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May 6, 2007

Krinkl-O-Tron

Not sure if this is going to be in the show or not, but it was at ITP for Thesis Week. Leif Mangelsen's thesis project looked pretty trippy. It's kind of like a Merry-go-round, but instead of horses, there are scooters attached. I'm not sure how he assembled it either, but I heard it was portable in his car.

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Clay Shirky (Professor) and Greg Beliczynski are riders here.

iPLATEu

Greg has an interesting thesis project as well, which allows commuters to leave voicemail messages according to the license plate number of the car. I'm not sure if iPLATEu can relieve road ragers or make love connections, it's a hoot. I think Greg should go to Los Angeles with this because of the famed LA traffic (now they won't be bored).

Seriously, save this number on your mobile phones, and try it:
888- iPLATEu
1-888-475-2838 (for Blackberry Pearl owners)
I'm not sure if it's in Beta testing, but I'm going to try it in Los Angeles.

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[IMAGE CREDIT: Gregory Beliczynski/ITP/TISCH]

ultraORB

Here's a preview of the ultraORB by James N. Sears and his father Ron Sears. It's a dual-axis rotating display creates color visualizations of models in 3D space, using persistence of vision.

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A rotating 320 tri-color LEDs about two axes simultaneously under the control of sixteen microcontrollers, creates a fully volumetric display that can display arbitrary models within the three dimensional volume of an 11" sphere.

It will be at the ITP Spring Show, this Tuesday and Wednesday night at 721 Broadway.

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May 20, 2007

New York University Graduation

Here are some memorable photos of Rocio, Gilad and Karl in the fountain.

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At the Tisch Salute, Laurie Anderson and Clive Davis were speakers. At the main ceremony, Wynton Marsalis (received and Honorary Doctorates in Fine Arts) played a tune (Listen Here), and I was impressed with another recipient's amazing bio, Cathleen Synge Morawetz (Doctor of Science).

The BlinkCam

at the MakerFaire sponsored by Makezine.

Andrew Schneider (creator of Solar Bikini) created the The BlinkCam as an experimental device for performance, which was the topic of his thesis at ITP. The idea is that you blink (consider it a switch), and this device takes the shot.

The eyelashes are conductive, which...
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snap into this helmet, which...
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is connected to Polaroid camera...
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Also at MakerFaire are The Orb, The UltraOrb, and Botanicalls, which were at the ITP shows.

Dog with sunglasses?

I saw this dog wearing sunglasses on Wall Street. This is the first time I've ever seen this trend. How decadent...

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May 21, 2007

Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle

I just attended the third annual MatterX, hosted by Material Connexion, and saw some amazing works. More to follow later...

Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle is a fine artist and professor who teaches at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Motto: “Not utility bur futility.”

Translated X, Y coordinates of a glacier in Ottawa to recreate a mesh iteration of an iceberg (Buckminster Fuller inspired). Some of these sculptures scrape weather data and broadcast it online.

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3D data of clouds to create cloud sculpture, Cloud Prototype #1
Digital fabrication prototyped in 11 separate pieces and then assembled.

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Other Projects: DNA fingerprint in New Bronx Library, Cryogenics sperm bank, El Nino Effect, Bullfight ring with IR sensors that look for aliens, Nocturn/white poppy sculpture/surveillance, bullet-proof umbrella (made of kevlar), Robert Oppenheimer media installation in purgatory, Colin Powell/sand toilets/misinformation of biological and chemical weapons


Keywords: information, science, arts, sculpture, media, McArthur fellow, fabrication, abs rapid prototyping

May 23, 2007

Kennedy & Violich Architecture

Sheila Kennedy and Frano Violich
Architecture, Boston
www.kvarch.net

I saw their presentation at the Material Connexion awards. I was really interested in their "Portable Light Project." Energy efficient light for Huichol Tribe in Mexico, and it helps sustain their weaving culture. Over 100 design iterations to comply with regulation of mailing lithium batteries (3.7V), and has social implications (these lights charge faster when a community of these modular pieces charge together.

