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Visual of Of Outer Space and Virtual Spaces

Of Outer Space and Virtual Spaces

Our evolutionary stage does not allow us to physically navigate outer space - at least just yet. In fact, only a tiny, tiny fraction of our species ever ventured beyond Earth's atmosphere.

Visual of Kids are extensions of parents?

Kids are extensions of parents?

The IonKids system from the firm Bluespan allows parents to give their young children some autonomy in the context of their environment to a certain point. The child wears an …

Visual of The Interspecies Internet

The Interspecies Internet

Could the internet be expanded to include sentient species like apes, dolphins and elephants?

Visual of The Non-Human Noosphere

The Non-Human Noosphere

The definition of the noosphere as "the sphere of human thought on earth" is woefully anthropocentric. It ignores that fact that our fellow sentient organisms have noospheres of …

Visual of Who Watches the Watchers?

Who Watches the Watchers?

In The Watchers , the creative geniuses at Studio Smack picture a world where surveillance systems don't just watch us - they actively judge.  Are you a green-coded Conformist or …

Visual of Child Care Robot

Child Care Robot

NEC corporation is developping a "Childcare Robot PaPeRo" capable to play with and watch over children. The Childcare Robot is capable of recognizing and verbally communicating …

Visual of Dynamic Terrain

Dynamic Terrain

Regular furniture is quite static. You can move it around, but 90% of the time you're not using it and it is just standing there in your room. So boring! But if Janis gets his …

Visual of What's Epic?

What's Epic?

Epic is a fictional prospect (from 2004) on the future culture of media and internet-corporations. The human addiction to news and information must - according to this video - …

Visual of Folding Chair - Flexible Love

Folding Chair - Flexible Love

This amazing 'flexible love' folding chair can be stretched to seat as many as sixteen individuals; once compacted, the chair seats one. Watch the video in order to understand the …

Visual of Modernistic vs Nextnature 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 …

Visual of True Knowledge beats Google

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 …

Visual of Cell Phone Minutes: the Next Currency

Cell Phone Minutes: the Next Currency

It might just be my old nature mind, but I still find it a daily miracle: being able to walk into the bakery around the corner and trade a piece of paper – called money – for a …

Visual of Multifunctional city farming

Multifunctional city farming

This installation in P.S. 1 countryard (NY) serves as a music stage, leisure space and a vertical public farm. It grows - amongst others - peas, mint, rhubarb, and fennel. …

Visual of Wear Your Social Network

Wear Your Social Network

Get Wickd (props for the name boys – totally wicked!) is a tech-fashion brand that sells basic clothes with barcodes that can link your mobile phone to any page on the web, from a …

Visual of Your grand-grand-parents new media

Your grand-grand-parents new media

19th century people needed some explanation to understand the difference between the regular candlelight and the electrically simulated candlelight. Note the disclaimer at the …

Visual of Google 'Opt Out' parody

Google 'Opt Out' parody

The Google Opt Out Feature Lets User protect their privacy by moving to a desolate village where the are guaranteed an environment free from Google products. Participants will …

Visual of Placebo Buttons

Placebo Buttons

Buttons are everywhere: throughout your day you press them on phones, alarm clocks, keyboards, elevators, dishwashers and of course on the computer screen. Although buttons did …

Visual of Time pilots us...

Time pilots us...

You step out of bed. Why? Because your alarm clock tells you it is time. A quick glance at the alarm clock tells you that you are still on schedule. First you take a shower and …

Visual of YourDay

YourDay

Visitors of the British amusement park Alton Towers can have themselves wristbanded and RFID tracked in order to buy a "personalised" DVD at the end of their visit. Precomposed …

Visual of ECO Currency – A Proposal to Balance Economical and Environmental Value

ECO Currency – A Proposal to Balance Economical and Environmental Value

Imagine we would have an alternative monetary currency for environmental value. Would the rain forest still be destroyed if there existed an ECO–currency to express its value and …

Visual of Friendly Vending Machine

Friendly Vending Machine

Designer Guus Baggermans was quite annoyed by the clumsy impoliteness of current vending machines, that typically require you to enter some abstract number to select your drink or …

Visual of Harddrive on legs

Harddrive on legs

Drive Legs is a portable hard drive which stands up if liquid is spilled near it. Created by James Chambers , who is experimenting with giving products defense mechanisms to …

Visual of Homemade Spacecraft

Homemade Spacecraft

Cinematographer Luke Geissbühler made a homemade spacecraft with his 5-year-old son Max, and some of Luke's friends. The spacecraft was made from a Thai food takeout container, an …

Visual of HP Computers are Racist

HP Computers are Racist

These two co-workers found out the face tracking feature of the utterly advanced HP webcam will not recognize or track black faces. Hewlett Packard says it's because the program …

Visual of Miniature Sensor Network for the Office

Miniature Sensor Network for the Office

"Have you seen my stapler? No, but just look it up on Google home office maps ." CSIRO Researchers have developed miniature sensors that track lab equipment, coffee mugs and …

Visual of Next Nature Movie #9 – The Terminal

Next Nature Movie #9 – The Terminal

Viktor Navorski is an Eastern European traveler – portrayed by Tom Hanks, who in the movie ‘Cast Away’ already played a man stranded on an uninhabited island – that finds himself …

Visual of The Buttons

The Buttons

Nowadays buttons are completely mundane and natural objects in our environment. You find them on phones, alarm clocks, keyboards, elevators, dishwashers and of course on the …

Visual of An Ecstatic Dialogue with Richard Doyle

An Ecstatic Dialogue with Richard Doyle

When techno–optimist and fellow at the Hybrid Reality Institute , Jason Silva, meets with Richard Doyle, author of Darwin's Pharmacy: Sex, Plants and the Evolution of the …

Visual of Augmented Cat beats Dog

Augmented Cat beats Dog

Supersmart cat beats pitt-bull with a little help of an electric vacuum cleaning robot.

Visual of Breeding QR codes

Breeding QR codes

You look at the great dane and wonder what information the QR codes on its pelt might contain. You point your smart phone camera at the dog and realize you’ve been hit by a …

Visual of Dead Drops

Dead Drops

Wikileaks gone physical? Aram Bartholl’s Dead Drops is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. USB flash drives are embedded into walls, …

Visual of Humanthesizer

Humanthesizer

The human body as an instrument is a cool example of how culture and nature are merging. Calvin Harris used a giant human synthesizer to perform his single. The material used is …

Visual of Is it a Plane? Is it a Bird?

Is it a Plane? Is it a Bird?

The zoomorphic designers of Festo , whom you might know from the robot penguins and a robotic elephant trunk , now managed to decipher the flight of birds. Their prototype is …

Visual of It's a plane!

It's a plane!

By nature, man is not meant to fly. But while we're at it, we may as well turn it into an experience . Charles Champion, Airbus Executive Vice President Engineering, envisions a …

Visual of Let the Algorithms Roam Free

Let the Algorithms Roam Free

In this TED talk, Kevin Slavin explains how computer algorithms are breaking free of their virtual habitats and changing the physical world to their liking. Through algorithms, …

Visual of Sympathy for the Device

Sympathy for the Device

Tweenbots are small robots that depend on the kindness of strangers. They are only able to move straight forward and do this constantly. Once they get stuck in a hole or at a …

Visual of Use and Abuse of Vegetational Concepts

Use and Abuse of Vegetational Concepts

Our proposal to study the financial system as an ecosystem is sometimes criticized as 'abuse of vegetational concepts'. Interestingly enough BBC documentary maker Adam Curtis now …

Visual of The Neighborhood's DNA

The Neighborhood's DNA

I've noticed DNA spray notices springing up around Amsterdam.  I assumed it was a fairly standard anti-theft device:  A crime is committed, a little nozzle is activated by the …

Visual of Trading Humans for Trading Algorithms

Trading Humans for Trading Algorithms

The economic system and profit motive has been a driving force that steers and even dictates social change. Investors and stockbrokers have been a major influence to these social …

Visual of Animals of the Future

Animals of the Future

Nearly every adult in the Western world owns a personalized pet, sometimes more than one . It is treated with great care, fed when necessary and fitted to the owner’s wishes and …

Visual of Internet Traffic is now 51% Non-Human

Internet Traffic is now 51% Non-Human

So you thought the Internet was made by and for people? Think again. A study by Incapsula , a provider of cloud-based security for web sites (mind you where this data comes from), …

Visual of Let the Robotic Farmers feed the World

Let the Robotic Farmers feed the World

The future of farming is not to be found in further mass-industrialization nor in the return to traditional farming with man and horse power, but rather in swarms of smart, cheap robotic farmers that patiently seed, tend and harvest fields one plant at a time without the need for damaging pesticides.

