A roundup of our favorite Kickstarter projects currently crowdfunding for your viewing (and spending!) pleasure. Go ahead, free your disposable income.
To non-pet-owners this may seem like a silly application, but this is actually a very clever use of materials. It's got the simplicity of a student design project but the business brilliance of a shrewd marketer. The Ripple Rug is simply two pieces of carpet, one filled with random holes
Yomee is an automated yogurt maker that allows anyone to easily make fresh, healthy yogurt at home. The Device heats up milk, drops in proprietary Yomee yogurt pods and cools yogurt all on it's own. A smartphone app allows you to select the type of yogurt and even tells you when your yogurt is ready.
This looks like a scene from The Lego Movie—if it were rated R for violence. Animator Reto Hochstrasser armed a bunch of Lego figures with pickaxes, machine guns and explosives to give this laptop the business:
As designers, we're supposed to have sharper visual acuity than most of the population. I'm guessing most of you aced the previous two visual tests we posted about, Matthias Wandel's "Eyeballing Game" and the popular "Which color doesn't fit?" test. Well, here's another one, branded an "OCD Test," and
Does United States FDA regulatory approval mean a medical device is safe and effective in low resource settings? The short answer is no. In developing countries, 95% of western medical equipment is broken within 5 years. In fact,only 30% of this donated equipment is ever even turned on. To enable
I dislike wallpaper, but this 1963 film almost makes me like it. It's not the aesthetics that appeal to me but the artistry and craft that go into making the product. Except for reproductions of William Morris designs, I don't suppose much wallpaper is made this way anymore. I particularly
I'm a big fan of the desert and have been to Death Valley a number of times. At the ruins of the Harmony Borax Works, not far from the visitor center at Furnace Creek, are two of the original wagons used to haul borax to a railroad 165 miles away.
On August 21st the U.S. will experience a rare phenomenon, a nationwide solar eclipse. Because this upcoming one can be seen from the east coast all the way to the west, millions of Americans will view it. Obviously you cannot stare directly into the sun, even during an eclipse, without
Vinyl-lovers know and play LPs and 45s, but few have the more obscure, earlier-generation 78 r.p.m. records. A lot of that is down to materials choices; while vinyl is reasonably durable, 78s were made from more brittle shellac and tend to shatter over time. For that reason, The Great 78
Stainless steel, slide off skewers for grilling. No need to use your hands or a fork to slide off your veggies and meat. Wide skewer design also prevents food like shrimp from falling or spinning. Summer's coming to an end, but there's still time left for some great grilling action.
My friend Gary showed up at our book club wearing a pair of Chuck Taylors. Nothing unusual about that except that he's in his 70s and had no idea they were in style. He's been wearing Chucks since the 1950s—just the way they come out of the box. But
[Spoilers ahead.] Last night's surprisingly good mid-season episode of "Game of Thrones" was primarily shot outdoors. Even still, there were dozens of scenes we had to freeze-frame and lighten to get a better look at things. The object that most interested us was Bran's wheelchair. Obviously this is not
Goddard entered into a long term development partnership with American Innovative during their formation of the Tinkineer brand. The Tinkineer team presented us with a well defined concept for a new and innovative STEM education product for young, budding engineers. Building upon the provided concepts and themes, we got right to work developing CAD concepts for a number of modules. These CAD concepts were then prototyped using laser-cut Baltic birch wood.
In 2009, roadtrip-loving Soon Park took his wife and two daughters on one heck of a camping journey: They drove all over America, racking up 58,000 miles over a span of three years. Park found himself dissatisfied with the UX of the conventional camping trailer they were towing, and upon
This Japanese-market Evita Beauty Whip Soap dispenses its product in an unusual way: Of course, you mustn't press the dispenser for too long, or else you get decidedly different results.
