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Visual of Innovation inspired by Old Nature

Innovation inspired by Old Nature

Janine Benyus talks about biomimcry at TED (video) . Of course, we “like” her book and appreciate the concept of biomimcry (from bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to …

Visual of The World's First Cyborg Olympics

The World's First Cyborg Olympics

The first cyborg Olympics will take place in Zurich in October.

Visual of Bionic Hand with Real Sense of Touch

Bionic Hand with Real Sense of Touch

LifeHand 2: a prosthetic hand that infers the ability to feel rudimentary shapes and forms by touch.

Visual of Bionic Prosthetic Arm with Personal Drone

Bionic Prosthetic Arm with Personal Drone

Why would you stick to an elbow, a wrist and five fingers if you could make anything? This guy got a game-inspired bionic arm.

Visual of Disney-Themed Prosthetics for Children

Disney-Themed Prosthetics for Children

Open Bionics is helping children in need for bionic hands. With Iron Man, Frozen, or Star Wars-themed prosthetics, their fantasies become reality.

Visual of Beaver 2.0

Beaver 2.0

Visual of Bionic Woman

Bionic Woman

26-year old Claudia Mitchell has become the first woman to get outfitted with a bionic arm , with which she's able to perform functions simply by thinking about them. The arm was …

Visual of Bioplastic

Bioplastic

Bioplastics are a form of plastics derived from plant sources such as hemp oil, soy bean oil and corn starch rather than traditional plastics which are derived from petroleum. …

Visual of Holy Cow

Holy Cow

As a kid, I used to play around with toy animals made of plastic. You could stuff them and store other toys in their stomachs. Now living cows like the one in this movie start …

Visual of intelligent bricks

intelligent bricks

Toys are growing up so we don't have to. Lego introduces: "mindstorms"...

Visual of Morphotheque

Morphotheque

Nature becomes Culture becomes Nature. The Morphotheque series from Erwin Driessens & Maria Verstappen is already a few years old. Still good.

Visual of NOT (Natural) AND NOT (mechanical) = human

NOT (Natural) AND NOT (mechanical) = human

Eric Hoffer (1902-1983) You dehumanize a man as much by returning him to nature - by making him one with rocks, vegetation, and animals - as by turning him into a machine. Both …

Visual of Snake robots

Snake robots

The number of animals transformed into bots is increasing. In Japan they have created a new species to investigate ocean-life: this watersnake carries a camera, swims like an eal …

Visual of Treehouse

Treehouse

A tree house that looks like a fruit hanging in a tree. Found here

Visual of 10 Biomimic Gadgets

10 Biomimic Gadgets

Coming across an image like this, makes one wonder at first: is it a giant punch-bag? Some sort of soft water-drop-sculpture? No, it is the Emergency Outdoor Survival Cocoon , …

Visual of Blinkybugs

Blinkybugs

Blinkybugs are small, simple, electromechanical bugs that respond to stimulus such as movement, vibrations, or air currents. They are constructed by hand from LEDs, wire, and …

Visual of Bone Chair

Bone Chair

Joris Laarman 's Bone chair takes its inspiration from the efficient way that bones grow (adding material where strength is needed and taking away material where it's …

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 Fire fighting beetle - OLE

Fire fighting beetle - OLE

Just like centipedes OLE can roll up into a ball when danger threatens and retract its six legs. Its heat-resistant shell is made of a ceramic-fibre compound which can withstand …

Visual of Peculiar Car

Peculiar Car

Another peculiar object, from Matthew Barney's Cremaster 4 .

Visual of Slogan: The Future is Analog

Slogan: The Future is Analog

I first saw this statement on the Artvertising building . Let this be our slogan of the week.

Visual of Walking Energy Cells

Walking Energy Cells

Remember this one? Body heat is used to power machines in The Matrix . Nine years after the first of the trilogy came to screen, a company comes up with a body-powered-battery. In …

Visual of Big Dog got puppies

Big Dog got puppies

We posted this fella two years ago but the guys at Boston Dynamics haven't been sitting still. Improvements have been made and Big Dog got puppies! Little Dog (a learning robot …

Visual of Bionic woman

Bionic woman

More bionic experiments can be found here .

Visual of Elephant sends sms messages to rangers

Elephant sends sms messages to rangers

In the Kenyan wildlife conservancy Ol Pejeta elephants are tagged with a GPS-triggered text messaging device. Before the elephants start raiding the nearby villagers' harvest they …

Visual of Fractalary: Fractals from Planet to Atoms

Fractalary: Fractals from Planet to Atoms

I think all Nature has a fractal structure, from Planet to Atoms. Website: Fractalary: Fractals from Planet to Atoms

Visual of Futuristic Bird Dwellings

Futuristic Bird Dwellings

Every fashionable self-conscious modern bird needs one of these futuristic dwellings, no? Designed by Kevin Sethapun.

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 High Performance Hip

High Performance Hip

A commercial by an orthopaedic reconstruction company introducing the next generation of joint replacements: " Highly advanced hips and knees. Engineered to meet the needs of your …

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 Social Networking down to the Genetic Level

Social Networking down to the Genetic Level

If you've ever wanted to know just exactly how much DNA you share with your ridiculously tall brother or doppelganger best friend, you'll soon be able to find out. 23andMe , a …

Visual of The mobile evolution

The mobile evolution

In our NextNature event BVPS (May 2008), Kevin Kelly spoke of technology as the 7th kingdom of life : a form of evolution whithout the nasty side–effect of dying (Every object …

Visual of Architecture that repairs itself

Architecture that repairs itself

Venice, Italy is sinking. To save it, Dr. Rachel Armstrong in her TED talk argues we need to outgrow architecture made of inert materials and, well, make architecture that grows …

Visual of Bacteria that Turn CO2 into Energy

Bacteria that Turn CO2 into Energy

We’ve written earlier about man–made bacteria that eat waste & shit petrol . How about a genetically modified bacteria that can eat CO2 and excrete methane that could power …

Visual of Battery-Free Implantable Neural Sensor

Battery-Free Implantable Neural Sensor

The shrinking size of electronics allows for the implantation of increasingly sophisticated electronic devices in the human body, paving the way for new prosthetics and …

Visual of Bionic Pinguins

Bionic Pinguins

Festo Bionic Learning Lab demonstrates their new technologies inspired by nature. Another step towards artificial pets replacing extincted animals, or just an exposé of scientific …

Visual of Brain Scan Replaces Job Interview in 5 Years?

Brain Scan Replaces Job Interview in 5 Years?

Forget about palmistry! MRI scans for candidates in top jobs such as bank directors could soon become part of the job-application package, says Erasmus University researcher Prof …

Visual of Ear on your arm? Why not?!

