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So Many Faucets

Seriously, who knew that the lonely faucet had so many new ways to operate?  If you don’t believe me, search for “faucet” on Yanko Design, (or just click that link).  At the time of this writing, there’s 13 pages worth.  Sure, some of them are stupid crazy things, but some are actually pretty neat.

This swirling pattern faucet is what first sparked my interest.

swirling faucet

It is neat, and it probably is less harsh on your hands, but I don’t know 2 things.  1 – how much water it will actually save.  There’s the paradox of you’re using less of something, but that something is so cheap now that you’ll end up using more of it anyway.  In this case, the price of the water hasn’t changed, but the delivery method is so neat that people will watch it more then usual.  And secondly, as someone on imgur pointed out, calcium deposits.

Next on the list is this strange one that directs a waterfall upwards.


How it’s expected to get this perfect curve I’ll never understand.  Anyone who’s played with a hose will know that that stream will work for about 2 seconds, then fall apart and mess everything up.  The creators think the water fountain like design will make it easier to brush your teeth, I think that’s quite an edge case.  But hey, it’s a free concept!

The Ring Faucet though is my favorite:

ring faucet

I could conceive of this faucet in a bathroom at my house.  Provided I had a wife that would allow it, or a workshop where I could tinker with things that is.  While I don’t share all of the sentimental things that the designer does, I do think that the ring of water falling down is quite cool.  Like most humans, I could watch moving water for hours on end, so I think this might end up needing to go into the guest bathroom where I won’t see it often enough to waste the water.

I totally could put this on the wall and get looks from people though.  What are you supposed to put in that hole?



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Hyperloop Test

When Elon Musk debuted his Hyperloop idea 3 years ago it was impressive.  He shared the technology with the world to challenge everyone to make this dream a reality.  Now we’re getting companies to start building the prototype.  Hyperloop One and BIG are teaming up for to build a track in, you guessed it, Dubai.  The University of Waterloo is about ready to test their Waterloop prototype pod which they hope will achieve speeds of 300mph.

It’s an exciting new world that’s about to start.  Let’s hope they get it all developed quickly!


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737 Chair

737 Chair

Have you ever wondered how big the engines on a commercial airplane are?  They don’t look too big on the wings of planes right?  Well, this my friends is the cowling of the engine from a Boeing 737.  What exact engine model is not said, but that doesn’t really matter much does it?  The multi million dollar machine is not actually sitting back there, just the aluminium housing.  It looks much like an art project than something you could go out and buy unfortunately.  Which is quite alright because I’m sure it would fetch quite a premium.  And I wouldn’t have the space to properly display it in.  I don’t think it should be regulated to a corner like it is shown.  It should be front and center.  Maybe put a few speakers in the chair and you can have a really nice movie viewing pod.  Just be sure not to look into any flashing lights.

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This wont run Crysis

LEGO Video Card

Unfortunately, this LEGO Ideas project doesn’t look like it’ll gather enough votes to become a reality.  It’s just too geeky I think.  300 pieces seems like quite alot for the simplicity of the design, although, I guess most of those pieces are the small 1×1 circles and connector pieces for the Technic beams.  That being said, it doesn’t look all too complicated, you could probably build one yourself if you wanted.

LEGO Video Card Bottom

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Musical Marble Machine

Musician/carpenter Martin Molin spent over a year making this kick ass marvelous musical marble machine.  Yes, the music you hear was performed by the movement of the marbles through machine itself.  OK, it’s true that some of the sounds were filtered and directly captured with microphones and sensors on the instruments instead of through the camera, but the the engineering of the thing is something else entirely.  I wouldn’t even begin to know where to start to make something like this.

Check out the jump to get a series of behind the scenes making of this marvelous contraption.He goes through building some of the key components and his workshop looks very much like a one-man show.  He’s got a good mind this kid, let’s see what else he has in store.

