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Humans And Machines: Beyond Touch : All Tech Considered A demonstration of Oblong's g‑speak SOE (spatial operating environment), technology that was featured in the film Minority Report. (Vimeo) Computer chips and technology are invading all sorts of previously dumb devices. At this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, touch pads are everywhere — in phones, in tablets and laptop screens. "The whole idea that it is socially acceptable or functionally acceptable to have a whole mass of humanity that is staring down at a piece of glass and pounding on it with their thumbs is kind of absurd," says Feld, a venture capitalist at the Foundry Group. "Twenty years from now the way we interact with computing will be unrecognizable to us today," he says. hide captionAttendees try a prototype 3M Touch Systems projected capacitive display at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Ethan Miller/Getty Images Attendees try a prototype 3M Touch Systems projected capacitive display at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Nest

- StumbleUpon Farming the Unconscious The Architecture Department at the Royal College of Art had some thought-provoking projects at the work in progress show. Architectural Design Studio 1's exhibition was looking at how a dense and vertical architecture can bring back food production and consumption in the city. Image courtesy André Ford One of the students of the course, André Ford, looked at the intensification of the broiler chicken industry. Each year, the UK raises and kills 800 million chickens or 'broilers' for their meat. Broiler chickens spend their 6-7week lives in windowless sheds, each containing around 40,000 birds. Philosopher Paul Thompson, of Purdue University is a proponent of The Blind Chicken Solution. Sadly, the demand for chicken is rising and methods of production will need to intensify in order to meet this increase. As long as their brain stem is intact, the homeostatic functions of the chicken will continue to operate. Questions to the architect: How have people reacted to your idea so far?

Sky Garden House - Architecture Linked - Architect & Architectural... I think one of the reasons that many are skeptical about environmental design is because they think its terribly complex and costly. It does take a bit more effort on the front end, but it's definitely not rocket science. This architecture by Guz Architects is a wonderfully developed minimalistic design with a curvilinear flare that really brings out the organic coverings. See more at Guz Architects

What If Your Ovaries Could Live Forever? I, for one, can't imagine running after a toddler all day at the age of 48. I had a conversation with my mother about potentially having children a few years ago, specifically in terms of the help I'd need from her, and she told me that she honestly didn't know if she had the physical strength and stamina to raise a kid at her age (she was 50 then). Well, I had my kid at 40. OK, pregnant at 40 and gave birth at 41. Would earlier have been better? Yeah, even beyond the medical and health issues for both parent and child, raising a kid into your 60's isn't fair for either of you, but that's just my opinion. Yeah, I don't think that's an issue for either me or for my friend — as we are both first-time parents.

Shipping Container Homes - Cargo Container Houses - The Daily Green Want your own container house? There's a six-month waiting list for the Quik House by architect Adam Kalkin, who is based in New Jersey. The distinctive Quik House comes in a prefabricated kit, based on recycled shipping containers (in fact a completed house is about 75% recycled materials by weight). The standard Quik House offers 2,000 square feet, three bedrooms and two and one-half baths, though larger options are also available. The shell assembles within just one day, and all the interior details can be finished within about three months. The Quik House comes in two colors (orange or natural rust bloom), and the estimated total cost, including shipping and assembly, is $184,000.

Futurefarmers Metropol Parasol // The World’s Largest Wooden Structure | Yatzer& Project: Metropol ParasolRedevelopment of Plaza de la Encarnacion, Seville, SpainFunction: archeological site, farmers market, elevated plaza, multiple bars and restaurantsSite area: 18,000 square metersBuilding area: 5,000 square metersTotal floor Area: 12,670 square metersNumber of floors: 4Height of the building: 28.50 metersStructure: concrete, timber and steelPrincipal Exterior: timber and granitePrincipal interior material: concrete, granite and steelDesigning period: 2004-2005Construction period: 2005-2011Building/Cost: 90 Million Euro What is there not to like about Metropol Parasol? The waffle-like crown structure in Seville, Spain has been finally completed in April 2011 after a competition held by the city of Seville in 2004. Located at Plaza de la Encarnacion, the stunning sequence of undulating parasols comprises the world's largest wooden structure. The Metropol Parasol project was part of the redevelopment of the Plaza de la Encarnacíon, designed by J. video © ARUP Group

Reimagining City Life: One Startup's Vision of the Future The Global Innovation Series is supported by BMW i, a new concept dedicated to providing mobility solutions for the urban environment. It delivers more than purpose-built electric vehicles — it delivers smart mobility services. Visit or follow @BMWi on Twitter. From New York to Shanghai, one can quickly become irritated by the flaws and inefficiencies of city living. The startup was founded in 2010 by Adam Greenfield, who previously worked as head of design direction for service at Nokia and the user interface design and lead information architect for Razorfish's Tokyo office. The Downfalls of City Living ... Greenfield has lived in United States, the United Kingdom, France, Finland, Korea and Japan. "A lot of people face pretty profound constraints on mobility, enjoy only limited access to opportunity, and face serious difficulty in getting timely, accurate information about services available to them," he says. 1. Enter Farevalue. 2. 3. Series supported by BMW i

Ask Nature - the Biomimicry Design Portal: biomimetics, architecture, biology, innovation inspired by nature, industrial design - Ask Nature - the Biomimicry Design Portal: biomimetics, architecture, biology, innovation inspired by nature, industrial desi Sony Nextep Computer Concept for 2020 by Hiromi Kiriki In 2020 We Can Wear Sony Computers On Our Wrist Our present need for internet connectivity is so profound that secondary devices like the Nextep Computer are bound to happen. Developed to be worn as a bracelet, this computer concept is constructed out of a flexible OLED touchscreen. Earmarked for the year 2020, features like a holographic projector (for screen), pull-out extra keyboard panels and social networking compatibility, make the concept plausible. Ten years from now is not too far away, so how many of you think we’d be buying such gadgets? Designer: Hiromi Kiriki

No Pulse: How Doctors Reinvented The Human Heart Meeko the calf stood nuzzling a pile of hay. He didn't seem to have much appetite, and he looked a little bored. Every now and then, he glanced up, as though wondering why so many people with clipboards were standing around watching him. Fourteen hours earlier, I'd watched doctors lift Meeko's heart from his body and place it, still beating, in a plastic dish. As many as five million Americans suffer some form of heart failure, but only about 2,000 hearts a year become available for transplant. To understand why they still haven't succeeded, pick up a two-pound barbell and start curling it. The problem is the "beating" part. It turns out that imitating a beating heart with metal and plastic has several limitations. Clark probably would not have been able to hang on much longer in any case. A transplantable heart, alas, is an increasingly rare find. "His giant heartbeat," Rainer Maria Rilke wrote of God early in the past century, "is diverted in us into little pulses."