Thirty years ago, German-born Harald Belker never imagined he would get the chance to work in the US. Today, we chatted to him from his home in Marina Del Rey, Los Angeles, about his illustrious career in industrial design. Harald's career is show stopping. From designing cars for high-end
General Motors has begun rolling out Marketplace, a software update to their 2017 models that enables drivers to shop from their cars. And I think this is one of those things that might've made some sense on paper, at least from a business standpoint, but that the real world is
Ron Faris got his start developing brand experiences working for Virgin Media to produce the well-known Virgin Mobile music festival. Inspired by the energy of people waiting in line at the festivals he produced, Faris developed Virgin Mega, a mobile platform to engage communities while they wait in line to
A fast, easy method of stealing cars is on the rise in the UK. Here's footage released by the West Midlands Police, of two hi-tech thieves helping themselves to a Mercedes: The video is reportedly the first time this type of theft has been caught on camera, and the WMP
Some of you will find this exciting. I find it disturbing. Materials scientist Nicola Pugno and a research team at Italy's University of Trento have succeeded in getting spiders to produce super-strong silk--by lacing the spiders' drinking water with graphene and carbon nanotubes. According to Phys.org, Professor Pugno said: "Humans
Cherry pickers like these are a pretty common sight in the city. They use them for everything from pruning trees to lighting movie scenes to hanging decorations for festivals. Well, I got up close and found they have a very nifty UI: That's pretty smart, and I imagine it speeds
Over the years we've been conditioned by movies, from the "Terminator" flicks of the '80s and '90s to more recently, the "Fast & Furious" franchise's "God's Eye," to have a concept of what computer vision looks like. But how does the real thing stack up? Take a look at
Want to design a furniture piece or interior that incorporates bentwood, but don't want to deal with the hassle of steaming? A company called Pure Timber produces Cold-Bend™ hardwood, which lets you skip right to the clamping/bending step. Check this stuff out: So how is that possible? Is this stuff
The problem with a nuclear bomb is that it wipes out everything within its blast radius, then renders the land uninhabitable with radiation. Mass murdered Stephen Paddock sprayed a crowd with automatic fire, indiscriminately killing whomever he could get. But what if there was a way to quickly, easily, surgically
Here's a video that Boston Dynamics released yesterday showing off their Atlas robot doing a series of jumping tricks: Again I say, why don't we just get it over with and teach the goddamned things martial arts.
Jeff Edwards was thrilled when his Golden State Warriors won the NBA title this past summer. But the Fox Racing executive seems almost as excited by something seemingly more mundane—a new polyester fabric. That's important to Edwards since, in his role as global director of hard goods for the
Kickstarter has been all about inventive products and the stories behind them since day one. By now, we all know the basics of how the crowdfunding platform works—designer thinks of groundbreaking idea but needs funding, designer creates Kickstarter campaign to raise awareness and funding, designer either earns enough funding or
Remember Boston Dynamics' SpotMini robot from last year? To refresh your memory, it was a sort of dog-giraffe hybrid with a lobster claw for a head. Well, now they've upgraded the thing, and just yesterday they released this teaser video of the New SpotMini, racking up 1.2 million hits:
Here's a great example of a product design that probably sounded great on paper, but clearly sucks to use in the real world. We present to you the Ion Bottleless Water Cooler: 1. The Initial Design Problem Office water coolers require the end user to lift that heavy jug of
I use a small ultrasonic jewelry cleaner to wash old machine parts, and it's amazing watching decades of grease just mist away into liquid clouds. But the size of the machine's tub limits what I can put in there. The developers of Sonic Soak came up with a better
When the design of a product, service or system is willfully changed or something new is introduced, it is typically for one of several reasons: 1. Because it's better for the consumer.Example: The original iPod or iPhone. These objects provided a vastly improved user experience over what had come before.
British YouTube channel TechMoan has an interesting beat: The host takes an in-depth look at unusual, vintage tech gadgets that did not survive evolution. It's fascinating for multiple reasons: One is to see what physical interfaces the designers came up with to handle previously unimaginable functions; two is to deduce
Another great video from industrial designer Eric Strebel. Here he reveals his experience-borne tips for efficiently casting resin, including how to quickly clear a syringe, what types of re-usable mixing cups are best, two clever ideas for creating something useful out of the leftover mix, how to neatly fill surface
As industrial designers, most of us are keenly aware of how plastic, metal, wood and glass are manipulated into objects. But stone is a lesser-used and more mysterious material; how exactly does a quarry turn what's in the earth into a slab, and turn that slab into rectangular blocks? In
Who would've thought? One of the highlights of this year's Dutch Design Week took place in a parking garage. Not an abandoned or converted one, but a busy underground garage in the center of Eindhoven. It was the perfect venue for Hardcore, a group exhibition with the theme of
Apollo Cloud 2 Duo is a powerful personal cloud storage device giving you access to all of your content from anywhere using the Apollo Cloud App. Unlike most NAS devices that look cold and require complicated settings, Apollo provides a friendly interface for intuitive operation. Its elegant and streamlined shape can easily fit in your office and living spaces. The vertical design takes advantage of natural air convection to enhance heat dissipation. The upper lid also allows for quick access to
Because things aren't bad enough, this month Saudi Arabia granted citizenship to a "lifelike" robot. Let's have a look at this godforsaken abomination and the twitchy freak that created her: Hey Dr. Hanson, maybe next time, hold off on having that eleventh cup of coffee before you're going to
Jack o' Lanterns normally obey gravity and sit on front porches, only going airborne when the neighborhood punks have gotten into some beer. But here Andy from the Royal Institution, a UK-based nonprofit that promotes science, shows you another way to get a pumpkin to fly: With superconductors and magnets.
Here's a delivery drone Buckminster Fuller might have liked. While it's not quite a geodesic dome, this quadrotor developed by the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne's Laboratory of Intelligent Systems comes inside a cage-like sphere that protects it from impacts in flight, and keeps the spinning blades away from the
Halloween is this month, and for those of you who like to render your houses haunted, cobwebs are great visual shorthand. It would be handy to have a way to quickly apply them, and to be able to easily remove them come November 1st. Well, help is here in the form of the Webcaster Gun:
This story starts with a broken bicycle, and reminds me a bit of how Post-Its were invented. Richard Brooks is an avid downhill mountain biker, and in the field he continually encountered problems with the chainstay on his bike. Brooks also happens to work for Watts Urethane Products, and as
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
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