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Jun08

Pokémon boutique opens in LA

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The Pokémon Company, known for the Pokémon video game franchise as well as well as related merchandise, apparel, animations, and more, has opened up an exclusive fashion boutique in Los Angeles, California in a limited-time seasonal boutique! The new pop-up shop opened in the Japan LA Pop Culture Shop on June 6th, whose opening party featured unique events like character photo ops, live music from celebrity DJ Amy Pham, and hidden exclusive nail artists!

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The boutique itself will be carrying a number of exclusive releases for the boutique, including collaborative releases with Japan LA Pop Culture, Omocat, and Onch Movement. These include a 14k gold plated Pikachu necklace from Onch Movement, Ghost and Psychic-type themed shirts and sweaters from Omocat, and a reversible Pikachu, Pichu, Plusle, and Minun shirt from Japan LA.

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The pop-up will also carry a variety of other Pokémon apparel and plushies, making it a must-stop visit for fans everywhere! The store will only open for a limited time, and will close down on July 5th, so check it out while you still can!

Jun08

DARPA Robotics Challenge 2015

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Every year since its inception in 2012, the DARPA Robotics Challenge is the latest in the line of DARPA Grand Challenges which have sought to advance the future of robots and technology. DARPA, which stands for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is an agency of the US Department of Defense that designs robotics and technologies for both military and non-military work, such as computer networking, information interface technology, and life-saving robotics. The latest competition hosted by DARPA sought to challenge engineers and scientists to design robots to navigate and operate in dangerous environments to respond to natural and man-made disasters alike. The competition was founded after the events of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, and the course was designed around situations present during the disaster.

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The event has taken place in multiple stage since 2012, including a virtual challenge in June 2013 and two live challenges. The final event took place over this past weekend at the Fairplex in Pomona, California, pitting 23 teams against each other in a timed course of eight challenges. All challenges, which included traversing over unstable rubble, turning valves, and even driving a car, had to be completed in an hour to qualify. With a grand prize of $2 million, and $1 million and $500,000 for second and third place respectively, colleges and companies from all over the world participated in the event, including representatives from the United States, Japan, Germany, Korea, Hong Kong and Italy.

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In the end, only three of the 23 teams finished the course within the time limit, each earning one of the three top prizes. Third place went to USA’s Team Tartan Rescue from Carnegie Mellon University and their red-colored robot CHIMP, while Team IHMC took second with the running man Atlas. The grand prize of $2 million dollars was won by Team KAIST from South Korea, thanks to their transforming DRC-HUBO robot, who managed to finish the entire course in under 45 minutes! With the years-long competition finally coming to a close, DARPA hopes all the innovations and technologies developed throughout the event will be put to use in saving human lives in the future.

More info: http://www.theroboticschallenge.org/

Jun04

Pixar teases newest animated film

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Animation studio Pixar has unveiled their newest upcoming film, titled “The Good Dinosaur”! The film, which has been in production for over 4 years, will take place on an Earth where the dinosaurs never went extinct, and will follow the adventures of a young Apatosaurus named Arlo and a human boy named Spot. The teaser trailer was uploaded to YouTube by Pixar, and shows off the animation and character models used in the film for the first time. The film is currently scheduled to hit theaters on November 25th, 2015, so Pixar fans now have a lot to look forward to this year! Check out the trailer below!

May26

Sanrio unveils new animation studio

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Sanrio, Inc., the multinational character merchandise company widely known for the creation of Hello Kitty and other adorable characters, has announced that a brand new American-based animation-focused branch of their company will begin operation in June! The new company, called Sanrio Pictures Entertainment, will focus on creating big budget Hello kitty films, works, anime, and other short features starring Hello Kitty and other popular Sanrio characters, like Badtz-maru, My Melody, Keroppi, Tuxedo Sam, and more. While Sanrio’s in-house animation studio has been creating shorts based on their characters for years, Sanrio Pictures Entertainment hopes to bring the highest quality to their works, and plans to work around a budget of $164 million per movie. The company is also considering working collaboratively with other characters from separate companies, and is even thinking about creating video games and film-related goods. With such extravagant plans set for Hello Kitty on the big screen, the future is looking exciting for Sanrio fans worldwide!

