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Artist creates comic strip on human hair

2014 at 04:16 pm by admin | Comments Off


Artist Claudia Puhlfurst has worked together with Andrew Zonenberg and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York in order to create the smallest comic strip in the world, contained entirely on a single strand of human hair! The comic, titled ‘Juana Knits The Planet’ is made up of 12 individual panels, each measuring 25 micrometers in size, in order to tell a story of a girl creating a variety of items. This process was done using the FEI Versa 3D machine, using a focused ion beam in order to make extremely precise cuts in the hair. The end result is a comic strip that requires a microscope to even see, making this short story an ingenious combination of ambition and technology.



Lemon Drop Dunny by Andrew Bell announced

2014 at 01:31 pm by admin | Comments Off


Kidrobot has announced a brand-new Dunny design from artist and toy designer Andrew Bell! The new 3″ figure, known as Lemon Drop Dunny, features some of Bell’s flowing decorations and designs, all wrapping around a translucent gradient Dunny figure. This new Andrew Bell figure is set to release on Thursday, May 22nd for $14.95, and there are hints of future releases of Lemon Drop Dunny figures to come, possibly with new designs or colorways. This translucent figure is one collectors won’t want to pass up on!


Andrew Bell is an illustrator and vinyl figure designer, best known for his Android character. Beginning his career as an intern for Marvel, and working for Nickelodeon from 2000 to 2005, Bell started up his own company, Dead Zebra, which serves as a small studio and company for Bell’s personal projects. These include the Creatures in my Head collection, as well as the O-No Food Co. line of vinyl. He has worked with companies like MyPlasticHeart, Kidrobot, and Google in order to create custom vinyl figures and characters, and also has his own line of collectible figures. His Android character, originally based on the mascot for the Android operating system, has since turned into a DIY vinyl figure franchise, and has been featured in various mediums and figure releases.


Artists turn Pringles cans into pipe organ

2014 at 12:48 pm by admin | Comments Off


Brooklyn-based art group Fall On Your Sword, known for their music production and audio composition, have recently turned a popular icon on its head by taking Pringles cans and transforming them into a fully-functional pipe organ! This display piece, which debuted at the 4th annual Silent Disco event at the former Williamsburgh Savings Bank in New York City, is constructed out of 250 Pringles cans, which were cut and glued together to create the organ’s pipes and overall structure.


The piece is made to be interactive, and visitors at the event could play the instrument using specially designed Pringles cans, which act as the “keys” for the instrument, making this display piece a fan-favorite at the event!


Murakami & Pharrell Williams' Jellyfish Eyes video

2014 at 12:36 pm by admin | Comments Off


Takashi Murakami’s “Jellyfish Eyes” movie, which recently premiered in the United States at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in April, featured the popular character Hatsune Miku in its opening song, titled “Last Night, Good Night (Re:Dialed)”. With the film hitting American shores, music composer and singer-songwriter Pharrel Williams has remixed the song, and has worked together with Murakami to release a brand-new music video of the song! The song features Williams’ remixed version of the song alongside a variety of characters and creatures from the movie, titled F.R.I.E.N.D.s, alongside Hatsune Miku and even cartoon versions of Murakami and Williams themselves! “Jellyfish Eyes” will continue to tour the county through June, arriving at Dallas, Boston, Seattle, Washington DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, and San Francisco, giving people across the nation a chance to watch Murakami’s debut film on the big screen.

“Jellyfish Eyes” is a film created, designed, and directed by contemporary artist Takashi Murakami. The film follows the story of the young boy, Masashi, as he moves to a new town and discovers the strange creatures known as F.R.I.E.N.D.s. Through his adventures with other children in the town and their respective F.R.I.E.N.D.s, the film follows Masashi’s exploits as he learns about bonds and friendship. The film, which debuted in theaters on April 26th, has since begun a world tour, airing at different cities across Japan and the United States.


Art Basel fair opens in Hong Kong

2014 at 03:36 pm by admin | Comments Off


The Art Basel fair has just opened in Hong Kong early Wednesday morning, kicking off a huge celebration of artists from all over the world. Over 240 galleries from 39 countries are participating in the 4-day long exhibit, located at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, and will show off a wide variety of artwork in different mediums. A number of individual artists have also turned up for the event, including Japan’s Takashi Murakami, Singapore’s Lee Win, Germany’s Carsten Nicolai, and more.



The event also features unique displays like a doughnut-shaped ping-pong table, giant glowing installation pieces, and more, and will also feature presentations and discussions to help foster cross-cultural exchange between artists, galleries, collectors, and visitors alike. Once the fair closes on May 18th, it will continue to tour around the world, heading to Basel, Switzerland on June 19th, and then to Miami Beach on December 4th, giving people across the world a chance to check out these amazing art pieces.




