Monday, January 17, 2011

Biomimetic design - Festo's Air Jelly

Air is the element of Air Jelly. The remote controlled jellyfish "AirJelly" does not swim through water like aqua jelly, but glides through air. It's has a central electric drive and an intelligent, adaptive mechanical system and consists of a helium-filled ballonet. Each tentacle is a structure based on the Fin Ray Effect ®. The drive of a balloon through a peristaltic motion is now in the aviation history. AirJelly is the first indoor flying object with peristaltic drive. The jellyfish moves thanks to this new drive concept, a reaction principle based on the drive, pushing it gently through the air.

Please also see their work on CyberKite, AirRay among others that have been inspired through looking at movement in marine creatures.  Festo's Website


Sunday, January 16, 2011

3D Architecture Projection Mapping

We are always looking for innovative ways to think about, and represent forms in Architecture. Today we were reminded of what is possible through 3D projected Architecture. There are many similar examples on the web and maybe you might have been fortunate enough to see some of these live. Here is a few of our favorites….. (just remember these are ordinarily static buildings) Both of these are by NuFormer, please visit their web site and enjoy some of their work below...
NuFormer - California, USA. August 2010 from NuFormer Projection on Vimeo.

NuFormer - Nespresso, Brussels, May 2010 from NuFormer Projection on Vimeo.