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18 Cool Things You Won’t Believe Were Built Using CSS

Contrary to popular belief, CSS is not only used to provide basic style for a web page in order to make it look more attractive. There are plenty of other things that one can do with CSS as well. With the ability to create animations and interactions, CSS along with HTML and Javascript allow web developers the opportunity to play around and experiment with different methods.

It is as if the web browser is like an empty canvas that they can play around with. Featured here are just 18 examples of the cool and creative things that people have built using CSS. From original characters to interesting animations, there’s plenty to inspire you to mess around with CSS on your own.

The Simpsons

Chris Pattle created the members of the Simpsons family using only CSS. He took each character’s face, broke it up into smaller shapes then pieced them back together. He even animated the eyes to breathe some life into the characters.

Minions With Pure CSS

If you can’t get over the Minion craze (courtesy of the ‘Despicable Me‘ movies), you’ll be going bananas for this. Amr Zakaria has created Minions using pure CSS. The Minions come complete with blinking eyes and a friendly wave.

Broken neon sign

This is an amazing example of text-shadow implementation to achieve the broken neon signage effect with CSS. Mouse over to see the lights on the letters ‘c’, ‘n’ and ‘i ‘dim slightly.

Mmm… Cheese

It’s a simple block of cheese, or is it? Hugo Giraduel created this 3D cheese block using CSS. I don’t know about you but it kind of looks like a certain household item too.

Single Element CSS character

Another one of Hugo Giraudel’s work. This time, he created an 8-bit character using only one element.

Viking Shield

This is a Viking shield created by LukyVj. It’s so well done that you can hardly tell that it was formed with CSS and not with a graphics editor.

Fluid menu with transparent icon

This is a unique see-through menu with a colored slider that puts an active menu icon in color when you mouse over it. Play with the slider and be awed by how fluidly it glides across the menu.

CSS Creatures

CSS Creatures are made by @bennettfeely and can smile, laugh, or carry an emotionless expression if you like. You can play around with the teeth, moustache, color, eyes or mouths of the characters to create your very own via Twitter.

Long Cat

Resize your browser window and the cat’s body will stretch or compress accordingly with the browser window’s width. How far do you think you can stretch or squash the CSS-kitty?

Rolling coke Can

Here’s another fun one. When you scroll to the right, slowly, it looks as though you are spinning or rotating the Coke can. An awesome effect done purely with CSS.

Calculator

This calculator’s design is simple and clean but when combined with Javascript, it gives you a more fun and approachable way to take your calculations further.

Grid Animation Effect

Applying any sort of animation effect is hard enough, let alone doing it via CSS. Here, the grid animation effect is worked in beautifully.

Smooth iOS 7 toogle

This toggle button made by Dan Eden was inspired by the iOS7 toogle. If you try it out for yourself, you’ll be able to see how similiar this is to the original iOS7 toogle button.

Animated checkmark button

Sascha Michael Trinkaus made this checkmark button that’s surrounded by a gradient color. The particular effect runs when you click on the checkmark.

Minion

This is another adorable Minion done in the style of a drawing crafted from CSS.

Menu toogle SVG animation

Take a look at the animation’s demo and you will see the smooth transition of the menu shape into another shape.

Shape masking

CSSMuse used CSS to apply circle, pentagonal and hexagonal shape masking to an image. On top of that, it expands into a zoom as well.

Loaders Kit

Here, we have several loaders created using only CSS. If you’re looking to reduce the use of your bandwith, CSS-based loaders can come in quite handy.





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Why Selling The Upcoming The Amazon Smartphone Won’t Be A Cakewalk

If rumors are to be believed, Amazon are set to unveil their very first smartphone very soon – this June 18, to be precise – with what seems to be a head-tracking system powered by four front-mounted infrared cameras, which are going to be used not just for 3D effects but also for gestures such as screen switching and contextual menus.

There’s actually been a fair bit of excitement about the smartphone, although it’s mostly centered around the aforementioned 3D capabilities. That said, Amazon shares rose 5.4% after the announcement, which says quite a bit about the climate surrounding the smartphone.

Amazon Smartphone Render

But hold up, before we get carried away, it’s probably a good idea to bring in some perspective by taking a look at some issues Amazon might have in trying to push their flagship smartphone to compete in an already-saturated smartphone market.

Lackluster Phone Specs

Despite the looming deadline, days away, the most we’ve heard about Amazon’s debut smartphone is that there may be two, instead of one. A Boy Genius Report post from April indicated that at least one of the two smartphones looking to be launched this week will be targeted at entry-level users. The other, a higher-spec phone will apparently be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 2GB of RAM and a 720p, 4.7-inch screen. Little else is shared.

Amazon Smartphone
(Image Source: Boy Genius Report)

The leaked specifications aren’t exactly stellar, and even the higher-end variant seems to be targeted at the mid-lower-end of the market. The choice in resolution, if the leaked details are true is also more of a setback considering media content would benefit more from a higher pixel density a 1080p display would provide. For a phone that’s ostensibly about encouraging consumers to buy media from Amazon, the combination of resolution and screen size might be a bit of an issue.

It does come with some nifty features such as Prime Data and head tracking (more on these two later) but first let’s take a look at why this upcoming smartphone may not carry a high price tag.

