Happy April Fools’ Day!

It’s April Fools’ Day so all over the world wide web there are pranks being posted everywhere.

Three of my favourite ones I’ve seen today are:

Gmail Motion

According to Google, the mouse and the keyboard are outdated. With all of the new technologies that exist today, why still use the old stuff? It’s time for some human computer interaction. Introducing Gmail Motion — now you can control Gmail with your body!

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A Room in a Box – The Caluso Concept

the casulo concept, a room in a box

I came across this amazing design project called The Caluso Concept. It’s a box that contains an entire room!

According to trendhunter.com The Caluso Concept was created as part of Marcel Kring’s and Sebastian Mühlhäuser’s dissertation at the Köln International School of Design.

They’ve created a box which turns into a room with a desk, a closet and more within a matter of minutes.

Check out the video to see how quickly the room is assembled.

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Natsumi Hayashi: Levitation Girl

Japanese artist Natsumi Hayashi has created a series of self-portraits of her levitating. The photos have gone viral on the internet.

According to Newslite the artist came up with the idea two years ago. She started playing around with the idea of being pictured levitating as a way of showing her true self and how she is different.

Whatever the reason, I think the photos are amazing! See for yourself!

levitating girl, natsumi hayashi

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Why classical music and YouTube are a great combo

youtube symphony orchestra

youtube symphony orchestra

Last year YouTube started a new initiative called The YouTube Symphony Orchestra (YSO). The idea was that professional musicians as well as skilled hobbyists could send in an audition YouTube video. The chosen ones formed The YouTube Symphony Orchestra and performed at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Picture that, an orchestra formed entirely out of people that have auditioned on YouTube and don’t know each other at all! How could that work?

Well, it did work, in fact, it was such a huge success that this year they’re doing it again. People from all over the world have auditioned for a spot in the YSO. From a German guy playing a vuvuzela, to a Brazilian electric guitarist to the ‘standard’ violin, chello etc. players. Votes as well as an expert panel decided on the winners. The winners have been invited to a week of rehearsals and master classes at an orchestra and summit at Sydney Opera House in March, 2011, culminating in a performance conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas (Source: ibtimes.com)

According to Mashable, Ed Sanders, YouTube’s Group Marketing Manager states: ” Usually [an audition] is done behind a curtain. With our partners, we wanted to challenge that.” He continues by saying: ” If you have the skill and a webcam, you should be able to give it a crack”

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How to fit 24 rooms in a 330 square feet apartment

Meet: The Domestic Transformer.

I came across a video of this very small (330 square ft) apartment. The owner of the place is the architect Gary Chang. He grew up in a tiny apartment himself which actually inspired him to create the flexible apartment.

The way it works looks actually pretty simple. By using sliding walls, fold-down tables and chairs he is able to transform his bedroom into a kitchen, his kitchen into a bathroom, his bathroom into a study and so on. In total, he can create 24 rooms in this small space!

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