Aside from Japanese manufacturer Toto, toilet design is an area that gets little attention. To us in developed nations, toilets are something we take for granted, and a subset of us that are wealthy can buy fancy ones with heated seats and guided spray nozzles for arse cleaning. For people
How many companies can you think of that launched 9,500 products over the past year? That's the amount that appeared on Kickstarter over that period of time—and in the "Design & Technology" section alone. The company has essentially mastered a method for allowing entrepreneurial designers to realize their visions; now,
I live in a 1,200-square-foot two-story house. This summer, on blazing hot days, the entire house was kept cool by a cheap 5,000-BTU air conditioner in one of the upstairs rooms. Ceiling fans downstairs drew the cold air throughout the house. Even when it was 100-plus degrees outside, when you
Following my recent move, I've learned that farms have a unique waste situation that doesn't exist in urban life: While farms are filled with tons of useful buildings, tools and infrastructure, the periphery is often a graveyard of discarded materials and broken machinery. In the city we throw these things
Each year, technology company Draper hosts an exhibition called Engineering Possibilities at their HQ in Cambridge, MA where some of their work is put on display for both industry professionals and the general public to see. Visitors are invited to participate in interactive demonstrations, including VR experiences, "drone" flying and
To us relatively wealthy Westerners, the obvious application for a cooler is camping. But for folks in developing nations who don't have access to refrigeration, having some means to keep food fresh is a crucial need, not a creature comfort. Enter the Fenik, a clever and biomimetic design for an
Precision NanoSystems, Inc. is revolutionizing nano medicine by producing proprietary equipment to quickly and cost-effectively enable nano-medicine to be cell-specifically delivered to targeted parts of the body for research, diagnostic imaging, diagnosis, and disease treatment. Precision NanoSystems partnered with Anvil Studios to create Industrial Design solutions for two of their machines; the large bench-top Blaze and the small single-shot Spark.
The TickZapper® provides ‘No-Touch Tick Removal’ that’s quick, easy, and pain-free for your pet! There’s no need for batteries as TickZapper® is self-energizing and always ready. And, there’s no need for chemicals, making it very safe for your pet. Only one ounce, so easy to carry! 'Patent Pending' /US'
Having become a parent relatively recently myself, I'm quickly becoming accustomed to the deluge of brightly coloured objects that are filling our once minimalist living quarters. Toys are, of course, amongst the worst offenders—many kind and well-meaning family and friends delivering new garish, throw-away plastic play-things with almost conveyor-belt levels
Since it turns out that recycling toothpaste tubes isn't always an easy process, here's a good idea: Deliver toothpaste that doesn't need to be squeezed out of a tube in the first place. That's what an L.A.-based startup called The Kind Lab has done, creating their Bite Toothpaste Bits. While
For years I've thrown my spent toothpaste tubes into the recycling, assuming that since they're plastic and aluminum, they can be recycled. Turns out that's not always the case. "Although squeezable toothpaste tubes are made from plastic, they are difficult to recycle and it is unusual for councils to collect
When it comes to chairs—let's face it—few do things better than the Danes. As a visitor to Copenhagen, you could be forgiven for developing a nagging resentment as you inevitably begin to compare the aesthetics of your homeland to the unassumingly stylish public spaces—tripping over the many furniture design classics
By definition, most bottles have a bottleneck, making it difficult to clean the insides. But this JuNiki bottle from Germany has a wide, can-like lip, making it easy to get in there with a sponge. Furthermore, the dual-neck cap that screws on top of it makes the bottle both easy
With their Mobile Power Pack, Honda's got a brilliant plan to make renewable, zero-emissions energy super-convenient. To see if their plan will work, the company is beginning trials this year in heavily-populated, heavily-polluted Indonesia, the world's third largest emitter of greenhouse gases. Indonesia is the world's third largest market for
When it comes to storing items, few things can beat the cost and utility of the transparent, stackable plastic containers you can buy at the big box store. Only problem is they're, well, plastic. For the more eco-minded among you, Japanese stationary brand Midori offers an alternative with their Pulp
Yesterday morning, adidas Soccer revealed the first Real Madrid CF kit ever from the club to be mass-produced from Parley's Ocean Plastic material. The new coral-hued kit will be worn during the 2018/2019 season. The jersey's coloring represents various shades of coral, paying homage to the beauty of the
