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Jan31

Sochi Olympics will feature giant 3D 'Pin-Art'

2014 at 03:15 pm by admin | Comments Off

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With the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia coming closer and closer, new plans have been unveiled to make the visitors as important as the athletes, thanks to phone company MegaFon. Partnered up with London-based artist Asif Khan, He has designed a giant mobile 3D pin wall for the upcoming Olympics, and plan to place 3D phone booths across both the Olympic grounds at Sochi and Russia.
Visitors who use these 3D phone booths will have their faces scanned, and be displayed in giant 3D renditions upon the pin wall during the Olympics.

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The screen itself is made of 10,000 actuators which will adjust both shape and lighting according to the 3D scans, effectively recreating the person’s face at a massive scale. The faces will be constantly changing throughout the duration of the Olympics, and visitors will even be able to find out at what time their face will appear on the wall, as well as download a video of their avatar’s appearance from MegaFon’s website. With the Sochi Olympics taking place between February 7th to the 23rd, it’s amazing to see what kind of artistic innovation can be brought to the world stage.

Jan29

Frank Kozik's new wave of Labbits

2014 at 04:12 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Frank Kozik has once again worked together with Kidrobot to bring you a whole new batch of amazing new “The Lore of the Labbit” blind box set, which features 18 mythical myths in vinyl form. Featuring designs like sasquatches, yetis, aliens, kind lizards, and other urban legends, these 1.5″ Labbits are just as collectible as they are grotesque!

These awesome new Labbit designs are available now at TOMODACHI, both in-store at our Rosedale Shopping Center location as well as our online shop! Make sure to stop by and pick up a brand-new Labbit design for yourself!

Jan29

3D printed Hershey's Chocolate!

2014 at 02:04 pm by admin | Comments Off

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With 3D printing becoming a more affordable and easier prospect for consumers worldwide, some companies are looking into taking their products to the next level with this new medium. Hershey Company is one of the biggest names, who recently partnered up with printing company 3D Systems to develop “innovative opportunities” in the 3D-printed food industry.

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This agreement will take advantage of 3D Systems’ new ChefJet printer, which uses edible materials like sugar and chocolate in order to print out a delicious customized snack. There are no current plans or releases as to what exactly 3D Systems and the Hershey Company will create together, but with the ChefJet’s recent reveal earlier this month, whatever they come up with will be just as beautiful as it is tasty!

Jan29

New "Kiki's Delivery Service" live-action trailer

2014 at 01:11 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Studio Ghibli has been known for creating a wide variety of classic animated films over the past decades, bringing to life childhood stories as well as original tales. Now, one of Studio Ghibli’s most famous movie adaptations, “Kiki’s Delivery Service”, will be receiving the live-action treatment, using actors and CG rather than hand-drawn animation.

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The newest trailer for this upcoming film features the film’s theme song, “Wake Me Up,” and also unveils the first footage of Kiki’s black cat, Jiji. The film will open in Japan on March 1st, 2014, with no current plans to localize the movie for the West.



Kiki’s Delivery Service is a children’s fantasy novel, originally published in 1985 by writer Eiko Kadono. The story follows the adventures of Kiki, a young witch, who uses her magic abilities to earn a living. The novel was incredibly popular, spawning several sequels and leading to the Studio Ghibli movie rendition in 1989. Ghibli’s film adaptation helped spread the novel’s story across the world, and even created its own manga adaptation and stage musical.

Jan22

Dubai launches urban art event

2014 at 01:48 pm by admin | Comments Off

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The city of Al Quoz, Dubai is reaching out to pop artists and urban designers to participate in their first Street Night Art event! An entire section of road will be closed off during this event, where 70 artists and performers will light up the town with live paintings and performances. The Street Night Art event will also feature concerts, charity paintings, and meet-and-greets with the artists. This event will take places from 6PM to midnight on Friday, January 24th, and will be free for anyone to come by and have a fun night with artists.

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Over a year in the making, the Street Night Art event hopes to show that urban art can add to a city environment, bringing creativity and life for passerby and artists alike. Hoping to make Street Night Art an annual event, planners hope to show the world that Dubai is the newest major capital for culture and artwork!

Jan20

CES 2014 highlights

2014 at 03:05 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Each year, some of the biggest names in the technology industry gather at the annual International CES convention in Las Vegas to exhibit the hottest tech and gadgets for the year and near future. This year’s CES 2014 proved to be one of the biggest yet, showing off some really cool gadgets from January 6th to January 9th. A huge variety of technology from all different genres was shown off, holding something new and exciting for all fans.

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3D printing, one of the fastest growing tech industries of the past couple of years, held a variety of surprises for the future. One of the biggest surprises was the sheer number of printers and companies showing off their merchandise at the show; more than 27 different 3D printing exhibits were live on-floor. With such a rise in variety and competition, prices have also taken a huge turn, with costs dropping below $1000 on several printers. Several of the newer printers also featured new technology to allow easier and more consistent prints, including auto-leveling, SLA resin printing machines, and more! Compared to last year’s CES, 3D printing has stepped into the spotlight and made a name for itself as a feasible and affordable home product.

