The iMobot is a reconfigurable modular robot with four controllable degrees of freedom. iMobot is designed for search and rescue operations, rapid prototyping of complex robotic systems, and research and teaching. iMobot has versatile locomotion including a unique feature of driving as though with wheels and lifting itself into a camera platform.
Charity on wheels. Ever found yourself in a pinch, with energic street facers bugging you to chip in for their charity? Well if you find those guys annoying, you might welcome DON-8r into your life. This tiny robot tours the streets in search for donations to those in need.
FURNITURE 4 MUSICAL HUMANS
Just sit there and listen! Furniture 4 Musical Humans, or F4MH in short, is definitely something else. English designer and musician Vahakn works between the realms of art and function. The F4HM chair welcomes you to sit and dive into a world of music and sound exploration. The chair will be exhibited alongside some of Vahakn’s other exciting work.
LCD WRITING TABLET
We are entering the post PC era and tablet computers have been the buzzword in the computer industry for some years now. E-Note is a new and specialized tablet to record simple notes and drawings, and is the closest thing you will get to post it notes in a digital version. Say hello to the paperfree life.
The principles in bicycle design have more or less stayed the same for the last century. But now Stringbike have taken a radical approach in redesigning the bike. With a wire rope and pulley drive system instead of a chain and sprockets, they have solved the problem of shifting gears while the bicycle is not in motion, and they have created a bicycle that needs far less maintenance than traditional bikes.
If you find it hard to stick to your weight loss goals, then Autom, the personal robotic coach from Intuitive Automata, will help you stay on track. She attentively listens to the progress you’ve made with your daily diet and exercise plan when you chat with her and keeps track of what works. The more she learns about you, the more she adapts to your needs and daily activities. She is always ready with an encouraging word, accurate feedback and uplifting advice and will coach you towards you weight loss goals.
Glass reinvented. Ever imagined to change the color and visibility of your window? Smartglass International will display prototypes of a new kind of glass that can change from opaque to clear in a split second. With an internal electric layer, it’s possible to have instant and precise privacy control – with a flick of a switch.
OPEN SPACE AARHUS
Do you think hackers are a bunch of pale kids sitting in basements stripping your bank account? Think again. Hackers, or makers, are actually using their brains to twist the world around them and making all kinds of hardware dance to their tunes. Added bonus: You also make the melodies.
AUGMENTING THE FUTURE
For the last couple of years the internet has been crawling with tales of something called augmented reality. In reality that’s actually the real world reinvented with digital layers on top. Metaio is one of the leading companies in the field of AR, and they’re coming to show you what it’s all about.
Making music used to be a difficult process which only professionals were able to master. Today we’ve come a long way and making music is no longer for the few. A good example of that is Radartable. By placing and interacting with tangible cubes on a table surface, the audience defines how the music should sound and how it evolves. Radartable is designed and developed by the Centre for Advanced Visualization and Interaction (CAVI) at the University of Aarhus. The music is composed by Henrik Munch.
3D visualization is making it’s way into every type of industry. Danish Kähler/Andreasen are on NEXT to show you how they use principles and graphics engines from games to show interiors and whole infrastructural landmarks before they’re even built. From flying bears to the wide spaces of the open freeway. These guys have it all.
Recon Zeal have developed the worlds first GPS enabled goggles. It’s a innovation that will help skiiers and snowboarders see real time information about their preformance and condition while they are on the way down the mountainside. The GPS goggles can calculate your pace, track your vert, and display information about your speed and the steepness of the hill.
Robots have so far been used to replace human workforce in repetitive stationary work. At Aarhus University and the University of Southern Denmark they are pushing the bounderies for mobile robot technology and will show prototypes of the ASuBot and Armadillo. The robots will be used in the agricultural production to collect grass, spread fertilizer and pesticides and other mobile tasks the farmer normally has to do manually. Intelligent mobile robots are the next step in the robot industry and you can see them first at NEXT 2011.
Tired of having a home full of IKEA furniture like everybody else? SketchChair is the future of design, prototyping, and production of individually designed furniture. The open source SketchChair software lets users design chairs using a simple 2D drawing interface, automatically generating the structure of a chair and testing its stability. Users can simulate sitting on a chair with a customisable figure of themselves in order to test and refine the chair to ensure it will comfortably support them. The founder of SketchChair, Greg Saul, will be at NEXT to present the service and a prototypes of the production system.
Do you remember the epic video game OutRun from the 80’s? Garnet Hertz’s has created a car concept that combines a car-shaped arcade game cabinet with a real world electric vehicle to produce a video game system that actually drives. OutRun offers a unique mixed reality simulation as one physically drives through an 8-bit video game. The OutRun car shows the true power of agumented reality.
CONNECTED LIVING LOUNGE
Curious as to which technologies will rule your home in the future? Visit our Future Living Lounge where we showcase a bunch of technologies that will move in with you over the next years. Take a closer look at new ways of interacting with computers and the internet, as well as a look into how the future once looked.
BIG, Kollision, and CAVI have designed this presentation, where modern technology adds an innovative layer to the film and its space. The installation presents a story based on Copenhagen’s past, present, and future, and presents a proposed plan for a major urban project that displays how a new metro loop and infrastructure can be a catalyst for development around Øresund. The installation is sponsored by Realdania and supported by iKraft.