Hypernature

Who wants a stylus?

“Who wants a stylus?” Words by Apple’s Steve Jobs when introducing the iPhone that uses a revolutionary input device: the finger. Using this device you find that it’s pretty hard to control the screen with your thick fingers (like mine on the picture). This is what inspired Thomas Martel to make his thumbs to match the input devices of the future.

“Thomas Martel, 28, is a big guy. So he has a hard time using the features on ever-shrinking user interfaces on devices like his new iPhone. At least, he did, until he had his thumbs surgically altered in a revolutionary new surgical technique known as “whittling.””From my old Treo, to my Blackberry, to this new iPhone, I had a hard time hitting the right buttons, and I always lost those little styluses,” explains Martel. “Sure, the procedure was expensive, but when I think of all the time I save by being able to use modern handhelds so much faster, I really think the surgery will pay for itself in ten to fifteen years. And what it’s saving me in frustration – that’s priceless.”

“This is really, on the edge sort of stuff,” explains Dr. Robert Fox Spars, who worked on developing the procedure. “We’re turning plastic surgery from something that people use in service of vanity, to a real tool for improving workplace efficiency.”

The procedure involved making a small incision into both thumbs and shaving down the bones, followed by careful muscular alteration and modification of the fingernails. While Martel’s new thumbs now appear small and effeminate in comparison to his otherwise very large hands, he says he can still lift “pretty much anything I could lift before the surgery – though opening spaghetti sauce jars has been a problem. That was a big surprise.”

http://northdenvernews.com/content/view/922/2

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sexy-machinery

The things we design end up designing us

“While battling the forces of nature, man has become more and more independent of physical conditions. At the same time, however, he has become more and more dependent of technical means, of other people and of his own self. Just think of the various forms of dependence that come along with driving a car. There have to be highways, for which road tax has to be paid. Petrol supply has to be arranged. Once on the road, you will have to concentrate, otherwise you might end up in a car crash. You will have to show consideration for other road users, and you simply need to have your driver`s licence. And all this is required just to move your body from A to B and save a little time. Physical independence is achieved at the expense of social and mental dependence. Highly precise and productive machines often require highly precise and productive functioning humans to operate them. The things we design often end up designing us”
– Exploring Next Nature.

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Global-Image-Economy

Periodic table of the internet

A periodic table of the most popular websites on the internet. websites are categorized according to search engines, internet tools, site ranking, aggregators, web comics, productivity & so on. For those interested, Internet has already been drawn as a world map, a metro map, a mindmap, a network map & a logo map. even an alternative periodic table exists.

Somehow there is a certain kind of luster in visualizing the internet world as a natural world. I guess it gives us some comfort, makes us feel less insecure. Is this the start of a realization that the internet is in fact nature? I mean, how far do we want to take the metaphor? How long do we plan to continue making corny internet-as-natural-phenomenon jokes? I’d say lets get some real work done and start reorganizing some university physics departments today!

Via Infosthetics. Related: Real Nature is not Green.

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Calm-technology

Hug T-Shirt

If you’re longing for the touch of a loved one who is a few thousand miles away, what better way than to pick up the Hug Shirt for the both of you? This shirt is capable of recreating the physical hug feeling by teaming up with Bluetooth wireless technology, a Hug Me Java software, and a Bluetooth-enabled cellphone. The Hug Shirt does not come with any pre-assigned cellphone number, but it instead sends data to your cellphone via Bluetooth, where your special friend on the other end of the line will receive a hug on his/her shirt via Bluetooth as well.

The Hug Shirt has been nominated as one of the Best Inventions of 2006 by Time Magazine. Looks like we’re a bit late.

I can use a hug now… Anyone? Please?

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Papervision3D

Aquarium screensavers must be as old as the first RGB-monitors, but in times of fast and turbulent software development, the underwater world proves to be a familiar and relaxing sight.
Visit the Papervision3D-screensaver (touching the shark at own risk! ;); you’ll need Flash Player 9.0). It is made with an open source 3D engine for the FlashCS3 platform. Let’s see how fast this software will “unflatten” the webscape.

papervision3d.org | demos/seahorse | rhino | download the software | Related posts: Flat Pets

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Digital-Presence

The Metaverse Roadmap

In ancient times heroes like Marco Polo and Christopher Columbus explored the unknown territories of the globe. Today world traveling has become a teenage tourist activity, but luckily there are always other spheres to be conquered. No, I don’t mean space traveling that used to be so fashionable in the sixties. Forget about the Universe boys, here is the Metaverse! Some daring discoverers already made a Metaverse Roadmap (PDF) with all the stuff we should know about this culturally emerged nature.

“What happens when video games meet Web 2.0? When virtual worlds meet geospatial maps of the planet? When simulations get real and life and business go virtual? When you use a virtual Earth to navigate the physical Earth, and your avatar becomes your online agent? What happens is the metaverse.”

An interesting overview article, although I find it strange they missed out on the Noosphere. Via AmiBlog.

Added: metaverseroadmap.org | metaverseroadmap.org/overview

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Nextnature Event

Next Nature Picnic – August 5th

Next weekend is a good moment for a next nature picnic. The Dutch ministry of Tures (Ministerie van Turen) invited us to their strawcastle (pictured above) for a nice picnic dinner with presentations and debate regarding next nature; expect good food, good video, good Koert, fresh air, and a special mystery guest (it’s Tinkebell!). All summer, the Ministry organizes these picnic events, which are open to the public.

Picnic #3 Next Nature
Sunday August 5th, 13:00-15:00
Straw Castle, Ministerie van Turen
Oude gracht 6, Veenhuizen
Entrance: €12,50 (food+drinks+tour included)
Reservations: email to info@peergroup.nl

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Biomimicmarketing

Ferrari Tomato

Do you happen to know the Dutch Tomatoes? They look like Ferrari’s and taste like shit. They are redder, rounder, larger, and maybe even healthier than the ones from our gardens. They are more natural than natural: Hypernatural. They are Dutch Design. You can find them in a supermarket nearby.

Related: How to grow a Ketchup Bottle.

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Global-Image-Economy

Apple Desk – Symbol of a digital lifestyle

Behold the Apple Desk, created for all those Apple IPod style victims. Moreover this design is a wonderful illustration of the penetration of computing in everyday life; once the computer is everywhere, the environment becomes the interface. Soon we are expecting Apple style cars, houses and suburbs. And before you know it Second Life has become First Life.
Via Appleblog.

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