Redditor Pirate_Redbeard posted this video of an ice-cream robot vending machine in Japan: an anthropomorphic robot that plucks a cone, holds it under a soft-serve machine, pulls a perfect poop-emoji swirl, passes it through a one-way bank-teller window, and then does a dance of delight once you pluck it up.
It's a marvel of overengineering, designed for whimsical performance at the expense of enormous complexity and the introduction of many failure modes, and as such represents a triumph of art over commerce and joy over greed.
Ice cream vending machine
Sweden’s Disgusting Food Museum is opening a touring exhibition in Los Angeles’s Architecture and Design Museum. The exhibit runs from December 9 to February 17. “What we find disgusting has to be learned — it’s purely cultural,” says curator/psychologist Samuel West. This is a fine opportunity to taste foods you’ve been curious about, like fermented […]
Even though now I know how it’s done, that food still looks so damned delicious. (via Kottke)
Andrew Salomone writes, "I work as a preparator for The George Eastman Museum at the Kodak founder's historic estate in Rochester, NY. It's the world's oldest photography museum and has an extensive collection of early photographic and moving image objects, like zoetropes. The house itself is a local landmark and has put on an annual […]
For the true audio enthusiast, there’s a lot of difference between putting on some songs “for background music” and a true listening experience. For the latter, there’s nothing like a pair of sturdy headphones and the powerful speakers that come with them. And the wireless variety doesn’t get much more powerful than the TREBLAB Z2 […]
Digital or analog, there’s a path of least resistance for any project. Finding that path is what the Agile methodology is all about, which is why proficiency in it is a must for any project management position – and the paycheck that comes with it. And the quickest path to learning Agile? The Agile Project […]
Everybody’s flown a paper airplane. But what if you could fly on a paper airplane? Until we invent shrink-ray technology, the PowerUp X FPV Video Paper Airplane Kit will have to do – but it’s as fun as that sounds and more. The original version of this creative toy added drone tech to the old, […]