Gives off 100 lumens of light (40 lumens is average), uses 3.7 V (1,800 mAmps), charges for 3 hours, and runs for 10 hours.

Other Projects: Electroluminescent Plywood Desk, Sever Hall (Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences, skylight in the middle level of the building that simulates natural environmental conditions), Pillow/Cloud-like structure canopy on pier of 34th Street in New York (lighting and projection).

Ever visit the Jewelry District?

I did, yesterday, when I had to replace a watch battery. I saw this guy painstakingly embed diamonds into a watchband with some type of petrol on the back of his hand. In the same basement, you could design your own ring by sketching it, or improvise preselected molds.

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This guy is cleaning some gold chains with a very high temperature steamer.
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Fadi is the jewelery designer that designed my friend's and his wife's rings.
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Dormar Jewelry
55 West 47th Street
New York, NY 10036
Talk to Fadi in lower level booth #550 or Albert in middle level booth #20

It took 5 minutes to change the battery and pretty reasonably priced too.

MoMA Spring 2007

I saw these pieces awhile back at MoMA's collection from Out of Time: A Contemporary View. I'm due for another visit.

Mona Hatoum. (British of Palestinian origin, born in Beirut, Lebanon, 1952). + and -. 1994-2004. Sand , steel, aluminum, and electric motor.

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There's something really zen about this piece, and I had to tear myself away from it.

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Rachel Whiteread. (British, born 1963). Untitled (Paperbacks). 1997. Plaster and steel, Overall 14' 9 1/8" x 15' 9" x 20' 8 3/4" (450 x 480 x 632 cm).

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Josiah McElheny (American, b. 1966). Projects 84. Crystalline glass, colored electric lights, metal, and painted wood.
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May 24, 2007

Material Connexion Symposium

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Speakers/Awardees

Kennedy & Violich Architecture
Sheila Kennedy and Frano Violich
Architecture, Boston
www.kvarch.net
Portable Light Project

Energy efficient light for Huichol Tribe in Mexico, and it helps sustain their weaving culture. Over 100 design iterations to comply with regulation of mailing lithium batteries (3.7V), and has social implications (these lights charge faster when a community of these modular pieces charge together.

Gives off 100 lumens of light (40 lumens is average), uses 3.7 V (1,800 mAmps), charges for 3 hours, and runs for 10 hours.

Other Projects: Electroluminescent Plywood Desk, Sever Hall (Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences, skylight in the middle level of the building that simulates natural environmental conditions), Pillow/Cloud-like structure canopy on pier of 34th Street in New York (lighting and projection)

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David Gibson
Two Twelve Associates
Environmental Graphic Design
www.twotwelve.com

Other Projects: Signage for Central Park Zoo, other commercial buildings, Chicago Streetscape signage, Radio City Music Hall, MoMA in Queens, Children’s Hospital in Boston, signage in scenic Hudson

Ecofab (fabric/solvents)
Windsor Fireform, LLC

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Clodagh
Interior Design
www.clodagh.com

Other Projects: uses materials like fiber optics, LEDs, bamboo, washi paper (for walls), recycled materials, biophilia (plants), solar panels, “Sumac” (weaving culture in Armenia), went to Africa to employ and sustain beading culture

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, www.usgbc.org)
LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability)

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Sam Hecht & Kim Colin
Industrial Facility
Industrial Design, London
www.industrialfacility.co.uk

Sam Hecht use to work for IDEO, but left to start this company, which design primarily for Muji. They pride themselves on building working prototypes rather than digital prototypes.

Current projects include networked objects, like: Mixi (camera cellphone enclosure that uploads photos easily to Japanese Social software using stickers/physical tags), more info on Mixi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mixi, http://mashable.com/2006/07/08/mixi-japans-biggest-social-network/), Cellphone with LED light display that could also be used as an alarm clock.

