Author: Rolf Coppens


An Adblocker for Your Eyes

Most VR concepts and products are coming from big tech companies. With their ad-driven business models they are likely to fill your Glass, Hololens or Oculus with ads at some point. What if these exact same tools are used to block ads? Build your own.


A Jewel That Stops You From Checking Your Phone

For every smartphone user to recognize, is that merely the lighting of your screen, a vibration or ring distracts you from almost every activity. Even when you are spending time with your lover, friends, family or colleagues, any event on your screen seems to outrange the interaction you are physically part of. Being honest, does the screen really makes you happy, and does that tweet, like or Instagram truly enlight you? Research shows that people value off line interaction over online communication, which furthermore for a larger part contributes to people’s wellbeing and feelings of happiness (Leefritme, 2010).

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The Ideal Phone Might Be The noPhone

Thin, lightweight, unlimited battery life. Revives your social and sex life. This might be your ideal phone!
“A technology-free alternative to constant hand-to-phone contact. The noPhone acts as a surrogate to any smart mobile device, enabling you to always have a rectangle of smooth, cold plastic to clutch without forgoing any potential engagement with your direct environment.” The noPhone will be soon for sale at


Plastic makes the world go round

Cockroaches will inherit the world after humans are gone? Maybe not. Seeing plastic as the new moss, or algae, photographer Jeanny Kaethoven makes this beautiful pictures of plastic left behind.

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Don’t turn that page, it’s patented

Apple’s recent work on iOS has been using as much references to “natural” elements as possible, making the digital as physical as possible. Doing how they do, they have been protecting their work pretty extensively. They have now managed to patent the turning of a page on a digital device. So now Apple owns the page turn. You know, as when you turn a page with your hand. An “interface” that has been around for hundreds of years in physical form.


Pantone SkinTone

Should made-to-order babies become a reality in the near future, one piece of the design puzzle has been solved now Pantone has release their SkinTone system. Indexing 110 skin tones they might have set a standard to work with. Racists could never be more precise in their practice. Forget about the “skin color” label on stockings and find a Pantone color to match.

The Pantone SkinTone is available here at $89. And there’s a really corny Pantone video below.

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Boomeranged Metaphors

Where Games are Made

For his Made of Myth series, Marc Da Cunha Lopes goes back to the places where the elements of great game classics were made. You really didn’t think it was all virtual, right? Above: the gold rings from Sonic.
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Boomeranged Metaphors

Just Browsing

Dutch designer Boris Rijksen experiences a culture shock when he enters the real world after a day of screen work. Before, the ‘digital immigrant’ struggled to understand digital situations, but what about the digital natives? Will they struggle to understand real situations?

Digital interfaces use skeuomorphic elements to make the digital world more like the non-digital; trashcan, desktop as examples. Boris proposes a similar approach for digital natives in the real world.

Short promo (in Dutch) and project site (in Dutch)


Welcome to the Anthropocene

Watch human and urban life evolve in this 3-minute journey through the last 250 years of our history, starting at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.


Portable Data Silence

Experience full data silence with the Faraday Bag. Made from electromagnetic shielding silver coated fabric, it prevents devices inside it from being contacted. Made by artist Sarah van Sonsbeeck, for sale now in a series of 100.


Enter the self-driving car

This promo video for the Google autonomous car is pretty exciting. I’m sure in a decade driving our own car will seem so old-fashioned,thinking how we ever trusted the physical over the technological.


Edible Implants

Why turn to implants when the female body can do it by itself? Dutch designer Femke Mosch came up with the idea of making edible implants that stimulate breast growth from within.


The Living Room

The private atmosphere of a Dutch living room is interrupted by the disturbing presence of a large oak tree that slowly enters the room.

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Bottle Plant

The Coca-Cola introduces the PlantBottle. Partially made of plants, this bottle is 100% recyclable. Next step will be a natural bottle fully growing on a plant. In the meanwhile, I am still waiting for my Organic Coke.