Visual of Macbook Pro Fragrance

Macbook Pro Fragrance

Nothing beats the factory-scent of expensive, freshly unboxed technology! Artist group Greatest Hits produced the Apple Unboxing Scent for use at an exhibition in Melbourne, where …

Visual of New Volvo Recognizes Shapes of Animals like Deer & Elk to Reduce Crash Impact.

New Volvo Recognizes Shapes of Animals like Deer & Elk to Reduce Crash Impact.

Volvo cars is testing a new safety system that automatically hits the brakes once an animal is detected in the vehicles vicinity. The Animal Detection System expands the range and …

Visual of Ronald van Tienhoven - Techno Animism

Ronald van Tienhoven - Techno Animism

Once upon a time animism ruled people's beliefs: both organisms and objects were imbued with a conscience. Artist Ronald van Tienhoven states that as technology closes the gap …

Visual of The future of Assisted Living

The future of Assisted Living

Arjen Born , a Dutch Photographer, envisions the future of assisted living through hilarious and moving photographs. Photography often reside in the realm of the nostalgic past, …

Visual of We want you to be Radically Open

We want you to be Radically Open

Can you do it? Do finish your lunch before clicking the link – or you might vaporise. The video was made by Jason Silva for the ongoing TEDGlobal 2012 which has Radical Openness …

Visual of Animals Mistaken For Spies

Animals Mistaken For Spies

Egyptian authorities detained a stork last week on suspicion of espionage.

Visual of Colorado Town votes on License to Hunt Drones

Colorado Town votes on License to Hunt Drones

Drones are the mosquitoes of the 21st century. A small town in Colorado will be voting on an ordinance for drone hunting licenses for shooting down the wild robotics.

Visual of Delivery Drones Are Coming

Delivery Drones Are Coming

Amazon announces they want to use drones to deliver your order within a half hour at any location you choose.

Visual of Drones Protect Rhinos in India

Drones Protect Rhinos in India

How to deter poachers? With unmanned aerial drones.

Visual of Drones Swarm While We Sleep

Drones Swarm While We Sleep

Mesmerizing drone ballet from Kmel Robotics and Lexus.

Visual of Empathy for the Device

Empathy for the Device

Kate Darling argues that society needs to update its ethical landscape to include thinking machines.

Visual of Implanted into Bacteria, Synthetic DNA Functions as a Diagnostic Computer

Implanted into Bacteria, Synthetic DNA Functions as a Diagnostic Computer

In the movie Fantastic Voyage, a submarine and its crew were shrunk and injected into the body of a sick man in an attempt to save his life. Despite the fictional nature of this …

Visual of Ingestible Microchips Monitor Medication

Ingestible Microchips Monitor Medication

Digestible Microchips are now approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

Visual of Loyal Lamps that Follow You Like Pets

Loyal Lamps that Follow You Like Pets

Two lights that behave like pets, acting and reacting like autonomous creatures.

Visual of Smart Sock Makes Your Feet Speak

Smart Sock Makes Your Feet Speak

A new wearable device provides runners with info on posture, rhythm and stride length.

Visual of Subjective Map of the Internet

Subjective Map of the Internet

Peculiar image of the week

Visual of The Drone Survival Guide

The Drone Survival Guide

For twenty-first century bird spotting.

Visual of The Six Epochs of Evolution

The Six Epochs of Evolution

Buckle up for a cinematic espresso show from Jason Silva on the various epochs of evolution.

Visual of Tykkään or En tykkää? Digital Voting Takes to the Streets

Tykkään or En tykkää? Digital Voting Takes to the Streets

Helsinki tested out a Facebook-like interface to get public opinion on a new construction project.

Visual of Use a Touchscreen Without Touching it

Use a Touchscreen Without Touching it

UltraHaptics is a system for creating haptic feedback in mid-air, offering new kind of interactions with our touchscreens.

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With "Stealth Wear", Hide from Unmanned Drones in Style

Tired your ugly duds? Sick of surveillance drones? Does Adam Harvey have the clothing for you!

Visual of A Conversation with Kevin Kelly

A Conversation with Kevin Kelly

Buckle up for a 1:11:28 interview with technology philosopher and founding editor of Wired Magazine, Kevin Kelly.

Visual of Anti-Drone Tent

Anti-Drone Tent

Anti Drone Tent is a small construction of emergency blankets that blocks infrared sensing, making it invisible to drones.

Visual of Faraday Tent

Faraday Tent

While in old nature people build shelters to protect themselves from natural forces like wind and rain, today one has to protect oneself from nextnatural forces.

Visual of Let the Drones take care of the Biosphere

Let the Drones take care of the Biosphere

Drones are typically thought of as flying spying robots, or even worse flying spying shooting robots. But could we also employ drones for good? The people of …

Visual of Pixel Space

Pixel Space

If the moon were only one pixel: a scale model of the solar system that shows how big our milky way actually is.

Visual of What’s the Point If We Can’t Have Fun?

What’s the Point If We Can’t Have Fun?

Since Darwin we tend to look at the biological world exclusively in economical terms. The idea that monkey's, frogs, or even ants do more than simply propagate, doesn't find much acceptance among scientists. And yet, even crayfishes at times seem to displace objects just for fun.

Visual of A Swarm of Micro Drones

A Swarm of Micro Drones

Agile micro drones able to act like a swarm.

Visual of Communicating with City Infrastructures

Communicating with City Infrastructures

A recent project, named GENESI, might make it possible for city infrastructures to communicate with us.

Visual of Speculative Sensing at WDCD 2015

Speculative Sensing at WDCD 2015

On may 21st, Next Nature Network art director Hendrik-Jan Grievink  will host a workshop around the idea of Speculative Sensing: exploring the potential of senses found in nature …

Visual of St. Pauli's Walls Pee Back On You

St. Pauli's Walls Pee Back On You

Tired of drunk people peeing everywhere on the street, people of St. Pauli, Hamburg decided to take a smart step to prevent it.

Visual of Panoramic View in Open Air Hotel

Panoramic View in Open Air Hotel

Open air hotel in Switzerland offers panoramic view.

Visual of Information Decoration: Our Environment as an Information Carrier

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 …

Visual of HappyLife

HappyLife

As our everyday living spaces are packed with electronics and become increasingly sentient, we might one day wake up in a house that knows more about your family's state than you …

Visual of Next Generation: Unleashing nature’s untapped potential with Amelie Unger

Next Generation: Unleashing nature’s untapped potential with Amelie Unger

This story is part of Next Generation , a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Your work here? Get in touch and plot your coordinates as we …

Visual of Wifi Camera

Wifi Camera

Wifi Camera Obscura reveals the electromagnetic space of our devices and the shadows that we create within such spaces, in particular our wifi networks which are increasingly …

Visual of Incognito

Incognito

Incognito is a new skin cream line that let's you be unrecognizable for the CCTV cameras on the streets and public spaces like banks, city halls ATM's etc. …

Visual of Light weeds

Light weeds

Lightweeds is a project by Simon Heijdens and currently exhibited at the MoMA - part of the Design and the Elastic Mind exhibition . The organisms - plants, weeds, trees - exist …

Visual of Effects of citrus smell and mosquito noise

Effects of citrus smell and mosquito noise

Recently, two new inventions have been developed. One, the mosquito-buzzer produces a 5 or 6 KHz buzz, which is (or should be) only audible for people under 25 years old. A …

Visual of The Playboy Interview

The Playboy Interview

In 1961, the name of Marshall McLuhan was unknown to everyone but his English students at the University of Toronto – and a coterie of academic admirers who followed his abstruse …

Visual of Visualizing Wifi Landscapes

Visualizing Wifi Landscapes

This project explores the invisible terrain of WiFi networks in urban spaces by light painting signal strength in long-exposure photographs. A four-metre long measuring rod with …

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"Smart Highways" to Power Streetlights and Electric Cars

Roads are a ubiquitous, even defining aspect of our urban and suburban spaces. In the United States alone, parking lots and roads cover 16,000 square kilometers. So why must roads …

Visual of The Ecological Human

The Ecological Human

The nature of humanity in the twenty-first century is, according to sociologist Steve Fuller, a ‘bipolar disorder’ beset with dualisms of identification such as divine/animal, …

Visual of How future fashion could help us cope with isolation

How future fashion could help us cope with isolation

Today we cannot meet, touch or hug our loved ones. And while we all like the feeling of the touch of another human being, physical contact does not just feel nice, it is crucial …

Visual of Welcome to New Evoluon

Welcome to New Evoluon

Today our human impact on Earth is humongous. Climate change, plastic oceans, mass urbanization and deforestation. Scientist recently calculated the technosphere now outweighs the …

Visual of Exploring Next Nature (2004)

Exploring Next Nature (2004)

The first essay ever written on Next Nature, published in Next Nature Pocket and in Entry Paradise, New Design Worlds . ( download pdf ) (German version: Erkundungen im Nächste …

Visual of Ambient bathtub

Ambient bathtub

I am sorry I couldn't be there— I had an important meeting with my bathtub that could not be rescheduled. This bathtub with an internal multicolour LED light fitting, creating a …

Visual of All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace

by Richard Brautigan (1968) I like to think (and the sooner the better!) of a cybernetic meadow where mammels and computers live together in mutually programming harmony like pure …

Visual of Anybody else hear that ringing?