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Barisieur Coffee Alarm Clock

This post may be early, but if you had the Barisieur Coffee Alarm clock, at least you would be refreshed and relaxed while you’re reading it.  Unfortunately, this Kickstarter is still only about half way to it’s goal, and even then, you’d have to wait until 2017 before you could take delivery of it.  Regardless, it’s a nice idea.

I do have some issues with it though.  Firstly, it looks great on the model hotel room beds that they show people using it on, but in the real world, people’s night stands are crowded, cluttered, messes.  I wouldn’t trust all the fragile glass, and liquid to the amount of stuff I leave and throw there.  Secondly, it seems like there’s an awful lot that can go wrong here.  It’s dependent on timers, and boilers.  I’m sure most/all of this has been taken into account, but still, I don’t know if I would trust it.

And finally, wouldn’t the smell of fresh coffee grounds be enough to keep you awake?  Yes fresh brewed coffee is nice to smell, but fresh grounds, in my opinion, is a much nicer, stronger smell.



Dot Matrix Coffee Printer

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This isn’t exactly dot matrix printing, but the effect is similar.  It’s nothing ground breaking, but it is cool, albeit useless.  Some people at RIT came up with machine that will reproduce pictures given to it as prints made with drops of coffee.  The coffee part isn’t required, any colored liquid will do, but coffee is readily available to most people, especially leftover coffee, so it was as good a medium as any.

The Arduino micro controller has 32KB of memory, which lets it print about an 80×100 pixel image.  It scans the image and turns it into dots that then determine how long to hold open the drip nozzle.  This creates variously sized dots that while still liquid look pretty good from afar.  As you can see below, the resulting dried pictures is more blurry then the nice crisp dots:

dry picture

Watch this pretty interesting, but all too quiet video of the process.  It’s nice because it’s sped up, it’s boring because it’s quiet.

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Experimental aircraft are cool.  They usually fall into one of two categories, useful prototypes of future airplanes and technology, or crazy strange aircraft that have no business defying gravity.  The Grumman X-29 is one of the latter.  It’s famous for having strange forward-swept wings.  Something that looks like it’s flying backwards.  It’s design meant it relied 100% on a computer, six of them to be exact, they all worked in parallel to back each other up and vote on what the outcome would be.  It’s instability was supposed to be countered by extreme maneuverability, but unfortunately, real world testing didn’t confirm any of the predictions.


Anyway, Nathan has made a LEGO version of that famous plane.  It took him a long weekend to build, and used exactly 1,000 pieces.  I love the detail on the landing gear, which seems minor, but is really well done.

x-29 landing gear


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3D Glass

Glass Melting 3D

MICRON3DP is working on a 3D printer that uses glass as it’s medium of choice.  This is a potential breakthrough in the 3D printing world.  Currently, 3D printing is limited to soft, low melting point plastics.  These plastics aren’t the suited for many things and that makes the applications limited.  But, being able to use glass, which has a melting point of thousands of degrees Fahrenheit means that it’s one step closer to using metal and being able to 3D print parts that were never before possible.

Now, granted, the quality isn’t up to spec yet, but this is the prototype stage, hopefully it won’t be long before this has advanced enough where we can 3D print buildings.

Glass 3D


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Alternate Ping Pong

Ping Pong is one of those interesting games,  It’s a sport that everyone can play, doesn’t look that hard, and is in the Olympics for some reason.  That being said, the boring old table tennis design is well, just that boring.  The aptly named uberpong has a collection of other interesting table tennis table designs.  Most of them are concept, or just cool designs on the table, but these two I’m about to show you are my two favorites:

This table incorporates a water feature/hazard into the game.  I’m not sure why there are 4 stations for players, or the direction you’re supposed to play, but it’s interesting nonetheless.

pipe tennis

Artist Laurent Perbos has taken a pipe, suspended it and turned it into a ping-pong table.  I like this design best.  It’s harder to loose the ball off the sides, and really adds a cool dynamic to the game I think.  Now if only it were easier to transport, and make it could be viable.