It’s Always Sunny with LED Panels
Designed to imitate natural lighting mimicking the Earth’s atmosphere, a nanoparticle LED panel can bring a sunny sky to your room, no matter what the weather outside.
The product, called CoeLux, was developed by professor Paolo Di Trapani and his team, at the University of Insubria in Como, Italy.
Exploring the Society of Simulations with “Her”: Nextnatural Movie
What about a movie night? A new nextnatural film is on the big screen! We are talking about “Her”, a science-fiction romance written and directed by Spike Jonze, set in a not too distant future. Part of the movie’s charm is just how meticulously Jonze has imagined and constructed a future Los Angeles: its smoggy skies, its glittering skyscrapers, its efficient transit system.
The movie tells the story of the modern age love relationship between, Theodore (played by Joaquin Phoenix), a lonely man who writes love letters for people with difficulties expressing their feeling, and Samantha (Scarlett Johansson). Samantha, it should be mentioned, is an intelligent computer-operating system.
Frisky Whisky: Radioactive Booze from the Atomic Age
The world's first – and hopefully last – whiskey aged with radioactivity.
Fake Shanty Town Simulates Poverty for Rich Vacationers
You too can experience a life of grinding poverty in South Africa – with free WiFi and optional breakfast.
NASA Solves the Toxic ‘New Car Smell’
The car buying experience is really a ritual – the glass-walled showroom, the pushy salesmen, the shiny just-waxed cars that feel like yours at the very first touch – and then there’s that new-car smell. Its a little bit like fresh paint, or old leather, but whatever it is makes it feel like the car just rolled off the assembly line. It turns out that new-car smell is a toxic soup of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) released by plastic parts inside the car. Last year, NASA researchers developed a remarkable coating that permanently seals in these gases for use in confined environments where out-gassing plastic poses a deadly threat. Despite this, car companies are working to find their own solution. So what still seems to be the problem?
Now Your Smartphone Can Smell Like Barbecue and Buttered Potatoes
An olfactory device for Smartphones that spreads the aroma of barbecue using an app.
Food Simulator to Fulfill the Desire to Eat
What if in the future we won’t need to shop at the supermarket and to deal with pots and stoves? According to Renata Kuramshina and Caroline Woortmann Lima, master’s students from Dessau Design Department of Anhalt University, we could just seat on a comfortable armchair and use some nasal and oral sensors to satisfy the desire to eat. This device, called Tenet, is designed to replicate the pleasure and emotions received from food and its rituals, without touching a fork or knife. Read more
I’ll Take A Variety of Fried Gadgets, Please
American photographer Henry Hargreaves inspects humans’ relationship with nutrition and global consumption. The result is the Deep Fried Gadgets project, a series of photos showing technological devices covered in batter and fried: a mobile phone, a tablet, an mp3, a laptop and even a Gameboy.
These images make us think about the fact that our consumption of electronic tools has something in common with the concept of fast food.