Anybody else hear that ringing?

An actress in Atlanta, has tried to answer her phone to the thrrrrup, thrrrrup, thrrrrup of a truck bouncing down a pothole-pocked street. Others say they thought they heard …

Visual of Bird radio

Bird radio

Instruction for the Birds: Land on perch->trigger sound file->observe human response-->behave accordingly. Instructions for People: Listen, you'll be able to understand. The sound …

Visual of Crowd counter

Crowd counter

Crowd counter is a piece of software able to track moving features within a video clip. It works on the assumption that points that move together are most likely part of the same …

Visual of Datafountain: Money translated to water

Datafountain: Money translated to water

"In the morning paper, I can read the weather report as well as the stock quotes. But when I look out of my window I only get a weather update and no stock exchange info. Could …

Visual of Dreamkeeper

Dreamkeeper

Skin conductivity sensors are used to deduce the emotional state of the sleeper. This information is brought to 3-D studio where a script is used to transform this into physical …

Visual of Entry 2006 closing weekend

Entry 2006 closing weekend

This weekend is the last change to visit the Entry 2006 exhibition in the coalwashe building, Zollverein. Over 300 exhibits from more than 20 countries are on display. Next nature …

Visual of Entry 2006 exhibition opened

Entry 2006 exhibition opened

Today the Entry 2006 exhibition opened in the coalwashe building, Zollverein. For 100 days 'perspectives and visions in design' with over 300 exhibits from more than 20 countries …

Visual of Entryparadise

Entryparadise

Written by Werner Lippert & Peter Wippermann, Curators of the Entryparadise exhibition (26/8 until 3/12, 2006, at Kohlenwäsche, Zollverein) Design is about to undergo a …

Visual of Erkundungen im Nächste Natur (D)

Erkundungen im Nächste Natur (D)

Die Natur verändert sich mit uns (English version: Exploring Next Nature ) by Koert van Mensvoort , published in Entry Paradise, Neue Welten des Designs, Gerhard Seltman, Werner …

Visual of Excitement Clothing

Excitement Clothing

The body suit pictured above has LEDs that illuminate according to the wearer's state of excitement. Skin signals are measured and change light emission through biometric sensing …

Visual of First Second Life Millionaire announced

First Second Life Millionaire announced

Anshe Chung is an avatar, or onscreen graphic character, created by a Chinese-born language teacher living near Frankfurt, Germany has proclaimed herself the first second life …

Visual of GPS Drawing - Global Positioning System

GPS Drawing - Global Positioning System

GPS drawings over land , on water , and in the air were created to investigate principles and techniques of geodesic drawing. The maps were made to measure travels and tracks and …

Visual of Harvesting traffic information through GSM's

Harvesting traffic information through GSM's

TomTom and Vodaphone want to use mobile phone signals sent from traffic jams to gather real-time travel information. The data will be used for TomTom users to establish if roads …

Visual of Hypernose

Hypernose

Hypernose is a short movie made by students of the HKU/KMT. Klick to view it here Found at Lucky Coin Films

Visual of Keyboard beam

Keyboard beam

Thanks to this device our pda's may become even smaller. Also piano's and dance clubs are made redundant. All you need is a charged battery. virtualdevices.net

Visual of Instant privacy

Instant privacy

Please leave me alone, I'm writing a message.

Visual of WiFi-enabled Ambient Rabbit

WiFi-enabled Ambient Rabbit

There may even come a moment that our connection with an industrially manufactured coke bottle may be richer and more mythical that our relation with a genetically analysed and …

Visual of Online Oxygen

Online Oxygen

600 million people worldwide are beginning to see online access as an absolute necessity. From airports to living rooms to roof gardens to classrooms to city parks, People want …

Visual of Pig City

Pig City

The Netherlands produces some 16.5 million tons of pig meat each year, making it the European Union's leading exporter. In 1999 there were officially 15.2 million pigs in the …

Visual of 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 …

Visual of Power Aware Cord

Power Aware Cord

The Power Aware Cord transports electrical power while simultaneously visualizing energy usage. Electrical transfer is represented through glowing pulses, flow, and intensity of …

Visual of Projecting wildlife

Projecting wildlife

Carolina Sobecka released her tiger into the night, projected by a moving car. The animal's movements are programmed to correspond to the speed of the car. As the car moves, the …

Visual of Pushing the Desktop Metaphor

Pushing the Desktop Metaphor

Despite the metaphor, current virtual desktops (a) have little resemblance to the look or feel of real world desktops (b). Bumptop explores making virtual desktops behave in a …

Visual of Release - messages from the deceased

Release - messages from the deceased

'Release' is a product that terminal patients can use to leave audio messages for their relatives, for after their death. People living with the notion that they will soon die …

Visual of Sababa

Sababa

The Sababa is the first real time lava visualiser kit of global city flows. It takes the lava lamp one step further by reconstructing it according to the language of the current …

Visual of shadow-creatures and digi-ants

shadow-creatures and digi-ants

New creatures arise through interactive media. Shadowmonsters found here Digitally generated ants found here

Visual of Social Robots

Social Robots

Smile! We are your friends. Robots will play an important role in our future society. We need to ensure that robots are socially compatible with us in order for society to accept …

Visual of The Living Tower

The Living Tower

According to Environmental Health Science Department of Columbia University, nearly 80% of the earth's population will, in the year 2050, reside in urban centers. At present, …

Visual of They are made out of meat

They are made out of meat

A short story by Terry Bisson. For those who prefer video to literature, there's also this seven-minute film adaptation . "They're made out of meat." "Meat?" "Meat. They're made …

Visual of Universal Connections - USB fetish

Universal Connections - USB fetish

USB was originally only used by computer experts and nerds. Nowadays USB (universal serial bus) has developed into an every-day item and symbol for connecting the digital with the …

Visual of Walls with Ears

Walls with Ears

A traditional textile heritage is celebrated with flocked wallpaper that comes to life as it reacts to ambient noise levels. The louder the space the brighter the wallpaper glows. …

Visual of Typing With Water

Typing With Water

A technique developed by the German Claus Winterfor an installation artist makes whatever word you type into a computer visible by a "water-curtain". The video shows the World …

Visual of Weather forecasting umbrella

Weather forecasting umbrella

An umbrella that provides information about the likelihood of rain so that users can make a simple, informed decision about whether to take the umbrella with them as they leave …

Visual of Wind Shaped Pavillion

Wind Shaped Pavillion

The Wind Shaped Pavilion is a design proposal for a large fabric structure that can be used as a public or private pavilion. As a lightweight fabric structure, the wind slowly and …

Visual of Anti-Protection Vest

Anti-Protection 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 …

Visual of Augmented Christmas

Augmented Christmas

The AR+RFID Lab at KABK (Royal Academy of Art, The Netherlands) sends this marker card, wishing an Augmented Christmas. Funny they need a real tree for hanging those markers... …

Visual of Augmented Cognition

Augmented Cognition

The Augmented Cognition System will help the brain adapt to data on computer-screens. If there's too much/little data, it will decrease/increase the information for you. If the …

Visual of Biomapping

Biomapping

Bio Mapping is a research project which explores new ways that we as individuals can make use of the information we can gather about our own bodies. The project envisages new …

Visual of Brain biometric key

Brain biometric key

Using electrodes positioned around a person's scalp, scientists from the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas in Greece are developping a method for electronic identification …

Visual of Cell Phone Disco

Cell Phone Disco

Electromagnetic radiation of active mobile phone sets off the LEDs in relative proximity. Light shadow follows the conversation through the space. …

Visual of Edible RFID tags

Edible RFID tags

Inventors keep coming up with new ways to exploit RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tags. Now Kodak wants to use them to probe a person's digestive system. RFID tags are tiny …

Visual of Eyebox

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 is …

Visual of First A4 colour e-paper unfurled

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 …

Visual of Funky Forest

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 …

Visual of Grass Wheel

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 green space. A group of …

Visual of Ibar

Ibar

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Visual of Ladybug cleans the Toilet

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 …

Visual of Philips Wake Up Light - Sunrise Alarm Clock

Philips Wake Up Light - Sunrise Alarm Clock

Philips hits the shops with a product that aims to naturalize alarm clocks. The annoying buzzing machines were once invented to cultivate our day/night rhythms, formerly connected …

Visual of Pixel shirt

Pixel shirt

The Ironic Sans blog brings you Pre-Pixelated clothing! Stop worrying about whether or not the producer of that Reality TV show you're on will pixelate your carefully chosen …

Visual of Separating streets and words

Separating streets and words

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!

