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Norway's new, rad, pixel art currency

 

Some people work themselves to the bone for the almighty dollar. But, let's face it, our legal tender is pretty drab compared to European currency. However, Norway is setting a new, higher standard with its abstract pixel art featured on the back side of their currency. This is basically the coolest thing to happen to money since... money – cause money is cool, but pixel art money is cooler.

 

Norway's Norges Bank recently announced the winner of their design competition for the national currency. Two winners have been picked from the bunch. The front side of the new bills will feature traditional Norwegian art created by The Metric System. Basically, the front side will be very nationalistic and boring.

 

The back side of the new Norwegian bill will bring Norway into the 21st Century with a pixel party! The design was created by Snøhetta and features abstract pixel artwork that makes money fun. The pixel artwork uses Norwegian landscapes as its basis. The art has turned coastal landscapes into color pixels which become more progressively abstract as the monetary value increases. They titled their pixel color-block artwork Beauty of Boundaries. It's quite a cool concept and you can see their winning money design collection on their website (http://snohetta.com/project/200-norways-new-banknotes).

 

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A juxtaposition of the Norwegian landscapes used to create the pixel money art

 

The photo above shows the juxtaposition of how Snøhetta turned a photo of a Norwegian coastal landscape into a hazy, abstract, purple dream using pixels. This money is set to enter circulation by 2017, so you may want to hold off on your Norwegian travel plans until then.

 

The pixelated color-block design was determined in-part by using the Beaufort wind force scale. They tried to indicate the strength of the wind by the length of the squares of color. Hence, the art not only depicts a scene, but tries to give the view a sense of the sensation of experiencing the coast in person. As the wind increases in the particular coastal city, the value of the note also increases. These were very clever designers, indeed.

 

The art is beautiful, and the concept behind it melds nature with the age of technology to create something inspiring.

 

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Political promising can be deceiving.

 

See the real differences in a comparative look at "Who will be better for the engineering industry - Romney or Obama."

 

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This joke made the whole lab laugh. But is it funny to everyone else?

 

 

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Truly an overlooked, underappreciated part of the team. Remember, they always make it work.

 

Read some stories from out in the field:

The military's uncelebrated heroes, the Joint Robotics Repair Detachment

Military mechanics go Augmented with help from ARMAR

Why Is My Equipment Being Taken Away?

ESD Testing Does Not Test EMC Susceptibility

Infrastructure Improvement: The Smart Bridge

(More to follow, soon...)

 

 

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To some extent organic-electronics are natural, but they are not quite picked from the vine.

 

Read about what exactly are organic electronics.

 

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Phillip's ErgoSense monitor constantly watches your posture. It will become annoying in the late afternoon for sure.

 

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Combine the following:

The thermal cloaking concentric rings developed by Sebastien Guenneau at the Institut Fresnel in France.

The electromagnetic cloak cylinder from Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain.

 

Add them up, you get the Battlefield Invisibility Uniform (BIU) worn by all our future war fighters.

 

"You can't shoot what you can't see."

 

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University of Belgium students created a touchscreen interface using CRT monitors. The system requires a glove laden with phototransistors to work. Cumbersome apparatuses to operate a defunked technology is not a winning combination, except for those with a lot of TVs.

 

I remember Montgomery Ward's Electric Avenue, it seemed like the future to my young eyes. It was the company's first entrance into the budding world of technology. Unfortunately, their last. Or is it?

 

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NASA's Robo-Glove gives a user a grip strength boost. It is possible with only 10 pounds of pressure, 20 pounds or more is experienced between the clutches of the gloves.

 

 

How many objects do you think the NASA test engineers squished with those gloves?

 

 

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Robot Jockeys replaced child riders in the United Arab Emirates camel racing circuit due to international human rights pressure.

 

Since then, several generations of the robotic riders have come and gone. The latest having arms used to manipulate reigns along with the riding crop.

 

There must be a Robot Jockey superstar in the camel racing world. Others tremble when they see him coming.

 

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The University of New South Wales has created an inexpensive, "perfect," single-atom transistor. The future of electronic devices for sure.

 

Hopefully no one will lose that atom...

 

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North Carolina State University researchers have come up with a way to get a 21% boost in computer performance by making the CPU and GPU work together like a single unit. Sponsored by AMD, The researchers efforts are sure to make it inside the next line of APUs.

 

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As Kinect for Windows integrates itself into homes, how soon before we all start flailing our arms? I would say this is an accurate depiction of how one might look using the device. Inspired off of my inability to navigate the XBOX Netflix menus with Kinect.

 

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