Blast virtual 808s & 909s in this fun interactive Chrome Web app:

Google is trying an experiment: it’s letting armchair musicians shred virtual guitars and bang animated keyboards with a new interactive Web app called JAM, which is on its Chrome browser.


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“If you ever dreamed of playing in a band, now’s your chance to be a rock star,” Google Creative Lab’s marketing manager Emma Turpin wrote in a blog post. “No matter what your level of talent — from daydreaming air guitarist to music pro — you can JAM together in real time over the web.”

(going strong, Sander!)

Transform your digital iPhone images into real instant photographs:

To help combat digital fatigue in this day and age, The Impossible Project teamed up with industrial designer Professor Achim Heine (who designed the Leica Digilux 1 in 2002) to create a device that can transform your digital iPhone photos into analog instant Polaroids. The ‘Impossible Instant Lab’ is an instant camera that captures images from the iPhone’s display to develop a tangible, physical Polaroid-version of the photograph. It uses only the light from your phone’s display to expose the film, which then gets processed and developed by chemicals. All users have to do is to select an image from the ‘Instant Lab app’ on their iPhone, place their iPhone in the cradle of the device, slide the shutter on the base open, wait for the exposure to finish, close the shutter, and push the button for the Polaroid. The device works with existing and future iPhones, and is compatible with instant films for the Polaroid 600 and SX 70. The Impossible Instant Lab transfers the tangible analog values of photography into the digital age—to invoke nostalgia. Currently, it is seeking funding on Kickstarter.

Thanks, Sander!

Hey Instagram fans—how would you like to view your world in Instagram filters?

German designer Markus Gerke has unveiled an ingenious concept idea of integrating Instagram into a pair of sunglasses—allowing users to view their world in a desired filter. 

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 Called ‘Instaglasses’ or ‘Insta’ for short, it has Instagram filters built into the lens of the glasses that can be changed with a press of a button. 

 It is also equipped with an in-built 5-megapixel camera with Wi-Fi capability—allowing users to take a picture and upload the image straight to the Instagram app. 

 Though it maybe a concept design, Instagram fans would definitely be eager for this pair of sunglasses to start production.

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Teenage Engineering designs World’s cheapest (cardboard) camera for IKEA

At the recent Fuorisalone event, a design expo held in Milan, IKEA gave out branded cameras in its press kit to media attendees. The simplistic cardboard camera has built-in memory that can store up to 40 digital photos. It’s powered by two AA-sized batteries and has a pull-out USB connector so you can transfer the photos to your computer. Once you’ve reached 40 photos, you can wipe out the internal memory and start over again. IKEA’s disposable camera probably won’t be able to handle the wear and tear of ordinary cameras, but it’s certainly a nifty gadget for a branded merchandise.

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Ikea wants you to take photos of its new environmentally-friendly furniture line so badly that it’s giving you a cardboard digital camera to do it with.


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Above the promo video, courtesy of designers Teenage Engineering, which is at once overambitious and tongue-in-cheek.

The camera is being released as part of the company’s new PS line, which is due out later this year. The KNÄPPA follows Ikea’s recently announced Uppleva line, which is a line of furniture with integrated home entertainment devices such as HDTVs and speakers. The Uppleva line doesn’t come out until 2013 (fall 2012 in Europe), but we should start seeing the KNÄPPA as soon as late summer.

Ikea plans to give the KNÄPPA away to people who purchase pieces of the company’s PS line. The company wants people to take photos of the furniture in their own homes, and then upload the images to Ikea’s website.

According to industrial design blog Core77, the KNÄPPA isn’t exactly the best camera around (just like Ikea’s furniture, perhaps). The pictures supposedly look like they were taken on “one of those early cellphone cameras,” and the camera itself “barely even qualifies as an ad hoc solution for a first-time photographer.”

The first pieces of Ikea’s PS line will hit stores in August, but the KNÄPPA will only be offered in “select” stores worldwide.

Click here to see all the items on IKEA in the Ekster’s nest.

Surface Tension Lamp blows its own light bulbs:

A bubble is brief, and bursts at your touch. But while it lasts, it catches the light and reflects the room like a multi-coloured temporary structure. Front wanted to create a constantly changing lamp that combines the most ephemeral of lampshades with an LED light source that will last for 50000 hours. In the time it takes the LED to burn out, the lamp will have had 3 million different globe shades:


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Filled with smoke:


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How To Make Ice Cubes Shaped Like Tiny Baby Heads

When it comes to serving a chilled drink, you can use cube-shaped ice like adults do—or you can show your eternal youth with custom ice replicas of your favorite toys. With a few basic supplies and a bit of patience, you can make a reusable mold to cast frozen replicas anything—even a baby doll head that’s just about the right size for a rocks glass.

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If you consider yourself to be an eccentric, a person who loves to have fun beyond belief, or a weird beard, then this tutorial on how to make baby head-shaped ice cubes might be right up your alley. While most party hosts have boring cubes shaped like stars and snowflakes, you will definitely get some reaction out of these, though what said reactions will be remains to be seen.