Posts Tagged ‘technology’

32 innovations

June 29, 2012

32 innovations that will change your tomorrow:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/06/03/magazine/innovations-issue.html

Some fascinating, some downright scary!

MaKey MaKey

June 8, 2012

Ever wanted to play a tune on a bunch of bananas, or use Play Doh as a gaming control pad? Well, it seems that now you can!

http://www.makeymakey.com/

 

1000th posting on Thing of the Day!

October 21, 2011

After four years of rounding up the “bizarre and brilliant of the web” the Library blog reaches a milestone today with the publication of our 1000th posting. To celebrate this achievement we thought it might be fun to have a look back at some past TOTD favourites with a list of our ‘Top 10’ sites. So, in no particular order…

  1. Giant Lego Boulder
  2. Anamorphic Illusions
  3. Draw a Stickman
  4. Sodaplay
  5. Flurrious
  6. Wordle
  7. The Ugly Dance
  8. 21 Accents
  9. Galaxy Zoo and our very first entry in October 2007:
  10. Le Book

And in case you just had to have a new one:

http://www.thecardboardbookproject.com/

Jemma Foster’s collection of 12 illustrated short stories made from recycled cardboard and painted by hand in Argentina.

Many thanks to all who’ve contributed links and ideas over the years.  Keep them coming!

UnBoxit

June 29, 2011

On the one hand, TOTD hates the wasteful and unnecessarily generous packaging of some products. On the other, it’s hard not to admire some elements of packaging design. TOTD thinks it is wise to hang on to a product’s box while it is still under guarantee but, many years on, finds it hard to throw away the beautifully designed packaging for Apple products, for example. Rather than spending tons of money on expensive toys, satisfy your desire to see shiny things being removed from boxes at this site.

http://unbox-it.com/

A Day Made of Glass

May 28, 2011

See whether you think this is an exciting or a scary vision of the future:

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=6Cf7IL_eZ38&vq=medium

(NB: Yes, we know it’s advert, but worth watching for all that).

Time Travel – Caught on Film?

November 15, 2010

Recently a film-maker from Belfast noticed something interesting in Charlie Chaplin’s 1928 film The Circus. If you watch the following film carefully, you may find a person talking on what appears to be a mobile phone:

http://www.youtube.com/yellowfeverbelfast

Is it a mobile phone or an early hearing device, as some people have suggested? Let us know what you think.

Futuristic Design Ideas

October 20, 2010

At Thing of the Day we love to see all kinds of innovation and new gadgets so here’s a site showing designs such as a Rubiks Lamp, an iBike and an Audi Shark:

http://www.graphicmania.net/20-futuristic-industrial-design-concepts/

Thanks to L for suggesting

Flying cars

February 25, 2010

Have we really not covered flying cars before?  Let’s rectify that immediately:

http://www.gizmowatch.com/entry/top-ten-flying-cars/

which includes some favourites from TOTD’s distant memories of youth.

Are ‘everyday’ flying cars closer than ever or further off than ever?  Comments please!

Happy 163rd Birthday Thomas Edison!

February 11, 2010

Today marks what would have been the 163rd Birthday of the inventor and scientist, Thomas Edison. Among the many things he has contributed to, including electric power and cinematography, he is also credited as an influence on the development of sound recording.

Here is a Wikipedia entry for the phonograph cylinder, one of his inventions:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phonograph_cylinder

It also contains some sound files so you can listen to them!

iPad

February 4, 2010

There has been much excited talk in the Library this week about ebook readers, Kindles, iPhones, the iPod Touch, and now the iPad. It didn’t take long for some to use the iPad launch as an excuse for a spot of parody, as these irreverant clips show.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQnT0zp8Ya4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eF0y0IfpPU