Obscura Day 2015, A Global Celebration of Unusual and Hidden Places

Atlas Obscura Day 2015

The 2015 Obscura Day (previously), a worldwide celebration of the “world’s most curious and awe-inspiring places,” takes place May 30. This year’s celebration includes 150 events across 20 countries, including a ride on the Death Valley train in California, and a tour of the ghost cities of Chernobyl.

image via Atlas Obscura

via Atlas Obscura

Boing Boing’s Weekend of Wonder, A Three-Day Festival of Hands-On Activities in Riverside, California

Boing Boing’s Weekend of Wonder

Boing Boing’s Weekend of Wonder, a new three-day festival of creative workshops, tech demonstrations, performances, and more, takes place September 18 to 20, 2015, at the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside, California. The festival will include special guest Adam Savage and the Room Escape Adventure reality game. The festival is produced by Boing Boing and Baby Tattoo.

Boing Boing’s Weekend of Wonder in association with Baby Tattoo is a three-day festival where you will learn about exciting new DIY technologies, make cool stuff, immerse yourself in an alternate reality adventure, hang out with nerd superstars, and be surprised by cool special events you’ll never forget.

photo via Boing Boing

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Photorealistic 3D Illusion Flooring by Imperial Interiors

Photorealistic 3D Illusion Flooring

Among the luxury interior design offerings of Dubai-based design firm Imperial Interiors is “3D Liquid Flooring,” a technique that allows the company to install permanent color images on floors. The images–printed with a special photo printer–are covered in protective epoxy and lacquer. The technique is particularly well suited to creating photorealistic 3D illusions–because who wouldn’t want a pair of life-size dolphins leaping out of their bathroom floor?

Photorealistic 3D Illusion Flooring

Photorealistic 3D Illusion Flooring

Photorealistic 3D Illusion Flooring

Photorealistic 3D Illusion Flooring

photos via Imperial Interiors

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Freightliner Introduces a Prototype Commercial Semi-Trailer Truck That Can Drive Autonomously on the Highway

First Self-Driving Big Rig Truck

Yesterday Freightliner introduced the Inspiration Truck, a prototype commercial semi-trailer truck that is capable of operating autonomously on public highways. Furthermore the truck is the first vehicle of its kind to receive a license to operate autonomously on an open public highway in the United States. The license, granted by the state of Nevada, allows the truck to drive autonomously on highways in the state with a couple of restrictions: it can only operate in daylight and in good weather, and driver must be in the vehicle to take over in certain circumstances.

First Self-Driving Big Rig Truck

First Self-Driving Big Rig Truck

First Self-Driving Big Rig Truck

photos via Freightliner

via IEEE Spectrum

Bruno, A Smart Trash Can With Built-In Vacuum Capabilities, Smartphone Alerts, and Hands-Free Lid

Bruno is a smart trash can with built-in vacuum capabilities, smartphone alerts, and hands-free lid from designers Jim Howard and Lori Montag. The can pairs with an app that will remind users to take the trash out, and alert them when they might be running low on trash bags. Users can reorder special Bruno bags with one push from within the app.

Howard and Montag are currently funding Bruno through a Kickstarter campaign where potential buyers can preorder the can at a discount and get other rewards.

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images via Bruno

via Gadgetify, The Awesomer