A former library in Hackney may seem an unlikely venue for London’s most talked-about new art school. The 1970s Rose Lipman building lacks the architectural wow factor of Central Saint Martins King’s Cross campus, but demand for places on the postgraduate Open School East in De Beauvoir town is high. The year-long programme boasts visiting lecturers, including the curator of contemporary art and performance at Tate Modern, Catherine Wood, and artists such as Pablo Bronstein and Ed Atkins. The project, which opened in September, is the latest alternative art school to be established in the UK, the students pay no tuition fees.
The e-commerce powerhouse eBay announced today that it had acquired the U.K.-based same-day delivery startup Shutl, which over the past year had been expanding further into major U.S. markets. EBay’s purchase would likely give the company the infrastructure it needs to expand and fortify its oft-criticized same-day delivery initiative eBay Now, which currently involves drivers who shop for customer orders at retail stores with the promise of delivering those items within an hour.
Thermobooth puts a new spin on the photo booth experience by combining a more human based interaction with electronics, a high-tech OLED mirror that acts as a flash and display, a camera, conductive plates and thermal printing technology into a photo studio setting.
The Thermobooth features a new shutter release system in which skin contact between two people triggers a set of processes that result in a glorious lo-fi instant thermal-printed picture.
It takes a picture when you touch each other.
Futurologist and environmentalist Sir Jonathan Porritt’s The World We Made: Alex McKay’s Story from 2050, published this week by Phaidon, imagines in full color what the future will look like if humanity gets with the eco program.
As part of their latest project called Septimu, Microsoft is working to incorporate health monitoring and mood detection into a pair of earbuds Capable of monitoring heart rate, temperature and other biorhythms, the in-ear device would even be able to select the most appropriate music depending on your mood.
The earphones incorporate sensors such as thermometers, inward-facing microphones and IMUs – which work a lot like accelerometers – to pick up on key indicators throughout your body.
West African inventor Kodjo Afate Gnikou has created a DIY 3D-printer by scouring junk yards for the discarded parts of old scanners, computers, and printers. The design is the first of its kind and is priced at around $100 which in comparison to what is currently on offer is as cheap as it gets. 3D printers are currently retailing at hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Gnikou is a member of hackerspace WoeLab in the capital city of Lomé in Togo. Founded by architect and researcher Koffi Sénamé A., WoeLab acts as a resource center, an incubator for early stage start-ups and also as a networking hub to bring together the young tech enthusiasts in West Africa.
Using the plastic bricks,Vitamins was able to create a three-month calendar that provides near-instant visual feedback about which employee is scheduled to work on what project and when. Sounds simple enough, right? Here’s where it gets interesting: Take a picture of the quarterly chronicle with any smartphone, send the image to a special email address and the block placement will be translated to its Google Calendar equivalent.
Disney has developed a device to transmit sound through the human body. The Ishin-Den-Shin technology uses a standard microphone to record audio and then converts it into an inaudible signal transmitted through the body of the person holding the microphone.
When they touch someone’s earlobe, an organic speaker is formed and the sound becomes audible, effectively whispering a message into that person’s ear.
The sound can be passed from person to person using any physical contact.
The Coca-Cola Company is beginning to set up one-stop shops for vital resources inside of developing communities. The shops, called Ekocenters, will supply resources like clean water, power, internet, vaccines, cooked meals, and — of course — Coke products to areas that don’t have access to them. By the end of 2015, Coca-Cola plans to have set up between 1,500 and 2,000 Ekocenters in 20 total countries, which span across Africa, Asia, North America, and Latin America.
GhostFood will offer you a textural analogue. Instead of eating cod eggs, you will get a feel of what it is like to munch on cod eggs, as well as a scent of what cod eggs smell like. The combination of these factors will ultimately trick your mind into believing you are legitimately consuming that item.
The sensory project is introduced by Miriam Simun and Miriam Songster to better highlight the alarming issues of climate change and foods that are now threatened with extinction. The GhostFood project might shed some light on how we can experience food in the future even when certain items are no longer available.
at Mykonian Mare Hotel And Spa
Fellow Londoners look outside !!! (at balham)
The gherkin (at The Shard)
Sunset on canary wharf (at The Shard)
SW4 (at Clapham Common)