holy moly. this unbelievable installation is by japanese art collective teamLab and features thousands of floating, living (!) flowers. created in the national museum of emerging science and innovation in tokyo, the exhibit allows viewers to walk among over two thousand flowers. as if that was not enough, motion sensors move the flowers out of your way as you approach them. take a look at the video below. pretty spectacular.


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via creative boom


this one kinda took my breath away. and felt very appropriate as we get ready for new years eve!

light is time

japanese watch brand citizen partnered with architecture firm dgt to transform their watch parts into a beautiful, gold-filled installation made up of over 80,000 watch parts.

the installation aims to capture the connection between light and time.

breathtaking, right?

maybe 2015 is the year to plan a trip to tokyo!

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via huh magazine


this is car-a-zy.

talkin' about smart stickers today. created by estimote, these stickers (or "beacons") have wireless sensors that can attach to different objects and send signals to devices within range. the result is that these stickers can generate data that helps your devices unlock micro-locating and enhance the way you interact with your environment.

people have been talking about wearable technology for a while now. but concerns about practicality, logistics and functionality keep getting in the way. thinking about technology that your environment can wear – instead of you – seems like an interesting alternative. estimote calls this “nearable” tech: technology that enhances the users’s experience through data, motion and temperature sensors without them having to actually do anything.

also, the design of the product and the packaging is beautiful. simple and clean enough to not get in the way and interesting enough to catch your attention. still deciding how i feel about their color palette, but the product is beautiful.

here’s a good quote from steve cheney, cofounder and senior vice president: “beacons are a little bit like urls for the physical world… we don’t know exactly how it’s all going to work out, from the experience level, but i think the apps you use the most will start to integrate beacon technology in a way where you assume it was always that way.”

the applications for these are truly incredible. right now estimote’s audience is mainly developers but as you look at the video below think about the implications for: more targeted marketing, digitizing in-person retail, home automation, and in terms of reconciling how you connect with people/brands/places online and offline.

and finally, the big one for me: how can we use design to integrate technology into the places and products we interact with in a way that enhances (instead of detracting from) the aesthetic quality of our life?

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