JIBO – personal robot to help out at home

Category: Design, Industrial design, Interactive

 

I hope 2015 is going to be the year of personal robots. This is something to look forward to! Personally I’m already tired of this year being ’the year of the smart watch’ although Apple haven’t even announced theirs.

Personal robots at this stage seem to be more like a smartphone with a personified physical presence and seem to build on refined voice- and face recognition technology. It is the ultimate interactive ‘hands free’ experience and if it’s done well it can make life easier.

As usual, Kickstarter and Indigogo is the platform for this sort of innovation, since big technology brands are still more interested in selling outdated technology. We seen initiatives popping up like the Romo which is basically an interactive iPhone app on wheels for kids, and the high-end Pepper, a child sized robot that can recognise human emotions.

Today, we arrived to a nice middle ground with Jibo, ’the family robot’. The first initiative I could see going mainstream through it’s accessibility, open platform and straight-forward features. The designer robotics expert / super-cool person Cynthia Breazeal also managed to make it insanely cute! Kind of reminds me of a simplified version of EVE from Pixar’s WALL-E.

Jibo can see through two high-res cameras, track faces, capture photos and has an immersive video calling feature that takes the concept to the next level. Jimbo can hear everything. It’s sensitive microphones can pick up and process speech, wherever you are in the room. Jibo speaks to you, reads messages, notifications, works like a personal assistant managing your day. It’s artificial intelligence is able to adapt and learn, it communicates with social and emotive cues. Jibo seems likeable through it’s appearance and ‘personality’. Watch the video above to see how it works! I quite like the smart, flexibly moving structure and the expressive eye feature.

Working on a Linux based platform open to developers the potential there is huge. At a later stage it might connect to your home systems to adjust light, sound or control the temperature. It is already impressive how handy it is in everyday situations like ordering your groceries or takeaway food, read up a recipe while you are cooking, take great photos or look up the answer to your questions online.

Jibo is on pre-order for $499 and arrives by the end of 2015. The public release will be early 2016. I look forward to revisit where it has evolved by then. The future is here!

Kyle Glass
Images: http://www.myjibo.com/

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Noémie Goudal at The New Art Gallery Walsall

Category: Architecture, Fine Arts, Intallation, Photography

A powerful narrative unfolds when abandoned places meet the poetic juxtaposition of brutalist manmade structures in French artist Noémie Goudal’s epic photographic work.

Her current exhibition at The New Art Gallery Walsall in the UK titled ‘The Geometrical Determination of the Sunrise’ shows photo series, stereoscopic images and multi-screen film installations exploring the same theme.

Goudal’s process is absolutely fascinating. Her compositions are completely staged. The artist uses full-scale printouts composed of individual sheets of paper joined together and imports them into eerie abandoned environments. Her constructions refer to butalist and Cosmic Indian architecture, exploring geomorphic structures and the relationship between nature and artifice. The results are breath taking.

‘The Geometrical Determination of the Sunrise’ is shown at The New Art Gallery Walsall until the 14th of September 2014 and produced in co-operation with Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam, where the exhibition will tour in 2015.

Kyle Glass
Images: © Noémie Goudal

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Troll Identity by Pacifica

Category: collaboration, Design, Graphic Design, motion graphics


I’ve written about Pacifica, one my favourite studios, before and now it’s time to rave on about them some more. Their latest identity project for Troll, a post-production company based in Berlin, is a good example of a successful design originating from a really simple idea. Taking the company’s name at face value, they have utilized the fortuitously-shaped set of letters in the word Troll to create a character to represent the brand. The imagery may have fallen flat on its own, but they have taken things a welcome step further and used motion-capture technology to turn the 2D logo into an animated 3D figure. Since the character’s movements trace those of a human actor, the animation of the identity feels very fluid and natural. This little troll gives off a very amiable vibe, despite the malicious attributes of its namesake.

The friendliness of the character has been offset by gorgeously gloomy art direction from Pacifica, infusing the collateral and photography with plenty of sooty blacks and backdrops of cracked dusty stone and graveyard granite. The styling of the photoshoot conveys the mood of the brand beautifully, toying with the viewer’s imagination and drawing us into a dark, mysterious wonderland. The potential of the character is demonstrated in a little teaser, made by fellow Portuguese creatives Loopa. They collaborated with Pacifica to animate the identity, elaborating upon it in the teaser, to depict the troll emerging from a spooky forest scene. The short recently won them bronze at Cannes Lions. You can find a couple of making-of videos on Loopa’s Behance page—worth a watch!

Anna Tokareva

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Cannes Lions 2014 roundup

Category: Advertising, Film / Multimedia

Every year, hot on the glamorous heels of the film industry shimmying its way through Cannes, comes the other Cannes – the advertising one. The one where smart creative ideas are lauded with with gold, silver and bronze Lions; and 2014 is no exception. Well awarded this year with Gold Lions are some very smart, easy to explain ideas that all flip ‘the usual way of doing things’ on their head.

Kate Humphries

Climate Name Change from 350 Action, for instance, takes the usual act of naming extreme storms after randomly selected names, and packs a well-aimed punch by proposing that the World Meteorological Organization instead name them after policy makers who deny climate change.

 
 

Then, there’s Old Spice’s ‘Smellcome to Manhood’, which cleverly switches the focus away from young men achieving with the help of the product, and places it instead onto their emotionally-drenched mothers hilariously hating on the product:

 
 

Adidas D Rose Jump Store rather than showing the usual celebrity basket ball player in 60 seconds of slow motion glory leaping up to the hoop over and over again, shows instead the fans leaping up in slo-mo to a very high shelf in an effort to score a free pair of Derrick Rose’s signature Adidas shoes:

 
 

And last, but never least – rather than have their charity seek out corporate sponsorship – the idea here for Brothers In Arms is to instead have the charity make $1 donations into corporates’ bank accounts – but made in a such a way that the corporates themselves have to call the charity back. A brilliant flip, by Media Design School graduate Freddie Coltart and his partner Matt Williams which deservedly won a Gold Lion.

 
 

Kate Humphries has spent 20 years working on top advertising accounts in London and is now the course leader of Media Design School’s prestigious AdSchool. The AdSchool is an awards-powerhouse operating in Auckland, New Zealand and Milan, Italy. It was named the 4th best AdSchool in the world by YoungGuns and no2 in social media accordnig to the Bees Awards in San Francisco. The school is also part of D&AD – one of the most highly regarded design and advertising industry bodies in the world.

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Tasty collages from Julie’s Kitchen

Category: Fine Arts, Photography

Looking at these gorgeous collages one thing is for sure, healthy nutrition never looked this good! The mastermind behind these is Julie Lee from the popular foodie site Julie’s Kitchen. These intricate compositions made out of vegetables and herbs started as an Instagram project showcasing what’s in season. We can all agree she turned this practical idea into fine art. I love the elegant simplicity of these arrangements.

As Julie explains: ‘It’s evolved into an ongoing project in the study of plant design, exploration of color theory, and pure, unadulterated food-love.’

It never ceases to amaze me how deliciously beautiful and colourful fruits and vegetables are. Thank you Mother Nature! Must look at these collages every time I don’t feel like eating that salad. For this reason and for of course artistic visual stimulation you can get these prints at the shop on Julie’s kitchen.

Kyle Glass
Source: Julie’s Kitchen

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