally “fixes” the image by coating the image with a layer of acrylic and resin.

Using this process, he creates images of things ranging from famous individuals to Hubble telescope photos of galaxies.

Side by side images of galaxy and close up of Albert Einstein

Do you love the mash up of biology and art as much as we do? Be sure to read up on Zachary’s method, and check out more of his genetically modified photos.

If you’re looking to create your own personal work of art, check out our unique portrait ideas that also combine science and art.

Header Image: Side by side bacteria prints of Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein via Gizmodo.
Galaxy image and Albert Einstein in a petri dish bacteria prints via PetaPixel.

 
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Posted in DNA Ancestry, Just Cool, Science by Courtney on September 14th, 2012
 

We dug up this excellent infographic via Online Education and had to share. Does anything surprise you?

 
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