Ear on your arm? Why not?!

For over 40 years Australian artist Stelios Arcadious Stelarc has made art with medical instruments, prosthetics, robots, virtual reality systems and biotechnology to investigate …

Visual of Future babes

Future babes

A future in which prosthetic patches prevent bodies from aging? Or a sexists view on femininity in robotics?   Either way, the question is whether they are up- or downgrades of …

Visual of Immune Systems

Immune Systems

Quite a multi-layeredness of the artificially strengthened immune systems they have in place at the Thai border. Microbes and terrorist: hand in your passport. Peculiar image of …

Visual of Implantable Silicon-Silk Electronics

Implantable Silicon-Silk Electronics

Scientists of the University of Pennsylvania are creating electronics that almost completely dissolve inside the body, through the use of thin, flexible silicon electronics on …

Visual of Pelvis Rocking Chair

Pelvis Rocking Chair

It is nature, but not like we know it when chairs biomimic the pelvis. This anatomic Ruby rockingchair was designed by Pouyan Mokhtarani , Tehran (Iran). Via b oingboing.net | …

Visual of Robot hand meets Sushi

Robot hand meets Sushi

We are anxiously waiting for the robot that makes the sushi, but at Squse , they have created the hand that can carefully place the delicacies in a box without crushing them. …

Visual of The Eye of a Cyber Sapien

The Eye of a Cyber Sapien

An  earlier post  on this blog already displayed the possible future of sight using augmented contact lenses.  Researchers at MIT  take this second sight to a next level by …

Visual of Tree Shapers

Tree Shapers

Peter Cook and Becky Northey are tree shapers. Their designs are so ten years ago ; but still worth a post. Materials used: water, sunlight, soil... and a sprout planted in 1998 …

Visual of USB Finger

USB Finger

No this isn't photoshopped. After a motor accident Finish hacker Jerry Jalava decided not to use a normal prosthesis and felt that a prosthesis usb memory stick would enhance his …

Visual of 3D Bioprinter promises tissue on demand

3D Bioprinter promises tissue on demand

Behold "the world's first production model 3D bio-printer." A machine capable of arranging human cells and artificial scaffolds into complex three-dimensional structures, which …

Visual of BioPong

BioPong

Techno-artists love insects. Especially their unpredictable behaviour. Eindhoven (NL) based design studio Ehdv used tracking software and connected some camera’to a bunch of wood …

Visual of BioPong II

BioPong II

This time no technological enhanced roosters, dogs, cats or wood lice, but sheep! The famous viral Extreme Shepherding by The Baaa-Studs.

Visual of Computer versus Bacteria: Round Two

Computer versus Bacteria: Round Two

Last year, scientists managed to use the bacteria Escherichia coli to solve a mathematical problem , described in this research . This year, the building blocks of a computer are …

Visual of Cuddly Scooters

Cuddly Scooters

Why do we grow attached to things? Patricia Piccinini captured it well in this peculiar work: The Stags - 2008 (Culture becomes nature) The Nest - 2006 Thicker than Water - 2007 …

Visual of Having Invented the Gods, Perhaps we can Turn into Them

Having Invented the Gods, Perhaps we can Turn into Them

My name is Jason Silva. I've spent the last 5 years hosting and producing a tv show on Al Gore's Emmy-winning Current TV network and I'm a fellow at the Hybrid Realities …

Visual of Injured Cat gets Bambi-style prosthetics

Injured Cat gets Bambi-style prosthetics

A cat that had its back feet severed by a combine harvester has been given two prosthetic limbs in a pioneering operation by a UK vet. The custom-made implants that "peg" the …

Visual of Mad Cow Motorcycle

Mad Cow Motorcycle

What do you get when you combine bike parts, an electric motor, and a cow skeleton? Our peculiar object of the week was created by artist Billie Grace Lynn . Seen at Museum of Art …

Visual of Nanoparticles in Sunscreen Damage Microbes

Nanoparticles in Sunscreen Damage Microbes

Nanotechnology has been hailed for its benefits because of the potential ability to create drugs that could cure cancer and radiation poisoning, make miniature pollutant filters …

Visual of Nature by Numbers

Nature by Numbers

Nature as math, math as nature. A short movie by Cristóbal Villa . Thanks Martijn .

Visual of Our Heart as a Power Plant

Our Heart as a Power Plant

Nanowire generators could one day lead to medical devices powered by the patient's own heart. A tiny, nearly invisible nanowire can convert the energy of pulsing, flexing muscles …

Visual of Remote Control Mouse

Remote Control Mouse

Mind control for beginners: A mouse expressing ChR2 channels in its neurons starts running when it receives blue light in its motor cortex. Unsure what applications the …

Visual of Runaway Robots Hunted by the Mammals They Were Designed to Replace

Runaway Robots Hunted by the Mammals They Were Designed to Replace

Last week, the U.S. Navy announced that four of their “ REMUS 100 ” unmanned underwater vehicles sailed off-radar and stopped responding to commands. The ‘bots were part of a …

Visual of Self–Repairing Architecture

Self–Repairing Architecture

All buildings today have something in common: They are made using Victorian technologies. This involves blueprints, industrial manufacturing and construction using teams of …

Visual of Self-healing Surfaces

Self-healing Surfaces

What if a scratch on your car door could heal itself, just like the human skin does? Engineers are working on a way to transfer the self-healing ability of the skin to surfaces …

Visual of Nano Product: Spider Silk Condoms

Nano Product: Spider Silk Condoms

Are we creating the penicillin or the asbestos of the 21st century? In the months preceding our Nano Supermarket Project , we share some speculative nanotech products with you. …

Visual of Stelarc wins Prix Ars Electronica

Stelarc wins Prix Ars Electronica

Glad to announce that performance artist Stelarc – who already for some decades incorporates themes of cyborgization and other human-machine interfaces in his (very bodily) work – …

Visual of Amber Case: We are all Cyborgs Now

Amber Case: We are all Cyborgs Now

Technology is evolving us, says cyborg anthropologist Amber Case in her 8 minutes of TED . We become a screen-staring, button-clicking new version of homo sapiens, relying on …

Visual of Beetle Egg

Beetle Egg

Our peculiar image of the week presents us the lustrous uncannyness of a Beetle car in its embryonic stage. Rest assure: this is fiction, however, metaphorically the sculpture by …

Visual of Bugged Bugs

Bugged Bugs

Some of you might remember the Next Nature article by Rolf Coppens called Withus Oragainstus . Since then there have been occasional newsreports on cyborg insects. For instance …

Visual of Deus Ex: The EyeBorg Documentary

Deus Ex: The EyeBorg Documentary

Back in 2009 Rob Spence, a cyborg film maker, worked together with a team of ocularists, inventors, engineering specialists on a prosthetic eye which can capture and stream video. …

Visual of Earth 2.0 with Rachel Armstrong

Earth 2.0 with Rachel Armstrong

What are the differences between Earth 1.0 and Earth 2.0 technologies? Rachel Armstrong explains.

