Phadroid and The Human Experience – Catching The Ghost

October 19th, 2011 | Posted by paul in Visionary Art - (Comments Off on Phadroid and The Human Experience – Catching The Ghost)


Andrew Jones: Their physical form can be almost a vehical…There are momement when a dancer can traing themselves to fully let go of themselves and thier ego and their identity and become this canvas where this ghost comes in and takes over.

Phaedra Jones: I believe there is a difference between technique and the process of cretivity or spirituality, because that process creates itself. Whereas technique or structure is created by the mind… there is huge difference between the state of mind, and the state of no-mind. If humanity is going anywhere further than where it is now, I believe it can recieve more information from states of no-mind than states of the known. And that’s what we are trying to explore together. It takes a lot of courage because we are so used to being in control. When you don’t know where you are going, you can go to places you cannot even comprehend.

Visit: The Human Experience


Sonic Shower

February 15th, 2009 | Posted by paul in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Sonic Shower)

I first heard a rumor of that something like this that was done in the 1960’s by General Electric.  The rumor goes that in it’s test market the housewives were having spontaneous orgasms while using it. So they pulled the plug.

From Pink Tentacle:


At the 1970 World Expo in Osaka, consumer electronics maker Sanyo demonstrated their vision for the future by showcasing a series of appliances they thought would populate the home of tomorrow. Included was the Ultrasonic Bath, a pod-like human washing machine that cleans, massages and dries the user in a fully automated 15-minute process.

Using a ladder, the bather climbs in through an opening on top of the machine, which stands about 2 meters (6 ft) tall. Once the desired water temperature is set and the main switch is activated, the pre-rinse cycle starts, spraying the user with jets of hot water for 5 minutes.

Next, the chamber fills up with hot water for a 3-minute massage bath. High-pressure jets create a powerful whirlpool, and scores of knobby, golf ball-sized “massage balls” suspended in the water pelt the body, delivering a vigorous massage intended to stimulate blood circulation. An ultrasonic wave generator creates a ticklish cloud of tiny air bubbles that lift dirt from the skin.


The bath is then followed by a 2-minute hot rinse cycle. Finally, a 5-minute dry cycle blasts the user with warm air, while a flood of infrared and ultraviolet light destroys any lingering germs.

Developed as a concept model, the Ultrasonic Bath never made it into our homes. Several years ago, however, Sanyo unveiled the $50,000 HIRB (”Human In Roll-lo Bathing”) system, a compact version designed for use in elderly homes.


Multitouch Interactive Display

March 29th, 2007 | Posted by paul in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Multitouch Interactive Display)

This is very cool.

Perspective Pixel, a new company started by Jeff Han, have created the first multi-touch, liquid, fun and beautifully interactive display.

Here’s a quick demo:

And here’s a fully detailed demo at TED2007. Simply amazing, and definitely the future of how we’ll be able to interact with computers:


Interactive Light Objects & Light Transmitting Concrete

March 24th, 2004 | Posted by paul in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Interactive Light Objects & Light Transmitting Concrete)


Via Boing Boing is a design group “exploring reactive luminous surfaces in the built environment.” Products that respond to the activities of the human beings using them. Things that emit light, things worn or lived in. Here are a few:

Temporal Light

Proposal for a tiling system to illuminate public spaces. Each tile forms a pixel that responds to a moving shadow being cast upon it, mapping a physical pathway with an inverted| illuminating shadow. Light trails linger as you move through space providing localized and personal illumination.

Light Sleeper

A silent alarm clock, an illuminating, personalised alarm integrated into your bedding that gently wakes you in the most natural way. Ever since the beginning of time light has controlled our body clock telling us when to sleep and when to wake. As lifestyles are rapidly changing with increased travel and demands on our time, people’s natural body clocks are out of sync. This pillow and duvet simulates a natural dawn that eases you into your day. Light Sleeper Bedding uses electroluminescent technology allowing traditional textile surfaces to become a reactive light source.

And then this via DRT News:

Light Transmitting Concrete

LiTraCon© is a “common” concrete stone-block that turns out to be light conducting through its embedded glassfibers. From one side to the other light passes the stone without any significant loss and illuminates the darker side of the stone. Shadows are transmitted and shown in precise shapes on the opposite surface.


Beyond Blogging: Real-Time Intimate Reality

December 20th, 2002 | Posted by paul in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Beyond Blogging: Real-Time Intimate Reality)

Imagine a time in the near future when almost everyone has a real-time always-on connection to the Net via ubiquitous wearable “augmented reality” devices. As part of this package, made possible with advance miniaturized heads-up displays, video cameras, location aware devices, GPS, swarmbots, emotion-sensitive and adaptive algorithms (i.e. Affective Computing), and sophisticated reputation systems, you are able to surf an augmented version of reality itself in real time.

Lets break this down. You would be able to, in real-time see precisely whats going on anywhere in the globe by jacking in to the collection of real-time video blogs. As part of this collection, sophisticated 3-D rendering engines would be able to take the collective video footage and extropolate a real-time VR scene, allowing you to transcend the viewing angle of any single camera. Better still, you could jack in to that part of the world from a variety of, not only physical perspectives, but political, intellectual, and emotional as well based on whatever any individual user makes public as part their unique sliding-scale trust system such as the type that Joi Ito has proposed with moblogs. All of this meta-data would form its own collective smart-mob based on individually selected criteria.

What this means is that you could then view the “scene” from virtually any angle. Imagine the possibility here. Some spontaneous news event occurs, and almost instantly as hundreds of people appear on the scene with wearable video cameras broadcasting on the net, you would be able to view this real-time scene from any angle, while simultaneously gaining the collective emotional assesment of the situation from those people choosing to broadcast their emotional indices, as well as the blogging that will invariable start occuring at rapid pace from your customized reputation/trust criteria.
All of this combines to gives you a real-time augmented, yet customized view of real-time reality. One that is rich in social and emotional context, providing and extending intimacy by empowering you to feel and touch the whole world.