As the stereotype goes, women love shopping and men hate it. Thus Shanghai's Global Harbor mega-mall has installed two "husband storage" pods where wives can drop their bored husbands off. The single-occupancy glass pods are kitted out with a chair and a gaming rig loaded up with "retro 1990s games;"
The folks over at Lensball are selling a physical photography accessory that will presumably appeal to the Instagram generation. The eponymous product is simply a sphere made out of scratch-resistant K9 crystal, in two sizes: 60mm ($25) and 80mm ($35). The lensball will of course flip the image upside down,
Steven M. Johnson's "Patent Depending" series of inventions range from social commentary to plain ol' bizarre, and they always give us a laugh. So we've contracted him to let us publish one every week.
The SetPoint device is designed to utilize nerve signaling for the treatment of arthritis. SetPoint Medical hired Pulse to develop a clean ergonomic solution for their implant-stimulating inductive coupling collar. Pulse also worked with the SetPoint team designing the UI for their device management app on the iOS 7 platform.
I've always thought of FoamCore like sheetrock: If you score it you can get it to curve on one axis, but never two. Well, I've just been proven wrong. Here in Part 3 of his FoamCore modelmaking tutorial series, industrial designer Eric Strebel demonstrates his clever technique for creating compound
Laceless sneakers are nothing new, especially for adidas. But besides cleats, it's tough to find a pair designed for high performance. Enter adidas's first laceless UltraBOOST sneakers, announced last week. Designed for runners, the laceless UltraBOOSTs use Primeknit technology to their fullest advantage. Due to its decrease in elasticity, the
As consumer activities are occurring even more frequently on digital platforms, most goods stay in transportation longer than they used to traditionally. "The Journey" is a concept meant to turn the shipping process into a part of the manufacturing stage, which also replaces the traditional physical role of craft men with passive devices.
We native New Yorkers know that the best view of Manhattan is not from the Brooklyn Promenade, which only shows you downtown. The best view is from the Kosciuszko Bridge, which gives you a lengthwise view of the entire skyline. (It's the shot they use in the opening credits of
As per usual, last night's episode of "Game of Thrones" was so visually dark that you couldn't see how much work the set designers put in. An example: Here's another. It's so dark in this scene that you can't even tell there's a guard standing behind Jon Snow and Ser
U.S. healthcare is a divisive topic. We Americans can agree that our system could be a lot better, but we can't agree on how to effect changes. Paradoxically, this will improve the design of overseas hospitals. Not just the way that they operate, but their very design. As for the
Now that computer processors, graphics cards and software have become both powerful and affordable, we can simulate all manner of important scientific scenarios than would have been possible just a few years ago. Many of us have wondered, for instance, whether 1,000 Tyrannosaurus Rexes could beat 100,000 zombies in
A selection of items that will enhance your work experience rather than further clutter your desk space.
Ikea's getting ready to release their 2018 catalog. While it won't be available until August, we got a look at a pre-release version, and went through it to see if anything jumped out at us. We found the new furniture offerings to be standard fare, but there are four new
Umpire George Sosnak was good at his chosen profession but he was better as a folk artist, chronicling the history of the sport by inking highly detailed drawings and text onto baseballs. George Sosnak (courtesy Chrysler Museum of Art)Baseball people knew and valued his art during his lifetime and
Over thousands of years, the building science of timber framing developed independently in both Northern Europe and China. But one big difference between the regions is that China, by virtue of its size and geological traits, is prone to devastating earthquakes. Ancient Chinese builders thus needed a way to create
The Octaspring, a European patented innovation, developed out of the necessity to create a better sleeping surface, is the first and only of its kind, foam spring technologies with the support capabilities of a traditional spring, but made entirely of pressure-relieving foam. Pressure-relieving and open to air flow, each Octaspring features eight reinforcements
Looking for a gift for the tool user who has everything—and I mean everything—how about an Urushi Ratchet Handle? For a mere $2,000-$4,000 you can get one of the handful of these things made each year. Urushi is obtained from the sap of the lacquer tree and is so central
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