Visual of First Lab-Grown Organ Transplanted

First Lab-Grown Organ Transplanted

Another step in the fusion of the made & the born: Surgeons in Sweden have successfully transplanted a fully synthetic, tissue-engineered organ – a trachea– into a man with …

Visual of Human Augmentation™

Human Augmentation™

As a gamer, I come across many visions of possible futures. But this trailer from the upcoming video game Deus Ex: Human Revolution , the third part in the Deus Ex series shocked …

Visual of Humane Technology #5: Empower People

Humane Technology #5: Empower People

Principle number five: Humane technology doesn't outsource people, but instead empowers them. How healthy or humane is it to have an escalator to the gym? Humane technology should …

Visual of Living Life Support

Living Life Support

Designer Revital Cohen imagines a future where life-support machines are replaced with life-support animals. In this scenario, a transgenic lamb is allowed to frolic in the fields …

Visual of Playing with Microbes – Biotic Games

Playing with Microbes – Biotic Games

Stanford researchers are developing 'biotic games' involving paramecia and other living organisms. So far, they have created three games that mimic classic video games. The …

Visual of Robots Love Animals Too

Robots Love Animals Too

Someday robots may lead fish to safety.  At least, that's the hope of Dr. Maurizio Porfiri, an Assistant Professor at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University and expert …

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 Vertical Farming

Vertical Farming

Columbia professor Dickson Despommier imagines filling New Yorks skyscrapers with farms. As over 50% of the world population now lives in urban areas, this scenario could solve …

Visual of Think Breast is Best?  Try Udder

Think Breast is Best? Try Udder

Scientists in China have created transgenic cows that produce 'human' milk.  The researchers boosted the fat content of the milk and added three types of proteins, unique to …

Visual of What Robots dream of...

What Robots dream of...

You may think it's a cliché, but deep down inside robots want to be birds and fly high in the sky. Hooray for the good people of Festo , that demonstrate at TED how they turn the …

Visual of Army Protected Organic Foods

Army Protected Organic Foods

Over the last few decades, the public has been – and still is – creating awareness on the values of organically produced foods. For many foodies an important value of organic …

Visual of Bacteria Inspire Magnetic Hard Drive

Bacteria Inspire Magnetic Hard Drive

Certain types of bacteria can navigate using magnetic nanoparticles as tiny compasses. Researchers at the University of Leeds have extracted the protein that controls this process …

Visual of Better Walking with Robotic Legs

Better Walking with Robotic Legs

The Berkeley Robotics & Human Engineering Laboratory is researching a way to improve the performance of human bodies. They are doing innovative research in the field of …

Visual of Bioinspired Robojelly Can Swim Forever

Bioinspired Robojelly Can Swim Forever

Scientists have developed a biomimetic robot that will be able to swim forever, since its artificial muscles are powered by water. And since Robojelly lives underwater, it will …

Visual of Corpus 2.1

Corpus 2.1

Could you imagine yourself having QR-code freckles, or a chlorophyl skin? Dutch artist Marcia Nolte visualises these kind of speculative scenarios in a very non-spectacular yet …

Visual of Free Range Robot Filters Out the Ocean's Plastic

Free Range Robot Filters Out the Ocean's Plastic

Whale sharks are great at filtering; plastic needs to be filtered. For now, however, whale sharks only have an appetite for plankton. Industrial designer Elie Ahovi has jumped …

Visual of Get into Buckminster Fuller

Get into Buckminster Fuller

58:10 minute interview with polymath & nextnature thinker avant la lettre Buckminister Fuller.

Visual of Hermit Crabs Can Live Like Kings Again

Hermit Crabs Can Live Like Kings Again

Thanks to the collaboration between Makerbot and TeamTeamUsa new biodegradable shells are printed for hermit crabs.

Visual of Is the Human Body Redundant?

Is the Human Body Redundant?

The increasing ‘liveliness’ of machines and accessibility to the virtual world has raised questions about whether it is possible to uncouple the mind from the body in through a …

Visual of Latro Algae Lamp

Latro Algae Lamp

As advances in nanotechnology bring us increasingly energy efficient products, plant life such as algae could become attractive sources for tapping energy. The Latro lamp by …

Visual of Mice Reporting For Duty

Mice Reporting For Duty

Researchers have developed genetic manipulated mice, with extra smell receptors that make them highly sensitive to the smell of explosives. Scientists hope to use these mice in the future to discover land mines

Visual of Mushrooms: The New Solution for our Plastic Problem?

Mushrooms: The New Solution for our Plastic Problem?

You cannot look around your local environment without seeing something made out of plastic. Almost all the stuff we buy is packaged in plastic. Since recycling packaging materials …

Visual of Nanotech Diatoms

Nanotech Diatoms

No, those aren't plastic trinkets or beads from a craft store. They're diatoms, a group of single-celled algae, and unlike almost all of our current technologies, they can rapidly …

Visual of Regrowing Bones with Silk

Regrowing Bones with Silk

Time to add another superpower to insect silk, which already includes  bulletproof skin  and  implantable microelectronics .  Recent research  indicates that silk may be an ideal …

Visual of Replacing Synapses with a Single Switch

Replacing Synapses with a Single Switch

Neural synapses in the human brain are extraordinarily complex structures. Responsible for relaying information between neurons, chemical synapses govern the release of over 100 …

Visual of Robutt

Robutt

Tokyo University of Electro-Communications , revealed SHIRI (? = "buttocks"), a "Buttocks Humanoid That Represents Emotions With Visual and Tactual Transformation of the Muscles." …

Visual of Rule #6: Meet People’s Expectations

Rule #6: Meet People’s Expectations

For past entries and an introduction to the 11 Golden Rules of Anthropomorphism and Design, click here.   People expect many things from each other: Expect them to say hi in the …

Visual of Spider-Man Gloves

Spider-Man Gloves

Imagine how much easier the job of window cleaners would be if they could simply scale walls like Spider-Man instead of using elevators, ladders and other gear. Ever since the …

Visual of Structuring biomimicry, improving building's resiliency

Structuring biomimicry, improving building's resiliency

The same way Einstein assumes the speed of light to be a constant of reference for his Theory of Relativity, the philosophy of biomimicry assumes Nature as a constant of reference …

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 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 A Robot to Make Rats Depressed

A Robot to Make Rats Depressed

The robot in the picture above chases and attacks the living rat rights besides it. The W-3, as the robot is named, is designed to make rats seriously depressed. In fact, this …

Visual of Bionic man

Bionic man

An showcase of what we are currently capable of installing in human beings.