Visual of TeleBombing

TeleBombing

The MQ-9 Reaper is loaded, but there's no one on board. Its pilot, as it bombs targets in Iraq and Afghanistan, will sit at a video console 7,000 miles away in Nevada. Although …

Visual of Temporary printing machine

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 …

Visual of The Desktop Factory - Do It Yourself

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 …

Visual of Video dress

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 …

Visual of RFID implant opens doors

RFID implant opens doors

Amal has two RFID implants, one in each hand. His left hand contains a 3mm by 13mm EM4102 glass RFID tag that was implanted by a cosmetic surgeon. His right hand contains a 2mm by …

Visual of Ambient Umbrella

Ambient Umbrella

The Ambient Umbrella shows when rain or snow is in the forecast by illuminating its handle. Light patterns intuitively indicate rain, drizzle, snow, or thunderstorms. Local …

Visual of Augmented Reality Girlfriend

Augmented Reality Girlfriend

Using the special cube, stick, and web camera, ARis will appear and move around in the monitor of your PC. When you touch her by the AR Stick, she shows various reactions. You can …

Visual of Blendie - the voice controlled blender

Blendie - the voice controlled blender

Blendie is an voice controlled blender with a mind of its own. Materials are a 1950’s Osterizer blender altered with custom made hardware and software for sound analysis and motor …

Visual of Playing with Dry Water

Playing with Dry Water

The Waterboard is an interactive installation by Mike Burton giving the user a chance to play with water without getting wet. By drawing lines on the whiteboard, the water will …

Visual of Grasscutter Architects

Grasscutter Architects

Ten tons of cement were pourred into this grasscutters ant colony, revealing a subterranean structure of 8 meters / 26 feet deep. 'Ant-City' was built including circulating …

Visual of Growing Rooms, Buildings & Cities

Growing Rooms, Buildings & Cities

With their project 'Rules of Six' architects Aranda & Lasch envision an unpredictable, self-generating landscape of interlocking hexagons that could represent rooms, buildings …

Visual of Luxalive - The emotionally aware lamp

Luxalive - The emotionally aware lamp

So you thought that animated Pixar Lamp from the movies was just a fantasy? Not anymore. Luxalive is a prototype of an reading lamp that moves according to the character of its …

Visual of A robot that controls your remote controls

A robot that controls your remote controls

Confused with the pile of remote controls in your house? Now here is an idea: get a robot to control them. Researchers at Toshiba have developed a talking robot, named ApriPoko, …

Visual of Saturn (Directors Cut)

Saturn (Directors Cut)

The struggle between the born and the made is being fought out in a wardrobe on Saturn. By: 1stavemachine.com | Related: Sixties Last

Visual of Smart Forests - EWAN

Smart Forests - EWAN

At Massachusetts Institute of Technology , Christopher Love and colleagues are working to find out whether energy from trees can be used to prevent forest fires. A sensor system …

Visual of Speaking at the Wall

Speaking at the Wall

I used to hear voices in my head, but now they seem to be coming from the walls – am I back in to the womb? No wait.. it's a wall that reacts to the spectators voice (quicktime) . …

Visual of The Blogging Houseplant

The Blogging Houseplant

Meet midori-san ,  the first blogging houseplant! Through sensors connected to the leaves of this Sweetheart Hoya reads bioelectric currents through the plant, this gives …

Visual of The Order Electrus

The Order Electrus

"Nature adapts, even to human actions that seem to destroy everything. The amazing power of evolution has given birth to a new species of insect. Their ideal habitats are old …

Visual of Wallpaper Blooms When the Heat is On

Wallpaper Blooms When the Heat is On

Now this is a spot on example of  information decoration : a heat–sensitive wallpaper of which the printed flowers will be blooming when the radiator is on. Created by Shiyuan .

Visual of A Future Love Story

A Future Love Story

By MARCEL VAN DER DRIFT. Ten years from now, a cell phone gently sinks to the bottom of the river. It's one of the latest models. The clever design, trendy colours and nifty …

Visual of Agenda Wallpaper

Agenda Wallpaper

Using thermochromatic ink, which changes color when the temperature exceeds a specific degree, designer Josien Pieters created a prototype of a dynamic wallpaper that …

Visual of Anthropomorphic 3d webcam

Anthropomorphic 3d webcam

This new 3D webcam with two cameras spaced approximately as far apart as human eyes is our anthropomorphic object of the week. Can you feel it, watching you? The little brother …

Visual of Beaming Up Business

Beaming Up Business

This report on spooky showhost holograms appearing on national TV might be a bit of old news..., but I guess still worth posting. The word "hologram" CNN uses in this Youtube, is …

Visual of Behavioral Urbanism

Behavioral Urbanism

Its title might be self-explanatory and it sure looks intriguing... however kokkugia fails to give a thorough description for this architectual piece. Classified as 'peculiar …

Visual of Brainwave Binoculars

Brainwave Binoculars

The eye passes on more information to the brain than the brain will process. In that sense, the brain functions as a filter. But on the battlefield the risk of neglecting …

Visual of Google Everything

Google Everything

Filippo Minelli envisions Google total world domination in his very own stickery manner. See also: Google tracks flue via sick searchers , Google 2084 , Google DNA , Google …

Visual of GPS influence on street signage?

GPS influence on street signage?

In the future, every street will be a Nokia street? Perhaps not, however we may expect some changes in street signage due to the arrival of mobile & gps technology. Once …

Visual of Project Natal: You are the Cursor

Project Natal: You are the Cursor

Today browsing and gaming is dominated by the shortcomings of machines, for machines simply do not know who is on the other end. Man needs to interact; therefore man needs to …

Visual of Running on non-newtonian fluid

Running on non-newtonian fluid

These dudes from the Spanish TV show El-Hormiguero mixed cornstarch and water made on a concrete mixer truck, effectively creating a pool of non-newtonian fluid – which is almost …

Visual of Sunflowers – electric gardening

Sunflowers – electric gardening

A retail lot in Austin, Texas recently sprouted a field of solar photovoltaic sunflowers that soak up the sun’s rays to provide shade while generating a steady stream of …

Visual of Tweets go Bubble

Tweets go Bubble

Minsh is an underwater 3D navigable world where each fish represents a Twitter user. The concept behind this world is that the social behaviour of fish will represent what people …

Visual of Water Shows When the Heat is On

Water Shows When the Heat is On

Designer Carlijn Compen upgraded her watertap with some LED's that shift color along with the heat of the water. A simple yet effective example of information decoration that will …

Visual of Wifi Dowsing Rod

Wifi Dowsing Rod

Today's technology advances so rapidly that people are often unable to update their media schemas in time and as a result are left cluelessly in awe of it all. Mike Thompson's …

Visual of Adaptive Bloom

Adaptive Bloom

This interactive installation came out of the Postgraduate Certificate Course in Advanced Architectural Research of the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. Graduate Justin …

Visual of Constellation

Constellation

No this is not some stellar system far away. What is it then? Lets make another picture, this time with the flashlight on... ...and we learn the small universe is comprised by LED …

Visual of ISEA 2010: Artists addressing NextNature

ISEA 2010: Artists addressing NextNature

At ISEA 2010 , the International Symposium on Electronic Arts, media artists and media researchers from all over the world present their work in Dortmund (Germany). This year, …

Visual of Monitoring your computer's activity like a frog pond

Monitoring your computer's activity like a frog pond

Multi-touch designer and developer Richard Monson-Haefel considers sound as an important part of our user interfaces. As an application of " Calm Technology " which revolves …

Visual of Next Nature Movie #6: The Matrix

Next Nature Movie #6: The Matrix

In the last few decades there have been numerous films that take the struggle between mankind and its increasingly intelligent and autonomous technology as a leitmotif. Ranging …

Visual of Self Catching Fish

Self Catching Fish

Researchers at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Wood's Hole, Massachusetts, are testing a plan to train fish to catch themselves by using a sound broadcast to attract them into …

Visual of Squamata headset dances with the Music

Squamata headset dances with the Music

Inspired by body language of animals (in particular squamates and porcupines), designer Jop Japenga created a headphone with an adaptive skin that responds to the music played on …

Visual of Catalytic Clothing

Catalytic Clothing

Catalytic Clothing is a fashionably calm technology that aims to tackle air pollution by embedding a substance in the clothing that purifies air when you wear it. The purifying …

Visual of Did Nature Cease to Exist in the '60s?

