Biomimicmarketing

Pleo – the resurrected robot dino

Ever since Rosie from ‘The Jetsons,’ robots have been the next big thing, but the business case was never there. So far, companion robots have been a big flop in the market, but with Pleo maker Ugobe hopes to succeed in the second quarter of 2007. It is priced around $250, much lower than other companion robots. The resurrected robot dino exhibits emotional reactions to its surroundings, and can be programmed by its consumers owners. A peculiar combination of fake nature, old nature and biomimicmarketing. Don’t be fooled by the eyes; the vision system is in its nose.

Pleo Website | Interview with its makers.

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Calm-technology

Die Hard – Vilcus plug dactyloadapter

Many people get a kick out of a direct contact with AC power supply. To that end, people normally use U-shaped fragments of bare wire, paper clips or even usual metal forks. All these gimmicks are unreliable, short-lived and, most important, tend to cause a short circuit or even an inflammation in the wiring. The Vilcus dactyloadapter (adapter for fingers) was especially developed for people who like closing the electrical circuit with their own fingers. Vilcus does not consume power by itself, so it can be left plugged into the power outlet until the next session.

Sold from 1 april 2007 at ThinkGeek, related: Grow Your Own 1up Mushroom.

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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-living

And I wanted some pets…”

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

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Information Decoration

Information Decoration for Dummies

With this cooking timer gadget, you can explain information decoration to anyone. In addition to its default explicit digital time display, it has a modus in which the passing of time can be displayed implicitly with the number of blocks piled at the bottom. Making it more like a sandglass (with that natural analog feeling). Yes, it would have been even better if the decorative function was integrated in the stove.

related topic: sandwatch

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Digital-Presence

Pencils made from cremated humans

Artist Nadine Jarvis fabricates pencils from carbon left over of cremated humans — it’s part of a larger “research project into post mortem.” She notes that “240 pencils can be made from an average body of ash – a lifetime supply of pencils for those left behind.”

Via: BoingBoing, Related: Release – messages from the deceased, Biopresence – Human DNA in Trees.

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Information Decoration

An American Self-Portrait

In his new series Running the Numbers, photographer Chris Jordan looks at contemporary American culture through the austere lens of statistics. Each image portrays a specific quantity of something: fifteen million sheets of office paper (five minutes of paper use); 106,000 aluminum cans (thirty seconds of can consumption) and so on.

Related: Portraits of American Mass Consumption, Architecture of Density.

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Nanotechnology

Ball of Being

Ball of Being is an online dance film featuring atoms, planets, footballs, globes, foam and molecules. It is uncertain whether we are entering a microscopic nanoworld, virtual spheres or an infinite universe far away (if the movie runs slow, decrease the size of your browser window).

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Made-to-debate

Ecopod

Inspired by the ancient Egyptians and made from 100% environmentally friendly materials, the Ecopod is the ideal product for a non-toxic burial or cremation.
ecopod.co.uk | via boingboing

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Digital-Presence

Augmented Cognition

The Augmented Cognition System will help the brain adapt to data on computer-screens. If there’s too much/little data, it will decrease/increase the information for you. If the data-stream is of high complexity, it will chop up the information in order to prevent stress. Mike, it’s amazing!
augmentedcognition.org | video

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Anthropomorphobia

Rhythm robot Keepon

The goals of “understanding humanity” and “humanizing robots” are tightly related to each other. Infanoid Project is trying to relate robotics to human sciences in order to understand the underlying mechanism of social communication specific to humans and some species of primates.

Infanoid project | video

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