The Wind Shaped Pavilion is a design proposal for a large fabric structure that can be used as a public or private pavilion. As a lightweight fabric structure, the wind slowly and randomly rotates each of the six segments around a central open support frame. This continually alters the shape of the pavilion, while at the same time generating electrical power for its nighttime illumination.
New creatures arise through interactive media.
Die Natur verändert sich mit uns (English version: Exploring Next Nature)
Fast jeder liebt die Natur. Doch was heißt das eigentlich? Für manche verkörpert sie Harmonie, Konsequenz und Frieden. Für andere ist sie eher wild, brutal und unberechenbar. Natur stellen wir uns als vom Menschen unberührt, unangetastet vor. Paradoxerweise hat sich der Mensch jedoch gerade aus dieser Natur entwickelt. “Die Natur liebt es, sich zu verstecken” behauptete der vorsokratische Philosoph Heraklit  schon im 5. Jahrhundert vor Christus. Wenn es einen Ort gibt, der es verdient “natürlich” genannt zu werden, ist es die Welt in der sich die Menschheit vor sehr langer Zeit entwickelte. Diese Welt ist die Grundlage unserer Wahrnehmung von Realität und tatsächlich aller Informationen, die wir aufnehmen. Unsere menschliche Konstitution und unsere Sinne sind völlig an sie angepasst. Heutzutage ist diese Umwelt vollständig unserer Herrschaft unterworfen. Sie hat all ihre Ursprünglichkeit verloren. Wie natürlich ist es geworden, einen nine-to-five-Job zu haben und mit Anzug und Krawatte ins Büro zu gehen? Die Dächer über unseren Köpfen, die Stühle auf denen wir sitzen, sogar die Bäume im Wald – sie alle sind so, wie wir sie haben möchten. Wenn man sich umschaut und versucht, das natürlichste Objekt in der unmittelbaren Umgebung auszumachen, wird das höchstwahrscheinlich man selbst sein.
The body suit pictured above has LEDs that illuminate according to the wearer’s state of excitement. Skin signals are measured and change light emission through biometric sensing technology.
The suit was concieved in Philips Designs’ SKIN probe project that challenges the notion that our lives are automatically better because they are more digital. It looks at more ‘analog’ phenomena like emotional sensing, exploring technologies that are ‘sensitive’ rather than ‘intelligent’.
Instruction for the Birds: Land on perch->trigger sound file->observe human response–>behave accordingly.
Instructions for People: Listen, you’ll be able to understand. The sound files translate bird concerns into English. Behave accordingly. If you choose to participate in accordance with the birds, we recommend supplementing the birds diet with the Bird Bar and other delectables available in the museum store.
by Richard Brautigan (1968)
I like to think (and
the sooner the better!)
of a cybernetic meadow
where mammels and computers
live together in mutually
like pure water
touching clear sky.
I like to think
(right now, please!)
of a cybernetic forest
filled with pines and electronics
where deer stroll peacefully
as if they were flowers
with spinning blossoms.
I like to think
(it has to be!)
of a cybernetic ecology
where we are free of our labors
and joined back to nature,
returned to our mammal
brothers and sisters,
and all watched over
by machines of loving grace.
A technique developed by the German Claus Winterfor an installation artist makes whatever word you type into a computer visible by a “water-curtain”. The video shows the World premiere during the Nuit Blanche in Paris on October 5th. The theme for the presentation was “Paris” itself and words that different artists associate with it.
Today the Entry 2006 exhibition opened in the coalwashe building, Zollverein. For 100 days ‘perspectives and visions in design’ with over 300 exhibits from more than 20 countries are on display. Next nature is one of the three theme’s of the Entry Paradise exhibition. At the pre-opening I made a some random snapshots using a Nokia phone (this means bad quality).
600 million people worldwide are beginning to see online access as an absolute necessity. From airports to living rooms to roof gardens to classrooms to city parks, People want online access anywhere/anytime. This trend is called online oxygen. Apparently, people find it impossible to breathe without internet access.
There may even come a moment that our connection with an industrially manufactured coke bottle may be richer and more mythical that our relation with a genetically analysed and manipulated white rabbit in the woods. – Exploring Next Nature, May 2004
Guess what, the coke bottle looks like a rabbit. It connects to a local wi-fi network to provide services to any users nearby. It can sing, talk, flash colored lights within its translucent body, and move its ears to let you know whether you have new email, or what the weather’s like outside, or how the stock market is doing, etc.
Despite the metaphor, current virtual desktops (a) have little resemblance to the look or feel of real world desktops (b). Bumptop explores making virtual desktops behave in a more physically realistic manner (c) by adding physics simulation. Objects can be casually dragged and tossed around.
Bumptop.com (thanks to Jack van Wijk, for the tip)
Smile! We are your friends. Robots will play an important role in our future society. We need to ensure that robots are socially compatible with us in order for society to accept them. Some examples of social robots are: Emuu (pictured above), Kismet and Leonardo.
An actress in Atlanta, has tried to answer her phone to the thrrrrup, thrrrrup, thrrrrup of a truck bouncing down a pothole-pocked street. Others say they thought they heard phones ring while taking a shower, using a blow-dryer or watching commercials.
Because cellphones have become a fifth limb, people now live in a constant state of phone alertness, resulting in the phantom phone rings.
Read the whole story at www.nytimes.com
Regular furniture is quite static. You can move it around, but 90% of the time you’re not using it and it is just standing there in your room. So boring! But if Janis gets his way, your room will be like a dynamic terrain. This prototype uses computer controlled drills to create the dynamic effect.
Please leave me alone, I’m writing a message.
One day you will step into the garden to look at the flowers – and the flowers will look back at you.
Rich Fletcher, Nikolai Slavov, and Hiroshi Ishii from MIT Tangible Media Group are building novel electronic and optical sensors that “take a peek” inside the biological activity of living plants, and explore their use as low-cost sensors. Plants are very common in our world and and contain a vast amount of information. Plants have a great ablity to sense and respond to their environment. The electrophysiology of plants has sparked interest since the late 1800s, but this topic has not been explored recently in the context of modern information technology and electronic devices.