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.

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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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Biomimicmarketing

Evolving Logo

Generative graphics and organic information design are making their way into the world of the applied arts. For the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Michael Schmitz created software that creates an evolving logo, by following rules of cellular automata. Different logos are being “bred” and then picked by fitness in relation to the parameters or voted for by the employees. The parameters are coupled to certain factors: number of employees = density, funding = speed, number of publications = activity. Every time the logo is displayed on a website as an animated icon or printed out on a letter, it reflects the current state of the lab as a living organism.

via: we make money not art.

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Calm-technology

Power Aware Cord

The Power Aware Cord transports electrical power while simultaneously visualizing energy usage. Electrical transfer is represented through glowing pulses, flow, and intensity of light. The creators believe that expressing the presence of energy through light can inspire people to explore and reflect upon the energy consumption of electrical devices in their home.

Via Interactive Architecture.

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Bionics

Growing a Hidden Architecture

Christian Kerrigan’s project, Growing a Ship in a Yew Forest “explores the possibilities of a symbiotic relationship between two different systems of organization, technology and nature— to theoretically alter newly planted trees in the last remaining Yew forest.”(Kingley Vale)

Architect & Editor of ‘The Space Between’magazine, Christian Kerrigan investigates in his recent work, how man’s ability to control his surroundings is intimately linked with his advancing capabilities of using technology. Christian says “We have reached a point in our evolution where we are now capable of creating design criteria to manipulate natural growth and development.”

By controlling the manipulation of refined armatures, calibrating devices and designed corsets; the system is capable of controlling the growth of a ship inside the forest. The ship will grow over a period of two hundred years and will exist as a hidden architecture inside the trees.

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Fake-nature

Avian Android

Sculpture, android bird’s voices, a mechanical reconstruction of organic life-forms, electronically controlled

by Judith Fegerl

Taking „The Chinese Nightingale”, a tale of Hans Christian Andersen, as a startingpoint to delevop an individual view on the topic of mechanical reproduction of a living organism.

The chant of the nightingale, famous for its beautiful and unique sound, is being serialized and reduced to its very essence. The power of reproduction and massproduction is indirect porportional to the intesity of the auratic experience of the natural phenomenon.

Seperating, isolating, synthetisizing and multiplying the avian voice.
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Biomimicry

Snake robots

The number of animals transformed into bots is increasing. In Japan they have created a new species to investigate ocean-life: this watersnake carries a camera, swims like an eal and is just as slippery on land.
Related post: Robocarp

technoblog.com (video) | also see: snakerobots.com and roboshark

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Digital-Presence

ABN Amro’s virtual branch in Second Life

Dutch banking group ABN Amro has set up a virtual financial advice center in Second Life, the Internet-based role playing game. According to a Reuters report (who recently opened a virtual news desk in Second Life), ABN Amro’s virtual, resembles the Dutch bank’s real-life outlets and offer online citizens financial advice.

A number of firms have set up operations in Second Life, including IBM, Japanese car maker Toyota and Adidas which sells virtual clothes and accessories to gamers.

Related posts: First Second Life Millionaire, Big Brother enters Virtual World, Second Life Prostitute, .

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