Visual of Chrysler Looks to Human Lungs for a Better Gas Tank

Chrysler Looks to Human Lungs for a Better Gas Tank

Alveoli in human lungs serve as the inspiration for designing better, stronger ways of storing compressed natural gas.

Visual of Computer Teaches Itself to Play Games

Computer Teaches Itself to Play Games

An algorithm observes human players to learn how to beat Super Mario Bros.

Visual of DIY Body Modification to Hack Evolution

DIY Body Modification to Hack Evolution

Biohacker Tim Cannon inserted a chip into his arm to monitor his bodily data and transmit it to an Android device.

Visual of Electricity Travels Through Spider Web

Electricity Travels Through Spider Web

In future electric cables could be made ??of spider webs. 100% natural electric cables, sounds like an oxymoron, but it’s possible! Researcher at Na tional High Magnetic Field …

Visual of Homemade Robot Designed from Recycled Scraps

Homemade Robot Designed from Recycled Scraps

A Chinese inventor created a $24,500 robot from junkyard scraps.

Visual of Invisible Headphone Implants

Invisible Headphone Implants

Invisible ear implants for listening to music, getting directions, and recording conversation.

Visual of Moving From Password to Biometric Data

Moving From Password to Biometric Data

Unlock our devices with our fingerprint, this technology for security represents a change in our digital life.

Visual of Prosthetic Limbs Straight from Versailles

Prosthetic Limbs Straight from Versailles

The Alternative Limb Project makes beautifully fake artificial limbs.

Visual of The

The "Actroid" Lives in the Uncanny Valley

The Actroid robot holds clues for climbing out of the uncanny valley.

Visual of The First Recorded Attack on a Cyborg

The First Recorded Attack on a Cyborg

Looking back on the first recorded attack on a human cyborg.

Visual of The Future of Solar Power? Snail Teeth!

The Future of Solar Power? Snail Teeth!

The gumboot chiton snail produces the hardest biomineral known on earth - and it may hold the secret to better nanotechnology.

Visual of Toss the Brita: Bacteria Can Filter Antibiotics from Water

Toss the Brita: Bacteria Can Filter Antibiotics from Water

Filter and recover antibiotics from drinking water using only bacteria, water and sunlight.

Visual of 'Victimless Shelter' Grown from Pig Cells

'Victimless Shelter' Grown from Pig Cells

While Next Nature was busy dreaming up new in vitro meat (IVM) foods, the mad scientists of Terreform ONE in New York went ahead and designed an entire dwelling made of IVM pig cells.

Visual of We are already Cyborgs

We are already Cyborgs

Buckle up for another cinematic espresso shot from our favorite performance philosopher Jason Silva.

Visual of We Feel Empathy for Robots (Even if They Don't Look Human)

We Feel Empathy for Robots (Even if They Don't Look Human)

Human test subjects felt empathy for dinosaur robots being cuddled or abused.

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 Artificial Cells Built From Silicon

Artificial Cells Built From Silicon

Scientists designed artificial cells built from silicon, able to copy basic functions of life.

Visual of First Completely Artificial Heart Transplant

First Completely Artificial Heart Transplant

World's first self-regulating artificial heart transplanted in France.

Visual of Join the Bio Art & Design Awards

Join the Bio Art & Design Awards

So, you are well aware that 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 …

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 Technology Reflexology

Technology Reflexology

People have complex relationships with their own (and other’s) bodies. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), it is believed that your feet are a map of your body and can provide …

Visual of The Bionic Kangaroo

The Bionic Kangaroo

The BionicKangaroo technologically reproducesthe unique way a kangaroo moves.

Visual of The Smartest Artificial Skin

The Smartest Artificial Skin

Stretchy artificial skin lets prosthetic hand sense heat, humidity, and pressure.

Visual of 3D Printed Eyes with WiFi Connection

3D Printed Eyes with WiFi Connection

Italian research studio is working on EYE: a 3D bioprinted sight augmentation.

Visual of Bio Art & Design Awards 2015

Bio Art & Design Awards 2015

If we are going to mutate the made & the born, let us at least do this creatively.

Visual of Bio is the New Digital

Bio is the New Digital

Parallel to the democratization of computers some decades ago, biotech is rapidly becoming more accessible to creative people outside of closed institutions.

Visual of Biomimicry in Action

Biomimicry in Action

An inspiring topic about recent developments in biomimicry, Janine Benyus gave a talk on how nature influenced our future.

Visual of Bionic Ants That Work Together

Bionic Ants That Work Together

These robotic ants by Festo are learning to work together, like real ants do.

Visual of Bioprinting in the Kitchen of the Future

Bioprinting in the Kitchen of the Future

Cultivator is speculative design project on how bioprinting could find its way into the kitchen of the future.

Visual of Cities Evolve in Similar Ways as Galaxies

Cities Evolve in Similar Ways as Galaxies

Scientists think the laws governing the structure of galaxies in outer space are the same laws underlying the growth of cities.

Visual of Converting Gestures into Concrete Action

Converting Gestures into Concrete Action

Francesca Barchiesi's glove concept allows the user to translate hand gestures into images and information.

Visual of Drone Operated by Honeybee Brain

Drone Operated by Honeybee Brain

The Green Brain Project aims to create drones that will think, act and sense like a bee.

Visual of Harvard Creates Half-Man Cyborg Flesh

Harvard Creates Half-Man Cyborg Flesh

Bioengineers at Harvard University have created the first cyborg tissue.

Visual of Hearing Colors

Hearing Colors

Thanks to the antenna implanted in his skull, Neil Harbisson can hear images and paint sounds.

Visual of Heart Tissue Grown with Spider Silk

Heart Tissue Grown with Spider Silk

It might be possible to grow a new heart in labs using spider silk.

Visual of Meet Yangyang, Actroid From China

Meet Yangyang, Actroid From China

The humanoid robot Yangyang can function autonomously, talking and gesturing while interacting with people.

Visual of Ocumetrics Bionic Lenses can Triple Your Eyesight Capability

Ocumetrics Bionic Lenses can Triple Your Eyesight Capability

Dr. Garth Webb, an optometrist from British Columbia, has invented the Ocumetics Bionic Lens : lenses that after being implanted through an eight minute surgery, improve eyesight …

Visual of Organs Could Self-Heal with Nanoneedles

Organs Could Self-Heal with Nanoneedles

An international team of scientists used nano-sized needles in order to promote production of new blood cells.

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 Smart Gloves Turn Gestures into Music

Smart Gloves Turn Gestures into Music

English artist Imogen Heap, with an army of artists, musicians, scientists and technologists, developed the Mi.Mu gloves.

