Wednesday Cool Links: First Batch for 2013

Well, it appears that some people around the office are a bit grumpy after having to come back from their nice long winter hibernation. But it’s the New Year! Time to feel awesome and optimistic and bubbly about the upcoming year full of possibilities. That’s okay though, they just need to be injected with a solid 5 JoyAmps of current through their HappyCircuits to get going. While I work on that, check out the first batch of cool links for 2013:

Useless Box Built in 30s!
Craig sent us in this video he shot of building a Useless Box in a mere 30 seconds! Actually, it was closer to 1.5 hours, but the compressed timelapse is still really cool to watch. Thanks Craig!
Bursting Balloons Photography
Edward Horsford, a London-based photographer, has done an amazing series capturing exploding water balloons in mid-burst.
Hybrid Tube Amp Design
Normal amps, full of fancy circuitry, are pretty common but lack that certain coolness factor (and sound quality, depending on who you talk to). This design brings two tubes into the mix, making a hybrid between the old and new ways of putting power through a set of speakers.
Kukkia – Wearable, Moving Flowers
This is quite hypnotizing – these flowers are made of felt and silk, with stitched in Nitinol shape memory alloy. The result is a slowly blossoming flower. Check out the rest of XSLabs YouTube channel for other cool fashion/wearable projects.
Light Emitting Dudes – LED Freerunning
We’re all familiar with Parkour/Free Running, and we’re all familiar with LEDs. When they’re combined, though, it’s really captivating. One part Tron, one part… Super awesome.

Ah, there we go. I had to adjust it to 12BlissVolts before they started putting out the required 7 Smiles Per Minute. Looks like we’re right on track to meet the 74 MegaCheer quota for the year.