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 »

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 »

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 »