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Custom Expanding Tables
Photo credit: Johnson Furniture
Johnson Furniture may not be the first to create expanding tables, but they most certainly refined the idea. George was inspired by the work of Robert Jupe, who made the first expanding circular dining tables some time during the 1830’s. He’s created a table where the expansion leaves are stored within the body of the table, and rise up automatically as it rotates. Read more for a video of one of them in-action.

Photographer Recreate MacOS Wallpaper
Photographer Andrew Levitt teamed up with videographer Jacob Phillips and landscape photographer Taylor Gray to recreate every pre-installed Apple MacOS wallpapers of California landmarks in just one week. For those who don’t use MacOS are have just started to do so, OS X versions were named after big cats until OS X 10.9 Mavericks, as that update marked when Apple officially switched to using California locations. Read more for a video and additional information.

Star Wars Lightsaber Bionic Arm
Trace Wilson, a 25-year-old Star Wars fan from Richmond, Virginia, USA, was born without his right hand, but found a geeky solution by attaching a lightsaber in place of his missing limb. Simply put, the lightsaber parts are made by Saberforge and the adapter that enables him to connect it to his forearm was custom designed by Trace. He created the design, 3D printed a prototype and then Saberforge machined the final version out of metal. Read more for a video and additional information.

Anime Amazon Boxes Weapons
Twitter user “Tsukuru-San” might be an Amazon Prime member who has accumulated a large number of empty boxes, but instead of throwing them out, he transforms them into anime / video game weapons. These aren’t some miniature sculptures that you put on display, but rather functional creations that make for great social media posts. His latest creation is the centipede blade, which is able to retract / extend on command, from Tokyo Ghoul used by the character Kureo Mado. Read more for videos and additional information.

Teens Nigeria Sci-Fi Films Smartphone
Where there’s a will, there’s a way, and that holds especially true for this group of teens from Nigeria. These group of eight from northern Nigeria have now become social media stars for making science fiction movies using a broken smartphone. They call themselves the Critics Company and started this whole journey back in 2016 using special effects they learned from YouTube videos. Read more for a video and additional information.

Netflix Handheld Game
Photo credit: Julien Rivoire
Art director Julien Rivoire is completely self-taught and likes to spend his free time creating 3D models. Recently, he decided to take retro technology, such as the Tiger Electronics handheld games from the 80s / 90s, and add some modern day flair to them, or Netflix to be more specific. If this should ever catch on, we’d imagine Stranger Things, Black Mirror, and Orange is the New Black, all getting their own handheld games. Read more for additional pictures and information.

Loop Industries Plastic Waste Packaging
Trying to contain the plastic waste that eventually makes its way to shared rivers, oceans and ecosystem today is a major challenge we face today. Eventually, long-term solutions must involve finding alternatives to plastic, but until that happens, there’s Loop Industries. This Quebec, Canada-based company has an innovative up-cycling technology, which uses a process called depolymerization that requires no heat or pressure to deconstruct plastic waste. Read more for a video and additional information.

2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics Medals
The opening ceremony for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics may be in one year, but the medal designs have just been unveiled. Nearly 80,000 tons of mobile phones as well as electronic devices were collected from all around Japan, and will be used in the handcrafting every gold, silver and bronze Olympic and Paralympic medal awarded to athletes at next year’s games. There expect to be approximately 5,000 medals handed out between the two games. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.

Old Typewriter Sculptures
Photo credit: Jeremy Mayer
Jeremy Mayer has always been fascinated by the typewriter, and he spends countless hours rummaging for these vintage objects at flea markets and thrift stores. Once he does find one, he quickly snags it and then fully disassembles it, before turning the machine into something entirely new, whether they be robots to birds or even giant human figures. Sometimes, he creates an initial sketch to establish the general layout of new pieces, but the rest of the build process relies on how the parts fit together. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.

Shipping Container Camera
Photo credit: Brendan Barry via Peta Pixel
At first glance, this just appears to be a clever shipping container painted to resemble a Polaroid instant camera, but open its doors, and you’ll realize it’s actually a functional camera. That’s right, photographer and educator Brendan Barry created this amazing contraption that also doubles as a darkroom. The container is fully wheelchair accessible, well ventilated, and even solar powered, which means large groups of all ages are able to comfortably tour its interior. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.