To promote the Peru-based University of Engineering and Technology’s capabilities, the first-ever billboard was created that produces drinkable water from the air. In Lima, despite atmospheric humidity being 98%, many suffer from the lack of potable water due to polluted wells and lack of rain. By tapping onto the air’s high amount of humidity, the billboard’s generators capture the humidity, does a ‘reverse-osmosis’, and turns it into purified water that is stored in tanks. Residents can then collect water from the billboard through the taps on its base.
Via: Design TAXI
Chinese e-commerce site YiHaoDian is launching 1,000 virtual supermarkets in vacant lots in iconic areas of Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, which can only be seen with the YiHaoDian iPhone and Android app. Anyone using the app can see the 1,200 square meter stores on their phones if they’re holding it up in the right location–and purchase up to 1,000 food products that can be delivered in one to two days.
Via: Fast Coexist
To showcase the road handling capabilities of the A4, Audi built this socially enabled, interactive installation to let people experience a mini version of the car. Passersby in Toronto had the chance to race one of 3 miniature Audis around a custom built racing track using an iPad to control the car. The iPad app was paired with an in-car camera which gave the driver the perspective from the driver’s seat, a first for this kind of installation.
Via: Digital Buzz
A short love story back projected onto the warm breath of a couple on a cold February evening.
Firewall is an interactive media installation that allows the audience to create amazing visuals and music by touching a stretched sheet of spandex membrane, which acts as a membrane interface sensitive to depth and pressure.
The artist INSA thought the relationship between art online and offline could work better and set out to create paintings that were static in the real-world but were moving images when viewed online. He did this by painting layer upon layer, photographing the changes in order, and then stringing the pictures together into a sequence and played on a loop in an animated GIF file.
Displair, a start-up from Russia which recently showcased its new technology at CES 2013, is basically an interactive air screen that displays any image you like in mid-air. It’s powered by a multi-touch, optical system that makes it possible to control the image in the air by gestures only.