Whether youâ€™re a DIY woodshop hobbyist, tech-savvy tinkerer or a high-end design enthusiast, create a list of your top 5 gift ideas between now and December 7th and you'll be in the running for some amazing prizes.
When Ikea rolled out their line of wireless charging furniture and objects, it essentially established that the technology is now mainstream. But as revolutionary as these affordable objects are, they still need to be plugged into the wall, drawing their power from the mains. Interior designer Vihanga Gore and interaction
Tonight at Curiosity Club we might get rocked, as we welcome scientist, engineer and music-loving inventor Thomas Barefoot of Barefoot Sound. We'll hear about his journey from a self-taught kid too broke to have a guitar of his own to a self-made engineering entrepreneur selling exceptional sound to the stars
WowWee is a multiple award-winning OEM leader in the Technological Toy and Gadget space. Creative designs, innovative technology and a good dose of fun have allowed WowWee to develop high tech toys and consumer electronics that entertain both kids and adults alike. With office locations spread across the globe we
As a designer, I'm not interested in doomsday scenarios. It has always been far easier to destroy than to create. I'm far more interested in the question: How will we design and shape this new world to take advantage of the power that it can bring to ourselves, our communities, and to humanity itself? In Project Primordial I'm exploring the intersection of Trillions with two complementary trends—digital manufacturing and machine learning—that dramatically impact this question. I believe these th
We all know online behavior can be tracked via web browser. But now technology is being used to "jump the air gap" between your computer and a nearby device, like your tablet or smartphone—even if it's not connected, and all without your knowledge. "[This type of] tracking is generally invisible
The evolution of design as a professional practice is one regularly impacted by developments in other fields. As designers, we often sit squarely between disciplines, streamlining and humanizing products for greater usability and appeal in the end result. Never has the requirement to work between disciplines been as important
Walli is an intelligent wallet that keeps track of your valuables. It's an interactive system between your phone and your wallet, so if you lose your wallet then your phone notifies you; if you lose your phone, just tap the wallet twice and your phone will automatically ring.
As people who build hardware know, there are important reasons both from the electronic and manufacturing standpoint that you reduce complexity, limiting the number of PCBs, parts and components. Streamlining electronics increases viability that the product will work and decreases the bill of materials —meaning you can afford to produce
Nora is a smart, non-invasive snoring solution that is designed specifically to stop snoring before it wakes up a sleeping partner. Equipped with a smart sensor, once Nora detects the earliest sounds of snoring, it gently and slowly moves the pillow to restore natural breathing without disturbing the sleep of
The Auroma One is a coffee science machine that controls the parameters involved in making the perfect cup of coffee. The Auroma One learns your taste preference over time and adjusts brewing parameters to craft a cup tailored to each individual.
Thinness has been both friend and foe to industrial designers in recent years. On the one hand, designing for slimness has bestowed our favorite consumer electronics with many virtues (low weight, easy handling, aesthetic elegance)—Steve Jobs was an infamous stickler for slenderness, and for good reason. On the other hand,
It's often said that "Children are our future," but that phrase never mentions robot snakes. There are enough people working on robot snakes that "Robot snakes are our future" sounds more relevant. Carnegie Mellon snakebotOC Robotics snakebotTesla snakebotThe latest in Robot Snake News comes to us from MIT Media Lab's
Heads-up displays keep your eyes on the windshield, which is a lot safer than constantly glancing down to check your speed or your phone. They're also expensive. But inventor Ivan Kablukov made the clever observation that everything required to power a heads-up display exists in the modern-day smartphones many of
Commenting on the efficacy of levers, Archimedes reportedly said "If I had a place to stand, I could move the Earth." That "place to stand" is a key consideration in the building of bridges and elevated roadways. In modern construction, pylons are created at ground level, each a fixed
Sleep is one of the most natural aspects of our lives. It's something we do every day, and yet there's still so much we don't understand about it. While we know our sleep has an enormous impact on the rest of our day, most of us give little thought to
