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A Product Design student came up with the wonderfully simple idea to create a product that is flexible and durable enough so that it can be used to change or repair ordinary products. From tea mugs to bikes to laptops. It can be done, and what’s even better: Sugru comes in many colours of the rainbow so it will automatically liven up whatever your repair.

Sugru is like clay, but it has a silicone component, making it waterproof, solid but still flexible at room temperature, and self-adhesive. Underneath you see a sum-up of its benefits together with some hack ideas:

Sugru benefits

Remarkable is that a large amount of the inspiratory photo’s in the gallery show how users have applied Sugru to make something prettier or recognisable. Not so much ‘hacking things better’ as doing handicrafts decorating.

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Cinekid was present at the IPON congress for education and ICT, with their interactive studio.

I was interviewed by my friend in front of a green screen, dressed for the jungle, about the elephants in the background (Presenteren kun je leren). Underneath you see an example of a girl playing with the installation.

We made a short stop motion film with the ready to hand Lego figures and toy dinosaur (Stop! Motion!).

Cinekidstudio webpage with Stop!Motion! gallery.

And we decorated ourselves by angling funny attributes to our body with the help of fluorescent pink post-its (Digital puppetry). This installation is explained in the following clip.

Star of the exposition was SMALLab (Situated Multimedia Art Learning Lab), a mixed-reality learning installation which can be used to bring mathematics and science classes to life.

SMALLab and some of the other installations I have not mentioned yet are featured in this item of the Dutch youth news program:

Graduation project of Jihyun Ryou who regretted the loss of traditional knowledge about our food. We entrust the process of storing nutritional goods to the refrigerator, with devastating effects on the products. Retrieving instructions on how to store certain types of food best, she made this traditional oral knowledge visible again through these food racks.

Save food from the regrigerator - Jihyun Ryou

Five food racks to store fruits, spices, root vegetables, eggs, potatoes and apples.

These pictures of their fresh design alone already provide straightforward instructions on how to save your food from the fridge. Very insightful even without physically having them in your kitchen.

Still, two questions come up in my mind:

  • Is this clever solution not resolving the responsibility of keeping this knowledge to a device again (albeit much less black-boxed than the refrigerator)?
  • Would this new physical shape of traditional oral knowledge come to life in an active oral form, one that evaluates and re-shapes the old knowledge to new demands?
Fruitbowl with knowledge

Fruit in this fruit bowl stays fresh through humidity.

Read more on: Shaping traditional oral knowledge – Juhyun Ryou – 2009

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