Intimate Technology

Nomophobia: the Fear of Phonelessness

You step outside your home without your phone and are seized by a sudden fear. Or you notice that your battery is low when out and about and decide to get home as quickly as possible. Do you recognize these anxieties? According to researchers from universities in Hong Kong and Seoul, they may be symptoms of something called “nomophobia”. That is, no-mobile-phobia: the fear of being separated from your smartphone.

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Next Nature

Next Nature Habitat VR Wins Sweden VR Award

And the winner of the Sweden International Virtual Reality Award in the category Best 360º Video is… Next Nature Habitat VR!

Our immersive experience allows us to travel through four different future environments, asking the question: what does it mean to live in a next nature? With the VR, we aim to stimulate debate on how we want to live in the future. According to the jury, the Next Nature Habitat VR “skillfully utilizes the VR medium and narration to take the viewer on a captivating thought-provoking visual trip about alternative habitats for humankind”. Congratulations to all the winners and finalists of the Sweden VR Contest 2017 and thanks to everyone who contributed to the development this production. Did you missed it? Watch the trailer above and ask yourself: where would you live?

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One minute of Internet
Office Garden

One Minute on the Internet

During the course of human evolution, work and leisure became separate concepts. Daily life for our ancestors was hard, mostly long hours of work trying to ensure basic survival. But with the rise of modernity, we have domesticated ourselves with new technologies. Keeping in mind that Facebook recently revealed to have two billion active users a month (which sums up about 25% of the global population), this makes us wonder how the average minute is spent on the Internet. Peculiar image of the week.

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vertical forest
Manufactured Landscapes

When Buildings Become Trees

What if buildings could become trees? That vision is what Italian architect Stefano Boeri is aiming at with his Vertical Foresting. Boeri’s high-rises do not just stand there like trees; in fact, they are “trees”. They emulate how trees function or, to be more exact, how they “breathe”.

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Google Cars Sniff Out Pollution
Suburban Utopia

Google Cars Can Now Sniff Out Pollution

Google Street View allows us to take a (virtual) look at almost any street in the world. Soon enough, it might also make us smell them. In partnership with Aclima, Google has been equipping its cars with various sensors designed to measure urban air pollution. Or, as Aclima CEO Davida Herzl put it: “It’s kind of like we’ve given the cars a nose”.

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Anthropocene

Artificial Light Threatens Pollination

Human impact on the biosphere is so massive that it triggered a new geological age, the Anthropocene. So far, we have difficulties understand the extent of the influence we have on our planet. A recent study demonstrated how artificial light is a serious threat to plant pollination. It puts plant reproduction in danger, as well as the whole ecosystem.

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talk with plants
Hypernature

Chat with Plants in the Botanical Garden

Ever wanted to have a chat with a plant? If so, make sure to visit the botanical gardens of The Netherlands. Exploring methods to better connect people to the natural world, Waag Society, in collaboration with the Dutch Botanical Gardens Association, have developed an app that allows visitors to talk with plants.

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