Tag: Hyperreality

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Glow in the Dark Trees

Dutch inventive artist Daan Roosegaarde is famous for his  highly innovative design, exploring the relation between people, technology and nature. One of his latest project is the creation of luminous trees inspired by animals able to generate their own light, such as jellyfish and fireflies. 

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Smart Tags Change Color as Food Spoils

Knowing whether food has spoiled without tasting it, is now possible. Smart Tags, developed by Chinese scientists, are small gel-based tabs that stick to containers of food and change color when something has expired.

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Pixel Space

A graphic that makes clearly visible the size of the milky way. In this scale model of the solar system the moon measures only one pixel, showing how much space their is in-between the sun, the earth, the moon and the rest of the planets.

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A Jet without Windows for a Better View

Spike Aerospace is designing a 80 million dollars private jet with an innovative peculiarity. To allow passengers to enjoy the panoramic breathtaking view of the outside world it won’t have windows.

In fact, the portholes will be replaced with big high-definition screens showing live-streaming images of the exterior recorded with cameras. And if travelers want to sleep they can switch channel choosing from an assortment of ambient images or darkening the screen. The airplane is expected to take off in December 2018.

Forget about windows, we are in the Society of Simulations!

Source: Wired


Flight Paths Of Birds Captured On Video

US-based artist and animation professor Dennis Hlynsky visually isolated the flight paths of birds. He filmed the movements of different flocks flying and, using digital editing techniques, he turned this video into a surreal experience of shapes forming overhead.

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Breathing Lights

During his Bachelor in Industrial Design at the Eindhoven University of Technology, Dutch designer Jeroen Van Der Meij created Breathing Lights. Inspired by the elegant fluctuation of spider webs in the breeze, these light objects make movements that evoke associations with breathing. The dynamic installation creates a naturally calming atmosphere; it is quite interesting to see how an artificial setting can become so delicate. Are you able to look closer and find the beauty in plastic bags blowing by the wind?

fake shanty town in south africa for vacationers

Fake Shanty Town Simulates Poverty for Rich Vacationers

Have you always wanted to experience poverty, but never felt like going through the hassle of interacting with an actual poor person? Emoya Luxury Hotel in South Africa offers vacationers an empathy-free way to experience an “authentic” life of hardship – if your definition of hardship includes free WiFi. According to the site:

A Shanty usually consists of old corrugated iron sheets or any other waterproof material which is constructed in such a way to form a small “house” or shelter where they make a normal living. A paraffin lamp, candles, a battery operated radio, an outside toilet (also referred to as a long drop) and a drum where they make fire for cooking is normally part of this lifestyle.

Just like stamp collecting or golf, grinding, abject poverty with limited access to electricity and sanitation is a ‘lifestyle’ to which anyone can aspire. Hold your next corporate retreat in this ersatz slum and wonder with your colleagues why poor people are always so miserable if they’ve got under-floor heating and optional breakfast.

Via Gawker.