Author: Rolf Coppens

Fake-nature

Guys and Dolls

[googlevideo width=”530″ height=”432″]http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3710987618964917848[/googlevideo] “It’s a high form of masturbation” A RealDoll is a realistic life-size sex doll that cost more than an average car. If people are willing to spend that much…

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Bionics

Chewing = Browsing

Japanese researchers have developed head gear that lets people control devices such as an iPod using their teeth. Now that is not really new, except when you take in mind that they…

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Fake-nature

Manufactured landscapes

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Edward Burtynsky is a photographer that makes pictures scarred or altered landscapes, changed by industrial activities. His work shows the disappearance of nature and the appearance of a new sort of nature. To me, the images look amazing, althought I suppose I have to feel bad about the pollution and the destruction. A perfect example of next nature confusion.
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Karmeraflage

Kameraflage is a technique to put a layer on top of an image that can only be seen by digital cameras. In this way, an invisible layer of extra information can be…

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Hypernature

Who wants a stylus?

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“Who wants a stylus?” Words by Apple’s Steve Jobs when introducing the iPhone that uses a revolutionary input device: the finger. Using this device you find that it’s pretty hard to control the screen with your thick fingers (like mine on the picture). This is what inspired Thomas Martel to make his thumbs to match the input devices of the future.

“Thomas Martel, 28, is a big guy. So he has a hard time using the features on ever-shrinking user interfaces on devices like his new iPhone. At least, he did, until he had his thumbs surgically altered in a revolutionary new surgical technique known as “whittling.””From my old Treo, to my Blackberry, to this new iPhone, I had a hard time hitting the right buttons, and I always lost those little styluses,” explains Martel. “Sure, the procedure was expensive, but when I think of all the time I save by being able to use modern handhelds so much faster, I really think the surgery will pay for itself in ten to fifteen years. And what it’s saving me in frustration – that’s priceless.”

“This is really, on the edge sort of stuff,” explains Dr. Robert Fox Spars, who worked on developing the procedure. “We’re turning plastic surgery from something that people use in service of vanity, to a real tool for improving workplace efficiency.”

The procedure involved making a small incision into both thumbs and shaving down the bones, followed by careful muscular alteration and modification of the fingernails. While Martel’s new thumbs now appear small and effeminate in comparison to his otherwise very large hands, he says he can still lift “pretty much anything I could lift before the surgery – though opening spaghetti sauce jars has been a problem. That was a big surprise.”

http://northdenvernews.com/content/view/922/2

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Calm-technology

Hug T-Shirt

If you’re longing for the touch of a loved one who is a few thousand miles away, what better way than to pick up the Hug Shirt for the both of you?…

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Augmented-Bodies

Avatar machine

The virtual communities created by online games have provided us with a new medium for social interaction and communication. Avatar Machine is a system which replicates the aesthetics and visuals of third…

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Global-Image-Economy

Separating streets and words

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When he’s not saving the word, artist Matt Siber is disecting street images and their typography. Seen before in many forms on this blog, but very well done!
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Bionics

Designer pets

If your house just isn’t big enough to have a leopard, you can allways buy these 20.000 dollar cats. Nailcaps are included to prevent scratches on the matching cat furniture. I would…

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Biomimicmarketing

Fake XP grass

Fake commercial for Norton computer maintenance software. Made by some student, who’s name I couldn’t find.…

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Biomimicmarketing

EnergyTree

The EnergyTree is a device dedicated to monitoring your household energy use. It monitors you energy output from sockets and any device that is using electricity. It also monitors Recycling, and recycling…

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Genetic-surprises

Typosperma

Another project by Oded Ezer, Typosperma is the second experimental typo project in his ‘Biotypography’ series. As a paraphrase on the biotechnology definition, ‘Biotypography’ is a term that refers to any typographical…

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Genetic-surprises

Biotypography

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Israelian typographer Oded Ezer looks at the world from his point of view, through letters and numbers. So why not turn the world into typography. A short interview taken from interactiondesign-lab.com about ants that you can read.
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Information Decoration

Video dress

Sometimes I have a hard time choosing between going out and staying home watching TV or my computerscreen. The great fashiondesigner Hussein Chalayan made these choices a lot easier with this dress…

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Information Decoration

Temporary printing machine

A nice light printer by rAndom International. The printer makes images with light on a light reactive surface. Really nice and high tech, but what I like is that the images fade…

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Calm-technology

Sao Paulo vs Billboards

The mayor of Sao Paulo decided that he was tired of the wildgrowth of billboards in the city. So he decided to take them all down (not personally). This creates a very…

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Fake-nature

Compubeaver

Compubeaver by Kasey McMahon “I am interested in the way we interact with nature. As we become increasingly reliant on technology, we become disconnected from our natural environment. Nature then is a…

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Manufactured Animals

PET project

“I love the idea of using liquid containers to make water animals. Contained/containing, trash/not-trash, like the jelly-fish or anemone: Living/non-livingAnd I wanted some pets…” Fake animals and sculptures made from empty old…

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