Bobine, A Flexible iPhone Charging Cable That Doubles as a Stand

Bobine

Bobine is a flexible–yet rigid–iPhone charging cable designed by Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio-based hardware startup Fuse Chicken that doubles as a phone stand, letting users position the handset at different viewing angles and heights. The charging dock, which is compatible with the iPhone 5 and above, is currently available for 28% off through the Laughing Squid Store.

Bobine

Bobine

Bobine

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An Interview With Pete Souza, Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama

Robert Caplin of The Photo Brigade sat down with Pete Souza (previously), the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama for an hour-long interview about his unique job. The two met at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building to discuss how different the day-to-day life of a White House photographer is compared to a “regular life.”

Yes, I miss a regular life, but this is a unique opportunity. I decided going in that I was just going to give it everything I have.

Pete Souza

Pete Souza

Pete Souza

Pete Souza

images via The White House

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Leap Transit, A Luxury Bus System for High-End San Francisco Commuters

Leap

Leap Transit is a newly relaunched luxury bus system for San Francisco commuters designed to offer a high-end alternative for passengers traveling from the wealthy Marina neighborhood to the city’s downtown area. The bus features a number of amenities, including blue LED lighting, Wi-Fi, and food and drinks. The complimentary Leap app also lets users follow the route and view other users on the bus.

Leap

Leap

Leap

images via Leap Transit

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How to Turn the Chemical Element Bismuth Into Beautiful, Complex Crystals on a Kitchen Stove

YouTube maker NightHawkInLight has posted a series of instructions through Instructables that demonstrate how to turn the chemical element bismuth into complex and beautiful crystals using a stove-top sauce pan. The element has an extremely low level of radioactivity, but is generally regarded as being non-toxic.

It is the most highly diamagnetic element known, and is slightly radioactive with a half-life of approximately 19,000,000,000,000,000,000 years. The low melting point of 520 degrees fahrenheit makes it a simple task to melt on a kitchen stove.

Bismuth

Bismuth

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The Two-String Piezoelectric Violin, An Otherworldly 3D-Printed Take on the Violin

Violin

The Two-String Piezoelectric Violin is a large, angular musical instrument created by MONAD Studio of Miami, Florida that was created entirely through 3D printing. The sharp and somewhat unwieldy instrument will go on display at the 3D Print Design Show in New York City on April 16 and 17, 2015, along with four other 3D-printed instruments created by the studio. All will be played at the event by a rotating cast of musicians.

Violin

images via MONAD Studio

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Gary Dahl (1936-2015), An Advertising Executive Who Invented The Pet Rock

Gary Dahl

Gary Dahl, a California advertising executive who rose to fame with the invention of the Pet Rock in 1975, passed away from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at age 78. Dahl conceived of the novelty while drinking with friends in a bar in Los Gatos, California. As they complained about their pets, Dahl had a brainstorm for one that wouldn’t require feeding, walking, or cleaning. The rock, which was packaged with bedding inside a cardboard case with air holes, made Dahl a millionaire.

Gary Dahl

images via The New York Times

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An Artist Uses the Wheels of a Glowing Nissan LEAF Car to Create the World’s Largest Glow-in-the-Dark Painting

British artist Ian Cook employed Nissan Europe’s new glowing LEAF electric car to create the Guinness World Records-certified world’s largest glow-in-the dark painting. The glowing painting itself depicts the front of a Nissan LEAF, created by spreading splattered paint across the canvas with the car’s wheels. Cook’s work traditionally uses far smaller radio-controlled vehicles as brushes.

Nissan

Nissan

Nissan

Nissan

images via Nissan

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‘Taking Pictures’, A Delightful Computer-Animated Short Film About Love Through the Lens of a Camera

“Taking Pictures” is a delightful short film created by London-based computer animator Simon Taylor that follows a love story between two photographers. Taylor explained in a recent interview that the short was inspired by an incident in his own life.

I decided to do a “boy meets girl” type story but wanted it to be as unique and un-cliche as possible but still feel genuine. I remembered a moment between my girlfriend and I where we were waiting in a queue and both had our cameras, we started popping the flashes up at each other like a quickdraw.

The artist also details his process in a short behind-the-scene video.

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