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DIY vinyl video game cabinet

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on March 13th, 2008

DIY vinyl video game cabinet
Here’s an interesting way to spice up your cubicle or workspace. It’s a miniature blank slate of an arcade gaming cabinet that you can decorate any damn way you please, using markers or pens or probably even paint.

You could have office contests to see who can make the coolest game machine. Of course you won’t actually be able to play it, but you can display it anywhere. You have to love the names of these products. Soopa Coin Op. Bros.? You can get the Soopa for $30.

11 awesome geek-themed art cars

Posted in Lists by Conner Flynn on March 12th, 2008

Battlestar Galactica Viper
We thought we’d take a little break from the usual and take a look at some cool art cars that geeks have modded into their own visions of coolness. So here’s some random pimped out tonnage of pure nerd love coming at ya. When a nerd has a car, all things are possible…Though it will usually end up having something to do with the Star Wars universe.

The View-Master gains a clock

Posted in Clocks by Conner Flynn on March 6th, 2008

View Master clock
Minnesota artist Debra Dresler decided to take a vintage 1950′s Viewmaster and reel and turn it into a clock. The result is an interesting art piece that would look great on any shelf. For those too young to have enjoyed the View Master, an explanation is in order. This old gadget allowed you to look through 2 eye pieces and view slides, which rotated round on a disc. To view the next image you would pull down the lever and the disc rotated to the next image.

The clock hands are in the center of the image reel on this modified viewmaster and it takes just 1 AA battery which will power the clock for several months. But can you use it as a clock AND view reels at a cost of $145? I hope so.

Abstract dinette: this is your furniture on drugs

Posted in Furniture by Conner Flynn on February 22nd, 2008

Abstract dinette
This dinette could probably make you feel a bit dizzy if you looked at it too long. If furniture has personalities I would have to say that these could be classified as either “vertically challenged” or “objects on crack”. They’re equal parts creepy and cool. Designer Benjamin Hopf wanted to freeze them in time as they are falling apart before your eyes. But in contrast, they’re just as sturdy as most other chairs.

There’s no price listed for these on the site, but being art, I’m sure it’s inflated. It would be great to buy a bunch of this stuff and redo someone’s room while they’re away. They might be convinced that they have entered another dimension. One not of sight or sound, but one of mind…

Opto-Isolator makes artwork come to life

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on February 14th, 2008

Opto-Isolator makes artwork come to life
The Opto-Isolator is a black box prototype that seeks to incorporate robotic technology into artwork to make it more lively and interactive. The idea is that one day soon, there will be some artworks that can exchange eye contact with human beings. The eye mounted in the center of the black box responds to the gaze of whoever is staring at it and stares back.

It has a bunch of psycho-social eye-contact behaviors like looking into the viewer’s eyes directly, studying the viewer’s face, or looking away coyly when it’s been stared at for too long. It could be part of human or animal sculptures. Check out a video after the jump.

Ferrofluid Art

Posted in Magnets by Chetz on April 7th, 2007

Ferrofluid ArtThe idea behind ferrofluid is to take a liquid that has magnetic properties and introduce a magnetic current through it. The field will then interact with the fluid, pulling and pushing it along the lines of current. When it’s in motion ferrofluid is an amazing thing to look at as it twists and distorts in patterns, looking almost like it’s some kind of alien life form related to The Blob.

It probably should come as no surprise that someone has combined ferrofluid with music and created a new form of art. Morpho Towers: Two Standing Spirals is an art installation where the ferrofluid moves independently to the music and not under human direction. The result looks like a pair of Christmas trees that the T-1000 from “Terminator 2: Judgement Day” might own as branches and spikes appear on the “trunks”, break off and reform as the …