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Catch a glimpse of augmented reality meets fashion for a taste of the future…

All Mod Cons : TV’s New Frontier

After launching the LG Display curved OLED televisions with 4K capability, this year’s offering is sure to make headlines. LG has a mind-melting 55-inch ‘wallpaper-style’ set that is a very thin 0.97mm and weighs only 4.1 pounds. As OLEDS don’t need backlighting,the actual components are not contained within the TV itself. The “mat” can be hooked up on a wall using a magnetic foundation, allowing the ever-present TV to practically disappear altogether.
No dates as to “when” this new development might hit first-adaptors..

New TVefe 

Kiss The Future: The Kinematic Dress

3D printing continues to take small leaps and bounds as adventurers literally spin out innovative adaptations like that of Nervous Systems, Massachusetts  and their kinematically designed frock. Made from over 2200 modular, triangular pieces that move individually allowing fluid, fabric like motion. 21st Century chainmail. So wonderfully innovative that MoMa NYC has bought it to place in their museum. Printed through Shapeways, it involved ‘folding’ the stl. file within the parameters of printing capacity. A remarkable, technological feat that is equally delicate and beautiful.

3D printed-kinematic

Future Tense: TMS Mind Massage

Northwestern University in Chicago has announced results in electric brain treatment that may hold the key to rehabilitating memory disorders stemming from alzheimer’s, aging, brain injury, schizophrenia, stroke and just plain ole’ forgetfulness…Results showed substantial improvement of memory tests after the 3rd day of 20 minute cranial massages for 5 consecutive days using electric impulses to a sweetspot strongly connected to the hippocampus just under the skull. Cramming for exams just got a whole lot easier (lol).

Electric Current to Brain Boosts Memory from Northwestern News on Vimeo.

Stimulating a particular region in the brain via non-invasive delivery of electrical current using magnetic pulses, called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, improves memory, reports a new Northwestern Medicine® study published in the journal Science.

The Jelly Moth: Micro Flying Robot

Taking a rather novel approach to drones, this prototype for a new breed of tiny flying robots could hail a new chapter in stealth use that mimic the insect world. These “MAVs” (micro aerial vehicles) have been difficult to control and are weighed down but New York University has developed one that is featherweight and remains stable due to its petal propulsion which is a cross between a jellyfish and moth and is not much bigger than a dime! Would make a great art installation with a few dozen too….


Jelly fly

Shifting Print: Adventures in 3D aesthetics

A few examples how the introduction of 3D printing is quickly transforming our contemporary aesthetics with almost no limits to the imagination…

3D print shoe collaboration with Iris Van Herpen and Rem Koolhaas

3D print shoe collaboration with Iris Van Herpen and Rem Koolhaas


architects Michael Hansmeyer and Benjamin Dillenburger produce world's first 3D printed room

architects Michael Hansmeyer and Benjamin Dillenburger produce world’s first 3D printed room


3D cake decorations.

3D cake decorations.

Zaha Hadid vs. UNITED: Let the Games Begin…

Recalling the work of italian futurist Umberto Boccioni, these creations are visionary.
Hadid states: “I have always appreciated those who dare to experiment with materials and proportions”. “Our collaboration with United Nude reinterprets the classic shoe typology, pushing the boundaries of what is possible without compromising integrity.” Indeed.
Made of chrome vinyl rubber and lined in Nappa with fibreglass platform and heel, no amount of comfort is lost. Available in bronze, gold, black and silver. zaha Hadid for United

Through the Looking Glass: Google’s “Explorer”

With the race on for wearable technologies such as smartwatches by Apple and Samsung, Google is forging ahead with it’s glasses that incorporate augmented reality, straight out of William Gibson’s novel, “Virtual Light” from 1993.
Here you can have a sneak preview what this will look like…


Google Glass “Explorer” will retail for approx. US$1,500 and will go to market in 2014.

Invisibility Cloak: Hyperstealth

British Columbia-based Hyperstealth Biotechnology claims to be working on an extraordinary “invisibility cloak” that would render its wearer virtually invisible. Citing security concerns, the camouflage-design company has yet to provide anything beyond mock-ups of the Quantum Stealth cloak, but explained that the fabric works by bending light around a person, enabling them to disappear into the environment. While the technology may seem fantastic, the company insists that they have the backing of the U.S. Pentagon and the Canadian military. Watch for it.
http://www.hyperstealth.com/
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Ride On!: The Hoverbike

Aerofex, an aerospace company from California, has developed a working prototype hover bike. According to the website Innovation News Daily, rotors on the underside of the vehicle provide lift, and the pilot controls the bike by leaning to the left and right. Aerofex has no immediate plans to commercially launch the vehicle to the public (yet?) but instead sees the technology as a test platform for military unmanned drones. Why does the military always get all the toys?

image: KeystoneUS-zuma-rex


SEE: AEROFEX

Brain Hacker: Emotiv BCI Technology

Like a scene out of Total Recall, the BCI (brain-computer interface) has been developed to the point where they can be found in novelty or spywear stores. Scientists have taken an off-shelf version and shown it has the capability of hacking the brain and pulling details straight from your mind.
University of Oxford, California Berkeley and Geneva gathered computer science students. They were briefed as being part of a security experiment but nothing else. A series of banks, maps, PIN # and such were displayed and by following P300 brain signals, the scientists were able to deduce where they lived and their banks by reducing the random data by up to 40%.
This coupled with information-prying technologies like smartphones, energy smart meters and naturally, Facebook , reveals an increasingly disturbing capability to monitor almost everyone and the relative simplicity of more sophisticated attacks with even pedestrian technology. Food for thought.


Graphs showing performance of the BCI test using three different data-response classification techniques with the dashed line displaying the correlation of random guesswork (Image: Martinovic et al.)

Mama Li: Lidewij Edelkoort Unplugged

The mother of all forecasting discusses her latest insights which reveal some very interesting ideas such as:

*Everyday Spirituality: Not in a Buddhist mode, but to something that celebrates life on a small, day to day level.
*The loss of individual behavior: Collaborative efforts and groupings. Terrace style organization.
*The young father: The nurturer which gives new perspective on parenting.
*Fluidity: The creative elite is envisioning a borderless world, against what is happening nationally and politically, where each person incorporates another profession in their work. Something akin to a new renaissance (wo)man.
*New couples are like teammates,buddies, comrades, lovers.
*The rite of the blogger (future editor-in-chiefs?): By creating their own sphere of influence, sharing innate passions for their subjects and reinvigorating the written word.
Naturally, she says it all with casual conviction and succinct wording…

Where’d you get those googles?

Google has sold interactive glasses for $1500 (only) during its annual software conference in San Francisco to first adaptors. If all goes well, a less expensive version of the glasses is expected to go on sale for consumers in early 2014. While wearing these glasses, directions to a destination or a text message from a friend may appear directly before your eyes. Conversing with friends in a video chat, take a photo without taking out a camera, phone or even buy a few things online as you walk around. JUST DON’T DRIVE DOING IT.

Isabelle Olsson, lead designer of Google’s Project Glass, talks about the design of the Google Glass during the keynote at Google’s annual developer conference