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This working cyborg arm built out of Lego is the brainchild of Diavo Voltaggio. He made the creation at Brick Fair in Chantilly, Virgina and calls it the Mark VI since it’s the sixth version of the arm that he has created. He built it using a Lego Mindstorms EV3 set. Mashable notes:

The Mark VI features LED lights and a smartphone cradle, although neither are necessary to the arm’s functioning. Despite its simplicity, the machine sucks up quite a bit of juice: Voltaggio says he has to replace the batteries in the arm every hour or so.

It all works via little buttons inside the arm that, when touched, cause motors to activate making the fingers open and close. Next up on his to-do list? A full body!

See video of the arm in action and an interview with the designer after the break.

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This gorgeous fabric never looks the same twice since it changes as wind flows over its surface. It comes from material studio The Unseen who developed a special ink that reacts to changes in the air with a fluctuating pattern of colors. Artist Lauren Bowker worked with the studio on a special collection for Swarovski called “Air” which was a part of this year’s London Fashion Week. According to My Modern Met:

The biological and chemical technology is integrated into layers of fabric and transforms its color in response to pressure change. Air’s nano compounds, inks, and dyes are capable of sensing up to seven stimuli: heat, UV, pollution, moisture, chemicals, friction, and sound. Each element has a different color-altering effect; pollution, for instance, can change between yellow to black. The result is that it translates our environment into a stunning visual representation, where a multi-faceted garment is reminiscent of an insect’s iridescent exoskeleton.

This complex process results in some truly mesmerizing clothing.

See more pictures and video after the break.

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Guardians of the Galaxy has only been in theaters for a few days, but even before it hit the big screen, people were cosplaying the characters. Designer Sara Richard was inspired to create some very high fashion versions of both Groot and Rocket Raccoon, and she gave them yet another twist by making them women. The results are beautiful. Somebody, go cosplay these!

Check out Sara’s site for more amazing pop culture fashion designs.

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These gorgeous steampunk versions of Disney characters come from the mind of DeviantArtist MecaniqueFairy who has taken everyone to a whole new world. Each character gets steampunk additions that perfectly fit, like goggles on Mickey’s top hat, Tinkerbell with mechanical wings, and Ariel with a breathing mask and finned boots.

See more of our favorites after the break.

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This 3D Alien Xenomorph suit is the work of UK-based James Burton of XRobots who makes all sorts of science fiction props. This is just the latest of his incredible creations. According to 3D Printing Industry:

This isn’t Bruton’s first Alien suit, he previously constructed a suit by sculpting the parts in clay, creating plaster molds and then casting the parts in latex rubber. While he was happy with the results of his first suit he found it to be messy and time consuming to construct. Additionally the head was extremely heavy and the bodysuit was made of more liquid latex, so it was quite difficult to move around and uncomfortable.

His new Xenomorph project will be constructed in small, individual 3D printed parts that can be easily fit together. By designing his suit in pieces not only can he build it to a size specific for himself, but he can put in closures and connectors so each piece can fit together seamlessly.

See more pictures and the video after the break.

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This body paint is so good that it takes your brain a few seconds to grasp what it’s actually seeing. Believe it or not, this is a contortionist that’s bent over backward and painted to look like a tarantula. She also did a sea horse and giraffe design but the spider is by far the creepiest of the lot.

See the video after the break.

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It’s fun to shop for products simply based on packaging from time to time, and I definitely do it with perfume bottles. I mean, if I can get a nice scent and have something that looks good on my shelf, why wouldn’t I buy it? Needless to say, I’d be tempted to buy several of these superhero serum cologne bottles if they actually existed. Web design company Animink created concept art for an upscale men’s fragrance line as an experiment. The bottles are inspired by heroes such as Captain America, Batman, and Superman.

Check out more of the cologne bottle designs after the break.

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The creative team behind Batgirl is changing up and the character is getting a new costume to match. Gail Simone is moving on with Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher taking over writing while Babs Tarr takes on drawing. Batgirl’s look gets a nice update with some chunky yellow boots and a slick leather (not spandex!) jacket that cosplayers will likely jump all over.

The first issue with the new look (#35) hits shelves this October. Check out an interview with the team on MTV.

(via The Mary Sue)

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High heels look great, but they are never comfortable. London College of Fashion graduate Silvia Fado Moreno has come up with a solution in the form of high heels with built-in hydraulic springs to cushion your every step. The Kinetic Traces collection was developed by Moreno through studying impact absorption, shoe weight, traction, and durability and then adding components to make the shoe more comfortable.

There are springs and even rubber balls worked into the designs which have lots of unique wood and leather elements. The shoes were created using both traditional leather and woodworking combined with laser cutting and 3D printing.

See more pictures after the break.

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Some people might just throw away the cardboard boxes after having a ton of presents shipped for Christmas. They might even go so far as to take them to a recycling place. But, How-Lun Chen took it to the next level.

He decided to make something with those boxes; a simple helmet, shield and sword out of cardboard. Not surprisingly, his kid had a blast playing with them.

In fact, he and his son had so much fun making these armor pieces out of cardboard that he turned the idea into a kit and created Crafteeo. From left over cardboard boxes to a small business. How cool is that?

And, he just keeps building on the idea. How-Lun has created characters who have different helmets and armor. Pathfinder, Crimson Lion, Hammer Fist, and Wave Rider even have a story on his site with illustrations by Art Edel.

Check out a video about How-Lun and his cardboard creations after the break.

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