Other Projects: http://www.industrialfacility.co.uk/if.html, Muji coffee maker, Muji fan, Magnetic knife rack, and knife for Taylor’s Eye Witness, Flex Lamp for Droog

LuckyBite (electronics design, more info here: http://open.bbc.co.uk/labs/2006/london/luckybite/)

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Cao Perrot Studio
Andy Cao and Xavier Perrot
Landscape Design
www.caoperrotstudio.com

They use recycled materials in their design. Glass Garden and Lullabye garden uses 9 to 9.5 ton of recycled crushed glass to create texture.

Other Projects: http://www.caoperrotstudio.com/projects.htm, Bill Massey for public art titled Cocoons, 100 Hearts (made with the scarcity of deaf coconuts due to genetically engineered foods), Medici Fountain, Nantucket Rose, Jardin des Hespérides (lantern/perfume garden)

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Chilewich
Sandy Chilewich
Textile Design, New York
www.chilewich.com

Created “plynyl,” innovative processes of woven vinyl to make placemats, tableware, floor mats, car mats, carpeting and bags.

Other Projects: She’s famous for “Ray bowls” and “Ray trays,” and “Harry-Carry” named after her two sons.

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Patrick Jouin
Product designer, France
www.patrickjouin.com

Designs experimental chairs using ABS rapid prototyping.

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Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle
Fine Artist and Professor at Art Institute of Chicago

Motto: “Not utility bur futility.”

Keywords: information, science, arts, sculpture, media, McArthur fellow, fabrication, abs rapid prototyping

Translated X, Y coordinates of a glacier in Ottawa to recreate a mesh iteration of an iceberg (Buckminster Fuller inspired). Some of these sculptures scrape weather data and broadcast it online. 3D data of clouds to create cloud sculpture (“Cloud Prototype #1”)

Other Projects: DNA fingerprint in New Bronx Library, Cryogenics sperm bank, El Nino Effect, Bullfight ring with IR sensors that look for aliens, Nocturn/white poppy sculpture/surveillance, bullet-proof umbrella (made of kevlar), Robert Oppenheimer media installation in purgatory, Colin Powell/sand toilets/misinformation of biological and chemical weapons

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Franz von Holzhausen
Mazda, Orange County

Rebranding of Mazda using Japanese terminology like “nagare,” which means “flow.” They use single-side hydro fluid stamping to form hoods.

Other Projects: taking scraps of leather and stamping them to create a larger swatch of materials, single-side hydro fluid stamping used to create automobile hoods, working with Nike to redesign material

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DDCLAB (acronym for design, development and concepts)
Robert Crivello and Savania Davies-Keiller

Appareil Design, New York
www.ddclab.com

They try to use high-tech and eco-friendly textiles to create appareil. They use some materials made out of soy and corn, organic cottons, dye fabrics with fermented persimmons, pomegrante and other fruits. David Bowie, Lauren Hiill and Lenny Kravitz are some clients. Materials are natural fibers, man-made fibers, and fusion of natural and man-mad fabrics. They use Tyvek (lycra-fused recycled paper, material like FEDEX envelopes). Some polyester and polyethylene materials help keep body temperature, resists abrasion, and not crushable. Use metal-woven fabrics, called “enox,” to resist electromagnetic waves. They line all the pockets of their appareil with enox so that as you pass and RFID tracker, it can’t take your personal information, also resists cell phone waves. Other materials used are Abacca (Japanese Tyvek, extremely thin and light in weight), bamboo fabric (has texture of linen), silks dyed in mud, spider silk, solar panels, and leather fused with lycra to give leather elasticity.

Thery’re experimenting with making “liquid cocktails” that have aromatherapy and antibacterial properties (like aloe, mint and sage), and they are trying to fuse this into cotton (not sure what their process is about).

Other Projects: Dupont (sponsors their research), Nike, Gap, Reebok

May 26, 2007

Great Anthropologie Window Theme

Balloons!!!
How fun, and what a great idea.

