From Perriand to Saarinen, The Chairs of Star Trek

For the last few years, a team of devout Star Trek fans—including Buenos Aires-based 3D artist Tadeo D’Oria—have been carefully identifying every chair in its science fiction universe. Much of what they’ve found happens to be off-the-shelf designs from well-known designers including Charles and Ray Eames, Charlotte Perriand and Eero Saarinen. Sometimes these designs were painted and modified; sometimes they were used as is to …

On NEON’s Ambitions for an Artificial Human

The company's prototype personality mirrors goals and fears in tech-fiction television

Few exhibitors at CES 2020 reached beyond our conceivable world like NEON, a Samsung spin-off helmed by StarLabs President and CEO Pranav Mistry, and the debut of their humanoid AI bots. Intentionally minimal in pre-show communications, they limited their announcement to these two words: artificial humans. NEON employees appeared at CES preview events, but revealed little information about the presentations set for the official show …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

An innovative orange juicer, how science fiction inspires science, a stadium-sized nature installation and more from the web this week

Orange Juicer Turns Peels Into Cups Italian design firm Carlo Ratti Associati’s “Feel the Peel” machine takes the beloved orange juicer and turns it into a model for sustainability. The oranges are still freshly squeezed, but their peels are turned into biodegradable, bioplastic cups. The massive machine stands over nine feet tall and can accommodate 1,500 oranges. Each is peeled and its rind is dried, …