Each day, Mashable highlights one noteworthy YouTube video. Check out all our viral video picks.

 

Get ready to turn your top tunes into physical art. Shapeways, a 3D printing company, introduced its latest project, Vibe, at SXSW last weekend.

Vibe is a custom iPhone case created from your favorite sound from SoundCloud. It’s an ingenious use of the SoundCloud API, which works in conjunction with the Shapeways on-demand 3D printing technology.

Just connect your SoundCloud account to Shapeways, select your favorite track and then pick the area of the song you want to use. The sound waves themselves create the design pattern.

The Vibe is available in either black or white for $19.99 (the price will soon go up to $24.99).

If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind iPhone case, The Vibe might just fit the bill.

What do you think of the way Shapeways mashed up 3D printing and SoundCloud? Let us know in the comments.

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A new lifestyle-inspired iOS wallpaper app, Paper’d, is available Monday, offering free, professionally designed wallpapers based on everything from pop culture to worldwide travel.

The app was created by two best friends Jamie Varon and Nicole Antoinette. You may remember Varon from 2009 when she created the website TwitterShouldHireMe.com. The site got a ton of attention, which ultimately led her to create the high-end boutique web design company Shatterboxx in April of that year.

A few months after creating Shatterboxx she stumbled upon now business-partner Antoinette’s blog, reached out to her on Twitter, and the two became friends. Fast forward to December 2009, the Twitter buddies finally met in San Francisco, decided to move in together 24 hours later, and within a few weeks Antoinette became the other half of the Shatterboxx team.

Shatterboxx has done design work for a number of popular blogs including TheBloggess and Rocket Shoes, but this is its first introduction into the app world.

“I always wanted to change the wallpaper on my phone. I would look all over the Internet for options, and they were all on websites. That’s so inefficient,” Varon told Mashable. She found that most wallpaper options were also just curated pictures from the web. “None of it meets the quality of what I’d want to put on my phone,” she said.

The project started out as creating wallpapers for her personal use that she would also share with friends. When her friends started emailing her asking for new wallpapers, Varon realized that there might be a larger market for the designs.

 

Paper’d was created by two best friends Jamie Varon and Nicole Antoinette.

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“People don’t need this app, but it will be super fun to have,” says Varon. “We’re passionate about design, and these are things people will look at and say ‘That’s cool!’”

Paper’d offers 200 free, hand-designed wallpapers, as well as around 260 additional images that are part of locked collections priced between $0.99 to $1.99 a piece. Each wallpaper comes with a lock screen image as well as a complementing home screen image. Images –including those that are part of locked collections — can be previewed on your iPhone before you download, and you can choose to download just one wallpaper or an entire collection to your Camera Roll at once.

Varon anticipates adding at least one new collection of wallpapers to the app each week, potentially more or less over time depending on demand.

Curious how two people could go from Twitter friends to launching an app together? Check out the infographic below for more on Varon and Antoinette’s story.

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1. Personal Killer Whale Submarine

 




 

Seabreacher Y not only looks like a 17-foot killer whale, it acts like one too. But this is one killer whale you’d like to be sitting inside. It’s powerful enough to hydroplane along the surface at 50mph and zip along underwater at 25mph.

Besides its killer looks, it even has a rear-facing camera ‘s video you can watch on an LCD screen. It’s not a deep-diving sub, though, going only 5 feet down, but the fun begins when you throttle up and leap the thing out of the water like a porpoise.

Save up your $100,000, and you too can turn into a virtual killer whale.

[via DVICE]

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In a week dominated by Apple’s iPad event, there were a surprising number of fascinating tech products introduced at the same time. We dug deep, looking for not only the coolest products and designs, but those that are unusual, useful, and futuristic as well.

We continued our experimentation with Windows 8, and found a plug-in that’s already been developed, perhaps easing the pain of the transition for those resistant to change.

We also got our hands on a spectacular (yet pricy) lens system for the iPhone, and found it to be an exceptional product.