Visual of Technology Made us Human

Technology Made us Human

Buckle up for a cinematic espresso shot from performance philosopher and NNN ambassador Jason Silva.

Visual of Using Shrimp Shell to Produce Bioplastics

Using Shrimp Shell to Produce Bioplastics

Researchers Fernandez and Ingber imitated chitin in order to produce durable, biodegradable plastics.

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 Artificial Senses for Navigation

Artificial Senses for Navigation

A team of cyborgs and digital enthusiasts developed a wearable technology for the body that perceives a human sixth sense.

Visual of The Enlightenment Is Dead, Long Live the Entanglement

The Enlightenment Is Dead, Long Live the Entanglement

We humans are changing. We have become so intertwined with what we have created that we are no longer separate from it. We have outgrown the distinction between the natural and the artificial. We are what we make.

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 in which biomedical technologies will come to promising ends.

Visual of Let's Laugh at Robots!

Let's Laugh at Robots!

Welcome to the world of robot fails.

Visual of Man Controls Prosthetic Arm with His Mind

Man Controls Prosthetic Arm with His Mind

Researchers at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine succeeded in hooking up a prosthetic arm to the human brain.

Visual of Turning Contact Lenses into Screens

Turning Contact Lenses into Screens

A polymer film coating can turn contact lenses into computer screens.

Visual of Fellow Day: Next Senses

Fellow Day: Next Senses

On June 17th a NNN Fellow Day was organized to explore the future project: Next Senses.

Visual of A Robotic Suit to Update Your Granny

A Robotic Suit to Update Your Granny

The elderly may toss their walkers for this robotic suit.

Visual of Add-on Body Parts: Bionic Thumb

Add-on Body Parts: Bionic Thumb

Royal College of Art graduate Dani Clode reframed prosthetics as extensions of the body, rather than replacements for missing parts.

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Explore Depths from Your Chair

To explore deep sea Standfort University developed OceanOne: a humanoid diving robot, which at the same time creates a simulation of the underwater experience on land.

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Hire a Smart Robot

What if your co-worker was a robot? Dutch startup Smart Robotics is a job agency for robots that allows you to hire a smart-robot.

Visual of Personhood Status for Robots

Personhood Status for Robots

An "electronic personhood" for robots has been discussed in the European Parliament recently, raising big questions about equality, citizenship, legal and ironically, human rights for artificial intelligent machines.

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Jobs for Entrepreneurs - Robots at Work #4

This is post number four of our serie 'Robots at Work'. In this episode we present you five jobs for entrepreneurs, the ones who love doing big business.

Visual of Sexy Cyborg Sports Her Prosthetic Limb

Sexy Cyborg Sports Her Prosthetic Limb

The Brazilian model Paola Antonini uses her Instagram to show off her prosthetic limb.

Visual of The age of cyborgs has arrived

The age of cyborgs has arrived

How many cyborgs did you see during your morning commute today? I would guess at least five. Did they make you nervous? Probably not; you likely didn’t even realize they were …

Visual of If you could have another sense, which sense would you choose?

If you could have another sense, which sense would you choose?

Color-blind artist Neil Harbisson designed a brain-implanted antenna that converts colors into sound. This enables him to hear colors he cannot see, and extends his vision to …

Visual of Smart Ring Turns Thumb Gestures into Words and Numbers

Smart Ring Turns Thumb Gestures into Words and Numbers

From the Georgia Institute of Technology arrives FingerSound, a smart ring that recognizes thumb gestures and converts them into words and numbers.

Visual of This brain-controlled exoskeleton allows a paralyzed man to walk again

This brain-controlled exoskeleton allows a paralyzed man to walk again

A breakthrough technology that responds to signals from the brain has transformed the life of a paralyzed 28-year-old man called Thibault. Four years after the initial incident …

Visual of Bionic Eye: Limited Vision to the Blind

Bionic Eye: Limited Vision to the Blind

A new implant lets blind people see letters, crosswalks and people.

Visual of A mouse can scare the cat away

A mouse can scare the cat away

Animal Nextnature! Using an animal as part of your lego creation. A 'behaviour block' can track the behaviour of the animal inside. This behavior is the nused to drive the Lego …

Visual of ALAVs

ALAVs

They make whale-like sounds, they feed, float and flock: Autonomous Light Air Vessels. video | alavs.com

Visual of Biopresence - Human DNA Trees

Biopresence - Human DNA Trees

Imagine a graveyard without tombstones, instead there are growing trees that contain genetic material of the deceased people burried there. Biopresence creates Human DNA trees by …

Visual of Biosphere 2

Biosphere 2

Biosphere 2 is a manmade closed ecological system in Oracle, Arizona. Constructed between 1987 and 1989, it was used to test if and how people could live and work in a closed …

Visual of Biotech Hobbyist Magazine

Biotech Hobbyist Magazine

The place on the Web for biotech thinkers, builders, experimenters, students, and others who love the intellectual challenge and stimulation of hobby biotech. Biotech Hobbyist …

Visual of Cloaca - Art(ificial) shit machine

Cloaca - Art(ificial) shit machine

Cloaca is a giant machine that makes shit. At one end of the machine, they pour 2.6 gallons of water and a meal from a fancy SoHo restaurant. 27 hours and 33 feet later, a nozzle …

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 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 Excuse me, is Your Tooth Ringing?

Excuse me, is Your Tooth Ringing?

The 'tooth phone' consists of a tiny vibrator and a radio wave receiver implanted into a tooth during routine dental surgery. Sound, which comes into the tooth as a digital radio …

Visual of Close to skin technology

Close to skin technology

Wearable Interfaces, Smart Materials and Living Fabrics. V2_, Institute for the Unstable Media, Rotterdam, and Amsterdam-based Virtueel Platform, the expertise centre for …

Visual of Growing a Hidden Architecture

Growing a Hidden Architecture

Christian Kerrigan's project, Growing a Ship in a Yew Forest "explores the possibilities of a symbiotic relationship between two different systems of organization, technology and …

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 Sixties last

Sixties last

The flower depicted in the image is a good example of Hypernature. While fake nature is always a flatter surrogate of old nature, hypernature is a simulation of an old nature that …

Visual of Wildgruen

Wildgruen

Mandy Meißner's "Wildgruen", a plant that can move and communicate. In her view, plants need to be freed from their isolation, both in the way that they can only lean towards the …

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Wine making = Math

Enologix makes software that predicts how a wine will rate in reviews even before it is made. It claims that wine quality can be measured chemically, and a score assessed, much …

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Withus Oragainstus

Just read this article on Darpa 's work on using bugs for war effort . They are planning to make a kind of insect cyborg to use in the army. The Defense Advanced Research Projects …

