Artist Hightlight: Michael Sato

MichaelSato Several months ago I met Michael Sato randomly on our company’s LiveChat. When I work late at night, I would go on LiveChat just because I enjoyed speaking directly to customers. Michael was talking about using our speakers while he was doing photo shoots. He really likes listening to music while making his art, but he couldn’t wear headphones while he was working with models and athletes. He often shoots action sports photography, so he needed a versatile speaker. The fact that Boombots clipped on made it the perfect companion to take on shoots.

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How you can attend the upcoming Gommi Arcade Gallery

Makers of the popular animated series will be hosting an exclusive art evenT next weekend

For those out of the loop, Gommi Arcadian is a prodigy in a digital world who discovers a mask that enables him see the real world. With the help of his friends, he uses the mask’s mysterious power in combatting the ruling elite.

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The series has created a cult following, and some big time names have thrown their support behind the series and its subsequent clothing line, including LeBron James, Pharrell Williams, and more.

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To celebrate how far Gommi’s come, Gommi Arcade will be hosting the “Gommi Pop-Up Gallery” at NYC’s Reed Space Annex.

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The event can only be seen Friday, April 11th, during which there will be a private reception and screening, and Saturday, April 12th, which will be open to the public.

At the event, guests will be able to view drawings, painting, prints, preliminary character and background sketches, storyboards, 3D toy models and special edition merchandise. There will also be an exclusive showing of the upcoming ‘GOMMI ARCADE – Episode 1: Welcome To Neo Tokio’ animated premiere, which includes a musical score from SELDreams Entertainment.

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Music will be provided by DJ Maria and special prizes will be given out by posting #GommiGallery to party pictures to Instagram.

If you’re in the area and want to go, you can RSVP at: Malcolm@gommiarcade.com

Can’t make the trip? Shop for GOMMI Gift Shop at www.ShopGommiArcade.com, and follow GOMMI ARCADE® on Twitter and Instagram at @GommiArcade.

You can also like GOMMI on Facebook.

Designers make a bike out of old soda cans

A wooden frame and some mechanical pieces are all that’s needed for this can-bike

Want to recycle but hate taking the trip down to the depository. Here’s a solution: build a bike out of all your old soda cans.

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At least, that’s what Valencia-based designer Dan Gestoso did. His concept bike, called “Boske”, looks like it came straight out of an Ikea catalogue.

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The frame is made of curved, laminated wood, but mechanical pieces like the front fork and seat base are made out of aluminum taken from recycled soda cans.

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Now you can play music off your tattoo

Visual artist takes body modification to a whole new level

Tattoos are all about self-expression, and some times, that message gets a bit lost.

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(We love to customize our Bluetooth portable speakers, and are big fans of individual expression, but you have to have gone “WTF” when look at at least one of these.)

Russian visual artist Dmitry Moroz has seemingly solved this conundrum for the misinkerpreted, with his project “Reading my Body”. Using rail-mounted sensors that traverse across his arm, the device reads “notes” off a barcode-like tattoo, and plays sounds based on the data it picks up.

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The device is also equipped with a 3-dimensional Wii remote controller, which uses OSC protocol in order to give the user additional expression by moving one’s hand in space.

Worth noting: the sensors can either move on their own or be controlled manually, meaning each tattoo isn’t limited to one song, and one song only.

As Moroz explains on his Vimeo page, the point of this project is to “represent the artist and his instrument as a creative hybrid.”

Pretty cool concept. Take a listen for yourself below:

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Headband acts as alternative to wearing ear buds

Called the “VIBSO headphones”, this headband is actually meant to serve as an alternative to ear buds and headphones, even though they don’t actually go in the ear.

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Designed by Ecole Cantonale d’art de Lausanne student Renaud Defrancesco, the VIBSO is made of transparent acrylic glass and sends music vibrations across its surface to the user’s ears via a vibrating electromagnet.

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The magnet works, more or less, like a speaker, which has a connecting element that causes a membrane to vibrate and create sounds. In the case of VIBSO, the membrane is the glass, which transmits sound very well, and is also flexible and easy to form.

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The vibrations move down the membrane and over the surface that covers part of the ears. This allows the user to wear the headband without feeling the actual vibrations running across their noggin. The shape of the VIBSO directs the sound directly inward so that only the wearer hears the music.

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If need be, the headband can be covered for added comfort. Users can also share the music by letting someone put their ear up against the other side of the band. Personal space issues are up to the individuals.

According to Defrancesco, the purpose of the VIBSO headphones is to allow the user to be “bathed in music without being isolated like with normal headphones, which can be dangerous because you don’t hear what’s around you.”