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Would you like a Kool Kandy Kane?

Candy Canes are a traditional Christmas delicacy.  And I use the word delicacy lightly.  It’s not exactly rare.  It is one of those things though that you really only see at one time of the year.  If you ever wondered how they are made, here are a series of videos curtesy of MAKE that show you just that.  Check after the jump for them all, I don’t want to bog down the home page with YouTube.

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Interactive Wooden Landscape

Valley View

This is pretty neat, ETM: Exploration Through Motion is an interesting view of a once static asset.  A team of students from the Philadelphia University created this as their final project in Design 1.  Together, they took the Thomas Moran painting “Grand Canyon of the Colorado River”, and made a 3D laser cut map diorama of it.

Turning a gear in turn turns a series of other gears that steps down the speed and ups the torque significantly.  This in turn raises internal cams, which in turn raises a base layer of dowels that finally, raises the laser cut landscape.  At first, I wasn’t sure why all the gears were necessary, I thought it was only for looks, but it’s actually quite a needed gear reduction in order to get the torque necessary to lift the heavy map.


Read more about their process, and see some more photos and behind the scenes stuff on their Behance page.


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Modern Organs

Wendell Kapustiak built a modern Pipe Organ.  Modern in the sense that naturally, it’s computer controlled.  The air is supplied by a modified server cooling fan. The keys are played by an Arduino.  And the songs are chosen by a web interfaced run on a Rasberry Pi.

It is pretty neat, I will give him that.  I do like that he used wood for the pipes.  The PVC pipes that lead to the valves though look horrible, that’s just like my opinion though.  Overall, the entire thing is better than something I could build.  I like it.

If that’s not enough Organ Pipes for you, you can head over to the National Monument in Arizona – no relation.


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Ash’s House

Pokemon House

Well, it looks like it anyway.  Instagram user Pixelized Creations made this really dang good representation of the generic house from Pokemon complete with a garden, and Ash battling Gary.

What’s even better, and somewhat hard to tell from the above angled photo is that it’s a 3-D representation of the scene.  The monochrome colors were chosen to more accurately represent how Pokemon looked 20 years ago on the original Game Boy.

Here are two more photos showing a different perspective where you can better see the depth of the project:

Pokemon Garden.

Pokemon Battle

Originally the project was going to be standard 2 dimensional, then a background was made, then after some thought it morphed into the 3-D scene you see above.  Everything goes really well.  The color scheme, the layout, the characters.  It’s all pretty ace.


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Circuit Board Art

Old circuit boards had a certain beauty to them.  All those delicate lines of silver solder connecting components together.  They had a two part purpose – you could actually repair something if necessary, and they looked pretty cool.  With the ever increasing levels of optimization we get smaller and smaller components and we loose this beauty.

circuit box

Theo Kamecke tries to save those in a beautiful way.  He makes works of art out of them, functional chests and boxes, decorative Egyptian obelisk, or framed art pieces, it depends on the boards in question and what his creative eye has in store.  They look spectacular though.

Circuit obelisk


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Soothing Dominoes

There’s something about watching thousands of dominoes fall down in a choreographed way that is soothing.  I think it’s the dedication to the colors that gets me.  All that time spent getting the hues to line up, especially with the two-toned dominoes, so the setup side is one color, but when knocked down you get a different one.  There’s a lot of dedication to setting something like that up.

Lilly Hevesh, who goes by Hevesh5 on YouTube has some pretty neat setups.  Including this mesmerizing triple spiral. Honestly, I think I would call it a quadruple spiral, but I’m not the artist, so I won’t complain.

She has quite a lot of domino videos.  It’s amazing the amount of time spent setting all those up only to destroy it in under a minute.  I guessed wrong in this race.  Will you?  Hint, pay attention to the lines and the ways the dominoes are knocked down.


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New Moon

The above video shows a really neat interactive art installation made of welded steel, light bulbs, and LEDs.  The purpose is to allow people to see all the phases of the moon at once.  Turning the knob below the moon turns a mirror inside the light bulb moon which in turn changes the shadow effect that the viewer sees.  This allows the viewer to see all the different phases of the real moon just a few feet above their heads.  That’s pretty neat!

This isn’t the first illuminated art instillation by Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett.  The astronomer and space guy in me though thinks this is the first one that I’d go out of my way to visit though.  I wouldn’t do an interview, I’m not that type of person, you know that.

Today is the new moon, which mean’s that it will be totally dark outside tonight, it doesn’t look like the LED inside the sphere can make the art fully dark.  Instead, it just gives it a shadow which is actually closer to what actually happens on the real moon anyway.  I think they should have welded some signs on the posts holding up the moon to give some extra information along those lines.

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The Clock

The Clock

Gislain Benoit hand soldered this beautiful three-dimensional working clock that doubles as a work of art.  Contained above are all of the analog components necessary for a working clock in what you would typically find contained inside of a microchip.  What’s more, telling of the time is done via measuring the phases of electricity from a standard 60Hz US outlet.  Setting the time is done via magnets. Pretty ace if you ask me.

I particularly like the three  dimensional factor contained in the soldering of the components,  So often single two dimensions are used and for that reason electronics are pretty ugly.  But this one is really tastefully done.  I’m sure more time was spent drawing out the layout of the components than was spent soldering it all together.  Ok, maybe not.

component view

I know it’s mounted under glass, but I would still be concerned with those wires breaking, or getting shorted out.  I think covering it in epoxy would be a better solution.


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This is the type of technology I want to see, fist-person view on a real life remote controlled car, not some lame thing on a track, 100% in your face, you control it, remote controlled car driving where ever you please at scaled speeds approaching 100mph.  This is the future my friends, where can I buy this for myself?  Cost is a trivial matter.


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DIY Bubblewrap Coasters

These epoxy coasters are pretty neat, even if the final product didn’t quite turn out how he wanted.  It’s actually something that anyone can make too.  Who doesn’t have lots of bubble wrap laying around?  I don’t have any epoxy though, I’d have to go to the store for that.  And, honestly, I wouldn’t use them, I like more natural items myself.