When stuck in traffic jams, every commuter must dream of being able to simply fly over the whole mess and get home. But flying cars are a long way off. Google co-founder Larry Page isn't waiting around for personal flying vehicles to be developed. Instead Page founded Kitty Hawk, a
Last year a British retailer was selling a DJI Phantom 4 (photo below) with an umbrella attachment. The device was said to "automatically [follow] you via your smartphone's GPS." It's no longer offered on their website. Now a Japanese company, Asahi Power services, is trying their hand at a drone-brella
For innovative automotive manufacturers, VR offers the perfect mix of total immersion and unparalleled customizability that only real-time technology can deliver. The exciting new potential it unlocks is spurring major automotive brands to adopt a fresh approach to how they engage customers through designing immersive real-time experiences.
Scroll through the hundreds of icons for "camera" on Noun Project or the 124,706 community-generated drawings of cameras on Google Quick Draw, and you'll notice they're all remarkably similar. Together, they suggest a shared cultural understanding of a camera: a classic point-and-shoot. But the cameras we encounter
Using outside-of-the-box thinking, Ford has prototyped a "display" for the blind using a material we don't typically think of as useful to the sightless: Glass. By partnering with Aedo, an Italian research firm that uses digital technology to create interfaces for the blind, they've developed a device that can vibrate
Two disturbing technological developments revealed this week. One, Boston Dynamics has taught their Atlas robot to both run (okay, jog) and jump over obstacles: Two, Google has taught their "Duplex" A.I. assistant to do the "Ums," "mm-hmms" and up-speak to make her sound like an actual human being: Why in
Let the below image sink in for a moment: Yes, what you're looking at is a miniature treadmill inside of a sneaker, and yes, this is a real patent that Nike recently filed. Looks like when a bunch of employees left Nike because of that sexual harassment scandal all of
Last year I was disappointed to learn of in-bathroom advertising: Thankfully I've not seen these at a restaurant near me, but that doesn't mean this particular industry is stalling. From the Netherlands comes this product called Mr. Friendly, a urinal with a built-in monitor for running ads on. I can't
Epic Games is in the process of rolling out an exciting new design visualization tool based on their popular game engine Unreal 4. Currently in open beta, Unreal Studio is intended to bring real time rendering to design visualization and provide industrial designers and architects tools to create fast, stunningly
At its core, Emoji is a supplement language designed to accompany our own languages to give the appearance of human emotion during digital conversations. Weird, right? When MoMA announced that they had acquired the original set of emojis from Japan, people were confused for understandable reasons. Its often difficult for
One of the hurdles that virtual reality designers face, in trying to bring their Ready Player One immersive worlds to fruition, isn't virtual; it's physical. It's to do with the fact that VR headsets currently require a physical tether, and that the wearer cannot stray far from that tether. Even
Playing Tetris is a reliable way of blowing off steam for many, with a side benefit being that the music may irritate your roommate. But if your roommate has become inured to the song, you can ratchet up the sonic presence of your game-playing by constructing a Tetris machine using
When Season 2 of "Westworld" premieres in a few weeks, I wouldn't be surprised to see that the androids were created by a future version of Festo. Festo, a German robotics company whose power-tool spin-off Festool is well-known amongst many of you, specializes in biomimetic robotic technology. Whereas Boston
Access+Ability is an exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum on view now through Sept. 3, 2018. It features products, projects and services developed by and with people with disabilities—physical, cognitive and sensory—in an effort to improve their ability to lead independent lives and engage with the world.
