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emerging technologies, new ideas

Katy Beale is co-founder of Caper, Coding for Kids, Culture Hack and Articulate.

She creates strategies, products, R&D programmes and inspires culture change. Find out more.


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Penny in Yo’ Pants: Cycle Life Hack

The quick and easy solution to not flashing whilst cycling in a skirt: a rubber band and a penny coin: Penny in Yo’ Pants.

They say, “We will be making a slicker model shortly that will be even better than a penny and a rubber band (imagine that). Proceeds will go to get more women on bikes around the world!”

Prototyped during Cyclehack Glasgow, 2014. cyclehack.com

Breakfast Machine - Yuri Suzuki (2009)

Yuri Suziki’s ‘Breakfast Machine’, a project for Platform 21 Amsterdam.

Yuri Suzuki

3D printed Oreo cookies

12 available flavours and colours of crème depending on what’s trending on Twitter (of course).  

The 3D printer developed by MAYA Design, using Raspberry Pi, can print a unique cookie in under two minutes.

The best thing to come out to SxsW?

Via Contagious’ SxSW debrief.

Tainted Love: Marc Almond & the Machines

.@gigawipf creates music from floppy disk machines and other physical technology. He recreated Tainted Love as played by machines, Marc Almond heard it and then added on the vocals.

Parenting with The Internet of Things


.@bleepbleeps is a new family of devices that ‘make parenting easier’. Their first device, Sammy Screamer, the motion alarm, has a Kickstarter campaign.

Place Sammy on the item that you want to monitor - a closed door, a bag hanging on the back of a chair, your kid’s buggy. Get a notification on your phone if the item moves. Genuis.

Other devices in prototype stage include Tony Tempa the Ear Thermometer, Master Bates the sperm counter, David Camera the video baby monitor, Olivia P Sticks the ovulation monitor, Lilly Loco the geo-locating device. Top points for the best names and cute characters!

You can pre-order or - even better - print the parts on your own 3D printer. Time to get that Makerbot out the cupboard…

'No place like home' GPS Shoes by British designer Dominic Wilcox have LEDs in the toes that will guide you home no matter where you are. Made in 2012 with Becky Stewart and local Northampton shoe maker Stamp Shoes.

Drawing Circuits

I spent university years designing and printing out circuit boards. At school, I created circuits via ‘etching’ - hand drawn in pen onto copper before dropping them into an acid bath. 

Over the last few years, I’ve found Bare Conductive's work inspiring. They have been very clever with their development of creative kits and tutorials, such as the twinkling christmas tree, glowing houses or flashing greetings cards

Here’s another conductive pen that allows you to draw circuits smudge free with a ball point pen - Circuit Scribe. They have just launched a new Kickstarter.

Key To The Street app lets you draw over your street with ideas to redesign it. The user can take a photo of the street and locate it, tapping into open city data to find out about any upcoming development projects. Users can upload their thoughts on how the street could become more walkable, vote for ideas proposed by other users and sketch objects such as plants, trees and lanterns onto the photo to clearly depict what aspects of the street they’d like to see improved.

via Proteinblog

Seb Lee-Delisle’s digital firework display is curated by the crowd - PixelPyros is a digital display made from projectors, lasers and an enormous screen. The audience reach out and touch orbs which launch a volley of virtual rockets into the sky.

Via Creative Blog, @netmag & @jon_pratty

Dexter is an experimental PCB based synthesiser from design and invention studio Dentaku.  Dexter allows you to combine sensors, inputs and touchpads and easily create your own electronic musical instrument. You can make a drum kit out of out of some saucepans or an origami that sings when touched. Dexter is designed to let anyone unpack a kit and interact with sound however they want to, no soldering or coding required.

Near Now are working with Dentaku on an R&D phase to develop Dexter as a tool to learn electronics through music and music through electronics.

Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening - a moving public art project in the USA.

In Sept 2013, a train will travel from  from New York to San Francisco, connecting ‘artists, musicians and creative pioneers’.

Traveling for 3 weeks, making ten stops along the way - each stop will feature art exhibitions, film screenings, performances, and other site-specific happenings, curated by artist Doug Aitken.

Funds from ticket sales and donations will be distributed to partner cultural institutions.
via @proteinfeed

Cardboard creations that make computers comprehensible via @proteinfeed.

Niklas Roy’s Cardboard Computing Workshop briefed students to create essential components of computers using limited materials. They asked,”How do computers work on their fundamental levels? Can we build communication networks from scratch – with rubber bands, rope and cardboard? How do analog metaphors for Drag & Drop look like?”

Photographer Andrew Osokin’s awesome macro photos of fallen snowflakes [via @olivia_solon / Geyser of Awesome / Faith is Torment]

(via archiemcphee)

Beautiful use of @bareconductive's paint » Liquidity by @Patrick_S_K involves lamps using Bare Paint suspended in oil. The lamps work by tilting them so the blob of Bare Paint makes contact between the two electrodes extending from the bulb.

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