First I see this levitation demo at TEDGlobal. It's called quantum locking and quantum levitation. Science these days is truly becoming more and more like magic. Aparently an oobject that is in a state of quantum locking can sustain 70 000 times it's own weight! The only catch now is it that in order to achieve the effect of levitation, the super conductor needs to be cooled down to everything ranging from -250 to -270 degrees Celsius (20-1 Kelvin) depending on the type of super conductor used.
Then when I get home I find this clip on garagelab (2nd clip below) where an 18 year old has made his own levitating light bulb. When will all this have commercial applications I wonder? When do we get levitating skateboards? I want one! :)
Well maybe a great digital designer can also be a great maker. For those of you who don't know about the makerbot it is the future of prototyping and every wannabe makers dream. Combine it with littleBits and/or arduino and there is not a lot of things you can't make. Makerbots has also been made to make other makerbots. Wow! :)
I'm back and I'm totally stoked by little bits that I wrote about a few posts ago. This is going to revolutionize innovation and redefine the word inventor. You can get your starter kit on: http://market.littlebits.cc/
I will definitely include a few of these kits in the budget for TEDxStockholm for which I am the curator. We will host our first event as a Salon-event in mid-october with the theme "redefining innovation". I suppose this fits well into that category. Enjoy the video, it will blow you away.
I just came back from an amazing week at TEDGlobal and it was a lot of discussion this year about using new open source technologies paired with talented engineers and tinkerers to focus on solving problems that actually matter.
Where is the logic when we spend our entire lives working on problems to optimize the the effectiveness of our printers and computers when there are still millions of people without access to clean drinking water and when oil is leekaging out and polluting our oceans?
I'd say the global TEDx community often creates the spark necessary for steering talented people in this direction. As TEDFellow Cesar Harada was so inspired from the event TEDxOilSpill taking place during the BP oil spill in the Mexican Gulf that he choose to quit his dream job and start working on better solutions to clean up oil from the ocean.
Big up for this incredible man! You're an inspiration to us all who have an urge to create a meaningful impact in the world we live in.