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What is Next Nature?

With our attempts to cultivate nature, humankind causes the rising of a next nature, which is wild and unpredictable as ever. Wild systems, genetic surprises, autonomous machinery and splendidly beautiful black flowers. Nature changes along with us.

mossy keyboard

A Touchable, Moss-Covered Keyboard

Designer Robbie Tilton’s keyboard replaces the impersonal metal of a keyboard with lush imitation moss and wooden keys. Though it’s a good example of fake nature, Tilton’s keyboard is about more than just plastic replacements for the real thing. According to Tilton, “Tech products are often built in a clean, glass, pristine style. They’re not touchable. Tactilely, they are not that interesting.” The keyboard reintroduces some of the tactility of old nature into our unresponsive, button-filled environment.

Thanks to Daniel R. Witte for the heads-up.

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  1. This kind of anecdotal stuff is soo 2007..

    http://www.nextnature.net/2010/12/a-more-natural-typing-experience/

    or 2010…

    http://www.nextnature.net/2007/03/wooden-computing-so-natural/

    or perhaps just timeless?

    Nature never goes out of style.