Biomimicmarketing

Online Oxygen

600 million people worldwide are beginning to see online access as an absolute necessity. From airports to living rooms to roof gardens to classrooms to city parks, People want online access anywhere/anytime. This trend is called online oxygen. Apparently, people find it impossible to breathe without internet access.

Hyperreality

Visual Kitchen

This concept is a cutting board that has an integrated scale within a defined area on it’s surface. This allows a person to both cut and measure ingredients on the same surface with very little extra effort. There has been a tranformative trend in cooking based around the science of food. Central to this is the idea that precise measument leads to more possibilities for new flavors. Recipies will become more demanding, requiring simple ways to be precise in the kitchen.

Design-for-debate

Babybunny – stuffed pets as toys

Nowadays, young children are so used to the omnipresence of disposable toys. When their parents buy them a living pet animal they are unable to take care of it. Hamster tend to get toasted, or just ignored. Tinkebell (allready notorious for her cat bag) argues it is beter to give these children babybunnie toys, made out of stuffed animals.

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Calm-technology

The World is not a Desktop

Mark Weiser (originally written for ACM Interactions).

What is the metaphor for the computer of the future? The intelligent agent? The television (multimedia)? The 3-D graphics world (virtual reality)? The StarTrek ubiquitous voice computer? The GUI desktop, honed and refined? The machine that magically grants our wishes? I think the right answer is “none of the above”, because I think all of these concepts share a basic flaw: they make the computer visible.

A good tool is an invisible tool. By invisible, I mean that the tool does not intrude on your consciousness; you focus on the task, not the tool. Eyeglasses are a good tool – you look at the world, not the eyeglasses. The blind man tapping the cane feels the street, not the cane. Of course, tools are not invisible in themselves, but as part of a context of use. With enough practice we can make many apparently difficult things disappear: my fingers know vi editing commands that my conscious mind has long forgotten. But good tools enhance invisibility.

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Calm-technology

WiFi-enabled Ambient Rabbit

There may even come a moment that our connection with an industrially manufactured coke bottle may be richer and more mythical that our relation with a genetically analysed and manipulated white rabbit in the woods.Exploring Next Nature, May 2004

Guess what, the coke bottle looks like a rabbit. It connects to a local wi-fi network to provide services to any users nearby. It can sing, talk, flash colored lights within its translucent body, and move its ears to let you know whether you have new email, or what the weather’s like outside, or how the stock market is doing, etc.

www.nabaztag.com

Biomimicry

Wildgruen

Mandy Meißner’s “Wildgruen”, a plant that can move and communicate. In her view, plants need to be freed from their isolation, both in the way that they can only lean towards the sun and can’t make themselves understood when they need something. Wildgruen can drive around and will hassle you via your mobile phone when it needs to be watered. The point is to actually foster the relation between humans and so-called cultivated plants that we make live with us.

Via we-make-money-not-art

Digital-Presence

Pushing the Desktop Metaphor

Despite the metaphor, current virtual desktops (a) have little resemblance to the look or feel of real world desktops (b). Bumptop explores making virtual desktops behave in a more physically realistic manner (c) by adding physics simulation. Objects can be casually dragged and tossed around.

Bumptop.com (thanks to Jack van Wijk, for the tip)

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