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sapphire 01-30-2008 01:32 AM

Digital World In The Real World
When the computer era started many people didn't understand what was it all about. So programmers recreated many objects and experiences from everyday life in the digital environment like folders, the recycle bin, the paintbrush, and many others in order to make technology easy for everyone. But today computers are so omnipresent that some people has started to transfer things from the virtual environment to the real world.
Here are some of the ideas I like.

Export to World
Second Life is an Internet-based virtual world launched in 2003, which enable its users to interact with each other through avatars. Residents can explore, meet other Residents, socialize, participate in individual and group activities, create and trade items and services from one another.
Export to World is a workshop that aims to copy objects from Second Life's virtual reality into the real world. The project exports items by transforming them into life-size paper craft models. Anyone can download and make it's own real 3d objects. It was created by Linda Kostowski and Sascha Pohflepp.

The Digg Button
The Digg button is a project that mimics the popular website button. Each time you push it, the button flashes "Dug" and increments the counter up to 999 "diggs". The product comes in the form of a kit which contains multiple components that need to be soldered together.
The Digg Button is an open source project. It was created when Phillip Torrone, Kevin Rose and Lady Ada met up for a drink and was introduced at the Digg Million User Celebration. It is sold for $15 each.

Pictures: Scott Beale / Laughing Squid

Wi-Fi Signal Status t-shirt
This stylish Wi-Fi Detector Shirt features a glowing animated display that dynamically reveals the current Wi-Fi signal strength in the area. The glowing bars on the front of the shirt dynamically change as the surrounding wi-fi signal strength fluctuates. The display is powered by three AAA batteries and can reveal the signal strength status of nearby 802.11b or 802.11g networks. Why bother searching for Wi-Fi hotspots when your shirt can do all the job for you. You can get it for $29.99.

And also available is the animated retro Table Tennis shirt using the same technology.

Peer-to-Peer Immigration Project
Ricardo Portilho proposes to transfer the principle of peer-to-peer file sharing over the Internet to our globalized world.
A pure peer-to-peer network does not have the notion of clients or servers, but only equal peer nodes that simultaneously function as both “clients” and “servers” to the other nodes on the network.
The Citizenship Exchange aims to tackle immigration problems with a simple and universal strategy. A person-to-person agreement. A citizen would gain the citizenship of a foreign country for a time given, in the base of mutual agreement with a native citizen of this country. Each of the citizens involved in the trade get the same timespan of citizenship in the country of the "trade-partner”. This project might be a much more humane way of dealing with immigration.

Real Life External Recycle Bin
Tempo is a 250GB external hard drive that actually looks like a recycle bin. When you delete a file on your PC that file is stored in the Tempo drive. It has blue LED lights that fill up the dark black area as more and more files are thrown into it indicating how much of the drive is used. It is connected to your PC wirelessly via Bluetooth so no annoying cables at all. Tempo is just a concept for now, it hasn't been technologically designed yet.

It is quite common to see ranks being used in video games like Battlefield and Internet communities. These ranks give users certain permissions by taking into account user data like experience or level of participation.
Arne Wessels an Joris Zaalberg think it is a good idea to translate these systems into the democratic process of a country. VoteXP is a system that gives people right to vote based on their experience on certain political areas.

People get more voting right as they get more into a certain topic. If you're a teacher you have more voting power in education and if for example you make some volunteer work in your community your VoteXP will increase and you'll be closer to get stars in your ranking.

Wiki graffiti
Matt Mechtley is a Wikipedia fan that likes the little [citation needed] tags that users can place in an article, indicating that a dubious claim needs a reference. One day he had an idea. He would add these tags in dubious or ridiculous advertisements. He printed stickers, which he handed out to his friends, who circulated them further. In true wiki fashion, the final placement of the stickers is a collaborative effort, now distributed and anonymous. He provides the source Photoshop file for anyone who wants to print their own batch.

Command Sit
Now this looks nice.
This stackable injection molded Command Sit stool comes in generic computer beige, and black.
Available through Duende.

LED Binary Clock
A clock that displays time in true binary system as well as powers of two binary mode.
It's easy for any self-respecting geek to figure out how to read this clock in a few minutes. Computers use on/off switches to tell the time and so does this clock.
Default mode displays time in 'Powers of Two' binary system but you can also display time in true binary mode using the binary coding of 32/16/8/4/2/1. It is available from $19.99.

The Delete-Key-Eraser
Tersumus eraser is shaped like the delete key on a computer keyboard. A fantastic idea.
It's designed by Art Lebedev Studio and it looks more like a backspace key in my opinion but I still like it.

Norman 02-01-2008 11:38 AM

I dream to have a digital world here on the real world.

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