MAD SCIENCE PDX | Art Show Curated by Scientist


What would the future look like if it were envisioned by an artist?
What would an art show look like if it were curated by a scientist?

Madscience PDX

To me this are very intersting questions and I am really curious what the exposition will look like.

In the year 2045, the world depends on Mad Science, a private institution dedicated to the protection of our planet. Mad Science uses time travel to transport today’s greatest minds into the future to solve the complex problems of tomorrow. Now for the first time, the public is granted access to witness the work that takes place inside.


Kate Spade Window Shopping

Kate Spade Saturday

Kate Spade Saturday

Kate Spade is developing shoppable windows in partnership with Ebay. The first for shopping screens will be placed in the center of New York City. The screen will show 30 items of the subbrand Kate Spade Saturday, which are all available to shop.The new screens measure about 9 feet across and 2 feet high and will appear on the front windows of closed stores. Shoppers will be able to touch the screens to order and have Kate Space Saturday products delivered to them within an hour via courier. Payment will be accepted by the couriers through PayPal Here, a mobile payment service developed by eBay.

I am almost more surprised about the one hour delivery than the window shopping itself. We probably all knew this was coming, we already saw some concepts of window shopping with the use of QR codes, for example supermarket concern Tesco. Ebay is trying to attract large retailers who want to reach more online/mobile shoppers. I think this is a great way to blend the online and the offline world. The use of the closed stores is really clever. I only wonder if the screens are protected well enough for damage and misuse. Overall I think this is a lovely concepts and a great way for retailers to blend the on and offline world.

The book that can’t wait

Buenos Aires-based bookshop and publisher Eterna Cadencia has released El Libro que No Puede Esperar – which translates as ‘The Book that Cannot Wait’ – an anthology of new fiction printed in ink that disappears after two months of opening the book.  The book comes in an airsealed  package, once you open it, you only have two months to read it. Nowadays there are a lot of e-books, so authors/publishers have to come up with an attractive idea that will trigger readers to buy the printed book. With this new kind of ink they created a buzz around reading. The book was getting a lot of request and everyone was excited to read it. Do you think the printed book will survive?

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Design the new business

So this documentary is all about service design thinking. I have read the book “this is service design thinking”, it is very interesting and we are working with it at the academy. This docu gives you a sneak peak in what I am learning at international lifestyle studies.

This film is a Zilver Innovation initiative, and was created by 6 students from the Master in Strategic Product Design at the TU Delft in The Netherland

Swallowable parfum

Body architect Lucy McRae worked together with biologist Sheref Mansy, to create Swallowable Parfum: a digestible scented capsule that breaks entirely new ground in the science of human instinct. You only have to swallow the pill to get your own perfume. Once the pill is absorbed, it enables the skin to become a biologically enhanced second skin. Synthesized directly from the natural processes of the body. Fragrance molecules are excreted through the skin’s surface during perspiration, leaving tiny golden droplets on the skin that emanate the unique odor.

In a status-driven world, everyone want to stand out. Everyone wants to have products to express their individuality and that communicates uniqueness. This perfume is different for all of us, because the potency of scent is determined by each individual’s acclimatization to temperatures, to stress, exercise or sexual arousal.



My little piece of privacy

Niklas Roy his workshop is located in an old storefront with a big window facing towards the street. In an attempt to create more privacy inside, he decided to install a small but smart curtain in that window. The curtain is smaller than the window, but an additional surveillance camera and an old laptop provide it with intelligence: The computer sees the pedestrians and locates them. With a motor attached, it positions the curtain exactly where the pedestrians are. At the end it didn’t help him to get more privacy, because passengers were very interested in this curtain.

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