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Programmable Materials

Project by Skylar Tibbits for MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab explores materials that can alter their shape under certain conditions, from carbon fiber and fabric to woodgrain:

Programmable Materials consist of material compositions that are designed to become highly dynamic in form and function, yet they are as cost-effective as traditional materials, easily fabricated and capable of flat-pack shipping and self-assembly.  These new materials include: self-transforming carbon fiber, printed wood grain, custom textile composites and other rubbers/plastics, which offer unprecedented capabilities including programmable actuation, sensing and self-transformation, from a simple material.

Nearly every industry has long desired smarter materials and robotic-like transformation from apparel, architecture, product design and manufacturing to aerospace and automotive industries. However, these capabilities have often required expensive, error-prone and complex electromechanical devices (motors, sensors, electronics), bulky components, power consumption (batteries or electricity) and difficult assembly processes. These constraints have made it difficult to efficiently produce dynamic systems, higher-performing machines and more adaptive products, until now. Our goal is true material robotics or robots without robots.

A couple of examples - here is a proof-of-concept adaptive airfoil which does not require any additional mechanical parts:

Here is a proof of concept demonstration of ‘programmable wood’:

More about this project can be found here

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naturevalley:

Blind adventurers Erik Weihenmayer and Lonnie Bedwell have set off on their 277-mile kayaking expedition down the Colorado River that cuts through the Grand Canyon. 
Want updates on the adventure? We’ve got ‘em: nobarriers.naturevalley.com. 

naturevalley:

Blind adventurers Erik Weihenmayer and Lonnie Bedwell have set off on their 277-mile kayaking expedition down the Colorado River that cuts through the Grand Canyon. 

Want updates on the adventure? We’ve got ‘em: nobarriers.naturevalley.com. 

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Clint Eastwood photographed skateboarding in Rome by Elio Sorci, 1965.

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Polo Ralph Lauren debuts SS15 collection in holographic fashion show

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"The most exciting phrase to hear in science — the one that heralds new discoveries — is not “Eureka!” but “That’s funny”."

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Isaac Asimov

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archatlas:

Artist’s House and Atelier MoDus Architects

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cjwho:

The Hälssen & Lyon Tea Calendar by Kolle Rebbe, Hamburg

The Hälssen & Lyon tea calendar is the first calendar in the world to feature calendar days made from tea leaves. Finely flavoured and pressed until wafer-thin, the 365 calendar days can be individually detached and brewed directly in the cup with hot water. The tea calendar was sent exclusively to selected business partners.

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