The Image Toaster

March 19, 2014 § Leave a comment

The Image Toaster

The Image toaster is a project by Scott van Haastrecht which sees a toaster search the internet for an image related to an event happening during that day and toast it on your bread as a 6×6 pixel image. This way, you will be gently reminded of those important dates you might not want to miss.

The rationale behind this project, which sees a ubiquitous household object reimagined to incorporate technology in a light, non-pervasive manner reminds me of Kenya Hara’s predictions of how technology will be incorporated in daily life in the future: not as a series of mind boggling virtual screens following you round the house and annoying you with useless updates, but as a thoughtful redesign of the objects around us that reinvents their functions to reflect the beliefs (concerns and interests) of a post-consumerist age, incorporating sophisticated technology that becomes invisible in the process. This sort of object belongs in a future where the manufacturing of objects is less concerned with the function and more with the artistic and aesthetic value- a world in which we would see an expansion of our human sensibility over the objects that surround us that is fuelled by our imagination.

Where Am I?

You are currently browsing the #rmt1 category at simociocoiu.