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Incredible rendering

I saw this post today on RealityPrime where it was titled "This Is Magic" and I have to agree. And the fact that this technology was created at U of I makes it even cooler. The short version is this video shows how objects (including ones in motion) can be added to a photograph and interact with the...



Are you watching TED Talks?

If you're not already familiar with TED Talks, you're missing out big time! TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and Wikipedia provides a great description: The lectures, also called TED Talks, cover a broad set of topics including science, arts and design, politics, culture, business,...



Camoflagued goalie pads

dave submitted a story about a kid that created some camoflagued goalie pads designed to look like the goal net and throw off opponents. Using computer skills he learned in a graphic design class at the private school in South Hamilton, Leahy sketched out new leg pads that blend into the goal...



Creative bank note ads

There's some crazy and intense ads for a Brazilian newspaper called the Gazeta Mercantil which had the following description: In this print campaign, JWT Sao Paulo shows that the newspaper makes deeper analyses of the financial market and informs readers on political and social events exercising influence...



Barcode Creativity

dave submitted a story, saying, "To follow up on your previous barcode story, here are some beautiful ones. My favorite is the waterfall." And yeah, some of these are really pretty awesome. Some of the other ones they picture wouldn't be to useful in actual application, but are cool anyways: You...



Nanotech-powered wiperless windshields

This is sweet...there's plenty of reasons windshield wipers on cars can be annoying. Whether they get frozen in ice during the winter, warp or tear and don't function as well as a result, or just suck in general. But there's a new prototype that's hoping to do away with wipers altogether (probably much...



A cool McDonald's ad

Supposedly printed in the Toronto Globe:



Cool billboard idea

There's some cool pics of a billboard for Ford Mustangs...looks like it's just a concept currently. According to the site: "Constructed from GE Lexan EXL semi-transparent resin, the billboard accurately blurs the scene behind it regardless of day, weather or season." Seems like a neat idea,...



A vengeful and clever Dell Support victim

What do you do when you get screwed over by tech support? This man took legal action, but with a twist. When Dell Support didn't resolve his problems, he decided to sue in a very unconventional way. Pat Dori, a disgruntled Dell customer who found no resolution to the issue of a broken laptop after...



McDonald's Sundial Billboard

Chicago Business has a cool article about McDonald's latest Chicago advertising. They've put up a sundial billboard which uses the sun to cast a shadow of the arches onto different breakfast menu items as the day progresses. It has items from 6am to noon: Apparently the ad agency that came...



Celebrity voiceovers

dave submitted an interesting article on the growing trend of celebrity voiceovers. "Bright. Crisp. Clean. Pure," says the silky smooth, perfectly masculine voice on the beer commercial. "This is Budweiser. This is beer." Quick, who is that? Hint: It's a big movie star. Though his name's never mentioned,...



Walk on air for $160

dave submitted a link to "the first shoe with Nike Air cushioning from head to toe." Some more info from USA Today: The 360 is Nike's first shoe to eliminate foam from the middle sole and replace it with air. Unlike foam, air doesn't lose its shape or cushioning. The air sole holds up better than...



The million dollar homepage sells last 1,000 pixels

dave submitted a Financial Times article about how Alex Tew earned $1 million in under 6 months as a result of the insanely successful www.milliondollarhomepage.com, which sold ad space at a dollar per pixel (in increments of 100 pixels). On Wednesday Alex Tew, a 21-year-old entrepreneur from Wiltshire,...



A helmet that's soft

Scientists have created a material that is flexible during slow motions and impacts, but stiffens upon sudden hits and impacts, according to a Live Science article. A shear thickening material, it is flexible when moved slowly, but when it is compresssed by an impact, its molecules lock together....



Wirelessly recharge phones, mp3 players

Yahoo has an article about a company called Splashpower which is coming out with a device that allows you to charge things like cell phones and iPods wirelessly. Looks like the devices may be kind of expensive though. To pick up the power field, gadgets must have a receiver coil built into them or...



Guy with too much free time spending $7,000 to rack up $70,000 in air-miles.

There's a story at MyTelus about a guy who is flying more-or-less non-stop for 2 months to get 1 million air-miles, enough to take 10 round-trip executive class flights to Australia. Air Canada offers an unlimited North America pass for $3500 a month, which allows unlimited travel to over 100 US destinations. He...



Beer mats that signal for refills

dave submitted a CNN article about a smart beer mat. It gets the bartender's attention (without showing any cleavage) when it detects when the glass is nearing empty by sensing the weight of the glass. It then sends a wireless signal to the bartender indicating a refill is needed. The device is plastic...



GM takes advantage of Toyota Party

The Chicago Sun-Times has an article about an event in Chicago yesterday. Apparently Toyota was having a private party and rented out Millenium Park downtown. So GM sent out a bunch of their people to hand out vouchers to tourists for free rides to other attractions that were open around the city. They...