Archive | February, 2015

Dead Drops

2 Feb

What do you thought of when you saw the title “Dead Drops” above this posts? Maybe you’ve already known it for a while, but in this time of the sharing economy (especially on the web) and connecting as huge trends, I thought you might like this.

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Dead Drops is an online (in an offline way) peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. This project, created by Aram Bartholl, allows people to share their files in an anonymous way. In several walls, curbs and buildings around the world are USB flash drives embedded which give people access to use the flash drive in public space. Everyone can easily drop of find files on a dead drop. Plug your laptop to a wall, house or pole to share your favorite files and data. Each dead drop is installed empty except a readme.txt file explaining the project. To use Dead Drops, you don’t need any cables or wireless technology. Everyone is invited to go to these places to drop or find files! It is just a naked piece of art that is compiled by the people who use it. They decide what’s on the stick and what’s not. In an era of growing clouds and fancy new devices without access to local files we need to rethink the freedom and distribution of data. The Dead Drops movement is on its way for change!

dead drop 3I think it’s clear that this project can be linked to especially sharing and connectedness, because it’s a way to get people connected, without knowing each other. By reading a file about their favorite places around the world for example, you can get an idea of what the person who dropt the file could be, but you’ll never know for sure without a picture or meeting him/her. You could also look for inspiration on a Dead Drop or share a file, video or picture you’d like other people to see. I think it’s a beautiful way of connecting and sharing, because of the anonymity of the project and the curiosity it creates for the readers or just random people on the street who suddenly see an USB sticking out of a wall. It’s just a great combination of creating curiosity, sharing, and entertaining people by just a small object.



Carpet Alarm Clock

2 Feb

Do you need some help to get out of bed in the morning like I do? I, myself prefer to sleep until at least 10 Am, but unfortunately I need to get up quiet early every morning. Partly, it’s my own fault, because I have chosen to study International Lifestyle Studies in Tilburg. Well, what would be the problem? You might think. Well, the problem is that I have to travel about 2 hours to get there. And, especially when school starts at 8:30 AM, I have a lot problems with getting out of my warm, cozy bed. Every time I hear my alarm clock, I hit the snooze button again and again. I guess this is just the easiest way to make the annoying noise go away and to stay safely in bed for a few more minutes. Unfortunately, the result of the snooze button (getting up too late, missing the bus and be an half hour late at school) isn’t as satisfying as the feeling you get when you still have a few minutes left to sleep. That’s why I went searching for a new alarm clock or some other way, to get me out of bed in the morning so I wouldn’t be late for school in the early morning.

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This potential solution is a carpet rug alarm clock. This special carpet is just like an alarm clock, but in addition to wake you, the carpet also makes sure you get out of bed in the morning. Like every night, before you go to sleep, you set your carpet-alarm just like you set a regular alarm. When the clock reaches the time you set for an alarm, the carpet will set off the alarm. But now, you can’t just hit a snooze button this time. This carpet requires you to physically get out of bed and step on it to turn it off. Once you got out of bed, you will be less likely to crawl back into it. If you think you’d cheat anyways by do getting back in bed, you could place the carpet further away from your bed. Now you’ll at least have a motivation to get up so early, because the alarm wouldn’t stop until you shut it. Although this carpet, which was designed by Sofie Collin and Gustav Lanberg, might sound a little cruel, it will assure you that you’ll be out of bed in time!

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This creative concept is a counterpart to the trend cocooning. Cocooning means that you prefer to stay at home, safely inside. The carpet alarm clock is just the opposite of this trend. It ensures that you get out of your safe bed and go to explore the world around it!