It is now possible to control surrounding objects directly by hand movements, a little like Darth Vader picking his light saber thanks to the force... You will be able to turn your smartphone volume down without touching it, or even control the room temperature only with a remote hand gesture. All thanks to AllSee, a gesture recognition technology with neither extention, nor batteries, which is based on tiny variations of ambient electromagnetic waves generated by our moves. Mind-blowing, researchers from University of Washington are very proud.
For further information, it's here.
Thousands of tons of egg shells are buried every year, a waste from the food industry without any real use so far. All this could change after a study made by a Portuguese university showing that crushed egg shells could replace calcite to produce ceramic objects. Less waste, less calcite used, more hapiness!
The barbecues season hasn't started yet but Marcel Wanders already knows the sausage crank for chair design. The structure of this seat is made using tubular carbon fiber balloons, inflated with compressed air then hardened with epoxy resin. Despite its greasy appearance, the Dutch designer's latest is lightweight : mere 800 grams!
A pretty complete article on introduction and then generalisation of plastics and composites in music instruments manufacturing. Polymers are sometimes only an alternative that goes for a song whereas original materials got rare and precious, yet they can also bring their own qualities.
Plastics The mag
Our annual harvest from Las Vegas CES 2014, THE geek show... Our trained eye for materials focused on several things this year:
• Generalization of transparent photovoltaïc films, initially launched to equip smartphones and pads in order to liberate ourselves from the mains supply and which are now moving to buildings (transparent photovoltaïc windows), backlighted advertisement boards and car windshields.
• 3D printing, with machines now especially designed to print candies out of sugar and water.
• Glass, ever thinner (35 microns, worldwide record), becoming fully flexible. A quality appreciated for flexible screens.
• Finally, super-hydrophobic coatings, now applied on textile as well. If your phone falls in the pool, you'll be able to fetch it without getting wet!
A interesting article from Industrie & Technologies featuring first, a short history of cardboard, reminding us of its properties and then a video highlighting the project of two American students (Chris Curro et Henry Wang) who just developped THE cardboard packaging for the next decade, easy to shape, easy to open and material-efficient.
French article here
An interesting project from designer Elaine Ng Yan Ling, a hybrid process of embedding artificial smart material to extenuate the natural ability of wood, and strengthen its ability. It is a flexible modular system that reacts to various light, heat and humidity change condition. This structure pushes the boundaries of how the combination of wood veneer and shape memory materials can provide or adapted into a future thinking for textiles.
See video here
An exhibition featuring beautiful pieces designed by Tzuri Gueta, at the Museum d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris. A particularly apt marriage between his organic silicone laces and the luxuriant gardens.
Noces végétales, until the 2nd of February 2014, Grandes serres of the Jardin des Plantes
More information here
An exhibition you can visit until the 9th of February at the Pavillon de l'Arsenal in Paris dedicated to the 'Algocultures' project by XTU. An experimental laboratory, in which algae appears as incredibly promissing for our future, a real factory to produce materials as well as energy and to transform waste.