> posted by   on July 26th 2013
 

Future (a)head

Last year November I read an interesting article by Nicholas Carlson in the Business Insider. Nicholas very bravely stated that “the end of the smartphone era is coming’. I just read it but somehow the idea stuck in my mind. Maybe he is right? Maybe the smartphone is only a bridging device between the analogue world and the ‘internet of things” phenomenon of the future?

Google glasses are the first device that really don’t match with the traditional phone functions. Already Microsoft patented their glasses’ idea. What and who will be next? How far can we go?

According to Carlson “Computers have been getting smaller and closer to our faces since their very beginning. First they were in big rooms, then they sat on desktops, then they sat on our laps, and now they’re in our palms. Next they’ll be on our faces and eventually they’ll be in our brains.”

Already a lot of new wearable innovations are popping up, all thanks to 3D printing possibilities.

Amazing how physical products vanish when their function is not recognisable anymore from their shape. They morph with our body and environment.

According to Marcus Fairs, editor-in-chief of influential design magazine Dezeen, the most high-impact developments over the next decade will be primarily in the areas of manufacturing and wearable technology.

“We are within 20 years of developing an artificial brain capable of matching our own … Material developments in the nanotech field are starting to bear fruit … (and so is) the field of synthetic biology, which can produce artificial muscle.” Prof. Miles Pennington, Head of the Innovation Design Engineering programme at the Royal College of Art in London.

 

Above: Microsoft

Above: Eidos Vision by Tim Bouckley, Millie Clive-Smith, Mi Eun Kim and Yuta Sugawara | Innovation Design Engineering students from the Royal College of Art in London

Above: Eidos Audio by Tim Bouckley, Millie Clive-Smith, Mi Eun Kim and Yuta Sugawara | Innovation Design Engineering students from the Royal College of Art in London

Above: Cortex Cast by Jake Evill

Above: XYZ Shoe by Earl Stewart

Above: Scott Summit | Bespoke Innovations

Above: Neri Oxman, founder of MIT’s Material Ecology Design LAB

Above: Iris van Herpen

Above: Samuel Yang, graduate Fashion Design 2013 at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London.

Above: The Independent

 

 

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