“This Gravity Bike built by Jeff Tiedeken can reach high speeds when going downhill due to its lightweight design and lack of features like a chain and pedals. The seat is fitted over the rear wheel, and the bike has a low profile, allowing the rider to position themselves like they would on a motorbike.
The minimalistic design features elegant curves, 26-inch Crossmax Lefty wheels, Avid Elixr hydraulic disc brakes and motorbike-style footpeg struts. The bike has reached speeds of 50 mph and is said to have the potential to achieve up to 70 mph.” - PSFK
London tube map
“The tube map is something we all take for granted and rarely consider its origins. Ever wondered who came up with the seamless (but maybe not geographically accurate) design? Well, it was a chap called Harry Beck who was hired to redesign the map in 1931. Some could compare Beck’s approach to the London Underground to Steve Jobs’ vision of computers: ‘what do people need and how do we make it simple?’ as he ditched the curved lines and natural bends and implemented a simple grid-like system making the map easier to read. His first design (above) was rejected leading him to design a map very similar to the one we now know and love. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The London Transport Museum is hosting a season of talks and events discussing the evolution of the tube map, contemporary art, a Piccadilly Line walking tour and much more. Be sure to check out the exhibition and to book quickly so you don’t miss out.” Carly-Ann Clements, Time Out
Throughout this Tumblr we’ve been exploring ideas of networked spaces, where software melds with infrastructure or the landscape to create a new experience of space. This quirky project, Beatmap, integrates GPS, movement and techno freakout music to create geographically dictated mash-ups.
It makes the surface of the earth into a control surface. Imagine how this technology can change our experience of moving around the planet, the possibilities are only just now being explored.
The Stockholm Globe Arena, known as the Ericsson Globe is apparently the world’s largest round building. The globe is the national indoor arena and while built for ice hockey, has also hosted the Dalai Lama, Pope John Paul II and Nelson Mandela.
Inside there is a funicular railway to take passengers around the spherical architecture called the Skyview. This transport apparatus is made up of a little glass orb which hoists passengers around using ski lift technology in about 20 minutes, going about 130 metres high. It is an incredible way to get a first class view of surrounding Stockholm through the syncopated windows.
Portrait of the city: Shadows
A shadow is an image that results from the absence of light. In this simple yet powerful film about mobility, a skateboarder moves around concrete of the city. His shadow is filmed upright, inverting the POV and creating a moving image against the texture of materials such as asphalt, concrete and traffic cones. The short film is made by Joe Pease and inspired by an essay on Peter Pan called Shades of a Shadow that examines the symbolism of the shadow.
The most important image ever taken
In this reblogged Youtube clip, we see the “most important image ever taken”. Scientists who control the Hubble Space Telescope decided to take a risk and pointed the heavy machinery into a supposedly empty patch in deep space, a little black space near the Big Dipper. From what we previously knew, there were no stars here. They worried that the expensive shooting time would reveal nothingness, but over the span of ten days, photons that had travelled over 10 billion years ended up on the receptor.
The final image revealed over 3,000 galaxies with over 100 billions stars, a document of both space and time. 3-D technology was utilized to further visualize the expansion of the universe and gave us just a peek into how large the universe actually is, and how fast it is expanding.
This important image came about simply through acting on curiosity and taking a chance on a hunch.
This video was reblogged from unplugthetv, a contemporary take on channel surfing. By clicking a link, the site offers a random selection of short films, taken from the web, that examine brilliant ideas. The blog covers a range of topics from why we can’t walk straight to Chinese history to dog biting behaviors - each clip is intelligent, witty and hopefully can teach you something that television can’t. A great destination for those with ADD who are curious to learn.
The Hubble Ultra Deep Field in 3D