Tag: Symbolic-Overdrive

The Tappy 'smart ring' is a wedding ring connected to your bank account.
Intimate Technology

Payment by Wedding Ring

Contactless payments are becoming ever more ubiquitous. A single tap of your card, smartphone, key fob, or smartwatch easily does the trick. Besides the “conventional” payment methods, we have seen a biohacker paying with his thumb and an artist paying with hugs. So what’s next? Hong Kong-based tech company Tappy believes the future of wireless payments is in jewelry.

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Wild Systems

KaraokeBot Sings Christmas Carols

A next nature Christmas looks as follows. We start by sending out augmented Christmas cards and then we build our very own Christmas tree. For the menu we turn to our In Vitro Meat Cookbook for an exquisite three-course meal accompanied with Nano Wine and amplify our senses with a Google Nose. After the banquet we gather around KaraokeBot, an AI system that generates and sings Christmas songs from the visual components of an uploaded image, and sing the night away. The holidays are filled with traditions, it is up to us to create new ones. Happy Christmas everybody!

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Society of Simulations

In Defense of the Eggplant

After the cucumber and the banana, there is a new phallic fruit in town. The eggplant emoji, also known as aubergine, was added to the official Unicode 6.0 emoji set in 2010. The flourishing ‘dictionary’ of 1.851 ideograms depicts a broad range of small digital icons to boost text messages and is gradually evolving into a parallel visual language of its own, where suggested meanings are up for grabs.

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Uncomfortable watering can by artist Katerina Kamprani
Suburban Utopia

Circular Economy

Moving away from the linear ‘Take, Make, Dispose’ production systems, the circular economy promises us a sustainable world where waste is food. The Uncomfortable Watering Can by artist Katerina Kamprani ironically shows that the size of the design cycle does matter. Peculiar object of the week.

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Sexy Car – From Russia with Love

You must be crazy to dress up your car with a tanga to increase its sex appeal, however, it is only slightly crazier than seeing car as ‘sexy’ in the first place.

Projecting a level of sexyness on machines and design objects is pretty normal in our society. How did that ever happen? People cannot have intercourse with cars or replicate with them, so why would we find cars sexy anyhow? Gives us shivers of Anthropomorphobia.

Peculiar image of the week via Carztune.com.

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Green Blues

The Face of Litter

Not even anti-face-recognition camouflage strategies, such as these algorithm based make up styles will help you against DNA evidence.

In Hong Kong, an environmental campaign called The Face of Litter is tackling littering behavior in an innovative way. Collecting DNA samples from rubbish carelessly discarded on the street, they recreate the digital portrait of the person who dumped it.

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