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.

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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

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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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Digital-Presence

Meta meta reality

Tringo is an online multiplayer game created by Nathan Keir (aka Kermitt Quirk) in December 2004 that runs inside the virtual reality platform Second Life. It is described as a cross between Tetris and Bingo.

Due to the popularity of Tringo there were a lot of compaints of Second Life players that the players of the Tringo game were anti-social, too much occupied with games and lost all touch with social life. That’s a weird reality in reality situation!

Related links: Second Life Online RPG Funeral Gets Ambushed Online gamers unmasked

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Calm-technology

Info Toaster

Toasted bread as an information display device (originally developed in 2001 but somehow still intruiging): a toaster that parses meteorological information from the web & then browns bread with an image of what weather to expect, readable & consumable on the way to work. the image is burned on to the bread by one of 3 stencils, representing sunny, cloudy or rainy conditions.

Eventually, the stencils could become more sophisticated, to display detailed weather maps, short text messages & even advertisements on to bread.

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Fake-nature

Moving water

Libyan deserts are one of the hottest places on earth. That’s why they are making a river to them. The project known as Great Man-Made River is “an enormous, long-term undertaking to supply the country’s needs by drawing water from aquifers beneath the Sahara and conveying it along a network of huge underground pipes.”
Although some people suspect it to be a underground tunnel network for the movement of military stuff.

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Biomimicmarketing

Green Electricity

Electricity itself is a natural phenomena, but as regular AC/DC currency it becomes a commoddity. But Green Electricity is a strange thing. You pay more money for your electricity which the providers say they will invest in environmental friendly energy like windenergy and waterpower. So the ‘green’ addition to the product is purely virtual.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_electricity

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Augmented Bodies

Excuse me, is Your Tooth Ringing?

The ‘tooth phone’ consists of a tiny vibrator and a radio wave receiver implanted into a tooth during routine dental surgery. Sound, which comes into the tooth as a digital radio signal, is transferred to the inner ear by bone resonance, meaning information can be received anywhere and at any time – and nobody else can listen in. However, the ‘telephone tooth’ does not allow people to talk back to callers or make outgoing calls.

Tooth phone video

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