Holy crap! Some nutty Hungarian, and by nutty I mean completely brilliant & creative, has embedded glass fiber optic material in concrete creating light-freaking-conducting concrete! He's calling it LiTraCon (short for Light Transmitting Concrete), of course.
Look at this amazing application of trees & their shadows visible through the concrete.
I'm a HUGE fan of efforts to make all the buildings that surround us more useful/amazing/entertaining and, before, have only had the super awe-inspiring Blinkenlights to rant about. Haven't heard my Blinkenlights rant? Just ask. I've not previously been at liberty to post about it because I've been trying to convince various employers to consider parternering with the Blinkenlights folks - or if they are disagreeable - building something similar. I've given up on the convincing, though, and will just continue to bore people to tears with my 15minute non-stop rant about it. I imagine the system installed across multiple buildings in a skyline and the ability to play games or scroll messages from building to building. _How_ is is that no one has looked at these kinds of applications as ad space? How many kajillions of people gaze lovingly at night skylines? How much ad space is there left in our major cities/tourist concentrated areas - Times Sq/Picadilly/Shinjuku, etc? (worried about the natural beauty of the uncommercialized skyline? tough. we'll restrict the hours, sponsor the "twinkly lights-only-no-ads-time, or have "sponsored" ads free nights, or only do the super cool games part on certain nights.)
Hello?!?! These people built an interface where you can dial into a building via your mobile phone and play video games (Tetris, Pong, Breakout and PacMan) using the building as your display device. I stood on the bank of the Seine, dialed into the building network playing Pong against a french kid standing beside me both using our Mobile phones as the input devices, with the game screen displayed on the 20 story building!!!
WHEN was the last time you saw something THAT huge and cool?
This is a terrible image of what I'm talking about. Visit some of the links above to really check out the coolness, or look at some photos here