Urban Nomad Shelter

September 1st, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Design, Mapping, Products, Social, Sustainability, Urbanism | 7 Comments »

Urban Nomad Shelter, designed by Cameron McNall and Damon Seeley of Electroland, acts as both a “humanitarian act and as a social provocation.” The neon colored inflatable shelters stand as beacons or plot points as they are scattered across a landscape, commodifying and exhibiting those whom are often neglected. [I.D. Magazine 51’s Annual Design Review (Winner, Concept category)]

See also Michael Rakowitz’s paraSITE.

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Anti-Fog Nanocoating

August 30th, 2005 | Filed under: Future, Materials, Nanotech, Products, Technology | 1 Comment »

With the help of nanotachonlogy, foggy windows, foggy goggles, and foggy glasses are about to meet the ultimate anti-fog treatment developed by a group of scientists at MIT. Soon, you’ll be telling your kids how, back in the day, you used to entertain yourself by writing profanities in foggy windows.

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Tanaka Profile-Shaping Auto Door

August 16th, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Design, Future, Mechanical Tech, Products | 1 Comment »

The Tanaka auto door takes automatic sliding doors one step further with the ability create to openings according to the profile of the approaching figure. [video]

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Multi-Touch Sensing

August 11th, 2005 | Filed under: Computing, Future, Products, Technology | No Comments »

Jeff Han‘s rear projection multi-touch sensing display and JazzMutant’s Lemur both offer hope for all of us who can’t wait to get rid of the archaic mouse and finally click on more than one thing at a time. [Jeff Han’s prototype video] [Lemur video]

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Soulpad or Blackdog

August 10th, 2005 | Filed under: Products, Programming, Technology | 1 Comment »

IBM’s Soulpad system provides a mobile personalized virtual computer so users can move from one computer to the next while maintaining settings, open programs, etc. It is essentially a PC in a usb key or portable hard drive. Sounds a lot like Blackdog and Globetrotter.

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Remote-Controlled Humans

August 9th, 2005 | Filed under: Augmented, Future, Health, Products, Science | No Comments »

NTT Communication Science Lab is showcasing a human-controlling device at SIGGRAPH 2005, appropriately titled Shaking the World: Galvanic Vestibular Stimulation as a Novel Sensation Interface. Simply put, this is “a device that controls a person’s movement by remote control.” [article] [video]

National Geographic article on remote controlled rats (2002)

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Pyron Solar Electric Generator

July 24th, 2005 | Filed under: Future, Materials, Products, Sustainability, Technology, Urbanism | 3 Comments »

Pyron Solar Inc.‘s (San Diego, CA) new Pyron Solar Electric Generator, runs at less than $3 per Watt with 1/4 to 1/20 the size of other systems. Pyron’s system works by concentrating direct sunlight 400X into its photovoltaic cells. Projections by Pyron estimate possible costs for large power plants at $1.24 per Watt and enough efficiency to power the entire US with a 50 square mile plot of land in the desert southwest.

A similar idea, at a larger scale, is being researched by Materialab (at RPI) as a curtain wall system with embedded Fresnel lenses that track and concentrate sunlight into PV cells. [article]

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TactaPad : Tactile Input Device

July 11th, 2005 | Filed under: Future, Products, Technology | 2 Comments »

User input devices, such as the keyboard and the mouse, are arguably the slowest evolving components to the personal computer. When will we have tactile touchscreens (Immersion Corp.) everywhere? The TactaPad (closer, but not yet available) adds the neglected sense of touch with simultaneous double handed manipulation of multiple objects in user interfaces. [demo]

da Vinci Robot Surgery System

July 7th, 2005 | Filed under: Health, Mechanical Tech, Products, Technology | 5 Comments »

The da Vinci Surgical System, manufactured by Intuitive Surgical, has been successfully used for surgery with more precision, less pain, quicker recovery, and fewer complications. [video][animation]

via MedGadget | UNC

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Litefeeds : RSS for Your Phone

July 1st, 2005 | Filed under: Internet, Products | No Comments »

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