A new range of services and analog-only experiences are helping counter the distractions of our always-on lives
As consumers, we are constantly hearing about new technologies that promise to improve our lives, and the positive changes that will come from an always-connected world. Each iterative improvement in our devices claims to optimize our time or manage our workflow. However, there comes a point where the equation flips, and these devices become more of a burden. According to a recent study, The On Demand Economy By the Numbers, “70 percent of Americans now own smartphones and the average person checks their phone every six minutes, about 150 times a day.”
"The Doghouse" is a virtual reality film installation that lets viewers inhabit different characters at a dinner table
Recently on show at the Flatpack Film Festival in Birmingham, U.K. in March, Danish short film “The Doghouse” is an experiment in how far virtual reality can immerse a person into another’s mindset. The installation featured five Oculus Rifts which viewers could choose from—depending on the headset they wore, they saw the point of view of a different character at a family dinner.
A live interactive performance project during NYCxDesign invites participants to explore how gendered behavior influences perspective
With the overwhelming amount of stuff to see during NYCxDesign, it can be a challenge to get any message across beyond ‘does it look cool or not?’ Tackling a topic such as how design effects the way we identify with gender risks being too heady for an event that sometimes concerns itself with who’s serving the best champagne at their SoHo party.
A giant light fixture from Italian lighting company Foscarini serves a facilitator for two people who've never met
During 2015 NYCxDesign, artist Gianluca Vassallo and Italian lighting company Foscarini collaborated on a project to unite strangers in New York City. Twice Light is a photography project that documents the moment when two people who have never met connect. The photos were taken in various public spaces around NYC and include one other constant character, Twiggy.
We're facing the beginnings of a manufacturing renaissance in East London's Tech City, as Daniel Hirschmann elaborated at the new MoMA store displays
Last Thursday we were contacted by Daniel Hirschmann of Technology Will Save Us, who invited us down to the MoMA Design store in SoHo for a chat and to check out the new display he’s set up for them. This was a perfect excuse to take advantage of a sunny New York afternoon, so we walked the few blocks south to give the store a look; what we came across was the revival of hardware manufacturing in London.
Business-tech author details how cognitive systems wield a power like we've never seen and could soon be tending to our agriculture, industry, and service needs
The era of cognitive systems is dawning and building on today’s computer programming era. All machines, for now, require programming, and by definition programming does not allow for alternate scenarios that have not been programmed. To allow alternating outcomes would require going up a level, creating a self-learning Artificial Intelligence (AI) system. Via biomimicry and neuroscience, cognitive computing does this, taking computing concepts to a whole new level.
Rudder sources street light data to brighten the night-time pedestrian experience
Navigation apps have done wonders for our daily commutes and weekend road trips. We can get from point A to point B faster than ever, but sometimes the fastest route is not always the one we feel comfortable taking—especially at night. This is why Bearbone Studios has developed Rudder, an app that functions as an urban night light, helping you navigate to your destination via the most well-lit path.
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PSFK and IBM Watson are collaborating through The Good Data Contest to find how IBM Watson’s capabilities can improve the lives of communities and spark a conversation around what cognitive computing will mean for our future. With only two days to go until the contest closes, make sure you have the opportunity to win the $50,000 USD – to be spent on prototyping, marketing and consulting from IBM Watson talent—as well as be flown to New York City to visit the Watson Lab.
How technology is connecting us to a network of human helpers operating in the background for life’s little details
For every timesaving device humans have invented, we have found new ways to fill that time with more work—much of which is unpaid. A recent survey by Pew found that men and women spend 11.8 and 21.3 hours per week respectively on non-paid work such as childcare and housework. For every minute we’ve saved through dishwashers and microwaves, we’ve found new ways to use them doing something else.