Interactive exhibit lets you walk among LED 'stars' (Tomorrow Daily 392)A stunning Tokyo exhibition features an LED "Crystal Universe" for visitors to walk through; also, a robotic arm hoping to help disabled users eat more easily.
[MUSIC] Hello, and welcome to Tomorrow Daily, the best geek talk show in the known universe. I am Jeff Cannata, Ashley Esqueda is out sick today, but I've still got your daily dose of science and tech headlines. Last week we spent a lot of time talking about the intersection between technology and art. Well here is another interesting art exhibition happening in Japan DMN.planets is a large scale art exhibition featuring a piece called wander through the crystal universe. A huge immersive maze of light. The walk through exhibit has light points reflected off of mirrors that create a look that's almost like a sculpture of light Visitors can walk around inside the space and can also pull up the exhibition smartphone app to trigger interactive elements while inside. Other installations include a soft black hole and a real time rendered koi pond that changes based on visitor movement. The entire exhibition is on display on Odaiba, Tokyo from now until August 31st. So you have to hurry if you wanna catch the show. I love it when artists use technology to create these interactive experiences especially this cool use of actually me on my phone being able to interact with the environment very, very cool stuff. We also talked also week about the advances in cybernetic arm technology, this might be One of the coolest uses for that kind of tech. Obi aims to improve the quality of life for anyone inflicted with injuries or conditions that impede their ability to eat. It's a simple two button system. One button choose which bowl And the other tells OV to get a spoonful of food in that bowl and bring it to the users mouth. There are a variety of ways for a user to activate the buttons ranging from foot pedals to responsive pillows to mouthpieces, so most people can use OV regardless of their disability The bowls and spoons are all dishwasher safe, and OB provides about three hours on eating time per charge. It's available to buy, but it will [UNKNOWN] back at least 45 hundred dollars, which is pretty pricey, but, in the future, we hope products like OB will cost as much as any other kitchen appliance. This tech will undoubtedly be life changing for the people who need it but we need to get those costs down. That's where the next frontier to make this affordable for all. We'd love to hear your comments about these stories. I think we probably [UNKNOWN] Probably be talking about that interactive art exhibit on Thursday when Ashley is back and we do the long form show. You can provide your input into our conversation by using the hashtag #HEYTD on Twitter. That's how we know you're talking to us. We'd love to incorporate your comments. Into our discussion. All right let's get to phonetographer of the day. [MUSIC] Today's phonetographer of the day is Andrew who took this on believe it or not a Blackberry passport Andrew writes hi tomorrowers. Here's my entry for phonegrapher of the day. I bet you don't get many pictures taken using the Blackberry Passport. He's right. It's actually the perfect Instagram photo due its one to one aspect ratio. Good tech fact. Here's my story. This is Jack. Yes, Jack Nicholson. An inquisitive multipug. She and I walked pretty much everywhere while chasing Pokemon. On this particular day we walked to Hilbee island, a nature reserve and bird sanctuary. He loves the rock pool and enjoyed a bark off with the seals. This sent birds flying and won us disapproving looks from the bird watchers. We've not been back since. Of course you have my permission to use this photograph on the show keep up the great work. Thanks Andrew. What a cool photo he looks like he thinks he's bigger than he is barking off those seals, that's fun. This month, this whole month long our theme is pets and we enjoy seeing those pet phonetography. So if you wanna send in your pet it doesn't have to be a conventional pet, it can be any kind of pet And think outside the box if you want. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Just be sure to give us permission to use the picture on the show, tell us how to pronounce any of the names that we might have a problem with in the story, tell us a story about why you took that picture. And we love hearing what tech you used to take the photo because my goodness, I would never have guessed A Blackberry passport was still unused. Very very cool stuff. Well, that's gonna do it for this episode. Ashley and I will be back tomorrow, but until then, be continuing. Bye. [MUSIC]