Visual of Attack of the Metal Eating Plants

Attack of the Metal Eating Plants

Genetically modified plants may be the green solution for cleaning up polluted sites . Researchers David Salt and John Freeman aim to develop plants that remove toxic metals from …

Visual of Augmented Animals

Augmented Animals

Animals do not shape their living environment as radically as humans, but why don't we give them some help. James Auger envisions animals, birds, reptiles and even fish becoming …

Visual of Augmented Fish Reality

Augmented Fish Reality

Augmented Fish Reality is an interactive installation of five rolling robotic fish-bowl sculptures. These sculptures allow Siamese Fighting fish (Betta Splendons) to use …

Visual of Bioprinting in Hawai

Bioprinting in Hawai

This Fall, the 1st world Bioprinting Congress is organized in Honolulu, Hawai. Four whole days of biopatterning, bioassembly and biofabrication! The ironic choice of location …

Visual of Botanicalls: The Plants have your Number

Botanicalls: The Plants have your Number

Botanicalls is a system that allows plants to call their owner when they need more (or less) sunlight or water. It works by placing moisture and light sensors in plants and then …

Visual of Chewing = Browsing

Chewing = Browsing

Japanese researchers have developed head gear that lets people control devices such as an iPod using their teeth. Now that is not really new, except when you take in mind that …

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 Deep in the Forest : Owls, Logs and Noise

Deep in the Forest : Owls, Logs and Noise

Starting as noise makers, the owlproject work on different products which are deeply rooted in nature. And electronics.With their logs the owlproject travel around the world, …

Visual of Designer pets

Designer pets

If your house just isn't big enough to have a leopard, you can allways buy these 20.000 dollar cats. Nailcaps are included to prevent scratches on the matching cat furniture. I …

Visual of iBiogenetics

iBiogenetics

In 1998 at the introduction of the iMac , Apple declared that the "i" stood for "internet". Apple later adopted the "i" prefix across its consumer hardware and software lines. …

Visual of Interview with a cyborg

Interview with a cyborg

Erich Berger has a 96 year old grandmother who is a cyborg. She features dentures, hearing aids, glasses, pace maker, a metal implant on the pinkie toe, and more. Quotes from the …

Visual of NAT Designing Nature - Exhibition & Debate

NAT Designing Nature - Exhibition & Debate

NAT, designing nature is about the interface where nature and culture, biology and design intertwine. An exhibition that is a cross between an exotic Garden of Eden and an illegal …

Visual of Out of Control

Out of Control

The Made and the Born: Neo-Biological civillization, written by Kevin Kelly, excerpt from Out of Control : The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems and the Economic World, …

Visual of Plantvertising

Plantvertising

You put all that care into your plants, and what do you get in return? Magic. Buy a can with a bean seed , add water, watch it sprout with a message etched on the leaf. Well in …

Visual of Robotarium - Zoo for Artificial Life

Robotarium - Zoo for Artificial Life

Robotarium X , the first zoo for artificial life, approaches robots very much in the way as we are used to look at life in old nature. We, humans, enjoy watching and studying …

Visual of Treetrunk Bench

Treetrunk Bench

Old nature meets next nature in the design by Jurgen Bey. Related: How to grow a Chair , Folding Chair , Sketch furniture , Dynamic terrain .

Visual of Who wants to drive in a Fish?

Who wants to drive in a Fish?

Behold the BoxFish, Mercedes' bionic concept car. This tropical fish is outstandingly streamlined. Its engineers were able to achieve a wind drag coefficient of just 0.06 in the …

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X-finger

wired.com | video | Related posts: Robotic hand | Bionic arm Invented by Dan Didrick of Naples, Florida, the device has NO batteries, electronics, servos or actuators. Instead, …

Visual of Feelings Translated to Plants

Feelings Translated to Plants

Ambient Biomedia is an investigative project about using living beings, in particular plants, to display human lifestyle problems information. The working principle of our systems …

Visual of Bacteria That Eat Waste & Shit Petrol

Bacteria That Eat Waste & Shit Petrol

Energy problem? Why not genetically alter bacteria to have them provide 'renewable petroleum'. Crude oil is only a few molecular stages removed from the acids normally excreted by …

Visual of Bananawall

Bananawall

Who would not need a bananawall in their officegarden? This modular freestanding, indoor/outdoor bananawall system was designed by Stefan Sagmeister . It is made of 7200 banana's. …

Visual of Biomechanical Energy Harvesting

Biomechanical Energy Harvesting

Let's face it: every time your cellphone battery runs empty you feel amputated and you quickly run back to your house to connect to a powering-adapter. Bionic Power Inc. is now …

Visual of Composting Bottle

Composting Bottle

Don't you just love that vanishing bioplastic bottle! It is our peculiar object of the week.

Visual of Driving on Algue

Driving on Algue

Green bubbles? Yes, they seem to be everywhere nowadays. But for a change we aren't talking about those greenish marketing bubbles of the flourishing sustainability cult. …

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 My latest cellphone

My latest cellphone

I think I'll have my next one implanted in my tooth . Via joe-ks.com .

Visual of Prof. Dr. Jos de Mul's - Poetry of Genetics

Prof. Dr. Jos de Mul's - Poetry of Genetics

In the weeks towards the Biggest Visual Power Show 2008 we post a few video's of earlier power show presentations. Philosopher Prof. Dr. Jos de Mul – author of countless articles …

Visual of Roboswift, Eyes in Disguise

Roboswift, Eyes in Disguise

With its 50 cm wing span and 80 grams of weight, this high tech bird is ready to infiltrate swift surveillance squads next summer. Aerospace engineering students at TU Delft , …

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 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 First Pregnant Man

The First Pregnant Man

At first I thought this first pregnant man was a hoax, but after I saw it on Oprah I realized it must be 'real'. Well, the pregnant man is actually a former woman who had a sex …

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 Voyage of the Bacteria Bots

Voyage of the Bacteria Bots

The 1966 science-fiction movie Fantastic Voyage famously imagined using a tiny ship to combat disease inside the body. With the advent of nanotechnology, researchers are inching …

Visual of A hermit crab in a glass house

A hermit crab in a glass house

Never thought I would ever empathize with a hermit crab. But somehow the 'situation' the creature is in, provides me with a feeling of recognition. According to this video marine …

Visual of Artificial 'Trees' to Stop Climate Change

Artificial 'Trees' to Stop Climate Change

The fabrication of forests with artificial trees is one of the best strategies to stop climate change, according to scientists of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers . The …

Visual of Bioluminescent Trees will Replace Streetlights?

Bioluminescent Trees will Replace Streetlights?

