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Thanks to Michael, Shakes, and everyone else who pointed out that the technology to make lighter-than-air foam logotypes and other symbols has been around for awhile, and was not, in fact, invented by Stuart Semple as I claimed yesterday. And to be fair to Stuart, he’s not claiming to have invented it, either. The trade name for these machines is “Flogos.”

Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


  • cdreid

    Because.. you know.. we dont have enough pollution and garbage in the ecosystem. Now people will actually be able to pay specifically to create more!

  • Nate

    Ten seconds of reading their website:
    “Environmentally safe” http://www.flogos.net/FAQ.html#f7
    and
    MSDS Sheets and the Env. Impact Study http://www.flogos.net/info.htm

    I don’t know many companies who push their MSDS sheets into the forefront like this.

    That being said…this is just one more thing that we can use to clutter the air around grand openings we’ll probably never be attending….

  • Gary

    This would be a very cool thing for my classes, even if on a smaller scale. Are there any brilliant MAKE readers who understand how the flogos are made?

  • Footer

    I saw this technology used a while back by Nintendo. Check it out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmK4UEN2EwM

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