Tag: Nongenetic Evolution

BlackBerry has just confirmed that it will no longer create its own phones, marking the end of an era for the once dominant leader of the smartphone market.
Nongenetic Evolution

Bye Bye BlackBerry

Remember how a decade ago everybody had a BlackBerry? Those days are over now, as the Canadian tech firm has confirmed that it will no longer create these phones, marking the end of an era for the once dominant leader of the smartphone market. While the news is hardly surprising, BlackBerry has greatly contributed to how mobile telecommunication is shaped, as we know it today. Consider this a eulogy to how BlackBerry became a relic of the past.

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Are these the headphones of the future
Augmented Bodies

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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Nongenetic Evolution

Growing Drones From Chemicals

Researchers from BAE Systems together with the University of Glasgow are experimenting with a new technology that in theory would be able to grow small-scale Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) from chemical compounds. The breeding of drones explores how aircraft could be designed and manufactured in the future.

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Govert Flint Designer Interview
Office Garden

Interview: Govert Flint, Designer Applying Motion to Everyday Life

He is mostly known for his Bionic Chair, an exoskeleton chair in where the user can control a computer through body movements, but beside product design Govert Flint has worked as an architect in Shanghai, he is a self-taught artist and he’s got the moves, as you can see in this video clip of Run Boy by Keymono. In dancing he found the rationale of his work, exploring how movement can be implemented in everyday life. According to Govert “the body complements the brain” and our environment needs to be designed to that end. To emotionally release ourselves we need to stand-up – away from the computer – and move freely. However, as his Bionic Chair shows, the solution lies not in abandoning the computer but by offering alternative ways of interacting with it.

In 2014 he joined the Eindhoven-based design collective Collaboration-O and started his own studio: The Institute for Applied Motions. Today he is working with Enrichers, a company merging design with neuropsychological principles. We talked to him about the relationship between body movement and emotional expression, mind-controlled computers and more.

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ehighway fossil free
Suburban Utopia

eHighway: a Fossil-Free Alternative

A (small) revolution just happened in Sweden. The inhabitants of the coastal town of Gävle woke up to the world’s first electric-powered highway, a 1.2 mile road meant for trucks called eHighway. The electric cables feed the trucks with electricity, allowing them to travel at speeds up to 55 mph. The trucks, which carry a natural gas hybrid engine, have an antenna that collects the power and that is lowered when it’s time to disconnect.

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Robot in a hospital holding a syringe
Nongenetic Evolution

Medical Practice Aided by Robots

Emerging technologies within the field of robotics are already being implemented in different sectors of our daily life. The general requirement is not that these robots perform perfectly, but just better than humans. Whether the discussion is about the much anticipated driverless car or about fully automated industrial production, the underlying fact is that this technology has the enormous potential to improve our future endeavors. Our medical system is no exception.

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