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Will o' the wispahedron

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Textured Transluscent Plastic is a very curious material.  With a light behind it, the material seems to glow as a smoky monsoon of diffuse radiance.  A laser through it will diffract into chaos, but a laser through two layered sheets will instead spread into constellations.
But how to build a lamp of it?

Originally, I wanted to see if I could get the lamp to float, perhaps held aloft in a fan, or somehow using magnets.  Ultimately, the imperfections in construction made these plans impossible; a fan will not hold it up much better than it would hold up a cheesecloth.
That said, the construction is hours away from a semi-permanent home above my bed.
Behold, a 3-photo tour-de-force of its construction:




 Parts used:

1 yard of textured transluscent plasticClear tapeGarage lamp (deconstructed)Grate from a kitchen strainerClamp to hold the lamp parts, and rest the strainer atop it
Ideas for improvement: Stronger tape and more precisely cut parts would help it keep its shape betterA metal frame…

Glen Liberman from Kinekt Design

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Last week, we spoke to Glen Liberman from Kinekt Design (http://www.kinektdesign.com). Glen launched his company with the patented Gear Ring, which features six micro-precision gears that turn in unison when the outer rims are spun. The Gear Ring currently has over 1 million views on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NI2N6fsPjjg).


Glen has been designing since his 3rd year in college where he became interested in making prototypes of objects and products. Please find three examples of his work below:
One of his most recent design objects, inspired by Toshio Iwai’s Electroplankton game, is a square object designed to convey a sound wave. For fabrication, Glen intends to make each limited edition object out of glass and create a “new kind of snow globe” by filling the object with water and tiny plastic “square wave” fish.



Glen describes another design, Bauhouse Blocks, as a play on the German art movement, Bauhaus. To help convey the concept, Glen added in doors and chimneys to t…