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Adidas Futurecraft 4D Printed Shoes

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4D is the new 3D, it seems. Using a new process called Digital Light Synthesis, Adidas has partnered with Carbon to create a shoe sole that is not so much printed as it is “born” out of a liquid bath. Carbon is revolutionizing the 3D printing world with their technology, which promises to be 10-100x faster than traditional 3D printing, and allows for shapes that have never been seen before.  Adidas sees this as an opportunity to explore hyper-customized products that are specially tuned to a customer’s height, weight and size. Pretty awesome stuff. Via DesignMilk:

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Destroying Nature is Destroying Life

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A gorgeous and powerful campaign for environmental group Robin Wood features brilliantly rendered scenes of habitat destruction, superimposed in the form of the creatures they’re hurting.  The agency Grabarz & Partner created the posters using painstakingly rendered 3D forms, and adding in details like oil rigs, fires, and industrial machinery. Their tagline: Destroying nature is destroying life. The result is a painfully effective look at what happens to the natural world when humans act with indifference and greed toward nature. Beautiful and sad work, Via Behance:

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Modpools Shipping Container Pools

In-ground pools are amazing. They’re also incredibly expensive to build out, and once they’re in, removing them is an enormous task. Meet the Modpool, the next best thing to an in-ground pool. Utilizing a shipping container, Modpools transforms the container into a sleek, solid, transportable pool that installs quickly. The pool offers a large side window, and can be temperature controlled with a smartphone. Even better, a divider can turn half of the pool into a hot tub, with a powerful heater able to turn the water temperature up in just an hour. Built-in LEDs add light to the experience. Not cheap at $26,000, but compare that to a full in-ground project, and it’ll start looking quite the bargain. Made in Canada, via Uncrate:

Drones Allowing For Volcano Eruption Close-ups

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Drones are becoming commonplace, and often they’re being used on less-than-scientific applications. However, when used by top-notch universities studying highly dangerous volcanic eruptions, things get very interesting. The University of Cambridge is using unmanned UAVs to study one of the most active volcanoes in the world, Volcán de Fuego in Guatemala. Equipped with lightweight sensors, the drone is able to fly far closer to the eruption epicenter than humans would be able to go. Consequently, new scientific data is being gathered, and no lives are put in danger. Awesome. Via Sploid:
 

Alaskan Fjord, Infrared Edition

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Photographer Bradley G Munkowitz traveled to the Tracy Arm Fjord in Juneau Alaska to capture the beauty of the northern wild. He did so with special camera equipment that reveals these beautiful landscapes in new, experimental color palettes. We think infrared images can be astounding, bringing a familiar subject matter into entirely new light, literally. The results from his series are bold yet poised, wild yet beautifully composed. Waterfalls become rushing lava flows, forests become Suess-like wonderlands. Thanks to his creativity, Alaska’s wild frontier gets seen anew. Via Behance:

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Interactive and Immersive Dinner Table

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Projection mapping, the art and science of precise projected artwork, is coming into it’s own. Take the newly opened Sagaya restaurant in the Ginza neighborhood of Tokyo. It’s diners are greeted to a table that reacts to the plates set on it, so each course is a new and beautiful experience. Butterflies flit and fly around a plate of delicate vegetables. Leave your hand still on the tabletop, and a digital bird may land on it, just to take flight when you move it.  Created by art collective Teamlab, the restaurant looks delicious and an experience not to miss. Via DesignBoom:

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Beijing Civic Center’s Undulating Curves

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This fantastical design of the Beijing Civic Center has seemingly endless cantilevered arms, and is said to include a sledding hill, utilizing artificial snow. Designed by Aedas architecture from Hong Kong, the public center will house an olympic skating rink, shopping mall, cafes and more. A huge number of trees will be planted on the rooflines, adding some needed green to Beijing’s concrete jungle. Via Dezeen:

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London’s Garden Bridge Too Expensive to be Built?

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Thomas Heatherwick’s studio had a fantastic plan for a pedestrian garden bridge over the River Thames in London. For years, it was going through approvals and funding complications, but seemed destined to be built. Indeed, over £45 million has already been spent on the preparation for the project. Recently, however, the city of London has balked at the idea of a non-vehicle bridge being built at a cost of £200 million.  It’s a shame, since the design is stunning, and it would be a beautifully green contrast to London’s recent skyscraper binge.  The idea was simple:  to connect north and south London with a garden. Now that it’s future is in jeopardy, what might replace it? Let’s hope for something good. Via Dezeen:

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Bang & Olufsen BeoSound Shape

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Peter Bang and Svend Olufsen started their company 92 years ago, and it’s grown into one of the most respected (and expensive) names in sound. The company makes high-end audio devices and speakers, with incredible design that sets it apart from everyone else. The BeoSound Shape is definitely pushing that envelope, with it’s modular, wall-mounted speakers that group together to form a literal wall of sound. The wireless speakers come in a huge array of colors, and look good even with the sound turned off. Design Milk has a deeper look at these sweet little hexagons.

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Float Your Way to Space in a Balloon

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With a growing number of companies on the verge of sending private citizens into space on rockets, there’s a movement to send people to space on a….slower pace. World View Enterprises has plans (and a high tech balloon) to start sending people on commercial flights to the edge of space starting in 2018.  With a mission to give people a true “global perspective” on our planet, the experience sounds like the ride of a lifetime.  Check out this fascinating video on their mission to take people over 100,000 feet above Earth. Via Mashable:

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