Bionics

Bioplastic

Bioplastics are a form of plastics derived from plant sources such as hemp oil, soy bean oil and corn starch rather than traditional plastics which are derived from petroleum. This is regarded as a much more sustainable activity, as it relies considerably less on fossil fuel imports and produces less greenhouse emissions. In addition, bioplastics are truly Biodegradable, as opposed to what is traditionally referred to as “biodegradable plastic”, which is derived from petroleum and is mixed with heavy metals which will cause polyethylene to break down.

www.earthscan.co.uk

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Calm-technology

Eye 2.0

Now with Google smart look. Don’t worry, it is science fiction (still). Created by Sean Hamilton Alexander.

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Digital-Presence

PictoOrphanage

PictoOrphanage opened its gates to all abandoned creatures we thought should be saved from falling into oblivion. these helpless, lonely waifs and strays could be found everywhere: on package designs, shop signs or old posters, looking up at you through unhappy little eyes, desperate for your help. We tenderly took in the poor little loves and provided them with the warmth and affection they truly deserved. PictoOrphanage paired-up over 1,250 lonely and abandoned orphans with loving, giving, ideally-suited foster parents.

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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

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Hyperreality

World Mapper

The toy export map of the world.

The toy import map of the world.

The way we map things can make a world of difference. Worldmapper’s maps transform traditional cartographic projections using unexpected statistical guidelines: the world according car imports, fruit exports, finance and insurance exports, aircraft freight, tourist destinations, population in 2300 AD – etc. etc. (via bldgblog)

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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