Melvin holds the distinction of being the world’s smallest Rube Goldberg machine (although I have no idea who is keeping track of this kind of thing). I’m a sucker for this kind of whimsical engineering (I’ve featured Rube Goldbergs silly, historical and incredible before).
Melvin completes a simple task: He prepares postcards. But he does a little more, too. Traveling the world in two suitcases, he snaps a photo of anyone watching and posts it to his Facebook page. Just like a real traveler! Snapping pics, sharing with friends, and writing home.
Hahaha how cute is this?
There’s nothing more exciting than seeing someone whose life has been affected in a positive way by something you’ve said. There’s nothing more exciting than to see somebody change from a sort of condition of inertness or inattentiveness into a mind that begins to inquire about meaning.
I think if you don’t do something to project into the future that way, the possibility for total self-absorption and narcissism becomes very much greater.
Designers have created the world’s first knife with a heated blade to solve the age old problem of cold butter not spreading properly on bread. The knife heats to 41.8 degrees Celsius after research found that is the optimum temperature to spread butter. A button on the handle activates the battery operated heating element and a flashing LED indicates it is on.
I guess this is what you get the person who has everything?
Now you see it, now you don’t.
Guy Cramer, a plumber in his spare time, was annoyed by the cost of Canada’s military uniform redesign. In 2003 he invested in a $100 design program, spent an hour retooling the pattern, and posted the critique online.
Eight years later, Cramer’s company HyperStealth has produced patterns for Afghanistan’s military and the U.S. Marine Corps.
Read about Cramer’s Hyper stealthy pixels on Discreet by Design: How HyperStealth’s Algorithms Build Better Camo on WIRED Design.