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A critical and visual take on culturally emerged Nature. Full of statements from designers and thinkers from around the globe. Wild systems, Genetic Surprises, Calm Technology, Autonomous Machinery and Splendidly Beautiful Black Flowers. Nature changes along with us.

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Editors: Koert van Mensvoort, Mieke Gerritzen, Michiel Schwarz, Design: Mieke Gerritzen.
140 pages, paperback. ISBN 90 6369 093 2
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Plant Sensors

Plant Sensors

One day you will step into the garden to look at the flowers – and the flowers will look back at you.

Rich Fletcher, Nikolai Slavov, and Hiroshi Ishii from MIT Tangible Media Group are building novel electronic and optical sensors that “take a peek” inside the biological activity of living plants, and explore their use as low-cost sensors. Plants are very common in our world and and contain a vast amount of information. Plants have a great ablity to sense and respond to their environment. The electrophysiology of plants has sparked interest since the late 1800s, but this topic has not been explored recently in the context of modern information technology and electronic devices.


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Sequoiaview – harddisk visualisation


Did you ever wonder where all that hard drive space went too? Sequoiaview generates organic-like views of the files and folders on your hard drives using cushion treemaps. SequoiaView was developed by Jack van Wijk at the computer science department of the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven.

Sequoiaview can be downloaded for free.

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Green Electricity


Electricity itself is a natural phenomena, but as regular AC/DC currency it becomes a commoddity. But Green Electricity is a strange thing. You pay more money for your electricity which the providers say they will invest in environmental friendly energy like windenergy and waterpower. So the ‘green’ addition to the product is purely virtual.


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RFID Chips: Is your cat infected with a Computer Virus?


A group of computer researchers from Amsterdam have demonstrated that it is possible to insert a software virus into radio frequency identification tags, part of a microchip-based tracking technology in growing use in commercial and security applications.

Many pets, as well as commercial livestock, have been injected with a tiny microchip that can identify them if they get lost (pets) or are later found to habor disease (livestock). Up until now, no one thought these microchips, called RFID tags, could themselves be infected with computer viruses. Now researchers at the Vrije Universiteit have discovered that computer viruses in animals, supermarket products, airline baggages and other physical objects are a real.

RFID tags are tiny, inexpensive microchips that can be attached to physical objects, such as products in a supermarket, or injected into animals. When a specialized kind of chip reader attached to a computer sends out a radio wave on a certain frequency, all RFID tags within range respond to it by identifying themselves. The retail sector, for example, is planning to replace the now-familiar bar code with RFID tags in the coming years because RFID-tagged products can be scanned much faster and more accurately than products with bar codes.

www.finfacts.com | www.rfidvirus.org

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Back to the Tribe

Online RPG Funeral Gets Ambushed

Since its launch in November 2004, World of Warcraft (Wow) has become the most widely played massively multiplayer online (MMO) game in the world. When a popular WoW player died in real life, the people in the game think it would be nice to have a memorial for the player so they log into his account, take the character to a lake, and set it up for everyone to come pay their respects.

Another tribe decides this would be a great time to ambush everyone so they run over a hill, kill the dead guy’s character, and then wipe out everyone who was there to show their respects. They filmed the whole thing and put it on the net.

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(related entry: Online gamers unmasked)

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Echte Natuur is niet Groen

De menselijke impact op onze planeet kan nauwelijks worden onderschat. Klimaatverandering, massa-urbanisatie, synthetische biologie. Ongerepte natuur wordt steeds zeldzamer, tegelijkertijd wordt onze technologische omgeving zo complex en oncontroleerbaar dat we deze als een natuur op zichzelf gaan ervaren. Ons beeld van natuur moet worden aangepast.

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Robotic Action Painter


RAP is a new generation of painting robots designed for Museum or long exhibition displays. It is completely autonomous and need very little assistance and maintenance. RAP creates it’s own paintings based on an artificial intelligence algorithm, it decides when the work is ready and signs in the right bottom corner with its distinctive signature. The algorithm combines initial randomness, positive feedback and a positive/negative increment of ‘color as pheromone’ mechanism based on a grid of nine RGB sensors.

Also the ‘sense of rightness’ – to determine when the painting is ready – is achieved not by any linear method, time or sum, but through a kind of pattern recognition system.

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Information Decoration

Digital Stock Market Garden


The Ticker Garden is a stand-alone data visualization application that monitors a stock portfolio. Different flowers represent the real-time performance of selected stocks via the color, height, & radian of animated blossom flowers. A flower grows from the ground and stops at the height reflecting its share price – the higher the stock price, the higher the ‘flower stem’. As soon as it reaches the top, it begins to blossom fan-wise to the degree that reflects the percentage of price change. The color a direction of a blossom indicates a particular stock’s status of ascent or descent in price compared to its previous trading day. A flying bee will show up around a flower if there is recent news of that particular stock.


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