Super-human toasters! Cell-phone scales! Chameleon cars! This and more graced the floors of the RCA's 2008 show (June 21 - July 5). Core-o-spondent, Victoria Kirk, sent us a bunch of snaps from the Design Interactions exhibition. Click through to see evidence of what these UK creatives are up to....
Above: More than your ordinary bathroom obeject, this scale by Alice Wang sends an SMS to a friend or diet buddy, who decides if it's a good idea to tell you the news. See our post about it here.
"Animal Superpowers", by Chris Woebken & Kenichi Okada. This apparatus allows you to feel like an ant by magnifying your vision 50x through microscope antennas in your hand. You can perceive all the tiny cracks and details of a surface through this. It allows you to 'see' through your hands and to dive into a secret and hidden world. See the video here.
Benjamin Males explores the use of military technology in conventional settings by creating a racial profiler out of a standard CCTV camera and basic code. This addresses a particularly live issue in London, where CCTVs lurk in every corner.
This "bird device", by Chris Woebken & Kenichi Okada, uses a GPS system and vibrates when one is oriented in a certain direction, (i.e., towards an ice cream shop, home, or a pet). The device approximates birds' detection of geomagnetic fields to find their way south in the winter and north in the spring.
This chameleon car by Dong Kyu Kim changes its color to suit its owner's fashion and mood. The ultimate accessory.
Above: Dash Macdonald built remote controlled roller skates, strapped them on in public, and allowed the audience to steer him through an obstacle course. Remote control in hand, many of them deliberately guided him into accidents. He has performed and recorded these experiments in London, Japan and Germany.
Staged around a scaled podium and political event paraphernalia, Imagine Being a World Leader, by Dash Macdonald is a curriculum that teaches primary school children leadership and persuasive public speaking skills. The training process becomes a vehicle to address the artifice behind the methods politicians and authority figures use to win over their audiences.
Designing products that amplify the extreme, Freddie Yauner designed the most detailed diary ever. It's got an hour on two pages. Users can document their lives minute by minute, much like bloggers do.
Freddie Yauner's highest popping toaster in the world. Check out more on it here.
The giraffe device by Chris Woebken & Kenichi Okada acts as a child to adult converter by changing one's voice to lower octaves and raising one's perspective by 30cm. Kids can suddenly see on the same level as adults, allowing them to experience a new perspective.
Ivo vos' extreme bread slicer.
Kenichi Okada's 'Wide eyes' project that controls perspectives of space by widening the distance between one's eyes.
Kenichi Okada's Emotoscope allows viewers to see and record memories in analog film, thereby rendering them more precious and valuable.
Marc Owen's Avatar Machine is a system which replicates the aesthetics and visuals of third person gaming, allowing the user to view themselves as a virtual character in real space via a head mounted interface.