A Low-Pricing Strategy…

If you are familiar with Amazon’s mobile devices, you would notice that they are available at relatively low prices: for instance, the 7-inch variant of the Kindle Fire HDX retails for less than half the price of the equivalent iPad Mini with Retina yet boasts an almost identical PPI – 323 for the Kindle, compared with 326 for the iPad Mini.

There’s no reason to expect the Amazon smartphone to buck this trend of offering great bang for buck because that’s not how Amazon makes its earnings. Amazon’s devices ensure that buyers get locked into Amazon’s ecosystem, without having any access to the Google Play Store or any of the other Google-branded features that you might admire about Android. This is how Amazon can afford to sell their devices so cheap: they make most of their money from product purchases.

According to Business Insider, Kindle-owning Amazon users spend, on average, $ 443 more than Amazon users who don’t own Kindles: $ 1,233 per year as compared to $ 790 a year. The lack of profit on devices is made up for by the increased profit made off of Amazon purchases. Overall, estimates peg Kindle profit at $ 565 million, which is a pretty big amount. Imagine the sort of surge in buying if Amazon users have a pocket-sized Amazon device on them all the time.

Amazon Kindle Profit
(Image Source: Business Insider)

… That Goes Against The Grain

Then again, while this pricing strategy may have worked out for the Kindle Fire, Amazon may face a bit of a resistance from the smartphone. The thing is, at least in the US, nobody pays full price for a smartphone; most consumers buy their phones on contract.

On top of that, getting users to buy an Amazon smartphone will be tough, seeing as how there are plenty of competition coming from lower-priced phones such as the Moto G, Moto E and Nokia X. They’ve also had a pretty good headstart. Safe to say that this means that the Amazon smartphone can’t compete on price alone. It’s going to have to be a combination of price, specs and features, speaking of which…

Do You (Really) Need These Features?

The thing that is making headlines when it comes this Amazon smartphone is the head-tracking functionality, achieved with four infra-red cameras positioned at the front of the smartphone. Potential uses for this head-tracking technology include 3D effects and gesture-based navigation. This head-tracking will probably be complemented with a novel tilt-to-control interface, letting you navigate by tilting the phone in certain directions.

Until the phone is launched though, most of what is out there are at best rumors of of how this head-tracking feature can really relate to smartphone user habits.

What does show better promise however, is a special wireless data plan offered alongside the smartphone. Known as Prime Data, this service is going to be a Sponsored Data-type service. Basically, if you use Prime Data to consume Amazon content, the mobile data used will not eat into your monthly data cap. The downside is that this may mean that the smartphone will be exclusive to AT&T.

Nonetheless, what this means it that you won’t have to worry about streaming full albums or a movie purchased from Amazon, since that won’t count towards your mobile data cap. If you’re a media fiend and a big fan of Amazon’s offerings, this is definitely something that’s going to be up your alley.

Amazon Smartphone
(Image Source: Boy Genius Report)

It’s more likely that Prime Data is going to have a bigger effect than the head-tracking feature to make consumers opt for Amazon’s smartphone over competing devices. And don’t forget, this will benefit only users who buy Amazon products.

Breaking Into Saturated Emerging Markets

In order to be considered a success, the Amazon smartphone is going to have to make a splash outside the US, which opens up a different set of obstacles, altogether. It’s impossible to deny that Android is the leader in emerging markets, which is going to make it tough for the Amazon smartphone to compete.

For instance, trying to add value to the smartphone with Prime Data, so far the strongest feature that would make you even consider the smartphone, may not be as successful outside of the United States.

Telecommunications work differently across borders. Amazon might face difficulties in negotiating Prime Data deals with service providers, which in turn will put a dent in Amazon’s strategy of making money off the locked-in ecosystem it is trying to build up. Apart from the lack of a sponsored-data mechanism, slower, and less reliable mobile Internet connections found in emerging markets may stop users from consuming Amazon’s media content.

Smartphone Use In Emerging Markets
(Image Source: STBY)

There are perks of the fact that Fire OS is fundamentally Android – it’s going to be easy to root, which allows users to break free of the locked-in ecosystem. Then again, it is hard for the Amazon smartphone to escape from the looming spectre of other low-cost Android smartphones, which are already in these markets and does not require root access to use Google Play Store.

Also of unrelenting significance, peer pressure particularly in smartphone ownership is hard to ignore. Consumers will want to have access to all the stuff their friends and family are using, and if they all happen to be using Android phones – the smartphone market is incredibly crowded – then the cheaper, more accessible Android phone may trump Amazon’s latest offering, without even trying.

Final Thoughts

A lot of non-Amazon users are attracted to the Kindle Fire tablets because on top of the low prices, and respectable hardware, it’s generally quite easy to unlock the bootloader and flash a “pure” Android OS installation onto the Kindle. It will be possible to do this with the Amazon smartphone too, of course, but that’ll probably totally break the head-tracking functionality and any other features that come with.

Of course, it’s been a couple of months since the specifications leaked, so it is possible that there may be a couple of surprises the launch will unveil. And depending on how Amazon prices it its debut phone it could be the difference between a calculated success that puts Amazon on the smartphone market, or a device that only Amazon fanatics will even consider.





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