Scientists and designers work on RCA show

Designers from the Royal College of Art in London have collaborated with leading scientists to develop work for a new exhibition at the RCA, which opens today.

The Impact! exhibition features 16 projects that explore how existing cutting-edge research and technology will influence the way society operates in the future.

The imagined products include a camera operating in the fifth dimension (pictured), which would allow users to capture parallel universes using quantum physics, and a communicating network of 150m-long rubber snakes that generate energy from the sun, wind and waves while monitoring the aquatic environment.

The exhibition is the first collaboration between the RCA, the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, which is the UK’s main funding agency for science and engineering.

Nesta chief executive Jonathan Kestenbaum says, ‘Product development in the 21st century will be dominated by blending science and design. We only need to look at the Apple iPod or Dyson vacuum cleaners to see how powerful the results can be.’

Impact! runs until 21 March at the RCA, Kensington Gore, London SW7.

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