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Web Lab is made of up 5 Chrome Experiment installations that bring the extraordinary workings of the internet to life and aims to inspire the world about the possibilities of the web.

The installations make up a year-long public exhibition at the Science Museum, London and can be interacted with by anyone, anywhere at chromeweblab.com.

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I watched this VICE documentary the other day about a guy who wants to 3D print guns. After the Sandy Hook shooting, MakerBot immediately took down plans for gun parts that were hosted on Thingiverse, which is a kind of repository for plans for 3D-printed things. Check out what the guy has to say about how 3D printing impacts the gun control debate.

Yesterday, the first ever fully 3D printed gun and its plans were released online.

Here’s a WIRED article about it.

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Smarter Objects from Fluid Interfaces on Vimeo.

This makes me think about what I mentioned once during Jia’s Human to Machine crit, about the problems with a frictionless relationship between human and machine interfaces. This seems like a really fascinating way of combining digital and ‘analog’ things. When the person in the demo dragged different gradient overlays onto a lightswitch to change the colors of the lightbulbs in the rom that just blew my mind.

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3 responses to “MIT Media Lab develops Smart Objects: a system that incorporates physical and digital interfaces to enhance an object”

  1. Phil says:

    In a way this also kind of touches on what we were talking about in Yea Won’s crit of just ‘sticking an iPad’ onto things as solutions.

  2. Won says:

    I think ‘sticking an ipad’ will sometimes make you stuck on the medium but finally it will liberate with learning process. thats the process of problem solving with technologies. I tried without procrastination because it seemed interesting to me as my learning. Very cool example. Thanks for sharing.

  3. John says:

    Great example, indeed. The iPad adds a layer of “intelligence” and UI control that doesn’t need to be seen on most days. It makes me think of the remote control, and how most of the buttons are just preferences.

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Your machine projects may be a good fit for this award. There is a student category…


http://www.fastcodesign.com/section/innovation-by-design-awards/enter-the-awards

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Upload your documentation to the website and categorize under Site Assignment

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I know this is a little late, but I just found this great ethnographic video, so I decided to share it.

 

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From Dutch studio ‘THEY’. It uses social media apps like four-square and Facebook to try and predict where big groups of people will be.

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This is really cool. A series of tablets that are designed to be interacted with by elderly people. What I think is really interesting is how it boils down the essentials of the action – for example, to print something from a ‘tablet’ you just slide it into a printer. It removes any deeper use of the tool but it also does something interesting by reducing the object’s function to a single gesture.


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Freddie Yauner, Signs of Life animated exit sign (2007-2009). When no motion is detected, the figure watches TV or takes a nap.

New show at MoMA titled Applied Design.

From The New York Times

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This is really useful. It eliminates the need for interacting with eggs? We should build one to use in studio!
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Egg bot

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  1. John says:

    Wow, Claire, amazing find. Thanks!

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