Author: Arnoud van den Heuvel

Biopolitics

Hurricane Naming System

Since 1948 the World Meteorological Organisation has been naming hurricanes and tropical storms. “ANDREW”, “SANDY”, “IVAN”, “KATRINA”, to name a few. But what did these people do to deserve their names attached…

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Designed-by-Evolution

Rollin’ Safari

Assuming that true wildlife hàs gone extinct… Who needs the real thing when you can have a Next Safari? Let’s go and hunt for the plastic birds on the beach or watch…

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Digital-Presence

Gangnam Autonomy

“A robot is a mechanical apparatus designed to do the work of a man. Its components are usually electro-mechanical and are guided by a computer program or electronic circuitry. By mimicking a…

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Digital-Presence

What do AR-Burgers taste like?

Augmented Reality is supposed to be just over the “Peak of Inflated Expectations” of Gartner’s hype cycle. This video, however, is vaulting the technology directly onto the “Plateau of Productivity”. Image consumption…

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Anthropomorphobia

Robutt

Tokyo University of Electro-Communications, revealed SHIRI (? = “buttocks”), a “Buttocks Humanoid That Represents Emotions With Visual and Tactual Transformation of the Muscles.” It was made by Nobuhiro Takahashi’s team, known for…

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Macbook Pro Fragrance

Nothing beats the factory-scent of expensive, freshly unboxed technology! Artist group Greatest Hits produced the Apple Unboxing Scent for use at an exhibition in Melbourne, where it will be diffused for the…

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Information Decoration

Transparent Smart Window

Displays have been on our desks for too long. Samsung makes space and introduces the Transparent Smart Window. This LCD touchscreen is powered by the sunlight shining from the outside in. During…

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Anthropomorphobia

Dolphin Wannabe

Same article, different example: Water Powered JetPack by Jetlev. (Thanks: Marlies Peeters)…

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Anthropomorphobia

Unboxing Artificial Intelligence

Did you know that phones were once used for calling up our (human) friends? Researching the beginning of it all, we came accross demo video’s on the cloud called “internet” where people…

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Digital-Presence

Steve Jobs 1955 -2011

Steve Jobs, former Apple CEO, passed away on Wednesday October 5th after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Technology conceived from his vision has changed the world dramatically over the past 14…

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Anthropomorphobia

Phone Camouflage

In twenty years, the mobile phone has become man’s closest utensil. Can you imagine living without this umbilical box? Too bad it’s often still a box that we hold to our ears……

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Calm-technology

Brainscan App

By hooking up a commercially available EEG headset to a Nokia N900 smartphone, Jakob Eg Larsen and colleagues at the Technical University of Denmark in Kongens Lyngby have created a portable system…

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Digital-Presence

I am not a Robot. I am a Unicorn.

At Cornell Creative Machines Lab they were curious to see how two “chatbots” would make conversation. Powered by Cleverbot, created by AI researcher Rollo Carpenter, the robots were fooled into recognizing each…

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Dynamic-architecture

It’s a plane!

By nature, man is not meant to fly. But while we’re at it, we may as well turn it into an experience. Charles Champion, Airbus Executive Vice President Engineering, envisions a fusion…

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Humane-Technology

Remote kissing device

Nobuhiru Takahashi, student at the Kajimoto Laboratory of the University of Electro-Communications in Chofu City, Tokyo, invented this Internet French kissing device. When a bended straw is touched with the tongue on…

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Calm-technology

Soundmixtree

Diego Stocco is sound designer and composer from Burbank CA/US. He plays a tree as a rhythmic musical instrument, recording its sounds using a custom stethoscope. I suggest him to get in…

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