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DIY Mini BB-8 by john cheng

As many should know by now, BB-8 the spherical droid, is not cgi. The droid is an actual physical object that the actors were able to interact with. BB-8 has been developed with the aid of Sphero the company that developed the smartphone controlled RC ball.

Well Christian Poulsen has already hacked said RC ball into a mini BB-8! If you want to build your own little BB-8, Poulsen has a breakdown on how to make one at Make:

Playing catch with my home made BB-8 Droid. Check out more of my work here: http://www.cp3d.us/ And the building process here: http://makezine.com/projects/make-this-mini-star-wars-bb-8-ball-droid-with-a-hacked-sphero/

Square Cash by Square by john cheng

Using mobile devices to make payments will be inevitable, thus all the different companies trying to figure out how to do this correctly especially the peer to peer aspect. Paypal and Venmo are the ones that come to mind. Square cash is a new service created by Square that uses the "$" tag with a handle you create in order go get paid. Watch the video to see how they envision this to work.

Let me put it this way, it'll make payments that much easier at conventions when a customer doesn't have cash or credit card on hand to pay for goods, but has their phone.

Create a $Cashtag to get paid fast. Powered by Square Cash, a $Cashtag is a simple name that you create and can share with anyone, anywhere, online or off. Claim your $Cashtag today.

Willy Lastra Glass Blowing Studio in Buenos Aires by john cheng

Check out this great video of Willy Lastra's glass blowing studio in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Get a closer look into his studio as well as why he decided to open up this studio.

Un perfil sobre Willy Lastra, soplador de vidrio artesanal, en su taller de Berazategui, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Música: Mientras tanto Narcotango de su disco Cuenco -- A profile on Argentine glassblower Willy Lastra and his workshop in Berazategui, Buenos Aires. Music: Mientas tanto by Narcotango from their album Cuenco

Man at Arms: League of Legends Katarina's Daggers by john cheng

League of Legends fans! Man at arms Reforged took a stab at making Katarina's Daggers and they look awesome! Check out the entire process in the video! Check out more awesome weapons created by Man at Arms on the AweMe Channel.

Which weapon will be next? ►► Subscribe! http://bit.ly/AWEsub Every other Monday, our team of blacksmiths and craftsman will be building some of your favorite weapons, and some weapons that you've never seen before. This week, we're recreating Katarina's Daggers from League of Legends!

Equil: Smartmarker by john cheng

A while back I posted on a cool whiteboard called Smart Kapp that would help you collaborate in real time with colleagues via whiteboard. Equil's Smartmarker is another similar solution that allows you to use a larger surface. I want one of these!

The new, digital marker that makes any whiteboarding surface smart. The Equil Smartmarker let's everyone stay on the same page, no matter where you happen to be. Save, share and stream whiteboard notes and drawings to anyone on any device, whether in the same room or half a world away.

The Atlantic: Creative Ideas Happen When You Stop Checking Your Phone by john cheng

I think we all have trouble with this whether we admit it or not. Let's just try and embrace a bit of boredom and see what may come of it.

Remember what it's like to be bored? A New York public radio show asked thousands of its listeners to stop checking their phones and see where their minds took them. New Tech City host Manoush Zomorodi takes James Hamblin to Science House in Manhattan to experience purposeful boredom-and see what creative breakthroughs came.

Kickstarter: CoordiMate by john cheng

MATHEMATICIANS! Heed my words! Coordimate is coming!!!

I was never a math wiz back in highschool, but i do remember having to draw graphs over and over and over and over.... I'm pretty sure there are a lot of you who remember doing this. But wasting precious time drawing Cartesian graphs only to have them come out lop sided was very frustrating. Coordimate helps you with that problem with a push of a button, literally. 

TED Ed: How Do Vaccines Work? by john cheng

There is quite a bit of talk now about vaccines due to the number of rising cases of measles, but rather than talk about whether or not you should vaccinate, here is a great video by TED Ed explaining how vaccines work. Check it out!

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-do-vaccines-work-kelwalin-dhanasarnsombut The first ever vaccine was created when Edward Jenner, an English physician and scientist, successfully injected small amounts of a cowpox virus into a young boy to protect him from the related (and deadly) smallpox virus. But how does this seemingly counterintuitive process work?

Brady Bunch x Danny Trejo x Snickers by john cheng

This is freaking hilarious!

