World’s First 3D Printing Photo Booth Opens In Tokyo

3D printing photo booth, Tokyo

Needless to say, 3D printing is hot-hot-hot. While we’re patiently waiting for the first easy-to-use, mass-consumer 3D printers to hit the department stores of our cities, all kinds of artists, designers and architects try to find out what’s in it for them. Here we’ve got a remarkable example from Tokyo. Instead of taking a picture of you, this advanced photo booth produces a 3D-printed miniature replica!

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A Free Library In The Tokyo Subway

Tokyo Metro Book Share

I came across an interesting story on Tokyo Story about a book-sharing system in the metro of the Japanese capital. If you go to Nezu station on the Chiyoda subway line of the Tokyo Metro, you will find these unusual bookcases. In the shape of an old fashioned metro train, this public book-sharing installation enables travelers to read whilst sitting in the driver’s compartment of the fist carriage. You can also take a book with you to read while commuting in the ever busy Tokyo subway. As soon as you have finished it, you can return it.

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Little Bird Spreads Secret Messages In Public Space

Little Bird by Matthijs Munnik

How to leave secret messages in a place where everyone can see or hear them? Art science student Matthijs Munnik has developed a digital bird that’s able to chirp secret messages right there where everybody hears them. Using special software, the bird’s messages are encrypted into an undefined series of beeps. No-one will be able to hear what the actual message is, but if you use a special app on a smartphone you can translate the sounds to text. This way a secret layer is added to the city’s public space. Great for senseless nerd talk, funny gossip and more…

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The Instant Rainbow Painter For Cities

Rainbow Machine by Edwin Deen

Dutch artist Edwin Deen came up with a new machine to instantly create rainbow patterns on walls. Using a sprinkler installation that’s normally used to water the garden, the machine is able to turn any tunnel or alley into a fresh rainbow like space. Currently part of the ‘Use it Again’ exhibition at the Ampelhaus in Oranienbaum, Deen’s Rainbow Machine can also be used for indoor purposes as it transforms clean white spaces into almost perfect colorful gradient rooms.

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