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When people test cameras and lenses for resolution, they commonly use special resolution test charts that are filled with black bars of varying lengths and thicknesses. They’re kind of like eye charts, except for cameras instead of eyeballs, and with lines instead of letters.
Well, did you know that in dozens of locations around the United States, there are gigantic resolution test charts on the ground?
The Center for Land Use Interpretation writes that the strange “land-based two-dimensional optical artifacts” are used for the development of aerial photography — cameras built into airplanes and drones.
The resolution charts were mostly used during the 50s and 60s, but some of them may still be used nowadays to calibrate “flying cameras.” They have dimensions of around 50-80 feet and are coated in heavy black and white paint.
Camera-equipped aerial vehicles can fly over the giant charts and use them to test, calibrate, and focus their cameras while traveling at various altitudes and speeds. Even satellites can utilize the charts.
It can print nearly anything you can imagine in exquisite detail. Using high-end stereolithography technology, the Form 1 can construct details as small as 300 microns, and can print objects up to 4.9” x 4.9” x 6.5” in size. The included Form Software lets you start with .stl files and finalize your design, ensuring that every detail is there, just the way you designed it.
Out Of Print
Fun project creates computer-generated random headlines scrambled from news feeds which are then printed with traditional techniques and sent via Twitter:
The invention of the printing press is the finest example of how a shift in technology can change the way we communicate. In the 21st century, digital technology has become the defining force shaping society; changing the way we live, interact and consume information.
With the growth of digital media we are now faced with unprecedented levels of data. We find ourselves at a saturation point. By attempting to consume ever more, we end up understanding less. How do we make sense of all the information we consume and not get lost in the process? Through the use of traditional printing techniques we explore this question.
By using live online news feeds we are building a digital application that generates seemingly random headlines; these will then be printed using a custom-built letterpress. The prints will form a growing collection exhibited as part of the installation.
More about the project here
Looking to fill your home with fine art without breaking the bank? While many have had success finding home decor with services like Paddle8 or Artsy, Boston-based start-up TurningArt hopes to revolutionize the art industry. The new company plans to use a $10 subscription model, not unlike Netflix, to allow customers to rent pieces of art. Customers may choose from a range of artists, and receive their chosen work(s) framed and ready to hang. Displaying pieces for long periods of time will net you credits, which can then be redeemed for discounts on future purchases, and users have the freedom to change the images displayed in their homes as often as they’d like. So, would you pay $10 for the ability to change the feel of your home as you please? (Photo via TurningArt) source
Rapid prototyping is still the domain of nerds, but it’s just a matter of time before 3D printers become mass consumer products. With its Kiosk project, Antwerp-based design studio Unfold explores a future scenario in which digital fabricators are so ubiquitous that we see them appear on street corners, just like fast food is sold on the streets of New York City.
The designers developed the concept for a mobile cart inspired by Bruce Sterling’s science fiction short story Kiosk and equipped with 3D printing technologies.Advanced
The Internet’s Keyboard by Art Lebedev
Optimus Popularis is a slim keyboard design by Lebdebev with totally customizable keys that can be programmed with any function you desire. You then assign it a symbol, or even a video clip up to 10 frames (hell, make it a cat GIF!), that is displayed on an LED beneath the key. The long strip between the function and number keys is another programmable display, my vote for is for scrolling, blinking marquee text, AOL-style. Available for purchase at artlebedev for $1,086 USD, 747 €.
First CARDBOARD vacuum cleaner using recycled packaging
The Vax ev is a high performance vacuum cleaner constructed for optimum sustainability, using recycled and recyclable materials that reduce the burden on landfill. The corrugated cardboard panels that form the body of the Vax ev are easily replaced if damaged and cost just a tenth of the price of an equivalent plastic panel. They are multi-purpose too, beginning their life as part of the retail box the vacuum cleaner is sold in. Once the cardboard parts are separated from the box, they ‘pop’ into place around the motor housing, without any need for glue. They have a flame retardant coating and are fully customisable – with just a few felt tip pens you can turn your vacuum cleaner into a unique work of art!