Tag: Design-for-debate

Intimate Technology

Modern Times Emergency Kit

In these modern times a traditional first aid kit won’t do anymore. As the world around us innovates, our needs in case of an emergency change as well. That’s the reason why a San Francisco-based design agency named Box Clever decided to redesign the classic emergency kit to suit the demands of life nowadays.

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Knotty Objects Summit @ MIT

The Knotty Object summit promises to be a paradise of anti-disciplinary delight. The event held at the renowned MIT Media Lab gathers designers, scientists, engineers and writers around the discussion of four complex and omnipresent objects and the stories they tell.

The knotty objects–brick, bitcoin, steak, and phone–are employed as lenses through which we examine the current state of our society as well as the crossovers between design and technology. Speakers include Paola Antonelli, Tony Dunne, Fiona Raby, Kevin Slavin, Neri Oxman, Isha Dahar, Revital Cohen, Daisy Ginsberg and our own Koert van Mensvoort.

Wednesday and Thursday, July 15-16, at the Boston ICA and Media Lab. Video streamed all over the planet.


NANO Supermarket Opens in Latvia

The tour of our lustrous NANO Supermarket is coming to Latvia! Tomorrow we will open a pop-up store in Riga. Come visit our glimmering new franchise from the 10th to the 12th of June at the EuroNanoForum 2015, Europe’s largest networking conference on nanotechnology.

Our shelves are stocked with nano inventions that could become available in the market between now and the next ten years: nano paintlab-grown meat, medicinal softdrinks, nano wine and more. Test and taste the products and discuss the impact of new technologies on your life.

NANO Supermarket @ EuroNanoForum 2015
Location: Conference & Events Centre – Elizabetes street 55, Riga , Latvia
Dates: 10-11-12 June  2015

If you are interested in hosting our NANO Supermarket pop-up store at your venue or event please contact our production team.

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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Cybernetic Bugs

British artist Julie Chappell turns old circuit boards and hi-tech gadgets into a new species called Computer Component Bugs. Beetles, dragonflies, butterflies and bugs – made from recycled deconstructed computers, smartphones and consoles – bring back to life old electronic materials.

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Artificial Intelligence

Ever-Changing Sceneries with Microbots

Does the illustration above pique your interest? Then, you should hear the story behind it. Kirsten Zirngibl‘s illustrations depict imaginary landscapes that are formed by microbots, which can be fed with new data to change the scenery entirely. Zirngibl explained that the piece above, called Microzoo, is made of microbots entirely.

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Jewelry Harvests Energy from Veins

Industrial designer and graduate student from Hadassah College in Jerusalem, Naomi Kizhner designed jewelry that could theoretically harvest energy from the body of the person wearing it. The jewelry is connected to the person’s veins and the blood is used to turn the wheels inside the jewelry, producing energy in return.

Kizhner’s aim in creating the speculative project is not to produce such a device, but to create a discussion on how far humans can go in providing solutions to our constant need for energy. The tool is called Energy Addicts and it consists of three pieces of jewelry: The Blinker, The E-Pulse Conductor and The Blood Bridge.

Story via IFLScience. Image via Naomi Kizhner


NANO Supermarket 100 m2 Pop-Up Store

Our lustrous NANO Supermarket left the four wheels of the truck to open a 100 m2 pop-up store in Stavanger, Norway. If you are nearby, come visit our glimmering new franchise until the 1st of March at Article Biennial in the Stavanger Artmuseum.

Our shelves are stocked with nano products that could become available in the market between now and the next ten years: lab-grown meat, an energy belt that converts excess belly fat into electricity, the Google Nose, medicinal softdrinks.

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Experimental Office: No Chairs, No Desks

How natural is it to work from nine to five sitting on a chair behind a desk, staring at a computer screen, wearing a suit and tie? Although it is today’s standard, genetically people aren’t really attuned to this norm. To counter the sitting dogma, design firm RAAAF and artist Barbara Visser experimented with more dynamic office concept, entirely based on movement and leaning.

The next office is meant to help combat all of the health problems—from heart disease to diabetes—that the typical desk job can contribute to or exacerbate. Throughout the day, people lean in different positions and keep moving around the room.  Supported by giant rock-like sculptures that presumably invite to a healthier, more active way to work than anything that’s come before.

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