Tag: Digital-Presence

Nomophobia
Intimate Technology

Nomophobia: the Fear of Phonelessness

You step outside your home without your phone and are seized by a sudden fear. Or you notice that your battery is low when out and about and decide to get home as quickly as possible. Do you recognize these anxieties? According to researchers from universities in Hong Kong and Seoul, they may be symptoms of something called “nomophobia”. That is, no-mobile-phobia: the fear of being separated from your smartphone.

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One minute of Internet
Office Garden

One Minute on the Internet

During the course of human evolution, work and leisure became separate concepts. Daily life for our ancestors was hard, mostly long hours of work trying to ensure basic survival. But with the rise of modernity, we have domesticated ourselves with new technologies. Keeping in mind that Facebook recently revealed to have two billion active users a month (which sums up about 25% of the global population), this makes us wonder how the average minute is spent on the Internet. Peculiar image of the week.

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Smartphone VS Pineapple
Society of Simulations

Swap Your Smartphone for a Pineapple

How many times a day do you check your phone? According to Dutch virtual mobile network Ben, the answer is 200 times a day. As a commercial telecom provider, Ben should be very happy of our addictive smartphone habits. However, they recently launched an advertising campaign to sell smartphone plans by promoting disconnection. Remarkable, if you ask us.

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Wifi Day
Next Nature

Celebrate World WiFi Day

Happy World WiFi Day! Today, there are still 4 billion people around the world with no Internet access, that’s why this global initiative sets out to bridge the digital divide by urging the industry’s biggest names to connect the unconnected. In searching for connectivity, NNN developed the WiFi Angels app, a smartphone application to experience electromagnetic radiations by turning the WiFi networks around you into a choir of singing angels. Download it for free on your Android smartphone. Next time when you search for WiFi, just follow the angels.

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flight attendants with augmented reality headsets
Augmented Bodies

Cyborg Cabin Crew

Fasten your seat belts, Air New Zealand is equipping its flight attendants with augmented reality headsets to explore in-flight optimization. The project, currently in beta testing, uses Microsoft’s Hololens technology to improve inflight customer service, giving passengers a glimpse of what the future of air travel might look like.

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Smell of Data documentary to feature on nextnature.net
Next Nature

Smell of Data Documentary on Nextnature.net

The sense of smell helped early humans to survive. But now that our hunting and gathering has moved to the digital environment, our noses can no longer warn us against the lurking risks of the online wilderness. For this reason Dutch experience designer Leanne Wijnsma developed a scent dispenser to notify us of the unscented danger of our digital landscape: data. As part of the research, Wijnsma made a documentary that follows her search for a more instinctive Internet. We are pleased to announce the story is making its online debut on nextnature.net. Watch the series here.

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