Personal Skies

April 20, 2008

IDEO is more known for its sophisticated product and industrial design, but i really liked their Personal Skies installation at the Moma (way back in 2001, but who cares).

“Cut Skies/Under Someone’s Sky recognizes how the sky affects our mood, lighting a workspace with images of the sky projected onto a light panel suspended above a table. Cut Skies allows the visitor to choose a sky–from sunny blue to rainy gray–to enhance the feeling of the moment. Under Someone’s Sky creates a powerful experience of shared environment by showing the sky that is above the person at the far end of a phone call.”

I don´t know how this would work out in an office, but it´s still a intriguing concept and experience.

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Mac virus

March 17, 2008

Imagine if every Thursday your shoes exploded if you tied them the usual way. This happens to us all the time with computers, and nobody thinks of complaining.” Jeff Raskin

Right.
That´s what happened to my laptop today. For two hours it looked like it had died a horrible violent death and… now it works for some reason again. We´ll see how long it lasts.
Next time i´ll definitively buy a Mac.
Why?
Because even their viruses are good looking…
And apperantly people have so much time on their hand because their macs never crash that they create awesome new viruses for them in their free time.

Like the Newton Virus. A computer “virus” that was designed by London collective Troika and is on show at the Design and the Elastic Mind exhibition at MoMA in New York until May 12. It causes icons on your computer desktop to fall towards the ground as if affected by gravity.
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“Newton Virus comes on a USB key for manual infection. Simply plug the key into a computer and the virus will automatically copy itself on the hard drive. The virus will then hit at random, but only once. It will not replicate itself, mail itself to your friends or destroy any of your files, but instead provides you with moments of blissful surprise and magic.”
You can watch a cool video of it here.

Ah, i have virus envy.

via Dezeen.