A DIY Gift Without the Hard Work: The Radiolaria Jewelry App
This is what happens when math geniuses build a biomimetic computer program: awesome jewelry design. Nervous System, founded by MIT grads, sells their own jewelry (and lamps, and some other household products), but they've also designed apps allowing customers on their site to create their own patterns and have them produced.
Nervous Systems' Radiolaria app lets users play with a web of connected cells, inspired by the biology of plants, coral, and sand dunes. Rather than designing a shape directly, you manipulate a system that transforms itself. A hexagonal mesh can be pulled, twisted, and subdivided to create new forms. Once you're happy with your design, you can turn it into necklaces, bracelets, rings, or decorations, made from steel, bamboo, or felt.
The designs are all manufactured responsibly, as Nervous System explains on their site:
Our products are designed to be affordably and ethically made. We use manufacturing methods that do not require large facilities or massive manual labor. Often we employ rapid prototyping methods by which all unique pieces can be manufactured at the same cost as cookie cutter ones. We use inexpensive materials and believe that the value of our designs comes from an intelligent and beautiful marriage of form and function, not the current price of currency standards.
Watch the video below to see Radiolaria in action, or try it yourself.'>