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PAPERNOMAD: AS GOOD AS IT GETS

Tear resistant, water resistant and flame retardant paper? Vienna-based collective, Papernomad creates bags and covers for mobile electronic devices for this generation of urban nomads. Made of 100% organic materials, the company grew out of a quest to identify industrial niches where traditional materials could be replaced by paper.

The company considers their paper products, “the perfect analog counterbalance to the metal and glass digital world that surrounds us.” With a sheep’s wool lining and a magnetic hemp closure, their products are designed with a C2C lifecycle in mind. And the best of all…you can sketch directly on the covers!

Identity, Sustainability and Sanity encompass our values in a world of constant change. Papernomads are sleeves and covers which capture our experiences as quick scribbles, coffee stains, finger prints, telephone numbers or the occasional lipstick impression. Not unlike a diary, they document our experiences and create reference points in time for us to remember.

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TOUCH PRINTER CONCEPT…

(CORE77) Seattle-based design consultancy Artefact feels the printer hasn’t evolved apace with the computers they’re connected to, and their SWYP conceptis designed to address that. The See What You Print machine would boast a full-length touchscreen on its top surface, asking the user to interact with the printer rather than the computer. This is more easily explained via video, so have a look:

SWYP: See What You Print from Artefact on Vimeo.

A LITTER OF LIGHT

Outside of metropolitan Manila in the Philippines, there are an astonishing 3 million households living without adequate power and electric lighting. A nonprofit called the MyShelter Foundation, working in conjunction with MIT students, has an ingenious program in place to bring free light to these areas:

Isang Litrong Liwanag (A Liter of Light), is a sustainable lighting project which aims to bring the eco-friendly Solar Bottle Bulb to disprivileged communities nationwide. Designed and developed by students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Solar Bottle Bulb is based on the principles of Appropriate Technologies—a concept that provides simple and easily replicable technologies that address basic needs in developing communities.

The video says it all, and you’ll be surprised at how bright the “bulb” is. (And if you’re wondering what the bleach is for—I initially thought it might have phosphorescent properties—it’s to prevent algae from forming and clouding the “bulb.”)

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LOONY

Stadium-sized artificial floating volcano aims to fix Earth’s climate. What’s next?

Climatologists are about to embark on a major experiment in geoengineering — where humans deliberately manipulate the Earth’s natural systems to offset the impacts of climate change — with an artificial volcano floating miles above the Earth.

Volcanoes belch chemical particles into the atmosphere, which reflect solar radiation and reduce surface temperatures on the planet. Researchers from various UK universities want to mimic this activity by spraying out sulphate aerosol particles from a 20km-high, stadium-sized balloon.

It might sound like the barmy plan of a comic supervillian, but the concept is serious. The Cambridge, Oxford, Reading and Bristol universities’ SPICE proposal — aka Stratospheric Particle Injection for Climate Engineering — received a £1.6 million government grant and EPSRC backing in 2010.

Now, the British engineers are nearly ready to put their plan into fruition, andThe Guardian notes that the team will carry out its first field test in October. The opening experiment will be seriously scaled down — just 0.6km high, a smaller balloon and water droplets instead of sulphate — to see if the plan is even feasible.

In its secret location out at sea, the water-spewing balloon will be connected to a ship by a tethered hosepipe. This will feed those water droplets to the buoyant, geoengineering zeppelin in the sky. If the plan works, the team will move onto bigger balloons, higher altitude and — eventually — sulphate aerosol particles.  (source: wired.co.uk)

THE SPOTIFY PLAYER

 

(SOURCE: WIRED.CO.UK)
Jordi Parra, a Spanish design student, has taken digital music and turned it back into a physical product, creating a beautiful Spotify player from wood and plastic.
“I’m interested in the way music industry is evolving,” Parra told Wired.co.uk, “and I really miss not being able to physically share music the way we used to a few years ago.” So he put together a player that plays tracks on Spotify chosen by tokens containing RFID tags. Each token represents a particular album or playlist, and placing it on the player immediately begins playback.

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