Getty Museum and Yale Art Center Are Offering Easy Access to Thousands of Images Online

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Today, more and more museums, archives, and other arts-related institutions have opted to digitize their collections. Once reproduced, many offer these images to the public by publishing them on their websites. While having accessibility to countless collections is impressive enough, the International Image Interoperability Framework (aka IIIF) has taken this technological phenomenon to the next level.

IIIF allows users to pull images from different databases and websites in order to observe them as side-by-side comparisons. This allows for easy analysis that would otherwise require multiple windows, websites, and back-and-forth clicks. Already, major arts institutions have hopped on board the IIIF bandwagon, with the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.getty.edu/museum/" target="_blank" Lees verder

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Behind the Scenes: How the British Library Digitizes One of the World’s Biggest Books

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Until just 5 years ago, The Klencke Atlas—a collection of maps named after Johannes Klencke, a key figure in the 17th century Dutch sugar trade—remained the world’s biggest book. Housed in the British Library‘s cartographic collection and composed in 1660, the large-scale book has fascinated bibliophiles and map enthusiasts for centuries. While access to the atlas has been limited in the past, it has recently undergone a digitization project that now allows anyone to virtually leaf through its pages.

As the big book stands at 6-feet-tall, measures 7-feet-wide when opened, and contains 41 copperplate wall maps, digitally reproducing it was no small feat. Transporting and photographing it required a Lees verder

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Adjustable Ear Plugs Let You Press the Mute Button on Outside Noise

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While over 5% of the world’s population suffers from hearing loss, it’s estimated that half of all cases are preventable. Whether you want relief when listening to blaring music or wish you could tune out that crying baby on the airplane, finding the best earplugs are a must. And what if you could also selectively decide what noise to tune in and what to tune out?

That’s where Dutch designed Knops comes in. Knops are adjustable ear plugs that let you control real world volume instantly with their innovative design. The volume button lets you select between four settings—clear Lees verder

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‘Kniterate’ Knitting Machine Lets You Design and 3D Print Your Own Clothes

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If you’ve ever dreamed of creating your own clothes with the touch of a button, Kniterate may be the machine for you. Renowned for its compact size and accessible nature, the digital knitting machine is a futuristic alternative to outdated and expensive mechanized methods of the past.

Using an app, individuals are able to design their own garments—including beanies, ties, dresses, sweaters, and even shoes—on a piece-by-piece basis. The pattern for each article of clothing can either be made entirely from scratch or with the help of templates offered by the application. Once the design is finalized, it is sent to the machine, which employs a computer-controlled needle to Lees verder

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“World’s Blackest Black” Absorbs So Much Light It Makes 3D Objects Look Flat

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If you thought that all black was the same, think again. Vantablack, developed by a UK company in 2014 and touted as the “world’s blackest black,” is being one-upped by a new version of itself. Surrey NanoSystems developed the substance from densely packed carbon nanotubes, creating a non-reflective substance that absorbs 99.6% of the light that hits it.

But things just got blacker. The company has continued to push their technology and just recently announced Vantablack 2.0, which promises to be even blacker than the “blackest black.” In fact, during testing, Surrey NanoSystems’ spectrometers couldn’t even detect it.

Vantablack gained a firestorm of Lees verder

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Modern Watch Design Uses Shadow Gradients to Tell Time

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In 2014, timepiece company Anicorn Watches launched the first in its series of unique watches. Known as The Trio of Time, the popular collection consists of Series 000Series K452, and, now, Hidden Time, a minimalist approach to time-telling designed by designer Jiwoong Jung.

Structurally, Hidden Time is quite similar to other watches. It’s composed of a circular face and simple band, which both come in 3-color combinations: black and midnight, rose gold and coffee, and white and snow. What sets the modern timepiece apart from other designs is its unique alternative to the hour hand. Instead of a traditional ticking Lees verder

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Flying Water Taxis Will Glide Down the River Seine in Paris This Summer

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This summer, standard boats won’t be the only way to travel down Paris’ scenic River Seine. Once SeaBubble, the world’s first “flying” water taxi, sets sail, visitors to the City of Light will be able to float not on the water’s surface, but above it!

Designed by Alain Thébault and Anders Bringdal, the new vehicles will offer a futuristic alternative to standard, street-traveling cabs and shared water taxis. Due to special, submerged “wings” hidden below the water, they are able to “fly” a few inches above the surface. With fares comparable to Uber, each SeaBubble will seat 5 people (for now, this includes Lees verder

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Innovative ‘Plan Bee’ Drone Artificially Pollinates Plants Like a Real Bee

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Earlier this year, major news hit the conservation world as several species of bees were listed as endangered. The news serves as a grave reminder to help restore the rapidly declining bee population; the small insects play a crucial part in our world by pollinating plants. In North America alone, the honeybees’ role enables productions of at least 90 commercially-grown crops, including apples, blueberries, melons, and broccoli. While conservation efforts are underway, industrial design student Anna Haldewang has stepped up to help address the problem of pollination. Her creation called Plan Bee is a drone controlled by a smart Lees verder

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Classic Nokia 3310 Phone Redesigned for 2017 Brings ‘Snake’ Game With It

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Déjà vu is rarely experienced in the ever-changing tech world, but one previously-beloved phone is making its way back around the bend. The Nokia 3310, which first launched in September 2000, has been revamped for our modern age. This update on the classic recently made its debut at the 2017 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and it aims to capture the hearts of those nostalgic for a “dumb phone.”

If you had a cell phone in the early aughts, chances are you owned a Nokia 3310. The “candy bar” phone—which sold a staggering 126 million units worldwide—did little more than Lees verder

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81-Year-Old Woman Codes an iPhone App After Only Starting to Use Computers at 60

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Programming may seem like a skill best left to the younger generation, but 81-year-old Masako Wakamiya has proven that people of all ages can crack the code. As the designer and creator of Hinadan, an innovative and one-of-a-kind app, the Japanese mover and shaker is undeniably skilled in the art of modern technology.

Wakamiya learned the ins and outs of programming through a 6-month computer class. After completing the course and regularly consulting her teacher, she came up with the idea for Hinadan. A clever combination of hina, traditional Japanese Emperor and Empress dolls, and dan, or “tier,” the Hinadan app is intended to aid individuals in Japan as they Lees verder

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