Mad Quickies

Mad Quickies 10.5

It’s the Friday Quickies! Surf’s up!

Scads more after the jump… especially Fraggles!


Ben Folds Five: “Do It Anyway”
Official Video
featuring The Fraggles

{via Maggie}

from the page
The Official Music Video for “Do It Anyway,” the first track from Ben Folds Five’s much anticipated album THE SOUND OF THE LIFE OF THE MIND…featuring the Fraggles from Jim Henson’s “Fraggle Rock”! Also starring Rob Corddry, Anna Kendrick & Chris Hardwick.


Ascension – a mechanical flipbook installation

Found at Colossal:

Kinetic artists Mark Rosen and Wendy Marvel created a series of mechanical flipbooks. They stole the show at Maker Faire 2012 with this: they’ve developed FlipBooKit so we can make our own.


Beam yourself to work

{via Steve D.}

A roving telepresence system.

from the page
Beam, from Suitable Technologies, is a true remote presence device. Travel instantly to remote locations, with a depth of interaction that makes you (and everyone else) feel as if you’re really there. Key design features:

* 17-inch screen, so your face is human size
* 1.58m (5′ 2″) frame, so your body is human size
* Top speed of 1.5 m/s (3 mph), so you can keep up
* Two wide-angle HD cameras, for full visual awareness
* Six-microphone array with noise reduction and echo cancellation, for full audio awareness
* Powerful built-in speaker, so you will be heard
* Two dual-band radios with proprietary roaming algorithms, for seamless WiFi connectivity
* Industry-standard encryption of all communication

More information here.


Featured image is by Tony Kyriacou/Rex Features.

from the page: Visitors walk through an art installation called the Rain Room in The Curve gallery at the Barbican Centre in London. The Rain Room is a 100 square metre field of falling water which visitors are invited to walk into. Sensors detect where visitors are standing, and the rain stops around them, giving them an experience of how it might feel to control the rain.



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