We've been waiting for this international giant robot fight since 2015, and this month it finally happened. To refresh your memory, American robotics firm MegaBots challenged Japan's Suidobashi Heavy Industries to a mecha-vs.-mecha fight, the challenge was accepted, and trash-talking ensued. To be honest, I was a little worried that
Remember how Dubai's police department uses a fleet of supercars as their cruisers? Now the flashy force has added another head-turning vehicle: A Scorpion 3 hoverbike built by Russian company Hoversurf. According to Autoblog, …The police force aims to deploy its latest toy as a first-responder vehicle in
Modernist Studio focuses on strategy and design work for big brands. In working with these companies, we've seen a theme around "owning the consumer." Each company is fighting to become front and center in people's lives, with a particular focus on the home. Big companies speak about locking in customers
The robotics buzz may be endless, but it’s rare to see cutting-edge technologies come to market in a meaningful way. While startup bots_alive is driven by robotics, artificial intelligence, computer vision, and augmented reality, the simplicity and fun of the product is what makes the biggest impression. Many robotics products try to teach children to code, but bots_alive strives to inspire them.
Having the opportunity to design a smartphone that will go straight to market in under two years sounds like a daydream you'd have during an endless design school critique. For 27-year-old Linda Jiang, it's just reality. As the Lead Industrial Designer at Essential Products, Jiang has been hard at
The thing that dictates the precise size of every laptop is the screen. Pixels are relayed to us through a static piece of glass, and we carry this rectangle around with us. But I had a thought after seeing the following on Instagram: What if the screen wasn't a rectangle
Imagine if you could get through airport security without having to stop and wait at a counter or metal detector. Well, officials in Dubai reckon they've got a technological solution that would allow you to keep walking, as you're being scanned. According to The National, they've come up with a
All of us are recorded on surveillance cameras dozens of times per day. And soon many of us will be unlocking new iPhones with our faces. As facial recognition technology continues to improve, there is a danger that it can be combined with the ample existing footage of us to
Google just announced their new Google Pixel Buds, which are way more exciting than they appear. About halfway through Google's product presentation, it was revealed that the buds are live-translating, meaning they allow seamless face-to-face communication between people that speak different languages. The presentation is the only demonstration out at
Over two years ago, Google's Advanced Technology And Projects group began developing Project Jacquard, an effort to transmit the idea of futuristic wearables from tech to the textile world. Head of the Jacquard project Ivan Poupyrev (who spoke at our 2015 Designing Here Now conference about it) along with his
Perhaps UPS should be pronounced phoenetically? Because that's which way their packages will be going. The delivery company has successfully completed a test with a specially-designed UPS truck whose roof slides open to reveal an autonomous octocopter drone. The driver loads a package into a cage beneath the drone, the
Engineer Nigel Gifford, who has completed over 1,000 parachute jumps, had a job you've probably never heard of: As a Captain in the British Army Catering Corps, his job was to feed soldiers in hostile environments. Given his specialty, after retirement he was approached by the British military and asked
Early last year, we came across a video that broke down generally which types of jobs would be in danger with the adoption of automation in the workforce, and it basically told us that all repetitive blue collar jobs were at risk. Yesterday, the Telegraph released a comprehensive list of
Delivering crucial supplies to people on the ground is a logistics problem faced by both military and humanitarian organizations. One way to do it is via air drops, and we showed you some awesome footage of that here. But "The biggest problem we have with dropping relief supplies is, they
Responding to a governor-to-governor call, New York's Governor Cuomo traveled to Puerto Rico last week to offer assistance to Puerto Rico's Governor Rossello. Cuomo brought with him ten engineers, planners, technical supervisors and translators from the New York Power Authority. He also brought, from the New York Department of Environmental
Arc Hub solves the number one issue that comes with buying a USB-C laptop – ports. Enclosed in a beautiful aluminum shell, Arc Hub’s seven ports have everything you need for your laptop. Powerful enough to connect all your devices, yet small enough to take anywhere you go.
Those of us who have seen the Tinder Meat Robot video from a couple year's past know that it is nothing short of sweet, satirical gold: A robot created by artist Marcelo Gómez Moreira in 2015, this revolting allegory spoke to our worst behaviors exacerbated by technology. It's visceral.
