Far-future research dialogue by Philips Design
After a crazy busy presentation at the Piet Hein Eek venue during Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven (which was amazing!), we generated a lot of feedback on the Microbial Home probe. Meanwhile on the internet there has also been some great coverage by a lot of our favourite blogs: Dezeen,…Continue
The bio-light uses different biological technologies to create ambient light effects. The concept explores the use of bioluminescent bacteria, which are fed with methane and composted material (drawn from the methane digester in the Microbial Home system).…Continue
A waste separating squatting toilet that filters effluent while channelling excreta to a methane digester in the Microbial Home system.
The squatting toilet incorporates a handrail to support a person (and improve comfort) in the…
The Apothecary let’s you analyze the state of your health using 4 diagnostic tools that analyze breath, tongue, skin and eyes. These tools help inform you of the state of your health and in particular your health balance. Breath and saliva testing show the state of intestinal flora…Continue
The urban beehive is a concept for keeping bees at home. The beehive is designed to allow us a glimpse into the fascinating world of these industrious creatures and to harvest the honey that they produce.
The design of the beehive is…
The larder concept is a system designed to keep ‘living food’ fresh, by using natural processes (as opposed to dead food in the refrigerator). The larder consists of an evaporative cooler and vegetable storage system built into a dining table.
The Paternoster is a concept for a domestic (or school) plastic waste up-cycler that uses mycelium to break down plastic packaging waste.
In this design, plastics are ground into small chips and mixed with…
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The Bio-digester kitchen island is the central hub in the Microbial Home system. It consists of a methane digester which coverts bathroom waste solids and vegetable trimmings into methane gas that is used to power a series of functions in the home.…
Before explaining all individual concepts, this infograpic shows how all concepts work together within a domestic setting. As you can see, the digester is the central hub turning human waste solids and vegetable trimmings into methane to power the stove, the gas lamps and the larder.…Continue
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I found this fascinating project on the 'wemakemoneynotart' blog, an exceptionally good and inspiring blog. There is an interview with the people behind…Continue
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While working on robot illustrations, one of the illustrators found this amazing robot dog. It seems that the dog as an robotic model keeps coming back to me (see post 1 and…Continue
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Dutch newspaper NRC from last weekend wrote an article on urban beekeepers, in the article they also refer to the Rabobank report, which was mentioned earlier on this blog. The…Continue
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Climate skepticism remains an area of ongoing interest, not so much because of truth finding more because it is interesting to see how people deal with problems and the complexity of an interwoven problem as climate change. While watching a short video with Stephen…Continue
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After arriving in Almaty we knew there was only limited time to get to the station in order to jump on our 33 hour trainride to the Aral sea... due to some flight delay we missed this connection. Hoping to catch the train at the next station we…Continue
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Sorry guys, it's been a while. There seems not to be a huge market for bringing WiFi to the Kazache desert. So I owe you an update on the Unknown Fields mission. After some inspiring presentations from Nelly Ben Hayoun and Regina Peldszus Clive presented a few Probes…Continue
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