There are enough quirky "found thing" necklaces out there for this one to pass as nothing more than a piece of jewelry ironically moonlighting as a camera—which is exactly what Brooklyn-based designer Olivia Barr wants you to think. In reality, it's a real-live piece of tech that's perfect for the hipster Harriet the Spy in all of us.
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
One of the major benefits of printing in Polyjet is the ability to print in multiple materials for a single part. This allows you to simulate overmolds, create soft touch applications, and build living hinges among many other applications. We get a lot of questions about how to prepare files
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.
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
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.] HBO typically releases an "inside the episode" video after each episode of "Game of Thrones." These behind-the-scenes vids are typically just a few minutes long. But after Sunday's epic episode, fans were treated to an extra-long behind-the-scenes look at how they created, among other things, the crazy sequences of
The Roomba has made all of our lives easier from cleaning up after us to serving up some much-needed laughs moonlighting as "DJ Roomba." Someday soon you may be seeing a similar looking robot make an appearance in the world of architecture. Designer Han Seok Nam is looking to cut down on labor costs and up efficiency with his design, Archibot.
Some or most of you understand, intellectually, how an SLA 3D printer works: Light is fired in a particular pattern into liquid resin, curing a thin layer of it. Subsequent layers are built atop (or beneath) the one before. But in this video Bill Hammack, a/k/a The Engineer Guy, breaks
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 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
You've created a seamless design—structurally sound, sufficiently thick, and mindful of overhangs. However, you get your part back to find out that it's not printable! Many of the errors we see stem from how the digital model was created and often the main problems come down to whether the design
A Core77 staffer recently recounted how she had been talking about a particular product with a friend. Not Googling it, just discussing it verbally. In subsequent days she noticed ads popping up on her feed for that particular product. Coincidence? As it turns out, if you have the Facebook Messenger
NASA collects an incredible amount of data every year from over 50 satellites and other sensors focused on our planet from space. All the data collected is free for the public to use, and most importantly for scientists around the world who are working to advance all aspects of Earth science.
We all know flexible LED screens are possible, and that someone will eventually come out with a folding smartphone/tablet. The question is, who? Apple? The newly-resurgent, design-focused Microsoft? Judging by the video below, it looks like it may be none other than Lenovo. Take a look at the prototype they
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
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
Most of you have heard of SIGGRAPH, but if you haven't it's "the premier international forum for disseminating new scholarly work in computer graphics and interactive techniques." This year's conference starts at the end of the month, and this teaser video shows you some of the astonishing CG advancements that
Long before the Roomba there was Frances GABe, an Oregon artist who so hated housework that she invented a self-cleaning house. GABe patented the design in 1984 and built a prototype, which she lived in for decades. She died in obscurity last December at the age of 101. Frances
I stumbled across this unusual product on the website of a vendor that specializes in German hand tools. It was completely unfamiliar and I was surprised to discover that the original model was patented in 1950. How did I miss seeing these before? It didn't help that Fit Pliers are
Here in Part 2 of this series, pro industrial designer Eric Strebel shows you how to go beyond flat/straight shapes when working with FoamCore. Follow Strebel's tips to get a variety of different radii while keeping your piece clean-looking and professional:
As I've mentioned here before, when I was studying ID one of my (famous) design professors hated when people redesigned an existing object to be made from a different material. He'd surely hate this table, but I'd like to hear what you think. Australian company Elite Innovations is selling, in
After several weekends of too much beer and barbecue and not enough exercise, I go with the Bill Burr body image motivational system: I take my shirt off, look at myself in the mirror and start fat-shaming myself. This method isn't for everyone, of course, and die-hard fitness nuts
If you haven't seen last night's premiere of "Game of Thrones," stop reading this. Mild spoilers ahead.
Tools were essential to the development of humans. Augmented reality is no exception to this. At SLIMDESIGN we believe that current hand gestures and controllers are not ideal in the work environment. Our tools are designed to be used on the desk, reducing strain on the arms and allowing for better posture. A combination of augmented displays on the tools, haptic feedback, and movement tracking create a natural, more intuitive interaction for the user.
Italian safety equipment manufacturer Univet just received a 2017 Red Dot Award for its augmented reality safety glasses. The glasses integrate Sony's "holographic waveguide technology" into eye protection that allows wearers to view real time data without looking up from what they are doing. A monocular projection system displays data
At the Bentley Crewe factory in England, a series of craftspeople with both hand skills and access to high-end production machinery turn out the elaborate wood panels that festoon the cars' interiors. Laser cutters, veneer presses and five-axis CNC mills with automatic tool changers are all put into service alongside
Here's an annual design/build competition for engineering students that design schools could take a cue from. Each year the American Society of Civil Engineers hosts a canoe race, with a catch: Students have to design and build the canoes out of concrete. While the competition is hosted in America,
Lamello just announced the Cabineo, a press-in fitting for connecting butt joints in CNC cut cabinet boxes. A plastic insert with an integral metal screw, it can be installed in the shop and used to assemble the boxes at remote locations. There's no need to ship separate fasteners or parts
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