prostheticknowledge:

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

You don’t come back from dead man’s curve #ghostslivehere

You don’t come back from dead man’s curve #ghostslivehere

bardiche-side-b:

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フィットカットカーブの刃は、稜線が外側に向かってカーブしながら開いています。こうすることで、刃を閉じていっても刃と刃の接触する角度は変わらずずっとほぼ一定の約30度を維持します。

bardiche-side-b:

003Fitcut CURVE - 文具王の文具店

フィットカットカーブの刃は、稜線が外側に向かってカーブしながら開いています。こうすることで、刃を閉じていっても刃と刃の接触する角度は変わらずずっとほぼ一定の約30度を維持します。

(via danforth)

@evergreenbrickworks #yum

@evergreenbrickworks #yum

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huffingtonpost:

This Man With Severe Cerebral Palsy Created Mind-Blowing Art Using Just A Typewriter

Last year, 22-time Emmy award-winning reporter John Stofflet posted this news video he created for KING-TV in 2004, featuring Paul Smith and his artistic talents.

See the full video to see more of Smith’s artworks and to learn more about his inspiring story go here. 

Remind me never to say “I can’t draw” ever again.

(via secularspecter)

@Cube w/ #tedxto

@Cube w/ #tedxto

#uber #queenwest

#uber #queenwest

Learning how to test #voiceover on IOS devices. #notolowsight Super cool.  #A11YTO

Learning how to test #voiceover on IOS devices. #notolowsight Super cool. #A11YTO

#context #needsmismatch #A11YTO

#context #needsmismatch #A11YTO

#inclusivedesign #codesign #accessibility #A11YTO

#inclusivedesign #codesign #accessibility #A11YTO

#A11YTO Accessibility Camp kicking off with an @CareerCruising pose attending @ocadu

#A11YTO Accessibility Camp kicking off with an @CareerCruising pose attending @ocadu

actegratuit:

Vanitas - Art on Science 2014

Recently EPFL, the Polytechnic Federal School of Lausanne invited us to participate in the “Art on Science” public exhibition, focused on optical illusions. A great opportunity for a reflection on science and human ambition.This is our tribute to Vanitas, a widely depicted theme in the history of arts. Alongside symbols of worldly ambition, scientific accomplishments, and vanity, we find allegories of the frail and transient nature of our existence. Far from being a morbid or bleak rebuke, it is an invitation to treasure in humbleness every instant of our precious lives.

(Source: truly-design.com, via 2headedsnake)

When your personal life and work collides.

When your personal life and work collides.