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As is our wont, we found astonishing conveyances for traveling both underwater and on land, and tossed in a surprise or two along the way. So here it is, the latest Top 10 Tech This Week.

Here’s last week’s Top 10 Tech.

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A Chinese company likes the iPhone so much that they named a stove after the Apple brand.

This is the latest of many Chinese companies to sell fake Apple products, but perhaps the first documented pseudo-Apple home appliance. Apparently, the company sold portable gas stoves engraved with the Apple logo and “iphone” brand name. The misuse of Apple’s brand was discovered only after the single burner stoves were deemed unsafe and seized by Chinese police in Wuhan, according to the Chinese tech website M.I.C. Gadget.

Police found 681 stoves sporting Apple’s logo and brand in two warehouses. The stoves had the half eaten apple graphic and “iphone” printed in white on a green background just below the burner. Also, the fake Apple stove was labeled an “Apple China Limited.”

Several Chinese companies have been known for illegally using Apple’s brand names to profit. In 2011, 25 fake Chinese Apple stores — that looked nearly identical to real Apple stores — were shutdown. An American living in China discovered the stores and blogged about visiting a couple of them.

This year, Shenzhen Proview Technology company in China claimed ownership of the name “iPad” and ordered the removal of Apple iPads from Northern China stores. Apple could face a $38 million fine in China for using the name “iPad.”

Watch the video above to see what the stove looks like. If Apple were to start making home appliances, would you buy them? What features would you want the stove to have? Sound off in the comments below.

Thumbnail photo courtesy of M.I.C. Gadget.

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1. Helvetica vs. Arial

Can you tell the difference between Helvetica and Arial? This game puts you to the test.

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We have a treat for font fans with itchy thumbs in this super selection of five fabulous iPhone games that share a typographical theme.

Can you easily identify typefaces? Can you tell Helvetica and Arial apart? Can you spot the serif in a sea of characters? These games will test you on these skills — and more. Best of all, the apps we’re highlighting are all tried, tested and free, so you can give them a go without spending a single cent.

SEE ALSO: Top 10 Accessories for Typography Nuts [PICS]
Take a look through the gallery for our selections. Shout out in the comments below with any other typographical games you enjoy on your iPhone.

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QR-Code-Art

Portuguese artist Nuno Serrão wants to make art viewing more stimulating by incorporating music through an iPhone app and QR codes.

The artist’s photography exhibit called Project Paperclip is currently housed at the Centro das Artes in Madeira Island, Portugal. People can walk in and do something usually discouraged at galleries — wear headphones and listen to music while taking in the images.

“It can carry you to a different interpretation of that moment in the frame,” Serrão, who has a background in programming, design and music, told Mashable. “All the pictures are inspired by science, curiosity and imagination.”

People can experience it by downloading the free Project Paperclip app. The app developed especially for this exhibit scans the QR scans very easily, connecting to musical airwaves. Try it online, where a few images from the Project Paperclip are viewable.

“The QR codes are used to unlock the soundscapes so that the viewer has access to the reactive soundscapes designed for that photo,” he said as he explained how the idea evolved.

The experience at the gallery or using the app outside the exhibit will be different for everyone. The soundtracks will change depending on when and where you open the application. Your voice, level of noise in the room, movement, and location will set off different sounds, according to the artist.

This gallery is the first augmented reality art exhibit, revolving around a Cold War theme — chosen because it is interesting from a cultural, scientific and political standpoint.

SEE ALSO: Rooftop QR Codes Aim to Infiltrate Google Maps
“There has been an incredible wave of great feedback, I’ve been following mostly on Twitter,” said Serrão, who hopes to bring the augmented reality art experience to international audiences.

The photos are surreal, especially with the pairing of soundtracks. The artist captured natural sound where photos were taken and incorporated those into original soundscapes co-created with musician Alexandre Gonçalves.