UK's first Hello Kitty attraction coming soon

2014 at 03:27 pm by admin | Comments Off


Sanrio is getting ready to debut the first Hello Kitty attraction in the United Kingdom with “Hello Kitty Secret Garden”! The attraction is scheduled to open at Drusillas Park in East Sussex this coming Sunday, May 18th, and will feature a variety of events to celebrate both the opening of the event as well as Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary!


These include attractions like a car ride and hopper ride, as well as offer meet-and-greet days with popular Hello Kitty and Sanrio characters. The attraction will remain a part of Drusillas Park, which also features a small zoo and other attractions for visitors, and hopes to attract new visitors to the park, young and old alike!


Robot arm learns to catch objects

2014 at 03:47 pm by admin | Comments Off


For decades, humans have been working with robots to allow them to function under dynamically changing situations, which would help bring robots into daily life. Now, thanks to the Learning Algorithms and System Laboratory, or LASA for short, robotics have come one step closer to this goal with their new LBR robot. A combination of two separate robots, including the KUKA robot arm used in the highly publicized table tennis match against world-class player Timo Boll, the arm can be taught to react to flying objects, and can catch them at a surprisingly accurate rate.

The hand is initially taught through the use of its onboard camera to recognize the shape and trajectory of the object, and then displays incredible speed and agility in recognizing the object in midair and reacting to it. The robot’s high speed camera even allows it to catch objects that move as fast as a major league pitcher’s fastball pitch! LASA hopes to move forward with this technology to design robots that can help people in changing situations.


Origami exhibit to open in NYC this June

2014 at 03:40 pm by admin | Comments Off


Origami, the art of paper folding, has been popular with artists for decades, and allows creators to fold and form simple and incredibly complex shapes. In order to celebrate this art form, the Cooper Union will be hosting a brand-new origami exhibit this summer, titled “Surface of Structure: Folded Forms”! The exhibit will be hosting over 80 artists from five continents across the world, such as Robert Harbin, Tran Trung Hieu, Akira Yoshizawa, Evan Zodl, and more, and will include up-and-coming artists in the medium as well as seasoned masters.


The collection will feature a wide variety of origami shapes, ranging from classic origami animals to intricate, abstract art based on the paper folding technique. The show will be open at 41 Cooper Square in New York City from June 19th to July 4th, which is where the first origami exhibit, “Plane Geometry and Fancy Figures”, was hosted in 1959, making this exhibit a must-see if you’re in the area!




Doraemon airs on American TV this summer

2014 at 03:32 pm by admin | Comments Off


Doraemon, one of the most iconic characters in Japanese pop culture, will at long last make his debut in the United States this summer! TV Asashi Corp announced that the 2005 Doraemon anime series will air on the Disney XD channel, making this the first time any Doraemon anime has aired on national television in the United States. With the Doraemon manga recently being localized in North America this past November thanks to AltJapan Co., Ltd., the upcoming anime series will stay faithful to the translations done by AltJapan, and plans to air the episodes five days a week. For example, Nobita will be renamed to Noby, while Doraemon’s Dokodemo Door will be renamed to the Anywhere Door, among other translations. This will be the first time American audiences will be able to see this classic icon, so keep your eyes open for further details on when the anime will begin airing!


Doraemon, originally published as a manga in December 1969, focused on the titular character, Doraemon, a robotic cat who travels back in time to have adventures with and aid his young friend, a boy named Nobita Nobi. The manga was eventually adapted into an anime in 1973, with subsequent shows airing in 1979 and 2005. Doraemon became an icon of Japanese culture around the world, and has since gained international fame, along with a variety of merchandise, video games, vehicles, and much more. To this day, Doraemon has diehard fans all over the world, even after over 40 years, and continues to bring imagination and creativity to children and adults worldwide.


BMW's bamboo-made solar carport

2014 at 03:23 pm by admin | Comments Off


BMW has made large steps in producing solar-powered cars for consumers, culminating in the release of their i3 all-electric car last year, alongside the upcoming i8 plug-in hybrid vehicle. BMW has now shown off a brand-new carport designed specifically for the use of solar-powered cars. The port takes advantage of glass-on-glass solar panel modules in order to generate clean electricity for the vehicle, and the structure uses fast-growing bamboo, carbon fiber reinforced plastic, and steel to support a glass roof containing solar panels.


The port, which will display different information about the amount of solar energy available through user interfaces, will even allow users to use the solar energy for their home. The i8, which will have a range of 22 miles in all-electric mode, will release in September, and will easily interface with the new carport, making the entire process a smooth transition for new drivers.