Loving the Moves App

For the last few months, I have a wee app on my phone that works in the background to track my activity. Called “Moves,” it presents a pretty and easy to use interface to annotate (somewhat) and review what I’ve done and where. The simplicity is wonderful, so it’s been hard for me to work […]

Think mobile when designing a mobile app

One of my favorite radio stations in the Boston area, Phoenix WFNX 101.7, died an inglorious death last year. But, like the phoenix, it rose from its ashes as a live streaming radio station, supported by Boston.com (my home page for 10+ years). Now called RBdC (Radio Boston.com) it has multiple ways to access the […]

Incorporating microorganisms into polymer layers provides bioinspired functional living materials

“Artificial two-dimensional biological habitats were prepared from porous polymer layers and inoculated with the fungus Penicillium roqueforti to provide a living material. Such composites of classical industrial ingredients and living microorganisms can provide a novel form of functional or smart materials with capability for evolutionary adaptation. We demonstrated a design of such living materials and […]

Retail biology – Trade Secrets Blog | Nature Publishing Group

“Just as fortunes were made by the designers and manufacturers of the humble mouse mat after the launch of the Apple Macintosh, we are likely to see consumer products exponentially increasing. It is difficult for us now to fully appreciate the number of tiny ICT devices that populate our cars, kitchen goods and even children’s […]

Philips – Design Probes – Microbial Home

“The Microbial Home Probe consists of a domestic ecosystem that challenges conventional design solutions to energy, cleaning, food preservation, lighting, human waste and healthy lifestyle.” Very cool. And mentions of a Post Electronic Age, too. Read this article… Images from Philips – more at Microbial Home  

Philips unveils an elegant ‘Microbial Home’ concept | SmartPlanet

“Although these appliances won’t be manufactured any time soon, lifelike models of the concepts are currently on view at the Piet Hein Eek gallery during Dutch Design Week (which opened on October 22 and runs through October 30) in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. While the thought of cooking dinner with gas harvested from bathroom waste might […]

A “shucks” followed by a “yay” and the some: SXSW 2012 panels announced

No, my panel on DIYbio was not chosen. That’s the “shucks”. The great news is that Christina Agapakis’ panel “Designing Living Things” did get selected! She’s got a great crowd on her panel: Patrick Boyle, Daisy Ginsberg, Jason Kelly, and Sri Kosuri. A veritable who’s-who in synthetic bio and synthetic aesthetics. It’s a great follow-on […]

Designing Biology at SXSW 2012?

I’ve been thinking of what to do at SXSW Interactive next year around Biology. Biology at SXSW? It’s not as far-fetched as you’d think. The trends I see are the new bio hackspaces popping up, all the open source feeling around sharing bio tools, and so much discussion around design in biology. While SXSW Interactive […]