How a Pop-Up Book Works

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I enjoyed this portrait of pop-up book artist Matthew Reinhart because, well, pop-up books are awesome and will never stop being amazing no matter how old I am, or how far technology advances. But also because he explains the technical aspects that go into making a pop-up book, like the v-folds he uses to make something lunge out, the layers he builds to establish structure, and the different hinges he puts in to make objects move around.

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Ford Joins the VR Race With Dedicated 360-Video Content and Mobile App

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Bringing cars into VR is far from a new concept. Back in April, BMW announced ways that they’d be using the HTC Vive to help actually design cars and, earlier this month, Vroom let you turn that same Vive into a car showroom. RelayCars, another showroom-style app on Gear VR, is one of the most popular apps on the platform, with over half a million downloads as of early July. The possibilities are plentiful with VR technology, not only for simulations, but demonstrations as well.

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Disney May Have Found a Way to Deflect Lasers With a Lightsaber

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When Disney opens 14-acre Star Wars areas in California and Florida in the coming years, there’s no doubt everything will be state of the art. In fact, a new patent suggests they’ve figured out a new way to make lightsabers work in the real world, but maybe not in the way you think.

A website called PatentYogi alerted us to a patent application, filed by Disney Enterprises, for something called an “Audience Interaction Projection System.” It’s obviously very technical but, it looks like Disney has created a system that would enable fans to deflect laser beams in real time, live in the park.

The system would likely have other uses too but, in the patent, this photo in particular seems telling.

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This Sushi-Making Robot Is the Future We Deserve

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If you haven’t seen the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi yet, it’s a fascinating look at the man behind the best sushi restaurant in the world, Jiro Ono, and his obsessive drive to continue to improve his craft, and stay one step ahead of the machines that might one day steal his job. Although he probably doesn’t know about his robot rivals yet.

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How Genetic Engineering Will Change Everything

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The future is going to be genetically modified. That means the future could be disease-free with babies being designed in labs by parents who live in a world where aging has stopped all thanks to genetic engineering. Or the future might be something else entirely with state-mandated genetic engineering to turn citizens into super soldiers. Who knows.

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Latest Flyover Reveals the Truly Epic Scale of Apple’s New $5 Billion HQ

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So how does a company spend the hundreds of billions of dollars of cash it has on hand? It builds itself a fancy new headquarters, and the latestdrone-shot flyover of Apple’s new HQ reveals the truly immense scale of not just the central spaceship building, but of the entire new campus.

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