Tag: Augmented-Bodies

Intimate Technology

Why human enhancement requires technological citizenship

New technologies – from artificial intelligence to synthetic biology – are set to alter the world, the human condition, and our very being in ways that are hard to imagine. The discussion of these developments limits itself as a rule to individual values. But it is also crucial to talk about the collective human values that we wish to guarantee in our intimate technological society. That brings an important political question is at the table. How to develop and implement human enhancement technologies in a socially responsible way?

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Wild Systems

Interview Mark Wigley: “We are living in an ecology of antenna”

With the invention of the radio antenna in the late 19th century, we became a different species: Introducing the human insect. A species, able to communicate across oceans using far-reaching antennae abilities, residing inside a shared, yet networked space. With this in mind, we recently sat down with architectural theorist, scholar, and author Mark Wigley, on his latest curated exhibition, The Human Insect.

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Augmented Bodies

E-Skin Makes You Control Objects Without Touching Them

Scientists are developing a new skin. No ordinary, human flesh, but electronic skin with many more functionalities. Presented in a recent research, the e-skin provides the wearer with new possibilities for interaction by using magnetic fields. For example, when a magnetic field sensor is placed in the hand, the position of that hand with respect to the field can be tracked down. This information may be especially valuable for VR.

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Intimate Technology

Smart Ring Turns Thumb Gestures into Words and Numbers

The relationship between humans and smart wearable devices has had its ups and downs. Although it is going in the right direction, it has not become a stable one quite yet. This could be partially due to the social awkwardness of wearing this type of technology in everyday situations. What’s more, users have already noticed some of its major drawbacks, such as typing messages on the tiny screen of a smartwatch.

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Augmented Bodies

HUBOT: Meet the Street Knitter

Bricklayer, a physically heavy occupation, becomes a lot more bearable with the street-knitting robot. Gone are the days when you struck your knee joints and worn out your back, making you incapacitated at the age of forty. Robotization empowers bricklayers to continue their job for a longer period of time. Feed the street-knitting robot with bricks, choose the pattern you want and the robot will be on its way.

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Making of The Modular Body
Augmented Bodies

The Making of the Modular Body

Remember OSCAR, the strange organism created by Cornelis Vlasman in our fellow Floris Kaayk’s award-winning speculative project, The Modular Body? Curious about how OSCAR was really created? Keen to know more about the project as a whole? You’re in luck! Check out the videos below, which provide an in-depth look at what went on behind the scenes of The Modular Body project.

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Information Decoration

The Future of Firefighting

We have been taking advantage of fire for more than 100.000 years, it has been helping us in so many different ways. But the benefits of this power come with a cost. There is evidence of fire-fighting machinery in use already in Ancient Egypt, since that time we invented numerous tools for fire prevention and control. This high tech firefighting helmet is one of those tools.

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