Fun

Canadian Frames You Hoser.

Sometimes you need to stop and watch something fun. Not only is this a blast to listen to, but the visuals are great as well. And it really is a lot of fun. Makes me want to go back to Vancouver for vacation.

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Tearable, Tearable, Envelopes.

I never write physical paper letters anymore. Like most of us, the convenience of email, texts, and social media have eroded my use of paper, envelopes and stamps. I always tell myself I should write people more often, but never do. Maybe these envelopes from D-Bros will change that.

This cleverly designed set of three envelopes feature a car, plane, and train. When opened, the tear relates the exhaust from each. It’s a fun design feature with a bit of child like whimsy that ads to the snail mail experience.

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Ben Canales, Three Days with the iPhone 6.

Five years ago, the idea of producing a video like the one below with your mobile phone was a pipe dream. The technology simply wasn’t there yet. Roll the clock forward though and look at just how far we have come. How far we have come in just the last couple of years. The video below was produced by Ben Canales a pro shooter who owns Uncage the Soul Productions. Yes the guy knows what he is doing with a camera, but even though he has serious skills shooting video, don’t fool yourself and say that is why this video looks this good. This video looks good because the hardware and software in smart phones has gotten that good. Canales film a fun three minute run through the Siera Nevada mountains as he learns all the new features of the phone and software. For more info you can read all about it on Vimeo here.

iFetch.

I love my dogs, and I love playing with them, but even at age 8 Cosmo can be a little demanding. The Rat Terrier in him wants to play fetch for hours. He would play until I couldn’t throw the ball anymore. I always feel a bit guilty, because the high strung little guy really needs a ton of exercise and stimulation. This is where iFetch comes in.

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The iFetch is an automatic pet toy that allows your dog play fetching ball by itself. It’s pretty simple. Plug it in or load it with batteries, turn it on, drop the iFetch balls in the back, and watch your dog chase them down. With a bit of training, and depending on your dogs aptitude, your dog can learn to load iFetch themselves.

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iFetch is designed for small to medium sized dogs, and uses special miniature tennis balls that are about an inch and a half in diameter. The robotic ball launcher offers up 3 distance settings as well to accommodate the size of your space, and your pups exercise needs. iFetch can be set for 10, 20, or 30 foot launch distances. iFetch also has a standby mode which keeps the device on, quietly waiting for your dog to drop a ball in the hoop and wake it for a play session.

The video below shows it in action.

8-Bit Samba Loop.

Another great animation find for today. This little video just makes me smile. This is a where something deceptively simple, is actually a rather complex piece of animation that is timed so well to the 8-bit synth soundtrack. I love the vector illustrations and the bright summer color. It’s just happy, how could you not smile while watching this.

Resonance Visualized.

OK this is cool blend of art, science and music. Before you watch the videos  here is a warning from the creator of the video. If you are wearing headphones turn the volume down before playing the second un edited video so you don’t damage your hearing.

What we have below is an experiment that uses a tone generator to vibrate sand on a metal plate into distinct patterns created by the frequency of the audio. Say What? In other words Sound vibrates the plate and makes cool patterns.

“So this experiment is the Chladni plate experiment. I used a tone generator, a wave driver (speaker) and a metal plate attached to the speaker. First add sand to the plate then begin playing a tone. Certain frequencies vibrate the metal plate in such a way that it creates areas where there is no vibration. The sand “falls” into those areas, creating beautiful geometric patterns. As the frequency increases in pitch the patterns become more complex.”

Remember To Turn The Volume Down Before You Watch This.