This week we bring you our pressing topic of the moment straight from our reader-driven discussion boards! We recently caught wind of Google's plan to deliver their Ara modular phone concept to consumers in 2017, a cellphone with a magnetic modular backboard for different gadgets like speakers, camera lenses, storage
The statement "Hardware is Hard" has become the go-to phrase for companies interested in producing physical tech products. And it's true—compared with the typical product cycles of an app, hardware requires much longer timelines, larger teams and way more up front investment to get something off the ground. Despite these
Say hello to Odini, your loyal guardian and companion. Unlike traditional security cameras which are often static, intrusive objects, Odini is a discreet mobile solution which learns to respect your privacy and space while you are at home but is first, on the scene to monitor and record an event while you are away. When you're out of the house, he detects changes in the environment which he records and communicates to you via your smartphone app, enabling you to remotely monitor any situation.
It's been a while since we've heard anything from Project Ara, Google's modular smartphone concept. We were worried it bit the dust, but Google's ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) group has just released this new teaser video: We like that rather than hitting us over the head with specifications and
Garmin, the world leader in GPS technology, is looking for an experienced Senior Industrial Designer to join our Consumer ID team. You will be part of a multi-disciplinary group of designers developing products for Garmin’s outdoor, fitness, marine, and automotive markets-- products like action cameras, handheld navigation, marine radars, cycling
Jukey joins social media with social life like never before. A jukebox re-envisioned for the 21st century, Jukey brings people together for a shared music listening experience that plays tunes that are sure to be a hit. Put simply, Jukey pools the favorite and most commonly occurring tracks on all devices connected to its network, and DJ’s from the songs that appear most often, guaranteeing a soundtrack that everyone present will love.
The Gramovox design philosophy is to reimagine vintage audio design with modern technology. After a successful Kickstarter campaign for their Bluetooth Gramophone, they sought to showcase the record as both art and a medium to produce analog sound. Gramovox, a fellow member of 1871 in Chicago, sought PDT's help in bringing this high-performance turntable that plays records vertically to fruition and it's now on Kickstarter, funded in less than 3 hours!
As the Core77-Discussion-Boards-savvy among you know, Michael DiTullo isn't just a moderator, but has one of the sweetest industrial design jobs around. As Chief Design Officer for Sound United, DiTullo heads up design projects for S.U. brands Polk Audio, Boom and Definitive Technology. For the latter, DiTullo and team have
The energy-design thinkers at BioLight are aiming in a bright new direction: lighting! The company first crossed our radar with their innovative biofuel stove designed to reduce harmful emissions and produce electricity at the same time. Since then they've continued to refine their multi-purpose products for use indoors and out.
Gest is a groundbreaking wireless input device that can be used to control just about anything, from replacing the keyboard to flying drones. When Pushstart was approached by the team at Apotact Labs, the technology was embedded in a glove much like its less-impressive predecessors found in the gaming space.
We once relied on bartenders to listen to our woes as they silently polished glassware. Nowadays we air our woes on social media via smartphone, running our batteries down, and the bartender's role is to take our phones and charge them behind the bar, where you'll see them stacked four
LABA is a innovative bluetooth speaker designed alongside its horn inserts collection. As sound travels through the medium projected from its source, the acoustics can be manipulated with a change of its medium textures/surfaces, resulting in the altered reception of the sound by the user. Taking inspiration from traditional gramophones,
Once upon a time American teenagers pushed lawnmowers all summer, slowly amassing a bundle of singles that they'd use to buy themselves a coveted item. It's been a long time since we've heard of any kid doing this anymore, which makes Alex Jason's story all the more surprising. Maine-based Jason,
Candidates will be the owners and creators of physical design and must embrace the Bose brand to make it relevant. Exceptional sketching and rapid visualization skills in the analog and digital world a must. 3D solid/surface modeling skills and an eye for rendering “photogenic photorealism” from CAD data is required.
Welcome to the second edition of the Drafting Table Quarterback. In this series, we tear down a product and analyze it from an Industrial Design perspective. In this edition, by popular demand, we are tearing open the new Beats Pill Plus. I know this is a teardown article but
You sit on a chair in a kitchen. In front of you on the table is a black, glossy cube. The cube is about the size of your hand and vividly reflects its environment. Sharp edges meet at sharp corners. There are no visible means of manufacture, no split lines,
Candidates will work on show display and lighting project layouts, designing graphic and structural elements for trade show exhibits and product installations for interior architectural projects. Candidate will work from concept to completion, so they must be skilled in AutoCAD, SketchUp, and Revit. 2+ years experience and college courses required.
