The Pew Center called the 149-page study — “Millennials: Confident. Connected. Open to Change” — the most ambitious examination to date of the age group. The study dubbed the young adults history’s first “always connected” generation, treating phones and other shiny handheld devices almost like body parts.
full report is here Full Report (PDF)
Ron Marvin talks about the efforts he made to convert his small apartment into a beautiful home. He has used intelligent choice of paint colors for the walls as well as the entrance way to gie a bigger look to his apartment. His unique taste in lamps and lighting has enhanced the beauty of his place. To our big surprise he reveals that most of the furniture and lamps had been purchased from a flea market!
The energy management system keeps track of the power consumption at home and adjusts the operations of the equipments accordingly!
Curious Displays functions simultaneously as a form of design research and as a proposal for a new product, a future display technology.
The project explores our relationship with devices and technology by examining the multi-dimensionality of communication and the complexity of social behavior and interaction. In its essence, the project functions as a piece of design fiction, considering the fluctuating nature of our present engagement with media technology and providing futurist imaginings of other ways of being.
Curious Displays is a product proposal for a new platform for display technology. Instead of a fixed form factor screen, the display surface is instead broken up into hundreds of ½ inch display blocks. Each block operates independently as a self-contained unit, and has full mobility, allowing movement across any physical surface. The blocks operate independently of one another, but are aware of the position and role relative to the rest of the system. With this awareness, the blocks are able to coordinate with the other blocks to reconfigure their positioning to form larger display surfaces and forms depending on purpose and function. In this way, the blocks become a physical embodiment of digital media, and act as a vehicle for the physical manifestation of what typically exists only in the virtual space of the screen.
We talked about the Microsoft Surface last week. Here is a prototype idea that scales really well for multiple people quite smoothly.