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…Papervision brings a virtual creature to life?

Papervision

This “Papervision” creature is quite possibly the most amazing thing I’ve seen in a long time. I kid you not that when I first got it to work, I felt like I was playing around in the future.

To get your own, just visit this page and download and print the required symbol. Then, point your webcam at the symbol and watch the creature spring to life.

It works in real time, so you can move either the camera or the symbol all around and the creature will react accordingly, and it’s even aware of depth, so you can move the symbol close to or away from the camera, and the creature will grow or shrink as if it was a real object.

Amazing!

[Boffswana – Papervision]

…It’s Things Thursday: Moon Dust-DNA?

Moon Dust-DNA

Even if your watch contains parts of the Titanic, there’s now way it’s as cool as the Romain Jerome Moon Dust-DNA.

With a lunar inspired dial featuring real Moon dust, a steel and titanium case that incorporates steel from the Apollo XI space shuttle, rusted steel paws that include fragments form the Soyuz spacecraft, and a strap composed of fibres form a spacesuit worn during the International Space Station mission, the Moon Dust-DNA is about as cool as they come.

Moon Dust-DNA Collection

History doesn’t come cheap, as the watch line will range from $15,000 to more than $500,000, but it’s hard to put a price on exclusivity like this.

[Jomain Jerome – Moon Dust-DNA]

[Via: Born Rich]

…Twitter can be used to propose?

Twitter Proposal

Though it might not be the first (and it might not be real) a Twitter proposal for marriage has been made (and accepted!) between maxkiesler and emily chang.

Is there anything left that hasn’t yet been tweeted about?

[Via: Mashable]

…Only you can prevent forest fires?

Fake Fire Extinguisher

How do fake fire extinguishers help prevent forest fires?

Simple: The medium is the message.

By installing these wooden fire extinguishers in the Table Mountain National Park, Animal Farm hopes to show that “it is almost impossible to stop a wild fire once it has started”. Thus, “using a real fire extinguisher on one would be as effective as using the wooden one” and “the only way to stop the fires is to prevent them”.

In addition to being a powerful message, the extinguishers were also carved by The Carpenters Shop, a “Non Governmental Organization set up to teach woodwork skills to the homeless and unemployed”; meaning this is an all-around feel good project.

Simple and subtle, yet powerful.

I love it!

[Via: Creative Review]