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.
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
Call me a simpleton, but I think this is the absolute best Halloween costume I saw this year: Sadly there's no attribution, though the photo's all over social media. As awesome as that get-up is, in this day and age it of course was not the most viral. That
The Swiss watchmaker Movado is probably best known for its Museum Dial watch, with a radically simple face designed by Nathan George Horwitt in 1947. Even if you know nothing about watches, you would recognize this one; inspired by a sundial, it has no numbers or tick marks, only a
According to statistics, more than half of you are reading this with eyeglasses on the front of your face. Let's talk about how they're made. Eyeglasses frames are typically either metal, with titanium being the trendiest these days, or plastic. Of the plastic frames, injection molded are the cheapest (and
An old Army saw has it that The General asks, "What does it do?"The Senator asks, "How much does it cost?"The soldier asks, "How much does it weigh?"We think of soldiers as warfighters, but for even the most combat-hardened vet, the amount of time spent in firefights is a fraction
Occupying the Imperial College Union Building and its leafy courtyard just south of the Royal Albert Hall, scientists, designers and engineers showcased their projects aiming to enhance the basic ingredients for a better life. Research topics included 'Freedom to explore', 'A place to call home', 'Space to create', and 'Health
Internet hoaxes abound, but I like to think my BS meter is correctly calibrated. So what's worse than when the needle goes into the red, but the gotta-be-a-gag product you're presented with appears to be real? Unless Jimmy Kimmel is behind this, it appears an upstart watch company called Nico
One of the perks of a owning smartwatch is that you can quickly change the entire digital face. Now the L.A.-based Covair Watch Company is betting that consumers will want to do that with analog watches as well. Hence they've designed a watch base that will accept multiple faces that
It was only a few years back when heads would turn at the sight of an earbudded individual shouting loudly and gesticulating wildly to themselves. These brave early adopters were (quite rightly) treated with suspicion at first, but now such psychotic behaviour barely raises a brow – hey, at least
For those of you looking to create watchbands or cases for the Apple Watch, they've released the CAD drawings for both the 38mm and 42mm versions. And boy they are a doozy. They're filled with "keepouts" warning would-be accessories designers which parts oughtn't be obstructed, to maintain functionality. To us
I was disappointed to find that my lazy body can defeat even the most expensive ergonomic chair. No amount of fancy adjustable features will stop me from eventually slouching as I become more absorbed in work. I'm not alone in this, and to address the problem, entrepreneur and sciatica-pain sufferer
We're into the first round of the Playoffs, and the NBA has pulled off some clever marketing: Releasing renderings of championship rings emblazoned with all sixteen teams' logos represented. In other words, the perfect image for fans to endlessly re-tweet to their fellow supporters (and at their nemeses). Eastern Conference:Western
No one likes carrying a bulky bicycle helmet around. And as one designer after another tries to devise a way to make them collapse for storage, we're struck by how different everyone's approach is. Julien Bergignat and Patrice Mouille's Tatoo Helmet is comprised of polypropylene strips lined with padded cells.
Those eyeglasses were designed by BMW Designworks, and they're not just for fashion. The folks over at BMW's R&D division tapped the design branch to help out with a left-field concept for their Mini brand: Mini Augmented Vision, i.e. AR goggles. Worn by the driver and wirelessly connected to the
SDR Traveller, makers of high-end travel gear, recently introduced a duffle designed by Jan Chipchase, the former Executive Creative Director of Global Insights at frog and Principal Scientist at Nokia. Christened the D3 for its design iteration, the pack is meant to encourage anonymity while traveling and withstand the unpredictability
Unless you've done a deep-dive into patent history, you may not know that the creation of the metronome is originally attributed to none other than the German inventor and engineer Johann Nepomuk Maelzl. When the patent was originally filed by Maelzl in 1815 it bore the name "Instrument or Machine
When your average consumer watches any of Apple's "how it's made" videos, they likely have no idea what they're seeing. But even first-year ID students, when shown a cutting head pivoting precisely around material, understand that this machine is not controlled by a guy named Joe turning a bunch of
It's not often that we get to see a new form factor evolve before our eyes, but with the impending release of the Apple Watch, it's happening. We're not talking about the watch itself; design intricacies aside, its overall form factor is the same as for all wristwatches. We're talking
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.
Billing their product as the "world's first and only mechanical smart watch hybrid," Kairos Watches has set the expectations bar high. Especially considering their watches haven't launched; they're taking pre-orders, but still working out the tech.
There’s something about the current design buzzword, “wearables,” that is spectacularly mesmerizing. As a tech nerd, I’ve seen it coming for some time, and have been intrigued to see its recent explosion in new product launches and popular media coverage. When the UP band from Jawbone emerged on the market
Even earlier this month at CES it was clear that the wearables frenzy had lost some of its vigor since last year (presumedly as manufacturers try to make good on some of their overblown concept promises). Of the news that there was, it seemed that technology on the wrist...
Core77 2014 Year in Review: Top 15 Posts · Year in Photos · Drones · Transportation Design · Food & Drink · Wearable Technology · Power Tools and Hand Tools · Tool Storage · Organizational Solutions · Material News · Design Thinking · Architecture and Design GIFsOh what a...
Yup, our tech giant overlords and any number of hopeful startups are still in competition to develop increasingly novel applications for strapping technology to our limbs—a large majority of such devices still jostling for the prime wrist real estate, seemingly unperturbed by the loom launch of the Apple (i)Watch. In...
Last we wrote about Black Eyed Peas' irrepressible frontman Will.i.am, he was dispensing nuggets of wisdom about logo design; earlier this year, he debuted a smartwatch on Alan Carr: Chatty Man, which he unveiled in earnest this week at the Dreamforce conference in San Francisco. Here's the debut of the...
Editor's Note: A commenter referred me to Darcy Bonner's wearable chair, which inspired a brief history of this typology via the USPTO.As anyone who has worked a job that requires long bouts of standing in one place knows, remaining upright for an extended amount of time takes a heavy toll...
There are at least two big challenges with creating wearable technology. The first is to actually design something that people will want to buy and use, and the second is to keep the device in juice. Here we're going to look at the second. The battery design and function of...
Look up at the sky on even the clearest, most perfect summer night here in New York City and you might realize that something is missing. Sure, the moon hovers brightly above the skyline, but the stars are getting harder and harder to find. Just check out this Yahoo Answers...
When you think about wearables, clunky watches might come to mind first—not how many steps your dog takes each day or how your neighbor's horse's blood pressure. I did a brief stint at an agriculture/country living publication and if there's one thing I learned, it's that animal wearables are turning...
Blood pressure enthusiasts, you can count yourself among the lucky masses now served by wearable tech and Bluetoothed everything. If you're in need of regular pulse checks, or just really really like medical devices, you might want to check out the at home blood pressure monitor from Withings. This monitor...
As we reported earlier this year, there is no shortage of smartwatches approaching the market. And while some are finally perfecting the fashion style of these clunky screens on our wrists, the functionality remains a challenge. Have you tried swiping a one-inch square screen? Even ballerina fingers can't be elegant...
If there's one thing I quickly realized about rainy days when your own two feet are your main source of transportation, it's that you don't want to be listening to music on your iPhone in a torrential downpour. Take a minute to lower your eyes to switch the song or...
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