An Engineer Shocks Himself While Measuring the Capacitance of the Human Body Before Demonstrating a Safer Method

Engineer Mehdi Sadaghhdar from ElectroBOOM shocks himself in a recent video while measuring the capacitance of the human body before demonstrating a safer method of taking the same measurement. Sadaghhdar was taking the measurement to explain a claim he made in an earlier video that direct current hurts much less than alternating current, a conclusion he came to after repeatedly shocking himself on the tongue.

Sadaghhdar provides the specifics of his measurements including the formula for measuring the capacitance of the human body in a post on ElectroBOOM.

‘Healing Tool’, A Roadway Art Installation That Uses Digital Billboards to Recreate the Nature Destroyed In Their Wake

Multimedia artist Brian Kane has created “Healing Tool“, a unique temporary installation that uses digital billboards along Massachusetts roadways to recreate trees and other foliage that had been blocked or taken down to make way for the billboard itself.

The goal is to provide a moment of temporary relief and unexpected beauty during the daily grind of commuting. The piece builds on a body of work which simulates digital experiences in the real world. In this case, simulating the Photoshop Healing Tool to replace or patch over the landscape which is blocked by the billboard. During the day hours, a series of images from the specific location are shown on the display. We replace the missing background and create a magic dimensional window. A dynamic motion parallax effect occurs as the vehicle passes the location.

During the day hours, a series of images from the specific location are shown on the display. We replace the missing background and create a magic dimensional window. During the evening hours, high-resolution images of the moon are shown. Synced to the daily phase, people can view the moon despite the effects of urban light pollution. An image of the Milky Way is shown on new moon night.

Healing Tool

Healing Tool

Healing Tool

Healing Tool

images via Brian Kane

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Amazon Launchpad, A New Service That Highlights Startups and Helps Them Distribute Products

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Amazon Launchpad is a new service offered by the popular online retailer that highlights startups and helps them distribute products. To help spotlight those startups and products, Amazon is also integrating them into their product recommendations, and offering them access to their fulfillment network and Amazon Prime free shipping.

There are currently over 200 products available through Amazon Launchpad in the categories of Body, Food, Gadgets, and Home with more products and startups being added through partnerships with venture capital firms and crowdfunding platforms.

Amazon announced the full details of the program in a release on Business Wire.

100 Years of Beauty in Germany Shown Decade by Decade in a One-Minute Time-Lapse Video

In the 10th episode of their “100 Years of Hair and Makeup” series, Cut Video provides a visual history of the past 100 years of German beauty as demonstrated by a model named Brooke Williams whose hair, accessories and makeup are styled in correlation with the trends of each decade, both before and after the German Reunification.

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1950s East Germany (GDR)

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1980s East Germany (GDR)

1980s West
1980s West Germany (FRG)

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1990s

images via Cut

Kurzgesagt Gives Two Explanations for What Would Happen if a Person Had a Coin-Sized Black Hole in Their Pocket

In a recent video, Munich based design firm Kurzgesagt gives two explanations for what would happen if a person had a coin-sized black hole in their pocket. In the first example, they explain what would happen if the coin had the mass of United States nickel. The second example supposes that the diameter of the black hole is the same diameter of a nickel, which would give it roughly the same mass as the Earth. Neither case ends well for the person with the black hole in their pocket.

Petzi Treat Cam, A Clever WiFi Connected Camera That Dispenses Pet Treats Remotely Through a Smartphone App

Petzi Treat Cam

Petzi Treat Cam is a cleverly designed camera that allows humans to interact with their pets and dispense yummy snacks via Google Play and iOS compatible smartphone apps, even when they are far from home. The Petzi Treat Cam is available for purchase via Amazon and other retailers.

We’re all connected everyday with our family and friends, why not our pets too? We wanted a mutually rewarding way to check in on our pets and say hello while we were out in the world. …The Petzi Treat Cam allows you to see, speak, snap pictures of, and treat your pet. It’s a ray of sunshine in your pocket.

• Easy to check-in and interact with your pet from any smart phone or tablet
• Allows you to See, Speak, Snap, and Treat your pet when you are away from home
• Wide-angle camera with night vision
• High-quality audio
• Universal treat launcher, good for use with any dry, crunchy treat smaller than 1 inch.

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images via Petzi

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‘El MacroMural Barrio de Palmitas’, Street Artists Turn a Troubled Hillside District Into a Colorful Mural

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Street artists, The GERMEN, in cooperation with the Mexican government, has turned the troubled hillside district of Palmitas in Pachuca into a giant, brightly colored mural entitled “El MacroMural Barrio de Palmitas“. The crew recruited local youth to help paint the over 20,000 square meters of 209 homes, thus creating positive distraction and paying jobs for the disaffected youth of the town. The GERMEN use the concept of public art to help bring pride back to Mexican cities.

(translated) There is potential for interaction and artistic innovation, so we opted to understand the public space as the scene of daily social interaction to be met by educational functions, potentialities, material and tangible, where the aim is to satisfy the needs of collective development beyond of individual and economic. Our work is an artistic offering to our cities because by colors shapes textures and mixed techniques. We share our way of doing and understanding art, seek to detonate the seed as possible to strengthen the heart and enthusiasm who lives in places that we intervene. We rehabilitate public space making it more useful for those who inhabit a place to educate, motivate, help intake and germinate a new relationship between citizens and their environment and expressions which there converge OUR GOAL. Creating murals is a heritage work that uses public space as a means of communication.

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images via Germen Nuevo Muralismo Mexicano

via Street Art News