Did Nature Cease to Exist in the '60s?

Our historical snippet of the moment is a Canadian television fragment from 1968 featuring a debate between Norman Mailer and Marshall McLuhan on the implications of media …

Visual of Disgusting Switches

Disgusting Switches

If a light switch would be hairy or snotty nobody would want to turn on the light anymore, which is exactly why designer Katrin Baumgarten created some of the most one nauseating …

Visual of Feel-o-Meter Feels for a Whole City

Feel-o-Meter Feels for a Whole City

In cities across Germany, Big Brother looks like a smiley face. The Fühlometer, a piece by Julius von Bismarck, Benjamin Maus, and Richard Wilhelmer, uses security cameras and …

Visual of Fly Paper Clock

Fly Paper Clock

Bionic horror by designers James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau , who have created a clock that traps insects on flypaper before depositing them into a vat of bacteria. The resulting …

Visual of Humane Technology #4: Resonate with human senses

Humane Technology #4: Resonate with human senses

Principle number four: Humane technology should resonate with the human senses, rather than numbing them. If you're an office worker or a video game fanatic , you may spend most …

Visual of Hungry Birds

Hungry Birds

A while ago I wrote a post about birds which tried to adapt to the city by singing louder and in different tones than before. Now it seems the birds have taken this adaptation to …

Visual of Information Decoration Scarf

Information Decoration Scarf

Remember the Information Decoration essay which argued our so-called information society barely employs our human bandwidth, as most of the data in our lives is presented in …

Visual of Kinetic architecture

Kinetic architecture

Architecture has now come to a stage where the technical possibilities seem limitless. Buildings become more fluent, dynamic and organic. Examples can be found in most buildings …

Visual of Morphing Cutlery

Morphing Cutlery

Imagine a world where the shapes of all objects around you would be able to change on the fly. Envision a future where nanotechnology and morphing become ubiquitous and blend in …

Visual of The Roots of Plant Intelligence

The Roots of Plant Intelligence

Plants behave in some oddly intelligent ways: fighting predators, maximizing food opportunities ... But can we think of them as actually having a form of intelligence of their …

Visual of The Sound of the Blue Canary

The Sound of the Blue Canary

Blue is a beautiful color, but its sound is simply irresistible. It is the song of the unhappy and the depressed. It is a sound that touches people. It was also the sound of a …

Visual of Theriomorphous Cyborg

Theriomorphous Cyborg

The Animal Architecture Awards have just announced the winners of their 2011 contest. Taking first place is Simone Ferracina's Theriomorphous Cyborg , a (speculative) augmented …

Visual of Tokyo Nightscape – Before and After

Tokyo Nightscape – Before and After

By fading between scenes of pre- and post-quake Tokyo, this time-lapse video shows how Tokyo's nightscape has been affected by ongoing conservation efforts and power shortages. …

Visual of Braille 2.0

Braille 2.0

Text for blind people using the Braille alphabet has been around for some time. But instead of making separate books for the visually impaired, why not change the way we all read? …

Visual of Mul & De Mul – God's Browser

Mul & De Mul – God's Browser

Philosopher and professor Jos de Mu l and media artist Geert Mul set out to visualize the Gods Browser in a unique art-science collaboration. The result is a conceptual poem of …

Visual of Robot Fridge Forces You to Smile for Food

Robot Fridge Forces You to Smile for Food

Feeling grumpy and hungry? Unfortunately, the University of Tokyo's Happiness Counter refrigerator won't open up until you give it a big smile. The concept is based on the fact …

Visual of That Website Smells!

That Website Smells!

Do you ever miss being able to smell the woods in an online travel journal? The odor of a new leather jacket in an online shop? Or perhaps you just couldn’t find the words in an …

Visual of Will a Cockroach Save Your Life?

Will a Cockroach Save Your Life?

Often cockroaches aren’t people's best friends, but maybe in a few years you will be relieved when you see a cockroach. Researchers of the North Carolina State University …

Visual of Bye Bye Barbed Wire: Cow-Mounted GPS Will Enable

Bye Bye Barbed Wire: Cow-Mounted GPS Will Enable "Virtual Fencing"

A device that remotely controls cattle's movements promises to transform the American landscape.

Visual of CAMOVER: Destroy All CCTV Cameras!

CAMOVER: Destroy All CCTV Cameras!

Earn points in an online game by destroying real-life CCTVs.

Visual of Clothes that Turn Heat into Electricity

Clothes that Turn Heat into Electricity

With rising energy costs and our growing arsenal of iPads, smart phones, and wearable monitors, we're always on the lookout for new ways to power our devices.  Perpetua Power , an …

Visual of Control Your Mobile Phone or Tablet Directly from Your Brain

Control Your Mobile Phone or Tablet Directly from Your Brain

Samsung is working on a brain interface that lets you go truly hands-free with your phone.

Visual of Google's Shoes Talk to Runners

Google's Shoes Talk to Runners

Need a personal trainer? Google's new sneakers fulfill the role of a human coach.

Visual of Offshore Wind Farms Generate Their Own Microclimates

Offshore Wind Farms Generate Their Own Microclimates

As we strive to milk all available energy from nature, we not only harvest but alter our surroundings in the process. By mixing the warm sea air with cooler air above, offshore …

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"Responsive Typography" Tracks Your Location to Automatically Resize Text

A new website changes the text's font size depending on your distance from the computer.

Visual of The Talking Window: a New Audio Medium

The Talking Window: a New Audio Medium

Advertisers have figured how how to induce auditory hallucinations into your morning commute.

Visual of Visualizing Drone Attacks

Visualizing Drone Attacks

The visualization of every known drone attack in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Visual of What Ant Colony Networks Can Tell Us About What’s Next for Digital Networks

What Ant Colony Networks Can Tell Us About What’s Next for Digital Networks

Ever notice how ant colonies so successfully explore and exploit resources in the world … to find food at 4th of July picnics, for example? You may find it annoying. But as an …

Visual of High Frequency Trading Visualized

High Frequency Trading Visualized

Our peculiar image of the week is titled "High Frequency Captured on the Surface of Augmented Objects" by Ryota Matsumoto , Mixed Media 140718 110cmx85cm.

Visual of Robot Swarm that can form any Shape

Robot Swarm that can form any Shape

Maybe in the future swarms of robots could help cleaning oil spills, provide immediate emergency help at a disaster or guide millions of self driving cars.

Visual of Styles for Anti-Face Detection

Styles for Anti-Face Detection

The desire to avoid face recognition algorithms could bring us a whole new set of make up styles,

Visual of Technosphere Monitors the Biosphere

Technosphere Monitors the Biosphere

The rise and fall of the Earths forests can now be tracked 'real time' through a new mapping tool called Global Forest Watch.

Visual of Ambient City

Ambient City

How cities will function when there are more robots than people working in factories, everything is intelligently interlinked, autos drive autonomously and drones deliver the mail?

Visual of Over 300 Sharks are Now on Twitter

Over 300 Sharks are Now on Twitter

Recently 338 sharks in Western Australia subscribed to the microblogging service. They are now tweeting out where they are.

Visual of Building a City on Mars by 2117

Building a City on Mars by 2117

The United Arab Emirates released plans to build a city on Mars.

Visual of The Institute of Digital Fashion explore what's next in the industry

The Institute of Digital Fashion explore what's next in the industry

Trading animal skins for pixels, our digital selves call for a digital wardrobe. The Institute of Digital Fashion , led by CommuneEast founder Leanne Elliott Young and Digi-Gxl …

Visual of Living Among Pests – Designing the Biosynthetic City

Living Among Pests – Designing the Biosynthetic City

Joyce Hwang discusses the challenges for designers, and gains for citizens, of living in a truly biosynthetic city.

Visual of Browsing the Map of Space Ship Earth

Browsing the Map of Space Ship Earth

Besides finding their way, people look at to transport them to another place, or in this case, another perspective on planet Earth.

