So you want to print 3D designs, but you don’t own a 3D printer and you think it might be hard to design and build what you want? Well, as of today, it’s faster and easier than ever before for everyone to 3D print. Today marks the launch of the 3D Hubs 3D API, an enterprise-grade print network…
janet echelman + aaron koblin weave interactive sculpture in the sky
all photos by ema peter courtesy of studio echelman
watch a video of the conception and installation of ‘unnumbered sparks’: http://www.designboom.com/art/janet-echelman-google-interactive-sculpture-in-the-sky-03-20-2014/
opening ceremony fuses fashion and fine art with year of belgium
see the whole magritte-influenced collection for him & her here:
Early versions of the poster for “Gravity”
Your Future Smart Wristband
Rosalind W. Picard
Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, Director of Affective Computing, Director of the Autism & Communication Technology Initiative, and Codirector of the Things That Think Consortium, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 | 5 PM
Sheerr Room, Fay House
10 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Wrist sensors can now collect some of the core physiological data that changes with emotion and health. This talk will present examples of new things we can learn from a wristband, including interesting patterns related to sleep, stress, engagement, and epileptic seizures.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2014-rosalind-w-picard-lecture.
The Smart Clothes Lecture Series is part of the Academic Ventures program at the Radcliffe Institute and examines the science and ethics of designing materials that improve and protect lives. A larger, one-day public symposium on the topic took place on Friday, November 15, 2013.
by Jennifer Chait, 03/07/14
Photo of wristbands worn in study by Environmental Science & Technology
Candy colored silicone bracelets are the hot accessory of choice for kids who want to show support for their favorite causes. There are wristbands for cancer research, child abuse prevention, various disease awareness campaigns and much more, but now one of these seemingly simple silicone wristbands can show you how many chemicals you’re being exposed to on a daily basis. This new wave of silicone bracelets kicked off when researchers at Oregon State University outfitted volunteers with slightly modified silicone bracelets for 30 days and then tested the wristbands for 1,200 chemical substances. Amazingly, the researchers were able to use the worn wristbands to detect several dozen compounds including flame retardants, indoor pesticides such as pet flea medications, caffeine, nicotine and various chemicals used in cosmetics and fragrances. Ted Schettler, science director at the Science and Environmental Health Network, a nonprofit environmental health advocacy organization noted, “This study offers some real possibilities to address the weak link in epidemiological studies – which is the exposure science. The bracelets “can identify both chemicals and mixtures, and this could easily be applied to larger groups to see which compounds are showing up most commonly.”
Photo by Shutterstock
Ironically, before outfitting the volunteers, the researchers had to remove the various chemicals that are introduced into silicone during the manufacturing process, but that’s just a small setback in the research process. Considering how humans in general are chock-full of chemicals nowadays, this idea has some real merit and huge possibilities for health researchers. It’s a super non-evasive and ultra inexpensive way to see what the chemical body burden of someone is and it won’t take much to talk people into wearing the wristbands. Emily Marquez, a staff scientist with the advocacy group Pesticide Action Network, said the potential to use a wristband to quantify exposure to tens of thousands of compounds is exciting, while Schettler points out that the wristbands could help agencies, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), narrow their focus when they test people for contaminants. Kim Anderson, a professor, chemist and senior author of the study published in Environmental Science & Technology says that these bracelets, “Are a big step up from stationary air monitors, which only capture a snapshot in time and may not be near people. Measuring individuals’ exposures usually means monitors worn in backpacks, which are difficult to use and expensive.” As with all wristband fads, this one actually caught on in a big way, with the researchers sporting them around town, “There was definitely some caffeine on mine,” Anderson said. If a chemical capturing bracelet sounds great to you, you’re gonna have to hold back your excitement for a while. As of now, these bracelets still need to undergo a laboratory analysis to see which chemicals are showing up reliably and regularly.
oyler wu collaborative designs woven steel cube for beijing biennale
‘the cube’ by oyler wu collaborative, beijing, china
image © jason wheeler
view more angles of the cube here.
Creating + living without borders with globetrotting architect Wendy W. Fok.PRESS: 1Q: creating + living w/out borders w/ globetrotting Wendy W. Fok http://preview.tinyurl.com/1Qinspire #inspiration @myMiOLA
king abdullah petroleum studies & research center by zaha hadid
render © zaha hadid architects
see more views of the research center and learn about the modular construction system here.
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