The Joy of Stats with Professor Hans Rosling, an hour-long documentary from the BBC. Statistics are anything but boring, according to nine out of every ten mathematicians.
A team of researchers from Cornell, University of Chicago and iRobot, have created a robot gripper that can pick up almost any small object. It uses the jamming of particulate material inside an elastic bag to hold on to things, as opposed to traditional designs modelled around the human hand.
The gripper consists of a rubber membrane around a granular material that can form around objects, then grab them when a vacuum pump is used to harden the material. The gripper was designed to allow robots to pick up various objects without a lot of computational overhead.
A two minute time-lapse video of a book cover being designed. Lauren Panepinto, the creative director of Orbit Books, lets you see the process behind creating the cover for Blameless by Gail Carriger. You can read Laura’s blog post about the video to glean a few more details about the process.
Over 6 hours of my onscreen compositing, retouching, color correction, type obsessing, all condensed down to a slim sexy one minute 55 seconds of cover design. Trust me, no one wants to watch it in real-time.
Lastly, design:related has a few more details about the cover, including one of the early comps from the series.
A US Navy training film describing the mechanical computing involved in vintage firing control mechanisms.
A video about the design ethos of Dieter Rams.
Talking Carl is an iPhone app that will record some audio and play it back at a higher pitch. This is what happens when you place two of them beside each other.
Pictorial Webster’s features over four hundred original woodcut and copper engravings from 19th century editions of the Merriam-Webster dictionary. The fine press edition features a letterpress interior, leather binding and a hand-tooled cover. A trade edition of the book is now available from Chronicle Books.
This video offers a behind-the-scenes peek at the making of the book. You get a good sense of what’s involved with production and the amount of effort that goes into it.
An awesome stop-motion Lego homage to 8-bit video games. It took more than fifteen hundred hours of moving bricks around and photographing them.