Running on the hamster wheel, it will no longer be just a metaphor for a repetitive and tiring life. We are spending a big part of our day – and life – in the office, where the desk has already undergone some makeovers, such has the Smart Desk and the Apple Desk.
The Human Hamster Wheel Desk, by designer Robb Godshaw and developer Will Doenlen, is the latest result of workspace evolution: an oversize wheel for devoted employees, where they can stand and walk, forever staying in the same place. Technology and office work have domesticated us!
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Coating Cola moves beyond any existing light product. This drink a is not only calorie free; thanks to the fat blocking nano coating the beverage leaves on you intestine, all abundant fats from other consumptions will be blocked.
The unique medical formule employs three different molecules (piperine, quercetin and curcumin) to regulate the absortion of surplus fats (lipoproteins).
Bye bye obesiy! Start the day with a Coating Cola and eat as much as you like for the remaining 24 hours.
Concept: Frints, Goverde, Meussen, Van der Putten, van der Wijden
Package Design: Francesca Barchiesi
Although technology was originally employed to free us from the forces of nature – think about a roof to protect you from rain – over time it became a next nature that is wild and unpredictable as ever; and it needs to be domesticated.
The Offtime App wants to save us from our own devices. Following a successful crowdfunding, the public version of Offtime is now available on Android.
It helps us disconnect from our devices when we need it most. And the best thing: it’s free.
Although smart medicines are able to execute various tasks in your body, they often still require human guidance. The Healing Game allows patients to steer their medication by playing a videogame. The game starts with the intake of an intelligent pill full of nano capsules and a substance that makes cancer cells glow.
Control the capsule and go on a “seek and destroy” mission inside your own body. You can even invite your friends and family to help. While gaming is often considered unhealthy, the Healing Game keeps you healthy!
From the NANO Supermarket new collection. Designer: Martijn van den Broeck.
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This postcard from 1925 imagines future New York, “The City of Skyscrapers”.
By that time many of the Big Apple’s skyscrapers were already present. Futurists of the past envisioned not only more high-rise buildings and a system of elevated trains, but also a sort of aerial civilization. Could it be a prediction of drones filling the sky? Via Paleofuture
Our lustrous NANO Supermarket unveils new products: from the Google Nose to the self-diagnosis lens, passing through the cloud coloring rockets.
During the forthcoming Dutch Design Week, the NANO Supermarket debuts a new line of speculative products that might hit store shelves within the next decade.
The Aral Sea in Central Asia was formerly one of the four largest lakes in the world, with an area of 68.000 km2. As a consequence of a massive water diversion project to irrigate surrounding areas it is drying up. Today, not much is left.
Everyday example on how the ‘virtual’ influences our perception of the ‘real’ world: every bird spotter that encounters the real Northern Cardinal bird nowadays, at least for one second will think: “Hey! Isn’t that the one from angry bird?”.
Next Nature has reached rural India! These beautiful Indian ladies sent us a video testimonial on the Next Nature Appzine. Dancing with their colorful saris they say out loud: “Technology is our Next Nature!”. Listen to them and download our iPad Appzine for free here.
We have entered the Anthropocene epoch, in which humanity and its instrumentalities are the most potent and influential geological force.
By ALLISON GUY and KOERT VAN MENSVOORT
Biologically, there is nothing remarkable in the fact that humans are agents of ecological change and environmental upset. All species transform their surroundings. The dizzying complexity of landscapes on Earth is not just a happy accident of geology and climate, but the result of billions of years of organisms grazing, excavating, defecating, and decomposing. Nor is it unusual that certain lucky species are able to outcompete and eventually entirely displace other species. The Great American Interchange, when North American fauna crossed the newly formed isthmus of Panama to conquer South America three million years ago1 is just one among countless examples of swift, large-scale extinctions resulting from competition and predation.
What is remarkable, however, is the stunning speed of human adaptation relative to other species, and that our adaptation is self-directed. From sonar and flight to disease immunity, humans can “evolve” exquisite new traits in a single generation. The Anthropocene represents a catastrophic mismatch between the pace of human technological evolution and the genetic evolution of nearly every other species on Earth. As with many other geological epochs, the Anthropocene has been heralded with a mass extinction, one which is generally accepted to be the sixth great one to occur on Earth.2
CloudCrayons are a rockets, similar to fireworks, able to paint the sky above us. Combining cloud seeding techniques with nanotechnology, CloudCrayons can change the color of clouds. This product could be used for festivities, national anniversaries, advertising, or just to lighten up a gloomy weather. Let the imagination fly: green, blue, orange, pink, red, yellow clouds, the sky’s the limit!
From the NANO Supermarket new collection. Designers: Cas Ketel.
Visit the NANO Supermarket and discover all the new products: from Saturday 18th October to Sunday 26th October in Eindhoven. Find more info here.