Visual of Interview: Leanne Wijnsma, Designer for the Instinct Who Uses Smell as Medium

Interview: Leanne Wijnsma, Designer for the Instinct Who Uses Smell as Medium

Dutch experience designer Leanne Wijnsma designs for the human instinct and puts the sense of smell back to where it belongs, as modern hazards have shifted to the digital realm.

Visual of Next Generation: Building Aquatecture with Shaakira Jassat

Next Generation: Building Aquatecture with Shaakira Jassat

This story is part of  Next Generation , a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Your work here?  Get in touch  and plot your …

Visual of How to design a digital democracy

How to design a digital democracy

10 design requirements to fully immerse ourselves into the 21st Century—in which technology makes our world richer, not poorer.

Visual of Map of Online Communities

Map of Online Communities

Just in case you hadn't seen this one . Informational spaces define physical spaces, rather than the other way around. The map is the territory? Let's just hope the territory can …

Visual of Simulacra and Simulations

Simulacra and Simulations

The simulacrum is never that which conceals the truth--it is the truth which conceals that there is none. The simulacrum is true. -Ecclesiastes If we were able to take as the …

Visual of MANKO & Vacuum [#2]

MANKO & Vacuum [#2]

I should tell you the story of how Manko lost a leg. You need to know about this incident to understand his recent works. So please forgive me, I first have to go back to that …

Visual of Manko & Time [#13, The End]

Manko & Time [#13, The End]

Many things have been rumored about the artist called Manko since he vanished about a year ago. Some even went so far as to claim he had died. So it was all over the news when …

Visual of Bacteria

Bacteria "R" Us

There is a domain of creatures that diffusively encircles an entire planet. There are so many of them that they occupy every conceivable ecological niche. Yet, despite their …

Visual of Lions Relocate to the Suburbs

Lions Relocate to the Suburbs

As cities push to the edges of the wilderness, wild animals are increasingly com

Visual of Anthropo-scene #4: Longing for Nature

Anthropo-scene #4: Longing for Nature

What one ugly overpass in Berlin reveals about our attitudes towards nature.

Visual of Graffiti Drones

Graffiti Drones

Last month graffiti artist Katsu presented his graffiti drone called the ‘’spray copter’’.

Visual of Anthropo-scene #8: Anthropocene Rabbit

Anthropo-scene #8: Anthropocene Rabbit

With cities covering growing area of land, we humans and our spaces build the new wilderness for animals and plants.

Visual of Interview: Liam Young on Speculative Architecture and Engineering the Future

Interview: Liam Young on Speculative Architecture and Engineering the Future

Interview with Liam Young on his work in speculative architecture, the future, and our role in nature as humans.

Visual of If a Robot Buys XTC on the Dark Web, Who is Responsible?

If a Robot Buys XTC on the Dark Web, Who is Responsible?

The Random Darknet Shopper, with bitcoin to burn, has purchased counterfeit jeans, master keys, dodgy cigs and even a bag of ecstasy tablets. Who is legally liable?

Visual of Cats Take Over London Underground

Cats Take Over London Underground

Last week nearly 70 portraits of cats replaced all advertisements at the Clapham Common tube station in London.

Visual of Evolution Will Change the Way We Sleep

Evolution Will Change the Way We Sleep

A group of researchers is working to optimize the way we sleep, increasing our relaxation, and therefore reducing the time devoted to our naps.

Visual of Designer Govert Flint applies motion to everyday life

Designer Govert Flint applies motion to everyday life

Interview with Govert Flint, designer, architect and self-taught artist.

Visual of We Love Cities, so Do Wild Animals

We Love Cities, so Do Wild Animals

How wild animals and cities are adapting to each other.

Visual of Madrid's Future Is Greener than Ever

Madrid's Future Is Greener than Ever

Madrid's new plans to fight rising temperatures and high pollution rates investing on green urban areas.

Visual of AI Draws New Worlds from Its Artificial Memory

AI Draws New Worlds from Its Artificial Memory

An AI draws streets and spaces stitching together its artificial memories of real places.

Visual of Meet Emma: Your colleague of the future comes with a warning

Meet Emma: Your colleague of the future comes with a warning

Emma is in poor health. She has painful varicose veins, stress-related eczema, puffy skin, a grey complexion, red eyes and a hunch-back. She is an imagined office worker of the …

Visual of Fake-for-Real: Octopus Lips

Fake-for-Real: Octopus Lips

A recent lip filler trend blew up on social media. 'Devil lips' , or Octopus lips, have attracted divided opinion online. When the body modification hit Instagram, some spectators …

Visual of Have you thought about your social media death?

Have you thought about your social media death?

Recently, Twitter announced it would be clearing all inactive accounts in an effort to free up dormant usernames and prevent the risk of old accounts being hacked. The new policy …

Visual of Why screen games are still 'real' play

Why screen games are still 'real' play

Play is a core part of a healthy childhood , through which children develop social, communication, cognitive and physical skills. Children’s play adapts to its circumstances. …

Visual of How ‘cyborg soil’ reveals the secret microbial metropolis beneath our feet

How ‘cyborg soil’ reveals the secret microbial metropolis beneath our feet

Dig a teaspoon into your nearest clump of soil, and what you’ll emerge with will contain more microorganisms than there are people on Earth. We know this from lab studies that …

Visual of Next Nature Evoluon- plans honored with Region Deal

Next Nature Evoluon- plans honored with Region Deal

Good day astronauts of spaceship Earth! Today it was announced that Next Nature's plans for the Evoluon have been awarded a financial contribution of €7.6 million from the Region …

Visual of Next Generation: Exploring non-binary futures with Lena Kuzmich

Next Generation: Exploring non-binary futures with Lena Kuzmich

This story is part of  Next Generation , a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Your work here?  Get in touch  and plot your …

Visual of Why urban gardens are crucial for conserving bees and butterflies

Why urban gardens are crucial for conserving bees and butterflies

As humans have industrialised farming to feed a growing global population, pollinators – animals vital for plant reproduction – have seen their food supply decline. In the UK, …

Visual of Furniture Futures

Furniture Futures

Wondering how next natural furniture may change your way of life? Will we feed our lamps? Grow chairs? Talk with our tables?

Visual of Interruptions

Interruptions

Every ecology needs balance. So that's also true for the ecology of the office. The office is a ecology that is highly regulated: temperature, light, humidity, distance to other …

Visual of Google Mapping in Physical Space

Google Mapping in Physical Space

Aram Bartholl's Map project converts Google map markers into physical objects that can be moved around public spaces. The size of the rebuilt red Marker in reality corresponds to …

Visual of Bio inspired Architecture

Bio inspired Architecture

This cell-shaped building for the institute for Nanobiomedical Technology & Membrane Biology in Chengdu, China, is an unusual croos-disciplinary collaboration between MIT …

Visual of Crop Circles

Crop Circles

In the UK farmers recall simple circles appearing on their land for generations. The British media first reported on the circles in the early 1980s. By 1990 crop circles had …

Visual of Espace Pur

Espace Pur

Espace Pur by Marc Hottinger & Lucien Iseli (MID-ECAL) is an air ionizer that uses dust as pixels and that displays patterns thanks to it, in a very slow motion way. It cleans …

Visual of Spatial planning - Learning from Second Life

Spatial planning - Learning from Second Life

Written by Joop de Boer from Studio Golfstromen - strategy, planning and design on the city. In the virtual world 'Second Life' everything is possible. That's most obvious in the …

Visual of The 21th Century Paradigm

The 21th Century Paradigm

The history of art through the ages reveals a constancy that, by conscious or unconscious applications, provides us with an omnipresent correlation dealing with the …

Visual of The Watercube

The Watercube

Conceptually the square box and the interior spaces are carved out of an undefined cluster of foam bubbles, symbolizing a condition of nature that is transformed into a condition …

Visual of Fake-Space Race

Fake-Space Race

Some weeks ago we pondered over the oddity of a space race in cyberspace . Rockets and jet-packs –so cool in the previous century– don't make sense in a virtual environment. The …

Visual of Faustian Bargains and Pineapple Shampoo

Faustian Bargains and Pineapple Shampoo

Since the early days of the net, the electronic pastoral has lent itself to all sorts of dubious agendas pushed by science, the military and even libertarian tendencies. In the …

Visual of Second Skin Trailer

Second Skin Trailer

Second Skin takes an intimate look at computer gamers whose lives have been transformed by the emerging genre of Massively Multiplayer Online games (MMOs). World of Warcraft, …

Visual of Brain Needs 'Nature'

Brain Needs 'Nature'

Scientists have begun to examine how the city affects the brain, and the results are chastening. Just being in an urban environment, they have found, impairs our basic mental …

Visual of Colalife

Colalife

Coca-Cola© succeeds in what most NGO's try to achieve: getting the goods to the poor in the 3rd world   Africa. For most people there, a Coke is easier to get and cheaper than a …

Visual of How do Bacteria Communicate?

