Weather forecasting umbrella

An umbrella that provides information about the likelihood of rain so that users can make a simple, informed decision about whether to take the umbrella with them as they leave their home. after retrieving the weather data via a wifi connection, the handle glows more intensely with the increased chance of precipitation.

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RFID ladybag

a purse that visually keeps track of valuable items such as keys, wallets, personal identification cards, & cellular phones through various sensors embedded in the bag. if something is missing, an iconographic pattern associated with that item ‘lights up’ on the outside of the bag.

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Robotic Action Painter

RAP is a new generation of painting robots designed for Museum or long exhibition displays. It is completely autonomous and need very little assistance and maintenance. RAP creates it’s own paintings based on an artificial intelligence algorithm, it decides when the work is ready and signs in the right bottom corner with its distinctive signature. The algorithm combines initial randomness, positive feedback and a positive/negative increment of ‘color as pheromone’ mechanism based on a grid of nine RGB sensors.

Also the ‘sense of rightness’ – to determine when the painting is ready – is achieved not by any linear method, time or sum, but through a kind of pattern recognition system.

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Biopresence – Human DNA Trees

Imagine a graveyard without tombstones, instead there are growing trees that contain genetic material of the deceased people burried there.

Biopresence creates Human DNA trees by transcoding the essence of a human being within the DNA of a tree in order to create “Living Memorials” or “Transgenic Tombstones”. Biopresence uses the DNA Manifold algorithm, which allows for the transcoding and entwinement of human and tree DNAs. The Manifold method is based on the naturally occurring silent mutations of base triplets, this means it is possible to store information without affecting the genes of the resulting tree. (related project: biojewellery)

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The Sababa is the first real time lava visualiser kit of global city flows. It takes the lava lamp one step further by reconstructing it according to the language of the current on-line culture.
The result is a new generation of interactive lava’s that are connected to a growing network of data sources around the world.

The word sababa means “cool” and is borrowed from Hebrew low tech slang. It stands in contrast to the hi tech words used to describe the product the Sababa stands for, indicating that behind the hi-tech quality of our product there is also a valued low-tech requirement.
The Sababa might end up being a satire, it might turn to be vaporware, but it is also cool and desirable – it is Sababaware.

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Universal Connections – USB fetish

USB was originally only used by computer experts and nerds. Nowadays USB (universal serial bus) has developed into an every-day item and symbol for connecting the digital with the physical world. The Universal Connections project investigates connections between these different worlds in a surprising and ironic way. (related post USB Flashbag)

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