Tag: Augmented-Bodies

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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HUBOT: Meet the Focused Assembly Worker

As a focused assembly worker, you are a real go-getter thanks to your smart tools. Wearing smart factory goggles and using a transparent LED screen, these give you direct instructions to your work at the right time. Check multiple production lines at once and keep a tight overview of your working schedule; nothing is too challenging for this type of assembly work. The factory workers of tomorrow are smarter, more flexible and need no one to tell them what to do.

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Interview Anouk Wipprecht
Intimate Technology

Interview: Anouk Wipprecht, FashionTech Designer of Useful Technological Couture

Forget fabric and stitches, think about a 3D printed dress adorned with embedded proximity and respiration sensors, wireless bio-signals connected to an Intel Edison platform and microcontrollers. Dutch FashionTech designer Anouk Wipprecht brings the garment and the wearer together thanks to an electronic couture with a futurist twist. Thirty-two-year-old currently living in New York, since the early 2000s she has been working on wearables, combining fashion design with engineering, robotics, science and interaction-user experience.

We met Anouk during the Fashion Week of Milan, where tonight she is going to give a lecture at Meet The Media Guru, the Italian platform that invites innovators from all over the world to share their ideas and projects (you can follow the event online). We talked about smart fabrics and accessories that can listen to our body, therapeutic fashion and the future of dressmaking.

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Intimate Technology

Our Relationship with Tech Is Growing Stronger

Long ago, technologically savvy people were the ones who used technology the most. In the 1970s, you only used a computer if you had exclusive access to one. In short, technology was a rarity in everyday life. Fast-forward to the world we inhabit today. It’s getting difficult to discern what’s technology and what’s not. Nature and society are becoming one. Wearable technology consists of pieces of metal and plastic. However, these circuits and the knowledge they give blurs the line between nature and man.

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