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ZeroN – Levitated Interaction Element

Under - Technology

We have seen the Quantum Levitation where quantum superconductors were locked in a magnetic field. Here comes ZeroN – a physical and digital interaction element that floats and moves in space by computer-controlled magnetic levitation. ZeroN takes the whole concept to a new level where materials could defy gravity, suspended in mid-air with full control of their movement.

17 October 6

Murat Germen: Beauty out of ordinary

Under - Art, Inspiration, Photography

Murat Germen, based in Istanbul, Turkey, uses photography as an expression and research tool. He works as a professor of art, photography and new media at the Sabanci University in Istanbul. His work has been featured all over the world and can be found at institutions such as Istanbul Modern, Young & Rubicam, McCann Erickson, The Designory, Norman Foster & Partners, DDB, Rafineri, Swissôtel and Boyner to name a few.

Photography is an opportunity for me to find things people ignore and bring them forward to make people reconsider their ideas. I am not interested in extraordinary things since they are always covered and receive more attention due to mankind’s unending interest in celebrities, fame, sensation… I try to concentrate more on ordinary things and catch possible latent extraordinariness in regularity. It is easy to take ordinary photos of extraordinary things but more challenging to take extraordinary photos of ordinary things. It is possible to say I tend to concentrate on extracting beauty out of ordinary. I attempt to defamiliarize ordinariness, render it ambiguous by alienating it from its familiar context and finally make people to ‘see it afresh.’

Murat has an MArch degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he went as a Fulbright scholar and received AIA Henry Adams Gold Medal for academic excellence.

Photography records the surface information, where one can only depict the exterior features of objects (color, texture, shape, etc.) and the resulting visual representation cannot incorporate the internal condition / content / soul.

The combination of digital means and artistic practice is of prime importance. The computational dimension is indispensable and allows me to visualize anything that I perceive / conceive. The technological advances in imaging and its post-processing changed the way I observe, imagine, create and share my artworks.

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Future of UI by John Underkoffler

Under - Design, Industrial Design, Inspiration, Media, Technology, Usability

Minority Report science adviser and inventor John Underkoffler demos g-speak — the real-life version of the film’s eye-popping, tai chi-meets-cyberspace computer interface. Is this how tomorrow’s computers will be controlled?

22 February 2


Under - Design, Industrial Design, Inspiration, Technology
Flyfire, Raster Image Display – Mona Lisa

Flyfire, Raster Image Display – Mona Lisa

Imagine transforming any ordinary space into a highly immersive and interactive display environment! This is what exactly SENSEable City Laboratory and ARES Lab (Aerospace Robotics and Embedded Systems Laboratory) aiming at MIT.

From the project website:

In its first implementation, the Flyfire project sets out to explore the capabilities of this display system by using a large number of self-organizing micro helicopters. Each helicopter contains small LEDs and acts as a smart pixel. Through precisely controlled movements, the helicopters perform elaborate and synchronized motions and form an elastic display surface for any desired scenario.

With the self-stabilizing and precise controlling technology from the ARES Lab, the motion of the pixels is adaptable in real time. The Flyfire canvas can transform itself from one shape to another or morph a two-dimensional photographic image into an articulated shape. The pixels are physically engaged in transitioning images from one state to another, which allows the Flyfire canvas to demonstrate a spatially animated viewing experience.

Visit Flyfire project website to learn more about it.