Boston Dynamics' walking and balancing robots have often been described as nightmare-inducing, but never has the company referred to their own creations as such — until now. In this leaked footage from their latest conference, they announced their newest robot Handle, a wheeled design that has the ability to lift heavy loads, jump, and cause nightmares. Meet your demise at the 3:45 mark.
Oakland, California-based producer and musician Russell E.L. Butler is a Moog fanatic. In the first episode of Moog's Sonic Origins, Russell talks the island of Bermuda, how it inspires his music, and how it brings it to the masses using their analog synths. Listen to more of Russell's work at his Soundcloud page.
Immortalized on screen by Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowski, Vuarnet's The Dude sunglasses will add some laid back vibes to your summer wardrobe. Dubbed model 03, the silhouette was originally launched in 1962 and was inspired by the oversized aviators of US Air Force pilots. The frames are made from a tough shape memory nylon for comfort and have integrated monobloc hinges as well as a removable bridge insert, while the grey polar lenses offer maximum protection against glare whether it's coming from the sun or your lighter. Made in France.
Lens Width: 56 / Bridge Width: 19 / Arm Length: 140
Based in Brooklyn, New York, graphic designer Scott Reinhard combines vintage maps with elevation data to create stunning pieces of art. Reinhard uses a chromogenic process to create each print, which takes traditional color photography development and integrates 3-dimensional data with paper maps for a result that is so visually appealing, you'll be tempted to reach out and feel what looks like 3D texture. The process brings the maps to life, creating a 2D print that is vibrant and detailed giving you a unique work of art that blends history and modern technology. In addition to the topographic maps, Reinhard creates compelling digitally rendered maps and has even adopted his technique to the surface of the moon.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union in the late 1980s, Cuba found itself in a very difficult position. The flow of goods was abruptly cut off, leaving the island nation isolated and in need of basic supplies. Cubans turned to their own ingenuity and bicycles en masse — leading to creative solutions to a variety of problems. BMX rider Frank Gonzalez describes how he progressed in BMX riding, despite a lack of parts and government restrictions.
Coffee is finally entering the 21st century. Scientists have sequenced the genome of the geisha coffee plant, renowned for its aroma, complex flavors, and sky-high price tag — about $300 for a half-pound. The genome of the geisha has been made public, and the information promises to be a boon to growers and coffee fanatics the world over.