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Foam printer makes floating foam shapes

I don't know anything about this foam printer -- it appears to be creating very crisp forms out of soap (?) bubbles, which are then lofted into the air. The printer was apparently on display at IFA Berlin. Anyone know more? Hit the comments.

Foam Printer (via Beyond the Beyond)

Toaster looks and acts like a printer

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Here's a neat kitchen gadget — a toaster that "prints out" toast. It allows you to feed multiple slices at once from the feeder at top, and spits out finished products from the bottom. It's a concept by Othmar Muehlebach, and it won second place at a design contest in Switzerland last month.

Artist's main page via Designboom

Some half-formed thoughts on one future for bookselling

Clay Shirky’s essay on the past and future of bookselling is provocative. I think he really nails something with his taxonomy of the reasons that people worry about bookstores, but I’m not sure I buy his conclusion — that bookselling might be best served on an NPR/nonprofit model.

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