The Steven Spielberg/Tom Cruise sci-fi blockbuster Minority Report is turning 20 years old. It is amazing how it portrayed the future – umm, I mean the present – with such a high degree of accuracy. The proliferation of digital screens … Continue reading minority report turns 20: the future of layered realities
Come join me May 9th in Barcelona as I present “Every Surface a Screen: Now What?” at the Smart Building Conference at Integrated Systems Europe. Here’s my abstract: How will digital interaction disrupt centuries-old concepts of architectural design? There is … Continue reading every surface a screen: now what?
Fusion CI Studios posted a short video on LinkedIn that shows how powerful a digital experience can be at full architectural scale, showing off a piece of content that is really just a simple view of a tropical ocean. But … Continue reading virtual experiences in architecture
Last year Google shut down its development of the VR painting application Tilt Brush, but rather than killing the innovative program, thankfully it decided to open source the code. Already a group has creative a variant called Open Brush. This … Continue reading tilt brush is open source
A fascinating question: Who will design the digital personality of a physical space? Think about how powerful the “personality” of AI digital assistants are in their design and user acceptance/usability. Siri vs Alexa. Clippy vs Hal. The GPS navigation system … Continue reading who designs the digital personality of a physical space?
Hyper vignette. It’s a term that keeps bouncing around my head when I think of the future of architectural experience design. Let me try to unpack it a bit: Vignette – as in a brief incident or scene (such as … Continue reading hyper vignettes: localizing digital/physical experiences
Check out this post on Dezeen for an interesting LED-infused eyemask design intended to help meditation. I have no idea regarding the mask’s effectiveness for its intended task in meditation, but the product photography is exceptionally beautiful – and more … Continue reading lightvision headset
Can we make dissolvable light bulbs? Close to a decade ago, I posted on Lucept about the amazing bio-electronics research of the Rogers Research Group at Northwestern University. Here is a fantastic update video on their efforts, including most recently … Continue reading rogers research group – dissolvable pacemaker
DockCase by Seesaw is a Kickstarter project that lays bare the implications of fusing DC power and digital media into an intelligently managed, comprehensive, miniaturized system. There is more in this one unit that shows the future of architectural lighting/digital … Continue reading dockcase USB-C smarthub
Moment Factory and Unreal Engine posted a couple interesting videos showing off how they are integrating DMX programming and pre-viz into Unreal Engine. While much of this is not necessarily that much different from programs like Vectorworks Spotlight suite or … Continue reading moment factory, DMX and unreal engine
The incredibly fast progress of “virtual production” techniques in filmmaking is just astounding and will soon drive radical innovation in the broader built environment. Virtual production uses a combination of large format direct-view LED display walls with live-rendered content and … Continue reading virtual production and its impact on the real world?
Here’s a short video summarizing my “six trends” concepts – using lots of eye-candy from my own previous project work. This video turned out to be a hybrid crossover of thought leadership with my own professional portfolio. A portfolio of … Continue reading six hot trends in lighting
Here’s a short video competition entry that I made a few years ago as a hobby project. A primer on data-driven ambient media communications in architectural spaces. Frankly, I forgot that I even made this video – it was the … Continue reading revelations and resonance
Douglas Steele sent me a most interesting research paper titled “Large-area display textiles integrated with functional systems.” The paper was published by a group of researchers from several universities, including Fudan University Shanghai, University of Darmstadt, UCLA, and the University … Continue reading large-area display textiles
The groups who control the USB standard just announced a major upgrade: USB-C will now support up to 240W at 48VDC. This a huge deal for the building construction industry: USB-C is now poised to potentially replace traditional AC wall … Continue reading usb-c adopts 240w/48vdc standard
Dezeen has been running a design competition with LG for novel uses of LG’s OLED display technologies. One entry in particular caught my attention: Gianfranco Vasselli’s concept for integrating an OLED display into a “shelf” arrangement over a bed. I … Continue reading OLED bedroom concept
Walt Disney Imagineering created a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the development and construction of Hong Kong Disneyland’s castle expansion/retheme. It highlights the aggressive use of prefabricated construction – coordinated via BIM – and how that allowed them to build such … Continue reading disney’s prefab castle
Check out this incredible future-visioning video from Bee’ah, a large UAE-based environmental services company. Bee’ah is building a stunning new corporate headquarters with Zaha Hadid Architects, with ambitious goals of being a net-zero energy site, powered fully through sustainable energy … Continue reading bee’ah’s office of the future
It’s hard to comprehend how fast technology prices plummet and the implications for the built environment. Case in point: 65″ 4K LCDs panels are now cheaper than the cost of typical cubicle workstation dividers. Don’t believe me? Go to Walmart.com … Continue reading the future of office design?
Perception is a NYC-based design firm that creates the amazing sci-fi interfaces used in various movies – most notably the Marvel franchises – along with interfaces for actual real life tech companies. Core77 has a nice post covering some of … Continue reading perception