Brought to you by SOLS, this 5 layer boot is custom scanned and printed as an exoskeleton with the remaining inner layers utilizing air bags, sole and leather finishings. It will expand and tighten according to motion to optimize fit and is certainly a foot in the right direction…
As the year begins, there are two developments worth noting that will have profound repercussions down the road:
The Stanford school of medicine have developed a technique to lengthen the ‘telomeres’ which are the end caps to our DNA and serve to protect and divide the cells. As we age, the number diminishes and weakens from an optimum range of 8,000 to 10,000 nucleotides that make up the average youth. This process extends the telomeres by a 1,000 nucleotides or the equivalent of numerous human years. This may prove disruptive in the treatment of numerous diseases and possibly in rejuvenating cells as a way to slow down the aging process. Only time will tell… Read more at: http://stanford.io/1Kqp0Vr
Researchers photos Inc.
Graphene has been introduced to various industries but this particular application from the crew at the University of Manchester and of Sheffield will allow LED light to be emitted over a surface of only a few molecular layers thick, thus allowing for a new generation of FLEXIBLE and semi-transparent electronic screens. This is due to the heterostructure of the material, its superb conductivity and strength, incredibly at only 10-40 atoms thick!
3D printing continues to take small leaps and bounds as adventurers literally spin out innovative adaptations like that of Nervous Systems, Massachusetts and their kinematically designed frock. Made from over 2200 modular, triangular pieces that move individually allowing fluid, fabric like motion. 21st Century chainmail. So wonderfully innovative that MoMa NYC has bought it to place in their museum. Printed through Shapeways, it involved ‘folding’ the stl. file within the parameters of printing capacity. A remarkable, technological feat that is equally delicate and beautiful.
Coming on the heels of tiny living, this charming, little home comes to us from that centre of funlandia, Portland. A luxurious jewel box of a caravan, this 12 square metre space includes ALL the amenities one will need to ‘live it rough’. Voice activated door locks, smartphone operated climate controls and high-end fixtures like stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops and bamboo floors certainly take things up a notch. At least for a getaway, it certainly is a home-away-from-home. All starting at $56,000 US.
With our respect and remembrance…
Steven Meisel teams up with Prada for a very moody “still life” video showcasing how so little can convey so much…
If ever there was proof good things come in small packages, this is it. One of the tiniest apartments in Paris (8 m/sq) is renovated utilizing every centimetre for an astonishingly livable space by Kitoko studio. Genius.
Rick Owens opens up about his workspace and headspace at the same time…
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Having only recently formed and played not only Coachella but Glastonbury this summer, Temples are securely on their way. Johnny Marr and Liam Gallagher have whispered that they’re the best new band in Britain… You can decide this Friday Sept 19 at the Venue in Vancouver.
In light of the first successful telepathic experiments utilizing digital messages sent to remote volunteers, JWT has come out with its 10 key consumer trends and behavior for the next 10 years and beyond (one of which are telepathic technologies…) It demonstrates both an attraction and aversion to developing technologies and the omnipresent, connected and always on society.
JWT’s “10 Trends for 2014 and Beyond” is the result of quantitative, qualitative and desk research conducted by JWTIntelligence throughout the year and for this report. JWTIntelligence conducted quantitative surveys using SONAR™, JWT’s proprietary online tool. – See more at: http://www.jwt.com/blog/consumer_insights/10-trends-that-will-shape-our-world-in-2014-and-beyond/#sthash.WKd0NHxT.dpuf
1_ IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCES: Entertainment, narratives and brand experiences will become more immersive and altogether more enveloping in a bid to capture consumers’ imagination and attention.
2_ DO YOU SPEAK VISUAL?: We’re shifting to a visual vocabulary that relies on photos, emojis, video snippets and other imagery, largely supplanting the need for text. “Visual” is a new lingo that needs to be mastered.
3_ THE AGE OF IMPATIENCE: With the mainstreaming of the on-demand economy and our always-on culture, consumer expectations for speed and ease are rising exponentially. As businesses respond in kind, making the availability of their products and services more instant, impatience and impulsiveness will only continue to increase.
4_ MOBILE AS A GATEWAY TO OPPORTUNITY: In emerging markets, the mobile device is coming to represent a gateway to opportunity—helping people change their lives by giving them access to financial systems, new business tools, better health care, education and more.
5_ TELEPATHIC TECHNOLOGY: Thanks to the rise of brain-computer interfaces and emotion recognition technology, brands are getting more adept at understanding consumers’ minds and moods, and reacting accordingly in a very personalized way.
6_ THE END OF ANONYMITY: Thanks to an array of new technologies and a growing drive to collect personal data, it’s becoming nearly impossible to remain unobserved and untracked by corporations and governments. As anonymity becomes more elusive, expect pushback from consumers and a growing paranoia around technologies and services that affect privacy.
