Saudi Arabia is building great wall — or rather, a great chainlink fence with razor wire — to "protect against ISIS" in Iraq. And it's not the only country investing in very expensive walls right now, even though they probably won't work. Why? Because walls aren't just about security. They're also powerful symbols.
There are plenty of ways to do the two things that Spira does: Charge your phone and tell you the time. But there's nothing quite like the device that interaction design student Alice Robbiani has built to combine them—her inductive charger turns your iPhone into an interactive wall clock while it charges.
Some people see a wall in their way and walk around it. That would be me! Other people try to climb it. That would be awesome people! This guy sees a wall and decides it's best to do a spinning backward flip on the wall while climbing the wall to move up. That would be this real life Spiderman. Holy hell, he has more…
Screens and curtains are alright, but sometimes you want a real wall. Solid, substantial and offering some privacy. And if bricks and cement blocks are too boring, you can always turn to repurposed household items. Right?
Neal Patwari of the University of Utah discovered that breathing affects Wi-Fi signal strength. Chest expansion during a breath bends the wireless signals and they lose some power. This slight drop can be measured and used to calculate your breathing rate.
However dubious you are about the science backing up On/Off's paint, you can't argue against its sheer innovation. Suitable for all surfaces, it lets you control the lighting with just a touch, and can even be covered over with wallpaper.
Dancing on the ceiling? Please. Totally put to shame by these walls that do the dancing themselves. Who knew stop-motion had these kinds of moves?
See this wall of colorful squares? It's actually a concept design consisting of a bunch of small triangular panels which can be spun 'round on whim to change the way your room looks. Or to spell out naughty things.
These are the walls of a Human-Computer Interaction Institute lab at Carnegie Mellon, and as you can see, they provide plenty of opportunities to create such interactions on the fly when you snag your sweater on some spiky solder leads or that ZIF socket handle. Chris Harrison, a PhD student, bought old motherboards…
The Nomad is a modular system for creating partitions designed by Mio. What sets them apart from other partitioning setups? Well they're made up of tons of little recycled-cardboard pieces that fit into one another in order to create your desired wall shape. You can even create openings that you can walk through, ala…