Calm-technology

Power Aware Cord

The Power Aware Cord transports electrical power while simultaneously visualizing energy usage. Electrical transfer is represented through glowing pulses, flow, and intensity of light. The creators believe that expressing the presence of energy through light can inspire people to explore and reflect upon the energy consumption of electrical devices in their home.

Via Interactive Architecture.

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Bionics

Growing a Hidden Architecture

Christian Kerrigan’s project, Growing a Ship in a Yew Forest “explores the possibilities of a symbiotic relationship between two different systems of organization, technology and nature— to theoretically alter newly planted trees in the last remaining Yew forest.”(Kingley Vale)

Architect & Editor of ‘The Space Between’magazine, Christian Kerrigan investigates in his recent work, how man’s ability to control his surroundings is intimately linked with his advancing capabilities of using technology. Christian says “We have reached a point in our evolution where we are now capable of creating design criteria to manipulate natural growth and development.”

By controlling the manipulation of refined armatures, calibrating devices and designed corsets; the system is capable of controlling the growth of a ship inside the forest. The ship will grow over a period of two hundred years and will exist as a hidden architecture inside the trees.

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Fake-nature

Avian Android

Sculpture, android bird’s voices, a mechanical reconstruction of organic life-forms, electronically controlled

by Judith Fegerl

Taking „The Chinese Nightingale”, a tale of Hans Christian Andersen, as a startingpoint to delevop an individual view on the topic of mechanical reproduction of a living organism.

The chant of the nightingale, famous for its beautiful and unique sound, is being serialized and reduced to its very essence. The power of reproduction and massproduction is indirect porportional to the intesity of the auratic experience of the natural phenomenon.

Seperating, isolating, synthetisizing and multiplying the avian voice.
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Biomimicry

Snake robots

The number of animals transformed into bots is increasing. In Japan they have created a new species to investigate ocean-life: this watersnake carries a camera, swims like an eal and is just as slippery on land.
Related post: Robocarp

technoblog.com (video) | also see: snakerobots.com and roboshark

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Digital-Presence

ABN Amro’s virtual branch in Second Life

Dutch banking group ABN Amro has set up a virtual financial advice center in Second Life, the Internet-based role playing game. According to a Reuters report (who recently opened a virtual news desk in Second Life), ABN Amro’s virtual, resembles the Dutch bank’s real-life outlets and offer online citizens financial advice.

A number of firms have set up operations in Second Life, including IBM, Japanese car maker Toyota and Adidas which sells virtual clothes and accessories to gamers.

Related posts: First Second Life Millionaire, Big Brother enters Virtual World, Second Life Prostitute, .

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Biomimicmarketing

Grow Your Own 1up Mushroom Kit

Deep in the basement of an ancient house in Sonobe (tucked in the fields of Kyoto, Japan), an amazing discovery has been made: real 1up Mushrooms. The seller claims that eating the 1up Mushroom will grant “immortal life beyond dreams of man.”

Try to buy them and find out more.

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Bionics

Entry 2006 closing weekend

This weekend is the last change to visit the Entry 2006 exhibition in the coalwashe building, Zollverein. Over 300 exhibits from more than 20 countries are on display. Next nature is one of the three theme’s of the Entry Paradise exhibition. If you don’t have a chance for a visit, here are some pictures.

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Design-for-debate

Artvertising: pixel ads become physical

In the early days of digitalization many metaphors from the physical world were translated to the digital world; think desktop folders, trashcan and shopping cart. Now we have reached the point where digital technology has become so omnipresent, that we start seeing activities in the opposite direction.

With the Artvertising project, the Milliondollar homepage is translated to the physical world. Upon the success of Milliondolar homepage, an online concept created by 20 year old minipreneur Alex Tew, we’ve seen millions of copies online. Last June the design department of the Amsterdam based artschool Sandberg Institute announced something different: they sell their building facade with the same pixel based concept.

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Digital-Presence

First Second Life Millionaire announced

Anshe Chung is an avatar, or onscreen graphic character, created by a Chinese-born language teacher living near Frankfurt, Germany has proclaimed herself the first second life millionaire. She turned a $10 investment into a million dollar corporation in 30 months. Her corporation now has virtual land and currency holdings worth about $250,000. To handle rampant growth, she just opened a 10-person studio and office in Wuhan, China. Indeed, everything in Second Life is virtual except for the economy.

What for many people starts as an escapism, soon becomes real work.

Related posts: Big Brother enters Virtual World, Second Life Prostitute, Online Gamers unmasked, Meta meta reality, Online RPG funeral gets ambushed, Schöne Aussichten.

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