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June 2010 Blog Posts (5)

Transforming Book Cover

For the internal Philips Design Metamorphosis document, an ever changing book cover was created by combining a photochromic and thermochromic ink. The ink that is used for the typography is thermochromic and is getting transparent when temperature rises. The image (photochromic ink) appears only when exposed to UV light (sun). Sunlight warmens the surface, so whenever the image appears the text will most…


Added by Eric de Haas on June 25, 2010 at 5:13pm — No Comments

Mindstorm 2.0

Last August LEGO (the building bricks) launched a new set of Mindstorm products.

Lego mindstorms is a line of programmable robotics/construction toys which originated from programmable sensor blocks that were used in the line of educational toys. The new series features a sound editor, an image editor, a color sensor, 2 touch sensors, an ultrasonic sensor, 3 servo motors and the NXT brick, which is the programmable core that reads…

Added by Eric de Haas on June 18, 2010 at 11:12am — No Comments

Design probe: Metamorphosis

The latest design probe explores how we have become separated from the natural world, both in terms of our surroundings and how we perceive and manage our time. It views the home as a filter to limit air pollution, electromagnetic smog, industrial noise, penetrating our living and working space while letting in natural… Continue

Added by Eric de Haas on June 8, 2010 at 10:06am — 1 Comment

Flying Pixels

Imagine a screen, no wait... imagine a huge morphing lighting object that could transform into a screen whenever it needs to be a screen. The SenseAble city labarotory (MIT) in collaboration with…

Added by Eric de Haas on June 3, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Food Printer image is used to announce a call by Next Nature

An image of the 3D Food Printer from the Food design probe is used to announce Nano Supermarket, an open contest by the Next Nature blog. Next Nature is an online project exploring the changing relationships of human civilization with nature, through research and (often provocative) visualizations, to stimulate conversations…


Added by Slava Kozlov on June 1, 2010 at 5:16pm — No Comments

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