Le Petit Chef – Bouillabaisse

Something fun for Friday – a combination of 3D animation and motion capture to project onto a dinner table.

As dining environments get more immersive and offer multi-sensory experiences this is definitely something I can see a lot more of.  Great work from Skull Mapping.

Bon appétit!


In most sectors of the design industry mock-ups are commonplace.  They allow in situ testing of colours, materials, spacial reasoning, lighting effects, usability and so forth in a scale simulation of the final design with an opportunity for feedback to iterate and refine the design.

Although worthwhile, they can often be expensive and time consuming for the overall project.  Cue the Protopiper.


Created by a team at the HPI Human Computer Interaction Lab in Germany, the device acts as a mini handheld assembly line.  It draws tape from a roll, shapes it into a tube, seals it, and cuts it off with a wing connector allowing you to join endless pieces together.

Innovation sometimes sits between AutoCAD and balloon animals.

What might have easily have started out as a joke down the pub is actually a very cleverly detailed piece of kit.

It allows for very quick and very cost effective mock-ups of, well, almost anything that you can think of!  Being able to “air sketch” 1:1 scale objects in real space would be an invaluable tool for many architects, interior designers, space planners, and designers in general.

It’s like wireframing in real life.

Ok, so it’s not 100% perfect.  But it does have appeal with an almost whimsical and crafty element to how it looks and performs (as a hacked tape dispenser) that can effectively draw and build ideas in real time.  It’s not always about being perfect but often more getting a feel for something, which the Protopiper achieves rather well.

Read the published paper Protopiper: Physically Sketching Room-Sized Objects at Actual Scale here.

Via Fast Co.


Absolutely astonishing. The truly incredible story of a present day bionic man.

The remarkable and moving story of Les Baugh.  Robotica.

Les Baugh lost his arms as a teenager in an electrical accident and, with help from engineers at Johns Hopkins and their Revolutionizing Prosthetics program, has become the first bilateral shoulder level amputee to wear and simultaneously control two Modular Prosthetic Limbs.

Essentially, it is a robotic prosthetic that Les can control with his mind as if it were a real limb.  Wow!

It’s really amazing to see him, if he had a chance to use these more often he would be unstoppable.

The video is a little longer than I usually post, but it is totally worth watching the whole thing.  Enjoy.

Laser Cut Lexus

Laser cutting has been around for a while as a manufacturing technique for a range of materials, but I’m not sure I’ve seen anything as impressive as this created using that method. Especially out of cardboard!

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With a somewhat tongue-in-cheek approach on the quest for the ultimate eco-friendly car Lexus have produced 1,700 sheets of intricately laser-cut cardboard.

The resulting model is a 1:1 scale version their new IS model as a “celebration of the human craftsmanship skills that go into every car they make”.

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The model was produced in the UK by Laser Cut Works and Scales & Models who converted a 3D computer model into numbered cardboard slices and then assembled the entire model by hand.  The glue used for each 10mm layer took 10 minutes to set after every application.  That’s a lot of time waiting for glue to dry!

Turning a mundane material into a beautiful sculpture

Oh, and did I mention the car actually works too! Well, sort of.  There are actual working doors, a working steering wheel, and with the help of a concealed steel frame the model can actually be “driven” with an electric motor.

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The level of detail is extremely impressive, from the cup holders in the centre console to the interior air vents.

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Amazing stuff!  Watch the making of it here.

Via designboom.

Design Machines

There’s a really rather excellent article on Louder Than Ten: Design Machines.

We need to be better than the machines. It’s time to step up and design with heart.

design machines

In essence, “how will you prove you’re better than a machine?”

Go and read it.  Now.

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