Dave Hakkens, a Dutch designer, has proposed a LEGO-like modular smartphone design called Phonebloks that would let you swap out features like the antenna, battery or processor when they age out or stop working. That way, you wouldn’t have to throw away the entire phone when one component fails.
The Silk Pavilion explores the relationship between digital and biological fabrication on product and architectural scales.
Research and Design by the Mediated Matter Research Group at the MIT Media Lab in collaboration with Prof. Fiorenzo Omenetto (TUFTS University) and Dr. James Weaver (WYSS Institute, Harvard University). Mediated Matter researchers include Markus Kayser, Jared Laucks, Carlos David Gonzalez Uribe, Jorge Duro-Royo and Neri Oxman (Director).
Bikes rock. They are just a bit hard to carry things on. If you have a car, you chuck anything in without thought. Whereas on a bike, you have to consider weather, weight, wind-bulk and all sorts of variables that might make life tricky.
So when the Oregon Manifest started a competition to improve the ‘utility bike’, we got a bit excited. They tee’d up all sorts of awesome bike builders, designers, thinkers and tinkerers to rethink the way a bike can carry you and your bits. And the results have just landed…