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The poncho that makes you invisible

The invisibility cloak in “Harry Potter”, you know? The German design firm WertelOberfell and the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration (IZM) were very inspired by this magical object for their luminous poncho called Ignotum (“unknown” in Latin). The grid of luminous LEDs applied to the garment and its curved patterns manage to fool facial recognition software in two cases out of three: they then indicate that the wearer is only human with a “33% chance”. According to its creators, this project aims to draw the attention of the public and the authorities to the use and extent of video surveillance.

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Elephant dung bricks

Save the planet with dirt. That seems to be the goal of Thai architect Boonserm Premthada, who makes bricks from elephant dung. These mammals ingest almost 200 kg of plants per day, which makes their faeces particularly rich in fiber. By mixing them with cement and water, we get bricks that are lighter, but strong enough to be used in construction. An ecological alternative that appeals even in France: this project will be exhibited this summer in Versailles (Yvelines), on the occasion of the second Biennale of architecture and landscape in the region.

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