Inspired by man's innate desire to always want what is not his, Mexican industrial designer Christian Vivanco has taken a verbal metaphor for that desire - "The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence" - and turned it into a more literal metaphor - a green (grass) sofa with a surrounding picket fence. Remember, though, there are two sides to that fence....
Wouldn't it be great if robots could lead fish and other wildlife away from the Gulf oil spill before they got a drop of oil on them? A mechanical engineering professor at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University has a dream that his robot fish can do that and much more.
Food design is not just about creating a pretty plate these days. Like any art or design form, it can be an expression of despair as well as hope, of decay as well as growth. So don't be shocked when you read what is influencing today's student food designers as we preview 7 designs from the upcoming SIAL 2010 Food Design Show.
A trio of inventors from The Essential Element (hint: H2O) have unveiled the first working model of an invention that has the potential to affect peoples throughout the world, especially people who do not have access to the a basic need that most of us take for granted... clean drinking water. Additionally, the Hydra, can reach people in disaster situations and clean the sludgiest water on site to make it potable.
There was an exhibit at a London gallery by French composer Celest Boursier-Mougenot. The exhibit, entitle 'From Here To Ear,' was an aviary filled with zebra finches, electronic instruments, and various other sound-making objects that were all connected to an audio system. It occurred to me that a smaller scale music palace could be created for wild birds in our own yards so we can have our own bird bands. (see video)