Can robots help us in creative processes? If you are in Amsterdam you can visit Pakhuis de Zwijger on Tuesday, January 17, at 20:00 to learn more. During this event, titled Design Matters #19 Me and My Robot, various designers and artists give their view on how robotics became a part of their creative profession. We will be there to introduce our design challenge Empowered by Robots.
of toys is robotic. Danish toy manufacturer Lego recently announced the next generation of building bricks features a series of interactive motors and programmable bricks that can be added to existing Lego kits, bringing the creations to life.
It is a well-known fact that cows are not very environmentally friendly. In fact they have one of the largest carbon footprints of anything we consume on a day-to-day basis, using 28 times more land and 11 times more water than eating chicken or pork. With new food technologies just around the corner such as in vitro meat, will cows still have a place in our fields? One native Dutch cow named Dieuwertje thinks she does.
Contactless payments are becoming ever more ubiquitous. A single tap of your card, smartphone, key fob, or smartwatch easily does the trick. Besides the “conventional” payment methods, we have seen a biohacker paying with his thumb and an artist paying with hugs. So what’s next? Hong Kong-based tech company Tappy believes the future of wireless payments is in jewelry.
If Japan has cat-buses, why China can’t have panda-trains? A new network of skytrains is set to debut this year in the Chinese city of Chengdu. But, why pandas? Well, the city is famous for its Panda bear reserves and breeding centers, so riding one the work just seems the most natural thing to do.
Peculiar image of the week via Next Shark.
The episode ‘Fifteen Million Merits’ of the British TV series Black Mirror depicts a future world where everyone must cycle on exercise bikes to power their surroundings. This fiction could become reality with the latest concept by Italian design firm Carlo Ratti Associati. They envisioned a floating gym that harnesses human energy to sail down the Seine River in Paris.
At the beginning of 2016, two artists made a 3D scan of the Nefertiti bust in the Neues Museum in Berlin and uploaded it to the Internet. It caused an international fuss, with people wondering if they truly scanned the bust of Nefertiti themselves, and if so, with what tools? Did they scan a replica? Or did they hack the servers of the museum to steal the 3D scan? Does it even matter if the scan is fake, real or fake for real?