Tag: Humane-Technology

The MucoJet capsule
Intimate Technology

3D Printed Capsule Replaces Needle Injection

Everyone knows that short moment of anxiety when the nurse gets out the syringe and wants to inject it in your arm. Even though most of the times it’s just a matter of seconds and barley no pain, it still is an annoying experience and for some people it could be a nightmare. To overcome this challenge, a team of researchers from UC Berkeley has developed MucoJet, a self administered, needle-free device.

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Office Garden

Govert Flint on Enrichers

How to get physical in a digital age? This is the editorial question of Frame’s latest issue Retail Revolution. NNN fellow Govert Flint was interviewed by the magazine to discuss his collaborative project Enrichers, a design company for an environmentally enhanced future. From wallpapers that mimic leaves to moving chairs and water carpets. “We propose a sustainable design movement based on the use of environmental simulation to increase wellbeing,” Flint explains.

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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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Modular Flying Car Transport System
Suburban Utopia

Flying Car Modular Transport System

During the last the Geneva Motor Show, French aircraft manufacturer Airbus and Italian design company Italdesign recently unveiled their brand new modular transportation system Pop.UP for urban environments. This new transportation system features an incredible aircraft-car and a flexible system supporting the vehicle.

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Danish design studio Kilo created an air pollution mask suitable for kids aged 6 and up.
Anthropocene

Air Pollution Mask for Kids

It should come as no surprise to hear that global air pollution in urban areas is getting worse. It has risen by 8% in the last five years and about 80% of the cities deal with unhealthy levels of air pollution, as measured by the World Health Organization. In effect, there are 300 million children inhabiting places with the most toxic recorded levels of outdoor pollution, according to UNICEF. That’s why Danish design studio Kilo created the Woobi air pollution mask, suitable for kids aged six and up.

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Next Nature

Van Mensvoort Introduces Kevin Kelly at STRP

It has been a while since Kevin Kelly attributed his essay The World Without Technology to the Next Nature Book and joined the Next Nature Power Show in Los Angeles. This month, after nearly a decade, we will meet him again at the STRP Biënnale in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. On March 29, at 21:00, the famous writer, philosopher and Senior Maverick at Wired will give a keynote lecture during the Conference for the Curious, with an introductory talk by NNN director Koert van Mensvoort. NNN members enter for free! Keep an eye our for our newsletter to learn more.

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gene therapy cure chronic disease
Augmented Bodies

Gene Therapy Cures Chronic Disease

Gene therapy has been there for decades. The idea is beautiful, one single treatment to get rid of horrific diseases forever. Before gene therapy was introduced diseases such as severe combined immune deficiency or SCID could only be treated with bone marrow transplant, which is a very pricey and delicate solution. Recently gene therapy has proven to work on this dreadful disease.

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frist human embryo in lab
Intimate Technology

Longest Lived Human Embryo in a Lab

The creation of a human life from a lab sounds like science fiction. Because it is actually science fiction. Only now we are one step closer to reality. For the first time, a team of biologists from the US and the UK have successfully kept a human embryo alive in a lab for 13 days. This passed the previous record of nine days.

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Introducing world's first voice mask designed to protect your privacy.
Intimate Technology

A Voice Mask to Protect Your Privacy

Remember Bane from Batman? Now you can look just like him and have private conversations during office hours. Introducing Hushme, a bluetooth headphone designed to protect your privacy and defined the “world’s first voice mask for mobile phones”. Launched at this year’s edition of CES Las Vegas, Hushme is scheduled to hit crowdfunding later this year. While it might look like a tool for sadomasochistic or bondage practices, the voice mask is a highly advanced microphone-enabled mask, intended to stop having your co-workers overhearing your calls. It simply links up to your smartphone and even has a voice-changer. Now that’s a game changer.

Peculiar image of the week. Via CNET

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Brainwaves as password BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY
Augmented Bodies

Brainwaves as Password

With daily habits becoming more and more digitalized, such as working, banking and even dating, how can we secure and protect our access to the virtual world? Finger prints are an adequate answer, but now we have another option: brainwaves.

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