Beatfly: an illuminated, Arduino-based blimp

From Make: Japan: Beatfly is a small illuminating blimp for entertainment. Its light and movement can be controlled via various interfaces such as MIDI controller, iPhone multi-touch interface, Flash interface on a web site, computer keyboard, mobile phones and voice, and music. It flies, filling the space with colorful light,... Read more »

Japanese wave-shaping machine

These are not standing waves; they appear momentarily and then recede. Which is still pretty amazing. The machine, at Japan's National Maritime Research Institute, is being described in the English-language blogosphere as having been designed to conduct water-safety tests. [via Neatorama] Read more »

Kanji-to-animal transformers

Japanese toy giant Bandai is set to release a series of nifty kanji figures that transform into the shapes of the animals they represent. The shape-shifting critters, called Mojibakeru (moji means “character” and bakeru means “to change”), come in six varieties — 犬 (dog), 虎 (tiger), é­š (fish), 馬 (horse),... Read more »

Simulated swimming pool with room inside

Argentinian artist Leandro Erlich created this installation, simply called The Swimming Pool, for The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan. A 10cm layer of water over a piece of glass separates above from below. It must be a pretty serious piece of glass; some back-of-the-envelope math based... Read more »

The city at night is made of light

Tokyo/Glow is a short film, written and directed by Jonathan Bensimon, about the little glowing guy from a cross-walk sign who jumps down from the sign, at night, and wanders around Tokyo gawking at all the lights. I don't think there are any CG effects. The film's amazing look was... Read more »

Japanese space elevator video

I’m not sure what’s going on here but it appears to be an ode to space elevators. The uploader’s YouTube channel also has similar videos saluting the Pioneer and Voyager space probes as well as one talking about terraforming Mars. [via the Space Elevator blog] Read more »