Wednesday Links: Crab Shells, Backflipping Robots and Kinetic Sculptures

Talk about yam fries. They are an unknown phenomenon. They appear on their own and disappear into nothing, some faster than others. 50 grams eaten at night turn into 3 kilos of chub the next day. Astrophysicists refuse to comment on this gravitational anomaly. But fries are even more dangerous than black holes. To neutralize one portion you gotta move for 3 days straight. By the way, we got stuff to show you today that moves on its own. How’s that connected? I am not sure….

Architecturally Influenced Hermit Crab Habitats by Aki Inomata
3D printed homes for hermit crabs, made in a shape of buildings form around the world. The inside structure was made by CT scanning the real crab shell!
Quadruple backflip and sticks the landing
Impressive build and lots of coding by [Hinamitetu]. Indeed Robolympics await this prospective champion.
Creepy acrylic spine turns dancers into instruments
Wearable danceable acrylic friction fit musical instrument! It uses a ZigBee radio transceiver to send the data to computer which transforms it into sound.
Disney Rapid Design Tool Creates Mechatronic Characters
A very clever piece of software by Disney Research to develop “sophisticated mechatronics that operate with just one motor”, kinda reverse engineering the process starting from choosing the movement trajectory.
Fantastic Kinetic Sculptures by Limee Young
Mesmerizing metal kinetic sculptures by South Korean artist Limee Young look almost organic in their movement.

Now if that inspired you to do some marathon running or even just rotate in your office chair, that’s good. Or at least to stop looking at links, because, conveniently enough, there’s no more of them left for today. Come back next week, er, this Friday, we’ll have some new product for you to see.