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Design and the Elastic Mind

0803Flybot.jpgA new exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York takes a look at how cutting-edge science is affecting design, which may ultimately change our everyday lives. Most of the items in Design and the Elastic Mind might never reach that point. Some are just a step above novelty, like rings made from a loved one's bone tissue and a honeycomb vase made by bees. Others have more practical applications: Harvard's Flybot, developed with funding from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is the first microrobot to replicate insect flight. Robert Lang's innovative origami calculations have been applied to creating a compact telescope and folding airbags.

The sleek webpage itself is worth a look as it lets you glide through concepts according to several interwoven themes.

Design and the Elastic Mind


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