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Interview: Leanne Wijnsma, Designer for the Human Instinct Who Uses Smell as her Medium
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Interview: Leanne Wijnsma, Designer for the Instinct Who Uses Smell as Medium

Consider this, early humans had a more developed olfactory sense. As we are slowly evolving, our sense of smell is degrading because we need it less to survive. Dutch experience designer Leanne Wijnsma creates for the human instinct and puts the sense of smell back to where it belongs, as modern hazards have shifted to the digital realm.

In 2014 she was nominated for the Bio Art and Design Award and has been a Future Emerging Art and Technology associate since 2016. She received an e-culture grant from the Dutch Cultural Media Fund to research and develop her current project The Smell Of Data in collaboration with filmmaker Froukje Tan. We recently spoke to her about olfactory design, digital bodies, the relationship between freedom and technology, and more.

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Monk during an EEG
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Using Nanobots to Treat Depression

Keep calm and carry on; don’t worry be happy; just stop being sad! If we could treat depression just by saying corny catchphrases or repeating mantras, life would be easier. Well, now we are a step closer to this scenario, but instead of saying a phrase you have to do math.

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Scan of neurons connected
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A Step Further in the Race Against AI

Today we have powers that we could not even imagine few years ago. We can communicate with people on the other side of the world, we have access to a huge amount of information in seconds, we can visit places without moving. Until now these powers have always depended on the support of tech devices, but with the Neural Lace this could soon change.

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Are these the headphones of the future
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Are These the Headphones of the Future?

With the pompous and promised-to-be groundbreaking introduction of iPhone7, specialists and everyday users started a battle over the lack of 3.5 mm headphone jack. Instead of getting the standard free wired earphones, you need to buy the AirPods wireless ones for $159. While some are happy to forget about tangled cord, others complain about making Apple devices even more exclusive. Putting the practical issues aside, there comes a question on what this really means.

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PAULINE VAN DONGEN
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Interview: Pauline Van Dongen, Designer Merging Fashion and Technology

Dutch fashion designer specialized in wearable technology, Pauline van Dongen researches the human body in relation to its surroundings

Established in 2010, her studio is immersed in the dynamic intersection of fashion and technology and is dedicated to collaborative, cross-disciplinary work that enables innovation and experimentation to take the form of a truly wearable and desirable product. Van Dongen’s vision is based on the belief that technology can add new value and meaning to fashion and can enhance the way we experience the world around us. To her, technology is not a mere tool, but rather one of aesthetics. The language and expression of the body give form to the garment establishing an intimate connection with the wearer and tuning technology in something intuitive.

We recently talked with Pauline Van Dongen about her work with solar cells, the integration of nature and technology in clothing and new developments in 3D printed fashion using body scanning and generative design tools.

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Two artists created a device that communicates data leaks by means of smell
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Preventing Data Leaks with Smell

The human olfactory system is capable of detecting one trillion different scents. The ability to smell not only lets us enjoy the fragrances of roses and perfume, it also warns us when something is not right. Take gas for instance, the addition of an artificial scent to the odorless matter allows our noses to function as a cautionary tool in case of a leak. The project Smell of Data has adopted this approach and altered it into a device that warns us against the unscented danger of our digital landscape: data.

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Fitbit just released a new motivational feature that aims to trigger their users to go out and exercise more.
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Bringing Augmented Reality to Fitness

The advent of activity-monitoring body trackers has enabled millions of people to track their physical stats with ease, but it also added another important aspect to it, fun. The addition of gaming elements to exercise made workouts more accessible and rewarding for people in need of help to reach their fitness goals. Therefore, industry leader Fitbit just released a new motivational feature, called Adventures. By unlocking virtual sightseeing, health tips and “fun facts” along the way, the fitness tracker aims to trigger their users to go out and exercise more.

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The first beauty contest judged by complex algorithms has sparked controversy after biased results.
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The First Beauty Contest Judged by AI

Do you have what it takes to become the world’s most beautiful man or woman? Roughly 6.000 people from over 100 countries think they do. The contestants submitted their photos after Beauty.AI launched their beauty contest this year. What was remarkable was not so much its content, but rather its judges: the “human beauty” of the participants was judged by complex algorithms.

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An Australian study has shown the use of lifelike robot babies increased teen pregnancy, rather than discouraging it.
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Robot Babies to Prevent Pregnancy

An Australian study shows how the use of lifelike robot babies increased teen pregnancy, rather than discouraging it. Infant simulator programs are used in high-tech sex education courses with the aim to lower pregnancy rate among young people. The computerized dolls are programmed to mimic the needs of an actual six-weeks-old infant and require frequent feeding and changing all day and night.

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