Most people know about light emitting organisms such as jellyfishes, fireflies and mushrooms . Some time ago, genetic engineers transferred genes responsible for the luciferin and …

Visual of BioStream

BioStream

A renewable energy technology company in Australia designed this power generation system inspired by the shape of the tailfins of sharks, tuna and mackerel. The currents on the …

Visual of Craig Venter – Catalyst of evolution

Craig Venter – Catalyst of evolution

If the six hour crash course on synthetic genomics is a bit too much for you, there is always a more snappy TED lecture in which Craig Venter ponders on whether we can create new …

Visual of Crash course on synthetic genomics

Crash course on synthetic genomics

Next Monday when your colleagues ask you what you have been doing for the weekend, you might answer you something default like you went out with friends, danced, biked to the …

Visual of Cyborg Insects

Cyborg Insects

Scientists at the University of California created a neural implant for a beetle that gives them wireless control over the insect. Electrical signals delivered via the electrodes …

Visual of Deliver us from Skeuomorph Prosthetics

Deliver us from Skeuomorph Prosthetics

No, this is not another example in our fake for real series , comparing an artificial with a human hand. Rather, you are looking at twice the same hand: with and without its …

Visual of Eyeborg

Eyeborg

The Eyeborg Project is the work of Rob Spence, a 36 year old filmmaker residing in Toronto, Canada and Kosta Grammatis – an unemployed engineer from San Francisco, California. …

Visual of Flyvertising

Flyvertising

To draw attention to a stand at the publishing house of the Frankfurter Buchmesse , a publisher hired some flies. The paper mini-banners -- attached with self-dissolving wax -- …

Visual of Food Design in the 21th Century

Food Design in the 21th Century

Old nature provided us with a wide variety of food: fresh milk, crispy vegetables, nutritious meat. Yet this is not enough, we want more: We want a printed steak , square …

Visual of Fresh from the Pharm

Fresh from the Pharm

Will we in the future still buy several needs according food in shops, or will we grow M&M’s ourselves? There is a lot happening on in the field of food technology , think for …

Visual of Growth Assembly

Growth Assembly

Though the example product seems a little far-fetched; growth assembly could be quite revolutionary. Worldwide shipping of manufactured things is very inefficient. Why not ship …

Visual of How biotech will drive our evolution

How biotech will drive our evolution

Are you ready for some techno-optimism? Buckle up and enjoy the ride with bio-tech evangelist Gregory Stock . Some quotes from his prophetic TED talk : "We are seizing control of …

Visual of Hyperfins

Hyperfins

The next step in biomimetic body extentions for propelling yourself through water. Man moves on from copying ducks to become a dolphin-like cyborg. With these fins you can be …

Visual of Inorganic Flora

Inorganic Flora

By highlighting the geometric and mechanical structure of flowers, computer graphics illustrator Macoto Murayama produced these beautiful renderings. These flowers must not be …

Visual of Let the robots do the teaching

Let the robots do the teaching

"Upon returning to class after the Golden Week holidays, students at a Tokyo elementary school were delighted to find their teacher had been replaced by a robot. The talking …

Visual of Next Nest

Next Nest

When a bird builds a nest, we call it nature, but when a human puts up an apartment building, suddenly it’s culture? As if the dividing line between nature and culture wasn't …

Visual of Sunlight-shaped Furniture

Sunlight-shaped Furniture

Austrian designers Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler have created a solar powered machine that makes arrays of furnishings that vary based on how much sunlight it receives over …

Visual of Think Hello

Think Hello

Remember Asimo ? Honda has now developped a new Brain-Machine Interface technology that allows humans to control the humanoid robot simply by thinking certain thoughts. The BMI …

Visual of Turning Brain Waves into Tweets

Turning Brain Waves into Tweets

Are you using Twitter and looking for faster ways to update your followers with your utterly mundane status on what you are thinking? Adam Wilson from the University of Wisconsin …

Visual of Acoustic Botany

Acoustic Botany

With his speculative ‘acoustic garden’ David Benqué tries to explore our cultural and aesthetic relationship to nature. He states that the current debate around Genetic …

Visual of Craig Venter unveils 'Synthetic Life'

Craig Venter unveils 'Synthetic Life'

Craig Venter announces what might be a historic milestone in the nature caused by people. For 15 years, Craig Venter and his team of scientists have tried to synthesize life from …

Visual of Fake blood cells deliver medicines

Fake blood cells deliver medicines

Newly created synthetic particles that mimic red blood cells may one day carry drug molecules and/or oxygen through bloodstreams, scientists write in the Proceedings of the …

Visual of FluDOC – Glowing Bacteria Show if You Have Influenza

FluDOC – Glowing Bacteria Show if You Have Influenza

Bacteria are traditionally perceived as infectious and unhealthy, but that is about to change. This week designer Jan van der Asdonk graduated from the Next Nature Lab at the TU/e …

Visual of Grow-a-NanoRaptor

Grow-a-NanoRaptor

Now here is an example of the fusion between the made and the born , most kids would crave for. Much better than the robotic dino toy. Designed by evolution! Hopefully this …

Visual of How to Grow an Organ

How to Grow an Organ

Buckle up for the state of the art in the fusion of the made & the born. Anthony Atala of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine presented footage of his …

Visual of Join the Designers & Artists 4 Genomics Award

Join the Designers & Artists 4 Genomics Award

So, you are well aware that 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 …

Visual of Let the Bacteria do the Cleaning

Let the Bacteria do the Cleaning

Dusting furniture and floors should be history in forty years time, as special bacteria in a yet to develop cleaning product will be eating the dirt. The speculative cleaning …

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 Nomadic Plants

Nomadic Plants

Nomadic Plants are a species assembled from a group of robotic-electronic-biological organisms living in symbiosis in order to survive in habitats affected by human activity. The …

Visual of Reading the Body: Finger Length Ratio Predicts Athletic Ability

Reading the Body: Finger Length Ratio Predicts Athletic Ability

The human body is increasingly recognized as a biometric source of information for a wide spectrum of issues, including security, psychopathology, personality and health. Earlier …

Visual of American Hyperbodies

American Hyperbodies

Lady Gaga is famous for fashion that exaggerates or obscures her body, but a few months ago, she made a foray into 'actual' body-modification. Gaga appeared on Jay Leno's talk …

Visual of Augmented Ecologies

Augmented Ecologies

It might take a while before this goes mainstream, if ever, but there is a certain luster in being a plant VJ. Augmented Ecologies is an installation by Guido Maciocci, who rigged …

Visual of Bare necessities

Bare necessities

According to a research by JWT AnxietyIndex the changing mediascape is upon us. Do to the recession people are forced to validate their luxuries and it turned out that teens and …

Visual of Biomodd at work

Biomodd at work

Modding is the act of adapting hardware/software to have it do what you want it to do, which does not always correlate with what it is originally built to do. Biomodd (ding) is …

Visual of Crickets Inspire New Sensitive Sensor

Crickets Inspire New Sensitive Sensor

Inspired by crickets, researchers of the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology of the University of Twente in the Netherlands have build a biomimetic sensor that can measure changes …

Visual of E.Coli produced Spider Silk

E.Coli produced Spider Silk

In a previous post we have reported on spider silk, it's applications and the way it is produced. Adding the gene responsible for the production of the spider silk protein to …

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 Nano Skin Prosthetics

Nano Skin Prosthetics

Nano-skin may let amputees feel again.

