Author: Rolf Coppens


Eye 2.0


Now with Google smart look. Don’t worry, it is science fiction (still). Created by Sean Hamilton Alexander.


Online gamers unmasked


Photojournalist Robbie Cooper captured images of gamers and their real-life selves. Here are their stories.

Bae plays a man because she thinks that male avatars have more charisma, she wants to “project strength”, and all the “masters” in the game have male avatars. She says if she had to play the game alone she wouldn’t bother. Initially, she was attracted to it because she thought it looked beautiful, but the social element has become part of her life. Her guild meets up regularly.


Meta meta reality


Tringo is an online multiplayer game created by Nathan Keir (aka Kermitt Quirk) in December 2004 that runs inside the virtual reality platform Second Life. It is described as a cross between Tetris and Bingo.

Due to the popularity of Tringo there were a lot of compaints of Second Life players that the players of the Tringo game were anti-social, too much occupied with games and lost all touch with social life. That’s a weird reality in reality situation!

Related links: Second Life Online RPG Funeral Gets Ambushed Online gamers unmasked


Info Toaster

Toasted bread as an information display device (originally developed in 2001 but somehow still intruiging): a toaster that parses meteorological information from the web & then browns bread with an image of what weather to expect, readable & consumable on the way to work. the image is burned on to the bread by one of 3 stencils, representing sunny, cloudy or rainy conditions.

Eventually, the stencils could become more sophisticated, to display detailed weather maps, short text messages & even advertisements on to bread.


Moving water


Libyan deserts are one of the hottest places on earth. That’s why they are making a river to them. The project known as Great Man-Made River is “an enormous, long-term undertaking to supply the country’s needs by drawing water from aquifers beneath the Sahara and conveying it along a network of huge underground pipes.”
Although some people suspect it to be a underground tunnel network for the movement of military stuff.


Everyday robots


A beautifull movie about robots in everyday life. Made by 1st Avenue Machine.

Watch the Quicktime here


More leg = more money


The Stock market skirt
Nancy Paterson made a blue taffeta & black velvet party dress that represents the real-time stock market situation by lowering or raising its hemline. When the stock price rises, the hemline is raised, when the stock price falls, the hemline is lowered. this concept is based on the ‘Skirt Length Theory’ which describes that skirt lengths are a predictor of the stock market direction. According to the theory, if skirts are short, it means the markets are going up. And ifÂ? skirt are long, it means the markets are heading down.

The idea behind this theory is that shorter skirtsÂ? tend to appearÂ? in times when general consumer confidence and excitement is high, meaningÂ? the marketsÂ? are bullish. In contrast, the theory says long skirtsÂ? are worn more in times ofÂ? fear and general gloom, indicating that things are bearish.

Although some investors may secretly believe in such aÂ? theory, serious analysts and investors -Â? instead of examining skirt length to make investment decisions – insist onÂ? focusingÂ? on market fundamentals and data.


Tree bombs


Disarm – or we will reforest you!

Back in 1997, Moshe Alamaro “designed conical canisters, of a starchy biodegradable material, which each contain a seedling packed in soil and nutrients. The canisters are dropped from a low-flying plane, so that they hit the ground at 200 m.p.h., and imbed themselves in the soil. Then the canisters decompose and the young trees take root. A large aircraft could drop as many as 100,000 saplings in a single flight: Alamaro’s system could plant as many as a million trees in one day.” Whole forests, fired from F-16s.

Or, branching off from an earlier comment on the agri-militaristic possibilities of garden wars, you’d get landscape design by Cruise missile: launched from a ship in the Indian Ocean, soon there are rich deciduous forests in the hills of Afghanistan.

Moshe Alamaro


Pimp my heart


The machine and the experience of the machine are becoming one. I’ve seen these kind of things in computer games, but now they are becoming real— Feels like plugging in to the Matrix— Can’t wait for someone with a heart rhythm disorder to come up with some fresh breakbeats!

Pimp My Heart is a performance/vehicle intervention that uses an invented HBBB (HeartBeat Bass Booster) system to amplify the heartbeat of a car driver in real time through an interface with a beefed up car audio aftermarket system. The intervention/invention achieves an ultimate unity between car and driver.

More here


Dock painting


The new Bob Ross has arrived: his name be Gautam Rao.
This painting shows a magnified part of the dock in OSX. I especially wanted to highlight the Picassoesque face on the Mac logo. Sometimes the smallest details can be the most artful. To my knowledge no one else has made a series of Mac paintings. My goal is to find the extraordinary in everyday experience. Visit my blog for more information

Before we used to paint nature, now we moved on to next nature.


Weather forecasting umbrella


An umbrella that provides information about the likelihood of rain so that users can make a simple, informed decision about whether to take the umbrella with them as they leave their home. after retrieving the weather data via a wifi connection, the handle glows more intensely with the increased chance of precipitation.

Check the site


RFID ladybag


a purse that visually keeps track of valuable items such as keys, wallets, personal identification cards, & cellular phones through various sensors embedded in the bag. if something is missing, an iconographic pattern associated with that item ‘lights up’ on the outside of the bag.


Robotic Action Painter


RAP is a new generation of painting robots designed for Museum or long exhibition displays. It is completely autonomous and need very little assistance and maintenance. RAP creates it’s own paintings based on an artificial intelligence algorithm, it decides when the work is ready and signs in the right bottom corner with its distinctive signature. The algorithm combines initial randomness, positive feedback and a positive/negative increment of ‘color as pheromone’ mechanism based on a grid of nine RGB sensors.

Also the ‘sense of rightness’ – to determine when the painting is ready – is achieved not by any linear method, time or sum, but through a kind of pattern recognition system.

Check the video here