(Warning: Some of you may consider this footage a bit graphic.) The Tempe Police Vehicular Crimes Unit is investigating the self-driving Uber that struck a woman who later died from her injuries. Many of us following the autonomous space were very curious as to how it happened, but could only
Now that an autonomous car has killed a pedestrian, interested parties are waiting to see what the legal ramifications will be. In the meantime, skittish lawmakers may start looking at safer alternatives to autonomous cars. One such system is by a company called Arrivo, and they're scheduled to complete construction
Yesterday's news that an autonomous Uber killed a woman in Arizona has dealt a blow to the companies banking on autonomous cars. Details of the accident have yet to emerge, but Uber has pulled the plug on their North American testing for now, and the litigation that's sure to follow
Late last night in Tempe, Arizona, where Uber is running a trial of autonomous cars, one of their self-driving SUVs struck a woman who was crossing the street (apparently outside of the crosswalk, according to a police report quoted by Reuters). The victim, 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg, apparently did not die
In the last entry we looked at the Talon gesture control ring, whose public reception will, we feel, be hamstrung by poor presentation. In contrast we think another smart ring we saw at the World's Fair Nano in San Francisco, called the Motiv Ring, is going to do well for
We are looking for an ambitiously driven Industrial Designer to join our dynamic founding team working to solve city transportation challenges by way of creating and delivering Britain’s first eVTOL (Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing) aircraft. Founded by leading serial entrepreneur who has set the task of building a world-class
At SXSW Angel Giuffria, one of America's better-known cyborgs, encountered a lot of people that wanted her to demo her robotic arm. As a de facto spokeswoman for the prosthetic community, she gamely agreed, with the result being that her batteries wore down faster than normal. She then Tweeted this:
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In anticipation of the era when flexible display technology becomes viable, the UK-based digital art/design collective known as Universal Everything has envisioned a series of different display types. They've got one supercut that shows all 27 concepts which I'll place down at the bottom; I found the majority of them
Smartphone manufacturer Vivo has unveiled the Apex, a functioning concept smartphone that introduces some new features to the category. Check out the demo video first, then we'll get into it: The BezelSmartphone manufacturers all seem to be racing towards a bezel-less screen. (Confused about the difference between bevels and bezels?
Years ago I had this crazy idea: A sculptor is given a block of stone to work on in his studio. Somewhere on another continent, an identical block of stone is placed in some (probably rich) person's house. The sculptor starts shaping the stone on his/her own schedule, a few
So that SpotMini robot we showed you that can open doors? Boston Dynamics is now at the testing phase where they send a guy to harass it with a hockey stick and a strap, apparently hoping to rattle the thing into quitting: For chrissakes, why can't they teach these things
Years ago I was walking through my neighborhood (New York's Little Italy) and stopped to wait for the light to change on the corner of Grand and Mulberry. Suddenly I heard a voice coming from above: "Hey mister! Mister! Hey mister!" I looked up to see a middle-aged Italian woman
I'm curious about the design of the Olympic Village's facilities in Pyeongchang. Still working on it but just came across this footage of the robots wandering around there and had to share: I love that it looks like a rice cooker; I expect the top to pop open and
There's a line in the first Thor movie where the titular character suggests that what humans call "magic," Asgardians call "science." The notion being that both are unseen forces, and bridging the two requires advancing and applying knowledge. We have a lot of technology today that would have seemed like
I feel that every Boston Dynamics robot demonstration prompts the same sequence of reactions in the viewer: 1. Hey, look at this thing! 2. It's kinda nifty, even cute. 3. WHOA.4. That was supremely creepy. The video has also demonstrated that the SpotMini robot has better manners than most New Yorkers.
"I enter the subway. It's crowded as usual around this time, but I manage to find a vacant seat next to a Talker—a man carrying on a conversation on his phone in public space. Only grandpas do that these days. I take out my ThoughtReader. I just got a new
In today’s world with its many distractions, multiple information channels and new technologies, there is a strong need for simplification. We are in need of solutions that suit our dynamic lifestyle while helping to make our lives easier. Eclipse and Mygo are two smart and beautiful bracelets, each crafted to support and guide users with their tailored aesthetics and refined interaction while going about their daily activities.
Different iterations of the companion robot—which we like to define as a robot designed to carry out targeted tasks while attempting empathy and interaction—were seen in just about every section of CES. We were hoping cute robots looking up at us would evoke joy, but instead they left us with
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