7_ RAGING AGAINST THE MACHINE: As we move further into the digital age, we’re starting to both fear and resent technology, fretting about what’s been lost in our embrace of unprecedented change. We’ll put a higher value on all things that feel essentially human and seriously question (while not entirely resisting) technology’s siren call.
8_ REMIXING TRADITION: With social norms quickly changing and a new anything-goes attitude, people are mashing up cherished traditions with decidedly new ideas, creating their own recipes for what feels right.
9_ PROUDLY IMPERFECT: Imperfection and even outright ugliness—the quirky, the messy and the clearly flawed—are taking on new appeal in a world that’s become all too polished or mass-produced. The imperfect is coming to feel more authentic, and also more comforting and meaningful.
10_ MINDFUL LIVING: Consumers are developing a quasi-Zen desire to experience everything in a more present, conscious way. Once the domain of the spiritual set, mindful living is filtering into the mainstream, with more people drawn to the idea of shutting out distractions and focusing on the moment. – See more at: http://www.jwt.com/blog/consumer_insights/10-trends-that-will-shape-our-world-in-2014-and-beyond/#sthash.WKd0NHxT.dpuf
Northwestern University in Chicago has announced results in electric brain treatment that may hold the key to rehabilitating memory disorders stemming from alzheimer’s, aging, brain injury, schizophrenia, stroke and just plain ole’ forgetfulness…Results showed substantial improvement of memory tests after the 3rd day of 20 minute cranial massages for 5 consecutive days using electric impulses to a sweetspot strongly connected to the hippocampus just under the skull. Cramming for exams just got a whole lot easier (lol).
Stimulating a particular region in the brain via non-invasive delivery of electrical current using magnetic pulses, called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, improves memory, reports a new Northwestern Medicine® study published in the journal Science.
Nobumichi Asai is known for his CGI work in various industries like cars and architecture but lends his hand here to the human face:
NOBUMICHI ASAI (PLANNER / PRODUCER / TECHNICAL PRODUCER – P.I.C.S.)
HIROTO KUWAHARA (ART DIRECTOR & MAKEUP)
PAUL LACROIX (TECHNICAL DIRECTOR / PROGRAMMER – TRANSIT DIGITAL WORKS)
JIN HASEGAWA (CG DESIGNER – SPADE)
TAKASHI ISHIBASHI (CG DESIGNER – SPADE)
AYAKA MOTOYOSHI (PRODUCTION MANAGER – P.I.C.S.)
Today’s melodic little song is from Joshua Vest’s The Airplanes.
Enjoy this remarkable time lapse clip by Joel Schat. Just for the beauty of it ;)
Scientists from MIT have developed new materials as light as aerogel only 10,000 times harder and may soon revolutionize chassis for automobiles, aerospace and other tech industries. Its secret lies in the structure at a molecular level that is 3D printed using a method called,micro-stereolithography that form lattice structures that withstand much more than their porous structure. 160.000 times more to be precise. Brave new world, indeed. Read more here: MIT
The process of additive manufacturing is evolving very quickly and it won’t be long before the everyday consumer really feels the impact. For the moment, the novelty lends itself well to the luxury market, whether it’s a printed CAR, HOUSE or more modestly, the customizable Prada shoe! Clients can soon choose not only heels and other modifications on certain styles but have their own initials engraved on the heel. Couture, 21st century style.
If you think life has left you behind and is now only full of terminator styled cyclists with their cyborg light mount helmets and sporty spandex, have no fear, the Tweed run is here. With NO Lululemon or Nike in sight, London held its 6th anniversary leisure cycle through the streets and parks this year with an estimated 500 participants. Not bad at all.
Today it hit Pescara and Madrid, the 18th of May and coming to 35 more destinations later this year.
A highly innovative design from Deniz Karasahin, Paris won the 2014 A’Design contest for a medical brace. It is not only custom 3-D printed to each patient but because of the material, is waterproof, lightweight, environmentally sound and bacteria-resistant. There are ultrasound probes on the interior that directly touch the skin so regular low intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) will stimulate bone reconstruction. Quote: “For single 20 minute daily sessions this system promises to reduce the healing process up to 38% and increase the heal rate up to 80% in non-union fractures”. The structure also allows maximum breathability, reducing infections and itchiness. Impressive.
The TED conference happening this week in Vancouver has not only notable speakers but innovative artwork like that of Janet Echelman. Her”Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks” is monumental in size and claims to be one of the biggest sculptures ever. It spans 227 x 145 x 53 m, suspended between a 24-story skyscraper and the Convention Center. Made from Honeywell Spectra fibre, it is a massive, billowing Google Chrome Eye floating high above the city with stunning light show at night.