Walking down the street with my technology on

That we use technology everywhere we go isn’t news, but did you know that you can also wear technology as normal clothing?
This post is about wearable technology. Interested? Read on!

Let your feet charge your phone
Using our bodies to generate energy is an upcoming idea. Anthony Mutua, a 24-year-old entrepreneur in Kenya created a shoe which can charge our mobile devices as we run or walk. There is an ultra-thin chip within the soles of the shoes, when you put it under pressure with the weight of a person’s body the crystals inside the chip can create electricity. When you are done running or you arrive at the place where you wanted to go, you can sit down and charge your mobile phone for example. The crystal chip fits in any type of shoe except for flipflops. So basically you generate your own energy to charge your gadgets! That’s pretty cool. You are not just sucking the energy out of an electrical outlet.

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Charging your phone at the beach
Another example of a garment which is capable of charging your mobile phone is the solar bikini developed by Andrew Schneider. This bikini has a USB-connection and the male-version is already on it’s way, called the iDrink.

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We will have to find more ways to generate electricity in the future because we are running out of sources eventually.
This is a nice, sustainable and simple way of creating more energy without having to make extra effort.

Smart headphones
Headphones which know exactly where you are and give you directions. No, we are not talking about Google glass. The cool thing about these intelligent headphones from Danish audio specialists GN is that they look completely normal, but are ‘smart’.  They can connect to a tablet or a smartphone via Bluetooth and are an audio version of google glass. The smart headphones can be used in many different situations in the future. To support and navigate blind people for example, or to give information for a tour through a museum.

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Sources:
http://www.solarcoterie.com/
http://www.nsmbl.nl/een-energie-opwekkende-bikini/
http://www.psfk.com/2014/04/google-glass-headphones.html#!Fk35n

 

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The kitchen of the future

What will cooking be like in 5 or 10 years?
That’s one of the questions i asked myself when i imagined living in the future.
I found some examples of concepts that could change the kitchen if they ever become reality.

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First: An interactive touchscreen cooktop that can display recipes, facebook and twitter updates, the news, the weather and more. It is developed by Whirlpool this year to show an idea of the future of the kitchen.
This cooktop has several exciting and innovative options; you can display recipes next to your ingredients and pans instead of keeping a book or laptop/ipad nearby while you’re cooking. You can change your music on your audio system and you can check (which i already mentioned) different feeds of social media without having to walk away from your kitchen to do that. All this stuff can be controlled with your voice as well. (very handy when you’ve got dirty hands)
Representatives said that this technology is in ‘active development’ and that maybe the cooktop will be out in about five years.

Connected kitchen products
Another development is that in the future, all devices in the kitchen can communicate with eachother. Whirlpool is also showing an app which can control these devices.
Can you imagine? A fridge that suggests recipes, an oven that can automatically program itself. It sounds like a fantasy but Whirlpool is working on it. I am very curious and excited about this and i hope that it will be reality soon.

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Smart dishwashers and smart fridges
Just easily checking the news, the morning weather or browsing the web on the door of your refridgerator? This is already possible, with the Smart fridge from SamSung.
The fridge has a touchscreen at the door where you can do multiple things with. You can leave a note for your family or check your social networks in an few seconds.

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Or take the Smart dishwasher from Miele. This is the most intelligent and quickest dishwasher on earth. It offers energy- efficient options; cleaning settings which allow the consumers to save energy and water when possible.
‘The dishwasher was created with real-world cleaning challenges in mind’ according to Miele.

These products above affect the quality of life in a good way. Mostly the material wellbeing because the producs help you to save time and money. But also your social wellbeing, cooking together is fun, and chatting with friends on facebook while you are cooking is too.

In another post, i wrote about the fact that there will be more and more touchscreens everywhere. With the touchscreen cooktop and the smart wifi enabled refrigerator this will also be a normal thing in the future-kitchens.

The conclusion: our homes and therefore our kitchens will be all High-tech and contain sustainable products to help the environment.

sources:http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/7/5285250/whirlpool-touchscreen-stovetop-concepthttps://www.google.nl/search?q=whirlpool+touchscreen+stovetop&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=yitdU82IFsaSO8KKgbgP&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAQ&biw=1280&bih=589#facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=JxAz8ZHOSYLNrM%253A%3BU1WLlDggHmT_hM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fi.dailymail.co.uk%252Fi%252Fpix%252F2014%252F01%252F23%252Farticle-2544724-1AE8E71C00000578-103_634x498.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252F
http://www.usaukonline.com%252Flatest-news%252F42904-a-look-at-the-futuristic-kitchen-of-20
http://www.samsung.com/us/topic/apps-on-your-fridge
http://www.kitchenandresidentialdesign.com/2011/08/meet-miele-futura-series-dishwashers.html

Smart urban furniture and screens in the future city

Technology is taking over. Life in the future cities will be all about techonology and sustainability. I imagine this futuristic city with touchscreens, urban furntiture and gadgets with augmented reality everywhere on the streets.

Eyestop
Eyestop is a busstop. But not a normal busstop , it’s a ‘smart’ busstop which uses technology to give information. Not only advertisements and common information you need if you want to use the public transit, but also touristic information, weather alerts, e-mail access and much more. This Busstop is developed by researchers at the Massachusetss Institue of Technology.

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Smart subwaymaps
In New York there are already smart subwaymaps with touchscreen. The first was placed last February in NYC. You just have to tap on the station you want to go and the screen will automatically show you wich route you can follow. The screen shows real time information, so it keeps you up to date about any possible obstacles.

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Smart urban furniture like the Eyestop or the subwaymap with touchscreen will be totally normal in the future, but at this point it’s really exciting.
The Eyestop is also powered by sunlight and can detect air pollutants and weather changes. So the concept keeps an eye on the environment and improves sustainability, which is already pretty important but will be even more important in the future.
Plus, we are living in a very busy 24/7 economy where everything is going really fast. These concepts contribute to a quick movement and offer as much efficiency as possible.

Urbanscreens
Another thing I think we’re going to see a lot are urban screens. Buildings that are made of hundred moving televisions screens to show the work of artists, to give information or to show advertisements. Many people can be reached in a short time by using these buildings.

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Urban screens in sydney

So in short, we will be seeing A LOT of screens in the future city. They offer information in a fast way.
If we take a look at the Quality of Life model from Felce & Perry, we see different options why these concepts improve the quality of life.
Development & activity can be improved because your mobility will be enlarged. So you’ll have more opportunities for leisure, education and jobs. It also gives you more idependence when you’re visiting a city. But also your emotional wellbeing can grow when you feel satisfaction because you get to the places where you want to go in a short amount of time.

What do you think about urban screens and smart urban furniture? Do you think it will help us to live an easier life, or do you think it will make the society to fast and gives us too much information?

Sources: http://news.discovery.com/tech/gear-and-gadgets/nyc-installing-touchscreen-subway-maps-130321.htm
http://www.designbuzz.com/eyestop-futuristic-bus-stop/
http://www.urbanartcore.eu/urbanscreen-lights-sydney-opera-house/