Happy 5th Birthday iPhone: You Changed Everything
This Insane Kitchen Of The Future Powers Itself With Leftovers
It’s called the Microbial Home. Created as part of Philips’ Design Probes program to “explore far-future lifestyle scenarios,” it is a vision for a collection of household appliances and fixtures that all work together in an “integrated cyclical ecosystem.”
The Microbial Home takes kitchen composting to its extreme, with a closed-loop system in which the waste products from one process are used as energy inputs for another. The central hub is a “bio-digester island” which has a cutting surface, a gas range, and a bio-digester. Bacteria in the bio-digester feed on organic waste such as vegetable trimmings to produce a methane gas that powers the range and the lights and heats water. Dehydrated sludge from the digester can be used as compost.
Models of these concepts were shown at Piet Hein Eek gallery [mentioned previously on Unconsumption here] in Eindhoven for October’s Dutch Design Week, but it’s unlikely that we’ll actually working elements of the Microbial Home in stores anytime soon. Philips’ Probes are exercises in speculative design, intended to spark conversation and spur innovation.
The Microbial Home does serve as a nice illustration of one way we can make our homes more sustainable though. America wastes 27 percent of the food available for consumption and about half the energy we produce. A domestic bio-digester can only help.
On this day in 1895, scientist Wilhelm Roentgen discovers X-Rays.
When Wilhelm Roentgen took the very first X-ray photograph — a ghostly image of his wife’s hand — in 1895, the German physicist not only earned himself the very first Nobel Prize in Physics, he also gave the world the gift of creepy skeletal photographs and seeing bizarre things stuck inside living but unlucky people.
Pictured: 1896 X-ray of Roentgen’s wife’s hand, similar to the very first X-ray picture. Upon seeing her skeletal hand, she reportedly exclaimed, “I have seen my own death!”
(see more — Extraordinary X-Rays)
Another rather nice find earlier today was this recycled photo frame, made from old computer keyboard keys complete with Biro marks, dirt, grime and smoke stains .. which, er, adds character? Yes, character. Although it’s verging on being a tad disgusting, it do rather like it and I think it’s a great way of turning something old into something cool and desirable.
Is it too geeky to like looking at the different typefaces used on the different buttons?
This is awesome!
With Carnegie Mellon’s cloud-centric new mobile app, the process of matching a casual snapshot with a person’s online identity takes less than a minute. Tools like PittPatt and other cloud-based facial recognition services rely on finding publicly available pictures of you online, whether it’s a profile image for social networks like Facebook and Google Plus or from something more official from a company website or a college athletic portrait. In their most recent round of facial recognition studies, researchers at Carnegie Mellon were able to not only match unidentified profile photos from a dating website (where the vast majority of users operate pseudonymously) with positively identified Facebook photos, but also match pedestrians on a North American college campus with their online identities.
The repercussions of these studies go far beyond putting a name with a face; researchers Alessandro Acquisti, Ralph Gross, and Fred Stutzman anticipate that such technology represents a leap forward in the convergence of offline and online data and an advancement of the “augmented reality” of complementary lives. With the use of publicly available Web 2.0 data, the researchers can potentially go from a snapshot to a Social Security number in a matter of minutes
The Internet never forgets a face. Read more at The Atlantic