At the recent CES, 3D Systems showcased the world’s first 3D food printers. The printers fit on your counter and come with flavored materials including chocolate, vanilla, mint, sour apple, cherry and watermelon. Via My Modern Met

life:

Happy Wright Brothers Day! Marvel at LIFE’s unusual flying objects, like this 1957 “strap-on” helicopter.
(Photo: Ralph Crane—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

This may not fall under “unusual,” but let’s add the first human-powered helicopter to the list. More on Todd Reichert and Cameron Robertson of Aerovelo. 

life:

Happy Wright Brothers Day! Marvel at LIFE’s unusual flying objects, like this 1957 “strap-on” helicopter.

(Photo: Ralph Crane—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

This may not fall under “unusual,” but let’s add the first human-powered helicopter to the list. More on Todd Reichert and Cameron Robertson of Aerovelo. 

creativemornings:

oxane:

Clifton Burt by 20x200

John Maeda spoke at CreativeMornings/NewYork about artists as leaders, the changing networks inside organizations, and what it’s like to sit in a sand pit in London.

Yes! All the talks and performances you heard at October’s PopTech 2013 conference are now available online. 

The Sikorsky Prize is one of the most elusive goals in aviation: keep a human powered helicopter aloft for more than a minute. It went 33 years without a winner until PopTech ‘13 speakers Todd Reichert & Cameron Robertson won the prize in June 2013. Watch the winning flight above and read more at Popular Mechanics

Fast Company’s piece on PopTech fellows studying how to design social innovations for impact. 

A company called Shark Wheel has reinvented the (skateboard) wheel, based on a square. It’s faster. It grips better. 

The easiest, most reliable way to connect to the internet, anywhere in the world, even when you don’t have electricity
— No power? No Internet? Rugged conditions? Meet BRCK, from PopTech friends Ushahidi. Kickstarter!!

Jay Silver on CNN!

Jay Silver spoke at PopTech 2012 about Makey Makey, an invention that turns everyday objects like bananas into a computer keyboard. He is featured in a new CNN piece. 

The humanitarian community has yet to fully realise that communication is one of the most powerful forms of aid.
— Jacobo Quintanilla, a PopTech 2012 Social Innovation Fellow, writing in the Guardian on communications in a disaster.