Limited Edition Penfolds Ampoule; Strictly For Wine Lovers

photo © 2012 Penfolds Wines

It is doubtful as to whether there is a wine lover in the world that would not appreciate Penfolds’ new limited edition glass ampoule storing the extraordinary 2004 Kallima Block 42 Cabernet Sauvignon. This latest release aims not only to pay tribute to a rare wine but also celebrate the talent and innovation of some of the best artisans and craftsmen of Southern Australia.


Penfolds’ ampoule is a carefully thought-out project that combines the art of glass making, the scientific precision of wine preservation, the tactility of great design casing as well as an exceptional dose of fine metal work. This distinct ampoule carries the history and heritage of Penfolds which commissioned glass artist Nick Mount, designer/maker of sculptural and functional objects Hendrik Forster, furniture craftsman Andrew Barlett and glassblower Ray Leake. By joining forces, they collaborated to create the Penfolds Ampoule, an object that encapsulates the passion and technical skills required to realize such a project.

Only 12 of these handmade vessels exist and bearing in mind that each one is individually numbered, they constitute sculptural works that summarize the excellence of wine making and the beauty of a unique handmade object. Being the lucky owner of a Penfolds Ampoule furthermore means and entails that: 'Penfolds’ winemaking team will personally attend a special opening ceremony for the owner and the winemaker will travel to the destination of choice, where the ampoule will be ceremoniously removed from its glass plumb-bob casing and opened using a specially designed, tungsten-tipped, sterling silver scribe-snap.'

photo © 2012 Penfolds Wines

photo © 2012 Penfolds Wines

photo © 2012 Penfolds Wines

photo © 2012 Penfolds Wines

photo © 2012 Penfolds Wines


The V Motion Project

The V Motion Project
by Assembly PLUS 1 week 3 day ago

“This project combines the collective talents of musicians, dancers, programmers, designers and animators to create an amazing visual instrument. Creating music through motion is at the heart of this creation and uses the power of the Kinect to capture movement and translate it into music which is performed live and projected on a huge wall.

“We created and designed the live visual spectacle with a music video being produced from the results. We wanted it to be clear that the technology was real and actually being played live. The interface plays a key role in illustrating the idea of the instrument and we designed it to highlight the audio being controlled by the dancer. Design elements like real time tracking and samples being drawn on as they are played all add to authenticity of the performance. The visuals are all created live and the music video is essentially a real document of the night.”

Check out the tech behind the project here:

Jeff Nusz
Paul Sanderson –
Joel Little
James Hayday
Josh Cesan


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DARPA's "Wall of Sound" Extinguishes Fires Using Just Noise

Okay, so you've extinguished a candle by blowing on it, or maybe pinching out the flame with your fingertips. But have you ever tried extinguishing it by humming at it? That's sort of what this machine devices by DARPA researchers does.

Wired writes, "The team arranged two speakers either side of a liquid fuel flame to demonstrate how fire can be controlled by amping up an acoustic field. The sound increases air velocity, which then thins the area of the flame where combustion occurs, known as the flame boundary. Once the boundary area is thinned, the flame is easier to extinguish. At the same time, the acoustics are disturbing the pool of fuel and creating higher fuel vaporisation — this widens the flame, thinning it out so it is less concentrated and cool enough to extinguish."

The sound doesn't have to be all that loud to accomplish the goal, which is good considering the tool would be used in enclosed spaces like on aircrafts and ships. Unfortunately, it wouldn't be much good for all those wildfires we've been seeing, and can expect more of as things heat up. But it is an interesting way to use something as simple as sound, rather than water or chemicals to extinguish flames.


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