Tesla rolled out their autopilot feature this month, and it seems a sure bet we're headed towards a future filled with driverless cars. But Yamaha's working on an alternative: Robot-driven cars. The company's thinking is that for driverless cars to become pervasive, well, everyone must purchase one. Rather than making
The idea of gathering savings at home in a slotted container has been around for a long time—the first such example we have is a miniature Greek temple with a slot in the pediment and a locked opening in the back, dating back to the 1st century BC. But it
Recently amid cartoonish background noise and joyful participants playing musical fruit (more on this later), I had a fascinating conversation about the future of art and technology with some facilitators of the new Design Interactions Studio taking place at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In our brief
If you look inside the car elevators in any attendant-staffed Manhattan parking garage, you will see they are unglamorous affairs, with walls covered in well-scuffed bumpers. Even someone who parks cars all day for a living will sometimes make an error. So how do you get around this problem in
Modern smartphones have grown in size as users require a larger screen to interact with, which simultaneously compromises a smartphone's portability; the DRAS phone has been designed to address this issue. The design incorporates a flexible screen without a solid frame around it so that it can be folded to
Even in an exciting city, traveling the same route every day is boring. On foot or by bicycle in Manhattan, I'll often take different routes to a familiar destination for the sake of variety. This occasionally pays off when I spot a new café I'd like to try, spy something
Magic Leap is secretive Florida-based company said to be working on a game-changing augmented reality system. The company's aim is to start with the user rather than the technology: "[We observed] that current technologies we use to access the digital world limit, or even take us away, from the real
This is one of my most prized possessions, a first-print edition of Burton Stevenson's The Home Book of Proverbs, Maxims and Familiar Phrases from 1948. The book is filled with nothing but short snippets, making it the perfect thing to flip through while you're waiting in line, on the subway or at the airport. But at nearly 3,000 pages it's too unwieldy to carry around and certainly too delicate to throw into a backpack.
What's the first thing you do when you wake up? I suspect you reach over to the nightstand, grab your phone and see what you've missed during the seven hours you inconsiderately turned your back on the world to be unconscious. My vision is always blurry for the first
One of the most sensational aspects of 1989's Back to the Future II was its depiction of the year 2015. Well, today is finally October 21st, 2015, the day that Marty McFly traveled to in the future, and no one can resist comparing the film's version of the future to
While the terms 'internet of things,' 'smart objects' and 'connected devices' seem to be regularly splashed across the pages of newspapers, design briefs, crowdfunding campaigns and conference topics—relatively little is discussed about what tools designers need in order to design smart devices. Some startups and corporate departments are beginning
Earlier we saw that loading logs into containers is still a primitive process. But thanks to Finnish forest machinery company Ponsse, the process of creating those logs is super high-tech. Ponsse's Scorpion King is an eight-wheeled monster designed to "endure tropical heat and arctic cold, travel without destroying the terrain
We announced the Yves- Béhar-designed August Smart Lock two years ago, and by last year it was on the market. The remote unlocking design has been applauded not only by us--it won a Core77 Design Award--but by consumers; in the year since it's been on the market, they've sold millions,
Parking cars today means putting them out of the way while they are not being used. It is a necessary evil in our ever-growing, auto-centered cities and the cutting-edge of parking technology does little to revolutionize our strategy. Advancements have primarily focused on two things: parking more cars in a
There are two Toyota stories in the news right now, and we're guessing they only want you to hear about one of them. The one we assume they'd rather go unnoticed is about government bodies asking why Toyotas are so popular with ISIS members. (I had a couple of jokes
South of the Thames, 'Bankside' is LDF's newest design district, and home to the iconic Oxo Tower Wharf, which is filled year-round with over 30 independent retail design studios, exhibition spaces and shops offering furniture, jewellery, homeware, and fashion. In its 18th edition this year, Designersblock was situated in
As a new addition to LDF's dedicated design hubs in the city, Somerset House made a notable entrance this year as the home to various exhibitions and events, amongst them Ten Designers in the West Wing, and the winners of the competition Powered by Tweets. The spectacular location on
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