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Office Garden

Games become jobs: Looking through the eye of the submarine with an X-Box controller

Submarines feature a special device called a periscope that allows people inside the submarine to see what’s going on above water. Controlling such an eye requires hours of training, and costs a whopping $38.000 per ship. However, the new generation sailors saw fit for a millennial-ready tool: the 30$ X-box controller from that children’s’ playstore around the corner. 

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Office Garden

Here’s what manufacturing enhanced with virtual reality will look like

Robots are coming for our jobs. Virtual reality is coming to make the jobs that remain easier to accomplish.

All of the world’s manufacturing sectors are in the process of applying VR to the dizzying number of tasks required all up and down the supply chain — from handling raw materials to shipping goods off to end-users. Don’t be surprised if the future of manufacturing looks quite a bit different than it does today thanks to this up-and-coming — and quickly maturing — technology.

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Food Technology

Design Your Own Vegetables

Imagine a future where you can design your own vegetables. Say goodbye to growing boring baby sprouts on your windowsill and welcome a climate-controlled cultivation system to your kitchen top. Simply change the parameters of your crops with a touchscreen interface and you’ll be on your way. Sounds good, does it? This growing scenario does not exist yet, but food designer and NNN fellow Chloé Rutzerveld is looking for innovative methods to turn this fantasy into a reality. Introducing the Future Food Formula, a formula for success.

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Office Garden

Work Remotely in VR Nature

Wide icy glacier landscapes, juicy green forests, deep blue lakes, that sounds like an ideal office setting. The reality usually looks quite different. Spaces in the middle of traffic jams, without plants and with artificial lights; that’s what we usually get. Even though it is scientifically proven to be everything but productive and balancing. This problem could be solved thanks to an Icelandic company that provides the ideal work environment with the help of virtual reality.

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Hypernature

Your Personal Plant Assistant

Meet Grovio, a smart and wireless assistant to add to your smart home. Using specialized sensors, Wi-Fi networks and a built-in thermometer, this white cylinder tracks the light, temperature and humidity of your surroundings, and informs you about it in real time. Did we already mention Grovio was developed for plants?

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AI Defeats Human
Office Garden

AI Defeats Human at Go

Humans and computers have a long history of competing when it comes to playing board games. From Wolfgang Von Kempelen’s ‘Turk’ (a mechanical chess-playing machine which eventually turned out to be operated by a small human) to the infamous match between IBM’s supercomputer Deep Blue versus human chess genius Garry Kasparov. Another victory can be added to computer wins, as Go world champion Ke Jie has just lost two games of ‘Go’ against Google’s DeepMind AI system AlphaGo.

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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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