I love that 60’s retro-futuristic look that is informing the current exhibition of electric skin in belgium at the fashion museum in hasselt.

I love the naive sense of hope in the future that it implies, a happy space candy kind of vision that is very difficult to feel in light of current global conditions

Memories of strangers

December 2, 2006

blinks1.jpgI can’t believe that it is December already – what happened to November?  Soon, soon the thesis will be done.  If not done, handed in at least.  In my ‘research’ I came accross this interesting installation: between blinks and buttons by  berlin based artist and designer, Sascha Pohflepp.  You’ll have to check out the images yourself, but I really liked the way that she is thinking about photography.  She says ” … cameras become networked buttons that create a link between two people through the simple fact that they did the same thing simultaneously: pressing a button. The cameras create a visual trace of it, with time as a reference.”

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“In addition to their value as a memory, each image contains a multitude of information about the context of its creation. Through this metainformation, every image is linked to the precise moment in time when it was taken, making it possible to see what happened simultaneously in the world at that instant. This work tries to focus the user’s imagination on that other, to create narratives that run between one’s own memory and a stranger’s moment which happened to coincide in time.”

Lumalive – hacking the T

November 8, 2006

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I’m really excited by this new development from Philips. I’ve been waiting for this for quite a while now, and with Electric Skin obviously have a fairly vested interest in the whole area.

While advertising is the obvious revenue generating use for this – what about T – shirt hacks? Spam for clothes? Electronic measles?

Skin

September 22, 2006

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Via Regine – Two garments prototyped by Phillips: Bubelle, the “blushing dress” comprises two layers, the inner one is equipped with sensors that respond to changes in the wearer’s emotions and projects them onto the outer textile.
Frison, a body suit that reacts to being blown on by igniting a private constellation of tiny LEDs. Both measure skin signals and change light emission through biometric sensing technology.
hmmm, sounds a lot like electric skin – if only i had had a whole research team and big budget too …

Smart Hugs

September 16, 2006

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The highlight of yesterday’s How Smart Are We symposium for me was definitely cutecircuit’s hug shirt, which has received loads of awards and well-deserved attention.

Cute, fun and hip, the idea is that you can send hugs between two shirts via mobile phone, rather like a warm and vibrating smiley.

It does raise the question though, of why you would want to send a virtual hug instead of being body-to-body for a ‘real’ hug

Electric Skin

September 12, 2006

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I am excited to have been invited to present electric skin at an upcoming symposium How Smart Are We? at the Royal Institute of British Architects on Friday!

Coffee mania

September 8, 2006

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We have been playing happily with our fabulous new presso machine, and so far it is delivering on all its promises to make perfect espresso. Even the hand frother is quite good and easy to use. But I have learned something that I never knew before about coffee, and that is:
coffee has essential oils that are extracted under pressure. If you pour boiling water onto the coffee, it can make it bitter. However, if you wait a couple of minutes and then pour the water, the coffee will be rich and delicious with no bitterness.