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Human-Powered Helicopters and Kinetic Objects

Take a look at some of the latest ideas, products, and visuals for the week of July 22nd brought to you by our strategists, designers, and developers.

Ideas
Atlas Human-Powered Helicopter: On June 13th, 2013, the AeroVelo Atlas Human-Powered Helicopter captured the long standing AHS Sikorsky Prize with a flight lasting 64.1 seconds and reaching an altitude of 3.3 metres. The competition was initially opened in 1980, and over the course of the 33 years that followed, dozens of teams from around the world pushed the limits of existing technology in pursuit of this once-thought-to-be impossible goal.

Remember Last.fm? It drives more album sales than Facebook: In an age where social media seems to drive every aspect of marketing, likes and retweets seem to have become a currency of their own. But being the popular musical artist on a social network doesn’t necessarily translate to being the highest seller.

iF BOGOTÁ Trend Report: A series of trend reports tailored for digital users with a strong appreciation for design and usability. Each report focuses on a specific city and analyzes their cultural evolution through several types of data points. This is a preview for their first report which focuses on Bogotá.

Products
Scent-ography: Though we can easily record thousands of images and hours of audio just to remember a single moment in time, the memory of a moment’s scent — be it the smell of a spring day, or the remnants of a campfire — is still lost forever. Designer Amy Radcliffe wants to change that, and she’s built a prototype device that could become an analog “camera” for capturing odors.

Frontback: Enter Frontback, the app. It was released today in the App Store. It’s just two square-ish photos on top of each other, filling up the entire screen of your iPhone. It’s all about immersing yourself and putting yourself in your friends’ shoes.

Visuals
Watch Robots Put Together A Tesla: This video of the electric car company’s factory shows some of the amazing automation that goes into building the car of the year.

Phillip Low: A Play of Light : Using color and dimension, Phillip Low creates static objects that become kinetic as the viewer’s perspective changes. This engagement makes you want to pick it up, touch it, arrange it, find the right position for it. You can pass the hours, just looking.

The Shanghai Film Museum: The museum has recently opened its doors to Chinese film aficionados who can now unearth more about the movie world through over 70 interactive installations and thousands of historic exhibits that have been cleverly absorbed onto a spacious black and white canvas.


Levi Brooks is the CEO/Co-founder of Use All Five.
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