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Link About It: This Week's Picks

TECH

Link About It: This Week's Picks

Sexy emoticons, Tweet Shows, moto-unicycles, a cave restaurant, and more in this week's web round-up

by CH Contributor
on 09 April 2010
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1. GIFs of Popular Rappers

Ultra silly and seriously funny, the blog GIFs of Popular Rappers shows some of hip-hop's best striking some of their most notorious animated poses.

2. Eight Equals Capital D

Endlessly entertaining, the ingenuous 8=D emoticon just got its own website that's likely to inspire hours of wasted time and a few new tattoos.

3. Uniqlo UTweet

Japanese mega-retailer Uniqlo has some serious interactive chops, creating some of the most innovative online campaigns and microsites we've seen. Their latest, UTweet, takes all of your tweets, along with your profile pic, and turns them into an amusing animated "Tweet Show."

4. The Cave Restaurant

Ignant takes us inside a Sydney restaurant designed by Koichi Takada Architects, designed to effectively look like a modern and sculptural cave. The form and materials create just the right balance of acoustic sound quality and texture for an enjoyable dining experience.

5. Phaidon Design Classics iPad Edition

The new Design Classics iPad app by Phaidon offers access to an interactive archive of 1,000 objects that have become synonymous with good design. Information, sketches and prototypes illustrate the history of these objects spanning the last 200 years.

6. Indie Furniture

Indie Furniture makes building a DIY storage/shelving unit actually easy. The company sells the clamps needed to fit the shelves together, provides a list of the other required materials and includes a step-by-step guide on how to set up every last detail.

7. Ferrum D Gentile

Master bladesman Daniel Gentile, trained in the centuries-old craft of pattern welding, is behind Ferrum—a truly unique collection of knives and swords. You can purchase or commission one from his online shop.

8. Honda U3-X

The nifty little Honda U3-X is a uni-wheeled personal mobility device that appears to be a much better-designed alternative to the oh-so-nerdy Segway—or, in the case of some of the press shots, a lazy man's wheelchair.

The CH25 is a showcase of creators and innovators from a broad range of disciplines who are currently working to drive the world forward.

Eelke Plasmeijer

The locally driven restaurant that’s upending Balinese food culture

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We really try to keep things simple and let the produce do the talking

Melissa Kushner

Addressing the needs of orphans and vulnerable children in Malawi through microenterprise

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Poverty is complicated, there is an increasing temptation and pressure in the development space to oversimplify things

Matt Kenyon

Fusing art and technology to disrupt concepts of corporate America

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I want the work to live in the world and circulate, so it can generate more dialogue

Lulu Mickelson

A civic leader bringing change to NYC through design

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Human-centered design is one of the many tools that we can use to better engage the public

Tal Danino

The bioengineer who’s programming DNA to fight cancer

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[Manipulating genes] is very new, people are just learning how to program these organisms

Roxie Darling

From un-shampoo to transgender identity, the NYC colorist boldly defining the next chapter of hair

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Hair color is as much a science as it is a craft

Meredith Perry

How searching the Internet helped a 22-year-old invent wireless electricity

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It’s not about where the information is, it’s about how you use the tools

Pauline van Dongen

The Dutch designer blazing the wearable technology path

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I’m fascinated by concepts of change, movement, energy and perception; since they are closely related to the way we experience the world

Jonathan Sparks

Reinventing electronic music by inventing multi-disciplinary instruments

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Recorded music is becoming so cheap, so the value of music is now in live performance

Joshua Harker

Pushing the boundaries of sculpture with intricate 3D printing

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My intent was to explore and depict the architecture of the imagination, to interpret and share forms evident in the mind’s eye

Kegan Schouwenburg

Revolutionizing orthotics through 3D-printed insoles

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What orthotics do is they effectively change the geometry of what your alignment is like

Alex Kalman

The tiny museum in Manhattan that’s redefining museums

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The mission is to put this small simple and powerful tool into the hands of as many people as possible

Sarah Kunst

The entrepreneur single-handedly changing the landscape for women in tech

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People who live on a planet that is half women but can never seem to find any when they need one, I have solved your problem

Corinne Joachim Sanon

The chocolatier bringing social change to Haiti and bean-to-bar chocolate to the world

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Seeing the poverty surrounding me and the lack of jobs and opportunity bothered me

Douglas Riboud + Justin Guilbert

How a mission to create great coconut water led to a whole new way of doing business

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We’ve made a conscious decision to be as transparent and honest as we can, and let people decide for themselves

Dan Barasch + James Ramsey

A quest to make the future brighter—underground

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We both share a passion for groundbreaking technology and a shared love of New York

Cynthia Breazeal

How an emotional, empathetic robot named Jibo stands to revolutionize communication

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The thing that's so provocative about social robots is that it's fundamentally a community technology

Sabine Seymour

A future where smart clothes are as ubiquitous as zippers

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In the future you will not buy a piece of 'functional' clothing without SoftSpot

Kathleen Supové

The NYC performance artist who’s radically reinventing the piano recital

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I like pieces that are virtuosic, that show off the piano and what it can do, and are awe-inspiring

George Arriola and Monohm

An heirloom electronic for the post-smartphone era

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We agonized during the design process as all hyper-obsessed craftspeople should

Vanessa Newman

Redesigning pregnancy for the post-gender generation with Butchbaby & Co.

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I want my customers to feel comfortable and unchanged, in that becoming pregnant didn't take away from or compromise their identity

Leopoldine Huyghues Despointes

The young filmmaker and non-profit founder who just wants people to follow their dreams

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I feel confident and ready to accomplish so much more, the movement is on

LaToya Ruby Frazier

Documenting the slow, troubling change in Braddock, Pennsylvania

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I am not a journalist, I am a conceptual documentary artist using my visual expression for building narratives that are unseen and unheard

Tarren Wolfe

The next-generation appliance making kitchens greener—literally

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Our goal is to provide food for everyone in the world, and the best place to start is in our very own community

Marcus Weller

Using technology to turn motorcycle helmet design on its head

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I was taken aback both by the number of people that doubted it, and by the equally large number of people that got behind it
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