A new Snickers commercial recasts the classic television show The Brady Bunch with Steve Buscemi and an ax-wielding Danny Trejo in the roles of daughters Marcia and Jan by editing the two men into a scene with Mike (Robert Reed) and Carol Brady (Florence Henderson).
In the commercial the characters make reference to two classic scenes from show. The first is when Marcia has her nose broken by a football thrown by her brother before a big date, and the other is when a frustrated Jan famously screams, “Marcia! Marcia! Marcia!
Snickers also released a video detailing the process that went into creating the commercial, which included rebuilding the famous set and digital mouth replacement.

In this special episode, we find out what happens to Marcia and Jan when they're hungry. Let's just say it's not pretty. https://www.facebook.com/snickers https://www.twitter.com/snickers http://www.snickers.com

From re-creating the famous living room to digital mouth replacement, go behind the scenes and see what it took to make the SNICKERS Super Bowl commercial featuring The Brady Bunch.

Bond: Automated Robots With Pens Imitating Human Handwriting by john cheng

I definitely could have used this service when I was writing thank you cards.

Bond is a fantastic online gift-giving service that uses automated robots with ink pens to imitate actual human handwriting and send handwritten notes to whomever.

Bond is technology for thoughtful companies. Use Bond to send handwritten cards in seconds. Visit us at: hellobond.com Contact us: concierge@hellobond.com

Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Sage Medallions by john cheng

Playing with Rhino3D has been my life as of late. Since the advent of 3D printing and how quickly it seems to be rising in the limelight, I felt it necessary to be somewhat knowledgeable on 3D rendering. I needed a project, so I decided making signet rings would be a good mixture of ease and difficulty. 

I was also in a fit of nostalgia seeing many images of Legend of Zelda on my feed, resulting in the creation of signet rings for the sages in Ocarina of time. These have never been printed before, but if you're willing to risk 10 bucks or more (depending on the material you pick) you can have your own by ordering from Shapeways!

I've already ordered some samples but they have yet to arrive. Fingers crossed!

Diving into Rhino 3D by john cheng

In the past year, I already felt that I should get my hands dirty with some 3D rendering software so that I could add 3D modeling and 3D printing to my list of skills. It wasn't until last night that I really dove into it. I ended up choosing to use Rhino because it is currently in beta for Mac and free to download.

For my first project I knew I needed to make something simple as not to overwhelm myself with overly complex shapes. I landed on creating a new wax seal/chop that I could attach to my keys. So for the experience has been awesome! Some of my deeply engrained habits with the Adobe Creative Suite do get in the way, but all in all it's easy to get over once you get into a 3D modeling groove. Still lots to learn and experiment with but hopefully I'll be able to send this off to Shapeways soon and you'll be seeing me rock my new stamp as a keychain.

Portrait of a Letterpress Printer // Letterpress Printers Database by john cheng

A great video of William Amer and his lifelong passion for letterpress printing initially kindled by his father.

Visit willamer.com.au For more information about William Amer.

A short documentary portrait about William Amer, a letterpress printer and instructor based in Rockley NSW, Australia. For more information about William, visit www.willamer.com.au Music: Dexter Britain - ‘Ideas’ (licensed through the music bed) Edited in Final Cut Pro X and Graded with FilmConvert

Sydney, Australia may be a bit of a far reach to get some letterpress printing done, but never fear! Beauty of Letterpress has a database of letterpress locations. Check out their website to find a letterpress printer near you.

Making Aluminum Ingots by john cheng

This video has been making it's rounds on the internet, but it's such a great tutorial that I want to post it as well! Time to save all your soda cans for all those new DIY projects in 2015!

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Watchmaker Reassembles a Rolex by john cheng

As 2014 winds down and time presses on forward, celebrate by watching this amazing video of a watchmaker reassembling the intricate pieces of a Rolex. These pieces help us measure the time that seems to always escape us. How will you live in 2015?

Watchfinder & Co. presents: Inside the Rolex Submariner, a demonstration of the intricacies of the Rolex calibre 3135. WF&Co. Head Watchmaker Tony Williams shows you how this famous movement is taken apart and reassembled. A History of the Rolex Submariner: First revealed to the public in 1953, the Rolex Submariner was a diving watch for everyone.

Smart Kapp Dry-Erase Board by john cheng

SMART Kapp, a dry-erase board that transmits content written on it in real time to nearby smartphones. Pretty cool idea and seems like a very useful tool if used properly. I'd like to use this to brainstorm rough thumbnail sketches for various projects. Let me add this to my wish list for my dream office.