Amazing Optical Illustions from “Life’s Little Mysteries”

Find out from Life’s Little Mysteries how each Optical Illusion works by clicking on the images.

                    

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Baltimore City Paper’s “Best of Baltimore” Reader’s Poll

It’s time to take the Baltimore City Paper‘s “Best of Baltimore” Reader’s Poll 2011!

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World’s Largest Multitouch LCD Display

There’s an awesome article on designboom today about The World’s Largest Multitouch LCD Display from Perceptive Pixel. Perceptive Pixel is a recognized leader in the research, development and production of multi-touch interfaces (read more about Perceptive Pixel).

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Amazing! X-Prize Foundation on Milkshake

This is something I’d love to be a part of! I read about The X-Prize Foundation on Milkshake this morning and had to share:

Everyone loves healthy competition. For many, nothing beats the high of being declared a winner — except, maybe, the high of giving back.

For those craving competitive thrill and the chance to make the world a better place, check out the X PRIZE Foundation. The educational nonprofit’s mission is to make the impossible possible, one prize at a time.

The X PRIZE tagline is “Revolution through competition” – since humans are hardwired to compete, it’s only natural to use that drive to push capabilities beyond limits. Think about it: 100 years ago, people would never believe a transatlantic aircraft flight could happen. But in 1927, Charles Lindbergh made the impossible possible — all because of the $25,000 Orteig Prize.

The U.S. based X Prize organization’s first competition was in 1996 and called for the first private team to build a spaceship. Teams from around the world worked towards the goal … and the $10 million prize. However, the initiative inspired not just competition, but created businesses and industries that are worth more than the original incentive — thanks to the human drive. Today, groups are competing for the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE, which aims to reach the moon with a new generation of low-cost robots.

If you’re innovative and want to help create a better future, look into the X PRIZE Foundation. Somewhere in the world, someone will have the solution.

Maybe you will be one of the ones that make the impossible … possible.

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New Portable, High-Res 3D Imaging Solution from MIT

Check out this post on Boston Innovation about an awesome new method for High-Resolution 3D Imaging developed by Researchers at MIT’s Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences.

GelSight‘s resolution is in the hundreds of microns, that’s quadruple the highest resolution I’ve seen at Direct Dimensions, Inc., but then again this is a completely different kind of 3D imaging technology. I hope coworkers who are at SIGGRAPH 2011 in Vancouver run into the developers of GelSight.

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i’m Watch Syncs with your Smartphone

The i’m watch syncs with your iPhone or Android! Next thing you  know we’ll be wearing our phones…or talking on our watches.

Check out the write-up where I found it on designboom.

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Caroline Casey on TED: Looking Past Limits

     A truly inspiring talk featured on TEDWomen. Caroline Casey’s parents decided when she was a child not to tell her that she was legally blind. She found out when she was 17 and couldn’t believe it, but she never let it stop her. More recently she became a social entrepreneur by riding an elephant through India, raising money for cataracts surgery. This is a really amazing story.

     When I was 17 I was told that I had bilateral hip dysplasia (basically both my right and left hip sockets hadn’t quite formed correctly). This was actually an exciting revelation after years of being unable to understand why I started having knee pain at 10 years old. Having been a gymnast for most of my life and dreaming of going to school on a cheerleading scholarship, I allowed this news to turn my dreams upside down. It can be so hard at the age of 17 to have your dreams thrown out the window. It is so inspiring for me to hear this story of a woman who was able to move past this.

     Right now, I’m still trying to make up for time lost rebelling in college. I still am not sure what I want to be when I grow up. I do know that I want to inspire people just like Caroline Casey has inspired me today.

I’ve written a “brief” synopsis of my story dealing with hip dysplasia on a social network I found called Happy Hips.

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‘gulp’ – The World’s Largest Stop Motion Animation

This is an awesome Stop-Motion Animation by Sumo Science at Aardman in the UK that I read about on designboom. Check out the write up here. Gulp broke the world record for “Largest Stop-Motion Animation” and was shot, in it’s entirety, using a 12 mega-pixel Nokia N8 cellphone camera!

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A Giant Lady in A Lake

A giant statue of a nude woman created by Oliver Voss can be seen floating in Alster Lake in Hamburg, Germany. The 13ft high, 98ft long 3-piece floating sculpture of “The Bather” has already caused controversy and will only be on display for 10 days.

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Go Under Cover with Milkshake

I’m adding these books to my list!

Milkshake shares the favorite books of the Community Manager at Better World Boooks, Erin Levin.

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