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Technology

This is SO Badass

Robojellies

“They aren’t real but they do fly and swim. The robot jellyfish/fliers function from lithium ion batteries that help to propel the electronically driven tentacles. The fish posses a laser-sintered pressure vessel while the fliers operate be means of a helium balloon. Alternating tensile forces produce the symbolic tentacle movement. Each robot has the ability to change its direction by means of a moving pendulum that shifts the bots center of gravity and thus propels it into that particular direction. The fish-bots, use light and pressure sensors to gage their position relative to other bots and their environment. These water creatures also are able to regulate their own battery power by recognizing they need to be recharged and then finding the docking station where they can re-power”.

Actuated Morphing Fashion

(NSFW warning: nude model at end of video)

From: http://www.technovelgy.com/ct/science-fiction-news.asp?newsnum=925
“The engineering effort underlying the fashion was extensive. 2D3D director Rob Edkins described some of the technology:

“With the first dress, the girl walked on in a 1906 costume, and it morphed from 1906 to 1916 and then to 1926…
“Basically, the dresses were driven electronically by controlled, geared motors. We made… little pads for the models… within these containers we had all the battery packs, controlling chips–the micro-controllers and micro-switches–and little geared motors. The motors we used were tiny, about a third of the size of a pencil and nine millimeters in diameter. Each of the motors had a little pulley, and the pulley was then attached to this monofilament wire which was fed through hollow tubes… running everywhere, carrying these little cables, each doing its little job, lifting things up or releasing little linked metallic plates. There was a huge amount of stuff going on beneath the clothes.””

LED chords

Polite Umbrella

21st Century Bonfire

Interesting light project with small tubes, maybe we want to do something similar for our tentacles…

What not to replicate

Diana Eng, who does amazing fashion/tech, has some jellyfish-inspired, EL-wire designs. Let’s make sure we take ours in a different direction.

http://www.switched.com/gallery/diana-eng-at-maker-faire-new-york-2010#/10