Rare mutation: Razorius Gilletus Vectrus
If you haven’t read the recently posted essay “Razorius Gilletus – On the Origin of a Next Species?”, you probably won’t understand much of the following. Anyhow, I’d want to share my find of the Razorius Gilletus Vectrus, a variation on an extinct razor species I recently bumped into while traveling in Asia.
The Gillette Vector is a two bladed razor, introduced on Azian markets some years ago, with a design very similar to the ancient Gillette Atra, which was introduced in the late seventies. Production of the original Atra halted more than a decade ago, as not many people are buying two bladed razors anymore.
Apparently the Gillete corporation felt their ancient Atra razor could still thrive in Asian countries like India and Thailand, where the budgets for buying razors are a less and the razors of the Gillette brand have to compete with cheaper local models. Hence they decided this would be the perfect habitat for a revival of the almost extinct Atra razor, which is now called Vector.
Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro (Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Osaska University) has done it again! This time in coöperation with robot-maker Kokoro Co. Ltd. Objective: to create a realistic-looking remote-control female android (actroid) that mimics the facial expressions and speech of a human operator. Result: “Geminoid F”.
US Judge Rules Gene Patents Invalid ?because they are Natural
Did you know that about 20 percent of your body isn’t really yours? It has been patented by some corporation you probably never heard of. You can’t patent gold, you can’t patent…
Cough in your cellphone, not your sleeve
Coughing into your cell phone could soon save you a trip to the doctor’s office. Thanks to software currently being developed by Star Analytical Services, people may soon be able to install an app that can diagnose cold, flu, pneumonia or other respiratory diseases by analyzing the sound of your cough.
The premises of the software is simple: Trained health workers are already able to distinguish cough types by sound, so why not create software that does the same?
If the idea is successful, it could save patients across the world a trip to the doctor’s office. Instead, they could simply cough into their cell phone and receive a diagnosis a few seconds later.
Razorius Gilletus – On the Origin of a Next Species
Is the evolution of the single bladed razor into an exorbitant five–bladed vibrating gizmo the outcome of human needs, or is there another force in play? Say hello to Razorius Gillettus, one of the new species emerging from our technoeconomic ecology. Proof that evolution should be understood as a universal principle rather than a DNA-specific process. Yet if this is the case, how can we become responsible stewards of these new, non-genetic forms of life?
Sex or Cellphone? Survey says 29% prefers the phone
Samsung has released the results of a consumer study that indicated nearly a third of Denver–area residents would sooner give up sex for a year that go without a cell phone for…
There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom
So you’re triggered by our call for products and now you’re considering to send in one, two or maybe three of your brilliant products for the Nano Supermarket? Good. Or – and this is very likely – you are just interested in this emerging new field of science and design? Also good. In both cases, we recommend you to do a little in-depth nanotech reading. And makes a better starting point to read than, well… the beginning?
December 29th 1959, physicist Richard Feynman gave a lecture titled There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom at an American Physical Society meeting at Caltech. In this lecture, he layed out the new era of what we nowadays call nanotechnology: the study of the controlling (and designing!) of matter on an atomic and molecular scale. The key question in Feynman’s talk was: What would happen if we could arrange the atoms – one by one, any way we want them?
Well, this question is still largely left unanswered: we might be designing the penicillin or the asbestos of the 21st century. This makes the question how to design our nanotech future an urgent one, hence our call for entries. Either way, being able to design atom-by-atom would bring us into a new era of design that merges all existing design disciplines into one: Total Design?