Information Decoration

Smog: an Augmented Reality?

A few days ago, these images of iconic buildings in Beijing as they look with and without intense smog have been posted on Weibo, one of China’s most popular social media platforms. Interestingly, these images speak the visual language of augmented reality apps, in which an additional layer of information is projected on top of the perceptible environment as seen through the lens of a camera, usually on a hand-held device. But in this particular case, an interesting reversal seems to take place.

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Intimate Technology

Meet the Band Aid of the Future

Once again technology and medicine come together to make our future smooth and simple. Researchers at MIT have designed what they call the “band aid of the future”. This potentially revolutionary device includes LED lights and temperature sensors to provide medication directly to the wounded section of the skin.

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Virtual Reality Can Intensify Emotions

Virtual reality games are often on the spot for being responsible for alienation and health issues. Recently, researchers in Finland discovered that people’s reactions to 3D images of facial expressions are more emotional than the responses to classic 2D images, such as photographs, illustrations or videos.

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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?

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Houses to Live Integrated with Nature

Have you ever dreamed about living in the Hobbit Hole, an earth-sheltered house in the Lord of the Ring Middle Earth? Now, you can simply order one at Green Magic Homes. Featuring easy-to-assemble prefabricated structures, Green Magic Homes provides a module in different shapes and types to easily build up customized tiny houses that can be covered under layers of soil, turf, or even sand and snow.

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Wasps Inspire Robotic Needle for Surgery

Once again, scientists and developers are taking their cue from nature in order to approach innovation and effective new insights. In this example of biomimicry, it is the Wood-Boring Wasp, also known as the Horntail, that serves as inspiration for a new robotic needle which will be used in brain surgery.

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Food Technology

Do Kids Know Where Dinner Comes From?

Is your child aware of where the food on the dinner table actually comes from? A Japanese television show called Souda, Sakanaya-san e Ikou! (translated: Yeah, Let’s Go to the Fish Market!), decided to test this simple question with a funny and thought-provoking experiment.

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Technology and Emotions

We live in a social and selfie culture. Based on this statement a PhD student in the Responsive Environments Group at MIT came up with Halo. Her name is Nan Zhao and her creation consists in a wearable lighting device that, through a LED circle hanging next to your head and shoulders, changes color and shade according to movement, facial expressions, weather and personal (or collective) mood.

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