Tag: Sentient Spaces

Anthropomorphobia

Ladybug cleans the Toilet

A bug that does the cleaning? This 1-meter (39-inch) tall, 1.35-meter (53-inch) long prototype robot ‘ named “Lady Bird” ‘ is designed to clean public restrooms at highway rest areas. It is…

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Digital-Presence

Funky Forest

I am a tree and I need water! Dance with me! Guide the river! Together with designer Emily Gobeille, Theodore Watson created the Funky Forest, an interactive ecosystem where people can grow…

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Design-for-debate

True Knowledge beats Google

What you are looking at, is the logo of perhaps the (in idea) biggest competitor on the search-engine market. It is beta-testing right now, but its demo video looks promising. Why this…

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Digital-Presence

Anti-Protection Vest

3D space vest

Let us pretend you are a soldier and you are being sent to war. One of the first questions that should pop into mind: how will you prevent yourself from getting shot? Armor that body! Wear heavy boots, a helmet and don’t forget to put on your bulletproof vest to win that fight!

Now picture yourself, wearing all that stuff, sitting on the couch, fighting your opponents in some world of warcraft. No chance this could happen to you? Don’t be so sure…

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Calm-technology

Information Decoration

Our Environment as an Information Carrier
Picture this: it’s 40,000 years ago, and you are an early Homo sapiens. You are standing on the savanna. Look around you. What do you see? No billboards, no traffic signs, no logos, no text. You might see grassland, a stand of trees, a bank of clouds in the distance. You are in a kind of vast, unspoilt nature reserve. Are you feeling wonderfully relaxed yet? Don’t be mistaken. Unlike the woodland parks where you sometimes go walking of a Sunday, this is not a recreational environment. This is where you live. You must survive here, and the environment is full of information that helps you to do so. An animal you are going to pursue has left tracks in the sand. Are the berries on that tree edible or poisonous? And that birdsong: does it mean there’s going to be a storm and winter is on the way? Or are the silly birds just singing for their own enjoyment? You can’t be sure: you have to interpret it all. And you are good at that. So good that you have succeeded in surviving in this environment.

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Dynamic-architecture

Modernistic vs Nextnature Architecture

While the Freedom tower, replacing the WTC twin towers, is being constructed at ground zero, I still enjoy looking at some of the earlier submitted proposals. They tend to be more elementary,…

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Global-Image-Economy

Separating streets and words

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When he’s not saving the word, artist Matt Siber is disecting street images and their typography. Seen before in many forms on this blog, but very well done!
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Digital-Presence

Cell Phone Disco

Electromagnetic radiation of active mobile phone sets off the LEDs in relative proximity. Light shadow follows the conversation through the space. cellphonedisco.informationlab.org Related posts: Generative graffiti | Anybody else hear that ringing?…

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Calm-technology

Grass Wheel

If you’ve gotta run the wheel, you might as well do it in bare feet. Many of us are so busy being good little hamsters that we never have face time with…

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Digital-Presence

Ibar

ibar | video | related post: Reac-table | Shadow-creatures and digi-ants…

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Digital-Presence

The Desktop Factory – Do It Yourself

Nowadays, most people can’t make anything at home because it’s too expensive. Roboticist Hod Lipson wants you to stop shopping and use his portable 3-D printer to make your own stuff. 3-D…

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Calm-technology

First A4 colour e-paper unfurled

Philips presented an A4-sized colour electronic paper. A paper-thin and bendable viewing panel. “This represents the next generation in display technology,” Chung In-Jae, chief technology officer and executive vice-president, said in the…

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Digital-Presence

Eyebox

Future billboards will be looking back at you! The Eyebox2 can track the gaze of several people at once from 10 metres away in order to know how much attention the billboard…

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Information Decoration

Video dress

Sometimes I have a hard time choosing between going out and staying home watching TV or my computerscreen. The great fashiondesigner Hussein Chalayan made these choices a lot easier with this dress…

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Information Decoration

Temporary printing machine

A nice light printer by rAndom International. The printer makes images with light on a light reactive surface. Really nice and high tech, but what I like is that the images fade…

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