Protiotype

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Adrien M & Claire B

Mirages & miracles

Series of installations inhabited by digital animism.

Ranging from small to large-scale work, this corpus of installations offers a delicate coincidence between the virtual and the material using augmented drawings, holographic illusions, virtual-reality headsets, large-scale projections. It offers a unique ensemble of improbable scenarios that takes root in both the mirage and the miracle, and plays with the boundaries between true and false, the animate and the inanimate, the authentic and the deceptive, the magical, the wondrous, and the indescriptible.

https://vimeo.com/amcb/mm2


GOOGLE ATAP

Google’s Project Soli radar is the future of Human Computer Interaction

Project Soli is developing a new interaction sensor using radar technology. The sensor can track sub-millimeter motions at high speed and accuracy. It fits onto a chip, can be produced at scale and built into small devices and everyday objects.

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/02/google-wins-us-approval-for-radar-based-hand-motion-sensor.html


COMPUTERWORLD

Ambient computing is in the air

A massive convergence of technologies will enable us to use computers and the internet without really using them.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3328545/mobile-wireless/ambient-computing-is-in-the-air.html


CITYLAB

Who's in Charge of the Augmented City?

So far, major forays into our augmented world have been pretty harmless. But with technological advancements and unchecked intrusions by private companies, the future could be terrifying.

https://www.citylab.com/design/2018/03/whos-in-charge-of-the-augmented-city/554324/


KEVIN MCGLOUGHLIN

EPOCH

Directors Statement: Epoch is a visual representation of our connection to earth and it's vulnerable glory. Our time here is esoteric, limited and intangible. The fragility which exists in all aspects of life is one thing that is certain. We are brittle, and so is Mother Earth.

Film and Sound design by Kevin McGloughlin;
Selected images : Google Earth;
Audio Samples : Nasa.


HBR

Augmented Reality Is Already Improving Worker Performance

“Upskilling” technologies — a partnership between humans and smart machines — can augment workers’ abilities, resulting in dramatically improved performance, greater safety, and higher satisfaction. A good example is the emerging industrial use of augmented-reality (AR) smart glasses that overlay computer-generated video, graphics, or text such as step-by-step repair instructions onto physical objects. Wearable AR devices are now being used in manufacturing and industrial settings and can boost workers’ productivity by 30% or more on an array of tasks the first time they’re used, even without prior training. These technologies increase productivity by making workers more skilled and efficient — and thus have the potential to yield both more economic growth and better jobs. AR technologies could be instrumental in closing the skill gap that is responsible for the shortage of skilled manufacturing workers, resulting in increased industrial productivity and higher wages.

https://hbr.org/2017/03/augmented-reality-is-already-improving-worker-performance


SONY DESIGN

CEA brand showroom project


The newly opened China Eastern Airlines Brand Showroom at the company headquarters is the fruit of a collaborative effort by Professional Solutions China’s joint task team. In order to offer visitors the experience of the airline’s history and brand concept, the showroom, inspired by the shape of an airplane wing, has on display a gigantic wooden globe that serves as an iconic symbol, as well as state-of-the-art Crystal LED display system and a mock-up of the Hongqiao Airport, all of which are linked to separate AR contents.

youtube.com/embed/84ELQXA6p1s


SPECTRAL.ENERGY

Decentralized Microgridding Can Provide 90% of a Neighborhood's Energy Needs, Study Finds

A report funded by the Dutch government finds that microgrid technologies could make a local “techno-economy” 90 percent self-sufficient, through the decentralised sharing of energy at the local level between multiple households. Click here to read the report


HUAWEI

Amazing 3D mapping room.

3d mapping room Huawei smart house made by Magic-innovations 3d mapping studio.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WGZIc5El8g


SVEN

How to Make a Bespoke Bicycle.

In a small workshop on the south coast of England, Sven Cycles makes dream bicycles that last a lifetime. (Video by Leila Hussain) (Source: Bloomberg)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2017-12-13/how-to-make-a-bespoke-bicycle-video


UMBRELLIUM

A 'smart crossing' prototype with LED lights under the road has been unveiled in London

A prototype “responsive” road crossing powered by cameras, computer programming and a huge LED screen implanted into the road has been displayed for the first time.

https://www.businessinsider.com.au/smart-crossing-prototype-tested-london-2017-10


JUN TAKAHASHI

The Sorcerer of Fashion

NY Times profile of Japanese fashion designer.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/17/t-magazine/jun-takahashi-undercover-fashion-profile.html


ARGO DESIGN

The Interfaces Of The Future Will Be Part Of Our Environment.

A proof of concept by argodesign proves why we shouldn’t count out projected interfaces just yet. The computing theory, born in the early ’90s, suggested that the things we use computers for today will eventually migrate away from our desktop PCs. Instead, these interactions will be diffused throughout our environment, meeting us wherever we go.

https://www.fastcodesign.com/3065073/prototyping-the-environmental-interfaces-of-the-future


BMW

Concept car interior puts holographic controls at your fingertips.

At CES 2017, BMW showed off a concept car as part of its "i Inside Future" exhibit, which was built upon the idea that car interiors could be more friendly and inviting. This concept car was mostly designed with autonomous vehicles in mind and likely wouldn't be a reality for another 15 years. Check out the video below to see a demo of HoloActive and BMW's concept car. (Video shot/edited by Jennifer Hahn)

arstechnica.com/cars/2017/01/bmw-concept-car-interior-puts-holographic-controls-at-your-fingertips/


BEN FRANKFORTER

Visualising UI solutions for a mixed reality future.