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A number of new robotics companies were also at CES, showing off their newest practical robots. One such robot was the Ozobot, a tiny automated robot designed to identify colors, patterns, and lines in order to play board games with customers. Another robot at the show, the Ecovacs Winbot, was shown cleaning windows with adaptive suction technology, along with sensors to prevent the little worker from falling off of the surface. Finally the Robothespian, created by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, was debuted at the show as a life-size humanoid robot. The Robothespian functions as an entertainer, greeter, and news podium, designed for public areas such as science centers, museums, exhibitions, and lobbies.

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Video game news was also at the forefront at CES, including the first looks and public hands-on test of the brand new Steam Machine by Valve. Known as the creator of the Steam video game application for PCs and Macs, Valve has helped create and publish some of the most popular video games for the PC in the past few years, and has revolutionized the digital video game market. With their new Steam Machine, Valve plans to offer a diverse, low-cost alternative to expensive gaming PCs, as well as make its huge market of games more accessible to the general audience. Sony also revealed their new online gaming service, titled PlayStation Now. This new service, offered on the PlayStation 3, Playstation 4, Vita, Sony Bravia TVs, smartphones, tablets, and more, will offer a new streaming service, allowing customers to directly download their favorite titles and play on the go. Multiplayer will also be supported, although no direct release dates were announced during the show.

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A wide variety of cool new gadgets were also shown off at the show, covering a huge variety of genres and applications. Some of the coolest new tech included gadgets like a 360-degree camcorder able to record panoramic videos, smart glasses that display a blue heads-up display directly in the lens, Audi vehicles with adaptive auto-driving

Jan20

New Patlabor live-action release!

2014 at 02:51 pm by admin | Comments Off

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The 1988 Patlabor anime series was recently confirmed to be revived through a series of live-action shorts and films to begin in 2014 with teaser images and posters showing off the signature Labor mech, Ingram. Now, as we get closer and closer to release date, the official Patlabor website has uploaded a variety of new photos, showing off Ingram’s cockpit, as well as other photos from the upcoming series.

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Along with this, news was released concerning the nature of the series. The Patlabor live-action series will consist of seven 50 minute long parts, released over the course of 2014, alongside a 10-minute “Episode 0″ prequel short. On top of that, a feature-length movie is also in the works, and will be released in spring 2015. The shorts will feature Patlabor’s signature comedy / drama story, and even use real-life robots like the Kurata as part of the Labor series of robots. The first part will release on April 5, 2014, so Patlabor fans only have to wait a few short months to see the revival of this classic mecha franchise!

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Mobile Police Patlabor was a weekly manga written by Masami Yuki from 1988 to 1994, and is set in a future where robots called “Labors” are employed in heavy construction work. The Tokyo Metropolitan Police has its own fleet of Labor robotic police officers, called Patlabors, to combat crimes and deal with accidents involving Labors. The story focuses on Noa Izumi, a member of Tokyo Metropolitan Police Special Vehicle Section 2, Division 2, and her division. Eventually spawning anime adaptations, light novels, and movies, Patlabor is considered one of the classic mechs anime franchises to this day.

Jan16

Special Offer!

2014 at 05:37 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Customers who spend $30 or more will get a FREE MUNNYWORLD Zipper Pull ($4 value).
Bring fun wherever you go – rip, clip, and zip MUNNY zipper pulls to almost anything. Series includes MUNNY and his mates and all the stuff they have hidden under their beds: ray guns, spray cans, ice cream cones, ninja stars, glow-in-the-dark bananas, and televisions from 1968!

Jan16

Street art transforms gas station

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In the bustling Limerick City, Ireland, the Limerick City of Culture has been enacting a new initiative to breathe life into abandoned, derelict buildings and stations through out the city. Titled Draw Out – Urban Exhibitionists Initiative, this movement has already transformed a variety of locations throughout Limerick City. One such creation is an abandoned gas station, which Irish graffiti artist Maser has redesigned into a bright neon-colored playground! Titled “No. 27 – A Nod to Ed Ruscha”, the piece is designed with Ed Ruscha’s “26 Gas Stations” series in mind, which paid homage to the American-style gas station as a cultural icon.

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Through redesigning the derelict station, Maser used huge, colorful lines to bring an individuality to an otherwise overlooked destination. With 20 other sites scheduled to be redesigned by a variety of pop artists, it’s a refreshing way to recycle useless property into an art form, and we’re excited to see what’s next!

Jan16

Photoshop announces 3D printing compatibility

2014 at 01:55 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Adobe has always tried to be on the cutting edge of technology, adding new updates and functionality to their programs since their inception in 1982. Now, after a press conference this Thursday, Adobe has announced that their flagship design program, Photoshop, will now be optimized to edit 3D designs and output them directly to a 3D printer! All of Photoshop’s features will be available in designing and adjusting these 3D designs, including adding color, texture, shape, and more. Photoshop will also provide users with a live update of the progress of their build, including elements like support structures to help ensure the quality of the print.

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The final product can then either be exported as a separate file, or printed directly from Photoshop to select printers. By introducing this new functionality, Adobe wishes to simplify the otherwise complicated process of outputting 3D models for printing, as well as compatibility issues with the wide variety of different 3D printing software currently on the market. In a move that will surely help 3D printing take hold as an affordable creative process, Adobe has helped take the first step to bring 3D printers to ordinary households.