Nano Experiments / 2007
"The expected possibilities of nano-technology stretch from improved materials to the fear of a self-replicating 'grey goo' swamping the world.'
Between the extremes of 'nano-goo' and stronger golf clubs I am interested in what kind of effects nanotechnology might actually have on the tangible world around us.
Due to the impracticalities of hands-on experimentation with this technology I worked on the ‘very small scale' instead. A documentation of some of the experiments, observations and conclusions from explorations into nano space.
A sketch for a 'nanophone'. A sometimes heart assumption is that technology will miniaturize to a point where it becomes invisible. The human body however is likely to keep its scale and physical limitations. So it is possible that the effects of nano-miniaturization on products appearances will be slight, a need to interact with the objects around us will remain.
Experiments in interaction with shrinking products. The Macbook above is the smallest possible with a functioning hinge using the rapid prototyping technology available to me. The experiment below tries to figure out how far you can shrink a laptop while still be able to control it.
As shown with the nanophone above, it is likely that technology will adapt to humans and acknowledges their limitations.
However, it is also possible that we will adapt our bodies to changing technology. A short movie of how we might adapt ourselves in order to use the above shown 'Macbook Nano':