May20

Artist constructs free-standing paper bridge

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Artist Steve Messam has taken paper design to a new level with his free-standing PaperBridge! The culmination of four years of design work, PaperBridge is unique in that the bridge is fully functional, able to support the weight of hikers, spectators, and more, all without using a single support! The bridge itself, located in the Lake District of northwest England, is made of 22,000 sheets of red paper, and relies on standard architectural principles rather than glue, bolts, or frames to stay sturdy and standing. Inspired by classical pack horse bridges that dot the Lake District, is also environmentally friendly, leaving no footprint on the beautiful scenery around it. The bridge will be recycled once the display ends, turning it back into usable paper once again. The bridge is only the latest of Messam’s paper-based installation pieces, so look forward to wherever his next piece may pop up!

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May20

LEGOLAND Hotel opens in Florida

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LEGOLAND Florida has just opened the doors of a brand new LEGO-themed hotel to its visitors! The LEGOLAND Hotel, which opened on May 15th, stands as the largest and one of the only LEGO-themed hotels in the world, and offers plenty of attractions and unique services for fans hoping to spend a night with their favorite building block toy. The hotel hosts 152 rooms, divided into Adventure, Kingdom, Pirates, and LEGO Friends themes, with every room featuring iconic LEGO themes, decals, and pieces in all of its furniture.

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To keep children and adults of all ages engaged, the rooms include their own building LEGO sets for families to enjoy on downtime, as well as scavenger hunts throughout the site that unlock unique treasure chests filled with goodies. Including a fully functional LEGO restaurant and swimming pool, the hotel will also host regular LEGO workshops and events, making it a must-see locations for any fans visiting LEGOLAND Florida this summer!

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May19

Inventor flies jetpacks over Dubai

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Yves Rossy, Swiss engineer and pilot, recently debuted a video of his newest invention to YouTube: a fully functional jetpack! Accompanied by skydiver Vice Reffet, the duo are shown soaring through the skies of Dubai with the prototypes, turning and performing maneuvers with all the grace of a bird. The flight packs weigh 120 pounds, and allow their uses to fly freely for 15 minutes in speeds up to 186 miles per hour. While the packs are still heavily in development, and require assistance in order to perform take-off and landing procedures, Rossy’s invention is a hopeful sign of the next generation of flight technology to come!

May15

"Cubes" turns food into isometric art

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Design studio Lernert & Sander have taken food to the next level with their photo project titled “Cubes”. The project was commissioned by Dutch newspaper “de Volkskrant” in 2014 for a food-themed documentary, and Lernert & Sander stepped up to plate with a giant print of 98 different food cubes. Each identical 1″ cube is cut from a different food product, and the materials range from vegetables, fruits, meat, and even mushrooms! All of the food was freshly cut before their photo session, keeping the products looking clean and tasty. The food was cut using a unique slicer over the course of the five-day photo shoot session, and come together into one isometric presentation. Lernert & Sander are currently selling prints of the finished piece through their website, so fans of the clean design aesthetic and delicious food can have one of their very own!

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May15

Artists recreate Millennium Falcon in LEGO

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A team of Singapore-based artists called Titans Creations have unveiled their to-scale replica of Star Wars’ Millennium Falcon spacecraft in honor of this year “May the 4th” event. Unlike the traditional LEGO Millennium Falcon sets released by the company for retail release, Titans Creations’ version strives to stay as true to the source material as possible, while keeping the craft in-scale with the LEGO figurines. That means that the Falcon is giant, measuring in at over 3 and a half feet long and including over 10,000 LEGO bricks, and recreates all the rooms and hallways of the ship seen in the beloved movie franchise.

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The Millennium Falcon was constructed without a roof so that all the inner details can be seen in detail, and includes 24 LEDs for the ship’s cockpit, engines, hyperdrive, hallways, and more. Putting even the official $500 limited edition LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon set to shame, this custom build is really a sight to behold for fans of LEGO and the Star Wars franchise.

May15

1600 Pandas+ debuts in South Korea this May

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After a year under wraps, French artist Paulo Grangeon’s “1600 Pandas” installation exhibit has finally resurfaced in South Korea! The exhibit, now titled “1600 Pandas+”, has been rennovated to reflect the 17% increase in the worldwide panda population over the past 10 years, and features new papier mâché sculptures to match the current number of 1,864 pandas. A new addition to the South Korea exhibit will be the “Mom and Cub” statues, featuring a mother panda with her baby on its back!

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The exhibit, which most recently appeared in Hong Kong last June, has made its way around the over over the past 7 years, showing up in France, Taiwan, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Malaysia, the Netherlands, and more. For its stop in South Korea, the swarm of adorable panda statues will debut on May 23rd at Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul, and will afterwards make surprise appearances in a number of locations across South Korea until the exhibit’s end on June 30th.

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