Tag: Physical-computing


Robotic Easter Egg Decorator

This year take your Easter egg decorating to the next level! Egg-Bot is a machine that applies computer controlled motion to precisely decorate your eggs for you with gorgeous designs. Robots, is there anything they won’t do? Happy Easter!


Design by Termite

Why not outsource your laser engraving jobs to termites? It is cheap, messy and time consuming, but you’ll definitely get a unique and personal result. For more on how to design with living matter, head over to the IDEO Made in the Future site.


Turning Objects into Musical Instruments

Music lovers have always found a way to play a tune using everyday objects, such as pots and pans, tables or garbage cans. This habit has now digitally evolved thanks to Mogees, a device that can virtually turn all the stuff around us into unusual musical instruments.

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Delivery Drones Are Coming

Drones are typically thought of as flying spying robots, or even worse flying spying shooting robots. But could we also employ drones for good? Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos certainly thinks so. In a 60 Minutes interview, he announced that Amazon wants to use octocopters to deliver your order within a half hour at any location you choose.

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The Brain Is as Complex as All the World’s Digital Data

Thanks to new technologies, life sciences now have to face the age of big data. With advances in genome sequencing, imaging and other technology, biologists and neuroscientists are generating data very quickly. According to David Relman, a physician and microbiologist at Stanford University:

“We are now faced with the daunting challenge of trying to understand the system from the perspective of all this big data, with not nearly as much biology with which to interpret it. The whole genome can fit on a CD, but the brain is comparable to the digital content of the world”.

To go through the big data revolution, scientists will need to develop data analysis tools and to get used to the concept of sharing their data.

Find more on Quanta Magazine


Hug & Pay

The rise of digital currencies reduces the need for physical interaction and communication between people. At the same time every payment method still leans on trust. But how can we trust what we can not physically touch, smell or hear?

Artist Heidi Hinder envisions a payment method that brings back personal contact between people: hug & pay. Indeed, paying with a hug. But also pay with a handshake, a high five, and even with a tap dance.

For her project she uses RFID tags and readers that are worn by the customer and the seller. The payment data is transmitted by physical contact.

The project was awarded with a grant from the Awesome Foundation London, which allows Heidi to develop her concept further. We are already anticipating bithugs as a new digital-physical currency.

Via Hetkanwel.net


In the (Physical) Cloud

Could this be my external hard disk? By combining smoke, moisture and dramatic lighting, Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde created this cloud, an extremely temporary work.