How do Bacteria Communicate?

So here we are; bragging about our discoveries and great new ways of living... meanwhile we tend to forget that we are NOT the dominant species on the surface of the earth. …

Visual of Join the Synthetic Aesthetics project

Join the Synthetic Aesthetics project

So, you are aware biotech will drive our evolution , you took the crash course on synthetic genomics , you've got your map of the DNA world in your backpack and are now eager to …

Visual of Razorius Gilletus – On the Origin of a Next Species

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 …

Visual of When Dreams become a Commodity

When Dreams become a Commodity

As neuroscience progresses, we gain access to previously inaccessible and unexplored areas of the human mind. Consequentially the intricate processes in our brain are cultivated …

Visual of A New Take on the Tree

A New Take on the Tree

Many people will have heard of the infamous swastika made up of larches that  revealed itself every autumn in a forest outside Berlin . The trees, which turned yellow at the end …

Visual of Anthropomorphobia

Anthropomorphobia

Are you familiar with the affliction? Anthropomorphobia is the fear of recognizing human characteristics in non-human objects. The term is a hybrid of two Greek-derived words: …

Visual of Back to the Tribe

Back to the Tribe

Traditionally, technology is seen as a force that diminishes our instincts and puts us at a distance of nature. Increasingly however, we realize technology can also energize and …

Visual of Video Game Logic Wins This Round

Video Game Logic Wins This Round

Adapting video games to real life has become a fairly common, jokey way of exploring the games' surreal aspects.  I saw kids with balloons playing Mario Kart on my college campus, …

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A New "High Line" Leads to Rotterdam

The High Line , the amazing recycling project that converted a former NYC railroad to high-rise park, has inspired the reincarnation of similar disused urban spaces across the …

Visual of Little Green Cows

Little Green Cows

The world is alight with algae fever. In this age of deep ecological design aspirations, the range of speculative design projects based on algae technology is growing. Algae are …

Visual of LowLine Puts Park Beneath New York

LowLine Puts Park Beneath New York

Deep below bustling, noisy Delancy Street in Manhattan lies the Williamsburg Bridge Trolley Terminal, a building abandoned in 1948. This terminal is just one of many tunnels and …

Visual of The NBIC Convergence: When Machines and Matter ‘Have Sex’

The NBIC Convergence: When Machines and Matter ‘Have Sex’

The Singularity , as popularized by Ray Kurtzweil, refers to a near term, theoretical time when machine intelligence greatly surpasses our own. At this point we will experience a …

Visual of Google Birdhouse Shows Birds Their Way

Google Birdhouse Shows Birds Their Way

Putting the birds into the bird's eye view of Google Maps.

Visual of Interview: Arne Hendriks, Researcher and

Interview: Arne Hendriks, Researcher and "Father" of The Incredible Shrinking Man

Hendriks’s activity explores the positive transformative power of creative impulses and the importance of fundamental free scientific research.

Visual of Interview: Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Designer and Synthetic Biology Expert

Interview: Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Designer and Synthetic Biology Expert

An interview with Daisy Ginsberg, artist and synthetic biologist.

Visual of Wi-Fi Visualization: Surrounded by Waves

Wi-Fi Visualization: Surrounded by Waves

An artist visualizes WiFi waves across landmarks in Washington, DC.

Visual of Work Out Like the Flintstones

Work Out Like the Flintstones

The Paleo workout replicates the fitness regimen of our caveman ancestors.

Visual of Exploring the City Soundscape

Exploring the City Soundscape

Buq are electronic life forms that shift the experience of the street scape from the primarily visual to a more auditory experience.

Visual of Floating Underwater Self-Sufficient City

Floating Underwater Self-Sufficient City

Asian architects of AT Design Office want to build an incredible floating underwater metropolis that is also self-sufficient.

Visual of It's Always Sunny with LED Panels

It's Always Sunny with LED Panels

An artificial illumination that is "authentic" enough to replace natural light.

Visual of Razorius Gilletus Flexball Subspecies

Razorius Gilletus Flexball Subspecies

The latest subspecies in the Razorius line is the Razorius Gilletus Flexball. While Gillete proclaims they reinvented shaving, others argue Gillette's new razor is everything that's wrong with America.

Visual of Wearable Technologies for Dummies

Wearable Technologies for Dummies

On the emerging field of technologies that are worn close to or on the body

Visual of A Wind Turbine That Looks Like a Tree

A Wind Turbine That Looks Like a Tree

The wind turbines of the future will look like post-modern tree sculptures.

Visual of Artworks that Look Virtual, but Are Completely Hand Painted

Artworks that Look Virtual, but Are Completely Hand Painted

These paintings by  Johnny Abrahams look almost computer made - except they are not. Working mainly with black and white acrylic paints and with a lot of patience, the American …

Visual of First Bionic Rose with Electronic Circuits

First Bionic Rose with Electronic Circuits

For the first time, researchers at the University of Linkoping , Sweden, have succeeded in establishing organic circuits within living plants. They combined electronics with the …

Visual of From Discarded Mega Oil-Tanker to Village

From Discarded Mega Oil-Tanker to Village

Dutch architect Chris Collaris and designers Ruben Esser, Sander Bakker and Patrick van der Gronde, saw a new sustainable potential in discarded mega oil tankers in the Southern …

Visual of Tiny Robots Assemble a Room in Minutes

Tiny Robots Assemble a Room in Minutes

Dom Indoors , is the latest research project developed by a construction robotics company called Asmbld . It includes a robotic system that can reconfigure an indoor space within …

Visual of Stratospheric Sky Garden with Proto Life

Stratospheric Sky Garden with Proto Life

A sky garden of cacti and artificial life forms floating a hundred thousand feet above the Earth's surface.

Visual of The Bamboo Skyscraper

The Bamboo Skyscraper

A group of architects looked at natural forests to design the bamboo skyscraper.

Visual of The Biosphere Code Manifesto

The Biosphere Code Manifesto

During the event The Biosphere Code, Stockholm University researcher Victor Galaz and colleagues outlined a manifesto for algorithms in the environment.

Visual of Turning Poop Back Into Food

Turning Poop Back Into Food

Nasa funded a program to turn astronauts’ poop into food.

Visual of Wireless Controlled Mouse, the Animal!

Wireless Controlled Mouse, the Animal!

A remote-controlled LED chip can make a mouse walk in circles.

Visual of Anonymity Becomes the New Privacy

Anonymity Becomes the New Privacy

Artists respond to biometric technology and data collecting software through subversive projects.

Visual of Begging Ghetto Blasters Hack the System

Begging Ghetto Blasters Hack the System

Begging ghetto blasters in Utrecht are making you question poverty.

Visual of The First Fully Autonomous Soft Robot

The First Fully Autonomous Soft Robot

The Octobot is the first of its kind made fully of soft materials and is aimed to pave the way towards a more safely interaction with humans.

Visual of Greetings from Mars

Greetings from Mars

Since plans for conquering the Red Planet are becoming more serious we should get acquainted with the possible view from up there.

Visual of Growing Potatoes at JFK Airport

Growing Potatoes at JFK Airport

The 5th largest airline in the United States, JetBlue, is growing potatoes at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York.

Visual of Interview: Agi Haines, Speculative Artist Who Wants to Redesign the Human Body

Interview: Agi Haines, Speculative Artist Who Wants to Redesign the Human Body

Speculative designer Agi Haines' work focuses on (re)designing the human body, and speculates upon future scenarios.

Visual of Lunar Insurrection Vol.2: Harvest Moon

Lunar Insurrection Vol.2: Harvest Moon

Lunar Insurrection  is a group of architects that explores the creative possibilities of the moon as a potential territory for human activity and inhabitation. In  Vol.2 , their …

Visual of The Office of the Future on Four Wheels

The Office of the Future on Four Wheels

Nissan created the e-NV200 workspace: an electrical van with zero emissions that is packed with everything you need to work efficiently.

Visual of A System that Predicts Crime

A System that Predicts Crime

An experiment tries to prevent crime by identifying aggressive behavior with new surveillance technology before actual violence is used.

Visual of A Village Made of Plastic

A Village Made of Plastic

A canadian entrepreneur is trying to help reduce plastic pollution by building a village made out of plastic in Panama.

