Find of the Day: 04 July 2016

One of the biggest changes expected when Tim Cook and his team reveal the new iPhone 7 family is the lack of a traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. Gigabytes of digital ink have been spilled about how this is a regressive idea, how this is Apple simply doing what it does with any legacy technology, and how this drives a further wedge between Android and iOS devices. No doubt the hot takes will continue, but the practical side of the future needs to be considered.

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With the introduction of high-end devices such as the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive, as well as the simple ones such as Google Cardboard, virtual reality is the next digital frontier. While it’s a world that can now be practically realized, it’s not a new idea: Science fiction has long been imagining virtual worlds within imagined ones.

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Marble printing is an ancient way of adding depth and richness to materials as diverse as paper and silk. It’s a time honored art form: we’ve been hypnotized by videos of tight Turkish techniques, parents might remember making food coloring prints with the kiddos, and fancy wallpaper and bookbinders have used twisty marble tones for generations. But have you seen Suminagashi? If current stripy trends in ceramics, textiles and design are an indicator, you might want to look again.

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A simple definition of a cycloid : It is the curve traced by a point on the rim of a circular wheel as the wheel rolls along a straight line without slippage. That is where it ends with this beast though.

Most of us enjoyed the intricate drawings created by a Spirograph toy as kids. While it was easy to understand how to use it, the math behind the device was surprisingly complex. The series of hole filled gears created roulette curves technically known as hypotrochoids and epitrochoids. Now Portland-based toymaker and designer Joe Freedman has created a hand-cranked machine which puts even that complexity to shame. His Cycloid and PrimoGraf drawingmachines are a pattern and geometry lovers dream come true.

There is a video in the link explaining the machine.

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3D printing technologies, along with open-source softwares and hardwares have opened up the possibilities for manufacturing in a number of fields, including robotics, medical devices, and design. Now, an ambitious project founded by Open Source Ecology (OSE) and the Open Building Institute (OBI) is seeking to expand the benefits of open source information into the realm of sustainable housing and construction. Together, OSE and OBI are developing the Open Source Eco-Building Toolkit, an exhaustive and expandable digital toolkit that will help people from all over the world to learn how to create sustainable and modular housing units for an impressively low cost. To get the project off the ground, the Open Building Institute is raising funds through a Kickstarter campaign, which launched June 29th, 2016.

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