A flower arcing from a frosted pane of glass. Rigged with a breath sensor and connected to an internet packet sniffer, the flower is cued in to the wireless network flowing in the space immediately surrounding it. Breathing onto the flower triggers a flurry of text, making visible the wireless internet traffic passing through the air. The plant absorbs this information, analyzing the bytes of data for those aspects that seem more alive, or human-generated, and releases those packets in a more human-comprehensible form.
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The Ticker Garden is a stand-alone data visualization application that monitors a stock portfolio. Different flowers represent the real-time performance of selected stocks via the color, height, & radian of animated blossom flowers. A flower grows from the ground and stops at the height reflecting its share price – the higher the stock price, the higher the ‘flower stem’. As soon as it reaches the top, it begins to blossom fan-wise to the degree that reflects the percentage of price change. The color a direction of a blossom indicates a particular stock’s status of ascent or descent in price compared to its previous trading day. A flying bee will show up around a flower if there is recent news of that particular stock.
Pripyat was built as a town for workers at the Chernobyl power station, where the world’s worst nuclear accident occurred 20 years ago. The town was abandoned 36 hours after the explosion.
Nature has been reclaiming the abandoned town. Wild boars roam the streets at night. Birch trees have been shooting up at random, even inside some apartment blocks.
It’s literally culture becoming nature. See the whole series here.
A group of manufacturers are selling canned oxygen. It comes in flavors and it’s a bit like bottled water: a thing that you can get for free but might pay for anyway. But why breathe flavorless, odorless oxygen; when you can have the Mountain Breeze, or Mint Escape. They rae are creating all sorts of flavors and essences to add to their oxygen products including lemon, eucalyptus, cherry, mint, and a host of others. The market has proven that ideas such as this – built on a foundation of being pure, fresh, and clean – can be a huge success.
Will our mobile devices look like this in two years time? This is an example-application of the featherweight QVGA (320×240 pixels) active-matrix display: Phillips e-paper. (It doesn’t look very next-nature, does it?)
The question is: why are we developping rich information-technology that looks and feels like old media. What’s the gain?