This week we bring you our pressing topic of the moment straight from our reader-driven discussion boards! We recently caught wind of Google's plan to deliver their Ara modular phone concept to consumers in 2017, a cellphone with a magnetic modular backboard for different gadgets like speakers, camera lenses, storage
The statement "Hardware is Hard" has become the go-to phrase for companies interested in producing physical tech products. And it's true—compared with the typical product cycles of an app, hardware requires much longer timelines, larger teams and way more up front investment to get something off the ground. Despite these
Say hello to Odini, your loyal guardian and companion. Unlike traditional security cameras which are often static, intrusive objects, Odini is a discreet mobile solution which learns to respect your privacy and space while you are at home but is first, on the scene to monitor and record an event while you are away. When you're out of the house, he detects changes in the environment which he records and communicates to you via your smartphone app, enabling you to remotely monitor any situation.
It's been a while since we've heard anything from Project Ara, Google's modular smartphone concept. We were worried it bit the dust, but Google's ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) group has just released this new teaser video: We like that rather than hitting us over the head with specifications and
Garmin, the world leader in GPS technology, is looking for an experienced Senior Industrial Designer to join our Consumer ID team. You will be part of a multi-disciplinary group of designers developing products for Garmin’s outdoor, fitness, marine, and automotive markets-- products like action cameras, handheld navigation, marine radars, cycling
We've been following the work of critical designer and filmmaker Keiichi Matsuda since we first caught a glimpse of a both entrancing and disturbing film he produced for his Master of Architecture in 2010. The short POV clip (which went on to rack up over 650,000 views on Vimeo) transports
Impossible Project has long been working to breathe new life into instant film photography since Polaroid announced the end of instant film back in 2008. Since stepping in to buy the last remaining Polaroid factory only days before it shut its doors, the company has been committed to reinventing instant
This week in stuff-you-could-make-yourself-but-won't news: the FormBox tabletop vacuum former just went supernova on Kickstarter by spelling out its potentially hip and profitable uses. Vacuum forming isn't new, it isn't hard, and it isn't expensive, but it is a path into small scale manufacture that many new entrepreneurs haven't encountered.
When I moved to Japan in the '90s, the whole country was so hi-tech I felt like I was living in the future. Except for one thing: No one in my entire town owned a clothes dryer. My apartment came with a washing machine…and a bunch of rope and clothespins.
Remember the very first time you used the airbrush feature in Painter, Photoshop or SketchBook? It was a revelation, particularly if you'd ever messed around with a real airbrush; here you could get the same gradations without the hassle of dealing with the compressor, the endless masking and the non-erasable
Those who live in an urban/suburban bubble might see drone delivery as a nifty way to receive pizzas. But for those in rural, geographically-remote areas, a successful drone delivery system could literally save lives. Consider someone who immediately needs medication, but lives in a mountainous region where the pass is
While people say print is dead, the New Yorker has released a seriously awesome 21st-Century magazine cover this week. Illustrator Christoph Niemann's two-tone drawings adorn the front and back of the magazine, and when you look at them through the augmented reality app Uncovr, you are treated to these wonderful
The energy-design thinkers at BioLight are aiming in a bright new direction: lighting! The company first crossed our radar with their innovative biofuel stove designed to reduce harmful emissions and produce electricity at the same time. Since then they've continued to refine their multi-purpose products for use indoors and out.
Gest is a groundbreaking wireless input device that can be used to control just about anything, from replacing the keyboard to flying drones. When Pushstart was approached by the team at Apotact Labs, the technology was embedded in a glove much like its less-impressive predecessors found in the gaming space.
