Kaiten or rotating/conveyor belt sushi restaurants were invented in Japan in the 1950s. More recently, a Japanese entrepreneur has put the concept on steroids, rolling out a chain of highly automated--and profitable--restaurants that go way beyond a mere conveyor belt. At brances of the Muten Kurazushi Sushi Restaurant, which has
GoPro's variety of harnesses let you mount their cameras to your head, chest or even your dog. But a new company has developed a flying camera that you needn't wear at all. You simply throw the Lily, as it's called, into the air, where it takes flight and follows you
Marjan van Aubel began her love affair with energy-harvesting technologies while studying product design at London's Royal College of Art in 2012. During her studies, the Dutch designer created a collection of solar glassware that collects energy and stores it in a cabinet, as well as a table made up
There are two benefits to ordering something heavy, like a washing machine, on Amazon. The first is that you don't have to drive to Home Depot and hump it in and out of your hatchback. The second is that you allow your local deliveryperson to maintain his deltoids, saving him
The majority of professional design software today allows designers to automate specific actions, which are manually scripted to generate a specific and predictable output. This type of automation optimizes the speed of performing routine tasks, but does little else. The future of automation for the professional designer will instead open
Last year Edinburgh University got a new pool. But it wasn't for the co-eds to take dips in; the circular 30-meter tank is ringed with 168 controllable paddles, enabling the precise creation of waves, choppy sea patterns, and even waterspouts. Check out the craziness: The tank calls the FloWave Ocean
Image Credit: Nadya Peek / CC 2.0 via PopSci Some folks hide drunkenness well, giving no indication that you ought take their car keys. A breathalyzer would give them away—if one were handy at all times and you could easily get them into people's mouths. But now two physics professors
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
What are the odds a new product will still be around in two years' time? If you ask the Product Design & Marketing Association, they're not good: between 25 and 45 percent of consumer goods in its survey eventually fail in the market. The U.S. Department of Commerce is even
"Face hacking" might not have an artistic ring to it, but it looks stunning in execution. A collaboration between a multimedia artist, a makeup artist and a digital image engineer—Nobumichi Asai, Horoto Kuwahara and Paul Lacroix, respectively—has yielded Project Omote, which combines face-tracking technology with projection mapping to change people's
With the IKEA temporary show that included a concept kitchen, Milan was abuzz discussing the future of flat pack shipping and embedded technology. IKEA's charging-hub furniture became available to buy for the first time and their own Björn Block spoke at frog Milan about the future of their stores
A UK-based company called Moley Robotics is showing off this fairly terrifying "robot chef" they've developed. The good news is that the robot can't chase you around the house when it eventually goes rogue; the bad news is that its humanoid arms probably pack more of a punch than yours
Are we being watched? Well this year in the Ventura Lambrate District of Milan - we actually are. This detour into technology-derived anxiety is the result of the exhibition of Koncern, a Prague-based studio founded by the design pair Jirí Pribyl and Martin Imrich. In their show aptly titled "Embracing
Frog opened the doors to their Milan studio last night to celebrate ten years of Milan Design Week. The "Future Fact or Fiction" panel discussion—and later party—featured Björn Block (Lighting Range Manager at IKEA), Simone Tognetti (Co-founder of Empatica) and Gianluca Brugnoli (Executive Creative Director, frog) speculating about a number
According to the American Diabetes Association in 2012, more than 29 million Americans were living with diabetes. Of that group, 1.25 million were living with type 1 diabetes, a number that is made up primarily of children and young adults. For those of you unfamiliar with the disease, type 1
The branding and retail design studio Dalziel + Pow sparked some interest at London's Retail Design Expo last month with a remarkable interactive display created with conductive ink. Attendees were invited to touch any of the numerous illustrations covering the booth walls—doing so completed a circuit and triggered a variety
Guest post by Richard Green of Plan It's been over half a century since GM began offering visions of a driverless car. From their experiments in radio-controlled highways to the atomic chic of the Firebird IV concept car, GM's Futurama exhibit at the 1964 World's Fair imagined autonomous travel that
2015 is the year of the future. 2015 marks Core77's 20 year anniversary as the leading online industrial design resource. And, as Marty McFly discovered in Back to the Future, the technology (and a tricked out DeLorean) in 2015 has the potential to shape the way we think about our
Last Friday, we wrapped up our ten-part Tech Specs interview series, in which we talked to designers from a variety of sectors about their computer setups, most-used software, favorite apps, biggest tech gripes and related issues. Obviously, this is too small of a sample size to extrapolate any broad generalizations
“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
Spencer Nugent is founder of IDSKETCHING.com and Sketch-A-Day.com, online networks dedicated to providing free, high quality design sketching tutorials and sketching inspiration. His experience includes working at General Motors, Astro Studios, heading up his own design consultancy, Studio Tminus where he worked with several clients primarily in the consumer electronics and apparel industries. Most recently, Spencer has been involved in managing design for Spacemonkey, a cloud storage company wi
Today’s designers have copious options for sketching beyond the traditional tools of sketchbook and pencil. The layers of bionics that augment the design process and the depth of technology available to the average creative professional are astonishing. However, despite access to such N'th degree of computing, that fundamental classic transaction
Craighton Berman is the founder and creative director of Manual, a design brand that makes designed objects for food; he is an adjunct professor at University of Illinois at Chicago currently teaching "Entrepreneurial Product Development"; he has design work in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago; he
As Chief Design Officer of Sound United, Michael DiTullo is a passionate advocate as well as experienced practitioner of design. In addition to his work at Sound United he frequently consults for the epic artisans car maker, Icon. DiTullo holds a BFA in Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design and also studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art. His work has garnered international awards and has been featured in many media outlets and publications.
Rachael Stefanussen is Lead Insights Designer for Astro Studios in San Francisco. She pursued her career as an industrial designer due to her love of problem solving and creating. After graduating Valedictorian of University of Cincinnati's School of Design, Rachael moved out west to work with Astro Studios.
The designer, educator and wearables expert on being an enthusiastic early adopter, always searching for the hack, and why industrial designers are fearless people.
Material ConneXion boasts the world’s biggest library of materials and publishes reports on their monthly findings. To get a cutting edge material-hound’s view of where connected tech is heading, we spoke with Dr. Andrew Dent, Material ConneXion’s Vice President and materials researcher.
In our time of powerful computing, high demand programs and mobile offices, (and in light of certain recent unveilings,) another evergreen forum topic caught our interest: the Jack-Of-All-Trades device. Designers tend to wear many hats, but whether we're talking about a tablet, computer, phone or hoverboard, many of us aren't
The way that a machine can "free" you is by doing both boring and exciting things. When you set up a machine to handle dull, repetitive tasks, or tasks of such sophistication that they require an undue amount of your attention, now you can turn your mind to what humans
Today, the concept of mobility is being challenged as alternative fuel sources, computerized cars and self-driving technology become reality. These changes are ushering in a return to the early days of the auto industry, where automotive designers are working in tandem with engineering to play a key role in the development process. At this year’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), lead designers provide insight into how designers are in a unique position to steer the auto industry i
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