Made-to-debate

Klima Kontrolle

Klima Kontrolle (video) is a project by Roel Wouters and Luna Maurer. A fan is placed in front of a computer screen and accelerates until it blows away the entire desktop. KlimaKontrolle was performed for the first time at the International Browserday in Paradiso, Amsterdam 2002. In 2004, Eriko Matsumara from the RCA, created a similar project called Hu-Poi.

Both projects explore new ways of interacting with your computer. They subvert our preconceptions of the static electronic screen, and allows human physicality and atmospheric conditions to affect this normally closed digital space.

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Branded Butterfly Wings

“A glowing green logo drawn by scientists on the wing of a genetically altered butterfly could herald the day that the insects are adorned with adverts and slogans. A team at the University at Buffalo that developed the world’s first genetically modified butterfly has now adapted the work to create the fluorescent marking on the wings of the insect to demonstrate an innovative tool that will make it easier to find out what genes do, in this case those that play a role in making the patterns on wings, from stripes to eye spots.”

After reading this at Telegraph, I imagined something like the sporty butterfly picture above: Papilio Nike-Ulysses. But the original article’s abstract reads much more dryly: “Precise temporal and spatial regulation of transgene expression is a critical tool to investigate gene function in developing organisms.”

Via Adverlab, thanks to Tinkebell for the tip. Related posts: Withus Oragainstus, Wild Style.

Biomimicry

A mouse can scare the cat away

Animal Nextnature! Using an animal as part of your lego creation. A ‘behaviour block’ can track the behaviour of the animal inside. This behavior is the nused to drive the Lego creation. This way the creation gets alive, and the animal can get enhance possibilities: a mouse can scare the cat away!

This augmented animal project was created by Joris van Gelder, Bas Groenendaal, Philip Mendels and Ivo Vos.

Biomimicmarketing

Skinover

In “Dutch dress up” (a travelling exhibition of accesoires by 40 Dutch designers), Silvia B is presenting new glove-models showing a specific skin peculiarity. In general clothes tend to hide/protect what’s underneath and give the owner a certain status. These “sculptures to wear” proove that your skin is the most direct and personal medium, telling who you are. All you need to do, is show some.

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Dynamic-architecture

Shapeshifting memory plastic

Scientists have invented a plastic memory material that can change into three different shapes based on heat. Researchers demonstrated a plastic tube with three “programmed” diameters (4.5 mm, 6.9 mm, 5.8 mm) that are selected by altering the temperature.

The researchers propose applications in the medical domain: “a handy oval shape for insertion, then a fully inflated round shape for temporary use inside a blood vessel, duct or other cylindrical organ, and lastly, a compressed cylindrical shape for easy removal.”

All good.. but I want my dynamic furniture! Could this be an enabling technology?

via: boingboing.

Biomimicry

Holy Cow

As a kid, I used to play around with toy animals made of plastic. You could stuff them and store other toys in their stomachs. Now living cows like the one in this movie start looking like my toy cows. A walking container of— yeah, a container of what? The faeces in this cows guts is a distasteful semi-finished product, nothing to be associated with a fresh glass of milk, or a good grilled biece of beef on your plate. The trick is in my observation of the cow: While watching this interesting video, I caught myself wondering when the moment would arrive we could get our bottles of milk ‘straight from the cow’ and have a natural experience of drinking milk again. I have to think about this for a while, so maybe I’ll write something about this later. Now I have some empty bottles to bring to the glass barge.

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Calm-technology

Crowd counter

Crowd counter is a piece of software able to track moving features within a video clip. It works on the assumption that points that move together are most likely part of the same entity within the crowd. Another version of the crowd counter uses information about the direction of individuals’ movement to estimate where they are looking.

videos: bees inside hive | subway station | open area | another one
Via: newscientisttech.com | related post: human swarms

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