Saturday, October 25

In Japan, A Real-Life ‘Transformer’ Robot That Can Morph Into A Sports Car

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We have previously featured a desktop-sized robot from Japan that can transform into a car.

Now, meet its cooler cousin, the ‘J-deite Quarter’. It is a fully functional, five-feet tall prototype of a robot that can transform into a three-feet-long mini sports car.

Created by Kenji Ishida from Japan-based company Brave Robotics, Wataru Yoshizaki from Asratec Corp, and Tomy, the company that produced the original Transformers, the J-deite Quarter can morph into a mini two-seater sports car that has a maximum speed of six miles per hour.

As it name suggests, the the J-deite Quarter is a one-quarter scale replica of a future full-scale model that the team is working on called ‘King J-deite’, which is expected to be released by 2020.

Watch the video below to see the awesome J-deite Quarter in action.

[via Mashable, images via J-Deite]

J.K. Rowling Will Be Releasing A New ‘Harry Potter’ Story On Halloween

Harry Potter fans, listen up.

Popular author J.K. Rowling has announced plans to publish a special Harry Potter story via her website, Pottermore, for free on Halloween.

The 1,700-word story will focus on the backstory of the vile, cat-loving Hogwarts professor Dolores Umbridge.

According to The Independent, a statement on Pottermore said that “Umbridge is not only one of the most malicious Potter characters—she is the only person other than Lord Voldemort to leave a permanent physical scar on Harry.”

Rowling’s “revealing first-person thoughts and reflections about the character” will also be included in the new story.

Will you be camping on Pottermore to catch the new story during its release on 31 October 2014?

[via Buzzfeed, images via YouTube screenshots]

Iconic Props From Popular Horror Movies Celebrated In Dark, Minimalist Posters

With Halloween just around the corner, we think this set of minimalistic posters make for great last minute decorations for the home or office.

Created by HalloweenCostumes, these illustrated posters are inspired by popular horror films that have scared us over the years.

Iconic props from each movie are also featured in the posters, serving as drop-dead obvious hints.

Try naming the movies behind the posters below, or head to HalloweenCostumes if you are itching for answers.

[via io9, images via HalloweenCostumes]

A Funny 'Unicorn' Mask For Your Dog This Halloween

If you are thinking of how to dress your dog up for Halloween, Japanese designer Hiroko Fukatsu has designed a unicorn mask that will transform your adorable dog into a unicorn.

This fascinating mask is knitted and made by hand, with all the features of a unicorn.

If you’re still looking for a dog costume, look no further. We’re not too sure how your dog will feel about it, though.

[via Toxel]

A Simple Invention For Your Cheap Whiskey That Makes It Taste Expensive

Portland-based company Whiskey Elements has created a simple tool that makes cheap whiskey taste deliciously oak-aged in just 24 hours.

Discovering a fine whiskey is distinguished from a cheap one by two elements: time and oak, they named their product after that.

Each piece of the product is a wooden oak stick that has ridges that allow the whiskey to be absorbed by the oak at a quicker rate.

The creators of this item call this "accelerated transpiration through capillary action", where the whiskey will then be aged perfectly while in the bottle.

The project is currently in its Kickstarter stage. For more information, visit their Kickstarter page.

Watch the video below to find out more:

[via Springwise]

Infographic: Tips To Make Your Mornings Better

Online website Entrepreneur has collaborated with Column Five Media to produce this infographic that provides useful advice on how you can ‘Take Back Your Mornings’.

This infographic compiles research and wisdom from sleep experts and known productive people to help you have a better morning routine, and how it can add life to your years.

View it below:

Click to view entire infographic

Click to view entire infographic

[via Entrepreneur]

Friday, October 24

FREEBIE: 30 Free Top Quality Travel Icons

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This year is drawing closer to the end. If you’re like most people, travel is definitely in the cards come holiday season.

So while we’re planning and finalizing our trips, our friends over at Vector Guild have prepared for us 30 fine-quality travel icons for use in your design adventures.

Expertly crafted and shared by Andrew Colin Beck. Be sure to check out his portfolio!


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FREE Source of Design Mockups x Templates

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Alright designers, I know most of you would already have a toolkit of mockups handy for client presentations or design merchandise.

Today, we’re giving you more free mockups to add to your sick collection courtesy of Go Media.

As the creators of the popular Shirt Mockup, GM is proud to bring you Mockup Everything.

It’s an easy-to-use platform that has a variety of print products from apparel (read t-shirts) to billboard signs to bottles to tech to various body parts (read ankle).

They also have a Pro version to gain access to many more product templates and the ability to mockup snapshots twice the size of the Free version. Either way, this is one resource you won’t want to miss!

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Ankle Long-Sleeved-Polo-Ghosted-Front Mens-Distressed-T-Shirt-Modelshot Womens-Ribbed-Beater_Modelshot Mens-Underwear-Flat-Front bus-stop-ad hat

Infographic: How To Be The Ultimate Leader

UK-based Thales Learning & Development has come up with an infographic laying out seven traits of an ultimate leader.

Can you identify with those that are mentioned?

Scroll down to find out more.

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[via Thales Learning & Development]

Infographic: How Co-Workers Affect Your Productivity

Online collaboration platform Taskworld has created an infographic that tells you the effects your co-workers might be having on your productivity.

Find out if your co-workers are helping or hindering your performance in the infographic below.

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[via Visualistan, image via Taskworld]