Driven by insightful market and user observations, nolii delivers a versatile system of products that work alone or together to enable users to stay connected effortlessly – from charging your laptop on-the-go, and transferring files quickly and efficiently, to minimizing clutter with intelligent, multi-functional products. From chaotic cords and broken cables to limited charging solutions, our lives are too often interrupted by everyday tech challenges. We believe technology should improve your
Camera manufacturer Leica was formed nearly a hundred years ago, but their factory looks like it was built 100 years in the future. They've released a video inside their Wetzlar factory that was supposed to draw attention to their cameras, but instead we were stunned by the gleaming, pristine environment
Anyone familiar with the woes of freelancing knows that hourly time tracking can be a genuine hassle. While it's true that many common software programs for personal accounting are trying to tackle this with digital solutions, it can still at times feel difficult to accurately track your time on the
For decades we've seen the military develop expensive technology—radar, GPS, microwaves—that trickled down to the consumer sector and became affordable. Now the consumer sector is apparently returning the favor. The U.S. Navy's Virginia-class submarines are $2.7 billion nuclear-powered fast attack vessels bristling with the latest technology. Old-school periscopes have been
I'm a little surprised that this story isn't getting more press. We've learned that not only can ultrasound be used to hack smartphones, but apparently it may have been weaponized and used in a series of attacks that authorities are at a loss to explain. As the Associated Press reports,
A Collection of Channels is a series highlighting channels we're paying attention to on Are.na. Interface focuses on channels related to the place at which independent and often unrelated systems meet and act on or communicate with each other.
A research team from Princeton University, and a separate research team at China's Zhejiang University, have both come to the same unnerving conclusion: It's possible to hack into voice-assistant-equipped devices, like a smartphone, a digital home assistant and even a car, by using ultrasonic commands that the human ear can't
The Vectra WB360 is the world’s first 3D whole-body imaging solution. Designed for medical use, this innovative system images nearly the entire skin surface in macro-quality resolution with a single capture. After years in development, Canfield Scientific and HS Design collaborated to bring the concept to life in a form that is open, user friendly, and aligns with Canfield’s award winning brand identity. Using a combination of augmented reality and 3D CAD, the team created a system to house the
Tomorrow Apple will announce the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, the expected and incremental improvements over the previous models. But according to leak-based rumors they'll also be unveiling the iPhone X, a $1,000 model with features deemed premium. What It IsInterestingly, the X will be positioned between the 8 and
It looks like Yves Béhar has moved on from the Juicero catastrophe and is now working with gaming technology startup Wonder to design a smartphone specifically for gamers. The company and designer announced via Twitter and Wired that they are on a mission to tackle the challenge of designing a
Let's think about dating for a moment. Not just hooking up, I mean actual dating—specifically, the first date. You meet someone, there's an apparent mutual attraction, so the two of you agree to go someplace and do something together. Whatever event you agree on is just a pretext for the
As a strong indication of the powers of journalism and the sometimes superfluous nature of the Internet of Things, Juicero has officially shut its doors. Last Friday, the company announced that they would be shutting down production of their $400 juicing machines and offering full refunds to customers within the
Gone are the days of flipping through physical photo albums with your family, reminiscing on vacations, weddings and other shared experiences while leaning over a massive book. Now in the digital age, many of us have thousands of photos stored on our phones, many of which we take and never
Ford and Domino's have collaborated on the Self-Driving Delivery Vehicle, an autonomous hybrid Fusion that will deliver pizzas to customers in a trial in Ann Arbor in the next few weeks. What's different about this, compared to other autonomous vehicle trials, is that the tests are meant to see how
I'm a long time Industrial Designer, the current Graduate Director of the MID Graduate program in RISD's Industrial Design department, and a Faculty in Residence at the Autodesk Build Space in Boston. As a resident, I proposed to expand on Autodesk's work of creating collaborative cloud-based software environments for creating,
If our eyes are the windows to the soul, are the ears opaque and impassive? Or is it possible those flexible pieces of cartilage could also take an active role in communicating our thoughts and feelings? Can they also express opinions? PHUB OFF! by Hollie Chan explores "phubbing", the social
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