Glaciers around the world are melting due to global warming, that is not news. If you live in a city, the effects of climate change may not be visible yet, but in villages and communities highly dependent on regular seasonal cycles, a severe drought or a sudden flood make a huge difference on the wellbeing of its habitants. This is what motivated engineer Sonam Wangchuk to create fake glaciers that are already improving the life of people in Ladakh, Himalayas.
As Dutch experience designer Leanne Wijnsma has taught us, we need protection from our online behavior. Whereas Wijnsma uses the sense of smell to offer a secure connection, artist Jasper van Loenen developed a wearable that sends a small electrostatic shock to the wearer. Called Web Training Collar, this device is a modified dog collar that monitors the user’s Internet traffic and applies a corrective shock in case of unprotected websites. The intensity of the shock increases with each consecutive visit to a site that doesn’t offer a secure connection. Technology domesticates us, at least in this case the purpose is positive.
Peculiar object of the week. Seen at Rendering Realities.
Next year the television network HBO will broadcast a new documentary based on the incident and aftermath of two girls from Wisconsin attacking a third one in 2014. According to them, they were driven by the most famous mythical creature born on the Internet: the Slenderman. But who is this being and how it came to be? It may just be the modern version of a much older myth.
Saint Nicholas, patron of children, visits various countries on the evening of December 5 for a gift-giving tour. Traditionally he is said to ride his horse over the rooftops at night, no one knows he is considering delivery drones to distribute his presents this year. Just an example of how drones could be used in the near future! Join the discussion on the potential of drones with What’s Flying There?, our coloring book for adults and children. Besides opening new perspectives for positive drones applications, it is also a very inspirational gift. Available in English and Dutch, now 50% off in our web shop until December 5!
This gridlocked highway looks like a river of red and white. Yesterday, during the Thanksgiving getaway, ABC7 news channel’s helicopter captured this massive traffic jam on one of the busiest and most congested routes in the U.S., the 405 in southern California. This year in fact, a record number of Americans – nearly 49 million – traveled for the Thanksgiving holiday. In suburbia, we hope to get away from it all. Unfortunately, everyone else had the same idea. Happy Thanksgiving to our American readers!
Around 100 teenagers, between the ages of 12 and 18, agreed to withstand 72 hours totally offline: no phone, no computer, no TV. The University of Gdansk, together with Dbam o Mój Z@sięg Foundation, decided to run this experiment to estimate teenagers’ Internet addiction scale. A tech-survival for those who see unlimited web access as natural as water flowing in their tap. What were the results?
Join us tomorrow, November 24, during the Innovation Day of EIT Digital in Eindhoven, at the at High Tech Campus conference center. The agenda is full of inspirational talks, pitch presentations and exhibitions. Throughout the day the winner of the EIT Digital Challenge in the category Digital Wellbeing will be revealed, you can meet the finalists and see the outcome of EIT’s innovation activities. NNN director Koert van Mensvoort will be there to share his personal fascination for the deep impact of media and technology in the lives of people and society at large. Don’t miss his lecture at 10:00 am. More info: Innovation Day
Our bodies are not designed for a sedentary lifestyle, but in our technology-driven society we spend most of our days sitting down – in front of a computer, commuting to and from work, watching TV in the evening. That’s why the latest creation of fashion designer and NNN fellow Pauline van Dongen is made to rehabilitate the body in case of bad posture and it is perfect to wear during office hours.