Have you ever noticed that when you’re bored time seems to move more slowly and when you’re having fun it flies by? Durr is a new ‘watch’ device created to give you an enhanced perception of the rate at which time passes. This wristwatch-looking accessory gently vibrates every 5 minutes causing a perpetual hyperawareness of the speed of time. [Read more...]
Wearable Tech Game Changer? A ‘Scrunchable and Washable Digital T-Shirt’ That Displays What You Want
The idea of digitally customizable clothing has been around for a while now. From spiky LED covered fabrics, to a stunning liquid filled dress with alternating colors, most have failed in one important aspect: wearability. Who really wants to pull on a shirt strewn with chunky, uncomfortable LEDs? That’s where the latest version of tshirtOS looks to be a real wardrobe changer. Unveiled today in a collaboration between SWITCH and Ballantine’s Whisky, the makers claim that the shirt is not only programmable and washable, but also flexible enough to be scrunchable – which appears to make this customizable garment ready for the clubs and the streets. [Read more...]
30 years ago today, a shaggy haired young man wearing a bow tie unveiled a product that would change the world – it was Steve Jobs and the now legendary Macintosh. After an insanely intense final push to bring the small computer to market, he lifted the first Mac out of its tan bag and turned it on for an ecstatic audience… and no wonder.
The Macintosh brought the graphical user interface and computer mouse to the mainstream, made computers more accessible to non-nerds, and did it all from one slickly designed package. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of this momentous event, we bring you Pop Chart Lab’s “Insanely Great History of Apple” – a poster that documents all of their products, successful or not, from the Apple I up to today’s iPads and iPhones. [Read more...]
Technology has improved our culture in many ways and this new app pushes the limits of how far we are willing to let tech intrude on our personal lives. The free app Us+ aims to improve upon your personally by abruptly pointing out flaws during your Google Hangout conversations. The App is a sarcastic interactive art piece that asks us how far we are willing to let tech guide our lives. [Read more...]
If you think about it, most of us have been playing drums our whole lives. Yeah, we might not have drum kits, but our legs and bodies work pretty well. Just a good song can get us slapping our thighs and feeling the beat. That’s why the new product DrumPants is so incredibly perfect: it’s a wearable sensor kit that attaches to your clothing, letting you play music or even control smartphone apps with the ease of drumming your body like you always do. [Read more...]
Today’s top of the line technology will soon be the relics of the past… and it all happens so quick. Your brand-new iPhone will be miles behind in 3 short years, if its fragile design even allows it to last that long. Christopher Locke’s project explores this societal fact by greatly accelerating time in his series Modern Fossils. Here we see the cutting-edge tech of the not-so-distant past transformed into rock-encased objects: from a PlayStation Dual Shock controller, to a truly obsolete 8-track tape. Each looks like it was dug up from a Planet of the Apes scenario in the distant future. [Read more...]
In a world where each day more people are becoming familiar with technology and its social utilities, Stanford University is playing host to the first ever Compassion and Technology conference, which will bring social entrepreneurs, engineers and scientists together for discussion about technology designed to enhance compassion. [Read more...]
With the holidays upon us, it’s now a common sight: instead of circling around the glow of the fireplace, people are huddling in front of their glowing smart phones, tablets and computers. Lamenting this technological, and sometimes antisocial shift, there is talk of changing the wifi password to kick people off the net… or else conversations are probably revolving around Youtube videos and Facebook posts going viral. But as we know, it hasn’t always been this way. Kim Dong-Kyu, a Korean illustrator and graphic artist, has been imagining what classic paintings would have looked like if modern technology had been so ingrained in the lives of the past. [Read more...]
Modern technology is slowly reducing us to poking at small screens with blazing fast graphics. The modern mobile phone, for example, is quickly becoming a black rectangle with the biggest screen possible for its size. But what about all that’s tactile in the world? The Tangible Media Group of MIT Media Lab is pushing back, literally, with their project inFORM. Being billed as a Dynamic Shape Display, it allows you to interact with the world on the other side of the screen in a very tangible way. [Read more...]
You’ve heard about it before: the Large Hadron Collider, often referred to as “one of the great engineering milestones of mankind,” it is also one of the largest, encompassing a 17 mile circumference tube buried 330 feet under the border of France and Switzerland. But just what is it intended to discover? The behemoth project is tasked with unlocking the secrets of particle physics, giving us a look into what happened at the dawn of time by recreating the conditions when it all began.
This graphic – a collaboration between Microsoft Project and Column Five – looks at the massive scope of the experiments being undertaken and the equally massive implications to everyday life when we find out what’s really going on. [Read more...]