Tactile visionaries

I really like the idea of being able to translate the visual world into a material representation that can be grasped by the visually impaired.
This technology re-interprets the scenes into a braille equivalent. Genius Designers : Kim Seung Woo and Lee Harim

Read more about it here:

http://www.tuvie.com/braille-sight-produces-a-tactile-diagram-of-its-surrounding-for-visually-impaired-people/

 

This concept of a tactile tablet screen offers the interactivity that is offered to the non visually impaired. It looks cool too.

Genius Designers: Rene Lee

Read more about it here:

http://www.industrialdesignserved.com/gallery/ZEN/930449

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Any surface can be a method of display

It is great to see designers exploring new materials as a means of visual presentation. Todays wallpaper is tomorrows touchscreen display. There are far reaching possibilities for these meta-materials – and that is power consumption awareness. The more we use LEDs the greater the reduction in energy consumption. Let’s face it, a large proportion of touch & display technology are power hungry, and offer little more in the way of interactivity, than a static analogue sign. It may be time to tap into the creative unconcious to ease our conscience.

http://vimeo.com/33532795

What is real and what is not?

This compilation of robots and animated automata has been created to be thought provoking. The examples shift between technology that is a reality, a probability and an impossibility. The edges are blurred and some of the freakish things actually exist and others are the work of pure CGI. Marvel at the artistry involved in making men mimic machines and conversely the machines that seek to imitate the human form. The question is can you work out which are which?

http://www.reuters.com/video/2011/12/01/meet-icub-the-closest-thing-to-an-intell?videoId=226037355&rpc=14#1

http://vimeo.com/2832526

Driven off the Road by M.B.A.s – thank goodness for Brookes

Bob Lutz, the former Vice Chairman of General Motors, is the most famous also-ran in the auto business. In the course of his 47-year rampage through the industry, he’s been within swiping range of the brass ring at Ford, BMW, Chrysler and, most recently, GM, but he’s never landed the top gig. It’s because he “made the cars too well,” he says. It might also have something to do with the fact that Maximum Bob, who could double as a character on Mad Men, is less an éminence grise than a pithy self-promoter who has a tendency to go off corporate message. That said, his new book, Car Guys vs. Bean Counters: The Battle for the Soul of American Business, has a message worth hearing. To get the U.S. economy growing again, Lutz says, we need to fire the M.B.A.s and let engineers run the show.

Lutz’s main argument is that companies, shareholders and consumers are best served by product-driven executives. In his book, Lutz wisecracks his way through the 1960s design- and technology-led glory days at GM to the late-1970s takeover by gangs of M.B.A.s. Executives, once largely developed from engineering, began emerging from finance.

Thank goodness that British educational institutions are pumping out ethical MBA’ers driven by more than the balance sheet. The Boardroom battlefield is becoming a more vibrant and balanced place. But its gonna get messy!
Read more: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2081930,00.html#ixzz1RjTYDSak

Good Energy Group – Plug

Good Energy was founded over a decade ago with one clear goal – to make a difference to climate change. And we are as true to that today as we were when we started out.

Reliant on the burning of fossil fuels, the way society currently generates energy releases huge amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. This makes it a major contributor to climate change. Good Energy wanted to offer people the opportunity to make a better choice – 100% renewable electricity from a company dedicated to changing the energy industry. For good.

Over time other energy companies have followed our lead and all now offer their own ‘green’ tariffs. But the truth of the matter is evident in the table on the right. We are still the UK’s only zero carbon supplier, sourcing all of our electricity from renewables.

This commitment to developing renewables underpins all our work, and defines our purpose. Supplying 100% renewable electricity is just part of what we do. We are a small company with a big ambition. If every energy company looked like Good Energy, the industry would be fit for generations to come. We want the UK to achieve a future that is powered purely by renewables – and doing this means turning the energy market upside down.

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Ethical Information Systems

Ethics is important in the Information Systems field as illustrated by the direct effect of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act on the work of IS professionals. There is a substantial literature on ethical issues surrounding computing and information technology in the contemporary world, but much of this work is not published nor widely cited in the mainstream IS literature. The purpose of this paper is to offer one contribution to an increased emphasis on ethics in the IS field.

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Mattel Inc – a suprisingly ethical business

“Mattel’s promotion of a sound ethical environment shines within its industry and shows a clear understanding that operating under the highest standards for business behavior goes beyond goodwill and is intimately linked to performance and profitability,” said Alex Brigham, Executive Director of the Ethisphere Institute. “This year’s World’s Most Ethical Companies award was more competitive than ever, because companies realize that making ethics a priority is critical amidst a tough economic environment.”