Monday Inspiration June 10, 2013

By Adam Skobodzinski

1. Smart Sand

A lab at MIT is developing robot pebbles that form and communicate with one another to replicate objects. Each pebble contains a microprocessor, electropermenant magnets, energy storage capacitor and a brass frame.  It’s so futuristic! We are more excited about this “smart sand” than beach sand this week:

2. 10 Artists to Watch from the 2013 Bushwick Open Studios

Our team spent a lot of time in Bushwick during Open Studios, so we appreciate this list from Hyperallergic. Chris Russel’s accordion subway journals and Jason Varone’s installations were among our favorite works.



3. Wonder Lee Bow Ties

Bow ties are very popular at littleBits HQ, and we are thankful that Fab for featured these incredible up-cycled bow ties. Each bow tie can be worn with a collared shirt or as a decorative headband. The scrabble and metrocard creations are wonderful, but our favorites are the ones made with LEGO!

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4. Dreambox, A 3D Printing Vending Machine

Three UC Berkeley students launched this vending machine powered by three Arduinos. Customers can choose between a few pre-made designs or program their own. Right now, Dreambox is only available on the UC Berkeley campus, but they’re going to expand and feature more machines throughout the Bay area.

5. Star Wars Weather Forecast

There is one weather website that makes us feel good about the weather, even if it’s rainy and cloudy. This is it:

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6.  BIG’s LEGO Experience Center

The plans for LEGO’s Billund, Denmark Experience Center were just released by Bjarke Ingles Group (BIG, a favorite of our UX/UI designer) and they are stunning. The center will be 22,800 square feet and offer several different play areas and exhibitions. Our favorite part of the design is the large LEGO brick keystone — the biggest LEGO block in the world!

7. Chevalvert, 2Roqs, Polygraphik and Splank’s Murmur

Murmur “is an architectural prosthesis that enables the communication between the public and the wall upon which it is connected. The installation simulates the movement of sound waves, building a luminous bridge between the physical and the virtual worlds.”  Watch this beautiful display below:

Murmur — From sound to light, by talking to walls. from Chevalvert on Vimeo.

8. Vine takeover!

We love Vine and Instagram equally, but must admit we’re impressed that the amount of Vine shares surpassed the number of Instagram shares on Twitter this week. Which app is your favorite?

9. Top 15 Arrested Development Etsy finds

Arrested Development has inspired some incredibly adorable Etsy products. Browsing the list is guaranteed to make you crave chocolate covered bananas, so proceed with caution:



10. Taylor Swift’s “Everything Has Changed Video

littleBits was featured in Taylor Swift’s new video for “Everything Has Changed,” and we are still feeling starstruck. Seeing littleBits featured with other elementary school classics like band class, cookie decorating, yellow school buses and Crayola markers makes us very happy. You can read more about our appearance and view the video here.

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