So you thought that animated Pixar Lamp from the movies was just a fantasy? Not anymore. Luxalive is a prototype of an reading lamp that moves according to the character of its user. For example, when you like to be dominant, the lamp will follow you like a slave. And when you like to help others, the lamp will not work well and ask you to help him to stay upright.
Created by by Ralf Zoontjes, as part of a larger research project aiming to design for specific human values, in order to make interactions with products aesthetically more valuable.
Beauty and the Geek jeans by Erik de Nijs. The trousers offer a full Querty keyboard layout as well as a mouse, speakers and a little joystick. As he calls it: “Beauty is skin deep, Geekness is to the core…”
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The organisms – plants, weeds, trees – exist as a light-projection on the walls of the MoMA building. Their behaviour – growth, movement, pollentation or plant generation – is influenced by actual circumstances – weather and human movement – outside. Measured by sensors, the data directly influences the behaviour of the projected organisms.
“Nature is becoming rare in our daily life, as we pass most of the day in perpetual spaces with conditioned climates and 24 hour lighting that mute the relief of the day and year. When unplanned natural elements like a lifting breeze, a sudden shower or a setting sun are planned out of our surrounding, the timeline of our every day is lost.”
Simon Heijdens is a designer and artist, currently living in London where he teaches at the Interactive Design Department of the Royal College of Art.
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Confused with the pile of remote controls in your house? Now here is an idea: get a robot to control them. Researchers at Toshiba have developed a talking robot, named ApriPoko, that can learn how to operate various remote controls by watching and asking questions.
When its sensors detect infrared rays emitted by a remote, the robot speaks up: “What did you just do?” it asks. Tell ApriPoko what you did (”I turned on the stereo” or “I changed to channel 321,” for example), and it commits the details to memory. Then, next time you want to turn on the stereo or change the channel, simply tell ApriPoko and it transmits the appropriate IR signal directly to the device. The prototype robot is still in the development and testing phase, but the researchers hope to have a viable product soon. Toshiba refused to comment on whether the their robot possesses the ability to kill.
So far, over-dependence on GPS devices has resulted in more inconvenience than actual danger, but earlier a U.K. woman sent her £96k Mercedes flying into a river, trusting the car’s optimistic GPS guidance instead of the road signs warning of impending doom. Full story.
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Good morning anywhere in the world!
Waking up is a problem (at least for 50% of the population). That’s why alarm clocks exist; machines and devices are invented to solve problems. At first they serve one purpose only and need activation to function properly. But over time inventions seem to evolve and become more humane. Some of them are patiently waiting for some interaction to happen. The alarm clock is no exeption to this, which illustrates this new device: The Glo Pillow is a nice example of calm–technology. You can now start the day browsing your pillow!
“I think we are all “work in progress”, this necklace is featuring a cool progress bar to indicate that.”
Nice work Irina!
I used to hear voices in my head, but now they seem to be coming from the walls – am I back in to the womb? No wait.. it’s a wall that reacts to the spectators voice (quicktime). The installation plays with the new notions of space offered by the digital/physical world and is meant as a pure shape of intuition. Italian design for narcissistic delight! We are awaiting a more advanced version of the wall that could, for instance, remember and show who was in a the room before. No wait… why not do a version with bananas?
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.
An industrial robot has been given an unusual production task; writing out the full Martin Luther bible “by hand” in a calligraphic style. The robot arm appears to be a fairly standard industrial robot.
I am not sure if this robot makes 16 century monks look more like robots, or vice versa.
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.
A million years from now that hand would probably look more evolved, but the idea is nice: What if we would mold objects of the now into stone or bricks to preserve them over time and have future archeologists wonder how the technology was used? “Brick Boys” last for eternity!