The “Light Barrier” installation by Kimichi and Chips demonstrated at the New Media Night Festival in Russia creates ethereal 3D objects using millions of crossed light beams.
English model, actress, and Sky Rainforest Rescue ambassador Lily Cole has recently collaborated with the French accessory brand Veja in an effort to combine sustainable fashion with Amazonia preservation in an unusual way.
Percussionist Sudha Kheterpal has teamed up with eco-designer Diana Simpson Hernandez to create SPARK – a musical instrument that successfully generates electricity just by playing it.
Filling up landfills, creating unfair wages for workers, and significantly contributing to greenhouse gas emissions, fashion isn’t exactly excluded from the consumer driven decline of the environment and humanity. But is the only alternative to shop at thrift stores or forever use hand-me-downs? Among the many designers emerging from the U.S.’s fast fashion disaster is Elizabeth Brunner, who has found a way to interrupt the wasteful cycle of clothing design.
Vessyl is a smart cup that helps you make smarter drink choices by instantly analyzing and tracking the nutritional information of your beverages.
A imaginative interpretation of modern technology, the Binaudio captures the Newcastle, England city soundscape.
Augmented reality powerhouse Metaio has now branched out into the realm of tactile content control – on top of a stunning 3D computerized visual overlay, they’ve added the hardware necessary to make wearable tech truly interactive by turning the whole world into a touchscreen.
Based in Tokyo, eyewear innovator JINS has recently jumped on the wearable tech bandwagon with MEME, their new smart eyeglasses that absorb, synthesize and externalize the user’s inner physiological and psychosomatic data. Instead of bringing the outside in like Google Glass, JINS MEME glasses are electronically subscribed to your subtle inner physical and emotional changes.
MKG’s Social Soul installation at the TED 2014 conference extracts the concepts and themes that are prevalent through your digital personality and displays it all around you, allowing you to experience the sights, sounds and messages of your social stream in a unified panoramic display. Users begin the experience by hashtagging #socialsoul, and complete it by meeting up with their fellow TED attendee social soulmate that they were matched with.
Stanford bioengineer Manu Prakash has created a $5 hand-cranked chemistry lab from music box parts that, instead of pricking metal tines to sound different tones, yields precise amounts of designated liquid chemicals. The small device is an inexpensive, easily manufactured, programmable and energy self-sufficient tool applicable to a wide variety of scientific and educational industries.
Anne-Marie Slaughter, Princeton professor and former Director of the U.S. State Department of Policy Planning, describes a world involving input from both women and men, in which family and work are equally valued.
Research group Experience Design at the Folkwang University of Arts has created several innovative and fun transformational gadgets called “Pleasurable Troublemakers” to help individuals cultivate good habits, whether they be about personal issues like impulsiveness or procrastination or globally conscious issues like about the economy or the environment.
Researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have recently been able to visually capture a memory being formed at the molecular level as it happens. Using advanced imaging techniques, Dr. Robert Singer and his team at the Department of Anatomy and Structural Biology have finally penetrated the elusive layer between the intangible memories and their previously only indirectly observed processes.
Ryuichi Sakamoto, Shiro Takatani, and the YCAM Interweb team collaborate in an installation that uses a bioelectric tracking device, interpretive music and visual displays to bring an urban centered world back to the forests that surround and define them.
Artist Lisa Park uses an EEG sensor and computer processing systems to translate her thoughts into sound. The vibrations of the music send the water rippling and jumping according to the state of her mind, while the artist sits in the middle of the five pools, seemingly motionless.
The art of acoustic levitation stems from the ability to control sound vibrations enough to combat gravity. While it’s not exactly a new science, Yoichi Ochiai and his team of researchers at the University of Tokyo have recently developed a 3D setup that demonstrates a remarkable increase in precision and maneuverability.
After a decade of researching, teaching, and writing about the power of vulnerability, Dr. Brené Brown has found that being emotionally vulnerable is the key to feeling more connected, courageous and free, while behaving significantly more kind and empathetic towards the rest of humanity.
Years of over exploitation of non-renewable resources have accelerated the development of ground-breaking technology for renewable energy. Swedish inventor Magnus Landberg at Minesto has designed a novel approach to sustainable energy: underwater kites that harness the power of ocean currents.
Harnessing the power of augmented reality technology, Evena has created the Eyes-On Glasses as a wearable device that allow medical professionals to see through skin. The glasses are a portable, real-time 3D imaging apparatus that takes the guesswork and discomfort out of IV insertion.
Researchers at the Neural Systems Laboratory at the University of Washington are believed to have created the first ever documented and approved human brain-to-brain communication. While it’s not exactly the superpower of telepathy we’ve all been dreaming of, it’s still pretty close.