A Whole New Virtual World

Do you like technological advancements but don’t enjoy feeling immersed in a virtual world? Get back to your roots with subtle tech masked as nature’s beauty. 

Thanks to Mui Lab, we are now able to decorate our #farmhouse style home with a smart display disguised as a strip of wood. When it isn’t performing any of its functions, the strip of wood blends seamlessly with your home, if wood is the look you’re going for. Once activated, the strip of wood goes into display mode, lighting up with buttons or messages on the surface of the wood. Mui can be used as a speaker and comes with Google Assistant. The interactive wood panel is turned on by sliding your fingers gently across its surface. According to Mui Labs’ kickstarter, “you can talk, send and receive messages, and check the news and weather [with mui]. You can also control connected devices in your home, office or in public spaces, like lighting, thermostats, and so on.” 


 Watches have been around for a very long time. We’ve seen (what we thought) was all; from submariners, to digital clocks, to Apple watches. But now, we’ve come to a point in American society where we need to make time for our health. This is why a brave company by the name of Withings created a smart watch which detects health issues. The Withings ScanWatch includes “an electrocardiogram, photoplethysmography for optical heart rate, SpO2 for blood oxygen and deeper sleep analysis that can detect sleep apnea.” This is the part when we clap for the technology that isn’t outlandishly conceived of but rather should be on the market sooner than later.


Of course we must end on the exact opposite of the spectrum we began with. This virtual reality prototype isn’t for the faint of heart or those who fear change. In fact, this new tech sets out to create a whole new world! Toyota presents a Woven City, revolving around the first step of a society sans human drivers. Toyota speaks on the goal of the Woven City to be an emissions-free, autonomous laboratory to study and create new technologies for future advancement. With approximately 2,000 people at capacity, this is clearly a small-scale test. We’re excited to see the possibilities that can emerge from such a sustainable, future-focused, microcosm of a society.