TiVo has unveiled their new Bolt set-top box, and every article written about it cannot help but mention the physical design. That's because it looks like this: While the odd shape is arguably functional--the cooling vents are located beneath the apex of the arch--I can't help but feel the form
The numbers are in, and Apple has sold a record breaking amount of the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus models over the launch weekend. Thirteen million folks queued up or pre-ordered, and now at least as many Apple haters will start listing reasons why you shouldn't buy one. Remember
Like any other home-audio company, Sonos designs and engineers its products to sound their best in an ideal listening environment—and then releases those products into a world in which few of us achieve anything close to ideal listening conditions at home, whether due to laziness or ignorance or just having
Of the UI design challenges of smartphones, the swiping of photos seems pretty much solved, but the typing interface is still wanting. That's why Blackberry is not only still around, but is planning to launch the Priv, with a slider interface and physical keyboard: Blackberry's forthcoming PrivOn the touchscreen keyboard
I'll never forget a design professor telling us students about the dematerialization of objects. Technology, he said, would enable certain objects to get smaller and others to virtually disappear. Our job as industrial designers was to go along with that, and to focus on the user's experience. Which is why
In just a few short years, IFA Berlin (Internationale Funkausstellung) has created a name for itself as the go-to international launchpad for Q4 product offering announcements from the biggest names in tech. IFA has recently been gaining speed on it's American counterpart CES in Las Vegas, growing steadily in scale
Apple announced several new products at their media event yesterday. We'll start with the ones of most interest to the general consumer, the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, which are pushing the UI boundaries with some new tricks. As we've all grown used to swiping and tapping, we seem
Flexible, roll-up keyboards made from silicone, like these two, actually can't be rolled up that tightly, making them awkward in their stored form. On top of that, they provide the spongy feedback that no pro typist desires. In contrast, LG's just-announced Rolly Keyboard seems a much more intelligent design. They've
I've often lamented that the iPhone is a beautifully-crafted object that we must hide inside a protective case. But Structures Engineer Nathan Cobb refuses to cover his up, presumably because he appreciates structures. So how does he manage to keep a grip on his slippery phone? Well, like this:
I'm a guy who grew up without sisters, so I was surprised when I started seeing what was going on inside of all-female-occupied apartments in my 20s. In Brooklyn and Manhattan at least, where space is tight, the bathrooms were often transformed into chaotically-crowded underwear drying stations; and I came
Internet hoaxes abound, but I like to think my BS meter is correctly calibrated. So what's worse than when the needle goes into the red, but the gotta-be-a-gag product you're presented with appears to be real? Unless Jimmy Kimmel is behind this, it appears an upstart watch company called Nico
In 2007 Apple came out with the iPhone, the indispensable and fragile piece of glass that we end users are constantly buying protective cases for. The previous year, computer hardware company LaCie also came out with an iconic, handheld rectangular product, but this one had physical protection baked right into
Proving that they're not always chasing Apple, Samsung has released a unique monitor with a wireless charging feature. Smartphones equipped with the Qi wireless charging standard can be placed onto the center of their SE370 monitor's base, and the juice will flow, absent cables. I love the idea, and I'm
As a professional organizer, I get asked for storage suggestions all the time. And one of the most frequent requests is how to "store" the TV—how to hide a huge flat-screen TV so it doesn't dominate the room when not in use. One way to do this is to
Do you want to know how to raise more than $500,000 in product funding in a single day? Design something that involves ice, and start the crowdfunding campaign during the hottest days of summer. As the temperature in NYC creeps into the triple digits this afternoon, all I can freaking
One of the perks of a owning smartwatch is that you can quickly change the entire digital face. Now the L.A.-based Covair Watch Company is betting that consumers will want to do that with analog watches as well. Hence they've designed a watch base that will accept multiple faces that
Sonos recently released a new limited edition offering of their flagship PLAY:1 wireless speaker—the Tone is a monochromatic matte black or white speaker in a soft touch finish. To celebrate the release of the newest member of Sonos' suite of products, Core77 spoke to the Tad Toulis, Vice President of
The most famous movie scene demonstrating a user-interface design has gotta be from This is Spinal Tap. Christopher Guest shows his Marshall amplifier off to Rob Reiner, pointing out that while other amps have volume knobs with tick-marks from 1 to 10, the volume knob on this one goes "up
You have a beautifully-designed phone/camera/gadget/etc., and a beautifully-designed computer to plug it into for charging. But every time you grab the cable, you first have to spend a second squinting at it to figure out which side is up—on both ends. You have a fifty-fifty chance of getting it wrong
The compromise of mobile computing is that you've got less screen real estate than you'd have on a desktop. But the trio of Belgian entrepreneurs behind the Slidenjoy have come up with a way to let you have your laptop cake and eat it, too. Their product is a pair
As countless hardware startups and design firms can tell you - there is a huge difference between designing a product ...and building a product. The general consensus when you move into the manufacturing
It seems that every new evolution of our devices these days (or indeed every addition of another strap on screen) demands yet more of our precious attention than its predecessor. There's an absurdity to the modern connected life we've built for ourselves when an email newsletter from [insert boring
For those who have trouble waking up in the morning and don't necessarily want to chase a mobile alarm clock around their bedroom for the first 15 minutes of the day, there's a new solution in the works. Hyperalarm is a smart alarm clock intended to relieve the plight of
When is the last time you drank the recommended 8 glasses of water a day? Did you remember to exercise today? Habit formation—or rather the difficulty of habit formation is an issue to which most humans can relate. In this amazing world we live in, it seems as though
I'm not particularly in love with technology—I think technology is an amazing tool that can do amazing things—but being a bit naive about how it all works actually helps me to keep more of an expectation of the end user.
When we interviewed Scott Croyle back in 2014 at the launch of the HTC One (M8) in London, fanboys said 'best just got better,' critics said 'unexciting minor design evolution.' The then SVP for Industrial Design gave us little more than a month after publishing our report before announcing his
When someone's asking for 35 grand on Kickstarter but clocks half a million dollars less than a week after launching, they have our attention. Electrician-turned-entrepreneur Jeremy Smith has clearly identified a need that people have—charging items via USB—and figured out how to make it both easy and convenient for them.
Industrial designer and UX specialist Corey Stone makes an excellent point: The QWERTY keyboard was designed in 1873 for typewriters, so it is absurd that we have grafted them onto smartphones. And since we're typing with our thumbs now, any time savings gained by the QWERTY layout (meant for ten-finger
It's not often that we get to see a new form factor evolve before our eyes, but with the impending release of the Apple Watch, it's happening. We're not talking about the watch itself; design intricacies aside, its overall form factor is the same as for all wristwatches. We're talking
“What if we could make a projector that you could screw into a light socket?” That was the question posed during one of Oak & Morrow’s brainstorming sessions back in March 2014. Now, exactly one year later, the Netherlands-based design studio is funding the device, called Beam, on Kickstarter—and as
Billing their product as the "world's first and only mechanical smart watch hybrid," Kairos Watches has set the expectations bar high. Especially considering their watches haven't launched; they're taking pre-orders, but still working out the tech.
Many people are happy to use their smartphones as their alarm clocks, but that won't work for everyone. Some users don't have smartphones—or are minimally tech-proficient and only know how to use them for limited purposes. Others choose to follow the advice of sleep researchers and feng shui consultants and keep all screens out of the bedroom. And others simply find a physical alarm clock easier to deal with when waking up than a smartphone.
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