Archive for April, 2010

DIY Rapid Prototyping machine!

Those of you who know our older posts, will be familiar with the fact that we LOVE the idea of Rapid Prototyping, we previously blogged about a desktop prototyper which is available for around $5,000. But recently one of our favourite sources of inspiration, Make Magazine, started to produce their own machine, which in their own inimitable style you have to build from a kit.

Ladies and Gentlemen, what you see above is the Makerbot industries “Cupcake”, sure it looks a little like you would find it in an evil mastermind’s lair, but truly this is a breakthrough. See, whilst other machines are going to cost you thousands, this will cost you only $750 for the basic kit. That’s right, only $750!

This is a perfect example of what happens when industrious people get inspired and take it upon themselves to make a change. It could be seen as another example of what we call the everybody spirit.

Once you move into this realm the possibilities are pretty much endless. Make your own products to sell, unique art-pieces, odd shaped “things” that only you know what they are… open your mind.

Everybody says thank you Makerbot Industries, we really really appreciate the effort you put into inspiring us! Click the image above to be inspired yourself and start to think about how much you could make!

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DIY Wooden Lamp kit

There are many of us out there who enjoy building things, lord knows I’m one of them. There are many models around my desk, house and indeed parents’ house that confirm this as fact.

So, recently whilst searching for something else (as ever) I stumbled upon this item on a Chinese website for Geeks… (Ahem, no comments please). This is a made from lots of different sizes and shapes pre-cut pieces of wood and all the necessary pieces of electrical wiring. Now I can’t begin to tell you what the sites says, it’s all in Chinese, but it has lots of pictures. Pictures help. I haven’t even tried to use Google translate to get more details, but it seems it is available the world over for a fair price.

Everybody says well done Chinese Geek fellas, it’s a nice item which we wouldn’t mind on our desks here at Everybody towers.

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Low resolution bar in Belgium, actually made of pixels

Well, not actually made of Pixels, but the wall is covered with them. The Pixel bar is a new wine and Tapas bar in Brussels, Belgium whose walls are completely covered in soundproofed foam cushions. Over 8,000 of them in total, each made from cubed foam pads in 27 different coloured covers.

When viewed from afar, the image is that of a pixelated countryside scene, close up it is a beautifully abstracted bunch of coloured blocks. As ever the simple ideas are the best, and when executed in such a perfect manner you get something as special as this.

Everybody says great work to the designer behind the bar, Charles Kaisin… Right, Brussels is about 2 hours from here, Friday afternoon drinks there? 6:30pm anyonne?

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Hipstamatic iPhone app for the digital Lomographer!

So if you’ve seen some of the recent pictures in our gallery and read the descriptions, you’ll know that the guys here at Everybody have fallen in Love with an iPhone app called “Hipstamatic”.

It does pretty much everything you want from a virtual Lomo camera, but with much less fuss. But what’s Lomography? Well, it is a recognised style of photography based on cheaply produced Russian plastic cameras from yesteryear. For a great explanation and examples of true lomography, have a good look around “here“.

But what of our digital version? Well, there’s been a bunch of photo apps on the iPhone for ages, which do everything from tilt shift mimicry to low-quality lomo shots. But finally Hipstamatic comes to save the day. Heralded by many users as a great piece of software, it is nothing short of brilliant. Being able to change Lenses, Flashes and Films (just as the real world lomos allow) gives an amazing variety of effects that ensure a huge range of results.

Whilst the resulting images are not the highest of resolutions, that isn’t what the result is about. Remember that you don’t have to run down to the photo place in the city to grab your prints at lunch time any more… you simply have them there, ready.

We’re gonna keep posting the pics we take using this great little app, and hopefully you will start your own digital analog album. As ever click the picture above to get a link to the software’s homepage, and if you have an iPhone it is well worth the $1.99 to get you started, then also a few extra dollars for the extra lens/flash/film packs.

Everybody says well done Hip photo people, great product that’s easily worth a few quid/dollars/euros of anyone’s hard earned

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