The EnergyTree is a device dedicated to monitoring your household energy use. It monitors you energy output from sockets and any device that is using electricity. It also monitors Recycling, and recycling efficiency as sustainable design is about “cradle to cradle” and not just about using less.
The Energy Tree will have a user interface that will display information on you energy consumption letting you know what devices are draining and will give you the option to turn them off. As a long term interface the EnergyTree will grow a real tree from the EnergyTree, this will grow if you are energy efficient, but waste energy and it will start to get a disease and or die.

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Another project by Oded Ezer, Typosperma is the second experimental typo project in his ‘Biotypography’ series.
As a paraphrase on the biotechnology definition, ‘Biotypography’ is a term that refers to any typographical application that uses biological systems, living organisms, or derivatives thereof, to create or modify typographical phenomena. The main idea of the ‘Typosperma’ project was to create some sort of new transgenic creatures, half (human) sperm, half letter. These imaginary creatures are cloned sperms, that typographic information has been implanted into their DNA.

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Israelian typographer Oded Ezer looks at the world from his point of view, through letters and numbers. So why not turn the world into typography. A short interview taken from about ants that you can read.

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DNA as Information Storage

Scientists have written a message into the DNA of a living organism, a breakthrough they believe could lead to a new era of organic computers capable of healing themselves if damaged.

Yoshiaki Ohashi, who led the study at Keio University in Tokyo, said that bacteria have the potential to store vast quantities of data and are more resistant to the kinds of damage that could wipe modern hard drives. “Information storage using DNA is robust for more than one hundred million years,” he said.

Professor Ohashi said the process would work equally well in plants, fruit and insects. “Cockroaches are very interesting, because they have an ability to tolerate [extreme] environments.”

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Greener Apple

Apple knows more about clean design than anybody. But apparently their products contain hazardous substances that other companies have abandoned. Hence, green my Apple!

Via Guerrilla Innovation.

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Moon Tanning?

Feel unhappy? Little depressed? Headaches? Why not try a little trip to de Arizona desert? Richard Chaplin built the Interstellar Light Collector. As is often the case, tragedy was the precipitating event leading to the ILC. Saving the life of a friend with terminal cancer became Richard Joseph Chapin’s personal mission, drawing him into an intense exploration of full-spectrum light therapy.

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French Aids Campaign

This French Aids campaign is a wonderful example of biomimicmarketing (using images of old nature for propaganda or marketing purposes). They may be disturbing but the message comes across loud and clear. I will never ever have sex with a scorpion again!

Via: Posthumanblues, Newscientist.

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Smiley Cushion

I don’t know how it is with you, but to me sending smileys in emails or text messages always feels a bit primitive. It’s not that I don’t like the icons, I really do. I just don’t have anything with them and they don’t have anything with me. They don’t play a significant role in my life other than some kind of prothesis for online communication. But here’sanother nice gadget that makes sense from the russian firm It’s called Ridibundus (?) and it’s— well— it’s a smiley to sleep with! Goodnight and don’t let the bedbugs bite!

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