Digital-Presence

USB Flashbag

Another gadget. An usb memory stick that is capable of changing its physical size, depending on the amount of data it holds. when the device is about to blow up one can see the familiar error message on your screen: “there is not enough free space”. when switched off the flashbag remains pumped up, so one can estimate how much more pics, books & music albums can be transferred into it.

www.plusminus.ru/flashbag.html

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Digital-Presence

Virtual Miss Germany

Scientists are looking for the most beautiful woman in Germany… At the 2002 Miss Germany pageant, the eight finalists were photographed from the same angle without makeup. The portraits were then mixed into a virtual Miss Germany using computer graphic techniques. The research was conducted by Dr Martin Gruendl of the University of Regensburg.

Related: Software that ranks female beauty, Photoshop Beauties, Natural Breasts.

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Guided Growth

How to grow an Orangina bottle.

Consider an Orangina bottle: shaped like an orange it is designed to look like one. But it does so in a very primitive way. Imagine the product is the packaging. Wouldn’t it be great if we could grow Orangina bottles?

It is not hard to imagine that genetic technology makes it possible to grow oranges with a hard plastic skin. In additon, oranges can be modified to produce enzymes which degrade the flesh of the orange resulting in a self-generated juice… better than the real thing!

www.mollenhagen.com/orangina

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Back to the Tribe

Online RPG Funeral Gets Ambushed

Since its launch in November 2004, World of Warcraft (Wow) has become the most widely played massively multiplayer online (MMO) game in the world. When a popular WoW player died in real life, the people in the game think it would be nice to have a memorial for the player so they log into his account, take the character to a lake, and set it up for everyone to come pay their respects.

Another tribe decides this would be a great time to ambush everyone so they run over a hill, kill the dead guy’s character, and then wipe out everyone who was there to show their respects. They filmed the whole thing and put it on the net.

read the whole story or watch video

(related entry: Online gamers unmasked)

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Calm-technology

Cellphone Treemasts

Mobile phone operators go to extraordinary lengths to conceal the masts that form their networks. They are being disguised as chimneys, clocks, drainpipes, telegraph poles, and even trees. The UK has already deployed many of these trees in national parks, and the first Dutch tree mast is placed in Bloemendaal. The trees are twice as expensive as traditional phone pylons.

www.envirocom.co.za | www.kaal.nl

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Nextnature Event

NEXT NATURE Biggest Visual Power Show

The Biggest Visual Power Show is an intellectual show that blends between a conference and a pop concert. Over twenty arists, filmers, philosophers, politicians and designers present visionairy statements, radical ideas and powerful imagery on the topic of Next Nature. 23 june 2006, Coalwash Building Zollverein, Essen Germay.

In the weeks until the event some of the staff favorite entries will be reposted.
www.visual-power.com

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Digital-Presence

Incognito

Incognito is a new skin cream line that let’s you be unrecognizable for the CCTV cameras on the streets and public spaces like banks, city halls ATM’s etc.

www.incognitoproducts.com

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Fake-nature

Semantic landscapes

Semantic landscapes use the natural metaphore to visualize abstract data. The project above visualises different meanings of the word ‘cold’ in Biomedical patent documents.

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