“I think I feel in love with the concept of joining art forms when I read a book [by] Arthur C. Clark called The Songs of Distant Earth,” he said, mentioning the 1986 science fiction novel that eventually was sold with a CD based on the book after 1994.

The 16-photograph exhibit opened Feb. 11 and will be available until April 29. The app is currently only available for iPhone 3 and later.

Image courtesy of DiscloseProjectPaperclip.com

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1. First Frost by Meredith Winn

A first frost is crisply captured in New England with an iPhone 3GS and processed with Camera+ and Instagram.

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Changes in the weather make for great photo opportunities. With the recent snowfall, we thought it would be a good time to see what kind of ice-cool snaps iPhone photographers have been capturing.

From the first frost through to adventures in sledding via some beautiful nature scenes, our selection captures many aspects of wintery weather.

SEE ALSO: iPhotography Calendar: 12 Months Captured in 12 Stunning Snapshots

Wrap up warm and take a look through our gallery of snowy scenes. Link us in the comments to any great wintery shots you’ve captured on your cameraphone.

Thumbnail image courtesy of John de Guzmán

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1. GifBoom




The free app we’re using is “GifBoom: Animated GIF Camera” from TapMojo.

It is available for both the iPhone and Android phones.

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Did you know you can whip up tasty animated GIFs on your iPhone or Android handset, in seconds, free? We’ve found a superb app that will help you animate photographs and GIF-icize video.

Whether you want to join in with a popular meme, give a social avatar a bit of motion enhancement or just create something that will make your friends laugh, we have a super-simple way to do it.

SEE ALSO: 10 Hilarious Animated GIFs that Took the Web by Storm

Take a look through the gallery for our easy-peasy walkthrough. Just remember to use your newly-found, GIF-making superpowers wisely!

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1. Mithos Electromagnetic Vehicle




Flight of fancy, or real car? Its name will give you a clue: “Mithos” — closer to mythology than reality. As far-fetched as it seems, designer Tiago Miguel Inácio is serious, calling it “essentially a celebration of the future, each day closer to reality.”

This zero-emissions supercar has a terrain-scanning system (what, no robot driver?), instant torque response with its 1.5 MW electromagnetic motor, and then we get into the fantasy world with quantum boost technology that lets the car magnetically levitate over some sort of future roads, and it’s even teleportation-ready. No word on whether its phasers are set to stun or kill.

Dream on, Tiago, but we certainly got a kick out of your forward-looking design.

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It’s been another big week for Top 10 Tech, with jaw-dropping devices that will make you feel like you’ve awakened in a future world.

As we separated the junk from the gems this week, we were astonished to find a car that’s more spectacular than any we’ve ever seen, and even though it’s a design concept so far, it’s probably pointing to a future of electromagnetism, levitation and maybe even teleportation.

Beyond the ridiculous, we found the sublime, with a convenient new remote control that you plug into your iPhone, an interesting shape for a camera design, a great idea for USB connectors, and spectacular ways to make you fly like a bird — or even sling angry birds in space.

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So come along with us as we take you into space, on adventures and expeditions, show you some spectacular ideas and concepts, and accompany you into the future itself — right here on our latest Top 10 Tech This Week.

Here’s last week’s Top 10 Tech.

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1. Logitech M600




I had a chance to test this Logitech Touch Mouse M600, and I think it’s excellent. Its beautiful slim design feels just right under my medium-size hand, and its touch sensitivity works just like a touchscreen on a good smartphone.

Logitech’s smooth-scrolling software lets you fling browser pages just like an iPhone, and you can go back or forward in your browser with sideways gestures. The mouse’s clicking mechanism takes a little getting used to, but overall, it’s a huge win for Logitech.

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It was a week of superlatives, where we found unique smartphones of the present and future, a new candidate for the world’s tallest building, an ambitious deep space outpost and a iPhone dock/boombox that knocked our socks off.

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Come along with us on a journey through tech and ideas from today and into tomorrow, as we lay down a gallery of Top 10 Tech This Week.

Here’s last week’s Top 10 Tech.

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