The new year is right around the corner, let’s forget about long-term future for a while to check out what new tech trends will hit it big in 2016. At the end of every year, global design and strategy firm Frog predicts what technology trends will transform businesses in the coming year. In 2014 it was the rising of drones, augment reality and self-driving cars; while 2015 was the year of 3D printed meals, virtual currency and wearable devices. What tech trends in healthcare, education, lifestyle, communication and relationships will define our 2016? New year, new technologies; let’s take a look!
Games are typically played to escape our dull or stressful everyday reality, yet they are also made to become increasingly realistic. There is a paradox right there, with downsides that players of the multiplayer mod for Eurotruck Simulator 2 recently experienced when they were stuck in traffic jam for ten minutes.
Three years ago Mark Kanters designed the Magic Meatballs for Next Nature’s Meat the Future Project. Seems like Space 10, Ikea’s research laboratory, was inspired by this concept and came up with a re-design of their famous meatballs. Creative Director Kaave Pour and copywriter Bas van de Poel explored the future and the possibilities of the undisputed protagonist product of Ikea restaurants.
Virtual worlds, printed food, living cities, wild robots – we’re so surrounded by technology that it’s becoming our next nature. How can we live in harmony with it? The Next Nature Network is a 21st century nature organization that wants to go forward – not back – to nature. We stir debate, create events, exhibitions, publications and products that bring biology and technology into balance. Because ultimately, we may not just have to save the pandas but the people too. Will you join us?
Who doesn’t know the Wikipedia races? Using links to travel from one Wikipedia page to another to reach a destination page before the other participants. But there is an interesting phenomenon about them.
“Clicking on the first lowercase link in the main text of a Wikipedia article, and then repeating the process for subsequent articles, usually eventually gets one to the Philosophy article”.
Drones, we probably have all heard about their many possible uses. Whether they’re seen as a positive development or not, these robotic birds are increasingly employed for practical task, for example in the military. But there’s a more creative application for them as well.
Japanese fashion brand Buyma created this video with a wink, wherein drones play a crucial role. Even though the drones appear to be computer-animated from time to time, it offers an interesting view on how drones could also become a part of (performing) arts in the future.
It’s Christmas season, can you hear bells ringing and angels singing all around? No? That’s because you didn’t download WiFi Angels, the new free smartphone app that translates WiFi networks into singing angels.
WiFi radiation is everywhere, yet invisible to our human senses. The WiFi Angels app lets you sense electromagnetic radiations by turning the WiFi networks that surround you into a celestial choir.
We already talked about robot interactions with human, and we find this topic particularly actual and interesting since the way we handle this collaboration will be crucial for our future. Robots can already read, talk and reason. Yet, they do not seem to have found limits to their artistic skills either. Meet DOUG_1, the drawing robot.
For a long time science has wondered what were the characteristics of the perfect leader, those who really make a difference and can face various and difficult decisions. The answer could be found looking at nature, and more specifically at animals.