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Jul21

Bookstore awes customers with modern architecture

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Earlier this month, design studio XL-Muse was commissioned to redesign the Zhongshuge book store in Zhen Yuan, China, and the result is a modern-themed experience in architecture! The design, which takes advantage of mirrors and exotic shapes to create unique environments like caverns and tunnels, was inspired by the scenery of Zhen Yuan, which features a number beautiful riverside locations and arched bridges. The mirrored floors are meant to recreate the effect of water, and the ceiling is painted to recreate the starry night sky, allowing visitors to be transported into a surreal environment. The bookstore itself features a large reading area, lobby, and kid’s space featuring playgrounds and attractions. The Zhongshuge store is the latest in XL-Muse’s innovative design, with architectural work previously being hosted in Hangzhou last year.

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Jul21

Godzilla: Resurgence trailer shows Godzilla in action

2016 at 05:42 pm by admin | Comments Off

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A new trailer has released for the brand-new upcoming film, “Godzilla: Resurgence”! The film, which will be the first Japanese-made Godzilla film since “Godzilla Final Wars” in 2004, is a collaboration directed by “Neon Genesis Evangelion” and “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind” director Hideaki Anno and “Attack on Titan” storyboard artist Shinji Higuchi. The film promises to be one of the most scary representations of the iconic giant monster, with themes and designs inspired by the original 1954 film, and the newest trailer shows Godzilla’s new design off as it rampages through towns and cities. The film will hit theaters in Japan on July 29th, with no news yet as to an international release, so look forward to more news on Godzilla later this year!

Jul21

Cyclotron develops futuristic bicycle

2016 at 05:32 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Startup development company Cyclotron is looking to the future of public transportation with their innovative bicycle design. The Cyclotron bike, which is currently in development, will take advantage of a wide variety of new and advanced technologies to create a seamless cycling experience for the user, while offering a more intuitive and safer experience for both the cyclist and those around them. The bike sports a unique lack of spokes, along with solid polymer airless tires, which will be powered by a self-charging battery pack located in the bike’s frame. The bicycle will even contain built-in LED lighting, illuminating the user’s path in dark environments as well as making the bike visible on night roads and dangerous areas. The bike features a sport mode for speed and performance, and a comfort mode for a more relaxed cruising experience, and will be able to hook up to smartphones to allow tracking of various measurements and control the bike’s various features. The Cyclotron bike is scheduled to release in summer 2017, so look forward to a fun biking experience next year!

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Jul15

Pokedrone to work alongside Pokemon Go

2016 at 08:35 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Users of the recently released Pokémon Go app are trying to find every way they can to catch ‘em all, and tech company TRNDlabs are helping out with their newly announced Pokédrone! The Pokédrone will consist of a miniature remote-control quadcopter, and controller that will attach to the phones of Pokémon Go users. The phone will connect via WiFi to the Pokédrone, and use the drone’s on-board camera and GPS system to take to the skies to find Pokémon remotely! The drone will help users look for and find Pokémon that are in hard-to-reach places, such as over water, near cliffs, and other hazardous locations where it would be unsafe to be using the program. The drone will also feature an auto take-off & landing feature, allowing users to easily land and retrieve their Pokédrone after use! While no release date or price point has been stated, TRNDlabs has unveiled a first look trailer at the Pokédrone, which you can check out below!

Jul15

Pompompurin wins Sanrio Character Ranking 2016

2016 at 08:17 pm by admin | Comments Off

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The results are in! After tallying over 7,775,000 votes from all over the world, the winner of the 2016 iteration of the Sanrio Character Ranking contest is Pompompurin with 807,389 votes! This is the popular pup’s 2nd win in a row, after also taking the 1st place spot in 2015. In second place was Cinnamoroll with 730,207 votes, while My Melody took 3rd with 632,662 votes. Other popular character who ranked highly in the contest were Gudetama, Hello Kitty, Little Twin Stars, Yoshikitty, and others. Congratulations to Pompompurin for his second consecutive win, and good luck to all the other popular Sanrio characters in next year’s poll! you can check out the results of the contest, as well as the other characters at http://sanriocharacterranking.com/result

Jul14

ICEBERGS cools visitors at Washington DC

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Visitors to the Washington DC National Building Museum can now take a load off at the new ICEBERGS installation, which opened earlier this July. Designed by James Corner Field Operations as a part of the museum’s Summer Block Party event, the entire exhibit was created with pre-made elements and recyclable materials, transforming a 12,540-square-foot plaza into a simulated underwater playground. The exhibit features large triangular formations made to look like the underside of floating icebergs, and features bean bag cushions, cavernous rooms, and even interactive slides for visitors to relax and have fun at. The exhibit will remain open until September 5th, giving visitors the rest of the summer to visit the new exhibit. Check out the video below to see ICEBERGS in construction!

Jul14

Recreate iconic Disney castle in LEGO

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Disney and LEGO have come together in a magical way to release a giant recreation of Disney World’s iconic Cinderella Castle in LEGO! The castle will prominently feature the front display of the castle in intricate detail, while turning the set around will reveal a number of playrooms for LEGO mini-figures to have fun in! These rooms will themselves be themed after a number of Disney’s most famous movies and animations, including Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Fantastia, and Brave among others. The giant set will also contain unique Disney-themed mini-figures, providing collectors with the chance to own Mickey Mouse, Minny Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, and Tinker Bell! Standing at nearly 30″ high, the 4080-piece LEGO Disney Castle will go on sale on September 1st for $349.

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Jul14

Nintendo announces miniature NES

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Fans of retro video games everywhere will be excited to hear that Nintendo has announced a brand-new miniature NES system! The tiny-sized console won’t be able to use actual NES carts, but will rather come pre-loaded with 30 NES classics, allowing gamers to re-explore the best of the best from the 1980s console. The list includes titles like Super Mario Bros, Donkey Kong, Zelda, Pac-Man, Final Fantasy, Castlevania, and many more. The new release, unlike the full-sized original NES, will be compatible with HD televisions, and the controller will even be able to be plugged into Nintendo’s Wiimote for use on the WiiU! The NES Classic Edition will be available on November 11th for $59.99, so keep your eyes peeled for this cool retro release this holiday season!

Jul13

Hot Wheels to release new Mario cars

2016 at 05:26 pm by admin | Comments Off

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As a continuation of last year’s Super Mario-themed Hot Wheels line, which featured box art from a number of Mario games on the tiny collectible vehicles, Mattel has announced a new wave of Super Mario Hot Wheels! This new line of vehicles will be themed around the characters of the Mario universe themselves, and will feature vehicular representations of Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Peach, Toad, and Bowser. These unique vehicles will be released in limited amounts later this summer, so Nintendo fans should make sure to keep an eye out for these cool little Nintendo cars!

Jul13

Buildings overgrow in artist's animation

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3D animation artist AUJIK has released a new video titled “Spatial Bodies”, in which he transforms a seemingly normal city environment into a living, breathing ecosystem. In the animation, which has been a work in progress for the past 8 years, the building themselves come alive, expanding and growing into a wide variety of fantastical shapes and sizes. The video was created through a mix of CG animation and real life photography, shot with the use of a remote drone. AUJIK is known for his works in CG animation, with works in virtual reality being released as early as 2007. Check out the new work in the video below!


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