A French magician who goes by Moulla wanted a hands-free umbrella solution that didn’t involve wearing something. So, he decided to combine a drone, umbrella and a smartphone app into one creation, called the “DroneBrella”. It’s basically an app-controlled umbrella that was developed by Moulla and his team at Augmented magic. Unfortunately, there’s no word yet on pricing or availability. Read more for a video and additional information.
The bee population has been in decline for quite some time, and according to research, honeybees perform 80% of pollination and 70% of the top human food crops—which supply about 90% of the planet’s nutrition—are pollinated by bees. McDonald’s boasts close to 38,000 locations in over 100 countries, and most certainly has an impact on global food supply and an interest in making sure that bees can keep doing their work for this reason. Sweden’s McDonalds franchisees are experimenting with beehives on top of some restaurants in the country. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Photo credit: Denis Smith via Peta Pixel
Photographer Denis Smith specializes in light painting, and to most, this technique may sound complex, but his latest series, titled “Liquid Light,” is designed to make a splash, literally. Simply put, Smith utilizes the camera’s intervalometer and sets an exposure of between 1 and 5 seconds. As the camera begins snapping, he stands in front of it and swings his tools around the water to create the effect you see above. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Google celebrated Mother’s Day with a three-part, interactive Doodle featuring a duck and her ducklings. After clicking play, three buttons enable search engine visitors to watch a mama duck teaching life lessons to her young offspring, including the way proper way to waddle. “Initially, when the Doodles were on the home page, they were just a static image. And that’s all the bandwidth that people could afford,” says Jessica Yu, the Doodle team lead. Read more for a behind-the-scenes video about this Doodle and additional information.
Photo credit: Vincent Callebaut Architectures
Paris-based architect Vincent Callebaut has come up with an interesting proposal for the Notre Dame cathedral restoration project that hopes to establish a closer symbiotic relationship between humans and nature. If this project is approved, it will unite the cathedral’s nave, roof, and new spire, all in glass with an oak frame. Visitors will be able to walk around this area and take in the natural light, as well as the greenery. “Transparency, sharing, and openness to our society’s development: such are the ideas conveyed by this new, diaphanous forest of Notre Dame, outlining the new face of the church in the 21st century,” said Callebaut. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Brighton, England-based startup Gomi Designs collects non-recyclable plastic waste and transforms it into Bluetooth speakers. Each one of these colorful creations is made with the equivalent of 100 plastic bags, which are first melted in ovens and then kneaded together to form a “marble dough.” This material is then placed into compression molds to be formed into a rectangle shape before the electronic components are inserted, and the speaker is assembled. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Photo credit: Ulric Collette via Instagram
Quebec-based photographer Ulric Collette has started a popular series called “Genetic Portraits,” and it’s exactly as it sounds. Simply put, each photograph seamlessly fuses two family members together into a single shot. “Ulric Collette, designer, graphic designer, and photographer …has created a unique project where he explores his ideas by illustrating the genetic similarities between different members of the same family, even to cousins who share up to 25% of the same genetic background,” according to the photographer’s website. Read more to see some of the most popular shots.
A group of artists / modeling experts in China spent 48-days building a 1:1 scale cardboard replica of the Merkava MK4 Israeli battle tank, and it’s currently on display at the Hobby Expo China (HEC) International Model Expo in Beijing. Not much is known in the way of what tools were used, but social media users do state that around 5,000 cardboard parts were used, and it weighs in at 1-ton. Unfortunately (or fortunately), you’re not able to climb inside, nor is the cannon functional. Read more for additional pictures and information.
YouTuber Laplanet Arts like pasta and computers, so what better way to combine the two than by building a functional PC? Meet “LASAGNA PC V.1”. The computer portion is based around an ASUS Transformer tablet, which means he only need to make a computer case out of pasta, as the other hardware components – motherboard, batteries, buttons and ports – were ready to go. Other tools used include: hot glue, electric tape, and paint for added authenticity. Read more for the build video and additional information.
Photo credit: Roman Booteen
Russian artist Roman Booteen specializes in the art of the hobo nickel, or to be more specific, the sculptural art form involving the creative modification of small-denomination coin. He’s known for several pieces, including a Gold Bug that was inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, The Gold Bug, and one of his newest pieces with a hidden gold chalice. Many of his coins have been sold on auction sites online (eBay, WorthPoint, etc.), and have fetched as much as $3,100. Read more for a video and additional information.