Augmented and Mixed Reality technologies are rapidly evolving, with consumer devices on the horizon. But how will people interact with their new digitally enhanced lives? Designer Ben Frankforter visualises several ideas he’s had to help bring about the arrival of what he calls the “iPhone of mixed reality”.

roadtovr.com/visualising-ui-solutions-mixed-reality-future


VICE + JEREMY RIFKIN

The Third Industrial Revolution.

Jeremy Rifkin's lecture about a radical new sharing economy. Protiotype doesn't agree with everything Rifkin says but he gets a lot of things right, and his world view is one to be aware of.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QX3M8Ka9vUA


ISHIKAWA WATANABE LABORATORY

Anywhere Surface Touch.

In this research, Ishikawa Watanabe Laboratory propose an interface called Anywhere Surface Touch, which allows any flat or curved surface in a real environment to be used as an input area.

k2.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp/vision/AST/index-e.html


YUVAL NOAH HARARI (2016)

Big data, Google and the end of free will

Forget about listening to ourselves. In the age of data, algorithms have the answer, writes the historian Yuval Noah Harari, as he introduces his profound observation of 'Dataism'.

ft.com/content/50bb4830-6a4c-11e6-ae5b-a7cc5dd5a28c


ISHIKAWA WATANABE LABORATORY

Dynamic Projection Mapping on to deforming non-rigid surface.

2016. Ishikawa Watanabe Laboratory realise dynamic projection mapping onto deforming non-rigid surface

youtube.com/watch?v=-bh1MHuA5jU


360 DEGREE PROJECTIONS

Ultra dining at Ultraviolet

2013. At the restaurant Ultraviolet in Shanghai, the chef Paul Pairet has taken dining and turned it into theater, adding ambient music, unorthodox utensils and enhancing scent (Source: NY Times).

nytimes.com/video/dining/100000002498301/ultra-dining-at-ultraviolet.html


DUBAI FUTURE FOUNDATION

Office Of The Future.

The world's first fully functional 3D printed building.

officeofthefuture.ae/


GEOFFREY WEST

Scale: The Universal Laws of Life and Death in Organisms, Cities

Physicist Geoffrey West's research centres on a quest to find unifying principles and patterns connecting everything from cells and ecosystems to cities, social networks and businesses. SCALE addresses big, urgent questions about global sustainability, population explosion, urbanization, ageing, cancer, human lifespans and the increasing pace of life, but also encourages us to question the world around us. Why can we live for 120 years but not for a thousand? Why does the pace of life continually increase? Why do mice live for just two or three years and elephants for up to 75? Why do companies behave like mice, and are they all destined to die? Do cities, companies and human beings have natural, pre-determined lifespans? SCALE is a fantastic book. Click here to buy a copy.

Geoffrey West has found that simple, mathematical laws govern the properties of cities -- that wealth, crime rate, walking speed and many other aspects of a city can be deduced from a single number: the city's population. In this mind-bending talk from TEDGlobal he shows how it works and how similar laws hold for organisms and corporations.

https://www.ted.com/talks/geoffrey_west


AI BUILD

This Intelligent 3D Printer Is Building Big, Beautiful Structures

Imagine one day walking into a gorgeous structure only to discover it was designed by a computer system and constructed by automated robotic arms.

https://singularityhub.com/2016/11/07/this-intelligent-3d-printer-is-building-big-beautiful-structures/


FASTBRICK ROBOTICS

FastBrick Robotics

2016 - Fastbrick Robotics Limited (ASX:FBR) reveals its Hadrian 105 demonstrative model in action through a time-lapse video. The Hadrian 105 demonstrates the ability of its technology and provides a first look at the future of the construction industry as is the the precursor to the commercial model,

Time Lapse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YcrO8ONcfY


FUTURE INTERFACES GROUP

Synthetic Sensors

FIG explore the notion of general-purpose sensing, wherein a single, highly capable sensor can indirectly monitor a large context, without direct instrumentation of objects. Further, through what they call Synthetic Sensors, they can virtualize raw sensor data into actionable feeds, whilst simultaneously mitigating immediate privacy issues. They use a series of structured, formative studies to inform the development of new sensor hardware and accompanying information architecture.


DOCUMENTARY (1968)

Autopsy on a Dream

Made in 1968 and directed by John Weiley, this film documents the controversy surrounding the creation of the Sydney Opera House. This is an especially inspiring story for designers, engineers, and whomever seeks to achieve an amazing project.

youtube.com/watch?v=cuHtP8OFOIA


DOCUMENTARY

This is Marshall McLuhan: The Medium is the Message

Fifty year old documentary looking at the popular concerns of the 1960s about the electric age: technological change accelerating too quickly, automation taking jobs, who owns your personal data, loss of privacy - sound familiar?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1axnba_Ueg

And here is a list of all McLuhan audiovisual material archived on YouTube in reverse chronological order.


DOCUMENTARY (1972)

FUTURE SHOCK

'Future Shock' is a documentary film based on the book written in 1970 by sociologist and futurist Alvin Toffler. Released in 1972, with a cigar-chomping Orson Welles as on-screen narrator, this piece of futurism is darkly dystopian and oozing techno-paranoia.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkUwXenBokU