"How tightly can a product's lifecycle be compressed... and what are the ramifications of doing this?"
These are the questions Elliott Montgomery asks with his MicroCycle project--a mini manufacturing station-turned-public outreach kiosk that recently appeared on the south end of Union Square in New York City. Here, he and his posse created fabric shopping bags (made from salvaged materials, natch) but doesn't sell them. Instead, you can buy one by providing "an idea" for localized manufacture, materials sourcing, or the like. He designed and built the solar units for Solar1's outreach project I Heart PV.
@Jennifer van der Meer's a fan: "What's so fun about Elliott's installations is that he gets people to think in the immediate, about the waste streams available in their neighborhood, today, that can be recommissioned into something useful. He also thinks in terms of future reuse, plotting identified waste streams on a map, and posted online as an open source database.
Allan Chochinov is a partner of Core77, a New York-based design network serving a global community of designers and design enthusiasts, and Chair of the new MFA in Products of Design graduate program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Allan lectures around the world and at...
I was the worst type of high school student: The kind that gets dumber over time rather than showing improvement. I aced Geometry, passed Algebra, started bombing in Trig. By the time we got to Calculus, I did so poorly that I probably made the students around me worse by
Vai Kai launches first product, a magical play companion 'Avakai'
Nearly two decades ago, Marc Prensky perfectly defined that awkward feeling of explaining how to use an iPad to your grandparents by coining the terms 'digital native' and 'digital immigrant.' Having recently spent a week with my grandparents, I can't help but feel a renewed appreciation for that exact
So far, the robots falling down aren't the ones being given swords
The DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals have been won by a robot named Dr. Chubo. Oh wait a sec, I read that wrong—it's actually called DRC-Hubo. Created by Team KAIST (the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, something like that country's MIT), the Hubo-bot snagged $2 million in prize money
The first connected apartment opens in Torino - and you can even rent it on AirBnB.
Casa Jasmina threw open its (presumably) internet-connected doors on Saturday to welcome the public for the first time into the two-year pilot project in Torino, Italy. A collaborative effort curated by Bruce Sterling and Massimo Banzi with support from Arduino—the Internet of Things home is one of the first of