Throughout the years we have seen some extraordinary new generation of painters. After the Pollockocopter drone, the bugs paintings and the drawing bot, it is our honor to introduce you to Pigcasso, an arty pig from Cape Coast. After being rescued from a slaughterhouse, this 450-pounds pig found her true calling: art. The expressionist pig is not afraid of color (or your opinion whatsoever) and authenticates her artworks by dipping her nose in the paint. Now that’s a way of bringing home the bacon!
Peculiar image of the week. Photo by Joanne Lefson
Barbie came alive! No, we don’t mean Valerie Lukyanova, the woman who turned herself into a human barbie, but the iconic 1950 doll that resides in girls’ bedrooms ever since. In the last 67 years, Barbie has been presidential candidate, doctor, scientist, chef, musician, astronaut, architect, computer engineering and now she’s becoming a 3D-animated hologram personal assistant for your kid. Last week Mattel released the Hello Barbie doll, a laser-beamed character that couples motion-capture animation with lively Amazon Echo AI like behavior.
After Tinder for dogs, there is Tinder for primates, but for utterly different reasons. Instead of setting up dates for dogs and their owners, this digital breeding experiment shows the female orangutan potential mates on a touchscreen tablet in an effort to increase her chances of mating.
If you pay a visit to the vegetables area in the supermarket you will certainly find tomatoes in their different sizes and varieties, all of them with a bright attractive red that screams: “Eat me, I’m delicious!”. But in case you don’t know (or remember) it, tomatoes used to be a lot more tasty than the ones we find in stores today. Why? Image consumption and the global economy. But now, scientists have found a way to bring back the lost flavor of tomatoes.
Rain radars help us plan our everyday life and foresee natural disasters. In a world were the line between the technosphere and the biosphere becomes blurrier everyday, not even our meteorology instruments can tell the difference, like a local technician spotted in New Zealand’s official weather forecasts site. Apparently there is a WiFi network illegally configured that interferes with the rain radar creating a ray of “clouds” that won’t bring any water, but it surely became our peculiar image of the week.
Source: Met Service
Sometimes everyone feels the need to take a break from the rest of the world. Not leaving the room for a day can be a welcome alternative to our daily social routine. In Japan they took this trend too far that it became a condition: hikikomori (literally being confined) are people who withdraw from social life, not just for a weekend time out. Ironically, studies proved that alternative realities can help Japanese socially frightened to find their way back into society.
With Apple’s latest MacBook Pro, the Touch Bar at the top of the keyboard allows the user to “say it with emoji”. Emoji has become an indispensable part of our daily conversation, sometimes hiding confidential meanings. As a result, a global translation firm based in London is hiring the first official emoji translator.
We all know that selfies are self-taken digital photographs. With the arrival of the selfie-stick we have extended the length of our arms with a piece of hardware, to keep taking photos ourselves. What about drones, can they take selfies? According to the IoT Group, they can. Their fold-up flying selfie drone, called ROAM-e, uses a facial recognition software to follow the subject once it takes off. It even shoots 360-degree pictures. Thanks to this drone we will no longer suffer from selfie elbows!
Find more about new drones applications in our What’s Flying There? coloring book.