Drones are being deployed for a wide range of recreational, professional, military, and illicit tasks, e.g., to prevent shark attacks on the Australian coastline, replace the classic paparazzi car chase, smuggle illegal drugs over the US border, and deliver contraband to prison yards.
This is exactly the kind of unsung, unseen product design that I get excited about. The engineering eggheads at Schulte Electrotechnik have taken the design of a standard plug—whose traditional form factor hasn't changed in decades—and made it soooper flat, meaning you can literally put a piece of furniture right
One of the coolest parts of living in a VR-ready era is watching the emergence of other surprising tech that will make immersive experiences way more believable. The new smart headphone company OSSIC X has thrown its weight behind one of the most recent and exciting frontiers: three-dimensional audio.
CAD sculptors create high quality digital 3D surface models used in the industrial design and product development process. Responsibilities will include interpreting and defining the design intent of the industrial designer using Alias software. Candidates should have a BS or BA in Industrial Design or Transportation Design or related field.
Opto is the first portable headset with integrated audio. Opto does things a bit differently than the other headsets on the market: - It comes with integrated audio and there is no need for additional headphones, giving the viewer a more immersive VR experience. - Designed as a wearable rather
Remember that pop-out power outlet from earlier this year? That was a wall outlet, but at Holz-Handwerk we saw a bunch of nifty designs for hideaway sockets that are designed to be integrated into furniture itself. Ziegelmueller Beschlagtechnik is a German purveyor of furniture fittings and had a bunch of
Your American correspondent noticed something astonishing in Nuremberg. Each night after Holz-Handwerk I'd repair to a local café or restaurant, all of which were crowded at that hour. Among all of the patrons, not a single one was staring into their phone or photographing their food. They were all actually
As I draft this article, I'm sitting at my desk with the sun beating down on me from a nearby window. It's hot. I am uncomfortable. Sure, I could get up, walk over to the window and close the blinds — but shouldn't they just do that for me? Automagically?
Candidates are expected to collaborate, conceptualize, and implement all needed criteria to transform and interpret complex design sketches, tapes and plans into virtual/computer 3D models, using 3D digital/computer modeling packages (Alias, Solidworks, CREO). Must have 5-7 years experience and Bachelor of Fine Arts or Vocational/Specialized Training in Digital Design Sculpting.
Otto Dieffenbach has built an RC flying goth and it's awesome. Dieffenbach (of flying Tardis and giant creepy floating eyeball fame) designed the 4.5 lb. craft to look like Bjørn Alexander Brem, the singer of Gothminister. White face paint, black suit, stiff yet undead pose…plus it flies. Understandably, the result
Are headphones a "solved" design problem? I think that they are—at least for the first 30 minutes of use. I own what I consider to be the best, most comfortable headphones I can afford, one "can" style, the other earbuds. But when I use either for more than a half
This is one of the smartest product modifications we've seen in a while. You know how your shiny white Apple charging brick sticks straight out of the wall when it's plugged in? Basically waiting for you to brush past it and bend the prongs? Ten One Design's brilliant Blockhead simply
My desktop right now has six cables: power cords for my laptop, monitor, printer and scanner, and cables to attach the scanner and the monitor to the computer. (My new printer, thank goodness, is wireless—eliminating one cable.) And then there are the cords for my smartphone and tablet, which need
This position separates the great from the good, requiring a rare mix of spectacular smarts, creative problem-solving, first-rate communication skills, healthy work ethic and a strong desire to have fun. Candidates should have real-world CAD surfacing and modeling skills, rock star sketching abilities, and ninja-level Photoshop and Illustrator skills.
Ideal candidates have an outstanding portfolio and deep experience in envisioning, framing & conceiving disruptive new product experiences (HW / SW / Services). They should be a thought leader and conceptual thinker with a finger on the pulse of people, culture & trends and the ability to create amazing objects.
Banano is a portable speaker designed with the form of a banana as inspiration. I tried to provide unique and fun user experience by emulating the familiar act of peeling a banana within this product in order to stimulate consumers' senses.
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