My favorite is this one...
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The dress that takes a group of balloon dogs out.

But there's one sick balloon dog...
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The vintage sofa supported by white balloons.
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This one is a little too abstract for me, but nevertheless engaging.
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The yellow shapes on the floor are tacks.
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May 27, 2007

The Revival of Wall Street

First the Mud Truck, then the Hillal Trucks, Juice Truck, a sushi restaurant, the 24 hour diner "Gold Street Cafe" that mimmicks The Standard Hotel's diner in Downtown, Los Angeles, and now this...

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I believe that this image is of a Tiffany's store. Slowly, residentials are populating these units with young, hip students, and more places are stay open later. On the corner of the street South of Wall Street, Andre Balazs is also constructing a series of residential lofts, and boy do the ceiling look high and spacious. In the past two years, Wall Street has changed. It no longer looks like a ghost town.

Long live Downtown!

May 28, 2007

Test: upload photo to blog from mobile phone

This image is of a jacket created by Ames laboratory research on metamaterials. It alters the path of light so it appears that you are seeing right through the jacket.

Carnegie Deli

7th Avenue & 55th Street

A must-go when you're in New York. It gives Katz's Deli a run for it's money. Cole slaw and pickles are pretty awesome here, and the sandwiches are HUGE! Each meal can feed about 2-3 people.

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Lots of celebrities eat here. We sat next to a lot of autographed photos from cast members of the The Sopranos tv show.
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This sandwich is pretty huge (Woody Allen Special (?)). I only ate a quarter of it. Half pastrami and half corned beef.
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This dish is called "Jeff's special." A mound of pastrami piled on knish, topped with melted swiss cheese. A similar dish is the Reuben except it's on rye with sauerkraut.
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Yummy strawberry cheesecake (the waiter told us it was their specialty).
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More celebrities on the walls.
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I would suggest walking down to 42nd street after this meal. Here's the Chrysler building on the way to the 4.
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May 30, 2007

Wearables and Soft Materials, Process and Materials

Many of you asked for my research in wearables and soft materials...

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Some Links:

Material Connexion, www.materialconnexion.com
Material Research Society, www.mrs.org
NY Times on Chalayan, http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/01/style/tmagazine/04talk.waldemeyer.t.html?ex=1176523200&en=b47c75afe9152ac2&ei=5070
Swift Textile Metalizing LLC, tel. 860 243 1122
Sauquoit Industries, tel. 800 858 5552, http://www.sauquoit.com/
Shieldex, tel. 315 597 6687, http://www.shieldextrading.com/
Lumitex, fiber optic textiles that are woven, www.lumitex.com
Electric Plaid, ifmachines.com)
Emfit, Plastic film that converts motion into electricity, www.emfit.com
Flexinol, with shape memory material, www.dynaalloy.com
Integrated Circuit, metal yarns and woven circuits, www.ris.averydennison.com Sensitive Carpet, multilayer conductive fabric, www.lab-leas.fr
Softswitch, flexible fabrics, www.softswitck.co.uk
Blowprint, relief printing, www.imprimerie-laville.com

Other materials to explore: Tyvek (the stuff the FEDEX envelopes are made of), conductive velcro, metal snaps, magnets, reed switches, conductive fabric, conductive ink (looks like nail polish), different folds, conductive film


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PROJECTS

Blushing Dress – Phillips
http://www.design.philips.com/about/design/section-13599/article-14931.html
http://www.design.philips.com/about/design/section-13983/index.html

Ames laboratory research on metamaterial and magnesium-diboride wire segments

Electronic paper or E-paper, I saw this at Wired Nextfest. On the sleeve of a military uniform is a screen made out of this paper. To navigate between interfaces, you press soft switches, which are located in the sleeve of the uniform. Conductive ink is printed on paper.

Conductive Film, produced by General Electric

Suzanne Tick, Inc.

