Author: Rolf Coppens


Guys and Dolls

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“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 money on it, it’s not weird they are very serious about their relationship with the doll and the part it plays in their life. A 47 min documentary about this phenomenon.

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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 are not actually biting the device. Their technique uses infrared sensors and a microcomputer to let people operate music players by clenching their teeth. The computer is able to see the difference between browsing and other teeth activities such as chewing gum, talking or calling.

The research team at state-run Osaka University hopes to put the device to commercial use for music players and believes it can eventually be adapted to run cellphones, wheelchairs and other products. Not sure why it’s useful, but it’s cool, and it takes us and step closer to a perfect man-machine symbiosis.


Manufactured landscapes


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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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 added to a picture. I think it’s amazing.


Who wants a stylus?


“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.”

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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? This shirt is capable of recreating the physical hug feeling by teaming up with Bluetooth wireless technology, a Hug Me Java software, and a Bluetooth-enabled cellphone. The Hug Shirt does not come with any pre-assigned cellphone number, but it instead sends data to your cellphone via Bluetooth, where your special friend on the other end of the line will receive a hug on his/her shirt via Bluetooth as well.

The Hug Shirt has been nominated as one of the Best Inventions of 2006 by Time Magazine. Looks like we’re a bit late.

I can use a hug now… Anyone? Please?


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 person gaming, allowing the user to view themselves as a virtual character in real space via a head mounted interface. The system potentially allows for a diminished sense of social responsibility, and could lead the user to demonstrate behaviors normally reserved for the gaming environment.

A project by Mark Owens (not the guy from Take That)


Separating streets and words



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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Fake XP grass


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




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 efficiency as sustainable design is about “cradle to cradle” and not just about using less.
The Energy Tree will have a user interface that will display information on you energy consumption letting you know what devices are draining and will give you the option to turn them off. As a long term interface the EnergyTree will grow a real tree from the EnergyTree, this will grow if you are energy efficient, but waste energy and it will start to get a disease and or die.

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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 application that uses biological systems, living organisms, or derivatives thereof, to create or modify typographical phenomena. The main idea of the ‘Typosperma’ project was to create some sort of new transgenic creatures, half (human) sperm, half letter. These imaginary creatures are cloned sperms, that typographic information has been implanted into their DNA.

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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 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 that has a screen woven into the fabric. Video after the clickertheclick.

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 after a short while, reminding us of the temporary character of digital things. A short movie after the click.


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 pre (or post) Next Natural landscape. Watch a slideshow of it here.

Read a backgroundstory on the piece (International Herald Tribune website)




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 spectacle (i.e. holy crap, that’s a beaver!), an outing, a thing that is nonexistent in our daily lives.

There is also something intrinsically funny about putting a computer in a beaver. In fact, I find it difficult to think of a more ridiculous case housing for an office machine. All innuendos aside, what better creature to house the busiest of machines – the machine that has sped up our lives and made us captive to a constant flow of information.

The beaver is the first case mod I’ve done. Many thanks to all those who helped.

Next, I would like to make a car out of a giant squid.”

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-living

And I wanted some pets…”

Fake animals and sculptures made from empty old PET bottles. A project by Miwa Koizumi