Visual of Tap Your Milk from a Cow Around the Corner

Tap Your Milk from a Cow Around the Corner

Turning cows into walking vending machines for milk.

Visual of ECO Coin Award Interviews: Shubhendu Sharma

ECO Coin Award Interviews: Shubhendu Sharma

We asked Shubhendu Sharm, our first ECO coin award nominee about his method, business and hopes for the future.

Visual of Ecosexuality: Make the Biosphere Your Lover

Ecosexuality: Make the Biosphere Your Lover

Ecosexuality reconceptualizes our perspective on the biosphere by having consensual experiences with it.

Visual of Govert Flint on Enrichers

Govert Flint on Enrichers

NNN fellow Govert Flint discusses Enrichers in Frame magazine.

Visual of Work Remotely in VR Nature

Work Remotely in VR Nature

Breakroom is a VR app that lets you fill your daily working tasks in a simulated nature surrounding, enhancing productivity and mental balance.

Visual of Interview: Curator Ilari Laamanen on Momentum9, the Nordic Biennial

Interview: Curator Ilari Laamanen on Momentum9, the Nordic Biennial

We recently spoke to Ilari Laamanen, to peel the outcrops of Momemtum9, and unveil the overlapping themes to the next nature philosophy.

Visual of Interview: Lining Yao, Interaction Designer and Maker of Novel Materials

Interview: Lining Yao, Interaction Designer and Maker of Novel Materials

We recently interviewed Lining Yao, Chinese interaction designer who uses organic materials as a technology that brings us back to nature.

Visual of Make the World Your Office

Make the World Your Office

Imagine being able to enter your office through a digital representation of reality. It sounds crazy, but it’s possible with augmented and virtual reality.

Visual of Print Your House in a Day!

Print Your House in a Day!

A Russian construction firm prints houses in 24 hours on site with their mobile 3D printer.

Visual of A Virtual Cure for the Socially Withdrawn

A Virtual Cure for the Socially Withdrawn

Using alternative reality as a cure for the socially excluded.

Visual of #French [Green] DreamTowers

#French [Green] DreamTowers

FrenchDreamTowers is an eco-friendly high-rise complex imagined by Paris-based architect studio XTU , for the city of Hangzhou in Southern China. Currently under study, the …

Visual of In Conversation with Marleen Hartjes: Introducing a digital door to the museum

In Conversation with Marleen Hartjes: Introducing a digital door to the museum

Don’t be surprised when you catch a human face on a screen strolling through the Van Abbe museum for contemporary art in Eindhoven, as these are Europe’s very first robotic …

Visual of How this self-sustainable microhome may change the future of housing

How this self-sustainable microhome may change the future of housing

Looking for a self-sustainable mobile microhome? Ecocapsule got you covered. This cute-as-pie capsule pod allows you to live completely off the grid in a low-energy, mobile …

Visual of Lucas Foglia's photography explores the uneasy relationship between humans and nature

Lucas Foglia's photography explores the uneasy relationship between humans and nature

There’s no place on earth untouched by human activity: This was clear as Lucas Foglia whizzed across the vast, white expanse of Alaska's Juneau Ice Field last summer. He was …

Visual of People are less likely to turn a robot off if it asks them not to

People are less likely to turn a robot off if it asks them not to

A team of German researchers published  a study  earlier this week indicating people can be duped into leaving a robot turned on just because it “asks” them to. The …

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Air pollution may be making us less intelligent

Not only is air pollution bad for our lungs and heart , it turns out it could actually be making us less intelligent, too. A recent study found that in elderly people living in …

Visual of Beyond Biomimicry: A New Urgency

Beyond Biomimicry: A New Urgency

Designers face an unprecedented urgency to alter their methods and reprioritize their goals to address the accelerating degradation of the environment. This new …

Visual of 299 trees grow in a football stadium

299 trees grow in a football stadium

Some centuries ago landscape painters taught us to appreciate the quality of an untouched landscape. Ever since we have been doing everything to recreate it. We camouflage cell …

Visual of Green roofs improve the urban environment – so why don't all buildings have them?

Green roofs improve the urban environment – so why don't all buildings have them?

Rooftops covered with grass, vegetable gardens and lush foliage are now a common sight in many cities around the world. More and more private companies and city authorities are …

Visual of In conversation with Jalila Essaïdi

In conversation with Jalila Essaïdi

What do in-vitro human skin, spider silk and cow manure have in common? They are all unlikely materials that can cloth, protect and inspire humans, as realized by award-winning …

Visual of Oded Ezer discusses the future of typography and the importance of dreaming

Oded Ezer discusses the future of typography and the importance of dreaming

Oded Ezer is a typographer from Israel who never fails to push boundaries, or rather, discard them altogether. Ezer is a rebellious force that swings between commercial and …

Visual of Smart cities could give the visually impaired a new outlook on urban life

Smart cities could give the visually impaired a new outlook on urban life

Travelling to work, meeting friends for a catch up or just doing some shopping are often taken for granted by people with no known disabilities. For the visually impaired, these …

Visual of How climate fiction novels allow us to imagine possible futures

How climate fiction novels allow us to imagine possible futures

Every day brings fresh and ever more alarming news about the state of the global environment. To speak of mere “climate change” is inadequate now, for we are in a “ climate …

Visual of How public camera recordings domesticate us

How public camera recordings domesticate us

Facial recognition is increasingly being used in many countries around the world. In some cases the take up has been dramatic . As a result, people are being observed by cameras …

Visual of (IM)POSSIBLE BODIES: Responsiblity and care in our cyborg future

(IM)POSSIBLE BODIES: Responsiblity and care in our cyborg future

What does it mean to become a cyborg? Better yet, aren't we cyborgs already? What then, does it mean to have a body? Is a 'standard' desirable, what does that even mean, and what …

Visual of ‘Optimism is our duty’: A conversation with Koert van Mensvoort

‘Optimism is our duty’: A conversation with Koert van Mensvoort

We live in a world in which we control the biology of a tomato at such precision, you could think of it as a product of technology, instead of a product of nature. Think about it, …

Visual of Interview: Patricia Piccinini discusses her latest solo exhibition 'Embracing the Future'

Interview: Patricia Piccinini discusses her latest solo exhibition 'Embracing the Future'

Patricia Piccinini is an artist interested in the relationship between humans and non-humans, the natural and the artificial, science and storytelling. Working with silicone, …

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The Coronation

For years, normality has been stretched nearly to its breaking point, a rope pulled tighter and tighter, waiting for a nip of the black swan’s beak to snap it in two. Now that the …

Visual of This expo explores love in the internet age

This expo explores love in the internet age

Data Dating is an exhibition that explores what it means to find romance in the internet age. Love it or hate it, technology has transformed the way we date. So, how are digital …

Visual of COVID-19 is a virus, corona is a meme

COVID-19 is a virus, corona is a meme

As the viral pandemic continues to spread, so too does the world’s collective uncertainty. As a result, people are turning to media for some levity. And can you blame them. …

Visual of 5 expos (NL) you cannot miss this summer

5 expos (NL) you cannot miss this summer

Interior based on bacteria, spaces morphing perception and the merging of man, animal and machine. These five must see exhibitions in the Netherlands explore the intersection of …

Visual of Future cities: We need to reimagine the look of urban landscapes

Future cities: We need to reimagine the look of urban landscapes

In imagining future urban landsapes, we need to answer questions about what can be sustained and what cannot, where cities can be located and where they cannot.

Visual of Humans could recolonize Earth after mass extinctions with ectogenesis

Humans could recolonize Earth after mass extinctions with ectogenesis

Lately it seems that every movie, book and video game we see is about future apocalypses. Science articles are also painting a grim future for Earth and its inhabitants. If it’s …

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Max Liboiron: "Pollution is Colonialism"

We now live in a world where plastics are becoming a part of our marine ecosystems. As a result, we strive hard to clean the plastics from our oceans. Dr. Max Liboiron ( Michif …

Visual of When will the first baby be born in space?

When will the first baby be born in space?

When the first baby is born off-Earth, it will be a milestone as momentous as humanity’s first steps out of Africa . Such a birth would mark the beginning of a multi–planet …

Visual of Geodesign

Geodesign

We have identified eight key defining moments that tell the story of geodesign, from ancient insight to artificial intelligence.

Visual of Nurturing Architecture

Nurturing Architecture

The way we currently build is not sustainable. We will have to develop a sustainable living environment that matches our human needs, intuitions and potential.

Visual of Next Nature reading list

Next Nature reading list

Ten books that continue to inspire the next nature philosophy—gathered for you to read this summer.