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Down to Earth: 28 pairs of shoes by artist Anna Vasof

From architect and media artist Anna Vasof, Down to Earth (2014) is a short video about 28 pairs of specially-made shoes that feature stamps, brooms, books, umbrellas, drums, and more. The objects change the function ...

Teacher creates personalized handshakes for all his students

At Ashley Park PreK-8 Elementary School in Charlotte, North Carolina, fifth grade English teacher Barry White, Jr. has created a new classroom tradition: greeting each of his students with a handshake that's personali...

An origami-inspired model for reconfigurable materials

Metamaterials — materials whose function is determined by structure, not composition — have been designed to bend light and sound, transform from soft to stiff, and even dampen seismic waves from earthquakes. But each...

Barnaby Dixon’s Raptor Puppet

Puppeteer Barnaby Dixon designs highly detailed finger puppets like the one above: a rather adorable raptor puppet. Watch as his fingers control the feet while other hinges, levers, and mechanisms help make the puppet...

The toy-inspired Paperfuge, an innovative new tool in healthcare

Bioengineer and Stanford researcher Manu Prakash has developed another inexpensive scientific device. The Paperfuge is a hand-spun, ultra low-cost, paper and string centrifuge that was inspired by the ancient whirligi...

Madeline the Robot Tamer & Mimus

Inventor and designer Madeline Gannon developed a gesture-based robot communication software as an artist-in-residence at Pier 9 in San Francisco. She's now developed something (someone?) new as the next step in her e...

This invention helped me write again – Emma Lawton

Graphic Designer Emma Lawton would draw and write as a large part of her work and daily life, but after being diagnosed in 2012 with early-onset Parkinson’s disease, a neurodegenerative brain disorder, using her hands...

What’s inside my pocket camera? – Tinker Friday

What's inside my pocket camera? What's inside my flashlight thingy? What's inside my mobile phone pouch? Cairo-based product designer Dina Amin asks these questions every week for her Instagram side project called Tin...

Making art with everyday objects: Christoph Niemann

Award-winning artist and author Christoph Niemann has quite a few books and apps for kids of all ages -- I Lego N.Y., Words, as well as Petting Zoo and Chomp. In this Quartz video, he shares examples from his new book...

The Fungi in Your Future: Mushroom leather, furniture, and more

Mushrooms come in a wide variety of species, they recycle dead plants which helps to create nutrient soil, and they can be turned into food, furniture, packaging, leather, and more. Enter MycoWorks, a team of engineer...

Preposterous – A short about absurdity

Sometimes things don't make any sense, and that's okay... it can even be amusing! From motion and graphic designer Florent Porta, this is Preposterous, a short about absurdity.

Curious Contraptions by automata artist Paul Spooner

Via the new Curious Contraptions exhibition at San Francisco's Exploratorium, meet artist and mechanic Paul Spooner. Within a community of British makers, Spooner created over 40 whimsical kinetic sculptures for The C...

Washed Ashore, giant animal sculptures made of found beach plastic

Creating epic animal sculptures made from plastics found on Oregon's beaches, Washed Ashore is a non-profit community art project that is aiming to increase awareness about plastic pollution in our oceans and the simp...

The Rolling Dance Chair, an omnidirectional, hands-free wheelchair

So often, knowing someone who deals with a challenge can help us become more empathetic and more aware of possible solutions for that challenge. Having grown up with a father who she felt was "boxed in" by his manual ...

Doro Ottermann’s Magic Artbox Animations

From Doro Ottermann in Hamberg, Germany, enjoy these Magic Artbox Animations, short Instagram vids that start with colored pencils that magically reassemble into imaginative (and sometimes familiar) results. A v...

Aeroponic vertical farming in Newark, New Jersey

Inside of a former laser tag area in Newark, New Jersey, Aerofarms is growing 250 kinds of leafy greens in huge air and mist-driven vertical farm. This Seeker Stories video shows how their aeroponic technology works: ...

3D-printed Metamaterial Mechanisms

Researchers at the Hasso-Plattner-Institute in Potsdam, Germany are exploring how 3D cell patterns called metamaterials can take on not-seen-in-nature properties based on their shape, geometry, size, orientation, and ...

Plastic Bottle Village

Robert Bezeau is building an entire village in Bocas Del Toro, Panama with houses created with plastic bottles. His goals: Reduce the amount of plastic waste in his environment with an unusual idea, and capitalize on ...

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