Iris van Herpen – Seijaku – YouTube

See the evolving genius of futurist Iris van Herpen and her poetic, futurist designs – The collection is entitled, “Seijaku” or finding calm amidst chaos.

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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.

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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.

Digital Makeup Projection Mapping: Nobumichi Asai

Nobumichi Asai is known for his CGI work in various industries like cars and architecture but lends his hand here to the human face:

OMOTE / REAL-TIME FACE TRACKING & PROJECTION MAPPING. from something wonderful on Vimeo.

NOBUMICHI ASAI (PLANNER / PRODUCER / TECHNICAL PRODUCER – P.I.C.S.)
HIROTO KUWAHARA (ART DIRECTOR & MAKEUP)
PAUL LACROIX (TECHNICAL DIRECTOR / PROGRAMMER – TRANSIT DIGITAL WORKS)
JIN HASEGAWA (CG DESIGNER – SPADE)
TAKASHI ISHIBASHI (CG DESIGNER – SPADE)
AYAKA MOTOYOSHI (PRODUCTION MANAGER – P.I.C.S.)

Janet Echelman Aerial Sculpture: TED Conference Vancouver

The TED conference happening this week in Vancouver has not only notable speakers but innovative artwork like that of Janet Echelman. Her”Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks” is monumental in size and purported to be one of the biggest sculptures ever. It spans 227 x 145 x 53 m, suspended between a 24-story skyscraper and the Convention Center. Made from Honeywell Spectra fibre, it is a massive, billowing Google Chrome Eye floating high above the city with stunning light show at night.

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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….


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Logic + Geometry + Space = Maiko Takeda

Working in a particularly unusual void between sculpture and millinery, Maiko Takeda explores new volumes and innovative, spontaneous spins on everyday inspirations.
With a BA honours in jewellry from St. Martins and a masters in millinery from the Royal College of Art, she has also worked with the phenomenal Stephen Jones, Phillip Treacy, Erickson Beamon and Issey Miyake no less. It certainly shows. More at: MAIKO TAKEDA
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Entomology Elegance: Hirst & Prada Collaborate

Collaborative Plexi bags

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I’ve always been one for all things entomology, or rather, Ethnoentomology (the study of the relationship between insects and people). So it’s natural that this new collaboration between Damien Hirst and Prada should catch my eye. With only 20 bags made, they are in tandem with Hirst’s first exhibit in Qatar called, “RELICS”. Most beasties are encased while others are encrusted with gems on the outside. Not for the squeamish…

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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Miles and Miles of Piles: Stacked Structures

Why settle for one building when you can have a dozen seemingly piled on structures that entertain as well as take advantage of differing views and interesting inner spaces? The following are a round up of contemporary examples from some rather distinguished architectural firms.
Dutch studio MVRDV’s proposal for a 400-metre skyscraper in Jakarta.

VitraHaus by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron.
Tokyou Apartment by Sou Fujimoto Architects.

Shelter of Nostalgia by Worapong Manupipatpong (Polehouse)
Zaandam-hotel-by-Wilfried-van-WindenPhotographs are by Roel Backaert.

The Empress’ New Shoes: Andreia Chaves

Working between Europe and Brazil, Andreia Chaves is a design consultant for several international companies. A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Andreia Chaves’ work captured the attention of international media even before her graduation from Polimoda Fashion Institute in Florence, Italy in 2010 with her 3D printinvisible shoe series. That is not a surprise…

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?

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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.)

I Can See Clearly Now: SantambrogioMilano

Milan’s architectural firm, Santambrogiomilano, has come up with a new line aptly named, Simplicity. It is a collaboration between founder Carlo Santambrogio and designer Ennio Arosio that features iconic furniture pieces, beds, sofas and bookcases, all encased within an amazing concept home complet with architectural elements such as staircases and kitchens, all executed in ‘extraclear’ glass. As the briefing states:
‘SIMPLICITY is realized in extraclear glass by Saint Gobain, tempered and stratified, named Diamant for its
characteristics of extreme purity and brilliancy. It is interpreted in a unique way with the use of important
thicknesses (30 mm) and treated with special technical procedures to guarantee total security.’
Amazing result for the ultimate exhibitionist.




Organically Modified: Janina Alleyne

Nominated for the 2012 Mulberry Accessory Award, these exoskeleton inspired- 3D Printed shoes by footwear designer Janina Alleyne are in a class all their own. Drawn from the intricate structure and silhouette of external skeletons of marine invertebrates, creatures and insects, the designs also expands the full capacity of 3D printing to incorporate the elaborate design and fluid architecture flawlessly in a neo Art Nouveau way.
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