Guided Growth

Sleeping beauty

Where there is light, there is life. When you switch on the lamp, it provides you with light. You provide it with the generating power it needs togrow.

Similar to living organisms, this lamp contains all the essential “mechanisms” that will enable it to develop. All it needs is energy and it starts creating its own lampshade. It knits it slowly around the lamp, pausing only when the light is off. Its growth places it beyond the bare utilitarian necessity of artificial light. The lamp becomes an animate part of space, an existence in its own right.

Designed by Nadine Sterk – atelier nl

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Digital-Presence

RFID implant opens doors

Amal has two RFID implants, one in each hand. His left hand contains a 3mm by 13mm EM4102 glass RFID tag that was implanted by a cosmetic surgeon. His right hand contains a 2mm by 12mm Philips HITAG 2048 S implant with crypto-security features and 255 bytes of read/write memory storage space. It was implanted by a family doctor using an Avid injector kit like the ones used on pets. He can access his front door, car door, and log into his computer using his implants, and has written a book called RFID Toys, which details how to build these and other RFID enabled projects.

See pictures, Related: Is your cat infected with a computer virus?

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Biomimicmarketing

Plantvertising

You put all that care into your plants, and what do you get in return? Magic. Buy a can with a bean seed, add water, watch it sprout with a message etched on the leaf. Well in this case, you get a heartwarming etched message that will forever make your day. ‘Can of Words’ plant is a fun way to communicate your feelings.

The message is put on the seeds (before they are planted) with a laser. After the seed grows into plants, the message is emblazoned on the leaves for all to read. Can of Words is available with the following messages: Thank You, Good Luck and Get Well.

We are waiting for someone to take it to the next level and plant entire trees with ad messages on them. Comes fall, you’ll have entire streets covered with your nextnature leaflets.

Via Techdiva.

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Biomimicry

Bionic Woman

26-year old Claudia Mitchell has become the first woman to get outfitted with a bionic arm, with which she’s able to perform functions simply by thinking about them. The arm was designed by researchers at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and works by detecting the movement’s of Mitchell’s chest muscle, which has been rewired to the nerves that once served her left arm. Eventually, researchers say, the arm could even give Mitchell the sense of touch, with electrodes in the hand sending signals to her chest skin, which her brain would recognize as a sensation.

See also: telegraph.co.uk | Related post: Robotic Hand

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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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Calm-technology

Sky-catcher

Luna Maurer has launched her long-expected website on december 18th 2006: From July 2005 a camera on the roof of De Balie (famous building in Amsterdam) is ‘catching the sky’ in a growing archive of more than 150.000 images. Through the website you can now browse and enjoy skies of the present and past. Related posts: Surreal weather conditions | Eternal sunset.
sky-catcher.nl | video

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Biomimicmarketing

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.

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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.

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