Like a day at the beach, the productivity of a solar panel can be spoiled by rain. More predictable conditions exist underground; dig several hundred feet down and the earth remains at a consistent 55 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on the location. That consistency makes geothermal energy attractive. Here's
With a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Yale, Eliza Becton had landed a job at an engineering firm in New York. But after a few years, she yearned to do something more creative. ""Fortunately, I soon discovered industrial design and went back to school for a masters degree at the
If you've ever been to or lived in New York City before, you are likely all too familiar with this image: For those of you that haven't made your way over to the Big Apple yet, understand that throwing your trash away in public here is like a game
Here's a perfect example of analyzing a material's properties, then exploiting them to solve a problem. In 1989 an Alabama man named Phil McCrory was watching footage of the Exxon Valdez oil spill on television. The sad footage showed an otter drenched in oil--and McCrory observed that the water immediately
From Sweden came the trend of Plogging, whereby joggers rid the streets of litter while running their routes. Japan has wandering litter cleaners too, but they're dressed in kimono and wield fire tongs like swords: The group is called Jidaigumi
I frequently walk my two dogs along Walker Street and into Tribeca. But today is the first time I noticed what you see in the photo below: Here we see a hollow sidewalk, and even if the sign wasn't there you'd know it was hollow due to the vault lights.
This Yale forklift is called the Veracitor, model 40VX. I looked it up and it appears to be designed for indoor usage in a warehouse. However, in Chinatown you see these outside a lot, loading trucks from food processing facilities. Since it doesn't come with an enclosed roof, the operator
Enlil was the name of the Mesopotamian god of wind and storms. Now, fittingly, it's what Turkish inventor Gelecegin Yenilenebilir Sehirleri is calling his vertical wind turbine. Interestingly enough, the plan of Sehirleri's company, Deveci Tech, is to line highway medians with them, capturing the wind energy of passing vehicles
Our previous bollard coverage (I love that I can write that) looked at how they protect buildings from damage and stymie vehicle-based terrorists. Here's a look at how two well-placed sacrificial pillars saved two people's lives at a donut shop last week: Admittedly the support column should be credited with
The cover of National Geographic Magazine last month, and the multiple alarms that have been ringing over the past two decades, is testament to the fact that we have a huge plastic problem that needs to be fixed. Lucky for us, designers can actually help solve problems. Sustainable Design, design
It's easy to get turned around in Manhattan's sprawling Central Park, particularly at night or on a cloudy day when you can't see which direction the sun is in. If you get lost in the forested section, you're screwed; you should just lie down and wait to be murdered by
Has anyone ever thought of the hospital or doctor's office experience as pleasant, easy and comprehensive? Probably not. Does your doctor's office or local hospital look anything like this? Or this? Or this? Probably not. Let's face it—medical spaces need a facelift, from furnishings to digital screens to the
When you're at the bar with fellow creatives, ideas for inventions can flow. After four IPAs you think you're da Vinci. But few of us ever see these brew-borne ideas to fruition. UK-based engineer Charlie Lyons, however, actually did. Years ago Lyons was at a pub with a pal. Said
Yesterday Elon Musk's Boring Company held a publicly-streamed informational session where they revealed details of their plans to create a traffic-beating tunnel network beneath Los Angeles. Whereas the plan had previously envisioned automated sleds that would whisk passenger cars through the network, it has now evolved into the idea of
My value of what I'd later learn was called "industrial design" was formed early on. At 14 I started working in a restaurant owned by a hands-on penny pincher, and letting a single molecule of a condiment go to waste was a fire-able infraction. So we were taught to "marry"
On a commercially volatile strip of Lafayette Street, another store has gone out of business, probably pushed out by rising rents. I've noticed that within days of a store closing down, kids will come through at night and tag the place up, including on the glass. But right next
Yesterday at my photo studio, the photographer showed up with an ankle injury and on crutches. This being a product shoot requiring precise placement of the lights, it took him at least twice as long to get the set-up he desired, as he had to clutch the crutches with his
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