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Interview Anouk Wipprecht
Intimate Technology

Interview: Anouk Wipprecht, FashionTech Designer of Useful Technological Couture

Forget fabric and stitches, think about a 3D printed dress adorned with embedded proximity and respiration sensors, wireless bio-signals connected to an Intel Edison platform and microcontrollers. Dutch FashionTech designer Anouk Wipprecht brings the garment and the wearer together thanks to an electronic couture with a futurist twist. Thirty-two-year-old currently living in New York, since the early 2000s she has been working on wearables, combining fashion design with engineering, robotics, science and interaction-user experience.

We met Anouk during the Fashion Week of Milan, where tonight she is going to give a lecture at Meet The Media Guru, the Italian platform that invites innovators from all over the world to share their ideas and projects (you can follow the event online). We talked about smart fabrics and accessories that can listen to our body, therapeutic fashion and the future of dressmaking.

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Interview Lining Yao
Next Nature

Interview: Lining Yao, Interaction Designer and Maker of Novel Materials

Real innovations are high tech but analogic, they are created by mixing biology, genetics and design to save energy and resources. This is the concept behind Lining Yao’s work, Chinese interaction designer and maker of novel materials and interfaces. She recently completed her PhD at Tangible Media Group, MIT Media Lab in Boston, where she focused on pushing Human Computer Interaction towards Human Material Interaction, and she is now Assistant Professor at HCII Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

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Suburban Utopia

From Shopping Center to Urban Farm

In a corner of the Dizengoff shopping center in Tel Aviv there is a wooden kiosk selling fresh greens and herbs. It’s called Honesty Stand and it’s an unexpected oasis in the multitude of chain stores and food courts that you can find in every mall. This modest vegetable stand depends on the honor system: no staff or cashier, customers take what they need and leave the money in a box. Does it work? Yes, 80% of people do pay. Thanks to the high quality and affordable prices, the produce sells out easily and the stand has to be replenished four times a day, but that’s not difficult as the vegetables are grown on the roof of the shopping center.

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BladeRanger Drones and Robots solar panels cleaning
Wild Systems

Drones and Robots Co-Work in Solar Farms

Every day in the Arava region in southern Israel a group of drones, called pelicans, carry solar panels cleaning robots, called plecos (like the fish known for their ability to clean algae from aquariums), at work. It could be a story from our What’s Flying There? book, instead it is a project by BladeRanger, an Israeli company specialized in managing autonomous robots with unmanned aerial vehicles. Their first application is for the inspection and cleaning of photovoltaic installations.

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Electroad, electrify transportation
Suburban Utopia

Israeli Tech Turns Any Road Electric

In the Arava region in southern Israel there is Capital Nature, an incubator for early stage green start-up companies that funds researches in the area of renewable energy. Here we’re standing with Oren Ezer, co founder of ElectRoad, in front of what it seems to be one of the biggest road improvements since the Romans paved their empire (no photos allowed).

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Suburban Utopia

Thanksgiving Getaway Gridlock

This gridlocked highway looks like a river of red and white. Yesterday, during the Thanksgiving getaway, ABC7 news channel’s helicopter captured this massive traffic jam on one of the busiest and most congested routes in the U.S., the 405 in southern California. This year in fact, a record number of Americans – nearly 49 million – traveled for the Thanksgiving holiday. In suburbia, we hope to get away from it all. Unfortunately, everyone else had the same idea. Happy Thanksgiving to our American readers!

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Payment by thumb
Augmented Bodies

Payment by Thumb

Forget about cash and credit cards, in the not too distant future we will need just one finger to shop: the thumb. For one person in particular this dream is getting closer to reality thanks to a near-field communications (NFC) chip embed in his hand. He is Australian biohacker Meow-Ludo Meow Meow (he legally changed his name) and he is part of a movement of people who are merging their bodies with technology.

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Tree and streetlight
Suburban Utopia

Streetlight Disrupts Seasonal Cycle of Trees

Prolonged exposure to artificial light prevents urban trees from adjusting to seasonal variations. Notice how the leaves of this tree have fallen, except for those directly under the streetlight. Recent research demonstrated how high-intensity light sources have the greatest impact on delaying leaf senescence, throwing off a plant response to the change of seasons. Peculiar image of the week via Physics FAU.

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The most densely populated island on Earth.
Suburban Utopia

The Most Densely Populated Island on Earth

Our peculiar image of the week comes from Colombia. The island Santa Cruz del Islote is only 0.012 square kilometers in size, but is home to over 1.200 people. That’s four times as dense as Manhattan. Locals moved there when they noticed the island had no mosquitoes. In this small plot of land there are: 90 houses, two shops, one restaurant, one all-ages disco and a school. Residents say life on the island is calm and peaceful. Nobody locks the door and everyone they know is just a few hundred meters away. It may be crowded, but it’s still paradise!

Via: CNTraveler

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Wild Systems

Robot Breaks Rubik’s Cube World Record

In today’s modern world, where micro-bots assemble a room in few minutes and cars drive themselves, a robot able to solve the Rubik’s Cube in a blink of an eye shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.

However, it is still impressive to watch this machine in action and complete the puzzle in 1.047 second, breaking the human record of 4.9 seconds – held by a 14-year-old boy.

Via Motherboard

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LinkNYC, Wi-Fi hotspot in New York
Innovative Nostalgia

Wi-Fi Hotspots Take Over Old Payphones

Nowadays telephone booths are obsolete objects. If you are a digital native you probably never noticed one of them. With the number of smartphone owners worldwide surpassing two billion, they have fallen into disuse. That’s why New York City decided to definitely say goodbye to neglected payphones and replace them with Wi-Fi hotspots.

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Anthropocene

How Many Trees are There on Earth?

Have you ever wondered how many trees there are on the planet? This Nature video estimates that there are about 3.04 trillion trees at the moment on Earth. That is 422 trees per human being. But they are disappearing at the rate of 1.4 trees per person every single year.
We are loosing ten billion trees a year, what if we could pay people with ECO Coins to let the trees stand?

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Next Nature

NNN Movement & the First ECO Coin

On the 22nd of October 2015, during the third edition of the talk show Now Future, organized by Dutch Design Week and VPRO in Eindhoven, we officially launched the Next Nature Movement in The Netherlands.

To seal the beginning of the Next Nature Movement, director Koert van Mensvoort donated the first symbolic ECO coin – a currency for nature ecology value – to Age of Wonderland fellow Yoyo Yogasmana for his work in Indonesia, preserving more than 130 existing rice varieties without any use of insecticides.

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