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Color-changing fabric is not new. Temperature-sensitive Hypercolor shirts rocked the late 80’s and early 90’s. And just this spring, Naked and Famous released a line of color-changing selvedge denim that fades from blue to white depending on your body temp. They cost $240 a pair. But there’s a new kind of fabric that might be more than just a phase: fabric that changes color when stretched.
Scientists have figured out a way to print shimmering, color-changing patterns onto stretchy fabric that they are calling “polymer opal.” It almost looks like the multicolored gemstone and even has some of the same properties found in butterfly wings and feathers. The colors look different depending on what angle you are viewing it from. That means if you twist the fabric, stretch it, or bend it, it will produce different colors. Watch it in action here then read more about how it works at WIRED.
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Yes, the obsession still stands. EL wire is magic and that’s all there is to it. I thought it was about time for another round-up of Tron-inspired crafts because it’s been about six months since our last bonanza. Check out these glowing projects that will turn heads even in the dark.
Tron Hair Bow
This DIY EL Wire hair bow is a little bit Lady Gaga. The bigger you make it, the better it gets. And the more fabric stiffener you’ll need.
Tron Knee Brace
EL wire’s glowing hue can serve a legitimate purpose as well. In this case, it draws attention to a knee brace that a passerby didn’t recognize at night.
We’re going to end on a high note with the ultimate in EL wire projects: a black jump suit lined with glowing goodness. It’s totally amazing whether you’re a DJ or not.
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If you had a 3D printer, what would you make with it? Maybe miniature versions of yourself. Because now, you can. Get inspired with these:
A Bust of Yourself
This Chicago-based 3D-printing store, aptly named The 3D Printer Experience, allows walk-in customers to print their own personal bust. I mean, a bust of your face, not of your uh, bust. Prices range from $25 to $115.
Your Face on a Star Trek Action Figure
Human or Vulcan? Male or female? Cubify even lets you choose your body type and pose. Learn more how to make your own action figure for $69.95 on the Cubify website.
Your Face on a Star Wars Stormtrooper
At Disney’s Star Wars Weekend events (through June 9), Hollywood Studios D-Tech Me will scan your face and put your likeness on a Stormtrooper or in carbonite a la Han Solo for $99.95. Watch how it works.
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“Astronaut food” may take on a whole other meaning – or at least another dimension.
NASA is throwing $125,000 towards 3D-printed food research. The goal is to create a device that can feed astronauts during long-term space travel. Replaceable powder cartridges, with a life span of 30 years, could be combined in different ways to create a wide range of foods. Apparently the next step in the process is to attempt to create a pizza. Here’s the recipe: print one layer of dough followed by a mix of tomato powder, water, and oil (for sauce) and top it with a “protein layer.” Yum? Read more about it at The Verge.
Would you eat a 3D printed pizza? Comment below or Tweet us @WIREDINsider.
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In 1960, Smell-O-Vision made its debut and tanked soon after. Throughout the 80s, scratch and sniff stickers were all the rage. Nowadays, theme park “4-D” films squirt scents into unsuspecting audiences. The concept has never really taken off in a big way, but it seems like today’s makers want another whiff: smell is back again.
A Japanese company called ChatPerf has created an iPhone add-on that’s a tiny perfume tank. When the tank is attached to a phone via the connector, a “puff” button appears on screen that will release the scent when tapped. Smells can bring an added layer of reality to mobile video games, movies, retailers, text messages, and the like. The company has even released a software development kit for “smell-hackers.”
Where do you think technology and scent should intersect? Read more about it at Mashable.
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Now the masses can head over to their local Staples store and pick up a 3D printer – if they have $1300 to spare.
The Cube by 3D Systems prints in 16 different colors and up to 5.5” in length, width, and height. Twenty-five free 3D files are included with each machine. 3D Systems’ online store includes files for things like robots and high heel shoes, which range from 99 cents to $29. Cartridges for the wifi-enabled printer will set enthusiasts back $49 each. The Cube will hit stores in June, but is already available to order at Staples.com.
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This is a project meant for kids, but don’t be embarrassed if you kinda want to make it for yourself. It’s pretty cool.
What if you could turn on an electric device with a simple tap of a magic wand? It turns out “magic” really just means “magnet.” First, embed a strong magnet in a toy wand with tape – either a fairy princess or wizard wand will do. From there, you’ll need a magnetic reed switch (often used for door security systems). There’s a little bit of soldering that needs to happen, but don’t worry, it’s all explained in the video directions at Make.
What device will you rig? Comment below or tweet us @WIREDInsider.
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Not everyone has the luxury of space and time, but what if you could transform your office furniture into a gym? Now that’s another story.
This three-piece furniture seat – ironically titled “No, Sweat!” – doubles as both a work and an exercise station. It’s not only a space saver, but a time saver too. There’s no excuse not to work out when you’re sitting on an exercise bench while you type. The furniture includes a step, balance board, weight bar, jump rope, and kettle bell, which is just enough for a full-body workout.
Watch a video of the transformation on furniture designer Daryl Agawin’s website. (Via PSFK.)
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Life lesson: everything is cuter when in miniature. Pinball machines are not exempt from this rule.
Instructables user laxap transformed an Android tablet into a tiny arcade cabinet, complete with real arcade buttons. You’ll have to feel comfortable rooting your device permanently and scavenging the keyboard, but the steps are laid out for you. The same can’t be said for the wood cabinet; you’ll have to wing that design, but it might be worth figuring out because this project is just too cool. See a video of the final product in all its glory.
Find all the instructions on Instructables.
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Here’s a perfect example of creativity and simplicity at each attribute’s finest: the rubber band lamp.
It’s actually called the Delta Lamp and French designer Malet Thibaut created it with five pieces of wood and 60 rubber bands. That’s it. The triangle-shaped accessory can sit vertically or horizontally, but it’s the pressure of the rubber bands that keeps it together. Depending on how the elastics are styled, the light can be adjusted for strength or appearance.
The Delta Lamp isn’t available for purchase just yet. In the meantime, I’m going to go gather up some rubber bands and see what I can do with them.