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wicker-covered car by ojo obaniyi

21 Jan

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“Nigerian artisan ojo obaniyi from ibadan has applied his skill in weaving in an unusually creative way to advertise his business.Obaniyi, who has practiced the craft for 20 years, has covered the interior and exterior of his volkswagen pickup with raffia palm cane, including the entire car body, the wheel caps, chairs, steering wheel and dashboard in an effort to attract attention from passersby. obaniyi says of his handiwork: ‘I wanted to prove a point that it is not only the educated elite that can make positive changes in society. we, the artisans also have talents to effect a change and make a positive impact in the society. that is why I decided that I too must do something that will make people to recognize me and know me across the whole world and by extension prove to the world that african and indeed the entire black race have very talented people.”

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BOTANICUS INTERACTICUS BY DISNEY RESEARCH

8 Aug


“Botanicus Interacticus is a technology for designing highly expressive interactive plants, both living and artificial. Driven by the rapid fusion of computing and living spaces, we take interaction from computing devices and places it in the physical world using livings plants as an interactive medium.

Botanicus Interacticus has a number of unique properties. This instrumentation of living plants is simple, non-invasive, and does not damage the plants: it requires only a single wire placed anywhere in the plant soil. Botanicus Interacticus allows for rich and expressive interaction with plants. It allows to use such gestures as sliding fingers on the stem of the orchid, detecting touch and grasp location, tracking proximity between human and a plant, and estimating the amount of touch contact, among others.

In Botanicus Interacticus we also deconstruct the electrical properties of plants and replicate them using standard electrical components. This allows the design of a broad variety of biologically inspired artificial plants that behave nearly the same as their biological counterparts. From the point of view of our technology there is no difference between real and artificial.

Botanicus Interacticus technology can be used to design highly interactive responsive environments based on plants, developing new forms of organic, living interaction devices as well as creating organic ambient and pervasive interfaces”.

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Solar Powered Roadways by Scott Brusaw

7 Aug


“American electrical engineer Scott Brusaw has developed a system of solar powered roads as an initiative to change the face of national highways. His project ‘solar roadways‘ aims to re-purpose existing concrete and asphalt surfaces that are exposed to the sun with solar road panels. He is currently introducing the technology in driveways, bike paths, patios, sidewalks, parking lots, playgrounds, before integrating them onto public roads.

Aside from providing sustainable transportation solutions, the concept will provide socio-economic advantages in all aspects of daily life. The roads are capable of directly inputting energy into the power-grid through photovoltaics, which if realized, could power an entire country from the generated electricity. since our current power grid is based on centralized power stations, and distribution is handled through transmission lines and relay stations, the ‘solar roadways’ would replace coal- and nuclear-powered electricity generation plants by transforming the road into a self-contained energy source”.

“In a future filled with electric vehicles and this new technology, cars will be able to virtually recharge anywhere and small businesses would profit and benefit by going off the grid — eliminating a monthly electricity bill, and attracting customers through the installation of EV charging stations. the intelligent road system will provide a clean form of renewable energy, while implementing safer driving”.

Challenges associated with extreme winter climates will also be resolved, where an implementation of embedded heating within the design will eliminate ice and snow buildup. Cities will no longer have the expense of snow removal and the problems caused by the chemicals used to maintain clear roads. Conditions along with power and data delivery.

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Music boxes for iPad by Joelle Aeschlimann

23 Jul

“As a part of her studies at ECAL, joelle aeschlimann has created a music box prototype for the iPad. the ‘little boxes’ project consists of three separate devices that interact with the tablet to create melodies and animations. replicated to work like the traditional player, the new digital iteration is constructed using rubber tips from commercially available pens, and a conductive metal crank. The adobe air for iOS software recognizes when pressure is applied to the iPad, and when the rotating mechanical movements are turned by the lever, music and visual content are generated.




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Charging gadgets with solar-powered urban infrastructure

18 May


“The ‘street charge’ concept takes into account the changing urban environment and our social need to stay connected at all times via our smartphones or androids. the simple intervention, developed by brooklyn-based studio PENSA! looks to harness the potential of our current street infrastructure as a platform in which to power-up our mobiles and other portable gadgets;
it makes use of what already exists, rather than considering that additional systems be installed on our sidewalks. PENSA!’s design would utilize photovoltaic cells to charge the integrated LED lighting and storage battery housed within the channel of sign structures. attached would be a shelf and bench, offering a so-called ‘rest stop’ for individuals to take a moment to read an e-mail or text a friend while giving their device a quick re-charge”.





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