Dynamic-architecture

Dynamic Terrain

Regular furniture is quite static. You can move it around, but 90% of the time you’re not using it and it is just standing there in your room. So boring! But if Janis gets his way, your room will be like a dynamic terrain. This prototype uses computer controlled drills to create the dynamic effect.

www.janisland.com | Quicktime movie

Bionics

Sixties last

The flower depicted in the image is a good example of Hypernature. While fake nature is always a flatter surrogate of old nature, hypernature is a simulation of an old nature that never really existed. Better than the real thing. Hypernature = authentic fake nature.

To bad it is just a science fiction video about the happy marriage between nature and culture by 1st Ave Machines, 3D studio.

by: 1stavemachine.com

Biomimicry

Plant Sensors

One day you will step into the garden to look at the flowers – and the flowers will look back at you.

Rich Fletcher, Nikolai Slavov, and Hiroshi Ishii from MIT Tangible Media Group are building novel electronic and optical sensors that “take a peek” inside the biological activity of living plants, and explore their use as low-cost sensors. Plants are very common in our world and and contain a vast amount of information. Plants have a great ablity to sense and respond to their environment. The electrophysiology of plants has sparked interest since the late 1800s, but this topic has not been explored recently in the context of modern information technology and electronic devices.

tangible.media.mit.edu

Digital-Presence

Online gamers unmasked

Photojournalist Robbie Cooper captured images of gamers and their real-life selves. Here are their stories.

Bae plays a man because she thinks that male avatars have more charisma, she wants to “project strength”, and all the “masters” in the game have male avatars. She says if she had to play the game alone she wouldn’t bother. Initially, she was attracted to it because she thought it looked beautiful, but the social element has become part of her life. Her guild meets up regularly.

Calm-technology

Datafountain: Money translated to water

“In the morning paper, I can read the weather report as well as the stock quotes. But when I look out of my window I only get a weather update and no stock exchange info. Could someone please fix this bug in my environmental system? Thanks.”

The datafountain is connected to money currency rates on the internet. Refreshed every five seconds. The mobile fountain measures 5x4x3 meters. The relation between money and water is evident. The currency rates of the Yen, Euro and Dollar (¥€$) are displayed on the fountain; their interdependence is visible in water.

Check: Datafountain website.

Calm-technology

Sequoiaview – harddisk visualisation

Did you ever wonder where all that hard drive space went too? Sequoiaview generates organic-like views of the files and folders on your hard drives using cushion treemaps. SequoiaView was developed by Jack van Wijk at the computer science department of the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven.

Sequoiaview can be downloaded for free.

Guided Growth

Biojewellery

Designing Rings with Bioengineered Bone Tissue. Married couples used to wear a ring as a symbol of their affective relationship. But with these bioengineered rings made out of bone tissue, the symbol becomes physical.

www.biojewellery.com

Fake-nature

Would You Like a Bouquet of Nanoflowers?

These crystalline ‘nanoflowers’ were developed by Cambridge University PhD student Ghim Wei Ho. The nanostructures of silicon carbide are grown from droplets of gallium on a silicon surface. These nanoflowers will be used in new applications, such as water repellant coatings or new types of solar cells. Next valentine’s day, send your lover some nanoflowers.They look beautiful under the scanning microscope.

www.nanotech-now.com

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