More bionic experiments can be found here.
More bionic experiments can be found here.
With their project ‘Rules of Six’ architects Aranda & Lasch envision an unpredictable, self-generating landscape of interlocking hexagons that could represent rooms, buildings or entire urban neighborhoods. The work explores self-assembly and modularity across scales. Using Rhino3D, high-density foam and an algorithm that mimicks the growth patterns of microscopic structures, they create a sprawling matrix of three-dimensional structures that can multiply indefinitely without sacrificing stability. Is this the organic-algorithmic city of tomorrow?
Growing buildings from crystal-like structures not only sounds utterly nextnature & fantastic, but also familiar: I bet these architects loved Superman’s Fortress of Solitude as kids.
We posted this fella two years ago but the guys at Boston Dynamics haven’t been sitting still. Improvements have been made and Big Dog got puppies! Little Dog (a learning robot that looks like a frog), RHex (rough terrain robot that can swim as well) and the RiSe (a climbing robot).
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In the weeks towards the Biggest Visual Power Show 2008 we post a few video’s of earlier power show presentations.
Philosopher Prof. Dr. Jos de Mul – author of countless articles and books like ‘Cyberspace Odyssey’, ‘Domestication of Fate’ and ‘Database Delirium’ – was a speaker at the Biggest Visual Power Show 2005 in Paradiso, Amsterdam. Inspired by the images of Basia Knobloch and music of Lauri Anderson, professor De Mul decided to sing his lecture.
For someone who only has a hammer,
everything appears to be a nail.
For those who have computers,
the world becomes a huge database…
Every fashionable self-conscious modern bird needs one of these futuristic dwellings, no? Designed by Kevin Sethapun.
With its 50 cm wing span and 80 grams of weight, this high tech bird is ready to infiltrate swift surveillance squads next summer. Aerospace engineering students at TU Delft, together with the Department of Experimental Zoology of Wageningen University designed the micro airplane that uses wing–morphing for steering. Doing so, the Roboswift becomes highly maneuverable at very high and very low speeds, just like the swift. During it’s test–flight today, this one ended up in a tree. But who knows… perhaps in the future they will be swarming the skies.
Since the early days of the net, the electronic pastoral has lent itself to all sorts of dubious agendas pushed by science, the military and even libertarian tendencies. In the most recent configuration of this new media – new nature clash Merijn Oudenampsen and Jakob Proyer visited the Natural Habitat exhibition at Montevideo Amsterdam and find amidst the pixelated wilderness a difficult to swallow cocktail of Faustian bargains, hyper-modernism, and pineapple shampoo.
Who would not need a bananawall in their officegarden? This modular freestanding, indoor/outdoor bananawall system was designed by Stefan Sagmeister. It is made of 7200 banana’s. Quite an original way of re-using consumer products as design materials.
Ambient Biomedia is an investigative project about using living beings, in particular plants, to display human lifestyle problems information. The working principle of our systems is taking data about the lifestyle aspect that the user wants to monitor, such as time spent with somebody, health aspects or bad habits, and semantically couple it into an aspect of a living being. The user would merge the plant with his daily environment, following the evolution of his problem’s state in a non intrusive way. Thanks to the empathic link existing between human and other living beings, the user would see himself reflected on the plant, feeling sorry for herself, meditating about his problem and hopefully, taking measures to solve it.
The geekyness of the project becomes apparent in the second frame of the comic: When the kid feels bad, dad doesn’t notice. But when the plant feels bad, dad notices it straight away. That is, well.. rather comical! Of course, in the end the plant will probably reside in a different location than the kid and the system will allow dad to stay connected to the home base while working at the office.
The project is run by Adria Bassaganyes and Ben Salem from the Eindhoven University of Technology as part of an extensive ambient intelligence project in co-operation with Singapore National University’s Mixed Reality Lab
Let’s face it: every time your cellphone battery runs empty you feel amputated and you quickly run back to your house to connect to a powering-adapter. Bionic Power Inc. is now developing a knee-brace that can be used to charge small devices; the 5-watt electricity output from one knee generator is enough to power 10 cellphones at once.
Don’t you just love that vanishing bioplastic bottle! It is our peculiar object of the week.
I think all Nature has a fractal structure, from Planet to Atoms.
Website: Fractalary: Fractals from Planet to Atoms
Starting as noise makers, the owlproject work on different products which are deeply rooted in nature. And electronics.With their logs the owlproject travel around the world, producing noisy shows on several sound and media festivals. But, when you don’t have the chance to see them perform live, it’s possible you also can order your customized log online. Feel the nature and test it yourself!
Tongue in cheek speculation on what Google’s home page may look like in 2084, created by Randy Siegel for NY Times. Frankly, I don’t think this is very realistic: We don’t have to wait that long for most of this.
Coming across an image like this, makes one wonder at first: is it a giant punch-bag? Some sort of soft water-drop-sculpture?
No, it is the Emergency Outdoor Survival Cocoon, designed by John Moriarty; a place to find shelter in extreme conditions and environments. Hang it off a tree or a cliff face or anywhere else you need to. Inside, the user is comforted by warming colors and materials that will ensure he/she stays warm no matter what the conditions are like outside. And after a while, out crawls the hiking butterfly, just awoken from its metamorphosis!
Isn’t this a nice example of a Biomimicmarketing product? (in short “biomimic”) What nature has provided, man can copy, improve (or borrow characteristics from) and put on the market. That process is applied anywhere in the world and it is proved to be a very successful formula. More examples…
Augmented Fish Reality is an interactive installation of five rolling robotic fish-bowl sculptures. These sculptures allow Siamese Fighting fish (Betta Splendons) to use intelligent hardware and software to move their robotic bowls – under their control. Siamese fighting fish have excellent eyes which allow them to see outside the water. They have color vision and seem to like the color yellow. Humans interact with the work simply by entering the environment.
This installation was created by Ken Rinaldo, who will give a speedlecture on his new installation ‘Our Daily Bread’ at the Paradise by the Laptop Light event on Next Nature at STRP Festival this Friday.
Remember this one? Body heat is used to power machines in The Matrix. Nine years after the first of the trilogy came to screen, a company comes up with a body-powered-battery. In tests, M2E Power has found that two hours of motion (what an average person produces) is enough for 30 minutes to one hour of talk time on a mobile phone.
M2E Power has recently raised $8 million of funding for further development. It focuses on two markets: the US army and implementation in mobile consumer devices. The micro generators actually fit inside existing batteries, can double the battery life and can eliminate 30 to 40 percent of toxic heavy metals used in normal batteries – the company claims.
NAT, designing nature is about the interface where nature and culture, biology and design intertwine. An exhibition that is a cross between an exotic Garden of Eden and an illegal growshop, a home hothouse, and a biotech laboratory. The exhibition can be visited until 11 November 2007. Check out the video.
Along with the expo, Koert van Mensvoort wrote the essay ‘Natuur 2.0′, which describes our changing relation with Nature in 21st century and can be bought at the exhibition for 2 Euro. Furthermore, this Friday November 9th 13:00, there will also be a symposium under the title ‘Ontwerper zoekt Boer’ (designer seeks farmer) , including short video reports of designers & farmers tackling problems together and a debate between Koert van Mensvoort, Henry J. Alles and Bram Bos.