We once relied on bartenders to listen to our woes as they silently polished glassware. Nowadays we air our woes on social media via smartphone, running our batteries down, and the bartender's role is to take our phones and charge them behind the bar, where you'll see them stacked four
As far as we've come with technology, traditional watchmaking remains an unnervingly skilled trade. The upper crust laborers of Parmigiani Fleurier, a three century year old watch company, include a small staff of highly skilled restorers. The three-person restoration team recently added incredibly rare guns and mysterious automatons to their
The Hover Camera is a small, dual-camera-equipped quadrotor drone that can be programmed to follow you. In the interest of safety, the entire thing is enclosed inside a carbon fiber cage; in the interest of portability, it folds in half, breaking down to "about the size of a VHS cassette
When Walkmen became popular in the '80s, there were NYC news reports showing people wearing headphones and obliviously walking in front of moving vehicles. But you didn't hear about too many Walkmen-related deaths. Nowadays with smartphones, however, there are entire supercuts on YouTube—far too graphic for us to embed here—showing
The issue of females being underrepresented in STEM fields isn't an easy one to unpack. The dismal statistics can also place an undue burden on the minority of females that do make public strides in STEM, unfairly asking them to represent their entire gender in addition to achieving their personal
A few months ago we showed you Boston Dynamics' most recent Atlas robot, who had to struggle with uncooperative human co-workers. Since then, Chicago-based photographer and media producer Mr. King has dubbed the video to reveal what the 'bot would sound like with a "swearing module" programmed in: He bleeped
This is a couple weeks too late for April Fools, but I'm having a hard time believing this is real. Apparently Spanish mattress manufacturer Durmet has created Smarttress, a sensor-embedded mattress that can tell when people are having sex on it. "Smarttress sends an alert to your mobile phone whenever
Ideal candidates have a bachelors of Science in Engineering (Mechanical or Manufacturing) and can perform plastic, component, and assembly specification analysis to ensure function & quality targets. Must have an understanding of injection molding and part design CAD (Solidworks) and the ability to build hand mock-ups and test concepts quickly.
Yeah, so this is terrifying: That's the creation of science student Drake Anthony, whose nom de YouTube is The DIY Laser Guy. Anthony started with a toy called an "Attacknid," which can fire foam darts and balls, and upgraded its firepower with almost alarming ease: Anthony called it "my most
Drones are being deployed for a wide range of recreational, professional, military, and illicit tasks, e.g., to prevent shark attacks on the Australian coastline, replace the classic paparazzi car chase, smuggle illegal drugs over the US border, and deliver contraband to prison yards.
Now in its fifth year, Develop3D Live has cemented its claim as the UK's leading one-day conference on design, engineering and manufacturing technology. Over 30 world-class speakers and a wide variety of exhibitors showcasing their latest products (we finally got our hands on some of the latest VR design tech!)
We think of flatpacking practices as being the domain of furniture manufacturers. Compressing a large bureau down into a small box is useful for bringing down shipping costs. But as researchers at Brigham Young University have realized, flatpacking has a much wider range of practical applications ranging from space exploration
The OMATA One is a cycling computer without a screen, and with more OG style than the Schwinn Varsity in your parents' basement. With a modern GPS interior and seriously simple mechanical dials, it does a lot more than reproduce the (awful) bike speedometers of yore. Because bikes
The Personal Holodeck is a corner-of-the-room-sized riff on the Star Trek technology of the same name. Starting with simple, everyday objects including PC fans, essential oils, and a bundle of 1x1 lumber, Kenney was able to create a world-class VR experience for less than $100.
Rarely do we sit down for a meal these days that isn't interrupted by the flickering of phones, as meal-goers look down to check various notifications and status updates. Sure, there's the phone stack or this handkerchief, but those solutions don't address the root of the problem: that constant interruption
One of the coolest parts of living in a VR-ready era is watching the emergence of other surprising tech that will make immersive experiences way more believable. The new smart headphone company OSSIC X has thrown its weight behind one of the most recent and exciting frontiers: three-dimensional audio.
CAD sculptors create high quality digital 3D surface models used in the industrial design and product development process. Responsibilities will include interpreting and defining the design intent of the industrial designer using Alias software. Candidates should have a BS or BA in Industrial Design or Transportation Design or related field.
Opto is the first portable headset with integrated audio. Opto does things a bit differently than the other headsets on the market: - It comes with integrated audio and there is no need for additional headphones, giving the viewer a more immersive VR experience. - Designed as a wearable rather
As I draft this article, I'm sitting at my desk with the sun beating down on me from a nearby window. It's hot. I am uncomfortable. Sure, I could get up, walk over to the window and close the blinds — but shouldn't they just do that for me? Automagically?
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