Visual of New steps to meld mind and machine

New steps to meld mind and machine

Until now we've seen the types of brain-computer interface where the human has to put on some sort of bulky hat full of wires to control a machine. It won't be like that for long: …

Visual of Policing Genes

Policing Genes

The genetics of the plants in your garden could become a police matter. Pharmaceutical companies are experimenting with genetically engineering plants to produce useful and …

Visual of Tattoo 2.0

Tattoo 2.0

As a child you probably had one of those temporary tattoos that come packed with over-sweetened chewing gum. It was a nice decoration, and a way to stand out. Recently researchers …

Visual of Tree Temple

Tree Temple

So we may think ‘ guided growth ‘ is a typically 21th century design methodology, yet apparently it was also in vogue in the 19th century. According the original description in …

Visual of End of Life Care Machine

End of Life Care Machine

Designer, artist and engineer  Dan Chen has developed the ' End of Life Care Machine ', a machine designed to guide and comfort dying patients with a carefully scripted message. …

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 Nanotech Water Bottle Harvests Water from the Air

Nanotech Water Bottle Harvests Water from the Air

The Namib desert gets less than a half an inch of rain per year, yet the stenocara beetle manages to survive in these punishing conditions. The beetle's secret lies in an array of …

Visual of Thirsty? With a Cyborg Bladder, You'll Never Need to Drink

Thirsty? With a Cyborg Bladder, You'll Never Need to Drink

Some desert animals, like the kangaroo rat, get through their lives without needing to drink even a drop of water. Now, a Japanese design company aims to make humans just as …

Visual of Who will Question Bio-Engineering?

Who will Question Bio-Engineering?

Bioethicist Paul Root Wolpe presents a parade of recent bio-engineering experiments, from glowing monkeys , to genetically boosted salmon , to cyborg insects . He asks: isn't it …

Visual of Artifice Earth: Adam Rutherford on the Promises of Synthetic Biology

Artifice Earth: Adam Rutherford on the Promises of Synthetic Biology

An interview about the history and promises of synthetic biology, and the problem with the word "nature".

Visual of Bacterioptica

Bacterioptica

Living lamps like Latro Algea Lamp by Mike Thompson are nothing new. But design studio MADLAB has created Bacterioptica , a lamp that contains organisms and bacteria from the …

Visual of Interview: Floris Kaayk, the Visionary Creative Mind Behind Human Birdwings

Interview: Floris Kaayk, the Visionary Creative Mind Behind Human Birdwings

Floris Kayak discusses online hoaxes and the future of technology.

Visual of Interview: Rachel Armstrong, Innovative Scientist Who Wants to Grow Architecture

Interview: Rachel Armstrong, Innovative Scientist Who Wants to Grow Architecture

Rachel Armstrong discusses living buildings, Venice's foundations, millennial nature and how to improve our future.

Visual of Moss Table Powers Its Own Lamp

Moss Table Powers Its Own Lamp

When moss photosynthesize, they release nutritious fats, carbs and proteins into their roots to feed colonies of helpful, symbiotic bacteria. In the process of breaking down these …

Visual of Researcher Create Fully Artificial Proteins

Researcher Create Fully Artificial Proteins

Body builders rejoice: scientists have synthesized the world's first artificial proteins.

Visual of Strawberry Noir

Strawberry Noir

Should plants be genetically controlled to perform specific functions for us?

Visual of The birth of the artificial womb

The birth of the artificial womb

Researchers in Tokyo have developed an artificial womb (for goats).

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The "Silk Pavilion" Combines Digital and Biological Architecture

The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out, the warms build pavilions made of polygonal silk panels.

Visual of When Is Biomimicry Not Really Biomimicry?

When Is Biomimicry Not Really Biomimicry?

A entomologist gives another explanation for that famous fruit fly with ant-patterned wings: it's not evolution, it's human error.

Visual of 3D printing Tumors to Cure Cancer

3D printing Tumors to Cure Cancer

3D printing cancer could be the future of treating cancer.

Visual of Bionic Plants

Bionic Plants

Scientists designed a way to improve the efficiency of plants light harvesting during the photosynthesis, using nanotechnology.

Visual of Design by Termite

Design by Termite

Why not outsource your laser engraving jobs to termites?

Visual of Get Infrared Sight with a Vitamine Diet

Get Infrared Sight with a Vitamine Diet

Bio-hackers developed a protocol to augment human sight to see into the near infrared range.

Visual of Spider Silk will be Commercialized in 2015

Spider Silk will be Commercialized in 2015

Company AMSilk will commercialize spider silk in 2015.

Visual of The First Man Made Leaf Looks like a Leaf

The First Man Made Leaf Looks like a Leaf

Julian Melchiorri created a synthetic biological leaf that absorbs water and carbon dioxide to produce oxygen just like a plant.

Visual of An Adblocker for Your Eyes

An Adblocker for Your Eyes

Most VR concepts and products are coming from big tech companies. With their ad-driven business models they are likely to fill your Glass, Hololens or Oculus with ads at some …

Visual of Caress of the Gaze

Caress of the Gaze

Designer Behnaz Farahi envisions an interactive 3D printed outfit that can detect and respond to the gaze of the other and respond accordingly with life-like behavior.

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 A Wooden Floor that Follows the Curves of the Tree it's Made of

A Wooden Floor that Follows the Curves of the Tree it's Made of

A wooden floor that follows the curves of the tree it's made of, thanks to smart milling techniques.

Visual of Hacking Human Cells to Use Solar Power

Hacking Human Cells to Use Solar Power

A new biotech startup seeks to hack our cells to use solar energy instead of carbon and oxygen.

Visual of Turning Cockroaches into Rescue Robots

Turning Cockroaches into Rescue Robots

Cyborg cockroaches might be used for search-and-rescue operations in the future.

Visual of Augmented Biology: Growing Ears on Apples

Augmented Biology: Growing Ears on Apples

A promising way to grow body parts: using an apple.

Visual of Using Spinach to Detect Explosives

Using Spinach to Detect Explosives

Introducing nanobionic spinach plants that can detect explosives.