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Internet for Robots

Just as we are getting more and more used to 'learning through the internet', by means of of YouTube education (for instance, search query: 'how to make a perfect cappucino') there is now also an internet for robots, which is called roboearth.…


Added by Eric de Haas on February 9, 2011 at 11:28pm — No Comments

The city of 42 million people

Here is an interesting article on how China is planning to create a metropolis twice the size of Wales by merging nine cities and providing space for a population of 42 million. Perfect time to talk about livable cities!

Added by Eric de Haas on January 27, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

another 3D food printer

As part of Cornell University's Fab@Home initiative, a group of scientists and  students created a 3D printer that prints food.


"David Arnold, director of culinary technology at the French Culinary Institute, has been testing out the technology since October 2009. He loves the…


Added by Nik Baerten on January 25, 2011 at 10:45am — No Comments

Potty trained pigs

Social breeding for pigs to cut waste water. Think we could do the same for people?



Added by Simon Hodges on January 21, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Biomimicry in textiles

Carolle Collet is taking a look at how textiles can learn from biology

Added by Simon Hodges on January 19, 2011 at 11:45am — 18 Comments

Constructing a Bulletproof Human Skin

The Dutch Waag Society launched a…


Added by Eric de Haas on January 18, 2011 at 9:07pm — No Comments

Taste messaging

This lollipop has programmable taste


When you input data into a computer can activate this device to produce certain qualities of electronic pulse that give the sensation of certain tastes .


Imagine sending someone a taste message?


Read more at…


Added by Simon Hodges on January 12, 2011 at 4:37pm — No Comments

The Body Browser

While visiting the GoogleLabs website I got fascinated by the "Body Browser" experiment, a sort of google earth/maps on a  body level, you can zoom in and out of a… Continue

Added by Eric de Haas on January 12, 2011 at 1:29pm — No Comments

Skin Graph

I really like this approach and work with skin from Laura Michaels:



Added by Simon Hodges on January 10, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

For an overview of the Food Design Probe....




... see the great article from…


Added by Simon Hodges on January 10, 2011 at 1:24pm — 2 Comments

Food Freshness Meter

Reminiscent of Food Probe, no?


Next step would be to work out nutritional content of the food inside.

Added by Simon Hodges on January 6, 2011 at 1:52pm — No Comments

The Internet of Things

'The Internet of Things' is a council that explores the possibilities and potential impact of a near invisible network of RFID tags. These tiny, traceable chips, which can be scanned wirelessly, are… Continue

Added by Eric de Haas on January 4, 2011 at 10:48am — 1 Comment

Big Bucks in Small Bugs

Solutions for a sustainable world tend to point more and more in the direction of microbes, it seems that these little bacteria are key in helping us to save the world. Due to the fact that they are the most ancient life form on earth and have been thus proven to be very successful in surviving numerous of extreme…


Added by Eric de Haas on December 30, 2010 at 11:26am — No Comments

Free Kevin

FREE KEVIN is an ongoing and roving screening series from a collection of 15.4 GB of downloaded films and documentaries depicting hackers and related computer culture from the 1980s-2000s. A range of material including…


Added by Eric de Haas on December 20, 2010 at 10:56am — No Comments

Ashes to... Yoghurt

Watching a documentary on the ever growing slow food movement, I saw two African farmers who came from the the arid plains of West Pokot in Kenya to the rolling green hills of Piedmont in Northern Italy, they were among… Continue

Added by Eric de Haas on December 6, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

Phil the radio dog

To my surprise I stumbled upon another early robot dog by Philips, which goes by the name of "Philidog" and is credited to Henri Piraux of Philips France in 1928. The dog was initially build for demonstrating the working of the new photo-electric cells.
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Added by Eric de Haas on December 3, 2010 at 12:09am — No Comments

The Second Life of a Chinese Robot Arm

Dirk vander Kooij, a Design Academy graduate, showed an interesting concept last week during the Dutch Design Week. Dirk bought Fanuc, a heavyset, yellow robot arm that was pensioned after working 140.000 hours non-stop at a chinese production line. By giving him new software and…


Added by Eric de Haas on November 2, 2010 at 3:17pm — No Comments

Skin Graph- The Future Walk-in Closet

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Added by Laura Michaels on October 26, 2010 at 11:35pm — No Comments

Nano Supermarket During Dutch Design Week

During the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, the Technical University and Next Nature Institute will present a Nano Supermarket.…

Added by Eric de Haas on October 20, 2010 at 1:43pm — No Comments

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