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2018-05-10 Leisure time


Leisure time 第八期

Time Traveling

Lake of Geneva


Lake of Geneva is a famous scenic spot and resort.


Located on the outskirts of Geneva in the southwest of Switzerland, it is 72km long and 8km wide, covering 580 square kilometres. Switzerland and France account for about half.

位于瑞士西南端的日内瓦近郊,同法国东部接壤,长72 公里,宽8公里,面积580平方公里。分属瑞士和法国,约各占一半。

The lake is 375 meters above sea level, with an average water depth of 150 meters and a depth of 310 meters.


The lake flows from east to west, shaped like a new moon, with a missing part of the moon connecting with France.


It is the largest lake in the Alps, the lake water ripples, the clouds are full of water, waves like mirror, water wave. The water is not cold, it is not frozen all the year round, the color is deep blue and clear.


There are artificial fountains in the lake, with powerful electric power that causes the lake to squirt out of the water. The fountain is 150 meters high.

湖中有人工喷泉,系用强大电力使湖水喷出一股白练似的水柱形成。喷泉高达150 米,直冲云天。

The spring water spray into the sky and become a spray of clouds, sunlight, a looming rainbow; The wind was blowing, the mist was misty, and it was like a thin gauze.


The lake is centered on mont blanc bridge, along the four lodges of lake park, such as riptide park, rose park, pearl park, English garden, botanical garden, and the flower clock on the lake.



Building blocks that blink, beep and teach

This may sound strange, but I'm a big fan of the concrete block.


The first concrete blocks were manufactured in 1868 with a very simple idea: modules made of cement of a fixed measurement that fit together.

第一块水泥砖制造于1868年,是源于一个非常简单的想法:把水泥制成的固定大小的块 组装到一起。

Very quickly concrete blocks became the most-used construction unit in the world. They enabled us to to build things that were larger than us, buildings, bridges, one brick at a time. Essentially concrete blocks had become the building block of our time.

很快水泥砖就成为了全世界使用最多的建筑单元,它使得我们能制造远大于自身的东西,建筑,桥梁,就这样一砖一瓦砌成。水泥砖实质上已经成为 我们这个时代的积木。

Almost a hundred years later in 1947, LEGO came up with this. It was called the Automatic Binding Brick. And in a few short years, LEGO bricks took place in every household. It's estimated that over 400 billion bricks have been produced -- or 75 bricks for every person on the planet.


You don't have to be an engineer to make beautiful houses, beautiful bridges, beautiful buildings. LEGO made it accessible.


LEGO has essentially taken the concrete block, the building block of the world, and made it into the building block of our imagination.


Meanwhile the exact same year, at Bell Labs the next revolution was about to be announced, the next building block.


The transistor was a small plastic unit that would take us from a world of static bricks piled on top of each other to a world where everything was interactive.


Like the concrete block, the transistor allows you to build much larger, more complex circuits, one brick at a time.


But there's a main difference: The transistor was only for experts. I personally don't accept this, that the building block of our time is reserved for experts, so I decided to change that.


Eight years ago when I was at the Media Lab, I started exploring this idea of how to put the power of engineers in the hands of artists and designers.


A few years ago I started developing littleBits.


A few weeks ago we took littleBits to RISD and gave them to some designers with no experience in engineering whatsoever -- just cardboard, wood and paper -- and told them "Make something." Here's an example of a project they made, a motion-activated confetti canon ball. But wait, this is actually my favorite project.

几星期前我们带着littleBits去了罗德岛设计学院,把它交给一些完全没有工程经验的设计师,只给一些纸板、木头和纸——跟他们说“做点什么” 。这就是他们完成的一个项目,一个动作触发的彩纸屑炮弹。这个实际上是我最喜欢的一个项目。

To these non-engineers, littleBits became another material, electronics became just another material. And we want to make this material accessible to everyone.


So littleBits is open-source. You can go on the website, download all the design files, make them yourself.


We want to encourage a world of creators, of inventors, of contributors, because this world that we live in, this interactive world, is ours. So go ahead and start inventing.


播音主持:王子轩 井雪雯

责任编辑:张婧茹 闫 婷

责任审核:陈 婧