Tag: Calm-technology

Robotic furniture for the young professional
Suburban Utopia

Shapeshifting Robotic Furniture

Moveable walls and multifunctional components, the in-house architectural robotics from Ori combines functionality with design. Ori, deriving from origami, is a line of connected smart products, developed by MIT Media Lab in partnership with designer Yves Béhar. Designed for micro-studios with less than 28 square meters of space, Ori transforms the space with a single push on the button. Aiming at young professionals paying high rents in urban centers, Ori houses a media center, storage space, a bench, a fold out desk, and a bed. It’s morphing time!

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monk-robot in buddhist temple
Society of Simulations

Xian’er, When Religion Meets A.I.

It can entertain elementary conversations, give advice, say prayers. We’re talking about Xian’er, the Buddhist robot-monk created at the request of a Buddhist temple near Beijing, the Longquan Temple, in collaboration with a dozen Chinese technology, culture and investment companies. Before becoming a robot Xian’er was a drawn character, invented by one of the monks of the temple, Master Fan Xian. He had already appeared in quite successful books and comics in China, that will probably be translated into English.

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Intimate Technology

Caress of the Gaze

If technology transformed animals into people; is technology perhaps also capable of changing people back into animals? Architect and interaction designer Behnaz Farahi envisions an interactive 3D printed outfit that can detect and respond to the gaze of the other, and respond accordingly with life-like behavior. Rest assure, we are the primitives of a next nature.

Thanks Sanne.

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light phone

The Phone That’s Just a Phone

We came to a point where it seems an innovative concept to design a mobile with identical functions to the phones we used two decades ago. This cell phone, called Light Phone, has been designed to be used as little as possible. Its selling point? It has just one purpose: making and receiving phone calls.

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An Adblocker for Your Eyes

Most VR concepts and products are coming from big tech companies. With their ad-driven business models they are likely to fill your Glass, Hololens or Oculus with ads at some point. What if these exact same tools are used to block ads? Build your own.

‘Flowerworks’, by Sara Illenberger. Photography: Sabrina Rynas

Happy Next Nature!

Time measurement tools are perhaps among the most inventive technologies mankind has produced, as it enables us to articulate ‘natural’ time (in the form of lunar years, sun eclipse, tidal waves, seasons and of course the day and night rhythm) in measurable units of milliseconds, hours, days, weeks months and years. A process most of us tend to perceive as ‘natural’ but is in fact highly constructed. A calendar year has just passed and a new one has just started, time goes by but evolution goes on. I wish you a very livable Next Nature and a happy new year!

Image: ‘Flowerworks’ by Sarah Illenberger (photography: Sabrina Rynas)