Kennedy & Violich Architecture
Sheila Kennedy and Frano Violich

DDCLAB (acronym for design, development and concepts)
Robert Crivello and Savania Davies-Keiller

http://www.stylefuture.com/index.php

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NYU PROJECTS on Wearables [All of these prototypes work]:

1) Andrew Schneider – Solar Cell Bikini

2) Terence Arjo -
YoTaxi! Video - http://itp.nyu.edu/~tra225/wearables/yoVideo_1.5.mov
[By waving your arm vigorously via persistence of vision, you can hail a taxi visually]

Personal Space Suit - http://taswearables.blogspot.com/ [coat that has porcupine-like quills embedded]

3) Carolina Pino – http://www.carolinapino.net/jacketjacketson.htm This is a wearable for kids, a kind of musical instrument jacket. When a child presses buttons on the jacket, it plays the sound of an animal or music]

4) Doria Fan - http://itp.nyu.edu/~df785/wearables/bracelet3.html
http://itp.nyu.edu/~df785/wearables/ [I really liked the RFID medical alert bracelets and the inflatables breasts dress [low-tech]

5) Jenny Chowdhury – intimate controllers
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jennylc/sets/72157594549073284
[http://www.jennylc.com/intimate_controllers/blog/] –The user plays pong with intimate wearables.

6) Grace Kim's The Soft Electric --http://www.iamgracie.com/thesis/

7) Joshua Dickens – http://flickr.com/photos/schwa23/sets/72057594108725619/ - Glowscarf – a scarf that lets you know when your cellphone rings

8) Britta Riley - Rapid prototyping fabric sculpture usin MAYA

9) Fiona Carswell, Nanna Halinen, Kate Hartman, Kati London, Megan MacMurray, and Alice Tseng-Planas
http://www.fionacarswell.com/QQuilt.html

10) Joo Youn Paek, Zoonori, origami musical instruments using Tyvek

11) My own experimentations with soft circuits using conductive thread and conductive fabric (bluetooth bracelet with phototransmitter), [1], [2]

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Other Links:

http://www.talk2myshirt.com/blog/archives/category/technologies/display/

Signal Propagation and Multiplexing Challenges in Electronic Textiles
http://www.mrs.org/s_mrs/sec_subscribe.aspCID=2553&DID=117683&action=detail

http://www.thefeaturearchives.com/100939.html

http://www.xslabs.net/

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Books
Transmaterial
Material World 2
Folding Architecture: Spatial, Structural And Organization Diagrams
Supersurfaces
Design Life Now: National Design Triennial 2006 (catalog), Suzanne Tick
Spoon, Issey Miyake, A-POC, process of fabrication
Skin
Paper Fashions (from More Paperwork) – paper as textiles
Rei Kawakubo, Kyote Costume Institute (exhibition), Japanese stencil paper
Rachel Sleight, The Sun, News Group Newspapers, beautiful dress made out of recycled paper, and skirt for Fabriano Spa, Hussein Chalayan – dress made of Tyvek, look like air mail stationary, Kei Ito – vest made of handmade linen paper, and dress made of Tyvek, performance costume

Others:
Hella Jongerius
Droog

May 31, 2007

New Facebook Apps

I've never got into Facebook, until Lisa Cho just introduced these new apps. Here's an article about them...

http://robcurley.com/2007/05/24/washingtonpostcoms-new-facebook-app/

Has the intent of Alex Bisceglie's thesis project, but difficult to produce when you are the only one who's working on it.

There's a wierd one that allows you to borrow money from your Facebook friends instead of a bank. I don't know how that one is going to work.

Lending Club By Lending Club Thinking of charging $1,000 to your credit card? Think again: the Facebook Lending Club is a smart, fun and responsible way to get a $1,000 loan directly from a group of other Facebook users, fully online, at the lowest possible rate. 2,284 users - 39 reviews

Was surprised to see that iLike has "899,303 users" since yesterday, it seems kind of sophomoric, or maybe I'm just way too old.

Found Post Office Art in NY

The quality of this image is not bad for a mobile phone.

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