This year IBM dedicated its Five in Five series (an annual list of five technologies that are likely to advance dramatically) solely to sensors.
Digital sensors of the touch, sight,hearing, taste and smell kind along with their potential are all profiled by IBM Sensor technology is going through a renaissance as companies develop smart and innovative new ways to track data using them.
Sensor innovation is in-part driving the Digital Health Revolution as digital health companies find ingenius ways to integrate them in to apps, devices and other peripherals. The smartphone will play an increasing important role in all of this as they go from having six built-in sensors currently to having sixteen in the next five years.
If these predictions are correct then the next five years will be half-a-decade of sensor proliferation meaning the Digital Health Ecosystem will grow exponentially. In the meantime though there are already a plethora of digital health sensors in use or in the pipeline that are helping people improve and, in some instances, save lives.
designboom in collaboration with the LIEN FOUNDATION and ACM FOUNDATION, and supported by the NATIONAL FUNERAL DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION (NFDA)
The LIEN FOUNDATION and ACM FOUNDATION present the DESIGN FOR DEATH international design competition to catalyze the international creative and design community to re-think and re-imagine deathcare* for the future.
DESIGN FOR DEATH will encourage creativity and establish leadership through the intersection of design, thanatology and deathcare to inspire future practical initiatives. It will challenge and change perceptions about the ways in which families honor, remember and celebrate the lives of their loved ones.
This not-for-profit initiative is the first-ever, global competition of its kind.
Call for entries for the first competition begins on Wednesday, 6 February 2013
The materiability research network is a community platform, an educational network and an open materials database. It was initiated by Manuel Kretzer in late…
"The website forms a continuously growing database on a wide range of materials, provides in depth instructions and tutorials to self-produce these materials and promotes their assembly in temporary and speculative experimental projects."
MIT engineers have created genetic circuits in bacterial cells that not only perform logic functions, but also remember the results, which are encoded in the cell's DNA and passed on for dozens of generations.
(Phys.org)—Throughout her career, the famous biologist Lynn Margulis (1938-2011) argued that the world of microorganisms has a much larger impact on the entire biosphere—the world of all living things—than scientists typically recognize.
The symposium Evaporation of Things is intended to explore the increasingly digital interface to biological ‘things’. From the phylogenetic analysis of plants, to the data representation of the human genome project, studying the subject on a screen has replaced the study of the material artefact. For the general public, astronomy remains a question of looking at the stars in the night sky, whereas for astronomers the use of optical telescopes is a thing of the past – so the question emerges “where is the thing?”
Over two half-days we are gathering artists and designers as well as scientists and other scholars to share understandings and affordances offered by their ways of knowing living things through data. In addition to presentations and discussions we invite all the participants in the symposium to bring a material and/or an immaterial manifestation of a ‘thing’ to a Show & Tell Workshop.
The Evaporation of Things will be documented by bloggers Pat Kane and Ken MacLeod with transcriptions from presentations, images of artworks and documentation from the Show and Tell to be published in Ubiquity: The Journal for Pervasive Media, Intellect.
a web site dedicated to the joy of origami – concepts, products and inspiration
"If this beautiful video portrait of shoe designer Mike Friton doesn’t inspire you to think outside the box, we don’t know what will."
'“I think that’s when you become an innovator, when you realize there’s more than this small, little niche that you’re in.” That’s Mike Friton, who designed Nike footwear for 30 years. Thanks to this profile by production house Cineastas, we get a look inside his workspace while Stoch muses on the importance of being inspired by materials and processes outside one’s normal purview."
IBM’s most promising medical student just graduated and is ready to join the workforce and help people – in the fight against cancer, to be specific. IBM has just released a commercially available Watson whose cognitive computing could help doctors make better diagnoses and smarter treatment choices.
Digital Trends Meet the woman making brainwave control look more like meditation and less ... Digital Trends With a background spanning fashion design, neuroscience, and psychotherapy, she's about as interdisciplinary as they come.
The third and final theme in our investigation about the Future of Materiality; ALTER NATURE is found at the intersection of design, biology and technology. This theme is lead by a scientific appr...
"The culture of biology is rapidly changing and the field of synthetic biology has the potential to generate a new industrial revolution. It is perhaps the defining technology for the 21st century. If 20th-century biology was about taking living things apart to find out how they work; the current era will be defined by putting them back together, although not necessarily by following the traditional evolution guidelines. Without an informed society however, fear of this unparalleled and sometimes troubling use and application of technology may obstruct its future."
intriguing look at present and future developments around materials with synthetic biology and self assembling environments and products. I would love to work with these themes for health applications.
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