OpenWorm is an open science project aimed at building the first digital organism, a microscopic worm called C. elegans.
The idea is to create an interactive worm based on its real biology. Living in a browser, the virtual simulated model will be accessible to anyone with a computer.
There isn’t an App for everything, and apparently we need a sticker that reminds us so.
Three students at Hyper Island designed the Not Available on the App Store label to look like the, by now familiar, “Available on the App Store” badge from Apple.
An unsuspecting triathlete was only few meters away from the finish line when a drone crashed onto her head. Not able to complete the race, she was taken to a local hospital with minor head injuries.
A new species is populating our cities. These small electronic life forms, called Buqs, can shift the experience of the streetscape from the primarily visual to a more auditory experience.
Music lovers have always found a way to play a tune using everyday objects, such as pots and pans, tables or garbage cans. This habit has now digitally evolved thanks to Mogees, a device that can virtually turn all the stuff around us into unusual musical instruments.
Forget passing around those black and white low definition ultrasounds of your unborn baby at dinner parties. You can now pass around a physical model of your child.
Imagine the excitement of holding your baby in your hands before he or she is born! Thanks to 3D Babies and a mere $600,- you can now experience that excitement. Or disgust, depending on the fact if you like 3D printed unborn children. Perhaps the next step will be ordering an animatronic baby which moves like your unborn child, in real time?
Our peculiar image of the week was formulated by Douglas Coupland.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), commonly known as drones, have become an usual practice in military operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Have you ever considered the issue of emotionless machines raining fire from above? California-based designers Pitch Interactive did. Using records from the Bureau for Investigative Journalism, they visualized every known drone attack by the US and Coalition military since 2004. The result is powerful and thought provoking.
Italian artist Paolo Cirio prints life-sized pictures of people found on Google’s Street View and posts them at the same spot where they were taken. By taking virtual identities out of the digital world and giving them a new life in three-dimensional reality, he reopens the debate about digital privacy.
Google permanently stores the digital pictures taken by the Google Car online. Cirio considers his “ghosts” victims, as he explains: “These companies keep this data forever, even when we die. And they commercially exploit it”.
To learn more, follow him during a night of work in some of Brooklyn’s busiest intersections on Motherboard.
For years, we have assisted in the war of megapixels. Smartphones, cameras and tablets do battle offering the most powerful, detailed and high definition displays and pictures. Nevertheless, around the web the opposite trend is spreading: returning to the digital image essence, the pixel. Through an app (I Pixel U) is it possible to transform our snapshots in dots, choosing the subject to blur and leaving the rest intact. It’s a sort of nostalgic action that reminds us at the same time of the painting technique of Pointillism and the oldest video games. Progressive Nostalgia, indeed!
Gamers in on line environments like World of Warcraft and Second Life may have had encounters with secret agents. The Guardian reports American and British spy agencies have infiltrated into major online environments, suspecting that terrorist were hiding among the elves and goblins.
Here is another example of how virtual experiences from the digital realm are gradually seeping into our physical environment. The mobile phone unlocking tool has now boomeranged into the real world, in the form of a doormat. Unfortunately it doesn’t really unlock the door, yet!
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Where civilizations of the past left drawings, glyphs and written messages, we have taken to the internet to record the vast majority of modern history and knowledge. But is it permanent? At Old Dominion University in Virginia, researchers Hany Salah Eldeen and Michael Nelson have been studying the rate at which information on the internet disappears, and if it can be restored.
Made to beat the real thing.
By digital artist Andy Thomas.
If you are a Society of Simulations citizen and you can’t do without social networks, hashtags or tweets, even during your holidays, the Sol Wave House is the place for you. This hotel located in the Balearic Island of Mallorca is entirely dedicated to Twitter. The main goal of the structure is to make guests socialize and interact, both virtually and in person.
The streets of marketing are endless, and sometimes intrusive. The latest space to be taken over by advertising is the train window. The broadcast company Sky is experimenting with this medium to advertise its products on German public transportation.
The rise of digital currencies reduces the need for physical interaction and communication between people. At the same time every payment method still leans on trust. But how can we trust what we can not physically touch, smell or hear?
Artist Heidi Hinder envisions a payment method that brings back personal contact between people: hug & pay. Indeed, paying with a hug. But also pay with a handshake, a high five, and even with a tap dance.
For her project she uses RFID tags and readers that are worn by the customer and the seller. The payment data is transmitted by physical contact.
The project was awarded with a grant from the Awesome Foundation London, which allows Heidi to develop her concept further. We are already anticipating bithugs as a new digital-physical currency.